Thursday, June 12, 2008

Inspired by the Harlot- Easy One Row Blanket Pattern

Here it is, my pattern for the Easy One Row Handspun Blanket de la Harlot!

My friend Bibo is a nurse at the Miami VA Hospital and my knitting
group, the Sweet Stitchin Betties, is on the case! We're making lap blankets and hats for veterans there.

I decided I needed a lap blanket pattern that wouldn't drive me crazy with boredom but also was easy enough that I could take it to work on at knit night or while zoning out with Inspector Barnaby (Yes, I'm addicted to Midsomer Murders!)

So here's what I came up with. Try it! Especially for a needy charity!

The Yarn Harlot made this stitch famous with her fabulous free pattern for the One Row Handspun Scarf. Everything about that pattern translates really well into a blanket. The pattern is easy to memorize, looks great, and is reversible. It also isn't too "lacy" which can be a problem for charity blankets. This would also make a great pattern to use for charity pet blankets. Last but not least, suitable for knitters of all skill levels!

I got a pound of Bernat Softee Chunky for 4 bucks at AC Moore (when your husband has been laid off for the last 3 months, that's about all I can squeeze for yarn these days. And before you worry, he's gotten a new job, which we are happy about. It's black days for chefs in this economy!) On the plus side, the yarn is really soft, in cheerful colors, and machine washable, a MUST for the VA and most domestic charity knitting requirements.

The pattern is a basic 4 stitch pattern, so you can adjust the size of your blanket by adding or subtracting stitches by 4.

My Specs:

Needles: Size 10 circulars, 29 inches long (or as needed for the size of
your blanket)
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky (I'm using the color "Carnival")

CO 120 stitches.
Row 1: *knit 2, knit into the back of the next stitch, purl 1.

Repeat this row until blanket is desired size. Bind off in pattern! Donate to a good cause.

Here's mine in progress:

lap blanket

7 comments:

Lady Euphoria Deathwatch said...

Hi Skully,

I just got myself a size 10 circular needle on sale yesterday because they were out of the size I was looking for. Now I have something to justify the purchase. Not that I really needed one.

Thanks, Lady Euphoria

esp said...

I've been looking for an easy-ish blanket pattern to knit that looks interesting but is simple enough to knit while zoning out with Marple. This looks perfect. Thank you!

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Sandra said...

Looking for an easy blanket to make for my first grandchild, due April, 2012, I'm in Australia, do you know what ply wool I use for this one?

caillean@silvi.eu said...

maybe I'm a total dumb, maybe it's because english is not my tongue, but I'm getting columns instead of the beautiful twist I see in your pic and in the scarf you mentioned. please help me: I knit the first two stitches, knit from the back the third and purl the fourth, is that correct? and my total number of stitches must be a multiple of four plus two? i'm making a blanket for a friens and the baby's already born:-)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking this is good for my first throw pattern. But two questions:
1 - About how wide is your throw when you use 120 stitches? (You know feet or inches or something.)
2 - One pound of yarn is how many yards or meters?
Questions or tips would be awesome!!!