Inside: Learn how to needle knit Grandma’s Striped Blanket with this free pattern and video tutorials. Includes 6 sizes from baby lovey to jumbo throw.
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Grandma’s Striped Blanket adds some color to the classic corner to corner design. This easy knitting pattern includes a double eyelet border and smooth stockinette center. Knit this blanket in a variety of sizes from small baby lovey to cozy couch throw.
Pattern contains written instructions for 6 sizes and links to fully-captioned tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.
Needle Knit Grandma’s Striped Blanket
By Kristen Mangus
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Bulky (#5) weight yarn
Contrast A – Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Chunky (211 yds/5 oz., 193 m/142 g) in color Mustard used in sample. 1 (1, 2, 3, 4, 8) balls of yarn.
Contrast B – Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Chunky (211 yds/5 oz., 193 m/142 g) in color Dark Grey used in sample. 1 (1, 2, 3, 4, 8) balls of yarn.
US-11 (8.00 mm) – circular needle.
Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Interchangeable used in sample.
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
Kfb = Knit into the front and back of the stitch
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
RS= Right Side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS= Wrong Side
YO = Yarnover
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12 sts x 17.5 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
Lovey: 10” x 10” (25 x 25 cm)
Cuddler: 20” x 20” (51 x 51 cm)
Stroller: 30” x 30” (76 x 76 cm)
Crib: 45” x 45” (114 x 114 cm)
Throw: 60” x 60” (152 x 152 cm)
Jumbo Throw: 80” x 80” (203 x 203 cm)
This pattern can be used to make a square blanket with any weight yarn and an appropriate needle size. All measurements and stitch counts for the listed sizes are specific to the yarn listed above.
This blanket is worked corner to corner, or C2C. Instead of working from bottom to top edge you cast on at one corner and work increases until you reach your desired size then continue the pattern working decreases until you reach the opposite corner and bind off.
Changing Color – On this striped version, you will change colors every other row. The color you are not using will be carried up the side edge. I’ve included a tutorial video showing this easy method.
With A, Cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: Knit 4. [4 sts]
Row 2 (RS): With B, K1, Kfb, k1, kfb. [6 sts]
Row 3: Knit all.
Row 4: With A, K1, Kfb, k1, kfb, k2. [8 sts]
Row 5: Knit all.
Row 6: With B, K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row. [10 sts]
Row 7: Knit all.
Row 8: With A, K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row. [12 sts]
Row 9: K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row. [14 sts]
Row 10: With B, Knit all.
Row 11: K6. Purl to last 6 sts. K6.
Row 12: With A, K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row.
Row 13: K2, yo, k2, yo, k2. Purl to last 6 sts. K6.
Row 14: With B, Knit all.
Row 15: K6. Purl to last 6 sts. K6.
Repeat Rows 12-15 until you reach 38 (70, 106, 158, 210, 282) stitches or until desired length alongside one edge, ending after a Row 15.
Row 16: With A, K1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo. Knit to end of row.
Row 17: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2. Purl to last 6 sts. K6.
Row 18: With B, K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog. Knit to end of row.
Row 19: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2. Purl to last 6 sts. K6.
Repeat Rows 16-19 until 14 sts remain.
Row 20: With A, K1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo. Knit to end of row.
Row 21: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2. Knit to end of row.
Row 22: With B, K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog. Knit to end of row. [12 sts]
Row 23: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2. Knit to end of row. [10 sts]
Row 24: With A, K1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo. Knit to end of row.
Row 25: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog. Knit to end of row. [8 sts]
Row 26: With B, K1, K2tog, k1, k2tog. Knit to end of row. [6 sts]
Row 27: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog. Knit to end of row. [4 sts]
Bind off remaining sts. Cut yarn and pull tail through. Weave in ends and block.
Needle Knit Grandma’s Eyelet Blanket Video Tutorial
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The following tutorial videos show a walkthrough of the project including cast on, eyelet edge, increases, decreases and bind off. How to change the colors is not part of this video. See the additional video below for the color change technique.
How to Change Colors
The following video teaches you how to add in another color of yarn and carry the unused color strand up the side of your knitting. (This video is from another project and does not use the same stitch pattern as Grandma’s Striped Blanket so the row instructions will be different than the ones below.)
07:33 – Add in new yarn color at beginning of row
11:46 – How to carry the unused color up the side of your work
Exclusive VIP Member Tutorial
This tutorial video shows in detail how to work the color change in this pattern. I included color changes for both the needle knit and loom knit version of the pattern in one video.