Patchwork Knit Blanket
If you can knit a scarf, you can make a blanket. (You don't even need to add or reduce stitches!) This coverlet is made from 12 individually knit rectangles of natural-colored wool, sewn together with a contrasting yarn, so the seams show.
Photography: Christopher Baker
Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2012
Before you begin, learn how to knit. This project blends knitting and crocheting techniques, since you will finish the knit blanket's trim with a single crochet. The process used to make this blanket is easy to adapt to make a throw for a sofa or even a baby blanket. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of knitting ideas.
(Also pictured: Malm bed, full size, in White Stained Oak; and Rens sheepskin rugs; ikea.com. Reclaimed wood seat, shop.canvashomestore.com. Tat cotton pillow shams; Tat linen duvet cover; flat and fitted vintage linen sheets; by Matteo, from abchome.com. Tourne teacup, and coffee cup; brookfarmgeneralstore.com.)
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Knitting needles, U.S. size 11
38 skeins bulky yarn (Pictured: Merino bulky yarn, in Natural Color Oatmeal, $17.80 per skein, morehousefarm.com.)
3 skeins merino yarn (Pictured: Merino yarn, in Marigold, $18 per skein, by Manos del Uruguay, from purlsoho.com.)
View and print the diagram and measurements for the 12 pieces. For the 10-inch-wide pieces, cast on 30 stitches; for 15-inch pieces, cast on 45 stitches; and for 20-inch pieces, cast on 60 stitches. Knit all pieces in garter stitch.
Cast off when you reach the lengths indicated on diagram. Weave in ends.
Following the diagram, sew the pieces together with the marigold yarn, using a loose mattress stitch. Crochet all the way around the edge of the finished blanket with a single crochet.