08 Aug

blue & white giant gingham blanket

… a bold, classic pattern in simple garter stitch …

giant blue gingham blanket 1 jemima schlee giant blue gingham blanket 2 jemima schlee

photograph by Emma Sekhon

… one of my favourite blankets, cool to sleep under in the summer, warm to wrap up in by the fire on cooler nights…

You will need

Rowan all seasons cotton, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic (90m per 50g)
13 x 50g balls in shade 249 Denim (A) 10 x 50g balls in shade 251 Storm (B)
8 x 50g balls in shade 182 Bleached (C) 1 pair of 4mm knitting needles

1 x 4mm circular knitting needle (120cm long)
Note: yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate

Finished size: 125cm x 145cm

Tension: 18 sts and 38 rows to 10cm over g-st using 4mm needles
Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Pattern note: this blanket is knitted in 9 long strips, which are then sewn together before the border is knitted.

Strip A (make 4)

With yarn A, cast on 27 sts.
Work 46 rows in g-st (knit every row). Change to yarn B.
Work 46 rows in g-st.
Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows in colours A and B until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in A.
Cast off loosely.

Strip B (make 5)

With yarn C, cast on 27 sts. Work 46 rows in g-st. Change to yarn A.
Work 46 rows in g-st.

Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows
in colours C and A until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in C.
Cast off loosely.
Lay strips side-by-side, alternating strips A and B, starting and ending with a strip B. Stitch strips together using yarn A.

Border

* Using the circular needle and yarn B,
pick up 243 sts along one edge of blanket. Work 10 rows in g-st, inc 1 st at each end of the first row and every foll alternate row. Cast off loosely.
Leave a 25cm tail of yarn.
Rep from * for each side of blanket.

To finish off

Use the tail of thread at each cast-off border edge to join the mitred corners.
Stitch the two diagonal edges neatly, finishing off the end by running it through the back of stitches.

Weave in all ends.

Resources: yarn: www.coatscrafts.co.uk