A blanket is a lovely project when someone you know if expecting a baby. If we rarely hesitate to knit a tiny blanket for a new born, some of us might think twice before starting something bigger like a throw or a bedspread as they require lot of time, yarn and commitment. However when you see what a lovely addition they can be to a lounge or a bedroom, it makes you wonder why you haven’t cast one on yet. On a quest to find the perfect comfy throw to get cosy this winter, we came across several patterns that we wanted to share with you.
Persian Dreams by Jenise Hope is typically one of this pattern I have been dreaming to cast on for ages but it is such a mammoth project I haven’t had the guts to do it yet. The coloured motifs are amazing and you can really appropriate yourself the pattern by improvising new colour combinations, making it truly personal and unique. In terms of construction the blanket is made of 24 hexagons knitted in the round from centre out. Then all the hexagons are grafted together to make the throw. As the original pattern asks for fingering weight, it seems that Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper would be the best option if you want to have as much choice in colours as possible. If the generous proportion of this throw appeal to you but you would rather to knit something a bit less time consuming, another version of Persian Dream is also available in worsted weight.
Optic Blanket by Purl Soho presents a very similar construction; the squares are knitted individually in the round before to be attached together, except this time they are worked decreasing from the perimeter to the centre. The advantages of such a project is that you could easily take it with you while travelling as you would never need to carry more than one or few squares at a time.
We love the simplicity of the combination of black and white, and the fact you can easily make it bigger or smaller if you want to.
On the left above simple, graphic and colourful, the Pixel Afghan by Sidsel Sangild is a great crochet piece to stylishly decorate any room of the house. Or if you’re after something a bit more classic, Coming Home by Aimee Alexander might be right up your street.
Those last three patterns ask for DK yarn, therefore we would recommend you to use Yarn Stories – Fine Merino DK as it would allow you to machine wash your blankets when required. It is also incredibly soft so perfect if you want to snuggle cosily into your sofa and have a cheeky nap.
Last on our list is Umaro by Jared Flood. Made of super bulky yarn this throw combined both lace and cable, making a quite quick but entertaining pattern to knit. Crazy Sexy Wool would be the yarn you’d want to use for that project.
And you guys, what would be your dream winter blankets? If you’ve got some patterns to suggest, leave a comment bellow!
Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!