Call me crazy, but I see a perfect opportunity in blanket knitting through the spring and summer months. When Fall rolls around and you’re suddenly hit with the crisp, cool nights, the fruits of your labor are there to bring warmth. I’ve rounded up six free, modern patchwork-esque patterns for your knitting pleasure. Short rows, stripes, intarsia, marls, chevrons and more will keep you busy this summer break but also bring the heat next winter.
As many of us know from experience, Purl Soho patterns are generally free and well written, and typically provide tutorials on techniques used in the patterns to build up our confidence even more while knitting their patterns. This blanket features clever short rows that creates a modern, minimal look while still keeping it fun with bright & bold color choices.
I think this pattern gives us a heirloom blanket that will be loved and used for generations. I’m also partial to the construction as it breaks up the “forever feeling” of knitting a larger object. You knit (easy) two colored squares and seam them together afterwards, which allows for a portable project as well.
You know how I love a Stephen West pattern! Garter stitch & I-cord edging seem so simple, but when paired alongside cleverly selected marled color choices, your knitting becomes a work of art. Consider this pattern if you’re looking to make some room in your stash cabinet!
This pattern looks super fancy but is deceptively simple. It uses increases and decreases to make a graphic pattern. I’m envisioning this one by pairing speckled and neutral yarns together for a true one-of-a-kind baby blanket.
Calling a brave beginner or an experienced knitter looking for fun! Shadowbox uses intarsia and a play on colors to create a super cool 3-D blanket, perfect to keep in the living room for everyday use.
It doesn’t get any easier than this–Garter stitch, HUGE yarn & needles, and simple stripes. I’m
thinking this could be knit in just a couple of evenings, which makes it the perfect gift or instant
Written by Emily Brewer, a knitting analogue photographer who has worked on and off in the knitting industry for 7 years for yarn shops, dyers and designers. Find her on Instagram as @tinydotsfibers and view her knitting pursuits at http://www.tinydotsfibers.com/