Call me crazy, but I see a perfect opportunity in blanket knitting through the spring and summermonths. When Fall rolls around and youre suddenly hit with the crisp, cool nights, the fruits ofyour labor are there to bring warmth. Ive rounded up six free, modern patchwork-esquepatterns for your knitting pleasure. Short rows, stripes, intarsia, marls, chevrons and more willkeep 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 confidenceeven more while knitting their patterns. This blanket features clever short rows that creates amodern, 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. Imalso 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 aportable project as well.
You know how I love a Stephen West pattern! Garter stitch & I-cord edging seem so simple, but when pairedalongside cleverly selected marled color choices, your knitting becomes a work of art.Consider this pattern if youre looking to make some room in your stash cabinet!
This pattern looks super fancy but is deceptively simple. It uses increases and decreases tomake a graphic pattern. Im envisioning this one by pairing speckled and neutral yarns togetherfor a true one-of-a-kind baby blanket.
Calling a brave beginner or an experienced knitter looking for fun! Shadowbox uses intarsiaand a play on colors to create a super cool 3-D blanket, perfect to keep in the living room foreveryday use.
It doesnt get any easier than this–Garter stitch, HUGE yarn & needles, and simple stripes. Imthinking this could be knit in just a couple of evenings, which makes it the perfect gift or instantgratification project.
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/