Lizard Ridge

I had been searching for an afghan pattern that takes advantage of Kureyon’s long color runs. This block pattern is based on Barbara G. Walker’s Short-Row Stripes square in her Learn to Knit Afghan book. The original idea was to knit a square occasionally as I came across new colors of Kureyon, finishing the afghan in time to send it to college with my daughter, who is also a knitter and who loves Kureyon. Unable to stop once I began, she instead received it for her 15th birthday.

One size: Version 1 (multicolored squares): 106.5 by 162.5 cm; Version 2 (knit in one piece): 124.5 by 172.5 cm

Gauge: 18 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm in stockinette stitch (not crucial)

Originally published in 2006 on

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for two variations on a blanket knit in a wavy short-row pattern
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • 1 skein of Noro Kureyon (101 m) per each of 24 squares (Version 1) OR 20 skeins of Noro Kureyon (Version 2)
  • 205 m worsted weight yarn for crocheted edging and/or seaming
  • 5.0 mm/US 8 circular needles (longer for Version 2)
  • 6.0 mm/US 10 needle for binding off
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hook for border
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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