Merrywood Throw

This afghan pattern works beautifully with a semi-solid or kettle dyed worsted- or aran-weight yarn. For a less expensive option, use a workhorse yarn like Cascade 220. Use a minimum of two colors, or as many as you like (great stash-buster!).

Sample shown in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label (first photo) was knit at 4.5 stitches per 2.5 cm in stockinette on 5.0 mm needles (US 8s). Sample shown in Cascade 220 (photo 2) was knit at 5 stitches per 2.5 cm on 4.5 mm needles (US 7s). At 4.5 stitches per 2.5 cm, the finished blocks are about 35.5 cm square; at 5 stitches per 2.5 cm the blocks measure about 30.5 cm square. Each square uses approximately 160 m on 5.0 mm needles and 120 m on 4.5 mm needles. The scalloped border uses 260 to 330 m.

Blocks are knit individually and seamed together. The optional scalloped garter-stitch edge is knitted on. The Cascade version uses the border from my free Lizard Ridge pattern.

Skills required: knitting, purling, short rows, slipping stitches, decreasing, increasing, and picking up stitches. This pattern has a lot going on and does require some concentration.

NOTE: Because of the short rows, your squares will be lumpy until you block your project. Steam blocking each square makes it easier to seam them together.

Sizes available (in number of blocks): 9, (12, 16, 20). Dimensions available for 5 stitches to 2.5 cm (in cm): 91.5 x 91.5, (91.5 x 122, 122 x 122, 122 x 152.5). Dimensions available for 4.5 stitches to 2.5 cm (in cm): 106.5 x 106.5, (106.5 x 142, 142 x 142, 142 x 178)

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

Contains:

  • Knitting pattern for multiple variations on a blanket knit in blocks of a wavy short-row pattern, based on the Lizard Ridge blanket
  • Suitable for intermediate to advanced knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • At 5 stitches to 2.5 cm, approximately 1070, (1430, 1900, 2380) m of worsted- or aran-weight yarn, plus 165, (195, 220, 250) m for the border, for a total of 1235, (1625, 2120, 2630) m. At 4.5 stitches to 2.5 cm, approximately 1440, (1920, 2560, 3200) m of worsted- or aran-weight yarn, plus 220, (260, 295, 330) m for the border, for a total of 1660, (2180, 2855, 3530) m
  • 5.0 mm/US 8 needles OR 4.5 mm/US 7 needles. You will need 152.5 cm circulars (or multiple smaller circulars to go all the way around the outside edge of the blanket), 60 cm circulars, 40 cm circulars, 30 cm circulars (optional), and DPNs in the size you choose
  • Four stitch markers, one in a different color to mark the beginning of the round
  • Point protectors
  • Tapestry needle
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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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