It might be sweater season, but it’s also definitely blanket season! October is my favorite month of the year and for me it evokes apple and pumpkin picking, cozy vibes, knitwear, and snuggling up to watch scary movies. I really wanted to wrap all of that up into a mood and turn it into a design … and the Harvest Throw was born! Scroll down for the free pattern,
What is it about making blankets that’s just SO exciting?! I think it’s several things – having a big project that can live next to the couch for those evening knitflix sessions is always such a nice way to end the day. When it’s a simple, repetitive project, the mindfulness and meditation that comes along with it allows you to decompress from the day, and knowing you have a project waiting and don’t have to hunt for a new one or do any math (hello rectangle!) is such a relief.
Blankets are so satisfying to watch grow as you make them, and they double as lap blankets once you’re about halfway through. I think the eight row repeat on this design is also particularly lovely because it’s a decent amount of work for each one, and with each rep you feel a mini accomplishment on the way to finishing the whole blanket.
When I dreamed up the Harvest Throw, I wanted something classic and textured. This is the kind of blanket you live under and I wanted it to go effortlessly from the bed to the couch to your favorite reading chair or breakfast nook. I imagine it draped over shoulders for morning coffee and covering chilly toes around the fire pit. The simple chevron texture makes it squishy for that extra cozy vibe, and the fringe adds the perfect amount of flair and drama.
The best thing about this blanket is that it requires only true beginner skills, but the repeat keeps it interesting for more intermediate or advanced knitters. That is truly my favorite kind of project! Since this pattern includes a chart as well as fully written instructions, it’s also a great project for those who want to try their first charted pattern or familiarize themselves with how stitch charts work. I can’t say enough good things about this one 🙂
This is a beginner level pattern and the techniques involved are the knit and purl stitch and optional reading from a stitch chart.
(bulky, weight 5; 137yds/125m per skein)
(A) Width: 42”/107cm
(B) Length: 56”/142cm
11 sts + 16 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms
CO – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
Rep – repeat
St(s) – stitch(es)
Notes: Blanket is worked flat in back and forth rows and is reversible. Follow provided chart or written instructions below. Chart begins in bottom right corner, row 1. Odd rows are read right to left and even rows are read left to right.
CO 120 sts.
Row 1: *P 2, K 2, P 2, K 1, P 2, K 2, P 1, rep from * to end of row.
Row 2 and all even rows: Work as established, knitting the K sts and purling the P sts.
Row 3: *P 1, K 2, P 2, K 3, P 2, K 2, rep from * to end of row.
Row 5: *K 2, P 2, K 2, P 1, K 2, P 2, K 1, rep from * to end of row.
Row 7: *K 1, P 2, K 2, P 3, K 2, P 2, rep from * to end of row.
Rep rows 1-8 until work measures approx. 56”/142cm, ending with a row 8.
Secure and weave in all ends.
Cut 240 14”/35.5cm strands.
Holding four strands together at a time, attach 30 bundles of fringe using larks head knots evenly along each short edge of the throw. To do so, fold the four strands in half and use the crochet hook to pull the folded loop through a space along the edge, then draw the ends of the strands through the loop to create the larks head knot. Trim fringe to desired length.
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