Blended Seed Stitch Knit Blanket
Designed by Sue W. Thompson
This pattern will be published (May 4) in the 2018 Knitting Pattern A Day Calendar
- Size 9-10½ knitting needles
(I prefer using 14" long dp needles...but a circular needle can be used instead.)
- Yarn - Worsted weight - four colors...three main colors and two yarns of an accent color
(both of the same or nearly same color)
- Size afghan - about 40" wide X 60" long
With main Color #1, cast on 105 stitches. **With main color #1, work 1 row in seed stitch (k1p1 across ending with k1). Drop main color #1 and, using main color #2, work 1 row in seed stitch (k1p1 across ending with k1). Drop main color #2 and, using main color #3, work 1 row in seed stitch (k1p1 across ending with k1). Drop main color #3 and pick up main color #1**...repeat from ** to second** until about 20" of blanket are completed. Now, drop one of the main colors (I chose to drop the lighter white yarn in my samples) and use you accent color where you previously used that main color. After knitting about 10-12 more rows, drop another of the main colors and use the second accent yarn instead. Work about 8-12" and then drop the second accent color and revert to the 2nd main color that you dropped previously. Work about 10-12 more rows and drop the initial accent colored yarn and revert to the 1st main color that you dropped previously. The remainder of the blanket will be knit in the seed stitch with the initial (3) main colors. After completing 60", complete knitting one more row in the main color #1. Bind off (loosely) with the same yarn (main color #1). Be sure that both ends of your blanket are close to the same width. If you bound off too loosely, that end will be wider than the first row of the blanket. If the bound off edge is narrower than the initial row, then it has been bound off too tightly.
Using my photo of the seed stitch blanket #1 as a guide...I started by casting on 105 sts of black yarn. Using the seed stitch throughout...my first knit row was with the same black yarn. My next row was with a gray yarn and my third row was with a white yarn. I continued alternating these three colors...black, then gray, then white...until I completed 20". I dropped the white yarn and started with my red yarn #1...so I was alternating black, gray, then red yarn for 10-12 rows. I then dropped the gray yarn and added my second red yarn (I chose a soft sort of fuzzy yarn here)...and I continued in pattern...knitting black, then fuzzy red, then red yarn #1...for 8-12 more inches. I then dropped the fuzzy red yarn and replaced it with the gray yarn...and knit with the black, then gray, then red yarn #1... for 10-12 more rows. I then dropped the red yarn #1 and reverted to my initial colors of black, gray, and white...and knit the remainder of the blanket in those colors...finishing with a seed stitch row of black and then a bind-off row of the same black yarn. For this particular blanket, I used a variety of yarns that were all the same color...i.e., my white yarns sometimes included a plain acrylic yarn...and sometimes a soft fuzzy white yarn (I was using up yarns from my stash and did not care if I had a variety of yarns in the blanket...as long as they were close to the same color).
Seed Stitch Knit Afghan #1
Seed Stitch Knit Afghan #2
|(Blankets knit by Sue W. Thompson, Tucson, AZ)|