Knitted Scrapper's Stripe Afghan Blanket

The Knitted Scrapper's Stripe Afghan Blanket is an absolute gem for anyone who loves getting cozy with a touch of homemade warmth. With its delightful blend of colors and charming knitted texture, this blanket is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you wrap yourself in its soft embrace. Whether you're binge-watching your favorite show or enjoying a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this blanket is the perfect companion to keep you snug and comfortable. Handcrafted with love and care, it not only adds a touch of charm to your living space but also serves as a heartwarming reminder of the beauty of handmade creations. Dive into the comfort and charm of the Knitted Scrapper's Stripe Afghan Blanket, and feel the warmth and coziness it brings to your home.

Skill level: Easy

Size: approx. 44" wide x 50“ long (after blocking)

Note: Afghan can be made longer by adding more color stripes but additional yarn quantities will be needed.

Materials:

  • Worsted wt. yarn:
  • Two skeins (approx. 200 yds. per skein) main color (MC) for border
  • Approx. 90 yds. each of 9 assorted colors (CC) for stripes
  • Sample afghan shown in assorted colors of Red Heart “Super Saver” (100% acrylic, approx. 160 yds/146 m per 3 oz/85g skein) in black (border) and various shades of blue, green, gray, mauve and purple (color stripes)
  • 29” length circular knitting needle size 10.5 (6.5 mm), or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Row counter (optional)
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 14 sts & 20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles

One color stripe = approx. 5” high

Stitches/Terms: beginning (beg), bind off (BO), cast on (CO), knit (k), knit 2 together (k2tog), pass slipped stitch over (psso), pattern (patt), purl (p), remaining (rem), repeat (rep), slip (sl), stitch (st), stockinette stitch (st st), yarn over (yo)

Pattern notes:

Afghan is worked in one piece from lower edge to top.

Nine stitches at each edge are maintained in seed stitch in MC for self-border throughout.

Color stripes consist of 24 rows of an alternating lace pattern. Colors are changed every 24 rows. After changing to new CC color, cut old CC color, leaving 6” tail for weaving in later.

Work with separate balls of yarn for each color section across row. Be sure to drop old color over new color and pick up new color from under dropped strand to avoid holes in work.

A row counter is useful for keeping track of rows in pattern.

Special stitches:

Seed stitch (on an uneven number of sts):

Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * across to last st, k1.

Row 2 and all remaining rows: Knit the purl sts and purl the knit stitches as they face you.

Notes on lace stitch pattern: The stitch pattern consists of an 8-row repeat which offsets every 8 rows. Because each color stripe takes 24 rows to complete, alternate stripes will follow different row sequences.

Lace Pattern I:

Row 1 (RS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, k1, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, rep from * to last 4 sts before seed st border, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Row 2 (WS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 9 (offset row): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, k4, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3; rep from * to last st before seed st border, k1, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Row 10: With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Rows 11-16: Rep Rows 9-10.

Rows 17-24: Rep Rows 1-8. At end of Row 24, one CC color stripe has been completed.

Lace Pattern II:

Row 1 (RS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, k4, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3; rep from * to last st before seed st border, k1, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Row 2 (WS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 9 (offset row): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, k1, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, rep from * to last 4 sts before seed st border, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Row 10 (WS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Rows 11-16: Rep Rows 9-10.

Rows 17-24: Rep Rows 1-8.

At end of Row 24, one CC color stripe has been completed.

Afghan

With MC, CO 143.

Work in seed st for 8 rows.

Begin set-up rows (Note: use separate balls of yarn for each color section. Drop and pick up colors as needed but do not cut them until instructed to do so):

Set-up Row 1 (RS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC but do not cut it, join first contrast color (CC), k to last 9 sts, drop CC but do not cut it, join second ball of MC, seed st 9.

Set-up Row 2 (WS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Work afghan in color stripe and lace pattern sequence as follows:

Color stripe 1: work in Lace Pattern I

Color stripe 2: work in Lace Pattern II

Color stripe 3: work in Lace Pattern I

Color stripe 4: work in Lace Pattern II

Color stripe 5: work in Lace Pattern I

Color stripe 6: work in Lace Pattern II

Color stripe 7: work in Lace Pattern I

Color stripe 8: work in Lace Pattern II

Color stripe 9: work in Lace Pattern I

When 9 CC color stripes have been completed, finish afghan as follows:

Prep Row 1 (RS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, k to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Prep Row 2 (WS): With MC, seed st 9, drop MC, pick up CC, p to last 9 sts, drop CC, pick up MC, seed st 9.

Upper border:

Row 1 (RS): With MC, seed st across all sts, dropping and cutting CC and second ball of MC, leaving 6” tails for weaving in later.

Rows 2-8: Work in seed st.

BO in patt and weave in all tails.

Finishing: Following care instructions on yarn ball band, lightly block afghan to finished measurements.

Variations:

Work center lace panel in one solid color using a contrast color for border.

Work entire afghan in one color using either a solid or multicolor or self-striping yarn.   

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