Inspiration of the Low Tide Throw
When Iearned this specific cable stitch, not only did I fall in love with it, it spoke to me to the be the Low Tide Throw. The texture, the simplicity, all of it called to me to be a large throw that you could cuddle up in on a chilly evening. With the help of King Cole Yarns, that vision became a reality for this blanket and is now a free knitting pattern.
The name “Low Tide” came to me as I looked at the texture. It reminded me of a time when I was walking barefoot at Bunbeg Beach in County Donegal, Ireland during our 2019 family vacation. My oldest son and I had taken the day to leave our shoes in the car, do some fishing, explore the ship wreck, do some walking and barefoot hiking. Before we knew it, we had walked miles barefoot on the beach. The tide was low and the sand glimmered with the shallow water with the sunlight highlighting the textures that this stitch offers. It’s one of my favorite memories of that trip. Whenever I think of my “Happy place,” this memory is always what comes to the forefront of my mind.
About the yarn
The King Cole Big Value Super Chunky “Stormy” yarn called to me to be a big, cuddly, cabled blanket. It’s 100% Premium Acrylic with a beautiful marling effect. It’s nice & soft, and comes in an 88 yds / 81 m skein – I used just under 18 skeins for this project.
The Low Tide Throw uses size US 15 / 10 mm knitting needles and works over an 8 row repeat.
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About the blanket
The Low Tide Throw works over an 8 row repeat and the stitches are worked in increments of 12. The framing is worked as you work the blanket. That means that there isn’t any stitches to pick up or adding to the blanket once the body is completed.
The blanket is sized for a 50″ x 60″ and the terms are written using US terminology. I’ve created a video to help with your blanket.
- King Cole Big Value Super Chunky “Stormy” (100% Premium Acrylic; 3.5 oz / 100g; 88 yd / 81 m) – 1600 yds / 1463 m in color #4106 / Thunder (To find your local King Cole stockist click HERE or visit LoveCrafts to purchase online) or any other Super Chunky / #6 Acrylic yarn
- Size US 15 / 10 mm 30″ / 75 cm circular knitting needle
- Cable needle
- 2 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
Measures: 50” x 60” / 127 cm x 152.4 cm
Gauge: 9 sts x 12 rows = 4” x 4” / 10 cm x 10 cm in stockinette stitch – Gauge isn’t critical in this project, but will affect yarn usage
Pattern Difficulty level: Easy-ish
Stitches & Terms Used
(Pattern is written in US terms):
Bind off in pattern
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
Kfb: Knit into the front and back of the same stitch
Long Tail cast on
Pm: Place marker
Rs: Right side
Sm: Stitch marker
Ws: Wrong side
X: Times (3x = 3 times)
Special Stitches Used:
C6B: Cable 6 Back – Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back, knit next 3 stitches from left needle, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle
C6F: Cable 6 Front – Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front, knit next 3 stitches from left needle, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle
- To avoid weaving in multiple yarn tails, I recommend working the Russian join as you join a new skein of yarn. To see a video tutorial of this technique, please visit: https://youtu.be/iU9rszpZzoQ
- This stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 12. If you’d like to adjust the size of your blanket, be sure to adjust the “set up” row to increase evenly to 12 stitches. Then be sure to adjust the “decrease” row, as well.
Directions for Low Tide Throw
Using Long tail cast on method, cast on 150
Row 1 (RS): (K2, p2) across, ending with k2
Row 2 (WS): (P2, k2) across, ending with p2
Rep rows 1-2 five more times
Set up row
(K2, p2) 3x, pm, (k9, kfb) 12x, k6, pm, (p2, k2) 3x – 12 sts increased for a total of 162 sts
- Row 1 and all ws rows (WS): (P2, k2) 3x, p to sm, (k2, p2) 3x
- Row 2 (RS): (K2, p2) 3x, c6f, *k6, c6f; rep * to sm, (p2, k2) 3x
- Row 4: (K2, p2) 3x, k to sm, (p2, k2) 3x
- Row 6: (K2, p2) 3x, k6, *c6b, k6; rep * to sm, (p2, k2) 3x
- Row 8: As row 4
Rep rows 1 – 8 until blanket measures 55” / 140 cm ending with completion of either row 3 or 7. For my blanket, I did a total of 17 more repeats.
In this row we are decreasing by a total of 12 sts to bring the stitch count back to the original cast on amount
RS): (K2, p2) 3x, (k9, k2tog) 12x, k6, (p2, k2) 3x – 150 sts
WS): (P2, k2) across, ending with p2 and removing markers as you come to them
Work rows 1 – 2 of the beginning Ribbing section five times
Bind off in pattern, weave in the ends and enjoy!
When you’re all done, please take pictures and tag me on social media. @handmadebystacyj or #handmadebystacyj so that I can see your beautiful blanket 🙂
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