The inspiration of the blanket
The Southwest Sunset Blanket was inspired by the yarn that I used to make it. As an ambassador for King Cole Yarns, they sent me a sample cake of the Safari Chunky yarn. When I was playing with it, it screamed out to me “I want to be a big, squishy, rippley blanket!”
About the yarn
As I was picking out the colors, the color “Sunset” was really catching my eye. So, I ordered some and started right away. The colors are so beautiful! They have a fairly slow changing stripe with intermittent black sections that remind me of the sunsets here in Arizona. I typically refuse to work with the color black; However the sections are short enough that the black was easy to work with. Plus, it’s such a rich, beautiful black that I found myself looking forward to those sections.
If you’d like to read my review of the King Cole Safari Chunky Yarn, please click HERE.
The blanket uses Safari Chunky yarn and size US 10.5 knitting needles. As a result of using larger yarn and needles, it is very quick and simple knit!
About the blanket
The 16 stitch knitted panel is simple to memorize and works over a 2 row repeat. The points at the end are highlighted with small fringes of only 3 strands of yarn used for each fringe. It does work up fairly quickly because of the chunky yarn. The 2 row repeat is good for when you want to knit while binging your favorite tv show (or podcast, in my case!)
The blanket is sized for a 50″ x 60″ throw and the terms are written using US terminology. The stitch pattern works in multiples of 16+2, so you can customize the size to your liking. I’ve created a video to help with starting your blanket, placing the stitch markers, the bind off (this part is super important) and working with the fringe.
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- King Cole Safari Chunky yarn (5.25 oz / 150 g; 311 yds / 285 m; 100% Premium Acrylic; #5 Chunky weight) In color “Sunset” – approximately 5 skeins or 1550 yards / 1418 meters (To find your local King Cole stockist click HERE or visit LoveCrafts to purchase online)
- Size US 10.5 / 6.5 mm 32″ / 82 cm circular knitting needle
- Size US J / 6 mm crochet hook or tool to help with fringe
- 10 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- Ruler or tape measure
Size: 50″ x 60″ / 127 cm x 152.4 cm
Gauge: 13 stitches x 18 rows = 4” x 4” / 10 cm x 10 cm In stockinette stitch pattern
Pattern Difficulty level: Easy
Stitches & Terms Used
(Pattern is written in US terms):
K2tog: Knit 2 together
Kfb: Knit Into the front and back of the same stitch
Long tail cast on
Ssk: Slip 2 stitches one at a time knit wise; then place those 2 stitches back on left needle and knit those 2 stitches together through the back loop
- Stitch Pattern is worked using multiples of 16 + 2; please note that if you change the size of your blanket or knit using a gauge different than mine, your yarn quantities will vary.
- For your first time knitting Row 2, insert a stitch marker between each * repeat. This will make keeping track of your stitches much easier.
Directions for Southwest Sunset Blanket
- Using Long tail cast on method, cast on 178
- Row 1 (WS): Purl
- Row 2 (RS): K1, *kfb, k5, ssk, k2tog, k5, kfb; repeat * across to last stitch, k1
Repeat rows 1-2 until blanket measures 60″ / 152.4 cm or your desired length. Then bind off in pattern (if you need to view how to do this specific bind off, click here).
I recommend blocking your blanket prior to attaching the fringe so that your points are more prominent for attaching fringe.
Cut three 10″ / 25.4 cm pieces of yarn for each “point” on the ends of the blanket. If you cast on 178, you’ll end up with 66 pieces.
Use 3 strands of the cut yarn with a crochet hook or tool of your choice and attach the fringe at each point.
After all points have fringe, trim to an even length throughout.
If you enjoyed this blanket, here are a few more knit patterns that are available for free to view on the website 🙂
Wrap up In your blanket, enjoy a nap using it, then please take pictures! Please tag me on social media @handmadebystacyj or #handmadebystacyj so that I can see your beautiful blanket 🙂
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