I have posted a new pattern just in time for the winter ahead: the Henley Blanket.
The pattern features three different sizes to fit Single/Twin, Double/Full and Queen-sized beds. Whichever one you make you will be sure to keep the worst of the winter chills at bay. The added advantage is that if you start working on this project now, then when the cooler evenings start to come in you can keep your knees warm as the blanket grows! A double benefit.
The blankets are worked in 100% wool - always the best choice for warm and cozy throws and bedspreads. You can either use handspun yarns, as here, or "Cascade 220" which is one of my favourite yarns. It always gives a wonderful result for this type of project as it is nicely soft and has great stitch definition.
The blanket features a reversible stitch pattern, Ridged Rib, which is easy to memorize and work. I love this type of stitch when I am knitting a large project. It becomes almost meditative as your hands work across the rows. Before you know it, another repeat has been done and then another. Then very soon the blanket is finished!
The stitch gives a regular, cellular texture which traps the air and holds the heat in beautifully so you can be assured of extra warmth when you need it.
The body of the blanket is worked in one colour while the turn-back is in a contrasting shade, giving a modern feel to a classic design. The version in the photograph is in rich tones of plum and cyan, but the design would lend itself to being worked in a variety of different colours and contrasting tones for a very different 'look' to each project.
The pattern is available on Craftsy, Etsy, Kollabora and Ravelry. Please also see my website for further information on this and my other available patterns.
It should be a cozy winter ahead!
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