Color by Number Stash-Busting Blanket
Color by Number patterns are made with striping, picked up stitches, and a couple yarn-carrying tricks to make for as little finishing as possible, no complex techniques like stranded knitting or intarsia!
This design is part of the Coloring Book ebook, which is a collection of knit accessory patterns all designed to make the most of your colors.
This scrappy blanket is perfect for using up all your leftovers! Make it similar to the pictured sample, or easily change the striping pattern, or even the shape of the the whole thing, for totally different looks.
The construction, one strip at a time, all connected modularly, makes for a fun blank-canvas kind of project that can use up colors in endless possible ways. The sample has 2x2 row stripes, but you can use wide blocks of color, or varying stripe widths, in as many colors as you want.
You can also get completely different looks by changing the ways your sections slant - the sample is made up of a combination of straight and slanting sections, but you can choose to instead work all straight sections, or all slanting sections, switching back and forth for a chevron look. All pattern options are included, as well as blank diagrams that you can color in to try out different striping ideas!
Also, while the sample is thick and squishy in super bulky triple-stranded yarn, you can make a blanket in any weight yarn at any gauge, in any size - just keep knitting for as long as needed, until you like your size.
This individual pattern is for just the blanket; the complete Color by Number set includes the pattern for this blanket, along with the six other sample items and full customizing details.
The color chart is given as a color by number grid, so that you can fill in the colors you want to use, though you can work different kinds of striping patterns besides the 2x2 stripes. The pattern includes blank drawings of the blanket, so you can break out the colored pencils and try out some ideas.
The approximate size of the sample piece is 34 inches / 86 cm wide, 25 inches / 64 cm long.
This piece can be made in any weight yarn, in any length and any width.
approx 405 yards / 370 meters total in super bulky weight yarn, or more yardage for a larger blanket - the sample small lap blanket used:
-- Malabrigo Merino Worsted aran weight, held triple stranded
-- Malabrigo Twist aran weight, held triple stranded
-- Malabrigo Chunky bulky weight, held double stranded
-- (960 yards / 878 meters total in aran held triple, and 169 yards / 155 meters total in bulky held double)
or, any weight yarn for any gauge blanket, enough yardage to make a blanket as large as you want (tons of various colors of leftover partial balls in approximately the same weight is perfect!)
size US 15 (10mm) needles
or, needles sized to match your yarn for any gauge
a yarn needle