Warm Hearted by Louise Zass-Bangham

Warm Hearted

September 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch/Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1115 yards (1020 m)
89cm/35" wide x 99cm/39" long blanket. Customisble. Shawl and scarf information included.
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Knit Play Colour contains ten patterns. The patterns are being previewed on Ravelry through September, with the final pattern being revealed when the book is released on 29th.

A hand-knit to warm someone you love.

Sometimes, instead of wrapping up in a scarf to go out, we just want to snuggle at home in our favourite armchair, under a warm blanket. Get comfy and watch a movie on a chilly evening.

You’ll love how quickly this knits up in a cosy aran yarn, keeping your lap warm as you work.

The perfect gift to welcome a baby into the world. A romantic present for a newly married couple. It is a simple expression of love in yarn and your time.

An intermediate lace project, this blanket is adjustable in size. Make it in baby blanket, or lap blanket/afghan size.

You can play with the design to make an elegant scarf or wedding shawl.

BOTH written instructions AND a chart are included.

At the end of every pattern in Knit Play Colour, you will find ideas on how to “play” with the design.

You can play with the colour and weight of yarn. I recommend sport weight, DK, worsted and aran yarns for this blanket. Information on adjusting the blanket for different yarn weights is included.

However…this blanket also wants to be a scarf or shawl!

If you have seen Heart Deco cowl, but would like to make it as a scarf or shawl, all the help you need is in the Play section at the end of the pattern. I know a blanket may sound farther from a scarf or shawl than does a cowl, but since the blanket is worked flat, it’s easier to play with for other flat projects.

89cm/35” wide x 99cm/39” long blanket, easily adjustable. (See play examples below for scarf and shawl project sizes.)

Aran/heavy worsted yarn (approx 160-180m/175-200yds per 100g). Allow 1020m/1115yds.
5mm/US 8 needles. Worked in rows, you may find it easier to use a circular needle with 80cm/32” cable.
8 x stitch markers

MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran (100% extra fine Merino wool, 80m/87yds per 50g ball) 13 balls x Latte.
Madelinetosh Vintage (100% superwash Merino wool,
182m/200yds per skein.) 6 x Dahlia.

18 sts x 24 rows per 10cm/4” square over Stocking Stitch/Stockinette using 5mm/US 8 needles or size needed to get gauge. (18 sts x 26 rows per 10 cm/4” square over lace pattern.)

Some of the ideas on how to “Play” with the pattern are shown at the bottom left in:

  • Washable, organic cotton baby blanket in classic cream: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (100% organic cotton, 137m/149yds per 65g skein) 9 x Birch (090). 20 sts x 30 rows per 10cm/4” over lace pattern after blocking using 3.75mm/US 5 needles. 92cm/36” wide x 86cm/34” long.
  • A shawl to wear to a wedding, in oyster or pick a favourite colour: Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/sport (55% superwash Merino, 45% silk, 365m/399yds per 100g skein) 3 x Oyster (80303). 22 sts x 30 rows per 10cm/4” over lace pattern after blocking using 3.75mm/US 5 needles. 170cm/68” wide x 46cm/18” deep.
  • A beautiful winter scarf: Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK (55% superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 45% silk, 212m/ 232yds per 100g skein) 3 x Old Smoke. 20 sts x 27 rows per 10 cm/4” square over lace pattern after blocking. 32cm/13” wide x 162-184cm/64-73” long.

For more about playing with this pattern, visit the Warm Hearted blog post.

All details needed to make these options are included in the book. All patterns are tech edited and tested in a range of yarns.