Journey by Kate Bostwick

Journey

Knitting
May 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch in the round
US 8 - 5.0 mm
2790 yards (2551 m)
47” x 57”/119.5 cm x 145 cm
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This pattern is from Travel Knits for the Family, Volume 1 - Into the Cold. For more information on the book click here. For travel stories and inspiration for the patterns, check out cowtownknits.com.


The Journey blanket is made up of squares that are knit from the centre-out, using slipped stitches and cables to create a floral motif. The pattern includes instructions for grafting or seaming the squares together as you prefer. Knit the squares as you travel, or use souvenir yarns to make your blanket a reminder of your journey.

Size
47” x 57”/119.5 cm x 145 cm as written. See notes about adjusting size.

Materials
Suggested Yarn

Pirkanmaan Kotityö Pirkkalanka (Thick); 100% wool; 186 yds 170 m/3.53 oz 100 g in the following quantities:
MC: 10 skeins of Barely Grey (200)
CCs: 1 skein each of Mustard (222), Plum (305), Denim (307), Raspberry (326), and Moss (3734). You can do this with any number of contrast colours. Keep in mind that each square uses approximately 20 g of CC.

Needles
US#8/5 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) DPNs, 16”/40 cm, 24”/60 cm, 32”/80 cm, 60”/150 cm, and (optional) very long circular or joined interchangeable cables if you plan to do the edging in the round.

Notions
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needles (2), blocking pins and wires (optional).

Gauge
19 sts and 40 rounds = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch in the round.
Note: Gauge is not critical for this project as long as you are satisfied with the fabric you have produced. Keep in mind that differences in gauge will affect the size and yardage of your project.

A note about adjusting size. You can adjust the size of this blanket in a number of ways. Add or remove a column/row of squares to make it larger or smaller, respectively. Keep in mind that 1 square uses slightly less than 20 g of CC and 35 g of MC. You could also adjust the size by using a yarn of a different weight (adjust needle size accordingly); use a 4ply or DK weight yarn to make a smaller blanket, chunky or super bulky yarn for a larger blanket. Try making a gauge swatch with different yarns to see how they would work up, what size you will achieve, and how much yarn you will need.