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Bold and Bright Lapghan

Simple Stadium Lapghan

If you're looking forward to football games but not the weather they're played in, we've got just the solution for you. The Bold and Bright Lapghan lets you show your time spirit while guarding you against cold, wind, and snow. This knit blanket pattern is made in squares from self-striping yarn and then pieced together, making it a perfect project for beginners learning how to knit a blanket. And because it's knit entirely in garter stitch, you'll never worry about missing a play because you were looking at your knitting.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge16 stitches, 28 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • RED HEART Team Spirit [5 oz (141g)/244 yd (223 m)] 964 Burgundy/Gold - 5 Skeins
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] 32” (80 cm) circular needle
  • Yarn needle

 

 

Gauge:

16 sts = 4” (10 cm); 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch (knit every row).
One Square measures about 10 x 10” (25.5 x 25.5 cm).
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

 

Measurements:

Lapghan measures 40 x 40” (101.5 x 101.5 cm) before edging; 42 x 42” (106.5 x 106.5 cm) with edging.

 

 

Abbreviations:

k = knit
kfb = knit into front and back: Knit next st but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same st and remove from needle
st(s) = stitches

 

 

Notes:

  • Lapghan is made from 16 Squares.
  • Squares are arranged as shown in photo and sewn together.
  • Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches needed to work edging. Work back and forth in rows as if working with straight needles.
  • Edging is worked across each side edge of assembled Lapghan and corners of edging are sewn together.

 

 

Instructions:

SQUARE (make 16):
Cast on 38 sts.
Work in Garter st (knit every row) until piece measures about 10” (25.5 cm) from beginning.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Arrange squares into 4 rows of 4 squares, alternating vertical and horizontal striping as shown in photo, and sew squares together.

LAPGHAN EDGING
With right side facing, pick up and k146 sts evenly spaced across one side edge.
Row 1 (wrong side): Knit.
Row 2 (increase row): K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1—148 sts.
Rows 4–10: Repeat last 2 rows 4 more times—156 sts.

Bind off. Repeat across all sides.
Sew mitered corners together. Weave in ends.

 

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This is an attractive afghan. However, you have to make 16 squares and then seam them together. Then you have to pick up 146 stitches on a side and knit the edging, doing this four times (all four sides). Then you have to seam the corners together. So, not exactly quick and easy to make.

You could change the size or shape of this classic afghan simply by adding or subtracting blocks. It appears that one skein of the Team Spirit yarn will make 3 squares so adjust the amount according to the number of blocks you want. This is a perfect summer knitting project since you aren't weighed down by a full blanket until you arrive at the finishing stage.

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