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Essential Effortless Afghan

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Everyone needs an afghan or two to throw over the couch for chilly days, and the more basic, the better. The Essential Effortless Afghan is a super-simple knit blanket pattern that can be adapted to fit any color scheme or decorating theme. Beginners learning how to knit a blanket will appreciate this easy knitting pattern, which is pieced together from five knitted strips. Made using the stockinette stitch, this is one of the easiest beginner knitting patterns in existence and is sure to impress. Don't miss this chance to wrap yourself in the quick and easy comfort of this classic checkerboard pattern.

Essential Effortless Afghan
Essential Effortless Afghan
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm

Gauge: 1 stitches and 2 rows = 3 inches in stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • RED HEART Super Saver [7 oz (198 g), 364 yd (333 m)]
    • Color A: 313 Aran, 2 skeins
    • Color B: 382 Country Blue, 2 skeins
    • Color C: 380 Windsor Blue, 2 skeins
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle

 

 

Gauge:

17 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm]. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

 

Measurements:

Afghan measures 37½” [95 cm] square

 

 

Abbreviations:

A, B, C, etc = Colors A, B, C, etc
K = knit;
mm = millimeter
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es);
( ) = work directions in parentheses as indicated

 

 

Instructions:

Strips 1 and 4:

With A, cast on 33 sts.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Row 2: P1, (K1, P1) across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 7½” [19 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop A.

With B, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 15” [38 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop B.

With C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 22½” [57 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working  Row 2. Drop C.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 30” [76 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop A.

With B, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 37½” [95 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2.
Bind off all stitches in pattern.


Strips 2 and 5:

With B, cast on 33 sts.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Row 2: P1, (K1, P1) across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 7½” [19 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop B.

With C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 15” [38 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop C.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 22½” [57 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop A.

With B, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 30” [76 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop B.

With C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 37½” [95 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2.
Bind off all stitches in pattern.


Strip 3

With C, cast on 33 sts.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Row 2: P1, (K1, P1) across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 7½” [19 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop C.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 15” [38 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop A.

With B, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 22½” [57 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop B.

With C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 30” [76 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2. Drop C.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures 37½” [95 cm] from cast on edge, ending by working Row 2.
Bind off all stitches in pattern.


Finishing:
Thread yarn needle with desired color. With right sides together, using the photo as a guide and matching rows, sew strips together in numerical order.

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I've worked out that on size 5mm needles its 32 rows per coloured section. t seems to work and look beautiful! I hope this is of some help to someone! Thanks x Rachele x

This afghan is such a beautiful, classic design! I'm picking up knitting again and I think I'll ease into it by doing this afghan in aran, light sage, and hunter green. My son will be moving out into his first apartment soon and this will make the perfect house warming gift!

I'm not sure how to drop A then puck it up again later

You can do it two ways, you can carry it loosely up the side of the strip or you can cut it leaving a decent end to darn it later. Cutting the yarn and leaving an end does create more work but if you're not experienced at carrying the yarn up the side, this is the way to go.

I'm doing this one right now and I had to go to a 6mm needle because the 5mm seemed to make the stitches too tight.

Hello! i am starting this blanket also in 6mm and casted on the same amount of stiches as tha pattern requires (33 sts). How did you convert and did one square still measure 7,5 inches? Mine is more like 8 inches. Did you calculate the rows or go by measurement to know when to start next square? Theese information would really help me! Thanks in advance...

Everything stays the same except the size needle used. I still used the same measurements to complete the pattern. Hope this helps someone.

I have this pattern knitting and crocheting, have both patterns

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