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Nantucket Afghan

Bold stripes and a subtle stitch texture combine to form the Nantucket Afghan. This timeless knit blanket pattern is the perfect addition to any room in your home, apartment, or college dorm. Have fun experimenting with different solid-color yarns to match the seasons or your home decor. This elegant knit throw pattern is super easy to make and will impress anyone who comes over. You will love being able to tell people you made it yourself almost as much as you will love cuddling up in it on cold winter nights while you work on your next amazing project.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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


  • Caron Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
    • Contrast A Country Blue (9710) - 2 balls
    • Contrast B Autumn Red (9730) - 3 balls
    • Contrast C Off White (9702) - 2 balls
    • Contrast D Bone (9703) - 2 balls
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needle 36" [90.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.



18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.



Approx 48" x 60" [122 x 152.5 cm].



Approx = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
K = Knit
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat(s)
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)




With A, cast on 216 sts. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
**1st and 2nd rows: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
3rd and 4th rows: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Last 4 rows form Moss St Pat.
Rep last 4 rows once more, then 1st and 2nd rows once.
Next row: (RS). With D, knit.
Next row: K5. Purl to last 5 sts. K5.
Rep last 2 rows 6 times more.
Change to B and work 20 rows in garter st (knit every row).
With C, knit 1 row, then beg on 2nd row, work 21 rows in Moss St Pat.
With A, work 30 rows stocking st, with 5 sts at each edge in garter st.
With D, work 4 rows in garter st.
With B, knit 1 row, then beg on 2nd row, work 11 rows in Moss St Pat.
With C, work 10 rows stocking st, with 5 sts at each edge in garter st.
With A, work 2 rows in garter st.
With D, knit 1 row, then beg on 2nd row, work 29 rows in Moss St Pat.
With B, work 20 rows stocking st, with 5 sts at each edge in garter st.
With C, work 4 rows in garter st.**
Rep from ** to ** until Afghan from beg measures approx 60" [152.5 cm], ending with 10 rows of Moss St Pat or garter st. Cast off.

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The instructions for moss stitch at the beginning of the pattern are incorrect. Moss stitch is a 4 row repeat with rows 1 4 being the same, while rows 2 3 are the same, the instructions provided here will not create moss stitch.

This free pattern was provided by Caron yarn and is still available to download as a free pdf. Note that looking at the pictures furnished on the Caron website, I did notice that when finished, this afghan will have a noticeable right and wrong side. Instructions are provided for a single size with no variations.

I really like this pretty afghan pattern. It has a really nice texture with the alternating sections of seed stitch and stockinette stitch. The color combination in the photo is very nice, but you could also change it up a little to match your decor, or maybe use more earth tones or fall colors.

Love this pattern! I made this for my parents for Christmas and am so excited to give it to them!


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