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Rainbow Stripe Bonanza Blanket

By: Ellen Kapusniak from stitchgeek.com
Rainbow Stripe Bonanza Blanket

Bring some cheerful color to a drab room with this Rainbow Stripe Bonanza Blanket. The design in this blanket is all in its bright stripes, so the blanket pattern requires no elaborate techniques--just a lot of color!--and is easy enough for a beginner to make. The rainbow stripes on this blanket are not only many-colored but also many-sized, giving this knit blanket pattern a joyfully riotous feel. Knit this blanket for your own home or share its sunny cheer with a friend and knit it as a gift.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge12 stitches, 22.5 rows, 4 inches. garter stitch

This pattern includes an optional crochet edging.

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This is a simple pattern that is a great way to use up yarn in the stash. It's made with bulky/chunky yarn, which I don't have much of, so I would make it with two strands of worsted weight yarn (which I have plenty to) held together. I like the simple crocheted edge, which finishes it off nicely.

The yarn is DK not bulky, the needle size is US6/4mm, the border is knit, it is not double stranded. I do love your idea of double stranding it in worsted weight on a larger needle, since this is a baby blanket I think double stranded with larger needles will make it close to full size, as shown in the picture.

In an effort to use up the yarn I inherited from my mom plus the yarn I've managed to hoard over the years, I have embarked on a project to make everyone in my family an afghan. I am about halfway through now. I think this one would be perfect for my 9 year old great nephew. Isn't it amazing though, the more yarn you have the more you have to shop for the perfect new color to go with it? Thanks for this inspiration, I saved it to my knitting patterns.

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