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Seaside Stripes Blanket

Update your home for the summer with a refreshing knit blanket pattern! The Seaside Stripes Blanket is a crisp and clean nautical-inspired blanket with tons of character. This white and blue beauty features alternating thick and thin stripes and perfectly captures the laid-back vibe of a summer fishing village. Experiment with earth tones for a fun southwestern look.

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Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Patons Canadiana (100 g/3.5 oz) or Patons Decor (100 g/3.5 oz):
    • Main color (MC) (White) 7 balls
    • Contrast A (Lt Blue) 1 ball
    • Contrast B (Dk Blue) 3 balls
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension

 

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with 4.5 mm needles in stocking st.

 

Measurement: Approx 47 x 57½ ins [117 x 146 cm

 

INSTRUCTIONS

With MC cast on 220 sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle, work in garter st (knit every row) for 1½ ins [4 cm], noting that first row is WS and ending with RS facing for next row. With MC, work 22 rows in stocking st. Cont in stocking st, working color changes as follows:
**With A, work 2 rows.
With MC, work 4 rows.
With B, work 2 rows.
With MC, work 2 rows.
With B, work 2 rows.
With MC, work 2 rows.
With B, work 16 rows.
With MC, work 2 rows.
With B, work 2 rows.
With MC, work 2 rows.
With B, work 2 rows.
With MC, work 4 rows.
With A, work 2 rows.***
With MC, work 44 rows.**
Rep from ** to ** twice more, then from ** to *** once more.
With MC, work 22 rows in stocking st.
With MC, proceed in garter st for 1½ ins [4 cm] ending with WS facing for next row. Cast off knitways (WS).


Side edging
With RS of work facing and MC pick up and knit 271 sts along each side edge.
Work 1½ ins [4 cm] in garter st, ending with WS facing for next row. Cast off knitways (WS).

 

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This is a nice pattern. However, I personally find it tedious to have to pick up 271 stitches along the side and knit a border - twice! It would have been easier to work the garter stitch edging up both sides as you went along, as many other patterns do. Just my 2 cents.

I don't disagree with you about it being easier to knit the border in, but in this case it will just look like the rest of the blanket. Picking up the stitches after and knitting them from the edges out makes the border knitting run the opposite way to the blanket and adds some dimension to a blanket that could be characterized as "plain".

What does WS and RS mean in the this pattern?

WS(Wrong Side: wrong side being the side not be displayed) RS(right Side: being the side you see)

What does WS and RS mean in the this pattern?

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