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Simple Striped Seed Stitch Afghan

By: Bernat Design Team from yarnspirations.com

Simple Striped Seed Stitch Afghan

Knitting an afghan has never been easier. This Simple Striped Seed Stitch Afghan is a great way for those just beginning knitting to practice a new stitch, or to finish a project while watching your favorite show on a lazy Sunday. Choose whatever colors you want to match the room you'll be putting the afghan in. These also make fantastic going-away-to-college gifts for your kids or grandkids. There really is no easier way to add a pop of color to any room than such an easy knit blanket.
BONUS! If you're just starting your knitting journey and you're not sure what materials you need, be sure to check out our article, Beginning Knitting Supplies: The Ultimate Knitting Tools List, for all the information you need.

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Knitting Needle Size35 or 19 mm

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Bernat® Mega Bulky™ (10.5 oz/300 g; 64 yds/58 m)
  • Contrast A: Linen (88021) - 1 ball
  • Contrast B: Pumpkin (88630) - 1 ball
  • Contrast C: Eucalyptus (88247) - 1 ball
  • Contrast D: New Gold (88609) - 1 ball
  • Contrast E: Mocha Brown (88029) - 1 ball
  • Contrast F: Lt Grey Heather (88046) - 1 ball
  • Contrast G: Olympia Blue (88128) - 1 ball
  • Contrast H: Purple (88334) - 1 ball
  • Contrast I: Aran (88008) - 1 ball
  • Contrast J: Dk Grey Heather (88042) - 1 ball
  • Size U.S. 35 (19 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

 

Measurements: Approx 43" x 60" [109 x 152.5 cm].

 

Abbreviations:


Approx = Approximate(ly)

Beg= Beginning

Cont = Continue(ity)

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

RS = Right side

St(s) = Stitch(es)

WS = Wrong side

 

Gauge: 4½ sts and 7 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Seed St Pat.

 

Instructions

Note: Join next color when necessary (it may occur in the middle of row).

With A, cast on 67 sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle, proceed as follows.

1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * tolast st. K1. Rep last row of Seed St Pat until all colors will be used in the following sequence: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, leaving end long enough to cast off. Cast off.

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I made a variation on this for my sister for Christmas. I did rainbow colors, 120 stitches, and about 15 skeins of Lion Brand Thick and Quick. Made a HUGE blanket (which was the point). Meanwhile, I never want to see seed stitch again in my life, lol.

Im considering making this blanket, but I'm not sure how I would fit all 67 stitches on a regular set of size 19 needles? Do I need a circular needle for this pattern?

Hi, to answer your question, just to be clear, the pattern takes size 35 needles (19 mm). I don't think you will be able to fit all 67 stitches on straight needles, especially since it is super bulky yarn. Also, realize that as you work on this blanket it will not only be wide but heavy. You really need circular needles to help you hold the weight.

This looks like a fabulous stash buster pattern. Does anyone know if I held two strands of Worsted weight together if it would be the same as bulky yarn? I've always wondered about combining smaller yarns and how it would add up to larger yarns.

I recently made an afghan for my sister based on this pattern. Except I modified it to be HUGE, since she loves giant blankets. It turned out about 5'x7', and she adores it. I won't be doing seed stitch again for a LONG time, though! Lol.

I like the popcorn look of the seed stitch knitted with bulky yarn on big needles. Very dramatic! I'd like to redo the colorway in an ombre look or perhaps the colors of the rainbow or the seven chakras, with the two extra rows top and bottom in black.

The pattern states that it needs 10 colours, however the instructions are only for 9 colours, I've checked the Bernat website and it's the same there. I like the idea of 10 colours and using this for a stashbuster, I'm going to use multiple strands of worsted weight yarn and the big 19mm needles for this.

Super simple yet effective afghan. You can work this in any weight yarn, but it won't be as fast to knit as this one in super chunky (1 stitch per inch). For a worsted weight yarn, I would buy one skein each of the ten colors (depends on the yardage in your skein) listed and make it on a size 9 circular knitting needle. At approximately 4 stitches per inch, I would cast on 180 stitches to make the blanket 45" wide. 4 x 45 equals 180. Then knit for six inches and change color until you reach the desired length.

THANK YOU!! I was wondering how to gauge with just a regular weight yarn!

What size needles and how much worsted yarn could I use f or the simple striped seed stitch afghan?

Hi mimis6, I would use the same size needles as in the pattern, but be sure to use circular needles because the blanket will get very heavy as you work. For the worsted yarn (weight 4), I have used 3 strands held together to get the same effect as the super bulky/super chunky (weight 6) yarn. You could also try 2 strands of worsted held together.

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