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Spiral Lapghan
Spiral Lapghan
This image courtesy of redheart.com

This gorgeous knit blanket pattern is the perfect combination of warmth and color. The blanket's fun stitch design will keep skilled knitters interested from start to finish. The Spiral Lapghan is knit from the center and worked outward. With just four balls of yarn, you can create the perfect accent blanket for relaxing and keeping warm on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Yarn: RED HEART® Boutique Treasure™: 2 balls each 1919 Watercolors A, and 1901 Mosaic B
  • Needles: Susan Bates® Knitting Needle: 6mm [US 10] circular needle, 24" (60 cm) long
  • Yarn needle


Note:
RED HEART® Boutique Treasure™ Art E788 available in 3.5 oz (100 g), 151 yd (138 m) balls


Size:
Lapghan measures 40" (101.5 cm) square


Gauge:
12 sts = 4" (10 cm); 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) over Center Squares in Garter st (k every row), after blocking. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.


Special Stitch:
ssk = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.


Notes:
1. Lapghan is worked from the center outwards, beginning with the Center Squares.
2. A large center square is worked, changing color to give the appearance of four squares.
3. Rounds of Triangles are then worked around the Center Squares.
4. Circular needle is used to accommodate width of fabric as Lapghan grows. Work back and forth in rows as if working with straight needles.
5. Because of the construction of the piece and the stretchiness of Garter stitch, the gauge (especially row gauge) varies throughout piece.
 

ABBREVIATIONS
A and B = Color A and Color B; k = knit; k2tog = knit next 2 sts together; st(s) = sttich(es).



CENTER SQUARES

With A, cast on 20 sts, with B cast on 20 sts—40 sts.
Row 1 (right side): With B, k20; with A, k20.
Row 2: With A, k20; with B, k20.
Rows 3–26: Repeat last 2 rows 12 more times.
Cut A and B.
Row 27 (right side): Rejoin A and k20 sts; rejoin B and k20 sts.
Rows 28 and 29: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 30: Repeat Row 1.
Rows 31–52: Repeat last 2 rows 11 more times.
Cut A. Do not cut B.

FIRST ROUND OF TRIANGLES

Note: Each Triangle of the First Round is worked beginning across one side edge of each of the Center Squares.
First Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, k40.
Rows 2–20: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—2 sts.
Row 21: K2tog—1 st. Fasten off.
Second Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With right side facing and A, pick up and k40 sts evenly spaced across next edge of Center Squares (to the left of the First Triangle)—40 sts.
Rows 2–21: Work same as Rows 2–21 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Third Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With right side facing and B, pick up and k40 sts evenly spaced across next edge of Center Squares (to the left of the Second Triangle)—40 sts.
Rows 2–21: Work same as Rows 2–21 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Fourth Triangle
Work same as Second Triangle across remaining edge of Center Squares. Do not fasten off.

SECOND ROUND OF TRIANGLES

Note: Each Triangle of the Second Round is worked beginning across one side edge of each of two Triangles of the First Round.
First Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k20 sts across side edge of Fourth Triangle, pick up and k20 sts across side edge of First Triangle—40 sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—36 sts.
Row 4: Knit.
Rows 5–28: Repeat last 3 rows 8 more times—4 sts.
Row 29: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—2 sts.
Row 30: K2tog—1 st. Fasten off.
Second Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k20 sts across next side edge of First Triangle, pick up and k20 sts across side edge of Second Triangle—40 sts.
Rows 2–30: Work same as Rows 2–30 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Third Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k20 sts across next side edge of Second Triangle, pick up and k20 sts across side edge of Third Triangle—40 sts.
Rows 2–30: Work same as Rows 2–30 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Fourth Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k20 sts across next side edge of Third Triangle, pick up and k20 sts across remaining side edge of Fourth Triangle—40 sts.
Rows 2–30: Work same as Rows 2–30 of First Triangle. Do not fasten off.

THIRD ROUND OF TRIANGLES

Note: Each Triangle of the Third Round is worked beginning across one side edge of each of two Triangles of the Second Round.
First Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of Fourth Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of First Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–30: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—2 sts.
Row 31: K2tog—1 st. Fasten off.
Second Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of First Triangle, pick up and 30 sts across side edge of Second Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–31: Work same as Rows 2–31 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Third Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of Second Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of Third Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–31: Work same as Rows 2–31 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Fourth Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of Third Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across remaining side edge of Fourth Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–31: Work same as Rows 2–31 of First Triangle.
Do not fasten off.

FOURTH ROUND OF TRIANGLES

Note: Each Triangle of the Fourth Round is worked beginning across one side edge of each of two Triangles of the Third Round.
First Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of Fourth Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of First Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—56 sts.
Row 4: Knit.
Rows 5–43: Repeat last 3 rows 13 more times—4 sts.
Row 44: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—2 sts.
Row 45: K2tog—1 st. Fasten off.
Second Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of First Triangle, pick up and 30 sts across side edge of Second Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–45: Work same as Rows 2–45 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Third Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of Second Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across side edge of Third Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–45: Work same as Rows 2–45 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Fourth Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k30 sts across next side edge of Third Triangle, pick up and k30 sts across remaining side edge of Fourth Triangle—60 sts.
Rows 2–45: Work same as Rows 2–45 of First Triangle. Do not fasten off.

FIFTH ROUND OF TRIANGLES

Note: Each Triangle of the Fifth Round is worked beginning across one side edge of each of two Triangles of the Fourth Round.
First Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k45 sts across side edge of Fourth Triangle, pick up and k45 sts across side edge of First Triangle—90 sts.
Rows 2–45: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—2 sts.
Row 46: K2tog—1 st. Fasten off.
Second Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k45 sts across next side edge of First Triangle, pick up and 45 sts across side edge of Second Triangle—90 sts.
Rows 2–46: Work same as Rows 2–46 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Third Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With B, pick up and k45 sts across next side edge of Second Triangle, pick up and k45 sts across side edge of Third Triangle—90 sts.
Rows 2–46: Work same as Rows 2–46 of First Triangle. Fasten off.
Fourth Triangle
Row 1 (right side): With A, pick up and k45 sts across next side edge of Third Triangle, pick up and k45 sts across remaining side edge of Fourth Triangle—90 sts.
Rows 2–46: Work same as Rows 2–46 of First Triangle. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends. Wash and block to finished measurements. Allow Lapghan to dry completely.
 

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The yarn is discontinued. I bought the exact yarn and quantity specified and followed the pattern exactly and ran out of yarn and could not find more yarn anywhere. So now I have to rip out all my work and start again with different yarn.

I can't find the yarn specified. Is it discontinued?

without a PIC how would I be able to consider if I want to knit this?????????????????????????????????????????????? == ?????

Hello rozzlh46, there was a temporary glitch in our system and the photo for this pattern was removed. It has now been restored. Our apologies for the inconvenience. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I am a fairly experienced knitter but yet I felt like I need a video for this afghan. Still I saved it because I like a challenge. I like that fact that it is a spiral. I can't tell too much from the photo though. There are pickups but that technique is good to learn. I won't use my best yarn for this one. I will try it out and see what happens.

I agree, reading through the pattern instructions left me scratching my head. I would have to sit down with some yarn and work through the whole thing slowly. Sometimes when I see a complicated pattern like this I am less interested in it because it requires so much work and time.

Please do look at the project photos on Ravelry. Either this pattern is not written clearly, or there are a BUNCH of knitters out there who can't read it. May complained that the yarn amounts given are inaccurate. The finished object photos show the item much more clearly than the pattern photo does, but all are wildly different. Not just colors, but in the way the design develops. Knitter beware!

Where is a good photo of the lapghan? Cannot see the pattern from photo provided. I structipns are confusing.

a chart would be a big help - really doesn't excite me, too many "pick ups".

This Spiral Lapghan looks very interesting, but I cannot tell what the entire design looks like. It would be better to show the entire item by itself. The photo concentrates on the person and atmosphere rather than the knitted item.

Well, one year on almost day for day and I'm looking at this pattern for the first time. I fully agree - it would be so much more useful to see the blanket in it's entirety in order to have a better idea of how it really looks and decide just how we want to mix our colours etc.

Some folks on Ravelry (dot) com (remove the dot and spaces) have made this. I just typed Spiral Lapghan in the Ravelry search box. There are photos and it works up prettily. I guess the pattern could have been written more clearly from the project notes there.

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