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Timeless Aran Throw
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Who said a cozy blanket has to look sloppy? This beautiful knit throw pattern is as classic as it is comfortable, and looks great in any formal or informal living space. The Timeless Aran Throw is a great blanket to display in your home because of the gorgeous knit detailing. This pattern is a fun project for intermediate knitters who are looking for more challenging stitch-work. This blanket makes a great housewarming gift, but you'll love it so much you'll want to keep it for yourself.
Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
- RED HEART® Super Saver®: 7 skeins of 313 Aran
- Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 5.5 mm [US 9] - 36”
- Stitch markers
- cable needle
GAUGE: 18 sts = 4” (10cm), 21 rows = 4” (10cm) in patterns. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
k = knit
k2tog = knit next 2 sts together
p = purl
p2tog = purl next 2 sts together
p5tog = purl next 5 sts together
st(s) = sttich(es)
yo = yarn over
( ) = work directions in parentheses into same st
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
Please note that this entire pattern has been updated as of April 2013.
Finished Size: 47” (119.5cm) wide x 64” (162.5cm) long
1/1 RPC (1 over 1 right purl cross) = Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in back, k1, then p1 from cable needle.
1/1 LPC (1 over 1 left purl cross) = Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in front, p1, then k1 from cable needle.
3/4 LC (3 over 4 left cross) = Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k4, then, k3 from cable needle.
4/4 LC (4 over 4 left cross) = Slip next 4 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k4, then k4 from cable needle.
inc-2 = (P1, k1, p1) all in next stitch—2 stitches increased.
inc-4 = (K1, p1, k1, p1, k1) all in next stitch—4 stitches increased.
kfb (Knit into front and back) = Knit next st but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same st and remove from needle.
LT (Left Twist) = Knit into the back of the second stitch on the left needle leaving the stitch on the needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, slipping both stitches off the needle.
pfb (Purl into front and back) = Purl next st but do not remove from needle, purl into back loop of same st and remove from needle.
RT (Right Twist) = Knit into the front of the second stitch on the left needle leaving the stitch on the needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, slipping both stitches off the needle.
skp = Slip next stitch as if to knit to right needle, knit next stitch, lift slipped stitch over knit stitch and off needle.
1. Throw begins with 7 rows of Moss stitch. The body of Throw is worked in 4 different cable patterns with Moss stitch side borders.
2. Markers are placed to separate stitches of each different cable pattern. Count the number of stitches between markers frequently and compare this number with the number of stitches indicated for the specific row within the pattern stitch definitions.
3. Cable patterns can be worked by reading the written instructions or following the charts.
Moss Stitch (over odd number of sts)
Row 1 (right side): K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * across.
Rows 2 and 3: P1, *k1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 4: Repeat Row 1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Moss st.
Lacy Cables (over 33 sts)
Row 1 (right side): LT, p5, *skp, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, p5; repeat from * once more, LT.
Row 2: P2, *k5, p7; repeat from * once more, k5, p2.
Row 3: RT, p5, *skp, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, p5; repeat from * once more, RT.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: P2, *k2, inc-4, k2, p7; repeat from * once more, k2, inc-4, k2, p2—45 sts.
Row 7: RT, p9, *3/4 LC, p9; repeat from * once more, RT.
Row 8: P2, *k2, p5tog, k2, p7; repeat from * once more, k2, p5tog, k2, p2—33 sts.
Rows 9-11: Repeat Rows 1-3.
Row 12: Repeat Row 6.
Row 13: LT, p9, *skp, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, p9; repeat from * once more, LT.
Row 14: Repeat Row 8.
Repeat Rows 3–14 for Lacy Cables pattern.
Popcorn Diamonds (over 21 sts)
Row 1 (right side): P3, k7, inc-2, k7, p3—23 sts.
Row 2: K3, p7, p3tog, p7, k3—21 sts.
Row 3: P3, k6, inc-2, k1, inc-2, k6, p3—25 sts.
Row 4: K3, p6, p3tog, p1, p3tog, p6, k3—21 sts.
Row 5: P3, k5, [inc-2, k1] twice, inc-2, k5, p3—27 sts.
Row 6: K3, p5, [p3tog, p1] twice, p3tog, p5, k3—21 sts.
Row 7: P3, k4, [inc-2, k1] 3 times, inc-2, k4, p3—29 sts.
Row 8: K3, p4, [p3tog, p1] 3 times, p3tog, p4, k3—21 sts.
Row 9: P3, k3, [inc-2, k1] 4 times, inc-2, k3, p3—31 sts.
Row 10: K3, p3, [p3tog, p1] 4 times, p3tog, p3, k3—21 sts.
Row 11: P3, k2, [inc-2, k1] 5 times, inc-2, k2, p3—33 sts.
Row 12: K3, p2, [p3tog, p1] 5 times, p3tog, p2, k3—21 sts.
Row 13: P3, k1, [inc-2, k1] 7 times, p3—35 sts.
Row 14: K3, p1, [p3tog, p1] 7 times, k3—21 sts.
Row 15 and 16: Repeat Rows 11 and 12.
Rows 17 and 18: Repeat Rows 9 and 10.
Rows 19 and 20: Repeat Rows 7 and 8.
Rows 21 and 22: Repeat Rows 5 and 6.
Rows 23 and 24: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Repeat Rows 1-24 for Popcorn Diamonds pattern.
Cable Strip (over 18 sts)
Row 1 (right side): LT, p3, k8, p3, LT.
Row 2: P2, k3, p8, k3, p2.
Row 3: RT, p3, k8, p3, RT.
Row 4: P2, k3, p8, k3, p2.
Rows 5-8: Repeat Rows 1-4.
Row 9: LT, p3, 4/4 LC, p3, LT.
Rows 10-17: Repeat Rows 2-9.
Rows 18–24: Repeat Rows 2-8.
Repeat Rows 1-24 for Cable Strip pattern.
Center Panel (over 57 sts)
Row 1 (right side): P7, [k1, p1, k1, p7] 5 times.
Row 2: K7, [p1, k1, p1, k7] 5 times.
Row 3: P6, [1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p5] 5 times, p1.
Row 4: K6, [p1, k3, p1, k5] 5 times, k1.
Row 5: P5, [1/1 RPC, p3, 1/1 LPC, p3] 5 times, p2.
Row 6: K5, [p1, k2, inc-4, k2, p1, k3] 5 times, k2—77 sts.
Row 7: P4, [1/1 RPC, p9, 1/1 LPC, p1] 5 times, p3.
Row 8: K4, [p1, k3, p5tog, k3, p1, k1] 5 times, k3—57 sts.
Row 9: P4, [1/1 LPC, p5, 1/1 RPC, p1] 5 times, p3.
Row 10: K5, [p1, k5, p1, k3] 5 times, k2.
Row 11: P5, [1/1 LPC, p3, 1/1 RPC, p3] 5 times, p2.
Row 12: K6, [p1, k3, p1, k2, inc-4, k2] 4 times, p1, k3, p1, k6—73 sts.
Row 13: P6, [1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p9] 4 times, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p6.
Row 14: K7, [p1, k1, p1, k3, p5tog, k3] 4 times, p1, k1, p1, k7—57 sts.
Repeat Rows 3-14 for Center Panel pattern.
Cast on 191 sts.
work in Moss st for 7 rows.
Increase Row: K1, [p1, k1] twice for Moss st border, P2, [K4, kfb] 4 times, k5, p2, k3, p15, k3, p2, k3, [pfb, p1] 3 times, k2, p2, k5, [kfb, k7] 5 times, kfb, k5, p2, k3, [pfb, p1] 3 times, k2, p2, k3, p15, k3, p2, [k4, kfb] 4 times, k5, p2, [k1, p1] twice, k1 for Moss st border—211 sts.
Row 1: work Row 1 of Moss st over first 5 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Lacy Cables pattern over next 33 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Popcorn Diamonds pattern over next 21 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Cable Strip pattern over next 18 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Center Panel pattern over next 57 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Cable Strip pattern over next 18 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Popcorn Diamonds pattern over next 21 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Lacy Cable pattern over next 33 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Moss st over last 5 sts—215 sts.
Row 2: work next row of Moss st over first 5 sts, slip marker, work next row of Lacy Cables pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Popcorn Diamonds pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Cable Strip pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Center Panel pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Cable Strip pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Popcorn Diamonds pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Lacy Cable pattern to next marker, slip marker, work next row of Moss st over last 5 sts—211 sts.
Repeat Row 2 working next row of each pattern between markers on each row until 13 Popcorn Diamond pattern repeats have been completed, end with a Row 2 of the Popcorn Diamond pattern for a total of 314 rows in the body of Throw (322 rows total including lower border rows)—211 sts at the end of the last row, end with a wrong side row.
Remove markers as you work the next row.
Decrease Row (right side): work next row of Moss st over first 5 sts, k2, [p4, k2tog, k4, k2tog] twice, p5, k2, p3, k15, p3, k2, p3, [k2tog, k1] twice, k2tog, p3, k2, p5, [p2tog, p7] 5 times, p2tog, p5, k2, p3, [k2tog, k1] twice, k2tog, p3, k2, p3, k15, p3, k2, [p4, k2tog, k4, k2tog] twice, p5, k2, work next row of Moss st over last 5 sts—191 sts.
work in Moss st over all sts for 7 rows.
Bind off in pattern.
weave in ends.
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Feb 24, 2017
I have a problem with the Lacy Cables, knit over 33 stitches, but after finishing the first row, I only have 27 stitches. What am I doing wrong?
maryannnick 322363 5
Sep 26, 2016
I too am confused with the Lacy Cable and the Center Panel having 26 rows and the Popcorn and Cable strip having 24. I have 24 riws done and don't know which row to do next. Please help.
Feb 25, 2017
Hi, as far as I understand the throw pattern, although all 4 patterns (Popcorn, Lacy Cables, Cable Strip, and Center Panel) all start at the same row, they will not repeat at the same row. So for example when you finish Popcorn and Cable Strip you start them over again on the next row, even though you haven't finished Center Panel and Lacy Cables yet. When you get to the bottom of the throw you'll finish on row 2 of the Popcorn, which means you'll finish at the end of Center Panel and Lacy Cables sections. Does that make sense?
The Designing Peng uin
Jul 13, 2016
I want to use these cables and border to make a smaller throw for the top of the dog bed -- shall take note of the problems mentioned. I do not particularly enjoy using or knitting afghans but I do like the knit toppers (using machine washable yarns) for the dog beds and for in their crates - that added touch s and this would go well with the front room furnishings
Sep 19, 2014
Has anyone answered Barb's question about the repeats? I don't want to start working on this just to have the same problem she encountered. Thanks!
Nov 30, 2020
The problem she encountered is all on her, the patterns start on the same row, they do not end on the same row, so when you begin your new set of patterns, you will still have two rows on the other pattern to finish before starting over. I know this is really late and the way the question was asked makes it look like there is an issue with the pattern, but the issue is with the knitter who asked the question not understanding how to read and interpret an intermediate pattern. Happy knitting
corneliacree 53985 37
Aug 19, 2014
Almost impossible to see what the actual pattern is for this throw. I have enough yarn in the house to make this but cannot be tempted by the picture.
Jan 07, 2014
this pattern altho' pretty and interesting to work, has a problem. The diagram shows the patterns repeating after 26 rows, while the written instructions have 2 of the 4 main patterns only going 24 rows. I easily adapted the Popcorn Diamonds pattern by adding a row of k before and after...the Cable Strip (only 24 rows) - I have yet to figure out this one...as I am just starting to rip out row 1 and make it a row 25. Any suggestions from someone who has finished it? Thx. -Barb
Jun 17, 2022
This is an intermediate pattern, that you may not be experienced enough to do, since you are not able to read the pattern accurately. Your confusion is implying there is an issue with the pattern to other knitters, when in fact there is no issue, just your inexperienced confusion. The patterns start on the same row but do not end on the same row, this is not uncommon in knitting at an intermediate and advanced level. For the patterns that have less rows, you start over again at row one, so a row 25 can be paired with a row 1 in the other pattern repeats. Happy knitting!
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