This Knitted Blanket Pattern uses the half-linen stitch knit with size 19 circular needles and is trimmed with a faux fur applied i-cord. Optional instructions to finish this blanket with seed stitch instead of the faux fur applied i-cord are also included.
While I loved the quick knit of this Chunky Knit Blanket and the lovely diagonal woven pattern of this Diagonal Basketweave Stitch Blanket, the faux fur trim on this Half-Linen Stitch Knitted Blanket Pattern makes it one of my all-time favs!
It was a relatively quick knit blanket that used the half-linen stitch and a chunky/super bulky yarn. If the half-linen stitch sounds familiar to you, it is because I recently published this Knit Purse Pattern which also used the Half-Linen Stitch.
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However, let’s be honest! I like the half-linen stitch and all, but this knitted blanket pattern is so fun because of that faux fur edge around it! EEK! I used Sirdar’s Alpine in Brindle and knit a 5 stitch applied i-cord to give the fur trim a little heft. Sirdar’s Alpine is sooo soft…I was really pleasantly surprised. My expectation was a faux fur that would be kinda scritchy- scratchy. This was anything but scratchy! It is rabbit fur soft and a delight to knit with. So much so, that I am actively pondering additional projects to use it.
But, if you’d rather not put ‘the fur on it’, you can still the half-linen stitch blanket pattern, but I’ll give you instructions to add seed stitch at all sides to prevent rolling and finish the blanket nicely.
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20 skeins of Lana Grossa Ragazza Lei (880 yards total) I used the color 14 (Raw White). If you need to substitute, this Ragazza Lei is an affordably priced, 100% wool Super Bulky yarn, so look for something similar.
I use circular knitting needles whenever possible when I knit blankets and throws. This knit blanket pattern uses size 19 Knitting Needles (15mm) Circular (40 inches long)
Gauge is 9 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches in half-linen stitch
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( If you will not be putting the fur trim on the blanket, you will want to add seed stitch all the way around to finish the blanket nicely and prevent any rolling. The half-linen stitch doesn’t roll as much as stockinette, but it will still roll a wee bit. To knit the seed stitch border, after casting on knit 3 rows of the seed stitch before working the half-linen stitch described below. Additionally, add a K, P, K at the beginning and end of each row. Stop the half-linen stitch at 48″ and finish the last 3 rows in seed stitch. )
Cast on 111 stitches with Lana Grossa Lei and your size 19 circular knitting needles.
1st row : *K1, WYIF SL1* Repeat until last stitch, K1
2nd row: Purl all
3rd row: P1, *K1, WYIF SL1* Repeat until last 2 stitches, K1, P1
4th row; Purl all
Repeat these 4 rows until work 50”
Cast off loosely.
Now comes the fun part! Let’s put some fur on that knit blanket!
For detailed instructions on knitting an applied i-cord, as well as the related videos and printed pattern, see How to Knit an Applied I-Cord
As it relates to picking up your stitches, your tension will determine how frequently you should pick up stitches on your knitted blanket to avoid puckering of the fabric or flaring of the i-cord. Just gauge from time to time as you go along, adjusting as necessary.
Using double-pointed needles, cast on 5 stitches using the Sirdar Alpine.
After the 5 stitches, insert the needle, with the point closest to the last stitch you just cast on, into the edge of the blanket. Your tail and working yarn will be at the same end.
Don’t start your i-cord at a corner, come in an inch or two.
Wrap the working end of the yarn, not the tail from the cast-on, around the needle and pull through the fabric, resulting in 6 stitches on the needle.
Slide your 6 stitches to the opposite end of the needle. The working yarn will be at the end of the 6 stitches. By gently pulling this yarn up from the end of the row to work the stitches at the beginning of the row, you are forming the tube of the i-cord.
Knit the first 4 stitches, then Knit the next 2 together, through the back loop (K2 Tog TBL), resulting in 5 stitches on your needle.
Put your needle under the next stitch on your fabric, wrap your yarn around the needle and pull the yarn through, resulting in 6 stitches again.
Push the 6 stitches to the other end of the needle and repeat the process until you reach the corner.
At the corner, we are going to work the i-cord a little differently to get a crisp turn. All in all, we will work 3 stitches into each corner
1. Work up through the corner stitch as you have been. (1st stitch in the corner)
2. Slide your stitches down and K4, K2T TBL, but don’t pick up the 6th stitch…leaving only 5 stitches on your needle.
3. Slide those 5 stitches down and knit them, but this time when you get to the end of the row, add the 6th stitch by pushing your needle through the fabric and picking up a stitch, in the same place you did in step 1. (2nd stitch in the corner)
4. Slide those 6 stitches down and K4, K2T TBL, but don’t pick up the sixth stitch, leaving only 5 stitches on your needles.
5. Slide those 5 stitches down and knit them, but this time add the 6th stitch by pushing your needle through the fabric and picking up a stitch, in the same place you did in step 1 and step 3.(3rd stitch in the corner)
This will complete your corner stitches and you can knit the rest of your i-cord as you had been previously.
When your i-cord comes back around and you meet up at the beginning of it, knit the 4 stitches and the K2T TBL, resulting in 5 stitches. Move those 5 stitches to the other end of the needle and knit the 5 stitches.
Slide those 5 stitches to the end again and cast off.
Once the stitches have been cast off, cut your yarn, leaving a 1-2 foot tail.
Use a crochet hook to weave the beginning and end of the i-cord together. Normally I would recommend grafting the beginning and end of the i-cord, but the fuzzy nature of this yarn made that difficult and really not necessary. That being said, if you would rather graft them, then check out my post and video on applied i-cords.
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