This Knit Blanket Pattern is perfect for cool Spring and Summer nights. The free, printable pattern uses the Linen Knitting Stitch to create a woven-like fabric and simple crochet to create a lovely crochet fringe edge.
For all my friends who have been asking for a lightweight knit blanket pattern for these warmer months…this is your lucky day.
This was the first time I used the linen stitch to knit and I am smitten! (Smitten Knitten!)
How to Knit the Linen Stitch
The linen stitch is nothing more than knitting (or purling) every other stitch, while slipping the stitch in-between. By carrying your yarn on the right side when slipping, a woven pattern results. The stitch is worked in multiples of two and is a two-row repeat. The linen stitch is an easy stitch, but it is a bit more time-consuming than a stocking stitch. But, oh my, it is worth it!
As its name implies, the linen stitch creates, to me, more of a woven fabric than a knit and one that is just lovely on blankets, throws, shawls, etc… It is especially useful for those items that you would like to stay ‘flat’ as it doesn’t curl up at the ends thanks to moving the yarn and slipping stitches.
Once again, it is not a hard stitch to learn…there’s a tad bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, your brain and hands just take over.
And this is one stitch in which the back looks just as lovely as the front
For this linen stitch knit blanket and crochet fringe pattern (52″ by 52″), I used:
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- 10 skeins Berroco Remix (I used Almond)
- 2 skeins Berroco Remix Light (I used Almond)
- US 10.5 Knitting Needles ( I used Chiao Goo Circular Needles)
- 4.25mm Crochet Hook
Blocking Your Blanket
Once you’ve spent the time to create your beautiful knit blanket, make sure you finish it properly by blocking it. The active time of blocking will only take 30-45 minutes, with another 1-2 days dry time, so plan accordingly. Follow this link for instructions on how to block your knitting and the materials I use.
If you want to resize your blanket, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
Berroco’s Remix (a worsted weight yarn) and Remix Light (a DK weight yarn) were perfect for this pattern. Not only do I love the blend of linen, silk, cotton, acrylic, and nylon; but the nubby and soft lightweight yarn is also machine washable! SCORE! An imperative for a blanket, to be sure.
And Remix has an interesting story. This yarn is the result of garnetting discarded garments and fabric from the fashion industry throughout Europe. So the ‘remix’ name is quite appropros…it’s the recycling and remixing of discarded fabric to create this soft and tweedy yarn. That’s quite cool.
I made two videos to explain the whole process. The first video shows the linen stitch for the knitted blanket body. The second video gives instructions on the crochet edge and tassels.
For the first, linen stitch video I also show the tips I use to stay on pattern and to bind off in pattern
For those of you new to crochet, I hope that the second video will be helpful as I tried to show specific steps to make the crochet fringe.
I am definitely keeping this blanket for our home, but have already received a request…this is my kind of knit project to make and gift. And I imagine I will use the same yarns; I love how they knit up in this pattern. If you do plan to make this blanket as a gift, consider adding one of these care tags, detailing the yarn fiber content and washing instructions.
If you dig this linen stitch knit blanket pattern with crochet fringe as much as I do, then bookmark this page or pin the following image for your future reference.
Looking for another project with a crochet edge? Check out these perfectly adorable pillowcases
Berroco was kind enough to send me the yarn I used in this project. Thanks, Berroco!
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