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FREE Pattern Friday: The Hudson’s Bay Inspired Afghan

This beginner friendly pattern is available to knitters for FREE! If you can make a knit stitch and a purl stitch, then you can knit this gorgeous Hudson’s Bay Inspired Afghan. All you need to sacrifice is your time….so much of your precious time….


This pattern was inspired by the smaller version of this blanket I knit previously, the Hudson’s Bay Inspired Baby Blanket. It uses two different knitting techniques: Garter Stitch and Stockinette stitch, which are described below. I wanted to give this blanket a little more texture than its baby blanket counterpart and I was so happy with the result.

The final measurement of this blanket is 5’ x 4.5’. I provide a gauge swatch below, however, if you’re like me and hate making gauge swatches, then I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Since its a blanket and not an article of clothing, your blanket being slightly bigger or smaller won’t be detrimental to the final result.


Last but not least; if you want to cut the jibber jabber of this blog post and just download the pattern, you can do so right here! I promise I won’t be offended…or hurt…or disappointed…I’m not crying, you’re crying!



 

What You'll Need


This pattern is made using Bernat Blanket Yarn. It is a Super Bulky yarn that is super soft! It's not everyone's favourite to work with. The individual strand of yarn does not have much elasticity to it, but the completed project will have stretch.

  • Vintage White - Big Ball (300g Ball) x 3

  • Lapis - Small Ball (150g ball) x 1

  • School Bus Yellow - Small Ball (150g ball) x 1

  • Racecar Red - Small Ball (150g ball) x 1

  • Malachite - Small Ball (150g ball) x 1

  • US 11 Circular Needles, 24" minimum

  • Darning Needle

  • Scissors


 

Pattern Notes


This pattern uses two techniques: garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

Garter Stitch: Knit every stitch of every row.

Stockinette Stitch: Knit one row, purl one row.

* For this pattern, knit the odd numbered rows and purl the even numbered rows for the stockinette sections of the blanket. *

* Once you reach Row 23 of the blanket, the knitting technique alternates between 12 rows of Garter Stitch and 12 rows of Stockinette Stitch. *


 

Let’s Get Started


Cast on 100 stitches using Vintage White. I used the long tail cast on method for this blanket, but you can use whatever method you are most comfortable with.


Rows 1-8: Garter stitch in Vintage White

Rows 9-16: Stockinette stitch in Vintage White

Rows 17-22: Stockinette stitch in Lapis

Rows 23-28: Garter stitch in Lapis

Rows 29-34: Garter stitch in Vintage White

Rows 35-40: Stockinette stitch in Vintage White

Rows 41-46: Stockinette stitch in School Bus Yellow

Rows 47-52: Garter stitch in School Bus Yellow

Rows 53-58: Garter stitch in Vintage White

Rows 59-64: Stockinette stitch in Vintage White

Rows 65-70: Stockinette Stitch Racecar Red

Rows 71-76: Garter stitch in Racecar Red

Rows 77-82: Garter stitch in Vintage White

Rows 83-88: Stockinette stitch in Vintage White

Rows 89-94: Stockinette stitch in Malachite

Rows 95-100: Garter Stitch in Malachite

Rows 101-106: Garter stitch in Vintage White

Rows 107-112: Stockinette stitch in Vintage White


Repeat rows 17-100, ending after Malachite. You should have two sections of each colour: Lapis, School Bus Yellow, Racecar Red, and Malachite, with a section of Vintage White between each.


For the final section of the blanket knit the following in Vintage White:


8 rows of Stockinette stitch

8 rows of Garter Stitch


Bind off loosely using whichever method you prefer, then weave in all your ends.


 

Voila!

Not only do you now have a beautiful piece of decor for your home, but you also get to brag to your family and friends as they exclaim, "you MADE that?!". Why yes, yes I did.

For other brag worthy items to show off to your friends, check out these other Knits By Brit patterns:



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