A hand-knit throw makes a cozy and thoughtful gift. The bulky chenille knits up quickly and comes in a dizzying array of colors: Just choose your favorites.
Width: 37 inches (94cm)
Length: 43 inches (109cm)
What You'll Need
Yarn: Bulky weight yarn, about 1,000 yards (914m)
We used: Lion Brand Yarns Chenille Thick and Quick (91% acrylic, 9% rayon; 100 yards [91.4m] per skein): #125 Chocolate (color A), 5 skeins; #108 Dusty Blue (color B), 5 skeins
Needles: US size 13 (9mm)
Notion: Tapestry needle
11 stitches and 16 rows=4" (10cm) in zigzag stitch
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back, knit in front and back of next stitch, knit 4, slip slip knit decrease, knit 2 together, knit 4, *(knit in front and back of stitch) 2 times, knit 4, slip slip knit decrease, knit 2 together, knit 4; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, knit in front and back of stitch, knit 1.
Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, purl to end of row.
Row 3: Repeat row 1.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Making the Throw
With color A, loosely cast on 100 stitches.
Begin with row 2 (wrong side) of pattern and work rows 2-4 of Zigzag Stitch pattern. After row 4 is finished, cut color A leaving 4" (10cm) tail to weave in later.
With color B, work rows 1-4 of Zigzag Stitch pattern. After row 4 is finished, cut color B leaving 4" (10cm) tail.
Continue working rows 1-4 of Zigzag Stitch alternating colors A and B until piece measures approximately 42" (104cm) from cast-on edge and last color worked is color B.
With color A, work rows 1-3 of Zigzag Stitch.
Bind off loosely purlwise.
Make the Tassels (make 15)
For each tassel: Cut 6 strands of color A each 6" (15cm) long, cut 2 strands of color A each 9" (23cm) long, and cut 6 strands of color B each 6" (15cm) long. Holding all 12 of the 6" (15cm) strands together, tie them together at their midpoint with a 9" (23cm) strand of A. (Don't cut the ends of this strand; they will be used later to attach the tassels to the afghan points.) Fold the 12 strands in half at the tie and with remaining 9" (23cm) strand of A, tie them together approximately 1/2 inch (1cm) down from fold. Evenly trim strands at bottom of tassel.
Attach Tassels to Cast-on Edge: Thread a tapestry needle with the remaining tails of a 9" (23cm) strand of color A and sew the tassel to one point along the cast-on edge of the throw. Repeat for each of the 6 remaining points.
Attach Tassels to Bind-off Edge: Attach tassels same as for cast-on edge, attaching a tassel to each of the 6 points of the bound-off edge and at each of the 2 "half points" at the far right and far left side of the bound-off edge.
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