Guest Post: Bernat Ripple and Ridge Knit Blanket
Hi, I am Kristen Mangus, the knitting video host and designer behind the channel GoodKnit Kisses. It is a pleasure to be a knitting host for Yarnspirations in 2017. I hope you enjoy the latest blog and tutorial for YOU.
Ripple and Ridge Blanket
This easy knit blanket is both cozy and stylish. The ripples are a throwback to the chevron afghans grandma used to make and the vertical ridges and colorblocking give it an up-to-date makeover. While this beautiful blanket is a showstopper draped across a chair, it is beyond soft for cuddling up too. Featuring the new Bernat Beyond yarn this blanket wraps you in cozy softness.
Bernat Beyond is the newest yarn offered by Yarnspirations. This bulky (#6) weight yarn is made of 85% acrylic and 15% nylon fibers to give it a squish factor that is off the charts! You notice the springiness of the yarn when you first touch the skein – one squeeze and it bounces right back. But once you begin to knit with it the stitch definition and fullness of the fabric will win you over for good.
The pattern falls in the EASY SKILL level for knitting. I cover all stitches, including the increase and decrease, and weaving tails so if this is your first big project you will have all skills needed in this video. If you have never knit a stitch before I do recommend learning the longtail cast on, knit and purl with one of my slower videos first.
Let’s knit this blanket together!
Bernat Beyond color Cream (7 balls). Contrast A
Bernat Beyond color Slate (4 balls). Contrast B
Bernat Beyond color Pumpkin (4 balls). Contrast C
Needles & Supplies
- US 11 (8mm) circular needle with at least 40”
- tapestry needle
Approx 50½” x 60″ [128.5 x 152.5 cm]. (See notes for a baby “lovey” size, too!
Skills demonstrated in tutorial
K2tog – decrease
YO – increase
Weaving in ends
The blanket begins with a garter border then jumps right into the ripples. The ripples are created with a simple 2 row repeat that includes the K2tog (knit 2 stitches together) increase and the YO (yarnover) decrease. That’s right only two distinct rows to learn!
My video tutorial walks you through the entire pattern from start to finish. We’ll spend most of our time focusing on the 2 rows of the ripple pattern to make sure you have a good understanding of the techniques. Once you begin working, the ripples will fall off your needles quickly and you’ll reach the first color change before you know it. Then I’ll show you how to add in a new color (2 ways) so whatever colors you choose your transitions will be smooth. We’ll also discuss and show how to weave in the tails for color changes on a garter stitch and for the ending tail. Lots of tips included!
If you need a slower video on basic stitches (longtail cast-on, knit, purl & bind-off) or other techniques, please check out my slower tutorials on GoodKnit Kisses YouTube playlist.
Come knit along with me!
BONUS! Make a Baby Lovey!
I made a smaller baby “lovey” in the video in Purple, Lilac & Quartz Pink; 1 ball of each. The size is 15”x19” with a cast on of 48 stitches. Download the pattern, grab your yarn and needles and watch the video for complete tutorial.
Kristen Mangus @ GoodKnit Kisses
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