— DiagonAlly (blanket)

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Yarn: Lionbrand Homespun (98% acrylic/2% polyester, 185 yards/169 m). One skein each of grey aka Edwardian and purple aka Gothic. Red Heart Light and Lofty (100% acrylic, 140 yards/96 m). One skein each of  Pine green and Antique blue. Totally around 650 yards.

Needle size: US11/8 mm.

Gauge: Um, well. The labels specify that 8 stitches and 12 rows with US15/10 mm (Light and Lofty) respectively 14 sts and 20 rows with US10/6 mm (Homespun) for a 4×4 (10×10 cm) swatch, so I just closed my eyes, picked a needle size that happened to come in between the two and started knitting. It’s good for your health to skip the swatching sometimes. Really.

Color scheme: 14 rows green, 14 rows grey, 14 rows blue, 14 rows purple. Repeat.

Directions: CO 3 sts with green.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts)
Row 2: k all
Row 3: kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts)
Row 4: k all
Row 5: kfb, k5, kfb (9 sts)
Row 6: k all

Keep going like this, while switching colors every 14th row, until you have a triangle with two sides that have the length you want the short side of the blanket to be. End wth an even numbered row (k all). For the blanket above I kept knitting until each side was 25 inches or 59 cm long.

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Row 7: kfb, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 8: k all
Row 9: kfb, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 10: k all
Row 11: kfb, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 12: k all

Keep doing this until the longest side of the blanket, that is, the side which did not turn into a corner has the length you want the blanket to have. End with an even numbered row (k all). For the blanket above I kept working repeats of this until I had 34 inches or 87 cm.

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Row 13: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 14: k all
Row 15: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 16: k all
Row 17: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 18: k all

Work in this manner until you have 5 sts remaining.

Row 19: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts)
Row 20: k all
Row 21: k3tog, pull tight and cut the end of the yarn.

Weave in ends. Light blocking through pinning and spritzing is recommended but not necessary.


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