Late last fall, I started knitting again after a two-year break. I don’t know where the urge came from, but suddenly I had to pick up needles and sort through my yarn stash.
I had a dozen skeins of yarn from an unfinished project, and so I started a blanket. Two weeks later (a record for me), I finished, only to bind off one of the longest rectangles I’ve ever made. Instead of a blanket, I had a giant scarf. Discouragement set in, and so the finished piece sat at the end of my bed until I was ready to unravel the project and start over.
Around the same time, I saw this gorgeous double rib knit throw from West Elm, and thought it was the perfect pattern to try for my second attempt.
I knit this project up with two strands of chunky yarn. The first is a solid gray yarn found at Michael’s several years ago. It isn’t anything special, outside of being really soft and affordable. The second yarn is another acrylic purchased at The Uniform Store in Kilkenny. This yarn is a gradient of two different shades of gray, light and dark, and matched perfectly with the solid color.
To gauge, I knit 10 stitches by 10 rows and measured to the appropriate length. I’m still learning to gauge correctly, and despite careful measuring, this still ended up about 12 inches longer than I wanted.
The pattern is super simple. For the foundation row, knit all the way across, purl the second and third rows. After that, it’s simply knit two rows, purl two rows until you reach the desired length. Then bind off in your favorite method. I used size 15 (US) / 10 (MM) circular needles, which created a slightly loose and stretchy knit that’s perfect for a winter throw.