The idea came to me when I was looking for a small blanket for TV knitting time. I also love how this project will defy the infamous “Boyfriend Sweater Curse,” the urban knitting myth that once you knit for your significant other, the couple will soon break up. It really is one project, and you can keep one half of it, so the Curse cannot get to you! It is technically challenging because of steeking and sewing in the zipper or button bands, but otherwise the lace pattern is easy to remember and the end result is both fun and functional.
Finished Size Small (Large) 51 (76)” by 41 (71)”; shown in Small, with button bands.
Yarn Knits in Class Fiber Studio Worsted Single Ply, 100% Merino Wool; 500yds/200g: Surf, 3 (5) skeins.
Needles US 8 (5.0 mm): 32″ or longer circular (cir) needles to accommodate the large piece of knitting, US 6 (4.0 mm): 32” or longer cir for button band. You will not need the smaller needle if you are using a zipper closure.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; Crochet Hook size D; tapestry needle; sewing needle; sewing thread; zipper(s) or 5 buttons and 4 snap buttons depending on your blanket closure.
Gauge 18 sts and 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in pattern.
Notes: Use stitch markers to mark the repeats of the lace, if needed.
The Designer: Two years ago, Jean’s knitting life changed when she decided that it was time for her to start designing. Jean’s designs have regularly appeared in publications such as Interweave Knitscene, Twist Collective, Knitty, and Petite Purls. This year, she is planning more self-published patterns including a spin-to-knit collection. She also started a Ready-to-Wear handknit collection, Candy & Bagel on Etsy. For questions about this pattern please contact Jean at email@example.com.