Saturday, September 4, 2010

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors entrelac blanket

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colors." - Genesis 37:3 (KJV)

I love the entrelac knitting pattern - it can be used in a variety of projects, and has a beautiful basket-weave look and feel. It's a little tricky to learn at first, and is easy to mess up if you aren't paying attention, but once you have it down it's very straightforward and fun.

I designed and knitted this blanket pattern this spring and summer. It's a lot of fun to do with a variety of colors, but can be done with anywhere from five or six to one or two colors.

You will need:
  • About 3,360 yards of 100% Wool or a Wool Blend yarn, in however many colors you want, with extra of one color for the border. I used 500 yd. each of red, brown, purple and teal, and about 1290 yd. of blue, which I used in the blanket and for the border.
  • Circular knitting needles U.S. size 8-10, depending on your yarn.
Finished blanket measurements:  58" x 44"

Cast on 96 stitches.
Follow the entrelac tutorial on this website, and adjust the instructions to the number of stitches you have cast on. *note: The entrelac panels for the blanket are knitted over 8 stitches each, which is different than the scarf in the tutorial, where the panels are knitted over 6 stitches each.
Knit until the blanket measures 54" long and bind off loosely according to the instructions on the above tutorial.
With the yarn for the border, cast 20 stitches onto the same size needles. Knit in regular garter stitch, sewing the border on to the blanket using a darning needle and the same color yarn. Be careful not to stretch the border as you sew it - make sure it lays flat. Tuck and sew the corners carefully into place, so that they lay flat. Once you reach the beginning of the border, bind off loosely and sew the edges together. Weave in all loose ends, then block.
Please leave a comment below if you have a question.
For knitting help tutorials, go to this link.

This is a very snug, cozy afghan/throw that is perfect for cool days. Enjoy!

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