Entering the need-more-cozy-blankets season!

I don’t know about all of you, but our house is getting distinctly chilly.  Flop-on-the-couch time is now preceeded by pick-out-favorite-cuddly-blanket time (which is sometimes interrupted by roll-dog-and-multiple-cats-off-of-favorite-blanket time).

I just finished a new throw blanket using a free pattern called “Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket” (Ravelry link).  Missoni is an Italian fashion house that is generally known for bold colors and geometric patterns, and this blanket pattern captures the Missoni flavor by interspersing black and white zig zag lines with the crazy off-kilter rainbow colors.

This is a great pattern for beginner knitters – all you need to know is how to knit, purl, make 1, and do a centered double decrease.  The color changes happen often enough that I didn’t lose interest in knitting, even though it was a veritable sea of stockinette.  Garter edging in black at either end finished off the chevron points and keeps the fabric from rolling at the edge.

Dan and I bought our first house this past March, and we’ve been trying to work outside our comfort zone a bit when choosing colors for differnt rooms.  I bought a crisp white rocker for the extra bedroom, and I love how this blanket looks draped over it.

Pattern: Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket (Ravelry

Yarn: Wool of the Andes.  I made my blanket a little larger than the pattern, and I used about 4 skeins each black and white and two skeins each in Red, Pumpkin, Semolina, Avocado, Grass, Marina, Rouge, Fairy Tale, and Winter Night.

Needles: US size 6