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Fireside Knitted Throw Blanket

from Scruffy Dog Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Fireside Knitted Throw Blanket
Fireside Knitted Throw Blanket
Fireside Knitted Throw Blanket
Fireside Knitted Throw Blanket

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Follow pattern instructions
  • Work back and forth on a circular needle

Pattern Description:

The Fireside Throw grew out of a fascination with slip-stitch mosaic knitting. It's a great way to get maximum impact from simple technique; use some imagination with the colors and the result looks far more complex to knit than it actually is.

The fabric is thick and warm without too much bulk - this is because of the slip-stitch pattern used to create the fabric.

This project uses 8 colors, four blue tones and four red/pink tones. Varying how they touch each other creates a constantly-changing interplay of color and texture. The actual pattern repeat covers 96 rows and no two colors touch each other in exactly the same way for that entire space. After a while, you may not need to follow the instructions row-by-row: you'll see the color sequences forming.

It would look great using a handpainted or multi-color yarn combined with a colorway of solids, or perhaps two complementary multi-color yarns - there are endless possibilities.

The blanket is knit to and fro in one piece on a long circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. Then a border is added to each edge separately and stitched in the corners, to finish it off.

It's a big project but the constant color changes keep it interesting.


18 sts = 4 inches (10cm) in Pattern on 5.0mm needles.
Gauge is not critical, though the finished size will be affected if it is significantly different.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • With border, 48 X 60 inches (122 X 152.5 cm)


  • One circular needle size 5.00mm, 100cm in length
  • Tapestry/darning needle
  • 17, 113g (4 oz) skeins of yarn in 8 colors
  • Briggs and Little Heritage 100% wool; 3 skeins of Navy Blue, Teal Blue, and Peacock; 2 skeins each of Light Blue, Rose, Pink, Red, and Scarlet

Suggested yarn:

4250 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Briggs & Little