Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cotton Sofa Throw

Cotton Sofa Throw

Yarn: 10 balls of Elann Lara (100% cotton DK weight) 50gram ball = 126 m/138yds
Needles:  4mm (US6) circular (not to knit in round, but to hold all the stitches)
Several stitch markers. (13)
Gauge: not terribly important, but approximately 16 sts to 4 inches in wave pattern, or 18 sts to 4 inches in stocking stitch (after blocking!)
Size: 42 inches by 52 inches - *** after wash blocking*** .  This blanket grows and drapes even better after a full machine wash and block to dry (I draped it over a lawn chair and the breeze dried it perfectly).

PM = place marker


Cast on: cast on 1, PM , [cast on 17, PM] repeat 12 times, cast on 1  (206 sts)  You will always have 17 sts between the markers.

ROW 1:   k1,  [ k2tog,  k6, YO, k1, YO, k6, k2tog] repeat 12 times, k1  (slip markers as you go, you may remove them once you get the rhythm of the pattern if you like)
ROW 2:  Purl all.
ROW 3:  Knit all.

Repeat rows 1 , 2, and 3 until you have only about five yards of your last ball of yarn, then cast off loosely knitwise.  Wash and air dry.

To make longer, use more yarn. To make wider or narrower , use less repeats of pattern and adjust 17 for each 4 - 5 inches smaller or larger.







20 comments:

Anonymous said...

How very very pretty - and how very very clear and to the point the instructions are! TY!

Anonymous said...

This is the pattern that my mom made for all her kids and grand kids! Instead of doing the pattern for the complete afghan on one pair of needles, she would make it in strips and crochet them together when they were done. Each panel is 34 cast on, K row 1; ROW 2: P2 tog, P6, YO, P, YO, P6, P2 tog twice, P6, YO, P, YO, P6, P2 tog; ROW 3: K across. Repeat pattern 125 times. Typically there are 7 panels total for full size afghan, fewer if you want it smaller, same with number of repeats. Use size 10 needle

Susan flagg-stewart said...

I am bit confused... I have worked row one, row two (purl all), and row three (knit all)... I should now do a purl row to get me back to the right side, but the instructions say to start again at row one which is the pattern row. Is there a row four (purl all) to get me back to the right side? If I start back on row one now, I will be working the pattern row on the wrong side. I'm sorry, I'm still a new knitter.

chris said...

Hi Susan, The three row repeat creates a pattern that is the same on both sides (there is no "right" or "wrong" side) Once you get a few repeats of the three row pattern, it will look like my pictures and you will be less confused. Have faith!
Happy knitting, Chris

Anonymous said...

I would like to use a dk wool instead of cotton. What are your thoughts? Thanks.

chris said...

DK wool would be a wonderful choice. A bit warmer as a sofa throw than cotton. Go for it! Chris

Anonymous said...

Thank you����

Anonymous said...

I'm very new to knitting but want to give this a try. It's so pretty. I am twelve rows in and notice that my sets of the three row pattern have a curl to them. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong.

chris said...

If the curl you describe is a "wave" to the edge, that is supposed to happen! See the photos of the wavey edges above.

If that is not what you mean you can take a photo and attach it to an email, so I can see what you mean.

Hope that helps, chris

Anonymous said...

Yes I am talking about the wave and looking more closely at the pictures I think I'm on the right path. It's being a lot of fun to learn. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is a wave. Looking at the pictures better it seems I'm in the right track. Thank you. It's being a lot of fun to learn.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how many stitches you cast on
What does pm meaan

chris said...

PM = place marker, and you will cast on 206 sts in total, placing markers as you go.
Hope that helps


chris

Lillian Burke said...

Love this pattern. Made one like this year's ago. I made it in strips. I think I'll try it this way. I have 9 more to do, maybe 13. Thank you Chris.

Magpie1124 said...

Hello, I am not seeing Elann Lara yarn on their site. Do you think it's the same as Joie de Vivre dk?

chris said...

Hi Magpie, Joie de Vivre could be fine if you use it double stranded... or any other DK weight yarn. It is not the same as Lara, but that yarn was available 3 years ago. Obviously discontinued in 2017.
Find a Dk weight that is approx 1380 yards.
Hope that helps. Chris

Jennifer K. said...

Is there a yarn that would work well for this pattern that can go in the dryer as well as the washer?

chris said...

The yarn I used is mercerized cotton (machine wash and dry) so its fine, but no longer available. Most good cottons can be washed and dried in machines. Some acrylics could too. You need to read the ball bands for washing instructions.
Hope that helps.


Anyone else have a favourite yarn for this project? Post comments here! Chris

San Diego Knitter said...

I would like to knit this in a washable wool blend. Do you have any suggestions on yarn and needle size? Everyone seems reallly pleased with this pattern. I'm anxious to get started. I hate to do strips and put them together. Thanks for the wonderful patterns.

chris said...

Hi Knitter, I have not knit this one again in another yarn, but you can look for any DK weight yarn with suggested needle size of 4MM (US 6). It should work out fine! Approx 1350 yards should make the same size as mine.
Hope that helps.

If any other readers have a favourite yarn that they are using for this Throw, you can also comment your thoughts...

Chris