Lion Brand Ferris Wheel

I got a few comments on Instagram asking what pattern I was following for this bright garter stitch WIP. It’s not a pattern, but more of a pattern recipe. You can use any yarn and corresponding needle size to produce a blanket unique to you. I chose to work this yarn in this manner because I knew I had 5 cakes of Ferris Wheel that I wanted to worked through. So my plan was (and is) to use two cakes for the increase section, one cake to “hold steady” and work even (adds length without width), and the last two cakes for the decrease section. Using the corner to corner formula lets me use this exact amount of yarn without having to guess how many stitches I need to cast on to begin.


Materials

US 9/5.5mm knitting needles & Lion Brand, Ferris Wheel Yarn in the colors:

  • Cherry on Top
  • Pink Marmalade
  • Wild Violets
  • Morning Java
  • Cotton Candy

I am in love with the subtly tweedy colorful Ferris Wheel yarn from Lion Brand. It reminds me of the higher priced Noro yarns. I’ve tried a few Noro yarns and as beautiful as they are I’ve always had an issue with feeling scratchy. Noro uses more natural fibers, while Ferris Wheel is 100% acrylic. I’m ok with that. It’s soft and it means my projects are machine wash & dry.


Gauge

I’m getting a gauge of 4 sts per inch (16 sts = 4″) in garter stitch on US 9/5.5mm needles.

This give me a fabric I was happy with for a throw. It’s not too dense, but not open and full of holes. A nice cozy fabris with good drape. Perfect.

Because this is simply a pattern recipe, you can get whatever gauge you’re happy with that produces the “perfect” fabric feel for you. You’ll be determining the width of the throw by how many increase rows you work and not the actual gauge you’re knitting at. Keep working until you’re happy with the width.


The Throw Pattern

This basic corner to corner garter stitch pattern recipe can be used with any yarn and needle to create your own unique throw. It can be rectangle, as I am doing, or cut out the “hold steady” section to achieve a square blanket. The square option is perfect if you have a set amount of yardage you’re trying to use up. Simply work the Increase Section until you’ve used half your yarn and then begin the Decrease Section. Easy peasy!

I’m using two cakes of Ferris Wheel for the increase section, one cake to hold steady, and another two cakes to bring it home in the decrease section.

Increase Section

To begin, cast on 5 sts

Row 1 (RS): k1, (kf&b, k1) twice – 2 sts increased (7 sts)

Row 2 (WS): knit

Row 3: k1, kf&b, knit to last 2 sts, kf&b, k1 – 2 sts increased

Row 4: knit

Continue working rows 3 & 4 until throw is the desired width.

I worked 90 increase rows (180 rows total) until I had 185 sts on my needle. At my gauge this gives me a throw that is 40″ wide.


Hold Steady

To achieve a square throw skip this section and move immediately to Decrease Section.

Row 1 (RS): k1, ssk, knit to 2 sts before the end, kf&b, k1 – st count remains the same

Row 2 (WS): knit

Continue working these 2 rows to add additional length to your blanket.

For my throw I am working the Hold Stead section for the length of one cake of the Ferris Wheel yarn to create a rectangular throw.


Decrease Section

Row 1 (RS): k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before end, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts decreased

Row 2 (WS): knit

Continue working rows 1 & 2 until only 5 sts remain.

Bind off all stitches

Block if necessary.

Lion Brand Ferris Wheel Yarn

Abbreviations

  • k = knit
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together as 1 stitch (Decrease by 1 stitch)
  • kf&b = knit front and back (knit into the front and back of the stitch on your left needle to increase by 1 stitch)
  • RS = right side
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit (slip one stitch to the right needle as if to knit, slip the next stitch to the right needle as if to purl, knit these 2 stitches together through the back loop. Decreases by 1 stitch.)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • WS = wrong side

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