Linen Stitch Gingham Blanket

A modern twist on a traditional gingham quilt, this cozy piece is made up of 25 linen stitch rectangles easily completed on the go. Whip up yours while sitting fireside in your favorite oversized chair and enjoy the finished piece all winter long.  

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 45” x 54” blocked

Gauge: 16 sts and 9 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Linen Stitch on US K/10.5 (6.5 mm)

Materials

Yarn: Universal Deluxe Bulky Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 106 yards [97 meters]/100 grams): 945 Charcoal Heather (C1, 5 balls), 933 S Gray (C2, 5 balls), 950 Grape Rustic (C3, 5 balls), 938 Mulberry (C4, 5 balls)

Hook: US size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) for squares, US size L/11 (8.0mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

Pieces are made individually and joined in finishing.

Three colors are used on each piece, alternating them every row.

The linen stitch pattern is a two-row repeat.

Given the construction of the stitch and yarn used, the fabric pieces can be blocked into rectangles, as shown, or can be blocked to squares.

A larger hook is used to join the pieces so as to allow the hand of the fabric to be fully realized.

Pattern is worked flat throughout.

Special Stitches

Linen Stitch (ch a multiple of 2 sts + 2)

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk next st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Rep Rows 2-3 for patt.

Pattern

Square 1 (make 4 using C1, C2, and C3 in this order)

Using smaller hook and C1, ch 36.

Row 1: Using C2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn.

Row 2: Using C3, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk next st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2 using C1.

Row 5: Rep Row 3 using C2.

Row 6: Rep Row 2 using C3.

Continue in this fashion, repeating Rows 2-3 with the appropriate color in this order one color per row; C1, C2, or C3 until 37 rows are completed.

Fasten off. Weave in ends

Square 2, make 4 using C3, C2, and C3 in this order, rep Square 1

Square 3, make 4 using C3, C2, and C4 in this order, rep Square 1

Square 4, make 5 using C2, C4, and C3 in this order, rep Square 1

Square 5, make 4 using C2, C4, and C1 in this order, rep Square 1

Square 6, make 4 using C4, C1, and C3 in this order, rep Square 1

Finishing

Steam block pieces, if desired.

With larger hook and C1, begin Zig Zag seam at bottom left working up to the top left, repeat for subsequent vertical seams. Repeat on horizontal seams.

Using smaller hook and C4, crab stitch along entire edge of blanket.

Fasten off and cut yarn.

Weave in remaining ends.

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