Simple Couch Cuddler – Free Knitting Pattern for Beginners

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Simple Couch Cuddler is our free knitting pattern for beginners

Simple knitting patterns are the best knitting patterns, in my opinion.

Sometimes we want to drift off in the rhythms of plain or knit stitch, and sometimes we that are new or returning to knitting need a gorgeous and easy knitting pattern.  So meet our new design, born out of a request for a simple pattern to make a sweet throw blanket for the couch.

Meet the Couch Cuddler.

Now we can make this blanket as a single strand, one ball at a time design OR we can up size to a bigger cuddler, working two balls at a time – cool right?

Here are some links to help you:

  • Cast on
  • Knit stitch, including the first stitch of the row
  • Working with two strands
  • Slip the first stitch purl wise
  • Cast off
  • Sewing in the ends

 

Our plan is to knit that first panel in Colour A, then do a border in Colour B, another full panel in Colour C, another panel in Colour A, second border in Colour B, then last panel in Colour C.  You will have enough Colour B to make tassels if you fancy.

Materials:

5 x Balls of Sumptuous 75grm / 150m for the smaller
10x Balls of Sumptuous 75grm / 150m for the larger (worked 2 balls together)

5 mm (US8) circulars on a 80cm cable for the smaller
10mm on a 80 or 100cm cable for the larger

Using Colour A, cast on 110 Stitches (I like the long tail cast on for a good structure) but you can knit on too.  Do what works for you, just try to keep your cast on loose to stop the blanket edge being pulled in – so if you are knitting on, don’t pull the new stitch tight.

To make this sweet blanket, you’ll be knitting flat, both sides of the blanket will be very similar – but we can say the first row is the right side.  You will knit every row, and this is known as Garter Stitch.

I recommend to slip first stitch of every row purl wise, to give the edging a tidy finish. You do this by passing the first stitch off the left needle, onto the right needle, without knitting or purling it. You move it ‘purl wise’ which means the yarn is at the front (or closest to you) as it would be if you were purling, and the right needle takes the stitch in the same movement you would purl. Once passed, you move the yarn to the back ready to knit, which creates a nice tidy twisted edge.
You don’t have to do this, it’s just a pretty edge, skip it if you fancy.

Keep knitting with your first colour until you have worked the whole ball (balls).  If you are wondering if you can make “another row” – also known as yarn chicken – you can measure out 4 lengths of remaining yarn across your knitted piece, this will be enough yarn to knit another row.

You have finished panel one!

Time to change colour to Colour B for your border – Changing Colour tip

To start your next colour, leave a tail of 10cm from the start of your new ball.  Then go ahead and just start knitting from the new ball; seems simple but it works. The tail (and the end of the previous ball) can be woven into the back of the blanket when you’re finished to secure them.

Your border will be 12 rows.  Once you have knit them, break the yarn to Colour B leaving a good 10cm tail to sew in later.

Time to change to Colour C for your next panel.  Follow the same method of colour change.  Knit the full ball like you did for the first panel.

Changing now back to Colour A to work your third panel.

Once complete work your second border of 12 rows in Colour B, breaking yarn when complete as per the previous.  Your border’s are done now.

Change colour to Colour C to complete your last panel.  The key here is to make sure you have enough wool (yarn) left to cast off your knitting.  Following the method of checking you have enough yarn by measuring out 4 lengths the width of your knitted piece…. so that the last row is your cast off.

Now to sew in the ends!

Voila! Well done you 🙂

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