Not Your Granny’s Afghan

I’m always reaching for a cozy throw to toss on my lap during a movie or while lounging around with a good book. Of  course the softer and plusher the throw the better! I love the throws my Grandmother knit; however, they are all a bit scratchy and itchy. A result, I believe, of the times and a lack of variety of yarns that we now have to choose from. I decided to retire my Oma’s afghan  (not to worry it’s just on the end of my guest room bed  –  not in the trash) and knit up a version of my own using today’s luscious, cloud like yarns.

Here’s a great simple pattern for a beautiful and quick Marled Blanket that knits up in an evening and feels like heaven! I did one for Josh for Christmas and another for my sister in law who just became a mother. I was making so many gifts for the new baby that I decided the new mom should get something special too!

The I-Cord makes the blanket that much more special.

I love neutrals and think this off white and drift wood color throw will be a beautiful addition to any room. I used Gentle Giant in winter bark and Super Soft Merino in heirloom white. Both purchased from Purl Soho.

I have not yet mastered the attached I-Cord, so I took the blanket to a lovely lady at my local yarn store in Utah, Wasatch and Wool, and she did it for me. She promised that when I finish my next blanket she’ll teach me how to do it myself.

All wrapped up and ready to gift! This blanket will be perfect for hours spent relaxing on the sofa with a new baby sleeping in your arms. Now I just need to make myself one!

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  • Donna Craft

    What a beautiful idea. I think I’ll make me one. This year I am making lap blankets for elderly in nursing home near by who have no family at Christmas time.
    Thanks for the idea.

    August 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm Reply
  • lulu


    August 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm Reply
  • Rozan Ross

    I’ve always wanted to take up knitting. Having just celebrated my 50tb, I think the time is right.
    I just have to tell you that I am in love with Josh’s new album, especially It’s Your Move ( the video kills me ) and New Lane Road. I can just imagine the two of you walking hand in hand down a beautiful country road. ❤️

    August 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    Beautiful and easy!! I’m going to make one..Thanks for the idea!

    August 3, 2016 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Linda Guiffreda- Baker

    My grandma was also a great knitter and crocheted. Grandma passed away over forty years ago, long before my son and his cousins were born but her handiwork lives on because of all the many items she created with her hands. The blessing is she left behind these treasures which are classics in style and function so our family’s younger generation knows Grandma Maria because of her talents You, Katherine ,continue and share your Granny’s love of fiber art—why it’s that yellow icing on the cake!!!

    August 4, 2016 at 3:07 am Reply
  • Lenka

    Do you have a celibate ? 😉 .. It is beautiful .
    Thanks for such a good idea <3

    August 4, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Vickie Pacheco

    It is a dying craft… Nice to see homemade anything and taking a break from technology to make something. Very therapeutic and rewarding! The blanket is beautiful-GREAT JOB!!

    August 4, 2016 at 11:10 am Reply
  • Amanda


    August 4, 2016 at 11:58 am Reply

    I am a newbie to your blog and with every entry you inspire me! so I have to say because of you I finally learned how to knit…went and took a class at Joann Fabric here in my small town and I can do the basic stitches…what a beautiful blanket and beautiful yarn from Purl Soho. I will knit this blanket…Thanks for sharing!

    August 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Kaitlyn smith

    I love the knitted blankets. They are super adorable and I really want to get into knitting. Love this blog and website you put it together so perfect and cute!

    August 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm Reply
  • Heather Kloes

    Thank you for sharing. It’s beautiful.

    August 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    Wow…Merino Wool is expensive! This is a $300 blanket! Purl Soho is the most reasonable place to get this yarn though

    August 5, 2016 at 1:47 am Reply
  • A la maille suivante

    I did one blanket to each of my kids when they were baby and they still love them at 3 and 6 yo. Perfect for movie on the couch!

    August 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Melanie Shebel

    Oh wow, Merino wool is so beautiful! Such a beautiful blanket!

    August 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Svetlana Luzina

    Such a beautiful blanket! I want the same, there is so cold in our Russia!)

    August 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Patricia Garcia

    That is beautiful! Have you ever tried to crochet? I crochet and I am in love with fiber art and all the wonderful fiber textures available. It is very therapeutic.

    August 19, 2016 at 12:15 am Reply
  • Danielle Goyette

    I have my Grandmother’s afgan that she made for me when I was 22 – beautiful shades of peach (I was going through a ‘peach’ phase at the time!) It’s one of the items I will grab in case of fire – that, and my Grandfather’s letters he sent to me.

    August 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • Heidi LeRoy

    Oh my! Thanks for sharing Purlsoho with us! I am drooling over their selection! Perfect timing too, with fall on the horizon and all. Need to get started on this year’s handmade Christmas gifts. I must say I love visiting your blog when I feel like I am drowning in the day’s daily mundane chores and I am in need of a little uplifting inspiration.

    August 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Candice

    Hi Katherine,
    I love reading your blog and seeing your ideas. I have come up with a wonderful idea myself but, I would like your advice.. All I really would like to know.. would you get started in patenting your idea? Who would you trust?

    September 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Dana

    I-cord edging is not hard! You can do it, I promise. Just do a little dishcloth and you’ll see.

    September 23, 2016 at 2:24 am Reply
  • Laurie

    Do you have any suggestions on a cheaper version of this blanket but equally soft??

    October 5, 2016 at 12:02 am Reply
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