Traditional vibes meet a modern chevron design in this free knit blanket pattern. The waves are made with simple knits and purls, making this an easy afghan pattern to hold onto for a lifetime.
The Waves Blanket is a new free knit blanket pattern here on the blog. Read about my inspiration and the simple construction, or scroll down for the free pattern.
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Choose Your Color, Choose Your Mood
Designed as a nice classic-looking throw blanket with no holes and a nice clean edge, you can make it whatever you want simply by selecting your choice in color.
Choose something neutral to ensure it will match any decor without being the center of attention. Select a bright color to give this blanket an energetic feel and help it pop thrown over the back of your couch. Or pick a muted tone to give this afghan an instant vintage vibe.
Before You Start
- 6 mm/ US10 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles.
Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions.
- Yak Wool Worsted weight yarn (50% cashmere, 25% yak wool, 25% acrylic, 240m /262yd, 100g): 5 (11, 12, 15, 28, 46, 49, 55) skeins in Dark Cyan.
Note: You can easily substitute with any thick worsted weight yarn.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
The pattern is written for the following sizes:
Pictures illustrate the throw size.
You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The stitch pattern needs a multiple of 10 + 2 number of stitches.
The waves blanket uses the wave stitch. Find a detailed stitch tutorial here.
The gauge for this pattern, in stitch pattern is 14 st by 19 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit (k 2 means knit 2 stitches)
- p = purl
- sl1p = slip 1 stitch purlwise
Repeat instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.
The Actual Free Knit Blanket Pattern
With your 6 mm / US 10 needles, cast on 104 (154,164, 184, 234, 324, 344, 384) st.
Row 1: Sl 1 st purlwise, k across.
Repeat Row 1 until you reach 7 cm / 2.75″.
For visual learners, there’s a graph below.
Row 2: Sl1p, k10, purl until last 11 st, k11.
Row 3: Sl1p, knit across.
Row 4: Sl1p, k10, purl until last 11 st, k11.
Row 5: Sl1p, k10, [k5, p2, k3] until last 13 st, k13.
Row 6: Sl1p, k10, [p4, k1, p2, k1, p2] until last 13 st, p2, k11.
Row 7: Sl1p, k10, [k3, p1, k4, p1, k1] until last 13 st, k13.
Row 8: Sl1p, k10, [p2, k1, p6, k1] until last 13 st, p2, k11.
Row 9: Sl1p, k10, [p2, k8] until last 13 st, p2, k11.
Row 10: Sl1p, k10, purl until last 11 st, k11.
Row 11: Sl1p, knit across.
Row 12: Sl1p, k10, purl until last 11 st, k11.
For visual learners, this graph should help you visualize the pattern. It shows one repeat of Rows 5 until 12 with 3 repeats widthwise.
- The white dots are garter stitch (knit on both sides) edges
- The white squares are knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side.
- The black dots are purl on the right side and knit on the wrong side.
Repeat Rows 5 to 12 until you reach 82 (125, 146, 151, 222, 268, 268, 268) cm / 32.25 (49.25, 57.25, 59.25, 87.25, 105.25, 105.25, 105.25)”.
Repeat Row 1 for 7 cm / 2.75″.
Cast off and weave in the ends.
Blocking and Assembly
You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.