Every so often, I need a change. With a 7-year-old weapon of mass destruction and a new puppy, new furniture is out of the question. So with a little guidance from the brilliant Jaime Morrison Curtis, co-author of Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home, I rearranged and changed the color scheme in my living room. A beautiful painting of the sea by R. Michael Carr with gorgeous blues and hints of warm yellow served as my inspiration.
Last summer, I started the process with a new, warmer wall color and refinished my flea market coffee table and a side table. Over the winter, I made some throw pillow covers using this fantastic hidden zipper tutorial and some awesome prints from Fabricworm. But the room still needed something.
I really want a new couch is the thing. I’m kind of over the green color and I’d love to have something a bit cushier. I thought about slip covering it but after doing a little research, my calculations went something like this: cost of that many yards of fabric + time x not having a clue what I'm doing = not worth it. The solution? A warm and chunky knit throw in pretty blue and off white with a mustard yellow fringe. I love the way it came out. It adds a lot of color and texture and it’s so soft and inviting. I can’t keep the boy or the dog away from it!
Want to make one, too? Ok, well, the pattern and instructions follow.
Chunky Knit Throw with Knotted Fringe
6 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in your main color (I used Sky Blue)
2 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in your contrasting color (I used Fisherman)
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight Yarn for your fringe (I used Gold)
Size 15 circular knitting needles, 36" or longer
Gauge isn’t really important; it’s a throw. But if you must know 12 sts x 11 rows roughly equals 4” x 4”
Row 1: k2, p2, repeat to end
Row 2: p2, k2, repeat to end
Row 3: p2, k2, repeat to end
Row 4: k2, p2, repeat to end
1. With your MC, CO 100 stitches.
2. Work in pattern for 20 rows.
3. Switch to CC and work in pattern 12 rows.
4. Switch to MC, work in pattern for 50 rows or until the piece measures about 29 inches from the CO edge.
5. Switch to CC, work in pattern 12 rows.
6. Switch to MC, work in pattern for 20 rows. Bind off.
7. Weave in all loose ends.
For the fringe:
1. Determine the length you’d like your fringe to be and cut a piece of cardboard to that measurement. Mine was 7 inches. Draw a line down the center for easy cutting later.
2. Wrap your fringe yarn around the cardboard without tension as shown. To keep the lengths uniform, avoid wrapping the yarn in too many layers. You’ll need 396-400 pieces so you may need to do a couple batches.
3. Use a fabric shears to cut down the center along your line, creating 14” lengths.
4. There isn’t really a wrong side with this pattern but you’ll want to flip it so that the side where the CO row looks like this is up. See the little V-shapes along the edge?
5. Pick up 2 of your fringe strands and fold them in half holding the ends together.
6. Insert your crochet hook into the bottom of the stitch.
7. Hook the center of the 2 yarns onto the end.
8. Pull it through.
9. Wrap all 4 ends around the hook.
10. Pull them all the way through the loop.
11. Tighten the knot. Continue all the way across the CO edge and then BO edge.
Standard fringe complete. You can stop here if you like, trim the ends shorter, or continue on with a second row of knots.
12. To add a second row of knots, remove one strand of yarn just on the stitch on each edge.
13. Take those two ends and combine them with 2 of the 4 strands from the adjacent fringe. Tie those together with an overhand knot (wrap all 4 strands around two fingers to form a loop, pull the ends through, and tighten.) Leave about a half an inch between the knots.
14. Now add the remaining 2, with 2 from the next knot of fringe. Tie. Repeat all the way across. Both sides. Don't worry, this takes a lot less time than you'd think.
15. Tying the knots will make your fringe fall unevenly. If this bothers you, you can trim it to be even. I like it uneven so I left it and only trimmed a few random yarns that seemed a lot longer than the others.
Done! Puppy approved.
Kid approved, too!