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Super Easy Lap Blanket

The Super Easy Baby Blanket has become something of an institution here at the Purl Bee. We love how accessible this pattern is to knitters of all levels, and even more, we love the opportunity to play with gorgeous palettes of color!

I knit up the original Super Easy Baby Blanket four and a half years ago in Alchemy's gorgeous Temple superwash merino. Later, Faye knit her own interpretation with Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe. With its ocean and sunshine colors and a squishier feel, her New Super Easy Baby Blanket was such a smash that we made it into a super easy kit! And most recently, we used our own Super Soft Merino for a bigger, even cushier version that we call the Super Easy Crib Blanket.

And now here is our biggest version yet, the Super Easy Lap Blanket! Knit out of Manos Del Uruguay's amazing Maxima, this one is cozy soft, decadently toasty and looks absolutely stunning in kettle-dyed, hand-spun 100% extrafine merino wool.

The Super Easy Lap Blanket is perfect for drafty winter evenings on the couch and chilly mornings at the kitchen table. And in colors that meander from rich Mahogany, through the land of pinks and blues, to finish in deep Dark Chocolate, this version has a sophisticated drama that will light up any room!

 

The Materials

  • 7 skeins of Manos Del Uruguay's Maxima, 100% extramerino merino wool. These colors, from the top, are Mahogany, Shocking, Cotton Candy, Natural, Stratus, Pewter, and Dark Chocolate.

The Pattern

Gauge

16 1/4 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished Size

35 inches x 44 inches

Pattern Note

To get a nice, neat edge, just slip the first stitch of every row knitwise with the yarn in back.

Begin

Starting with the color Dark Chocolate, cast on 142 stitches.

Knit every row until the skein runs out (or for about 6 1/4 inches from the cast on edge).

Cut the yarn and join the color Pewter.

Knit until the skein runs out, making sure to end on the same side you finished the Dark Chocolate. In other words, all of the tails (except, perhaps, the cast on tail) will be along the same selvage, and the first row of every color will be on the "right side" of the blanket and you will end each color on the "wrong side".

Continuing...

*Cut the yarn and join the next color (Stratus).

Knit until the skein runs out, ending with a wrong side row.

Repeat from * working through the next three colors: Natural, Cotton Candy, and Shocking.

Finish with Mahogany, knitting the entire skein minus about 3 yards.

Bind off loosely and weave in all the ends.

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83 Responses to Super Easy Lap Blanket


  1. purl bee says:

    Hi SimplySusan,

    I think this would be a stunning combo: Dark Chocolate, Cherrywood, Mahogany, Zinnia, Clementine, Shocking and Cotton Candy.

    What do you think? Let me know if you want me to go back to the drawing board – I'd be happy to! And if you think you'd like to play around a little, try clicking on the thumbnail images, then dragging each full-size image to your desktop, then open them up and see what you come up with!

    Thanks so much for your question!
    Whitney

  2. Libby says:

    Whitney,
    I'm working on this in Manos Maxima, but I'm in love with the way the Mallard color of Manos Classico pops with my other choices. I know the Classico stripe won't be as soft, but I'm worried it will felt up substantially more when I hand wash. Do you think it would be texturally incongruous to mix in a skein of Classico?
    Thanks!
    Libby

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Libby,

    I don't think either yarn will felt if you gently hand wash your finished blanket (in any case, if they do felt, it would be equally). My bigger concern is that the Classico is a bit thicker than the Maxima, so the Classico stripe will be denser and possibly a little wide than the Maxima stripes. Try it though, the difference might not be too noticeable!

    Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Whitney

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Brenda,

    We think these would be beautiful: Eucalyptus, Oxygen, Natural, Sand, Foil, Stratus and Pewter. If these particular colors aren't available online right now, please call our New York City store at (212) 420-8796. We'd be happy to send them to you from there!

    Thanks so much for asking and let us know how it turns out!

    Whitney

  5. Efie says:

    Hello! I would like to ask how you choose the needle size you are going to use for each yarn. For example, I was comparing the pattern for the suoer easy blanket with this one (this one is my favourite, I must say – love the colours!) and I noticed that you are you using a bigger size needle here, although the yarn is finer than the one you are using at the super easy blanket. I also noticed that for this project you are using a bigger needle than the suggested one for this yarn.

    So, how do we pick needles, is it according to the yarn weight or is there another criteria? Is there a standard rule I should bear in mind when picking needles for my yarn?

    One more question, if I may. I live in Greece, and I am not sure I understand the different yarn categories (e.g. 2ply, 4ply or worsted weight, sport weight etc) so I am never sure I am picking the right yarn. The only info there is normally available on the label here is length, weight and suggested needle size. Is there some way to figure each categorie, e.g. by looking at the weight/length of the yarn? Is there some kind of chart available for this purpose, like with needle size conversion?

    I am sorry to bother ypu with all these questions, but you seem like the right people to ask. Wish I lived in New York, I don't think I have spotted any store like yours here in Athens. Any thoughts for moving here? :-)

    Thank you so much,

    Efie

  6. purl bee says:

    HI Efie,

    Actually the Manos Maxima is thicker than the Alchemy Temple and the Koigu Kersti, which is why I used a bigger needle here.

    And things to keep in mind when choosing a needle size are… First of all, the label is just a suggestion. You may be a tight or loose knitter and so you may always need to pick a bigger or smaller needle than labels recommends. You'll also want to consider what you're making. Hats, mittens and socks tend to be knit on the tight side (for warmth), whereas blankets and scarves are often knit more loosely (for softness and drape). You may also want to consider the yarn you're using. Cashmere, for example, fills in with a halo of soft fiber and so it likes to be knit a little loose. And finally, and most importantly, is the gauge of your pattern. You have to pick the needle that knits up to the proper number of stitches per inch in the yarn and stitch pattern you're using. This can often mean some experimenting, trying different yarns and different needles. You might find some useful info on this subject right here: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-getting-rea/

    And as far as converting yarn weights goes, the Craft Yarn Council is a great resource. Here is their page on Standard Yarn Weight Systems: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-getting-rea/

    Thanks so much for your interest! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

    Whitney

  7. Sufy says:

    Hi, I've just started one blanket using the colourway suggested starting with Eucalyptus in the comments section and it's looking great.. I was wondering if you could suggest another colour combo, using Manos Del Uruguay's Maxima that covers blues/ greys – similar to the 'Heron' option that you have for the Super Easy baby blanket?
    Love your work! Already have heaps of friends knitting amazing stuff from your website. :)

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Sufy,

    I asked our color whizzes at the New York City store to recommend a palette for you, and here's what they think: Slate, Foil, Natural, Stratus, Ion, Helium, and Royal.

    I see that not all of these colors are currently in stock at purlsoho.com, but you can see all the available Maxima colors right here: http://fairmountfibers.com/yarns/maxima. Feel free to call our NYC store at (212) 420-8796 to see if they have what you want in stock. Or chat with our online store at (800) 597-7875 to place a special order!

    Thanks so much for your question and please let us know if you have any more!

    Whitney

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Maria,

    I almost always use a long tail cast on, including here. But feel free to use whatever cast on you're comfortable with!

    Thanks for asking!

    Whitney

  10. Christina says:

    I want to make this lap blanket for my Dad but I need a suggestion on a yarn that is machine washable but also available with a good selection of yarn colors. My dad will want it rather neutral, he is 73 after all. Any suggestions on yarn as well as colors to go with?

  11. Libby says:

    Update on MdU Clasica: it worked beautifully in a mix with Maxima. The Clasica stripe is the right width, and the textural change is minor, and pleasant. The stripe itself is a bit shorter, because the skein isn't as long, but, again, I find the variety pleasant. The Clasica knit up uniformly with the Maxima. It all looks intentional, and the blanket has a nice drape, with no pulling or bulging.

  12. Libby says:

    I love my new blanket, in the colors of a Northwest winter: Foil, Pewter, Sea Urchin, Natural, Stratus, Mallard (Clasica), and Spirulina. From misty purple and grey mountain views, to clouds, and sea, and the most vibrant mosses. It reminds me (despite the drizzles and short days), how rich the winters here are.

  13. purl bee says:

    HI Christina,

    We have lots of machine washable, worsted weight yarns that come in many beautiful neutral colors. Here are some options:

    Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8234-Madelinetosh-Tosh-Merino

    Lornas Laces' Shepherd Worsted: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/817-Lornas-Laces-Shepherd-Worsted

    Anzula's For Better or Worsted: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7913-Anzula-For-Better-or-Worsted

    Spud & Chloe's Sweater: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5886-Spud-Chloe-Sweater

    Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/721-Blue-Sky-Worsted-Cotton

    And a little bit chunkier, Cascade's Superwash 128: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/6355-Cascade-Yarns-Superwash-128

    Once you decide on a yarn, we can help you pick colors here, or you can call the website (800 597-7875) or store (212 420-8796) for some one-on-one advice!

    Thanks so much for your question!

    Whitney

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Libby,

    Thanks for the update! So good to know and I'm really happy it worked out!

    Whitney

  15. Gwen says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for putting this pattern together! I taught myself to knit specifically to make this blanket, and after a few starter projects, I just cast on with my first color in the Maxima last night. I love knitting with it so much I was about to order the rest of my colors this morning, when I realized a hard truth: Maxima is 100% wool and I have a cat who sheds like it's her job. Am I crazy to knit this gorgeous afghan (in the large size referenced earlier in these comments for extra warmth)? Do you have any tips for cleaning such a large wool knit, and specifically ridding it of cat hair? Or would I be smarter to pretend I never touched this gorgeous yarn?

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Gwen-

    We would recommend that you hand wash it in a gentle cleasner like "Soak" which we carry here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/10-knitting-crochet-notions-tools?filters=862

    And in between a tape lint roller does wonders!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  17. New Knitter Beth says:

    This is going to sound like the most inane question — but have you done this same project in a single yarn so the blnaket is solid. I am attempting this as my first big project (and it seems well easy enough and I will be on vacation with plenty of time on my hands so this seemed like a fun thing to try) but I have a sensibility for solid (or ombre) yarns. I assume the answer is yes, and I was wondering if there was a speckled or ombre yarn that you might suggest for this same blanket.

    You are incredible generous with your feedback and your input so I of course appreciate it.

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi New Knitter Beth-

    You could certainly do this in one yarn! It would be super easy. You'd just need to cast on and then knit until the blanket measures 44-inches.

    There are a couple of great yarns I would recommend. Maxima, which is what this blanket was originally knit in, comes in some great multi-colors and since they are hand-dyed even the solid colors have a lot of variation! http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7529-Manos-Del-Uruguay-Maxima

    Eco Duo would be great too. It's super soft and it comes in very pretty natural colors: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/6858-Cascade-Yarns-Eco-Duo

    Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes would also be a good choice. It has a lovely drape and is ultra soft and smooth: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/711-Blue-Sky-Worsted-Hand-Dyes

    Thank you!

    Molly

  19. Sufy says:

    Hi!
    Just wanted to say I knitted my first blanket in the colours that you recommended and it is simply amazing. Love it! Thanks so much for such great ideas. I'm off to knit my next one now!:)

  20. Kirsty says:

    I wanted to let you know how beautifully my husbands blanket came out. I used your color combination: Eucalyptus, Oxygen, Natural, Sand, Foil, Stratus and Pewter and he loves it. I made a larger blanket so he could use it for naps, however, I have about 2/3 of each of the colors left (as I purchased two balls of each yarn). I was thinking I would use the remaining yarn and knit the seed stitch wrap for myself. Can you recommend 3-4 more colors to add to my wrap which would work with the above colors. I love the bright and pale pinks. My wrap won't be as big as your Amazing Seed Stitch wrap, but I thought it would be an great way to use up my leftovers!

  21. Brenda says:

    Whitney, I have now finished 2 of these blankets one in the original colors and the 2nd one in the colors you suggested…….. Love them ! I now want to do another one in just cream and whites any suggestions !

    Thanks again
    Brenda

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Brenda,

    Wow! You're on a roll! For your next blanket, Manos only makes two colors strictly in your palette, Natural and Sand, so you may consider adding Foil and Kohl, and then working the colors Kohl, Foil, Sand, Natural, Sand, Foil, Kohl. Or what about alternating Natural and Sand with maybe one stripe of something you find interesting, so… Natural, Sand, Natural, Sand, XX (Stratus? Foil?), Natural, Sand.

    If you want to discuss your options with a live and very color-informed person, feel free to call our store at (212) 420-8796. We're always happy to help!

    Thanks so much for the fun color challenge and for loving our blanket!

    Whitney

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Linda,

    Sounds beautiful! I like Acid and Chartreuse together, and I would add to the mix, Natural, Sand, Foil, Kohl and maybe Kelly. Another direction might be Kelly, Acid, Chartreuse, Natural Sand, Highlighter, and Spirulina.

    I know our stock online doesn't currently include all of these colors, but we'd be happy to get whatever you want for you. You can see all of Manos del Uruguay's Maxima colors here: http://fairmountfibers.com/yarns/maxima.

    Give us a call if you want to talk about your options and/or place a special order to get exactly what you want! Our New York store phone number is (212) 420-8796.

    Thank you so much for asking and I hope you find just what you're looking for!

    Whitney

  24. Jas says:

    I'm making a baby blanket for a friend with this yarn in about the same color combo. I am worried that the colors will bleed if she tries to hand wash. I'm not sure what to tell her. Has anyone had success with a clean wash? Thanks— I love PS.

  25. purl bee says:

    HI Jas-

    Handwashing this should be fine. If you're worried you can use a color catcher:

    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5963

    Thank you!

    Molly

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Hi there! If you did this in seed stitch, would you still slip the first stitch of each row knitwise?

    Thank you!

  27. purl bee says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I think that would look nice, but you may want to try a little swatch to make sure you like it!

    Thanks for your question and please let us know if you have any others!

    Whitney

  28. Kerry says:

    Hi! How many cast-on stitches do you suggest for a baby blanket?

  29. purl bee says:

    Hi Kerry-

    This pattern is actually an adaptation of a baby blanket pattern. You can see the original Super Easy Baby Blanket pattern here:
    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2008/5/24/whits-knits-super-easy-baby-blanket.html

    And here is a link to a more recent version in a heavier wool:

    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/9/22/super-easy-blankets.html

    Thank you!

    Molly

  30. Karissa O. says:

    How do you get it to not curl?

  31. purl bee says:

    Hi Karissa O-

    This doesn't curl because it's knit in garter stitch (knitting every row) which never curls. Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) will always curl because of the tension difference between the two sides of fabric.

    Thanks for your question!

    Molly

  32. Katie says:

    Hi, I was wondering why the picture of the blanket looks so much bigger than 35×44… Is that really the final size? Also, how big can a blanket be made using a 40" circular needle?
    Thanks for your help!

  33. purl bee says:

    Hi Katie,

    Yes, it really was that size, although since this photo was taken, it's probably grown a bit vertically, since that's what garter stitch tends to do.

    With a 40-inch needle you can make at least a 60-inch wide blanket. Probably even wider! Remember that the needle has to fit the stitches, not the knit fabric, and you can really cram a lot of stitches on a 40-inch needle!

    Thank you for your questions and please let us know if you have any more!

    Whitney

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