Crayon Box Sampler Afghan

Experiment with stitches and color while creating this vibrant baby blanket! This blanket is knit in strips, making it a great portable project. The construction allows you to create a multicolor blanket while using just one color in each row for a bright and fun patchwork babyghan.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 30.5” long by 29” wide blocked

Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch before blocking

Materials

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (75% cotton, 25% acrylic; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): #5167 Marina (CA, 2 balls), #8990 Crème Brulee (CB, 2 balls), #6315 Peapod (CC, 2 balls), #8126 Vinca (CD, 2 balls), #3287 Zinnia (CE, 2 balls)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) straight needles
Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Seed St (worked over an even number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1-2.
Double Moss St (worked over a multiple of 4 sts, + 2 sts)
Row 1: *P2, k2; rep from * across to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 2: *K2, p2; rep from * across to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: Rep Row 2.
Row 4: Rep Row 1.
Rep Rows 1-4.

Diagonal Purl St (worked over a multiple of 5 sts)
Row 1: *P1, k4; rep from * across.
Row 2: *P3, k1, p1; rep from * across.
Row 3: *K2, p1, k2; rep from * across.
Row 4: *P1, k1, p3; rep from * across.
Row 5: *K4, p1; rep from * across.
Row 6: *P4, k1; rep from * across.
Row 7: *K1, p1, k3; rep from * across.
Row 8: *P2, k1, p2; rep from * across.
Row 9: *K3, p1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 10: *K1, p4; rep from * across. 

Pattern Notes

Blanket is constructed in strips which are joined to finish. Always slip stitches knitwise.

Pattern

Right Edge Strip – Lower Border

With CA, CO 35 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Rows 2-4: Rep Row 1 3 more times. Fasten off CA.

Seed St Square
Row 5: With CB, sl 1, k3, work Row 1 of Seed St across to last st, p1.
Row 6: Sl 1, work Row 2 of Seed St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Rows 7-44: Rep Rows 5-6 19 more times. Fasten off CB.

Garter St Square
Row 45-84: With CC, Rep Row 1 40 times. Fasten off CC.

Double Moss St Square
Row 85: With CA, sl 1, k3, work Row 1 of Double Moss St across to last st, p1.
Row 86: Sl 1, work Row 2 of Double Moss St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 87: Sl 1, k3, work Row 3 of Double Moss St across to last st, p1.
Row 88: Sl 1, work Row 4 of Double Moss St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Rows 89-124: Rep Rows 85-88 9 more times. Fasten off CA.

Stockinette Square
Row 125: With CD, sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Row 126: Sl 1, p to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Rows 127-164: Rep Rows 1-2 19 more times. Fasten off CD.

Diagonal Purl Square
Row 165: With CE, sl 1, k3, work Row 1 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 166: Sl 1, work Row 2 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 167: S1, k3, work Row 3 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 168: Sl 1, work Row 4 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 169: Sl 1, k3, work Row 5 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 170: Sl 1, work Row 6 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 171: Sl 1, k3, work Row 7 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 172: Sl 1, work Row 8 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 173: Sl 1, k3, work Row 9 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 174: Sl 1, work Row 10 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Rows 175-204: Rep Rows 165-174 3 more times. Fasten off CE.

Upper Border
Rows 205-208: With CA, rep Row 1 4 times.
BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off CA, leaving long yarn tail (approximately 2 yards long) for joining.

First Center Strip – Lower Border

With CA, CO 32 sts.
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Rows 2-4: Rep Row 1 3 more times. Fasten off CA.

Diagonal Purl Square
Rows 5-14: With CE, sl 1, work next row of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Rows 15-44: Rep Rows 5-14 3 more times. Fasten off CE.

Seed St Square
Row 45-46: With CB, sl 1, work next row of Seed St across to last st, p1.
Rows 47-84: Rep Rows 45-46 19 more times. Fasten off CB.

Garter St Square
Row 85: With CC, Rep Row 1.
Rows 86-124: Rep Row 1 39 more times. Fasten off CC.

Double Moss St Square
Row 125-128: With CA, sl 1, work next row of of Double Moss St across to last st, p1.
Rows 129-164: Rep Rows 125-128 9 more times. Fasten off CA.

Stockinette Square
Row 165: With CD, sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Row 166: Sl 1, p across.
Rows 167-2044: Rep Rows 165-166 19 more times. Fasten off CD.

Upper Border
Rows 205-208: With CA, rep Row 1 4 times.
BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 2 yards long) for joining.

Second Center Strip

CO and work as for First Center Strip through Lower Border. Then work as follows: Rows 5-44: Work as for Stockinette St Square in First Center Strip.
Rows 45-84: Work as for Diagonal Purls Square in First Center Strip.
Rows 85-124: Work as for Seed St Square in First Center Strip.
Rows 125-164: Work as for Garter St Square in First Center Strip.
Rows 165-204: Work as for Double Moss St Square in First Center Strip.
Rows 205-208: With CA, rep Row 1 4 times.
BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off CA, leaving long yarn tail (approximately 2 yards long) for joining.

Left Edge Strip – Lower Border

With CA, CO 35 sts.
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Rows 2-4: Rep Row 1 3 more times.

Double Moss St Square
Row 5: Sl 1, work Row 1 of Double Moss St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 6: Sl 1, k3, work Row 2 of Double Moss St across to last st, p1.
Rows 7-44: Rep Rows 5-6 19 more times. Fasten off CA.

Stockinette St Square
Row 45: With CD, sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Row 46: Sl 1, k3, p across.
Rows 47-84: Rep Rows 45-46 19 more times. Fasten off CD.

Diagonal Purl Square
Row 85: With CE, sl 1, work Row 1 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 86: Sl 1, k3, work Row 2 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 87: S1, work Row 3 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 88: Sl 1, k3, work Row 4 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 89: Sl 1, work Row 5 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 90: Sl 1, k3, work Row 6 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 91: Sl 1, work Row 7 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 92: Sl 1, k3, work Row 8 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Row 93: Sl 1, work Row 9 of Diagonal Purl St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 94: Sl 1, k3, work Row 10 of Diagonal Purl St across to last st, p1.
Rows 95-124: Rep Rows 85-94 3 more times. Fasten off CE.

Seed St Square
Row 125: With CB, sl 1, work Row 1 of Seed St across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Row 126: Sl 1, k3, work Row 2 of Seed St across to last st, p1.
Rows 127-164: Rep Rows 125-126 19 more times. Fasten off CB.

Garter St Square
Row 165-204: With CC, Rep Row 1 40 times. Fasten off CC.

Upper Border
Rows 205-208: With CA, rep Row 1 4 times.
BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off CA. 

Assembly

Spray block strips to shape before assembly.
When dry and with RS facing, connect strips using long yarn tail and yarn needle with reverse mattress stitch as follows. Join Right Edge Strip to First Center Strip; join First Center Strip to Second Center Strip; join Second Center Strip to Left Edge Strip following diagram. 

Finishing

Weave in ends with tapestry needle. yarn ball

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