The Chusi Blanket Design

Design: Chusi Cushion
(free pdf download or free printed pattern with yarn purchase.)
Yarn: Kilcarra Tweed
(9 balls needed in total £4.95 each from my studio.)
Needles: 5mm
Size: approx. 78cm x 82cm

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I use my Chusi Cushion pattern to relax with. And when I first started it I was going to make a cushion with my squares. I sat down with one ball in three shades and cast on.
I love sharing the joy of simple patterns with knitters, the kind that make you feel good as you knit them. So what happened with the Chusi cushion squares? They turned into a Chusi Blanket! After the first three balls were knitted up and sew together I realised I missed knitting these squares, so I got three more balls and when I finished knitting them, I then three more after that….and even though I’ve sewn it up now I *will* be adding to it!

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The Chusi Cushion Blanket uses three different shades. However, as you can see I didn’t stripe all the squares like it says in the pattern, I worked some as blocks of solid shades.

My blanket took three balls each of three different shades so a total of nine balls. I used Kilcarra Tweed in shades 4847 Gweedore, 4896 Beleek and 2017 Ardara.

This made six squares of each solid colour and seven striped squares, which I then sewed together to make into a blanket that measures about 78cm x 82cm.

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And this blanket is going to slowly get bigger…now it’s big enough to go over my armchair, three balls or more and knitting some more relaxing squares later, it’ll then big enough to go over my sofa and more balls and more relaxing squares it’ll then big enough for a king sized bed.

It’s a three at a time project that I will do in between designing and knitting garments. It’s a project that has no time limit, it will be done when it’s done. It’s my refresher blanket. And maybe I’ll change the shades on it, perhaps the middle will be these shades and I’ll do other shades around the edges but for now I’ll get three more of these shades and knit some more squares.

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This is what I suggest to new knitters too. You can buy three balls to start you off so you don’t feel overwhelmed and can relax and enjoy the yarn and the stitch. Then these three balls can turn into a cushion or if you get addicted, the beginner (who will not be a beginner by now but a garter stitch lover!) can get six more balls to complete a blanket….and then after that maybe three more balls…

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And if you were wondering what the original looked like, here it is…..

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Article by Jane