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Free Knitting Pattern: Car Blanket / Pillow

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: L0083AD
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

53 x 54 in. (134.5 x 137 cm)

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Blanket? Pillow? BlanketPillow? This warm blanket easily folds into a convenient travel size. It can also be used as a pillow! Featured in YarnPlay, designed by Kim Hamlin.

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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Linen Fisherman Blossom Glacier Sky Blue Cobalt Navy Raspberry
Denim Taupe Oatmeal Barley Grass Lemongrass Pumpkin Citron
Spice Apricot Cranberry Claret Fig Eggplant Charcoal Black
Grey Marble Cilantro Butterscotch Denim Twist Celebration Cabernet Constellation Gemstone
Galaxy Poinsettia Mystical Starlight Wheat Wood Sequoia Mesquite
Granite Sandstone Marble Blackstone Jungle Desert Flamingo Toucan
Parakeet Monarch Seagull Blue Jay Purple Martin Bluebird Raven Winter Sky
Camouflage Hoosiers Hoyas Crimson Tigers Huskies Spartans Red Beacon
Checkerboard Moonlight Hudson Bay
*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon;
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon;
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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•  640-134 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Citron
$ 37.96  
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•  640-132 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Lemongrass
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•  640-146 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Fig
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Additional Materials
Circular needle size 13 (9 mm), 36 in. (91.5 cm) long

Car Blanket / Pillow

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


9 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row) with larger needle.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


1. Blanket is designed to fold into attached Pocket to create a pillow.
2. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches. Work back and forth in rows as if knitting with straight needles.
3. To fold Blanket into Pocket, refer to schematic diagram and fold Blanket vertically into thirds, flip pocket over Blanket edge to other side of Blanket; fold blanket horizontally along lines indicated on diagram; tuck folded Blanket into Pocket.
4. When working Garter st, an easy way to count your rows is to count the 'ridges' – every 2 rows of Garter st makes a ridge.
5. Each section of Blanket (A, B, or C) will measure about 18 inches.


With A, cast on 120 sts. Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 68 rows (34 Garter st ‘ridges’).
Change to B and work in Garter st for 68 rows.
Change to C and work in Garter st for 68 rows. Bind off.

With D, cast on 34 sts. Work in Garter st for 60 rows (30 'ridges'). Bind off.

Following diagram, sew cast on edge of Pocket to edge of Blanket. Sew sides of Pocket to Blanket, leaving bound off edge of Pocket open.
Border is worked on double pointed needles to make a knitted cord and is attached to Blanket as it is worked
With double pointed needles and D, cast on 3 sts. Beginning at side of Blanket where Pocket is attached, pick up one st from Blanket edge.
*Slide sts to other end of double pointed needles and k2, then k2 together, pulling yarn tightly across the back of the work. Do not turn work. Pick up another st from edge of Blanket; repeat from * around edge of Blanket picking up about one st in every Garter st ridge, one st in every st across cast on and bound off edges of Blanket, and 3 sts in each corner.
When you reach the starting point of the border, bind off.
Sew ends of border together. Weave in ends.

How to fold

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k = knit st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 6 reviews)
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Car Blanket / Pillow Reviewed by Kimberly Duff on 2014-01-04 ****
This is a nice pattern-I like the idea of it fitting all in the pillow for travel- I did want to mention that I made the pillow with different color stripes and sewed it on front side out, not realizing that it would fold back over the blanket, showing the backside work of the cover-So, think it through if you are using more colors-I hope this tip will help future knitters of the project-

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