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Home : Patterns : 9 Cousins Lapghan & Memory Book

Free Knitting Pattern: 9 Cousins Lapghan & Memory Book

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® - Jiffy® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: BK4K-0510002
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
Each square approximately 10 inches x 13" [approximately 25 x 33 cm]
Finished lapghan approximately 44 inches x 50 inches

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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This is a super project that long-distance family members can do 'together' to make a single gift. Nine individual squares are knitted and then joined into a single large plaid lapghan. Each person making a square also create two pages for the memory book that is part of the gift.
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Color (A)
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 640-153: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Black
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Color (B)
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 640-138: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Cranberry
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Color (C)
Jiffy® Thick & Quick®

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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Fisherman Blossom Russet Glacier Sky Blue Cobalt Navy Raspberry
Denim Taupe Oatmeal Barley Grass Lemongrass Pumpkin Spice
Apricot Cranberry Claret Fig Eggplant Charcoal Graphite Black
Grey Marble Obsidian Mustard Peacock 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 Tangerine Wild Strawberry Blueberry Abalone
Licorice Grape Acai Spearmint Toffee Peppermint Hoosiers Hoyas
Crimson Tigers Huskies Spartans Red Beacon Checkerboard Moonlight Hudson Bay
Jiffy® Thick & Quick®
Green Mountains Rocky Mountains Catskills Ozarks Cascade Mountains Adirondacks Smoky Mountains Berkshires
*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)
*Jiffy® Thick & Quick® (Article #430). 100% Acrylic; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (84yds/76m) pull skeins

You can also buy materials separately
To change colors, click the drop-down list or swatches above
•  640-153 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Black
$ 37.96  
Note: (A)
•  640-138 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Cranberry
$ 18.98  
Note: (B)
•  430-210 Jiffy Thick & Quick Yarn: Ozarks
$ 25.47  
Note: (C)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 17 [13 mm]   $ 7.60  
Additional Materials
Two pages (minimum) per person contributing to the throw

9 Cousins Lapghan & Memory Book

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® - Jiffy® Thick & Quick®


8 stitches + 10 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in Garter stitch (knit every row). 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. The Jiffy Thick and Quick in our example happened to produce a pattern when knitted at the gauge and in the size square shown. Not all skeins will yield an identical result.

2. While knitting, take pictures of the knitter at work for use in the memory book.


make 2 in (C) and 1 in (B) - 3 total
Cast on 20 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 32 rows. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

Make 3 in (C) and 3 in (B) - 3 total
Cast on 20 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 32 rows.
Change to (A). Work in garter stitch for 6 rows. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.


Assemble squares into strips as shown:

Strip B
Make 2
Strip A
Make 1

Pick up 54 stitches on one lengthwise edge of strip A. Knit 6 rows, bind off.
Pick up 54 stitches on the other side of the same strip. Knit 12 rows, bind off.
Repeat for second strip A.
You will now have strips that look like this:

Strip A (2 strips) Strip B (1 strip)

Lay the strips out as shown and sew together. Note that one of the black edges is wider than the other -- this goes on the outside. You may find that the sizes of the squares vary somewhat, particularly if they were made by beginning knitters. The purpose of the black strips is to allow some ease in joining the squares if they are a little different in size.

Strip B Strip A Strip B

Pick up all stitches across the end of the throw (78 stitches). Knit 12 rows, bind off, weaving in ends. Repeat for other end. Finished throw:


Each person contributing to the project is responsible for contributing two pages of content. Some of the pictures should show the square in throw "under construction ", others are '"memories" pictures showing the maker and person who is receiving the throw. Add stories, remembrances, captions, poems or personal notes to make this a unique and personal gift.

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

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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9 Cousins Lapghan & Memory Book Reviewed by Diane Ladd on 2008-09-02 ****
Everyone got in on this project (almost). Since a majority of my knitting is for a prayer shawl ministry, this, naturally became just that. And this time it was for my mother-in-law. My daughter, daughter-in-law and even my husband made at least one square. We made it in strips (10 rows of black,40 rows of a bright color, then 10 rows of black to frame the top. Then we only had to put the strips together. She enjoyed the shawl/afghan for several months before she passed away. Now the colorful afghan is at our house and reminds us of the joy she brought to the lives of her 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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