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Winter Twist Free Knit Throw Pattern

This cable knit throw pattern is completely stunning.

Updated May 11, 2018
Winter Twist Free Knit Throw Pattern
Winter Twist Free Knit Throw Pattern
This image courtesy of loveknitting.com

Learn how to make a stunningly beautiful knit afghan! Featuring squares of stockinette stitch alternating with gorgeous cables, this free knit throw pattern is great for cozying up on the couch or even for a baby shower gift. If you've never knit cables before, this project will make you a master of cables in no time. It's a simple design with a big impact. Choose a solid color yarn like this neutral yellow, or grab a variegated yarn for added effortless detail. The choice is yours! This beautiful pattern is a complete classic for so many occasions. Your couch will thank you for this pretty throw!

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Finished Size104cm to 133cm

Materials List

  • 8 x 100g balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Mustard Yellow 
  • Pair of 4mm (UK 8 – US 6) knitting needles
  • Pair of 5mm (UK 6 – US 8) knitting needles 
  • Cable needle

Instructions

CENTRE SECTION

  1. Cast on 165 sts using 5mm (US 8) needles.

  2. Now work first band of blocks as follows:

  3. Row 1 (rs) *(P4, K1, inc in next st, K2, inc in next st, K2, inc in next st, K1, P4, K2) twice, P4, K1, (inc in next st, K2) twice, inc in next st, K1, P4*, K55, rep from * to * once more. 183 sts.

  4. Row 2 and every foll alt row to row 70 *(K4, P12, K4, P2) twice, K4, P12, K4*, P55, rep from * to * once more.

  5. Row 3 *P4, K4, C8B, P4, K2, P4, K4, C8F, P4, K2, P4, K4, C8B, P4*, K55, rep from * to * once more.

  6. Row 5 *(P4, K12, P4, K2) twice, P4, K12, P4*, K55, rep from * to * once more.

  7. Row 7 *P4, C8F, K4, P4, K2, P4, C8B, K4, P4, K2, P4, C8F, K4, P4*, K55, rep from * to * once more.

  8. Row 9 as row 5.

  9. Rows 2 to 9 form patt for first band of blocks.

  10. Cont in patt as now set for a further 62 rows, ending after row 7 and with a rs row.

  11. Row 72 (ws) *(K4, P1, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P1, K4, P2) twice, K4, P1, (P2tog, P2) twice, P2tog, P1, K4*, P55, rep from * to * once more. 165 sts.

  12. This completes first band of blocks.

  13. Now work second band of blocks as follows:

  14. Row 73 (rs) K55, (P4, K1, inc in next st, K2, inc in next st, K2, inc in next st, K1, P4, K2) twice, P4, K1, (inc in next st, K2) twice, inc in next st, K1, P4, K55. 174 sts.

  15. Row 74 and every foll alt row to row 142 P55, (K4, P12, K4, P2) twice, K4, P12, K4, P55.

  16. Row 75 K55, P4, K4, C8B, P4, K2, P4, K4, C8F, P4, K2, P4, K4, C8B, P4, K55.

  17. Row 77 K55, (P4, K12, P4, K2) twice, P4, K12, P4, K55.

  18. Row 79 K55, P4, C8F, K4, P4, K2, P4, C8B, K4, P4, K2, P4, C8F, K4, P4, K55.

  19. Row 81 as row 77.

  20. Rows 74 to 81 form patt for second band of blocks.

  21. Cont in patt as now set for a further 62 rows, ending after row 79 and with a rs row.

  22. Row 144 (ws) P55, (K4, P1, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P1, K4, P2) twice, K4, P1, (P2tog, P2) twice, P2tog, P1, K4, P55. 165 sts.

  23. This completes second band of blocks.

  24. Now work 3rd and 4th bands of blocks by repeating rows 1 to 144 again, ending with a ws row.

  25. Cast (bind) off all 165 sts in patt.

END BORDERS (Both alike)

  1. With rs facing and using 4mm (US 6) needles, pick up and knit 165 sts evenly along cast-on edge of Centre Section.

  2. Row 1 (ws) knit.

  3. Row 2 inc in first st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K1.

  4. Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 183 sts.

  5. Cast (bind) off loosely knitwise (on ws).

  6. Work End Border across cast-off (bind-off) edge of Centre Section in same way.

SIDE BORDERS (Both alike)

  1. With rs facing and using 4mm (US 6) needles, pick up and knit 216 sts evenly along one row-end edge of Centre Section.

  2. Row 1 (ws) knit.

  3. Row 2 inc in first st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K1.

  4. Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 234 sts.

  5. Cast (bind) off loosely knitwise (on ws).

  6. Work Side Border along other row-end edge of Centre Section in
    same way.

MAKING UP

  1. Do NOT steam press!

  2. Join shaped row-end edges of Borders to form mitred corners.

  3. Pin out Throw to measurement given, cover with a clean damp cloth and leave to dry naturally.


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Looks beautiful! Im a newbie to cables. Cant wait to try this pattern! Thank you!

I like to make blankets. This throw has different textures which I like. I plan to make it.

SCARVES. My all time favorite pattern to knit would be a scarf pattern. It's simple. It's quick. It probably won't drop off my knitting needles and make me regret all my life choices #stillbitteraboutthatsweater

I haven't made up my mind on this yet. I'm a crocheter (a little bit of knitting) but I think this pattern could help me with my knitting skills. I definitely would not use that mustard yellow color -)

The pattern looks absolutely beautiful I cant wait to give it a whirl!!

This looks like it would make a great scarf. I prefer to knit sweaters and tops and look for patterns I can adapt to those items.

Question - what is the final measurement meant to be? It says "Pin out Throw to measurement given..." in blocking instructions, but I can't find measurement/size. Thanks!

Oh good question! The finished measurements are 104cm to 133cm. I just updated the pattern to reflect this as well. Thanks for asking!

Our knitting group just made a baby blanket for a friend in the group, and I made several squares including one with cables - love knitting cables! This looks like fun! Looking forward to taking it on...a little apprehensive about the border. Not a fan of picking up stitches. Think this would GORGEOUS in the yarns in the giveaway.

I really enjoy knitting hats and scarves. This throw looks like it would be fun.

I love making anything for my husband. I know that what ever I make for him he will truly appreciate and enjoy.

I don't knit but crochet and I love doing Christmas stocking. These colors are so wonderful I would probably make a granny square type blanket with them.

Very nice project, Love making baby booties,

this is a very cool looking pattern, I can't wait to try it, looks complicated, but states it is easy thanks for sharing it.

I love to knit- cables are always pretty fun! Thanks!

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