The Zipper Stripe Blanket came about when I wanted to make a unisex design – it’s kind of like a Granny Stripe, but I didn’t want to use the word “Granny” 🙂
To make the blanket, I like to use the yarn held double, but it isn’t necessary.
Pattern (US Terms):
Foundation Chain: Start off by chaining an even number of stitches plus 3 (for turning)
I make my chain a tad smaller than what I want my final measurement to be because this blanket has a tendency to expand on row 2.
Row 1: DC in the 3rd chain from hook and in all chains across.
You should have an odd number of stitches.
Chain 2 and turn work.
I also recommend an alternate method: Turn work without chaining up, work SC in first DC and chain 1. This is what I do.
Row 2 (Pattern row): Work DC *between* the first and second DC of the row below. Skip 2 DC, and 2DC between the DC of the row below. Repeat across blanket until you reach the final 2 DC. Skip 1 DC and DC in last DC. Chain 2 and turn work.
In this blanket, except for at either end, you will be working between DC stitches, not in a chain space or into a stitch like normal.
Repeat Row 2 for length of blanket.
Working with yarn held double gives more depth and texture to the piece. I like DK yarn doubled with a size 9mm hook. Or use any yarn with any hook! 🙂
I change color every other row to create the zipper effect. On my blankets, every other “zipper” stripe is white. To minimize yarn ends from color changes, work 2 rows white, don’t cut the yarn, attach new color and work 2 rows, carrying white yarn up the edge. This way, you only cut yarn on every other color.
There are a lot of color options with this blanket! I like this pattern because it makes a nice and sturdy piece and you get the granny stripe effect.
Have fun and let me know if I can clarify something! 🙂