Learn to Knit: Seascair Blanket & Cushion

Is there anything better than curling up under a cosy blanket with a hot cuppa? Especially when there is a downpour outside and the wind is howling and you have nowhere to be. I dream of these days though, in honesty, they are few and far between even though it rains a lot here in Ireland.

Some knitters find blankets overwhelming, but here we create fabric blocks with cables, textured stitches and mitered squares to make a large project more manageable. It means that you can work on a square as you travel as it fits easily into a project bag. This also gives you the added bonus to learn different techniques with each fabric block! So if you want to know more about Seascair then read on:

Psst – if this blanket isn’t for you, but you’d like to knit a garment or accessory with an entire workshop series then check out all of our project workshops here.

WHERE TO PURCHASE QUICK LINKS

We know that some of you are here looking for the links, so here you go:

Learn to Knit Workshop | Ravelry Pattern | StolenStitches.com Pattern | Yarn Kit

LEARN TO KNIT WORKSHOP

In this project workshop, you learn to knit both the Seascair blanket and cushion with Carol. Each project workshop includes a downloadable pattern PDF so you have everything you need in Teachable. There are 27 step-by-step videos in here. But you can listen to the one below to find out all about Seascair in Carol’s own words.

Some of the techniques you will find in this project workshop are:

  • An introduction to Blasta yarn and how to add additional skeins with a felted join
  • How to cast on for different squares
  • How to fix row mistakes
  • Videos for swatches row by row
  • How to finish your blanket
  • 3 needle bind-off
  • How to lay out your squares
  • Turning I-cord corners
  • Working a Central Double Decrease
  • Finishing

If you’re wondering about the cushion, this uses the same mitered garter square as the blanket, but you pick up stitches around the edge to create the outer edging. This allows you to modify the size of the cover to suit the cushion you wish to cover. Finally, it finishes with a contrast colour using a 3-needle I-Cord Bind-Off. It really looks just like piping!

Previous students have also made further cushions to match using the textured and cable patterns from the blanket. How many you make is up to you!

Purchase the Workshop Here

SESCAIR PATTERN INFORMATION

This blanket pattern is knit as a series of square swatches.

The central 6 panels are in 3 different stitch patterns with different colours; 2 squares for each stitch pattern.

These 6 panels will be surrounded by garter stitch squares in a single colour. You will have 14 garter stitch squares in total.  

The cushion cover uses two larger versions of the garter stitch squares.

The skeins of the yarn and notions needed for each square (or cushion cover) are given in the individual parts of the pattern.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Each Square Width & Depth: 10” / 25.5 cm

Final Dimensions: 40″/101.5 cm wide by 50″/127 cm deep

GAUGE
19 sts and 40 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch

YARN
Stolen Stitches ‘Blasta’ (60% Fine Irish Wool, 40% New Zealand Wool; 232 yds / 212 m per 3.6 oz / 100 g); 12 skeins (1 skein of 3 colours for cable squares and 7 skeins for garter squares).

Blasta yarn kit in contrast colours

BLASTA YARN AND KIT INFORMATION

To make things a little easier we have a few different yarn kit options in our chosen Blasta yarn. Choose from either a multi-colour project or use a single colour. Options are given to add extra yarn to also knit the matching cushion cover. Each kit comes with 10 skeins of yarn in your choice of colour plus a cotton project bag. The cushion option includes 4 extra skeins of yarn in main and one contrast colour.

Aside from the contrast colour option above there are three other colour options:

Seascair Blanket option in Burgundy

Seascair Blanket option in Neutral

Seascair Blanket Option in Blues

Blasta is our unique Irish yarn. It is spun specifically for us. Blasta was developed with Donegal Yarns. The blend contains 60% Fine Irish with 40% New Zealand Lambswool. This blend was achieved by working on a good selection process from the various breeds with improved sorting and grading resulting in an excellent yarn that is comfortable to knit with and wear.

As an added bonus there is a 12 page pattern leaflet included when yarn and pattern or workshop purchased together.

Purchase the Yarn Kits here.

KNITHUB SUPPORT

With all of our project workshops you have the full support in our community forums. Joining our KnitHub is free and uses the same login as your Teachable account. Each workshop has it’s own space and you can chat with Carol and other makers who are working on the same pattern as you. You can view the Seascair workshop here if you’d like to have a browse first! The forums are public but you need to be registered to comment or like.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make so don’t forget to share it with us by tagging #stolenstitches in your social uploads! If you don’t already follow us you can find us on Instagram here or join in a conversation in our Facebook group here.

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