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Amy’s Thread: Forked Blanket Giveaway

This week we were sent a copy of the new book, Pick Your Stitch: Build A Blanket by Doreen Marquart (Martingale Press, 2015) to review and giveaway – better yet we’re throwing in the Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn to knit the “Forked Blanket” project from the book.

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The book is well laid out with written instructions and photographs of swatches that are large and clear. Each swatch has instructions for the stitch repeat followed by specific interactions for creating a block from that pattern. The next section demonstrates the stitch patterns as blankets – you can either knit the blanket shown or use the patterns as a jumping off point for creating your own design. It’s a great guide for anyone looking for a creative knitting challenge.


Are you ready to design your own blanket? Tell us why in the comments section and you could win a e-book copy of Pick Your Stitch: Build A Blanket and the yarn to make Doreen’s “Forked Cable” pattern!

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Details: Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S. or Canada to be eligible for the prize. Comments must be posted by  11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 18. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog next Monday, January 19.

174 thoughts on “Amy’s Thread: Forked Blanket Giveaway

  1. Just thinking this morning that I should knit each of my grandkids a blanket. All 17 of them! Of course they all have to be “original”.

  2. I am ready to design and knit my own blanket because it has been colder here this winter than ever before in my memory. I need a snuggly blanket for my couch!

  3. There is nothing better for those cold cold dreary days (and eves) than snuggling under a hand made blanket, cup of steaming favorite beverage nearby, and knitting (while listening to Glen Gould).

  4. I love knitted texture on large scale. I’d love to make something for the end of my bed.

  5. I have already decided my next project is a blanket and have been trying to find a pattern I want to try, but not finding it. I would so love to design my own or make a sampler one! And then make some to give away; all unique! And I love Berroco Vintage Chunky.

  6. Afghans are one of the knitted items that my family likes best. We have a big wrap-around couch and I have three afghans that are usually all taken when the family sits together to watch TV. I would LOVE to make another one that I design myself!

  7. I’ve designed my own afghans/blankets before and love doing it! So much fun to see your ideas become a finished product.

  8. I’ve been wanting to start designing, and a blanket seems like a good, easy way to start.

  9. I have been thinking about a sampler for a while to learn some new stitches. What a great way to do it.

  10. My daughter could use a knitted blanket. It gets cold at her college and a blanket is a warm hug from home.

  11. My Knitting for Peace group makes blankets for a children’s hospital, would love to make the Forked Cable afghan to donate to a needy child

  12. it’s been a while since I made a blanket but I love the veratility of that yarn.

  13. For almost 10 years I have knit at least 1 blanket per year. I’m an experienced knitter who has designed my own socks and rarely knits a sweater without design changes, yet I’ve never designed my own blanket. It is high time I did so, especially since my youngest is a freshman in college and is the only one in the family without a hand knit blanket from Mom.

    Thanks for yet another wonderful give away!

  14. I’ve been knitting for a few years now and I’ve only knit one baby blanket so far, so I’ve been thinking about knitting a blanket for my own place for a little while now. This would be a great nudge to get me to actually get started on one!

  15. I love the stitch and the color. Berroco vintage chunky is one of my favorite yarns to knit with. I have made some beautiful cabled hats this winter.

  16. Every time I start a new project (and there are many), my 7-year-old begs me to make her a blanket.

  17. There’s something about a handknit blanket that just says love. And what could be better than designing, knitting and sharing a warm blanket with family!

  18. I would really like to improve my knitting skills and this would be the perfect project!!

  19. I’ve only made one blanket before and it was a struggle as the pattern didn’t thrill me but the recipient of the gift did. I would like to try making one that holds more interest and this book sounds like a great source of variety and information.

  20. Just ready to design and knit my own blanket because it has been so cold in Montreal this winter. And I just love to design some pieces when I can!

  21. I love to snuggle in a warm blanket to watch TV in the evening! The one I use is getting ragged – time for a new one! Would love to design one for myself!

  22. Would love to pick a stitch and make a blanket for my family to snuggle with each other.

  23. Hubs has been asking for a cuddling blanket for the couch. This book and yarn would be perfect!

  24. I love making blankets with my knittting group, we make wedding blankets and baby blankets in knit patterns and sew the squares or strips together. Knit blankets make amazing gifts!

  25. Would be fun to try designing a knit project. The book would be an inspiration to make that happen.

  26. I have a new (and our first) grandchild – a little boy named for my father. 🙂 I’d love to be able to make something very personal for him now and later.

    😉 Linda

  27. My knitting goes in cycles, and right now I just really want to knit blankets!!

  28. My knitting goes in cycles, and right now I just want to knit blankets! There is a wedding I need to knit for and a couple of babies coming up!

  29. This book sounds amazing. I love to make blankets for others. I like to use patterns I find but I need to branch out and design my own so that my gifts are truly personalized. This would be a great start for that. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Love, love, love the look of this! My colors exactly! I’d really love to copy this…..was just getting ready to purchase the yarn and book for an earlier version of this, but, Oh My!!! Love, it, love it, love it! WOW!

  31. Need to send a new blanket to a beloved aunt freezing in Ohio–Thanks for the giveaway!!

  32. There are so many fab stitches to try out and a blanket is the ideal place to mix and match, plus it keeps it interesting for such a big project 🙂

  33. I love the process of designing, & sampler blankets are always so interesting. Plus, it’s 10 degrees here & dropping – a blanket project sounds perfect!!

  34. i love making blankets, when i was younger i knew how to knit but didn’t have a lot of interest in it, till my brother in laws was going to be married. i decided that a knit blanket would be nice. so i went to the yarn store with no idea really what i was doing and i bough a cabled pattern. it turned out so nice. i have been knitting ever since pretty much non stop

  35. I am so ready to try this. First, I enjoy seeing patterns emerge in my knitting. Second it looks like it would be a great take with you project.

  36. I am currently working on an afghan on my own design. I like doing something different.

  37. I have been wanting to cast on a blanket for my son & daughter-in-law but just couldn’t decide which one. Would love to win the book & yarn! Thanks for the giveaway.

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

  38. I would like to add more knitting experience to my arsenal before I try my own blanket.

  39. I can always use more blankets in my freezing house, and I’m up for the challenge of designing my own!

  40. Because it was below zero when the sun came up this morning and my feet still aren’t warm even after blasting the heat in the car all the way to work, which is 30 miles. I could use a warm blanket around my feet right now. : )
    wahoomerryf on ravelry

  41. I have a new grandchild on the way who needs a blanket from grandma. Grandma needs a new knitting challenge. Designing the blanket myself seems to fit perfectly.

  42. I’ve been wanting to make a blanket/afghan for my couch, but haven’t found the pattern I want, so this could do the trick!

  43. Gosh, I’ve been wanting to knit an afghan for a long time now. Just haven’t decided which one. This could be an omen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. i am so ready to do this! I love learning new stitches and would love to try these out! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  45. I have a friend doing an afghan that is more ambitious than I want and this looks like the perfect solution

  46. I *love* this idea! This past year was one for baby blankets; there were several patterns used, that I Liked, but how much nicer had it been MY pattern.

  47. I would love to try my hand at this sampler blanket as I am new to knitting( old crocheter!) and believe this would be a fantastic way to learn.

  48. I have been crocheting afghans for over 40 years and I have decided that it’s time I try my hand at knitting. I love this pattern and design and would love to give it a try!

  49. I have been knitting baby blankets for several months. Would love to knit one
    for myself

  50. My 86 yr old Mum needs a cozy blanket for reading and napping on her sofa during this long cold winter!

  51. I’m a new knitter, and I’m looking forward to making my first blanket! Learning new stitches is so exciting for me. I’ve been crocheting for about a year, and coming up with new ideas is always fun!

  52. What a wonderful idea for a book! I grew up knitting along side by mother who made a beautiful sampler afghan for my Dad but I’ve never found anything I like as much as this one. I would love to win. Thank you

  53. I’ve made a lot of blankets, but they all use the same pattern. I am ready for something new and different!

  54. I have been healing a broken leg since Thanksgiving when I was placing Christmas lights on top of my kitchen cabinets… So far, I have knitted 15 dish cloths, one scarf and an afghan for my wheelchair. Sure would like another project!

  55. Love the taupe colors. I would make a blanket for myself with those colors, probably a large block one.

  56. Berroco yarns are so nice to knit with and knitting a blanket would give me the opportunity to learn new stitches and keep me warm.

  57. My creative juices are active today1 I need a new project for these cold winter days and nights.
    I love the look of this blanket in tans and browns. It would surely fit right in my family room.
    Am I a lucky winner? Please and thank you.!

  58. I’ve never seen a blanket knitted like this. It’s beautiful. I’ve crocheted some but nothing like this. Would be neat to learn something new.

  59. I love the idea of being able to choose from a variety of stitches to create my own afghan sampler….that would be so much fun …..and I would get to learn a lot of new stitches at the same time……

  60. I’d love to design and nit a blanket just for me! My cats have taken over the Afghan my Mom made me!

  61. This would be a wonderful challenge to advance my “self taught” knitting skills! This afghan is “simply country” and I LOVE IT!

  62. I love taking stitches and applying them to a basic pattern to create something unique. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes me think out of the box.

  63. My 2015 wish is to make a knitted afghan so my little dog and I could snuggle the cold away.

  64. People elsewhere seem to think we would never need a blanket here in Phoenix, AZ – but this is “high desert,” and when temperatures do drop, the thin dry air makes them feel even colder. (Plus, we’re not accustomed to the cold, so we feel chilled at a higher thermometer reading than someone from, say, Chicago.) So I’d love to have a big warm blanket made from chunky yarn to keep me toasty on our cold nights.


  66. I’d love to make a sampler like the photo at top of the review – would be FUN! 🙂

    🙂 Linda

  67. I would love to win this book and yarn for a blanket. I really like the idea of converting swatch samples into blankets. This would allow the versatility of making it the size you want.

  68. I’m ready to design a blanket because a) I’d like a new one, b) I would like to make it myself and c) I can never leave well enough (or any pattern) alone!

  69. Just learning to knit, so a good blanket stitch guide in my library would be much appreciated.

  70. I just love the color and the stitch. This world be perfect for my home..Thank you

  71. Perfect time of year to make a blanket and learn new stitches!!! My dogs and l love blankies!!!

  72. I love projects that use different stitches – especially cables which I have found myself to be in love with. I haven’t made a blanket yet so this giveaway sounds perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  73. Great giveaway, cannot wait to get started on the new afghan blankets for gift giving, and one for myself of course!
    Muskego, WI

  74. Making a knitted blanket is on my list of things to do. This book is perfect for that as pattern aren’t easy to locate. Thank you for the opportunity!

  75. I’m new to knitting and look forward to this web site/ products. It’s a good find.

  76. Following a pattern gives you a lovely knitted piece but if you make it your own by choosing the stitch pattern then you can add little extras as you go for a truly unique work of art.

  77. It would be fun to design my own blanket using the tips from “Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket.” I have always followed a pattern and this book would lead me in the things to consider when designing my own. I would design something with a soft cable stitch. How much fun it would be to say, “I designed it myself!”

  78. We love a cozy blanket to snuggle under when sitting on the couch. How fun to design my own pattern!

  79. I would love to just be able to learn how to knit better as I am a newbie to this craft. Then maybe I could design a throw later on.

  80. Because blankets are kitty magnets! My kitty is getting old and deserves her own special perch.

  81. I have always wanted to design my own blankets for the wedding and baby gifts I make but have been the tiniest bit afraid to try. I believe with this book my knitting wings can finally take flight. Thank you for allowing us the chance to win this book it sounds so amazing. 🙂

  82. I need a soft warm blanket to snuggle in, cause baby it is cold outside and fuel is expensive, living rooms are chilly.

  83. What else can I say? I began a year ago and I can’t and won’t stop knitting!

  84. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new every week. This would be a great way to not only do that but also expand my knitting skills. I am an okay kind of knitter but I really would like to be better and enjoy it more.

  85. I like the idea that you can use one stitch and knit an afghan or blanket or use many to make a sampler. That gives me many options for lots of great knitting.

  86. I always love to come up with my own designs. I would love to learn some of those new patterns to make blankets for my family. I love knitting but I’m not very skilled so I could use some new instruction.

  87. I love knitting and crocheting and have been thinking about making myself a blanket, but can not decide whether to knit or crochet it. I hardly ever get time to make anything for myself so it will make a change. xxxx

  88. I like to experiment with different patterns when knitting blankets and this book looks like a treasure trove of them.

  89. I’m just adding tulip border to my tree of life afghan so am looking for a new blanket to knit. Love the sampler effect of the image from the Build a Blanket cover.

  90. I’m ready to design a blanket as every pattern I now see has something about I want to change. So i edit patterns, but really probably should design my own. Great giveaway and I really hope I win! Thanks for the chance!

  91. I love the basketweave/checkerboard stitch on 8 rows. (Work multiple of 8 stitches and 5 extra stitches) Row 1 and 5 (Right side): Knit all stitches; Row 2 and 4: Knit 5, *purl 3, knit 5; repeat from * to the end of the row; Row 3: Purl 5, *Knit 3, purl 5; repeat from * to the end row; Row 6 and 8: Knit 1, Purl 3, *Knit 5, purl 3; repeat from * to the last stitch Knit 1. Row 7: Purl 1, Knit 3, * Purl 5, Knit 3; repeat from * to the last stitch Knit 1. Repeat.
    It looks more complicated than it is, and, I’ve made a vest from it that always gets admired!

  92. Is it just me or I cannot click on the link Enter to win ?? Thanks

  93. What a beautiful blanket! Would love to make on a put it over my husband who is sleeping in his chair at the moment…one make with love.

  94. I’ve had it on my to do list to try a block blanket using different pattern stitches. My thought was that it would be a great way to learn and practice stitches.

  95. Hi, this book will give everyone the opportunity to learn new techniques and be creative in doing their own blanket. Thank you for giving us the chance to win both the yarn and thé book.

  96. Yes, I would love to design may own blanket. I’ve been thinking of doing some for the nursing home. I am very slow tho, might take a while. 🙂

  97. I have been looking for a pattern to make a blanket and haven’t found one yet…..

  98. I would love to learn to make a throw. A book and good yarn would get me started. Thanks for a chance to start a new adventure!

  99. I don’t think I am ready to design my own, but love trying new stitches and patterns.

  100. I love knitting the waffle stitch for blankets, but would love to win the booklet and yarn to explore other stitches.

  101. I love the idea of designing my own blanket with an unusual stitch pattern or combination of patterns. Using up odd bits of yarn might be fun, but I love the look of the brown and beige blanket above.

  102. Have not knitted in over 30 years, but I love the looks of the blanket makes me want to pick it up again,,,

  103. I love the Forked Cable patterned blanket shown! This is likely the stitch I would use for my blanket, should I win!

  104. I’m really ready, my mother in law made us each a crochet blanket as we married, our daughter is marrying this November, I’m going to carry on the tradition. thanks for the chance

  105. I have lots of left over yarn from Christmas projects! Making one of the patchwork blankets would be a great way to use up the yarn while practicing new stitches.

  106. I’d love to practice some new stitches and use up some leftover yarn from Christmas presents to make a patchwork blanket. Might just turn into a present for next Christmas 🙂

  107. I so love the block blanket. I have more dreams than I usually get done. This looks very do-able to me (for me)……….and I REALLY need to replace the throw on my couch that I got 5 years ago at Big Lots !!!!!!

  108. I also quilt so the afghan I am working on is a combination of strips of flying geese & Aran design.

  109. Knitting a blanket would be a great way to practice different stitches — patterns.

  110. I am ready to experiment with even more new stitches in a blanket. I have been working on a blanket with about 10 different cable stitches/twists and thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be donating it to a local charity group to give to someone who needs something warm. I would like to do another blanket or sampler really just to see how different stitches come to be.

  111. I love cables and the different textures it produces so I am hoping to knit a blanket utilizing cables and several other stitches. So this book would be quiet beneficial in helping me achieve this quest.

  112. I need to design my own blanket so I can use up the tons of yarn I am storing in plastic tubs.

  113. It would be so exciting, but difficult to settle for one pattern to build a blanket. But it would be a good excuse to buy more yarn for the next project.

  114. Have a first grandchild on the way and would love to design a special blanket for her. Would also like to use the stitch ideas in creating hats that I donate for charity – Newborns in Need, Chemo caps. I make a lot of hats and would welcome some new ideas.

  115. Have a first grandchild on the way and would love to design a special blanket for her. I would also appreciate new stitch ideas to incorporate in the many charity caps that I make for Newborns in Need and Chemo caps.

  116. We’re expecting our first grandkid! Would love to learn some new stitches and make some blankets! Thanks for the chance to win!

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