Magic Carpet Afghan Knitting Pattern

This pattern came to be because, once again, I could not find a pattern that fit the bill for its intended recipients. I wanted a chunky blanket in various colors, so I went with Malabrigo Rasta. It’s soft, affordable and there are loads of colorways from which to choose. The colorways used in this afghan are Leguna Negra, Aniversario, Archangel, Pearl Ten, Azules and Ravelry Red (seven skeins total), and the pattern is knit by holding two strands together throughout.


Thinking it would be nice to have some texture mixed in with all those colors, I decided to alternate sections of garter and stockinette rows. Oh, and tassels! I’ve been quite in love with tassels this year. Upon completion, the afghan reminded me of a magic carpet, so there you have it. Voila! A blanket for royalty.


To download the pattern from my website, click here and scroll to the pattern image. To download from Ravelry, click here.


Chunky Potholders with a Pattern


Last Christmas I was dazzled by the yarn of Knit Collage as I frantically knit up gifts for my family and friends. (I had used Knit Collage Pixie Dust yarn to make a total of four throws!) This year, after finding nothing to jump at on Ravelry, I decided to use Knit Collage to make some small gifts–potholders!


The potholders are little more than a large-sized swatch, but these little squares explode with color and texture. Since wool is naturally fire resistant, these potholders have great functionality, but they can also be used as mats for plants or other home decor. One day I would even like to make a bunch of squares to sew together to form a blanket.

Below is my potholder pattern, or click here to download it.


Easy Chunky Potholder


  • Knit Collage Cast Away yarn, 2 skeins (Blue potholders shown are knit with the colorways Lagoon and Nomad; others are knit with Prism and Oak.)
  • Size 17 needles


1.5 sts/inch, 6 sts and 9 rows equals 4”

Dimensions and Yield:

Each potholder measures 8 by 8 inches. Two skeins of Cast Away yarn make 4 potholders.


Holding together 2 strands of yarn, cast on 12 sts somewhat loosely using the long tail method. (You should have no more than 6” of tail left over to weave in.)

Knit in stockinette st for 17 rows, beginning and ending with a purl row.

Bind off loosely knitwise.

Weave in yarn ends by hand.

Dampen and block to roughly 8 by 8 inches.

© 2016 Jamie Hoffman