“Windowpane” Vintage Knitted Blanket, 1977 – Free Knitting Pattern

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Here’s a really nice knitted blanket pattern from 1977 that uses all of your worsted weight scrap and leftover yarns used from other projects. The ‘windowpane’ blanket is composed of colorful little windows framed with black yarn and edged in a large scallop crochet pattern. Most of the scrap yarns used are Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Carron Simply Soft but use whatever worsted weight you have on hand.
The original book, 1977.   The book “Passages” lying on the afghan above is written by Gail Sheehy and published in 1974!

You will love it when you are finished…it brightens up your living quarters and satisfies that inner craving for creating yet another beautiful item without spending a dime on more yarn.

my windowpane blanket, 2014
My 1977 Better Homes & Gardens pattern book













Windowpane Knitting Pattern, 1977…experiment and have fun!

If you wish to use the pattern in another language, click the Google Translate button to the left…the entire pattern will be translated.

This puff stitch afghan has much of the beauty of stained window glass, because of the fascinating way bits of brilliant yarn colors are used. In fact, colors that would not ordinarily took well next to each other become harmonious because of the black yarn similar to the leading stained glass that separates the colorful ‘panes’ and forms the puffs at the same time. This blanket measures about 46 x 70 inches.


  • Knitting Worsted. 4 oz. skeins 2 black
    • An assortment of colors that totals approximately 18 ounces
  • Size 10½ 29 -inch circular knitting needle
  • Size F crochet hook

Gauge: 4 sts = 1 inch. 6 rows = 1 inch

Directions: With black yarn, cast on 128 sts. Work 4 rows in st st (k  1  row.  p 1 row). Tie in the first color and work 6 rows in st st.

Tie in black.  k  4.  *  ravel or drop the next color st 6 rows down to the black. Put the right needle through the black loop from the front of work,  then insert tip of right needle under horizontal rows of dropped sts, yo. pull under the horizontal rows and back through black loop to front of work again; place st last made on left needle and k  1  st   K  5  more sts.  and rep from *  Follow pattern· across row. then p bac k with black.

Tie on another color and follow the instructions above. Continue in this manner until the afghan is 60 inches long. End with 4 rows of black st st.

Crocheted edging: Work row of sc around entire afghan, working 3 sc at each corner. (Total number should be a mul­tiple of 10 plus 2). Pattern row:SI st in first sc.  1 sc in next sc. 1 hd<;: in next sc. 1  tr in next sc. 5 dtr in next sc. 1  tr in next sc, 1  dc in next sc. 1 hdc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. sl st in next sc: rep from * to end. Fasten off.


  • Always buy enough yarn to complete your project, making sure the dye lot of each skein is the same(Dye  lots  can vary.)
  • Always bind off stitches in the pattern of your garment or proj­ect, and work loosely to ensure give·· in the   bound-off edge.
  • To pick up stitches, always work from the right side of your project. Using one needle only and a strand of yarn, insert the point of the needle through the knitting a short distance from the edge. Next, wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit, and draw the loop through the piece. Continue in this manner, spacing your stitches evenly.
  • If you drop a stitch, use a cro­chet hook to pick it up. In stock­inette stitch, insert the hook through the loop of the dropped stitch from the front of the work to the back, with the hook facing upward. Pull the horizontal thread of the row above through the loop; repeat to the top and place dropped stitch on the needle. If you are using a pattern stitch, pick up the stitch in the pattern.

Source: Better Homes and Garden Crocheting & Knitting, 1977 by Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa.

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