How to Knit a Moss Stitch Lap Blanket

Moss stitch afghan
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Sometimes you just need a little afghan. This project as written comes out long but narrow (ours is about six feet long and almost three feet across), so it's perfect for folding over and draping over one lap, wrapping around your shoulders, or using over two laps when you feel like a good snuggle.

This knitted lap blanket project uses moss stitch, a simple pattern stitch of four repeating rows. If you want to change the size of this project, you must keep with multiples of two stitches to make the pattern work.


  • Four skeins worsted-weight yarn for 900 to 1,000 yards total (we used Red Heart Hokey Pokey, a 100 percent acrylic yarn that has been discontinued. Their Fiesta, an acrylic and nylon blend, would also be nice)
  • Size 10 US (6 mm) circular needle, with at least a 20-inch cord

Watch Now: How to Moss Stitch


  1. Cast on 144 stitches using your favorite method.
  2. Do not join in the round. The circular needle helps distribute the weight of the piece.
  3. Repeat the following four rows for pattern:
    1. Row One: Knit one, purl one across.
    2. Row Two: Knit one, purl one across.
    3. Row Three: Purl one, knit one across.
    4. Row Four: Purl one, knit one across.
  4. Join new yarn as needed until you are close to the end of the final ball. Cast off. Weave in ends using a crochet hook or needle, trimming extra-long ends if necessary.

Make the Pattern Your Own

This is an easy moss stitch blanket pattern to modify because you can make it longer just by using more yarn. If you doubled the amount of yarn called for, you'd get a more square blanket.

Also, experiment with different yarns to make your own unique afghans. This is such an ​easy pattern you could make several throws in different colors that you could switch out in your home seasonally.