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January 18, 2011

Surrounded Afghan and Lap Robe: Pattern Details

Filed under: — lv2knit @ 5:48 pm

Aghan shown above knit in KnitPicks Swish Bulky

Shown in the laprobe size using KnitPicks Swish Worsted

It makes a cute baby blanket, too!

This design forms a continuous edging on all sides as you go: when you’re done, it’s done.

Surrounded can easily be resized for any width or length. I have included instructions for two sizes and additional information on how to adapt the design to different sizes and gauges. The Lap Robe and Baby Blanket are identical – only the color and recipient give it away!

The handsome, unfussy style makes it perfect for the men in our lives!

The patterncan be knit in both bulky and worsted weight yarn.

Gauge (Bulky – Afghan) = 16 sts & 24 rows per 4 inches
Gauge (Worsted – Lap Robe) = 20 sts & 28 rows per 4 inches

Finished Size (Bulky – Afghan) = 40×52 inches
Finished Size (Worsted – Lap Robe) = 30×42 inches

Needles (Bulky – Afghan):
US 10.5 circular, 32 inch
US 10.5 dpns — only 2 needed
US 10 dpn — only one needed

Needles (Worsted – Lap Robe):
US 8 circular, 32 inch
US 8 dpns — only 2 needed
US 7 dpn — only one needed

Both written and charted directions are provided, plus photos to assist the knitter.

How to purchase:

Surrounded is available through Ravelry .  Whether or not you are a Ravelry member, you can purchase the pattern by clicking the link below.  You will be taken directly to a purchase page; after purchase, you will receive a link to download the PDF of the pattern.


  1. I am new to knitting and fell in love with this afghan. I have purchased the pattern, but was wondering if you would be kind enough to.. give me a dumber version or even a short clip of explaining the initial start of it. I understand the principal of the i-cord, but I am baffled as to how to start this project. Unless you have a project I should attempt before tackling this one, in order to learn better. I am quickly learning that I am severely visual and the written patterns just dumbfound me. (I picked up an intro to knitting booklet, but ended up on YouTube watching videos) Any help, suggestions or critique would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by prettysoldier — July 23, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  2. Hello Susan,
    I recently purchased your Surrounded pattern (LOVE IT) and just read through your instructions, but I’m a bit confused (sorry!). I’m thinking I’d like to do the 30X42 size for a baby blanket, using worsted weight yarn, and see the gauge of 5sts/inch or 20sts/4 inches. I followed the formula on page 5, for 5sts per inch and a width of 30 inches. I got 152 for A, 156 rows of I-cord for B, and 160 sts on the needles for C. But in looking at page 3 for this size, it says to work 162 rows of I-cord. I guess I’m not sure how this all comes together. I’d also like to try this in a sport weight at 6 inches per inch for the same size (30X42) and am unsure how to get started. Is my confusion clear as mud?! Any help you can give me is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you! Sue

    Comment by Sue — February 27, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  3. I love the patterns (yes, that was in the plural), and the pictures are truly beautiful, but I really wish I could see the “back” side as well. I found you on pinterest and I hope one day I can be a good enough knitter to knit some of these :-/ but until then, I think this pattern will be perfect for my new grandson. so if you have any pics of the back, or wrong side of this pattern, “surrounded”, I would be so appreciative. thank you

    Comment by linda davis — November 2, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  4. Just found this pattern and hoping to make it for a wedding gift. But I’m curious, why didn’t you start it with the icord cast on? It would be easier to count the stitches as you go. If you do 2 rows of icord before adding the cast on edge don’t you think the would work? Tell me if I’m missing something here. Love the look, and reviews are great!

    Comment by Mary — October 20, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

  5. I have a question regarding part of the pattern. There are a series of slipped stitches with the yarn either in front or back, do you include yarn overs with those stitches? Because that would increase in number of stitches and there aren’t any decreases in the pattern. Please let me know if I’m reading the pattern incorrectly, thanks!

    Comment by Kari — June 18, 2016 @ 11:47 pm

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