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We’re delighted to share with you the first project in our new Collect & Create series.

This ‘Knit-A-Long’ design is a stunning patchwork knitted blanket which celebrates the seasons and calendar events throughout the year.

There are two squares to knit each month, one with a beautiful motif and the other plain, and the knitting patterns are featured in our Knitting & Crochet special, beginning with our February 2015 edition (on sale 31 December 2014).

The finished knitted blanket of 25 squares (12 Fair Isle and 13 plain) measures approximately 125cm by 125cm (49in by 49in) and is knitted on 4mm (No 8) knitting needles.

You can also buy the patterns for £1.99 each (for one motif plus the plain) as they’re published in the Woman’s Weekly Shop.

Woman’s Weekly Knitting Editor Kandy Regis welcomes you to the Knit-A-Long in our video.

You’ll need 32 balls of Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran yarn (50g) and we’re pleased to offer you a special offer on the complete bundle of colours. (15 balls of Vanilla, 2 balls each of Cardinal, Green, Dark Blue, Light Green, Light Blue and Peach, plus 1 ball of Orange, Light Yellow, Rose, Candy Pink and Sky Blue.)

Create & Collect Knitalong throw December 2014

February Fair-Isle Knitted Blanket Square

The first motif for February celebrates Valentine’s Day with rows of charming hearts.

Knitalong knitted square Valentine's Day

Knitting Assistant Freddie Patmore demonstrates Fair Isle in our easy-to-follow video.

Show us how you’re getting along with your own ‘Knit-A-Long’ throw as we’d love to see your progress. Upload photos and details using our simple Your Makes form.

Join the chat…

Are you a member of Ravelry? Get involved with all the other people knitting the blanket in our Blanket KAL 2015! group.