How to Knit a Blanket

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How to Knit a Blanket

Few things are as satisfying as knitting a blanket from scratch. You don’t need expensive tools or fancy wool, even plastic needles and a ball of acrylic can create a work of art that will be cherished for years to come. If you need knitting needles or yarn, eBay is a great place to shop. Here’s what to do once you have them:

 

The Right Materials

The very first step in knitting a blanket is choosing the yarn. For a first blanket, use yarn that is at least 10-ply or thicker, otherwise the blanket will take a very long time to knit.

Once the yarn has been selected, check the label on the wrapper. It’ll say what size knitting needles should be used with that yarn, however, some fine-tuning may be necessary. If the knitted stitches are too loose, use smaller needles. If the stitches are too stiff or tight, use larger needles.

 

Choosing a Size

Stitch tension isn’t terribly important when knitting a blanket – but it is worth taking a few minutes to knit up a test swatch anyway. Knit the swatch to be at least 10 cm across in the chosen stitch pattern. Then lay a ruler across the swatch, parallel to the rows, and count how many stitches are in 10 cm.

To estimate how many stitches per row in a lap blanket, multiply the stitch count (per 10 cm) by 12. Or use the following factors to estimate the stitches needed for blankets of various sizes:

  • Single bed: Stitch count * 14
  • Double bed: Stitch count * 18.5
  • Queen bed: Stitch count * 20
  • King bed: Stitch count * 23

When in doubt, round up. It’s always better to have a blanket that is a little bit too big than one that is too small.

 

Patterns for Knitting a Blanket

The following patterns can be used for knitting a blanket of any size. Although intended to be knitted by hand, they can also be used with a knitting machine.

Garter Stitch Blanket

This is the very simplest stitch pattern, created by knitting every stitch. The same pattern can be created by purling every stitch. Either way, the result is stretchy, cosy and attractive, especially when worked in a variegated yarn. For a fast project that’s especially soft, hold several strands of 8- or 10-ply yarn together.

  1. Cast on the number of stitches estimated in the previous section.
  2. Knit every stitch until the end of the row.
  3. Repeat step 2 until the blanket is the desired length.
  4. Cast off and weave in loose ends.

Sand Stitch Blanket

This stitch pattern is very easy, but creates a dense, textured stitch pattern with a pleasant drape.

  1. Cast on an even number of stitches.
  2. Knit every stitch until the end of the row.
  3. For the next row, knit one, purl one until the end of the row.
  4. Knit every stitch in the next row.
  5. For the next row, purl one, knit one until the end of the row.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until the blanket is as long as desired.
  7. Cast off and weave in loose ends.

Purse Stitch Blanket

This lacy pattern works up quickly and has a beautiful drape to it. Use relatively small needles to keep the holes from becoming too big.

  1. Cast on an even number of stitches.
  2. Purl one, yarn over needle, and purl two stitches together. Continue until the end of the row.
  3. Repeat step 2 until the blanket is the desired length.
  4. Cast off and weave in loose ends.
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