How to Knit a Blanket
Knitting a small blanket is a practical way to build your knitting skills, as you're left with a useful and -- if all goes well -- lovely item. A basic blanket can be made with just the most basic stitches, but you can choose to alternate more advanced stitches if you prefer. The great thing about a basic blanket is that it can be as small or as big as you want -- there are no patterns to maintain.
Things You'll Need
- No. 8 knitting needles
- Crochet hook
- 7 balls of yarn (at least)
- Yarn needle
Cast on 150 stitches. Be sure that the stitches are all face down to keep the rows straight.
Knit each row. You can either knit every row or alternate between knitting a row and purling a row.
Count rows. Knitting 100 rows will create a perfect-size baby blanket, but if you choose, you can continue knitting until you have achieved the size blanket that you want.
Cast off. Cut the yarn when you reach the last stitch, leaving a 6-inch tail. Pull the tail through the last stitch to finish. Thread the tail through a yarn needle and weave it into your work.
Form edges. If you knit the stitches tight enough, you will form an edge around your blanket in the process of knitting. If you have knitted loosely, you may have to crochet an edge around the blanket to maintain the shape of the blanket.
Tie a slip knot at the end of the yarn you choose to use for your crocheted border -- it can be matching or contrasting. Put the yarn over your crochet hook and put the hook through the stitch in the bottom right corner of your blanket. Yarn over your hook and complete a single crochet stitch. Do two more single crochets in the same stitch to create a corner in your crochet border.
Work your hook into each knit stitch around the entire edge of the blanket -- making three single crochet stitches in each corner. When you reach your starting point, you can either finish with a 6-inch tail as in step 5, or make additional rounds of crochet edging.
- Additional rounds of crocheted edging will help keep your knit blanket's edges from rolling.
- Once you've completed one row of single crochet, you can add more decorative stitches to create a lacy border.
- If you alternate between knitting a row and purling a row, your blanket will be more likely to curl than if you knit every row.
- Don't clip yarn ends from joined balls of yarn in the body of your blanket or it may develop holes. Work the ends in with a yarn needle instead.
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