Learn how to knit a blanket with straight needles by following these easy steps. You’ll be able to make a cozy blanket for yourself or a loved one in no time!
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Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to knit a blanket with straight needles. In fact, it can be a very rewarding experience, as you get to see your project come to life with each stitch.
Of course, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind before you get started. First, you’ll need to make sure you have enough yarn. A blanket can use up a lot of yarn, so it’s important to have enough on hand before you start. Second, you’ll need to choose the right needles. Straight needles come in a variety of sizes, so you’ll want to make sure you pick the right ones for your project. Finally, you’ll need to take your time and be patient. Knitting a blanket is not a quick process, but it’s definitely worth the effort!
In order to knit a blanket, you will need:
-Yarn (any type, but wool yarn is recommended as it is warmer)
-A pair of straight knitting needles (10″ long, size 8 US is a good choice for beginners)
-A tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Before you can start knitting, you need to put the yarn onto your needles. This is called “casting on”. You can use any method of casting on that you like, but the long-tail method is one of the most popular.
To start, make a slip knot in your yarn (leaving a long tail) and put it over one needle. Then, hold the needle with the slip knot in your right hand and the other needle in your left hand. Insert the needle in your left hand under the strand of yarn that’s coming from the needle in your right hand, and then over the top of that needle and pull up a loop. Now you have two loops on your left-hand needle.
Next, take the yarn that’s attached to the ball and put it over the top of the needle in your left hand. Again, insert the needle under the strand of yarn coming from the other needle, this time from front to back, and then over the top of that needle and pull up a loop. You should now have three loops on your left-hand needle. Continue until you have cast on the desired number of stitches.
The knit stitch
The knit stitch is the most basic stitch in knitting. To knit a stitch, you simply insert the needle into the stitch on the left-hand needle, wrap the yarn around the needle (counterclockwise), and then pull the yarn through the stitch, letting the old stitch slide off the left-hand needle. You’ve now made one new stitch on the right-hand needle.
The purl stitch
To create a purl stitch, you will need to hold the yarn in your left hand. Insert the needle into the front of the next stitch on the left-hand needle, from left to right. Wrap the yarn around the needle clockwise, and then use the tip of the right-hand needle to pull the wrapped yarn through the stitch. Now slide the original stitch off of the left-hand needle. You have now created one purl stitch.
Knitting in the round
Knitting in the round is a great way to make a blanket. You can use either straight or circular needles, and the process is relatively simple. With straight needles, you will need to join the yarn at the end of each row and turn your work. With circular needles, you can knit continuously in a spiral.
Here are some basic instructions for knitting a blanket in the round with straight needles:
1. Cast on the desired number of stitches. For a blanket, you will typically need between 60 and 100 stitches.
2. Join the yarn at the end of the row, being careful not to twist the stitches.
3. Knit all stitches until you reach the end of the row.
4. Turn your work and repeat steps 2-3 until your blanket is the desired length.
BLANKET BINDING OFF
After you have finished knitting your blanket, you will need to bind off the blanket in order to secure the live stitches and prevent them from unraveling.
1. Begin by knitting two stitches as usual.
2. Insert the left needle tip into the first stitch on the right needle (the second stitch that was just knit), and lift this stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. Now, only one stitch remains on the right needle.
3. Knit one more stitch in the usual way. You should now have two stitches on your right needle again.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until only one stitch remains on the right needle, then cut yarn and pull through final stitch to secure.
When you’ve finished knitting your blanket, you’ll need to add a few finishing touches. First, weave in any loose ends. Trim any excess yarn, then block your blanket to even out the stitches. Finally, add a complementary binding or edging, if desired.
Tips and tricks
When you’re ready to start your blanket, choose a mid-range weight yarn and a pair of 12” long knitting needles. You can use whatever type of needle you’re comfortable with, but metal or bamboo straight needles work well for beginners. If you’re not sure what kind of yarn to choose, ask your local yarn store for recommendations.
Once you have your supplies, cast on 40 stitches using the long tail method. You can increase or decrease the number of stitches if you want your blanket to be wider or narrower. Just make sure that the number of stitches is divisible by four so that your blanket will have a nice, even border.
Once you have your stitches cast on, it’s time to start knitting! The blanket is worked in a simple knit stitch, which means that you will knit every stitch for every row. To do this, hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand and insert the needle in your right hand into the first stitch on the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle ( clockwise if you’re right-handed, counterclockwise if you’re left-handed) and pull it through to create a new stitch on the right needle. Repeat this process until you have knit all of the stitches on the left needle.
Now it’s time to turn your work so that you can start knitting the next row. To do this, simply flip your work so that the needle with all of the unworked stitches is now in your left hand and empty needle is now in your right hand. Insert your right needle into the first stitch on the left needle and knit as usual. Continue until all rows are complete.
Once you have reached desired length, it’s time to bind off your blanket. To do this, knit two stitches as usual and then lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off of the needle. You should now have one stitch remaining on your right needle. Knit one more stitch and lift the first stitch over this second stitch and off of the needle – you should now have no stitches remaining on either needle! Continue until all stitches are bound off and then weave in any loose ends using a tapestry needle
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