Have you ever wanted to knit a blankey? Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a cozy blankey in no time!
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Decide on a pattern
There are two ways to knit a blankey: with a pattern or without one. If you are new to knitting, it is probably best to start with a simple pattern. You can find many easy patterns online or in knitting books. Once you have chosen a pattern, you will need to decide on the yarn and needles that you will use.
Choose the right yarn
There are many different types of yarn available for knitting, and the type you choose will affect the finished product. For a blankets, you’ll want to choose a yarn that is soft and cozy, so look for natural fibers like wool or cotton. You’ll also want to consider the weight of the yarn – thicker yarn will knit up faster, but is also more likely to cause you to make mistakes.
Calculate how much yarn you’ll need
Now that you have decided on the size of your blankey, it’s time to find out how much yarn you’ll need to complete the project.
To do this, you’ll need to know:
– The width of your blankey in inches
– The length of your blankey in inches
– The gauge of your yarn
– How many yards are in a skein of your chosen yarn
Once you have gathered this information, use the following formula to calculate the total number of skeins you’ll need to buy:
(width x length) / (gauge x yards per skein) = total number of skeins needed
For example, if you are making a blankey that is 30 inches wide and 40 inches long, and your chosen yarn has a gauge of 4 stitches per inch and 110 yards per skein, you will need a total of 2.73 skeins:
(30 x 40) / (4 x 110) = 2.73
Cast on your stitches
Assuming you want to start with a basic knit stitch, you will need to first “cast on” your stitches. This simply means creating the loops that will sit on your needle, which will eventually be knit together to create your fabric. There are many ways to do this, but a simple method is the “knit cast on.” To do this, make a slipknot in your yarn and place it on your needle. Then, hold the needle in your right hand and the tail of the yarn in your left. Insert the tip of your left-hand needle into the loop of yarn around your right-hand needle (from front to back), and then wrap the yarn around the tip of your left-hand needle. Draw this new loop of yarn through the first loop (on your right-hand needle) and slide it down, letting it rest on the shaft of the needle. You have now cast on one stitch! Repeat this process until you have cast on the desired number of stitches.
Knit your blanket
Downy and soft, a hand-knit blanket is the perfect way to welcome a new baby into the world or show your love for your favorite grandchild. When you make a blanket yourself, you can choose from a wide variety of colors and patterns to create something unique. And once you get the hang of it, knitting a blanket is a relatively simple task that can be completed in just a few evenings.
To knit a blanket, you will need:
-A skein of baby-weight yarn (for a small blanket, you will need approximately 3 skeins; for a medium-sized blanket, 4 skeins; and for a large blanket, 5 skeins)
-A pair of size 8 knitting needles
-A tapestry needle
1.Cast on enough stitches to measure approximately 30 inches (for a small blanket), 36 inches (for a medium-sized blanket), or 42 inches (for a large blanket). To do this, make a slip knot on one needle, then hold the needle with the slip knot in your left hand. Insert the other needle into the loop of the slip knot and pull up a loop of yarn; then, using your right needle, knit this loop through (one stitch has now been made). Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your left needle.
2.Once you have cast on your stitches, begin knitting in garter stitch by knitting every row. To do this, simply knit each stitch across the row; then turn your work and knit back across the row again. Continue in garter stitch until your blanket measures approximately 30 inches (for a small blanket), 36 inches (for a medium sized blanket), or 42 inches (for large blankets), or until you have used up all but one skein of yarn. If you are using more than one color of yarn for your blanket project, change colors every two rows.
3.To bind off your stitches and finish the edge of your blanket, knit two stitches; then insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle and pull it over the second stitch (one stitch has now been bound off). Knit another stitch; then repeat this process until only one stitch remains on your right needle. Cut your yarn leaving an 8 inch tail; then thread this tail onto your tapestry needle and insert it through the last stitch on your needle to remove it from the needle; pull tight to secure this final stitch (weave in any loose ends).
Bind off your stitches
When you’re finished knitting your blankey, you’ll need to bind off your stitches in order to secure them. To do this, simply knit two stitches together and then slip the resulting stitch over the first stitch on your needle. Continue in this way until you have only one stitch left on your needle. Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull the tail through the final stitch to secure it.
Weave in your ends
As you finish your blankey, you will have several yarn tails to weave in. These yarn tails are called “ends.” Weaving in your ends will secure them so that they don’t come undone, and it will make your blankey look neater.
To weave in an end, cut a tail that is about 6 inches long. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the back of a stitch, then come up through the front of the next stitch. Continue weaving the needle in and out of the fabric until you reach the end of the row. Then, insert the needle through the back of the last stitch and come up through the front of the first stitch. Now, you can pull on the tail to tighten it, and then trim off any excess tail.
Block your blanket
Once you have finished knitting your blanket, you will need to block it. Blocking is a process of soaking the blanket in water and then pinning it out to dry. This will even out the stitches and ensure that your blanket lies flat.
To block your blanket, soak it in lukewarm water for 20 minutes. Use a mild wool wash if desired. Gently squeeze out the excess water and lay the blanket on a towel. Pat the blanket dry, then pin it out to the finished size, using blocking pins or rust-proof T-pins.
Allow the blanket to dry completely before removing the pins. Your blanket is now ready to use!
Add a border (optional)
If you would like to add a border to your blankey, pick up stitches along the top and bottom of the blankey. With the right side facing you, use a blunt needle to pick up 1 stitch for every 2 rows along the top of the blankey. Place these stitches on a knitting needle. Knit 1 row, then purl 1 row. These 2 rows make up the garter stitch border. Continue until you have picked up all of the stitches along the top of the blankey.
Enjoy your new blanket!
Once you haveknit your blankey, you can now enjoy using it or giving it away as a gift. This project is a perfect way to show your skills and add a personal touch to any room.