Afghans are a great way to add some color and warmth to your home, and they make great gifts too! Follow these 10 easy steps to knit your very own afghan.
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Assuming you have basic knowledge of how to knit, you can easily make an afghan using just a few simple steps. You will need some yarn, knitting needles and a bit of patience to complete this project.
1. Decide on the size of your afghan. The size will be determined by the number of stitches you cast on and the number of rows you knit. For a medium sized afghan, you will need to cast on approximately 60 stitches.
2. Choose the yarn for your afghan. You can use one type of yarn or multiple colors to create a more unique design.
3. Start knitting your afghan using the basic knit stitch. Knit each row until the afghan reaches the desired length. To switch colors, simply cut the old yarn and tie on the new color before continuing to knit.
4. Once you have reached the desired length, bind off your stitches and weave in any loose ends. Your afghan is now complete!
What You Will Need
In order to knit an afghan, you will need the following materials:
-Yarn: You will need enough yarn to complete your project. The amount of yarn you need will depend on the size of your afghan and the type of yarn you use. You can find skeins of yarn at your local crafts store.
-Knitting needles: You will need a pair of knitting needles that are appropriate for the type of yarn you are using. Metal or plastic needles work well for most projects.
-A crochet hook: A crochet hook is not required, but it can be helpful if you need to make any adjustments to your afghan as you go.
-Scissors: Scissors will be necessary for cutting your yarn when you are finished with your project.
In addition to these materials, you will also need some basic knowledge of knitting before you begin. If you are a beginner, there are many resources available to help you learn the basics, such as online tutorials or books about knitting for beginners.
The first step to knitting an afghan is to cast on the required number of stitches. You can use any type of cast on method, but a long tail cast on is a good choice because it’s easy to do and provides a nice, tight edge.
To begin, make a slip knot and put it on your needle. Then hold the needle in your left hand and the tail of the yarn in your right hand. Make a loop around your thumb, holding the yarn behind your thumb and bringing it up over your thumb from back to front. Insert the needle into this loop and catch the yarn that’s wrapped around your thumb, then pull it through (2 loops on needle). Don’t tighten the loop too much or you’ll make it difficult to knit into later. Move the yarn to the back of your thumb (between your thumb and first 2 fingers), then insert the needle into the space between your thumb and first finger from front to back. Catch the yarn that’s wrapped around your first finger and pull it through (3 loops on needle). Again, don’t tighten this loop too much. Slip this loop off your first finger and onto your right-hand needle (1 stitch now on right-hand needle). You have now cast on 1 stitch using the long tail method.
The Knit Stitch
The knit stitch is the most basic stitching technique in knitting. It is produced by inserting the right needle into the front of the loop of the left needle from left to right, then wrapping the yarn around the right needle, and drawing the loop through to the right (Figure 1).
The Purl Stitch
The Purl stitch is one of the basic stitches used in knitting. It is made by inserting the needle into the fabric from the front side, then wrapping the yarn around the needle clockwise and drawing the needle through to the back. This stitch is usually combined with the knit stitch to create a variety of patterns. The following instructions will show you how to make a purl stitch.
Increasing and Decreasing
There are two main ways to increase or decrease the size of your knitting project: by adding or subtracting stitches, or by changing the gauge.
To add or subtract stitches, you can simply knit or purl more or fewer stitches in a row. For example, if you want to add two stitches, you would knit two extra stitches into that row. If you wanted to decrease by two stitches, you would knit two less stitches into that row.
You can also change the gauge of your knitting by using bigger or smaller needles. If you want your project to be bigger, you would use needles that are a few sizes larger than what is recommended on the yarn label. If you want your project to be smaller, you would use needles that are a few sizes smaller than what is recommended on the yarn label.
Joining Pieces Together
Joining Pieces Together
If you’re looking for a nifty way to join afghan blocks or squares, the method described below is an easy one to learn. With a little practice, you’ll be joining squares in no time!
1. Cut a piece of yarn approximately 18 inches long. Thread it through the eye of a tapestry needle.
2. Hold the two pieces of fabric together so that the wrong sides are facing out. You will be working from the right side of the fabric.
3. Insert the needle under the first stitch on one piece of fabric, then under the corresponding stitch on the other piece of fabric. Pull the yarn through to the right side, leaving a tail of about 2 inches.
4. Continue working from left to right, inserting the needle under alternate stitches on each piece of fabric and pulling the yarn through to the right side. As you work, be sure to pull the yarn gently but firmly, so that the stitches on both pieces of fabric are joined together tightly.
5. When you reach the end of the row, cut the yarn, leaving a tail of about 2 inches. Pull the yarn through to the wrong side and secure it by tying a knot with both tails of yarn
Finishing Your Afghan
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end! Now it’s time to finish up your afghan so you can start using it or giving it away.
First, you need to cut your yarn, leaving a long tail. To do this, insert your scissors into the loop on your knitting needle and cut the yarn, being careful not to cut the actual stitches. You should now have a long tail of yarn hanging off of your needle.
Next, use a tapestry needle to weave in the ends. Start by threading the tapestry needle with the long tail of yarn. Then, insert the needle through the live stitches on your knitting needle, going under one leg of each stitch. Be sure to pull the yarn through gently so that you don’t distort or break the stitches.
Once you’ve woven in one end, repeat the process with the other end of yarn. When you’re finished, trim any excess yarn so that it’s even with the rest of your afghan. And that’s it! Your afghan is now complete.
Blocking Your Afghan
Blocking is the process of tidying up your knitting by straightening out the stitches and rinse-blocking in order to fix the size. It’s an important step, especially for larger projects like afghans, that will ensure your final product looks its best. Follow these 10 easy steps for how to block an afghan and get professional results every time!
Adding Fringe (Optional)
If you would like to add fringe to your afghan, wait until you have completed all other steps before beginning. You will need to calculate how much fringe you will need based on the width and length of your afghan. For every 2” (5 cm) along the width or length of your afghan, you will need 1” (2.5 cm) of fringe.
To make the fringe, cut lengths of yarn twice the desired length of the finished fringe plus 1” (2.5 cm). For example, for 4” (10 cm) long fringe, cut 9” (22.5 cm) lengths of yarn. Fold the yarn in half and loop it over a knitting needle or other blunt-ended object. Pull the ends of the yarn through the loop and pull tight. Repeat until you have enough fringe for your project.
To attach the fringe, use a tapestry needle to thread the fringes through every other stitch along one edge of the afghan. Trim the ends of the fringe even with each other and with the edge of the afghan.