How to Knit a Blanket for Beginners

Everything you need to know to knit a blanket, including a step-by-step guide, a list of supplies, and helpful tips for beginners.

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Introduction

Welcome to our guide on how to knit a blanket for beginners! In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know to get started, including the supplies you will need, the basics of knitting, and some simple patterns to get you started.

Before you begin, it is important to choose the right supplies. For your first blanket, we recommend using a light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles. These will be easy to work with and will result in a finished blanket that is about 36 inches wide by 48 inches long.

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to start knitting! The first step is to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 stitches. For example, if you are using size 8 US (5 mm) needles and worsted weight yarn, you would cast on 34 stitches.

Next, you will knit 2 rows of garter stitch (knitting every stitch on every row). After that, you will start the pattern stitch for your blanket. For this pattern, we will be using the moss stitch, which is a very easy stitch that looks great in any color yarn.

To knit the moss stitch pattern, alternate between knitting 1 stitch and purling 1 stitch on each row. So, if you are using size 8 US (5 mm) needles and worsted weight yarn, your pattern would be:

Row 1: *knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch; repeat from * across the row
Row 2: *purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch; repeat from * across the row
Row 3: *knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch; repeat from * across the row
Row 4: *purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch; repeat from * across the row
Repeat rows 1-4 until your blanket measures 36 inches wide by 48 inches long or until it reaches the desired size.

Materials Needed

In order to knit a blanket, you will need the following materials:

-Yarn in the color of your choice
-Knitting needles
-A crochet hook (optional)
-Scissors

With these materials, you will be able to knit a beautiful, cozy blanket that will keep you warm all winter long.

Casting On

Casting on is the process of creating your first stitches on the needle. You will need to cast on the same number of stitches as the number of MPs (markers) you are using. For this blanket, we will cast on four stitches.

1. Make a slipknot and place it on the needle.
2. Hold the needle in your right hand and the working yarn in your left hand. Insert the point of the needle into the loop of the slipknot, and then wrap the yarn around the needle clockwise.
3. Draw the wrapped yarn through the loop on the needle to create a new stitch, and then slide the new stitch down to sit next to the slipknot. You have now cast on one stitch!
4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have four stitches total on your needle.

The Knit Stitch

The knit stitch is the most basic stitch in knitting. To knit, insert the needle into the stitch as if to purl, but instead of yarn over and bringing the needle back through the stitch (as you would for purling), simply leave the stitch on the needle and bring the yarn over from the back.

The Purl Stitch

The Purl stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, and once you know how to purl, you can knit any project imaginable! Purl stitches create a textured fabric that is great for beginners to practice on. They also add visual interest to projects like blankets and scarves.

To purl, hold the needle with the working yarn in your right hand. Insert the needle into the stitch on the left needle from front to back. Wrap the working yarn around the right needle clockwise. Using your right thumb and first 2 fingers, hold onto the working yarn and slide the left needle out of the stitch. The wrap of yarn should now be on the right needle. Insert the tip of the left needle into the back of the loop on the right needle from left to right. Slide the left needle out and tighten up the stitch by gently tugging on both yarn tails.

Increasing and Decreasing

As you knit, you will inevitably come to a point where you need to increase or decrease your stitch count. You might need to do this to shape your project, or simply to make sure that your work is the right size.

Increasing your stitches is simple: just knit two stitches into one. You can do this at the beginning or end of a row, or in the middle if you need to create an opening.

To decrease your stitch count, there are a few different options. The most common is to knit two stitches together, which will result in one stitch being removed from your needle. You can also purl two stitches together, or slip one stitch over another and off the needle altogether.

Binding Off

The final step in finishing a knit project is known as binding off, or casting off. This process secures the live stitches so they don’t unravel and creates a neat edge. There are several ways to bind off, but the basic method is to knit two stitches, then lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle. You’ll then have one stitch remaining on the right needle. Knit one more stitch, then lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle again. Repeat this process until you’ve bound off all stitches.

Finishing Touches

Now that you’ve knitted your blanket, it’s time to add the finishing touches. First, cut all the loose ends of yarn and weave them in with a tapestry needle. Then, gently wash your blanket in cool water and lay it out to dry. Once it’s dry, your blanket is ready to be used and loved!

Tips and Tricks

In this guide, we will go over some tips and tricks for knitting a blanket for beginners. This project is a great way to practice your knitting skills and create a beautiful and cozy blanket that you can use for years to come.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when knitting a blanket is gauge. Gauge is the tension of your stitches and it will affect the finished size of your blanket. Make sure to knit a gauge swatch before you start your project so that you know how many stitches per inch you will need to knit.

Another important thing to keep in mind when knitting a blanket is the type of yarn you choose. You will want to choose a yarn that is durable and easy to care for, especially if you plan on using the blanket frequently. wool yarns are a great choice for blankets because they are warm and cozy, but they can be more difficult to care for than synthetic fibers like acrylic or polyester.

Once you have chosen your yarn and gauge, you are ready to start knitting! Begin by casting on the number of stitches you need for your blanket. Then, knit in stockinette stitch until your blanket is the desired size. To finish, bind off all of your stitches and weave in any loose ends.

Knitting a blanket can seem like a daunting task, but with some planning and practice, it’s easy to create a beautiful and cozy blanket that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

FAQs

If you’re a beginner knitter, you might have some questions about how to knit a blanket. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you get started.

Can I knit a blanket on circular needles?
Yes, you can knit a blanket on circular needles. You may find it easier to use straight needles for your first project, but circular needles can be used for blankets as well.

What type of yarn should I use for my blanket?
There are many different types of yarn that can be used for knitting blankets. Some people prefer to use wool yarn, while others prefer acrylic or cotton yarn. Ultimately, the type of yarn you use is up to you and what you think will be best for your project.

How many stitches do I need to cast on for a blanket?
The number of stitches you need to cast on for a blanket will depend on the size of the blanket and the type of stitch you’re using. A good rule of thumb is to cast on about 10-15 stitches per inch.

Can I knit a blanket with just one color of yarn?
Yes, you can knit a blanket with just one color of yarn. However, you may find it more interesting to use multiple colors of yarn for your project. Stripes or other patterns can add visual interest to your blanket.

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