Learn how to start knitting a blanket with this step-by-step guide. You’ll be able to make a cozy blanket in no time!
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Selecting the right yarn for your blanket
One of the most important decisions you will make when starting a knitting project is choosing the right yarn. The type of yarn you select will affect the final look, feel, and drape of your blanket, so it’s important to take some time to consider all of your options.
There are hundreds of types of yarn available on the market, so it can be helpful to narrow down your choices by considering the following factors:
-The weight or thickness of the yarn: Yarn is typically categorized by its weight, which ranges from super fine to super bulky. The thickness of the yarn will affect how dense or airy your blanket is.
-The material: Yarn can be made from a variety of materials, including wool, cotton, bamboo, and acrylic. Each type of material has its own unique properties that will affect the final product.
-The color: There are an endless number of colors to choose from! You may want to select a single color for your blanket or opt for a more vibrant color scheme.
-The price: Yarn ranges in price from very affordable to quite expensive. Keep in mind that you will need several skeins of yarn for a large blanket, so be sure to factor in the cost when making your selection.
Deciding on the size of your blanket
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when starting a new knitting project is what size your final product should be. Will you be making a baby blanket, a lapghan, or a full-sized bedspread? The materials you’ll need and the amount of time it will take to complete your project will both be determined by the size of blanket you decide to make.
The size of your blanket will also be determined by the type of yarn you choose to use. If you’re using bulky yarn, you’ll likely want to make a smaller blanket so that it’s not too heavy or overwhelming. On the other hand, if you’re using a thinner yarn, you may want to make a larger blanket so that it will have some substance to it.
What is your intended use for the blanket? Will it be purely decorative or will it actually be used as a bedcover? If you plan on using it as a bedspread, you’ll obviously need to make sure it’s large enough to cover an entire bed. However, if it’s just for decoration, you can get away with making a smaller blanket.
Once you’ve decided on the size of your blanket, gather the materials you’ll need and find a pattern that matches the dimensions of your project. With the right supplies and pattern in hand, you’ll be ready to start knitting your very own blanket!
Casting on your stitches
The first step in knitting a blanket is casting on your stitches. This creates the foundation row of your blanket, and you’ll need to determine how many stitches to cast on based on the width of your blanket. Once you’ve determined the number of stitches, use a knitting needle to cast them onto your other needle. Then, start knitting across the row.
The knit stitch
To knit a blanket, you will need to know the knit stitch. The knit stitch is the most basic of all knitting stitches and is composed of two steps: the knit stitch (or “knit”) and the purl stitch (or “purl”).
To work a knit stitch, you will hold the yarn in your right hand and insert the needle into the loop on the left-hand needle from front to back. Then, wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front and pull it through to the front of the work. You have now completed one knit stitch.
To work a purl stitch, you will again hold the yarn in your right hand and insert the needle into the loop on the left-hand needle from back to front. Then, wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from front to back and pull it through to the back of
the work. You have now completed one purl stitch.
The purl stitch
The purl stitch is the second basic stitch in knitting. It’s the reverse of the knit stitch and, like the knit stitch, results in a right-side row when worked alone. The purl stitch is most often used in conjunction with the knit stitch to create textured designs, but it can also be used on its own to create a ribbed fabric.
To work a purl stitch, hold the needle with the working yarn in your right hand (if you’re a lefty, hold it in your left hand). Insert the needle into the front of the next stitch on the left needle from left to right (again, from right to left if you’re a lefty), then wrap the yarn around the needle from back to front. With the yarn still wrapped around the needle, use your thumb and index finger to guide the yarn from front to back over the top of the needle (right-handers will go clockwise; lefties will go counterclockwise), then gently pull both yarn and stitch through to form a new loop on your right needle ( escape!
Increasing and decreasing stitches
There are two basic ways to increase or decrease the number of stitches in your knitting. The first is by adding or removing yarn (either at the beginning or end of a row, or in the middle of a row), and the second is by making more or fewer stitches.
To add yarn, simply take the new yarn and knit it along with the old yarn. To remove yarn, cut the yarn you want to remove, leaving a tail that is about 6 inches long, and then pull the tail through the last stitch on your needle.
To increase stitches, you can either make a new stitch (by taking the yarn and passing it over the needle) or you can “lift” a stitch from a previous row and knit it again. To decrease stitches, you can either knit two stitches together or you can pass a stitch over another stitch.
Joining new yarn
When you’re ready to start a new skein of yarn, or if you need to add in a new color, there are a couple ways to join the yarn so that your blanket will have smooth, consistent stitches.
The first way is to simply knot the two pieces of yarn together. This is the quickest and easiest method, but it can create a lump in your blanket where the knots are. If you’re using this method, it’s best to weave in the ends after you’re done knitting so that the knots are less noticeable.
The second way to join yarn is to do a Russian join. This involves looping one end of the yarn around the other and then weaving them together with a needle. This creates a much smoother join, but it’s a bit more time-consuming than simply knotting the yarn together.
Finishing your blanket
You’ve knit a beautiful blanket! Congratulations! Now it’s time to finish it off so you can enjoy snuggling up under it.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you finish your blanket:
– Make sure all your ends are woven in. You don’t want any loose threads coming undone.
– Block your blanket. Blocking helps even out the stitches and gives your blanket a professional look.
– Choose a nice, soft yarn for the border. This will make your blanket more cozy and comfortable to use.
Take your time and enjoy the process of finishing your blanket. It’s just as important as the actual knitting!
Weaving in your ends
One of the most important steps in finishing any knitting project is weaving in your ends. Not only does this give your blanket a neater appearance, but it also helps to secure the yarn so that it doesn’t come undone.
There are a few different ways that you can weave in your ends, but the basic idea is to thread the yarn through the stitches in such a way that it is hidden and secure. You will need a tapestry needle for this task.
To weave in your ends, start by threading the yarn onto the needle. Then, insert the needle through the stitches on the wrong side of the work, making sure to catch only a few strands of yarn with each stitch. When you reach the end of the row, turn the work and insert the needle back through the stitches in the opposite direction. Continue until you have woven in all of your yarn ends.
Blocking your blanket
Once you have finished knitting your blanket, you will need to block it. Blocking is a process of wetting and drying your blanket to even out the stitches and make the blanket lay flat.
To block your blanket, you will need:
-a water-resistant surface (a blocking board or a few towels)
-tapioca beads or other blocking pins
-a spray bottle
-a ruler or measuring tape
1. Wet your blanket by spraying it with water until it is damp but not dripping wet. You can also soak your blanket in a sink or tub of water, but be sure to squeeze out the excess water before proceeding.
2. Lay your blanket on your blocking surface. If you are using a blocking board, cover it with plastic wrap first to protect it from getting wet. If you are using towels, layer them so that they will absorb the moisture from the blanket.
3. Use the tapioca beads or other blocking pins to pin the blanket in place. Be sure to pin at the corners and along the edges so that the blanket is evenly stretched out.
4. Allow the blanket to dry completely before removing the pins. This can take several hours or even a day or two depending on how damp the blanket was when you started.
5. Once the blanket is dry, trim any loose threads and enjoy!