How to knit a blanket
In this episode of Ask Me Monday, I broke the foundation of How to Knit in Blanket. This video is not just for beginners, though. It's for all those who wanted to jump into the design, but they do not know where to start. We cover how to choose consumables, which stitch patterns work best and how to write your model. To enjoy!
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How to knit a blanket: collect the consumables
There really are no rules about which yarn you can and can not use to knit a blanket. Any stocking weight to mega-bulky will work, depending on the desired effect. The fiber content may vary, but in general, 100% wool and blends with silk, rayon and cotton will provide solid results. If being washable is a puzzle with respect to Super Wash fibers (which have been treated to be able to handle a reasonable amount of hot water and friction without felting) or, of course, there are always 100% acrylics that these days are often as soft as their animal and indestructible fiber counterparts like, well, all plastic products. The latter are often also the least expensive and are readily available at big-box retailers.
Although, washability is usually of the utmost importance for children's blankets if you are really making a family heirloom – especially one including lace – I would consider that something special deserves an occasional hand wash. In other words, if you want to knit your new niece, a cashmere stroller blanket is all for this! Be sure to include instructions for washing when you give it.
All in all, find a yarn that is really soft in the colors you love enough to live for the bond that will take to make a blanket. Blankets are an exercise in love and patience, so be prepared for success by treating your experience with a good yarn.
Looking for a solid, base wool for the blankets? Try Valley Yarns Superwash Worsted. If you like a mid-century palette, try my colors inside that line! 😉
PRO TIP: Choose a multi-layered yarn, compared to a single layer or stray wire, for blankets as they are less likely to mess with wear and washing.
I ALWAYS recommend using circular needles when knitting a blanket. You will continue to work back and forth in a row, but the weight of the numerous stitches and growing tissue will rest on your knees as you work, rather than the wrists have to endure the effort. I want you to be a knitter for a lifetime, so do me a favor and save your wrists now by choosing the right tools!
The pride of Knitter has different, large options of circular needles in different materials such as: Zing! (light metal), Symphonie Dreamz (honed wood) and Marblz (marbled plastic). I think having a set of interchangeable circular needles is the cheaper option for knitters as it offers the versatility to change the size of the needle if needed to get the caliber, without having to go out and purchase another circular needle. The interchangeable sets are particularly useful when designing your own blanket because the size of the needle is different is lengths of lanyards to be exchanged when switching from one sample to another in a full-size project.
Today we are lucky because there are many circular series options available to meet most needs and budgets. My absolute favorite now, even if it is the Knitter's Pride Ginger set to. This may seem like an obvious choice for a redhead, but I feel seriously ruined by this set. It comes with THIRTEEN needles of different sizes made with the most beautiful and smooth wood and is contained in a denim case that doubles as a pattern holder. Whether I want to use a knitted yarn from Madeline Tosh to make a baby blanket, or Loopy Mango Merino n. 5 to knit, this set has my needle needs covered!
In conclusion, however, choose the needles you like in your hands, work well with your chosen yarn and make your work experience as comfortable as possible!
Well, you have your supplies, now it's time to design (yes, that's what you're doing, when you use the recipe below).
How to knit a blanket: basic recipe
Step 1: CHOOSE THE YARN AND THE NEEDLES
Step 2: CHOOSE THE MODEL / POINTS
- Without frontiers If you want to skip a border around the perimeter of the blanket, it is important to choose a pattern that does not curl. Most of those incorporating both knitwear and purls will do their job. Some great options are those of Garter Stitch (ok, I just contradicted myself, but this stitch pattern is the only one that does not require curls and does not curl), Seed Stitch, Moss Stitch and Basket Weave Stitch.
- Framer. If you choose a stitch that could roll like Stitch Stockinette, Stitch reverse stockinette (with or without cables) or many Lace stitches, then you'll want to create a border around the blanket. If you realize that you should have included an edge, then a fail-safe is to apply an edge (a single crochet or a double-half loop to the crochet, usually you'll do the trick until you take care of work 3 points at each corner to avoid grouping.) Ideally, however, you will build an edge in your pattern before you start. I suggest going with 1 "-2" / 2.5 cm – 5 cm border points, in a scheme as suggested in the No Borders section above. Even the welts, alternating between the Garter and Stitch shaved points, work well.
Step 3: CHOOSE SIZE OF COVERS
Step 4: INSERT THE MEASURE
The blanket pressure gauge is not crucial. Since this is not a project that does not have to adapt to anyone, therefore, it does not need to be on time. Since you are creating this scheme yourself, however, you will need to estimate a cast number for your project.
Once you have selected the stitch pattern (s), work at least a 4 "/ 10 cm sample. The line indicator is not that important, as you can simply continue working until you reach the desired size ( or 1 "-2" / 2.5 cm-5 cm first, if you're adding an edge), and then weave in. What you're really looking for here is, roughly, how many stitches per inch your yarn fits to use needles of size and the motive to point that you have chosen.
Note that if you choose to create a blanket with a border, a background point, and an additional panel element such as a cable, the sample should include all of these elements.
Step 5: CALCULATE THE POINT ACCOUNT
Ok, so you chose a yarn that for this demo, let's say, is a sporting weight. You also weave a sample and measured it, and figured out how many dots per inch you get. Let's say, 5 points. Now it's time to figure out how many points you can throw for the deck. According to the table above, if you are making a blanket for children, it will be 40 "/ 102 cm wide, now it's time to do some calculations.
5 STS x 40 "= 90 m
Assuming your stitch pattern requires a multiple of 2, 5, 9 or 10, then this is your cast number. If you have chosen a stitch pattern that does not need, for example, a multiple of 4, then round or go to the nearest multiple. Again, this is a blanket so exact measurements are not essential.
Once you have launched, start working on the programmed stitch pattern until the blanket, in this example, measures 40 ", then binds.
That's all there is to do! The design of basic blankets is not scary or difficult, and is a great exercise of creativity with little risk and ultimately provides excellent results. Have fun and do not forget to tag @vickiehowell with your WIP and FO!
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