LEVEL: Beginner

LEARN HOW: cast on, knit stitch, change balls of yarn, bind off, and block the finished object

Materials:

YARN:

Any Super Bulky yarn - we recommend Erika Knight Maxi Wool or Cedar House Yarns Windfall Super Bulky.  
In your beginner KIT, we’ve included enough yarn to make a 24 inch by 33 inch baby blanket.  If you’re not using one of our kits, you will need at least 205 m (or 225 yds) of yarn.
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS:

Size 12 millimeter straight needles (or US size 17)
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends
Scissors (not included in the kit)

GAUGE:

2 stitches to the inch, although matching gauge exactly isn’t necessary for this project

FINISHED DIMENSIONS:

24” Width, 33” Length

Getting started:

For all abbreviations please check the glossary at the end of the pattern.

Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot CLICK HERE

Using the knitted cast-on, cast on (“CO”) 50 stitches. To learn to cast on CLICK HERE

ROW 1:  Knit (“K”) every stitch to the end of the row. To learn to knit CLICK HERE

Continue to knit every row.  Knitting every row is called a “garter stitch” pattern. To see a video of garter stitch CLICK HERE.

Row House Pro Tip

When you are starting a new row, make sure you hold the yarn underneath and to the back of the needle, and make sure that you don’t accidentally create a new stitch by knitting into two loops of the first stitch.  Don’t worry if the knitting looks loose just under the first stitch, as this will resolve itself once you start the next row.
CLICK HERE to see an example.

You will need to use multiple skeins of yarn to knit the baby blanket.   When you are nearing the end of a skein of yarn, knit until you have a 6 inch tail left, then join the next skein and continue.

Joining a new skein

You can do this anywhere along your row, although you might find it easier a little bit away from the edge. Take a 6 inch tail of second ball of yarn, and hold that end in your left hand behind the work.  Hold the new and old yarns together in your right hand and knit one stitch, then drop the old yarn and continue knitting with the new yarn only.   This is how you add in a new ball of yarn - you can see an example of this by CLICKING HERE

You’ll have two 6 inch tails of yarn hanging (one from the old ball and one from the new ball), which you’ll weave in later.

Continue knitting all stitches and all rows until you have enough yarn left to bind off all stitches (about a yard).  

Almost Done:

Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.

Finishing:

Weave in ends of all yarn using a tapestry needle - both ends of the object, and any yarn changes in the middle of the object. You can see examples of how to weave in yarn ends HERE.

Blocking:

Finally, you have to “block” the object. This means that you wet the yarn and relax it a little bit, which will also help even out your stitches. Because you’re knitting with wool, the yarn will stretch, so you want to gently lay it out so that you don’t stretch it too much, just enough that the object is as long as your desired measurements.

 How do I block?

Let the object sit in cool water for around 30 minutes. Gently drain the water. You can gently roll the object in a towel to remove excess water, or you can let it sit in the sink and drain for an hour or so. Make sure that you handle the wet fabric gently and don’t wring it out. Once you have removed the excess water, lay the object out on fresh towels or on a blocking board (you need a surface that will allow the water to drain from the wool), and arrange the object in a rectangle of the measurements that you desire - keeping the rows even. Let it dry before picking it up again.
CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial.

Congratulations!

Once it is dry, you are done. Stand back and admire your work. You are a knitter.

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Glossary

K: knit
BO: bind off
CO: cast on

Click here to download a printable pdf of this pattern