Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Simple Blanket

I designed a blanket for a friend based on one I saw at a local yarn shop. It's easy enough for a beginner but isn't boring garter stitch. All you need to know to make this blanket are the basics: cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. It also requires making a swatch to determine gauge, which is a good habit to foster with beginning knitters. I know a few experienced folks who should swatch more. *raises hand guiltily*

Anyway, here it is.

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Ribbed Blanket

This blanket can be made in any size: baby, lap, throw, etc. Any yarn can be used, but the pattern was written with a bulky yarn in mind so that the blanket does not take forever to knit. Because gauge determines the number of stitches to cast on, knit a swatch as follows:

CO 24
Row 1: *k4, p4**, repeat from * to ** twice more
Repeat Row 1 until swatch measures 3” long
Bind off in pattern

Block swatch as the finished blanket will be blocked. Measure across and divide 24 by that number. This is your number of stitches per inch.

Determine how wide you want the blanket to be in inches, then multiply that by your gauge to get your total number of stitches to get that length. Round this number down to the nearest multiple of 8.

Blanket pattern:

CO predetermined number of stitches (multiple of 8)

Rows 1-5: knit

Row 6: k4, *k4, p4**, repeat from * to ** until four stitches remain, k4

Repeat row 6 until blanket measures five rows shorter than desired.

Last 5 rows: knit

Bind of loosely and block.

2 comments:

azteclady said...

Oh thank you! This sounds perfect for some yarn I have had for... *ahem* well, a while :grin:

Naomi said...

I'm excited to start this! thanks for coming up with the pattern for me. And here's to getting together to knit, talk books and life, and eat on Thursday! YAY!