If you frequent trips to your local craft store, we already know that you’re pretty creative. Even if you’re just starting out, learning how to knit a throw blanket will have you feeling like a pro in no time.
Knitting is a great pastime, and just a lovely hobby in general when you get the hang of it. And once you do, you’ll be doing more than knitting blankets! Hats, stuffed animals, scarves, and so much more can be made with love by none other than you in no time. But we digress. A throw blanket is your starting point, but how do you even begin?
You Needle a Plan
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The first step you’ll want to take is to put together a plan. Grab a nearby notebook and pencil and get out your measuring tapes. First things first — figure out how large you want your blanket to be. So, do you want a throw blanket or a regular blanket? Get your dimensions together, and once you have a size, you can move on to smaller details.
Another important factor is the yarn you use! Some yarn can make users itchy, be difficult to wash, or be rough. Make sure you keep in mind any skin conditions you may have and try to use the softest yarn you can find. The softer it is, the more cuddly. And the cuddlier, the better!
As for color, that should be easy! Use either your favorite colors or choose a seasonal theme. If you’re still unsure of what colors to use, Pinterest is an excellent source for inspiration. But remember, your first blanket might not look perfect — and that’s okay.
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Not everything has to be perfect, and anything you make will be made with care, love, and hard work. And anything made with love is better than a “perfect” blanket.
What you need
If you’ve already ditty-bopped down to your local crafting store, or you’re there now, there are a few things you’ll need for constructing a blanket. You’ll want to pick up:
- Knitting needles
Another thing you might want to use is a pattern. You can buy a pattern, or you can take a look around for free patterns to help you along.
How to Knit a Throw Blanket
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Now that you have a pattern, a plan, and your knitting needles on hand, it’s time to get down to business.
If you already know how to knit, wonderful! If not, it’s easy to get the hang of it. A quick tutorial should have you well on your way to a handmade blanket in no time. You’ll use a few techniques to complete your blanket, and those will vary from blanket to blanket. But basic knowledge is required here.
For example, you’ll need to know how to:
- Cast on and off
- Weave in ends
- Knit stitches
If you already know what you’re doing there, you’re all set to get started!
Don’t be a square (or do)
One adorable knit blanket you can create is a blanket with squares. This is called a patchwork blanket and is a great project to take up a weekend.
Check out the tutorial below:
The first thing you’ll want to do is knit a square, (14 stitches is a nice starting size if you’re working with thick or chunky yarn) and determine how many squares you would like to sew together in the end. You can choose multiple colors for this project, and it’s the best choice if you’re looking to take your time.
All you have to do after knitting a few squares is sew them together using a yarn needle and, well, yarn! Stitching them together either at the end or as you go can just add to the fun of making a blanket like this.
For a chunk of change
You may be wondering how to knit a throw blanket like this, but don’t worry. It’s not as complicated as it may seem. All you need is chunky yarn — and determination!
There are a couple of different ways to knit a chunky blanket — the first being the obvious, with giant (or regular) knitting needles. The second method is an interesting one. Arm knitting, which doesn’t take long to learn, is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
There are plenty of tutorials around to help get you started, and once you get it, you’ll have a comfy blanket in no time.
Garter stitch in a sitch
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And then, of course, you have the classic garter stitch blanket. This is the method that requires a lot of patience, so be sure you’re ready to dive into this one. A garter stitch throw blanket can be made with all sorts of yarn, and not only will it look lovely, but it’ll also be nice and cozy, too.
Learning how to knit a throw blanket with the garter stitch technique is a great way to keep your hands occupied.
To begin, cast on as many stitches as you’d like, holding the needle with the stitches you’ve already cast in your left hand. Holding the yarn in your right hand, you’ll want to push the tip of the right needle into the first stitch on the other needle, crossing the two with the right needle underneath.
Then you’ll want to wrap the yarn around the right needle, binging it up to the left, and finishing looping to the right. Then bring the right needle down and through the existing stitch, pulling the loop off of the left needle.
The yarn you wrapped around the previous needle should create a new loop on the right. Then you simply continue! That’s all there is to it!
It’s Knit a Problem
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And so, how that you have everything you need, you’re ready to turn on Netflix and get knitting away. And be sure to throw a cup of tea in there, too. You deserve it!
Now you can go and knit for yourself, friends, and family. You can even pass on what you’ve learned if you’d like. Knitting, and teaching others how to knit a throw blanket, can be a great bonding experience. We hope your blanket comes out well, and that you enjoy it for many years to come.
Do you feel like you know how to knit a throw blanket now? How did your blanket turn out? Tell us about it in the comments below!