DIY | Knitted Blanket

It’s therapeutic really. . .

 

Grabbing a cup of coffee, sitting down on the couch, turning on some music, working with my hands to create.  I could honestly get lost in knitting.

 

I won’t blab for too long because y’all gotta get started on this sweet blanket!  Feel free to create your own style of blanket here!  Maybe you’ll use different colours or yarns.  Make your blanket one colour or ten.  Wider or longer.  Use a thicker yarn or thinner.  Maybe different sized needles too!

 

P.S. I never realized how hard it is to explain knitting till I wrote this post, so bear with me!  Grace. . .  Grace. . .  Grace. . .

 

GET MESSY!

 

Time to be creative and bring your own vision to life!  Here’s a pattern to get you started!

 

 

Lets get started!

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Like I said, you can pick what yarn you’d like to use! I chose white and grey in a size 6 – super bulky – with size 11 needles!

To finish this blanket I needed 4 white and 2 grey bunches of yarn.

 

 

Getting your first stitch on the needles |

DSC_4988-21.  Start a couple feet in from the end of the yarn.  Wrap the yarn closest to the  end around your thumb and index finger.  You want the strand closest to the ball of yarn wrapped around your index finger (if you are using your left hand).

 

 

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2.  Hold the yarn in your hand.

Ill call the section between my middle finger and thumb #1.  And the section between my thumb and index finger #2.

 

 

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3.  Using both needles, place them on top of section #2.

 

 

 

 

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4.  Loop the needles under section #1.

 

 

 

 

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5.  Wrap the needles (to the right) back around section #2.DSC_5000-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.  Take the strand thats twisted around your thumb (the bottom one) and wrap it over the top strand (that you just put on the needles).

 

 

 

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7.  You should be left with one stitch on the needles.

 

 

 

 

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8.  Pull both strands until the stitch is tight on the needles.

 

 

 

 

Adding more stitches on |

Note:  I casted 17 stitches for the grey, and 31 stitches for the white.  When using the pattern I am about to show you, there must be an uneven number of stitches on the needle.

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1.  Hold the yarn strands the same as before.  Again, the section around my thumb will be #1, and the section around my index finger #2.

 

 

 

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2.  Wrap the needles around the section #1, from the outside, in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.  From there, wrap the needles under section #2, from the outside, in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.  Bring section #1 over section #2.

 

 

 

 

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5.  Tighten the stitch around the needles.  Repeat previous steps until you get desired amount of stitches casted.

 

 

 

Stitches | Garter Stitch

 

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1.  Take one needle out so that there is one left with the casted stitches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  Take the strand that attaches to the ball of yarn and wrap it around the index finger of the hand you are holding the casted needle in.

 

NOTE:  The needle that has the stitches on it is the first needle.  Second needle is the one that you will be putting the stitches on to.

 

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3.  Take the second needle and slide it under and up the first stitch.

 

 

 

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4.  Wrap the strand of yarn around the second needle.  Make sure to wrap the yarn counter-clockwise (if you are using the same hand position as me).

 

 

 

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5.  While keeping the strand wrapped around the second needle, bring that second needle back under the first stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.  Slide the stitch off of the first needle, transferring it to the second.

 

 

 

 

Stitches |  Purl Stitch

 

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1.  Bring the strand closest to the ball of yarn to the front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  Slide the second needle under the next stitch.  But this time you slide the needle under and down instead of going up like a Garter stitch.

 

 

 

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3.  Wrap the loose strand around the second needle; making sure to wrap the strand counter-clockwise around the needle.

 

 

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4.  Keeping the strand wrapped around the second needle, pass it under the top stitch on the first needle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5.  Pull the stitch off of the first needle, transferring it to the second.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue stitching back and forth from each stitch.  The pattern for a whole row is:

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You are going to repeat this constantly for the entire blanket.  Always begin and end a row with a Garter stitch.

 

For my blanket I completed 102 rows.  Based off of how big a blanket you want you can add or take away as many rows as you want!

 

Ending | Casting off

 

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1.  In order to cast off, stitch twice onto the second needle.  Then using the first needle, slide it under the bottom stitch on the second needle.

 

 

 

 

 

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DSC_50712.  Pull the bottom stitch over the top stitch.

 

Slowly slide that bottom stitch (pulled over the top stitch) up the needle till it slides off the needle altogether.

 

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3.  Last two stitches to cast off!  Cast the second last stitch off normally.  Leave the last stitch on the needle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.  Pull the stitch away so that you are left with a tail of yarn.

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail behind.  Tie it off and cut off any excess tail.

 

 

 

 

 

Putting the two together | Last step

 

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Simply use your left over yarn to tie both pieces of art together!  You can make this part messy or clean!  I wanted to give it a touch of character so I met messy and clean somewhere in the middle!

 

 

Finished look |

 

The white portion of the blanket took me a bit of time because I started it just before Beverly was born.  Obviously I was super busy so I put this project down for some time till life settled down a bit!  However the grey portion of the blanket only took up two evenings of my time!

 

 

Now its your turn!

 

Get creative!

 

Be bold!

 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, go do it now!  I’ll be posting a better visual helper on this pattern on my highlighted story under my BIO as soon as I get this post public.  Find me at:

@ivoryandebonyblog

 

 

Grab that coffee and get knitting!

 

xoxo

 

Rae

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