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Learn to Knit this easy Blanket!

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Hi, I’m Kristen Mangus, the knitting video host and designer from the GoodKnit Kisses YouTube channel. I love teaching and being the knitting host for Yarnspirations this year. I hope you enjoy my latest blog and tutorial for YOU.

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In the GoodKnit Kisses Loom Knit and Craft Club on Facebook I often see people looking for pattern recommendations. Sometimes it is a specific request like a triangular shawl using two strands of Caron Cakes. Other times it is general like, “Can you show a pattern that will teach me how to knit a blanket?” I finally have the perfect pattern to recommend. Yes, I can show you How To Knit A Blanket!

The pattern is one of the highlights in the Stitchflix Lookbook Season 2. All the patterns make for a great evening of binge-watching your favorite show while you get some crafting done. Simple, repetitive stitch patterns and large projects make them ideal for keeping your hands busy while you follow along with the plot of a good movie.

Class is in session so grab your yarn, hit the play button, and let’s get to learning!

How To Knit A Blanket

The Pattern

How To Knit A Blanket

The Yarn


Supplies & yarn needed to make the How to Knit a Blanket pattern


Needles & Supplies

  • Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Skill Level

Beginner

Size

Approx 48” x 60” [122 x 152 cm]

Gauge

10 sts and 32 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in garter st.

Skills demonstrated in tutorial

  • Long tail cast-on
  • Knit stitch
  • Adding in a new ball of yarn
  • Bind off (cast off)
  • Weaving in ends

Learning the basics

Not surprisingly we start at the beginning, but in this case it’s not the cast on. First, I’ll step you through looking at the written pattern. There’s some ground to cover before we get to start knitting. Things like making sure you have enough yarn or double checking supplies are often overlooked.

That didn’t take long and now you can grab your needles and yarn. I’ll slowly show you how to work the long tail cast on. It can look very tricky at first, but once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be slingshotting like a pro.

Long Tail Cast On


Next I’ll show you the knit stitch. This whole blanket is knit using just the one stitch. Once you have the movements down the rest is just practice. Every square is the same so there are no additional stitches to learn. See how easy it is to knit a blanket!

Knit Stitch


Next I’ll show you the knit stitch. This whole blanket is knit using just the one stitch. Once you have the movements down the rest is just practice. Every square is the same so there are no additional stitches to learn. See how easy it is to knit a blanket!

Seaming the knitted squares together


Now that all the squares are done you are ready to seam your blanket together. I know the thought of sewing may strike fear into your hearts. But that’s why I’m here! I’ll have you picking up edge stitches and joining squares so fast you’ll have your blanket together before the kids start arguing about what to watch next.

Seaming the knitted squares


You did it! The hardest part about making a group project like this is deciding who gets to use it first.

How to Knit a Blanket Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that your blanket keeps you cozy while you’re Stitchflixing!

Happy Knitting!

Kristen Mangus @ GoodKnit Kisses

Are you ready to create this project with me? We’d love to see your photos!

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