Can you knit a dishcloth? Then you can knit a blanket. The only differences are bigger needles, a lot more yarn, and a lot more time.
Blankets can seem daunting because they’re so big, but you can make them using the idea of a really big dishcloth. I took the first dishcloth pattern my mother taught me and just kept knitting and knitting until I got a blanket out of it. You can make a pretty big blanket on straight needles if they’re of a decent length, you don’t have to buy circular needles. You can use just about any size needle you want and any weight of yarn, but it will affect how loose the stitches are and how big you can make the blanket (the thicker the yarn, the fewer stitches will fit on the needle, thus your blanket will be smaller.) These are the directions for the blanket I usually make using the dishcloth pattern.
The following instructions will result in a square blanket about 50″x50″.
4 – 7oz balls of worsted weight acrylic yarn (like Red Heart Super Saver)
10.5 (6.5mm) straight needles (they should be at least 13-14″ long)
Cast on 4 stitches
First row: Knit
Second row: Knit 2, yarn over, then knit to the end of the row
Repeat row 2 until you’ve used 2 balls of yarn, or until you’ve reached your desired size, or until no more stitches will fit on the needle, whichever happens first.
Next row: Knit one, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, then knit to the end of the row.
Repeat until there are 4 stitches left, then cast off.
I’ve given these as baby blankets (with worsted weight yarn or baby yarn) and I’m going to start giving them as housewarming gifts. Have you re-adapted a pattern to make something new? Have you found an even easier blanket pattern? Had luck with this pattern or have suggestions for changes to it? Post a comment!