How to Crochet or Knit Blankets

by Sara Clark

Baby blankets are made as a whole, but larger blankets for adults are too heavy and unwieldy to be made in one piece and are made of small squares stitched together. These squares are great for using up leftover scraps of yarn. When making a baby blanket, choose soft acrylic or cotton yarn that's colorfast and washable. Choose lightweight yarn, as heavy blankets can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for babies. A square measuring 34 inches by 36 inches is suitable for a baby blanket. Use a smaller version of this pattern to make individual squares for sewing into a larger blanket.

Items you will need

  • Yarn - 12 oz. for a baby blanket, more for an adult blanket
  • Knitting needles
  • Knitting stitch markets
  • Scissors
  • Size 4 crochet yarn
  • Size H crochet hook
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Knitting

Step 1

Cast on the first row of stitches. Tie a loose slip knot in the end of the yarn and slip it over the end of one needle. Take this needle in your left hand and push the point of the other needle into the knot from right to left, pushing it behind the first needle. Take the ball end of the yarn and wind it counterclockwise between the two needles. Slip the new stitch onto the left-hand needle, and repeat the process by pushing the point of the right-hand needle into the new stitch then winding the wool round. Repeat until you have cast on 120 stitches.

Step 2

Start knitting. Push the right-hand needle through the back of the first stitch on the left-hand needle, and wrap the yarn counterclockwise between the two needles. Use the right-hand needle to pull a loop of yarn through by slipping it in front of the right-hand needle, then slip off the first stitch on the left-hand needle. You will end up with one knitted stitch on the right-hand needle. Repeat the process with the next stitch. When all the stitches have transferred, work back the other way to knit the second row. Continue until you have knitted 10 rows.

Step 3

Knit the first seven stitches of row 11, then place a marker. Change to a purl stitch to continue knitting along the row. Bring the right-hand needle in front of the left-hand needle and push it through the first stitch. Wind the yarn counterclockwise through the needles, and slip the loop by pushing the right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle. This is the opposite way round the plain knitting, and produces a different stitch. Continue to purl up to the last seven stitches and place another marker. Plain knit the last seven stitches. For row 12 and 14, knit the entire row. For rows 13 and 15, knit the first seven and last seven stitches as before and purl the remaining stitches. Continue to knit purl rows until the blanket reaches its required size.

Step 4

Cast off to finish the blanket. Knit two stitches onto the right-hand needle. Using the point of the left needle, slip the first stitch over the second stitch. Knit a third stitch, then slip the second stitch over it. Continue until all the stitches are cast off, then cut the yarn off and slip it through the remaining stitch, pulling it tight to fasten it.

Crocheting

Step 1

Tie a slip knot in the end of the yarn and push it over the crochet hook, pulling it tight. Holding the hook in your right hand, use your left hand to wind the yarn twice around the hook. Keeping the yarn tight, pull the hook downwards to pull the top loop through the bottom loop. A chain of crochet will start to appear at the bottom of the hook. Continue until your chain has 155 stitches.

Step 2

Make a double stitch in each chain across by passing the yarn over. You should have 153 double crochet stiches in the row. Continue to build up rows of double crochets until your blanket is the required length, checking occasionally to make sure that you still have 153 stitches per row.

Step 3

Finish off your work. Cut the yarn off leaving a 6-inch tail. Use the hook to pull the tail through the loop on the body of the hook. Take the hook out and pull on the tail to tighten it, then use a yarn needle to pull the tail back through the stitches of the blanket to hide it.

Tips & Warnings

  • As you become more advanced at crocheting, incorporate letters to make a monogram.
  • Take care when using needles and scissors which have sharp points.

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