How do you knit a blanket??

United States
January 25, 2007 4:09pm CST
Ok so I just started knitting not long ago....at all!......i just finished a scarf and now am attempting to knit a baby blanket for my aunt's baby shower. Thats doing fine but i have all the stitches on long needles....my question is this: how would i knit a full sized blanket for myself??? i know there has to be an easier way then trying to cram all the stitches on one needle....see i was sorta tought by my neighbor and then self taught by reading stuff online. so do you sew pieces together or what??? im going to buy this really expensive yarn to do for my blanket...its gonna be a while but yeah.....its way worth it tho because its so soft....so if anyone could help me out that would be great! thank you very much! Nicole~
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@SaraCate (184)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
As peavy said, you can make strips - or squares - or any other chape and then stitch them together. There is, however, another way! It's really simple. Buy a circular needle. Those are the needles that look like a regular needle on the ends, but have a flexible cable in between. They are often used for knitting "in the round," but you can use them just like regular needles by turning the around at the end of a row - the same as you do now! The cable handles lots more stitches and also lets all the weight lay in your lap, instead of being supported by your arms - so your arms don't get tired. I actually used circulr or double-point needles for virtually all of my knitting. Hardly ever use straights any more! Hope this helps, ~Sara
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• United States
25 Jan 07
how would i go about sewing them together??? ive just started to learn how to knit and have never done that b4....is it easy enough to explain???....like where do i put the needle in and out when sewing??? thanks again for the help, nicole~
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• United States
28 Jan 07
If you are doing squares or well, any shape, you would weave them together with your yarn and a yarn needle. Just lay them together with right sides facing and run your stitches through one side to the other through your knit stitches. You sound very smart so it won't be difficult for you. Just remember NOT to tie any knots. Just weave everything in and go back again if need be so your work stays together and doesn't end up with a knotted lump.
@SaraCate (184)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
Thanks for picking up my slack, Rebecca. I was gone for a few days and checking some of my previous responses slipped by me. ~Sara
@peavey (15874)
• United States
25 Jan 07
The usual way to make large pieces like blankets is to knit strips then sew them together. You're ambitious for just starting out! Enjoy.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
thank you for your advice! yeah i taught myself how to cross stitch so now im trying to learn about as much as i can ...about knitting...love the crafty stuff.....my grandma was way into crafts ive learned mostly from her....but she never got into knitting.....id say im a pretty fast learner.....i really enjoy knitting tho its great...although i tend to get made fun of cuz im only 21...but i dont care cuz they are the same ppl that are gonna be asking me for scarves soon lol!
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@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I use circular needles, too. I don't like sewing together or weaving in ends, so I try to make everything in one piece. I've made an afghan by using a circular needle, it's quite convenient, and you never need to worry about losing the other needle.
• United States
1 Feb 07
thank you so mucuh for your help...i think im gonna go buy some cirular needles now...thank you for responding!
• United States
10 Oct 11
well the way i knit a blanket is i always just knit long strips then i stitch them all together the long strips look kind of like a scarf but wider i use some extra long needles for this but you could always use regular sized needles too i do not suggest trying to cram all the stitches on one needle it is too easy to lose track of your stitches that way i did not learn to knit a blanket from a pattern or anything i just winged it from the top of my head so i do not know if the way i do it is right or not but it works
@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
28 Jan 07
You can make smal strips or squares or, I've founf that if you use circular knitting needles, you can make a large piece (as large as a throw). Circulars are not expensive and can be bought at Walmart or any craft store. The needles are connected by a long, flexible, plastic tube and keep your stitches together nicely. Circulars are all I use and my work comes out great with them. I still own regular needles, but I prefer circulars. Hope this helps.