If you are on the lookout for yarn stash busting projects, this tutorial makes a cute, cuddly, handmade baby blanket in just 10 days. So go and dig out your (ahem hidden) yarn stash for this handmade knit that would be perfect for your family or as a baby shower gift.
Early last week, as I was typing up the Handknit color blocked afghan blog post, I found myself staring at the yarn pictures and yearning to start something new to knit. I have other projects waiting to be finished, canvases that are half done, fabric that has been cut, but all I wanted to really do was knit again. The sane part of me fought that impulse for all of 36 hours before caving in and reaching for my knitting needles. I started this project last Monday, and it got done this Wednesday; the 10 day quick knit! Filing this one under yarn stash busting projects.
For my blanket, I looked into my stash and picked out the colors I wanted, not caring about matching the gauge or type of yarn. Some are thick, some are thin and some have texture while others don’t. They all will come together in the end.For a baby blanket, you want a finished size of about 30 inches by 36 (or upto 40) inches and I cast on 56 stitches for mine. I came up with that number by creating a small swatch and measuring my gauge. With the thinner yarn, I used two strands held together as one, and for the thicker ones I used just one strand. Mix and match different yarns and make sure that your swatch holds it rectangular shape. If your swatch looks wonky, that means those yarns wont work together, so choose different ones.Once you have cast on, knit one row and then purl the next. Your basic Stockinette stitch. If you haven’t ever knit before, its not as difficult as you think and I have an older blog post here that will walk you through the steps and help you learn to knit. Watch some Netflix or catch up Youtube videos and knit away!Change colors to form wide color blocked stripes. I made 5 total stripes- the lime green stripe is 6 inches tall, the pink is 10 inches tall, the white is 8 inches tall, the beige is 6 inches and the final mint green is also 6 inches for a total of 36 inches. Depending on how much of each yarn you have, make some stripes wider than the others. This is one of those great yarn stash busting projects where you can accomodate for the amount of yarn you have on hand.Once your blanket reaches 36 inches, cast off loosely. Since the entire blanket was knit in stockinette stitch, the blanket curls a bit at the edges (as seen above). To help the blanket stay flat, I crocheted a single crochet border around all four edges of the blanket with the beige colored yarn.The border helps define the blanket nicely and adds a bit of contrast at places.
Ta da! The blanket is all done and boy is it super soft and cuddly. This would be perfect for a baby to play on, or to cover a baby’s stroller or as a prop for infant photography. The beauty of the blanket lies in the colors and textures.FOLLOW ME: INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST
Yarn from your stash (of any texture and in a color palette that you choose), Circular knitting needles Size 17 US (or 12.5mm) and a Crochet hook Size N US (or 9mm). See the footnotes for more details on the yarns I chose.
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