Yarn stash busting projects: The 10 day quick knit

Easy baby blanket pattern

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.

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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.Yarn wool strands textureFor 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.learn how to knit easyOnce 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!Baby blanket tutorial photoChange 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.pastel colored handmade knitOnce 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.How to crochet a border onto a knit blanketThe border helps define the blanket nicely and adds a bit of contrast at places.knit and crochet


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.yarn stash busting projectsbaby_striped_knitspink_pastel_handmade_knitsFOLLOW ME: INSTAGRAMTWITTERFACEBOOKPINTEREST

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textured yarns pastel colors   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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23 Comment

  1. Gail Demaree says:

    Thanks for the pattern. Seems super easy and looks really nice too. I will have to give this a try.

    1. Smitha says:

      Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Very nice. The edging was a great touch to flatten it out per your comment. Thank you for the demo!

  3. Sharon says:

    To keep sides from curling, always slip first stitch, without working it…

    1. Smitha says:

      I am doing that for my current wip!

  4. martha says:

    Thank you for this pattern! I’m new to knitting and I love that you can use different yarn weights!

    1. Smitha says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Hope your blanket turns out super comfy 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    Ok I’m kinda new to knitting and LOVE this blanket!! I was wondering how would you go about making this larger in size?? Thanks!!

    1. Smitha says:

      Hi Amy! You could add a few extra stitches at cast on to make it wider. To make it longer just add an extra color or two for as many extra inches you need to add.

  6. BoniBoni says:

    Love it! Thank you! !

  7. Bonnie says:

    Great idea! I love to knit but don’t know how to crochet! 🙁

    1. Smitha says:

      You can skip the crochet border, and instead knot the first stitch of each and every row!

  8. Sue Anna says:

    I am new to knitting and have never heard “knot the first stitch of each and every row”. Could you explain please and give directions. Thanks!

    1. Smitha says:

      Sorry, it’s not knot, but knit the first stitch of each row.

      1. Sue Anna says:

        Thanks so much! That I can do.

  9. Sharon Casey says:

    I bought some yarn to crochet a baby blanket but would love to try this to practice my knitting. I don’t have circular needles, and the largest needle I have are 15 US 14″. I have 5 skeins of red heart cutie pie DK weight yarn. Would that be enough to complete this?

    1. Smitha says:

      A smaller needle would work, but I am not sure how much yarn you would need. It would depend on your gauge and whether you are knitting one strand or double strand

  10. What brand are your been knitting needles, they are different from the Lion Brand?

    1. Smitha says:

      These are not Lion Brand, they are the Michaels craft store brand.

  11. What size needle and crochet hook did you use?

    1. Smitha says:

      I think it was a size N?

  12. ashton says:

    If you were to buy new yarn for this project, about how many skeins do you think you would need of bulky weight?

    1. Smitha says:

      I would think 3 or 4 skeins would do. It’s a smaller blanket. But to be on the safer side maybe 5 skeins.

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