An easy Garter Stitch Blanket tutorial that works up quickly as you knit the entire blanket with two strands of yarn instead of one for extra plush comfort. The color-blocked style makes it modern and fun to knit!
Handmade Knitted Blankets make an absolutely wonderful gift for someone near and dear. If you haven’t ever knit before, it’s not as difficult as you think and you can learn start by learning how to knit a scarf easily.
This Garter Stitch Blanket is comfy, chunky, colorful and it’s the right size for two people to cuddle in. This afghan (or is it a blanket?) let me combine two of my loves; yarn + color. I wanted a simple pattern, but vibrant colors, and this handmade blanket is what I came up with.
Garter Stitch Blanket Tutorial:
The entire Garter Blanket is knit using two strands of yarn held together as one.
I used a US Size 17 circular needle here. You need a circular needle only to accommodate a large number of stitches. You do not knit in the round, just knit back and forth.
Cast on 86 stitches with the circular needles. This will depend on how large your finished blanket needs to be. Once you finish casting on, there is only one this to do- Knit!
Make sure that you are holding two strands of yarn at any given time. This gives the blanket a nice plushness and makes the project go quicker! If you want to, you can also just substitute a thicker yarn and use just one strand! But using a thinner inexpensive yarn and holding two strands at once is a great way to create that chunkiness for cheap.
Since this is a Garter Stitch Blanket, we just knit each and every row.
Change colors when you reach about 1/5th of the required finished length of the blanket. Big chunky stripes are what we are looking to make. And continue changing colors till you have all 5 stripes of color knitting.
This is not a 10-minute project or a one-day project. It takes a bit more time, but is super simple to make and not complex at all.
There is a lot of knitting that goes into this blanket. This blanket is a work of love. For me, knitting is a bit like therapy so I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It’s relaxing. I love ending my day with my knitting bag and some TV.
Finished Garter Stitch Blanket
Tada!!! A little part of me can’t believe I finished knitting this Garter Stitch Blanket in one season itself! But it was so much fun to knit I already miss having this project to reach for. I need to start planning my next blanket now. Let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas to share.
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- Circular knitting needle- US size 17 (12.5mm)
- Yarn- I used ten skeins of the Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn here. You can choose to use any worsted wight medium (4) yarn instead.
Color details of the yarns/colors used in my blanket:
All of the yarns the Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, solid. The colors I have used are grass, fern, taupe, gold and navy blue. Also seen in the photo above is the soft rose color, that I ended up not using in this blanket. I love this color combo so much!
YARN SUBSTITIONS: Bernat Super Value, Premier Yarns Just Tweed, Red Heart Comfort and even Caron Simply Soft should work!
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Download the Pattern:
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It looks super comfy and the blocks of color look great.
I still have a bunch of old yard here, I should try something like that.
Gorgeous! I love the color block design.
Love this blanket! It’s so pretty! My question is how do you keep the yarn from twisting up? I have to up twist after each row. I am using three strand held together. Any advice?!?
How many stitches did you end up casting on for your blanket?
Hi Sarah! Thank you for asking this. A few other of my friends have enquired about how to make this too so I am in the process of writing up a pattern for it and it should be up in my Etsy store this week.
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Hi, thank you for the patterns. Nice to have something quick and easy to knit.
I cannot guess how many stitches to cast on! please advise for child, single or double adult throw how many stitches you suggest. thank you
Hi Pamela! I have this throw in an adult size and that pattern with gauge and stitches to cast on is available in my etsy store. Unfortunately I haven’t tried out this in a child’s size yet.
Can’t wait for needle size and cast on stitches in pattern to start my blanket, Thanks!
Hi Julia! I just uploaded the pattern to my etsy store here–> https://www.etsy.com/listing/232686314/diy-knitting-pattern-easy-beginner?ref=shop_home_active_1
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Cast on as wide as the blanket you want – making it even or odd – doesn’t really matter. What matters are the colors and the width of your colors – very individual. Just make it fun. You could even add a simple cable going down the middle. My circular needle is a 50″ – comes out gorgeous!
I Love the cable idea Nola!
I just finished a blanket like that and am working on another one for my grandmother. I used staight needles and super bilky yarn though the.
Chat a great way to use up your stash and relax, just knit. Ordered the needle from Amazon, going to start when it comes.
Yay! I’m sure you will enjoy knitting it 😉
Very nice i would like make a square purl and knit .
sts/inch…if you want 40 inches wide = 2.5 X 40 = 100 sts to cast on.
Thanks, that’s a good start
I make garter stitch blankets all the time, so far this year I have made about 18 in various sizes ranging from cot to double bed size. I just love it. I only make for friends and family. cast on 40 sts knit 50 rows in your choice of colours, in strips of 7 blocks, you can vary to your own requirements.
Hi Smitha! Could you tell me how much yarn I will need to make this blanket if I were to make it about 50 inches wide, 65 inches long? I’m a beginner and I don’t know how to work this out.
I would suggest you make a gauge sample. Knit a swatch of say 10 stitches by 10 rows and then you will be able to estimate the number of stitches you will need to 50 inches wide. Hope this helps!
Hi i was wanting to know i don’t have the size 17 needles you say to use. Would it be just as good to use US 10 size circular needles.
A size ten needle would be too small to knit with two strands of bulky yarn.
Can I make it with one color? I am a real beginner. I bought Bernat Blanket. It is a striped yarn. It is for an adult.
Of course! A single colored blanket would look beautiful as well!