How to Knit a Blanket

Knit a blanket and give someone something precious.

You will need

  • Acrylic or wool yarn
  • Size 10 or 11 knitting needles
  • Time
  • Patience

Step 1 Determine the size you want Determine the size of the blanket you want and ask a fabric store salesperson for the proper number and length of wool or acrylic yarn. Get size 10 or 11 knitting needles to accommodate the width of the blanket.

Step 2 Make a slip knot Make a slip knot in the yarn with a needle in your right hand and slide the knot onto the needle.

Step 3 Cast on Wrap the length of yarn coming from the ball across the base of your thumb and around to the palm side. Move the right hand needle under and through this loop and snug it onto the needle.

Step 4 Continue looping Continue looping on these stitches, compressing their growing length to make room for all you will need, and counting them until you reach your decided width.

Step 5 Switch hands Switch the needle to your left hand and send the other needle, using your right hand, through the top loop on the left.

Step 6 Make new stitches Guide the yarn attached to the ball under and over the right needle and slide it through the stitch on the left, drawing this new one off and onto the right. Repeat until all stitches have been moved onto the right needle.

Step 7 Build rows Continue switching needles back and forth as you build rows of stitches until you have the full dimension completed. Then knit the first two stitches and pull the first over the second and off of the needle.

Step 8 Cast off Knit the next stitch and use the left needle to take the first stitch over the second from the right needle, binding the edge. At the end, pull a last thread of yarn through the last stitch and knot it. Now snuggle up with your brand new blanket!