Knit a blanket and give someone something precious.
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.
TIP: Yarn companies frequently provide free patterns printed on the paper bands bundling the yarn.
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.
TIP: Picking up an extra stitch at the end of a row is a common error. To avoid this, check the last stitch of the row as it goes on the right needle. Also be sure the first stitch at the beginning of a row is snug so loops from the stitches below do not wrap around the needle, creating what looks like two stitches.
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!
FACT: Did you know? The first knitting trade union was formed in Paris in 1527.