Knitting is fun, but sometimes you may get bored or don’t have the patience until you see the final results.
This is where the patchwork blanket comes into the picture, as a fun, easy and quite impressive knitting project. You simply knit squares one by one and sew them together in the end. Apart from choosing the chunky yarn and the large needles for the project, it’s important to also follow some tips so that the final project doesn’t show your new entry-level knitting.
What to begin with
No matter how fast you want to work, there’s no yarn that helps you work faster and better. It’s essential though that you get a yarn that you really like and it’s rather chunky. A thin or fine yarn doesn’t knit as fast.
As for the needles, it’s the same principle. Keep in mind though that you get a larger, looser blanket when using some larger needles.
You want a blanket by tomorrow? Use 19US (15.0mm) needles and super chunky yarn for a nice, large blanket.
Continue by making a slip knot. Get to the end of your yarn (typically it’s tucked into the middle of the ball of yarn). Make a loop near the end and see that the long end is on top of the short end. Fold the top loop over and pick up the loop. Pull it and slip the loop onto one of the knitting needles. Pull the end to get it tight.
Use your right hand to hold the needle and the slipknot. Drape the yarn over your left palm and use your fingers to grab it. Wrap your thumb around the yarn, making sure the thread is behind your thumb. Thread underneath your thumb with the point of your needle. Lift off the yarn by pulling the needle through.
You should continue casting until you have around 14 stitches on your needle. This is the edge of a square on your project. Each square should be around 7.5inches. You may begin knitting after you transferred the needle with the stitches to your left hand.
Grasp the yarn in your palm with your fingertips so that you get a good tension.
The next steps
Use your right hand to hold the needle with no stitches and insert its tip into the closest stitch to the tip of the other needle. Insert it under the stitch as you want the needle to go from front to back, forming a nice “X”.
Take the working yarn again with your right hand, wrapping it around the right needle. It’s supposed to be between the needles. Pull the right needle slowly, through the yarn on the left needle. Pay attention and hold the working yarn between the needles while doing it.
The right needle is supposed to be on top of the left needle.
Always work near the end of the needles, as you don’t want the stitches to be tight. Knit each stich and continue to make row after row. You’re done when your square is complete.
Continue by knitting two stitches onto the empty needle in your right hand, casting off the rest of the square from the other needle.
Casting off works the square off of the needles. This means you may take it off the needles, without the risk of having it undone. You should sew the square to another finished square when you put together your blanket.
In order to tie off the square, you have to remove the needle from the last stitch. Hold to the big loop and simply cut the working yarn. It’s best to leave about an arm’s length of yarn when doing it. Tie the yarn through the loop, pretty tight.
Getting to the end
Your blanket may be as big as you want and 7 squares across by seven squares down for a larger quilt.
When you use different colored yarn, it’s best you display your squares, alternating the colors and the orientation of the rows.
Take a large sewing needle and thread the yarn, adjusting the display so that the square you’re sewing it to is turned opposite.
Stitch two squares together as you go back and forth with the yarn, until you’re done with your squares.
Thread the left tails onto the needle and weave it in between the knots on a square’s edge. Make a subtle knot and cut it so that you can’t see it anymore nor comes undone.
When working on a blanket like this, feel free to go as big, small, wide or narrow as you want. Don’t be afraid to use beads or other artistic details on the final project for a nicer final appearance.