MAKE: Block Knitted Blanket

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Now that it is fall and the cooler weather has come, I have found that all I want to do is hang out on the couch with my steaming cup of coffee and knit and knit and knit. I am by no means an expert knitter. I learned in high school during a fibres and fabrics course. We were taught basic knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting skills. It was one of my favourite classes. Since learning the basics of knitting, I have taught myself a few other stitches but most of my projects have been scarves, dish clothes, or simple square based projects. I knit myself a cardigan a while ago by piecing together a bunch of different square and rectangle shapes. I have found that if you are okay with being a beginner knitter, that all you really need to know is how to make a square or rectangle and the rest can be figured out from there. So long story short, I had a bunch of this thick yarn that my mom had given me years ago, and finally I put it all together into a blanket.

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I made my blanket by using 1 ball of yarn per rectangle. I used 7mm sized knitting needles with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Super Bulky yarn. I cast on 50 stitches and then proceeded to knit 1 row and purl 1 row until the ball of yarn was finished. I repeated this with 9 balls of yarn to create 9 different rectangles. Then I used a large darning needle to stitch all of the pieces together with remaining pieces of yarn. Lastly, I single crocheted around the edge of the blanket to finish it off. Eh voila! The easiest blanket you could ever make.  

Why I Chose to Knit My Blanket In Blocks

  1. It makes it easier to work on. Until the very end, I could easily knit my blanket wherever I was. I didn’t have a whole bunch of bulky heavy blanket and yarn to lug around while I stitched because I worked on the blanket piece by piece.

  2. I was able to vary my colour more easily. I like the look of a colour block blanket. It is more of a modern look, but it was also easier to make. I didn’t have to worry about constantly switching yarns. I could work on this simple project as stress relief.

  3. I felt like I was accomplishing things. Knitting 9 individual blocks went so quickly that I was surprised to all of a sudden have all the pieces I needed to stitch my blanket together. I didn’t lose motivation because I was accomplishing small steps to create a bigger outcome. It was great! This was the largest knitting project I have ever taken on. I was really surprised to actually complete it in a fairly quick time frame. It also helped that I was using larger sized knitting needles and bulky yarn.

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Creating my blanket by knitting individual blocks was much easier for me that following a specific pattern or knitting it all together at once. It was a really fun, simple, and quick project that left me with a cuddly warm blanket to snuggle up with! I am definitely looking forward to using this blanket as it continues to get colder.

Here’s to happy knitting!
xx Cady