A new born baby is always welcomed with many things bought way earlier than the time of birth. If the birth is anticipated somewhere close to winter then there is a chance that most of the items bought will be made up of wool. This will certainly include clothes and cover sheets so as to keep the baby warm and protected. Baby blanket is one such item. Considering that things related to new born, especially blankets are quite expensive so if you know how to make them by yourself, you can certainly save some good money out of it. Follow the instructions to knit a baby blanket at home easily!
Things Required for Knitting:
- 4-ply Medium Sized Yarn
- Straight Knitting Needles of Size ‘8’
- Knitting Row Counter
- Yarn Needle
- Crochet Hook of Size ‘H’
Determine the Size of Baby Blanket
The very first thing before knitting the baby blanket is determining the desired size you want for your blanket. While you are doing so, be informed that the standard size of a baby blanket is no more than 30 to 35 inches wide and 35 to 40 inches long.
Determine the Number of Stitches
It is important to know the number of stitches to be casted while knitting the baby blanket. This can be determined by looking at the yarn label. If it is 4 x 4 inches then it will require 17 stitches using size ‘8’ needles. Hence if the blanket is 32 inch wide then it will require 136 stitches.
The Knit Stitch
Onto the needle in your right hand, cast the required 136 stitches. Do not forget to make a knit stitch in almost every stitch of the first row keeping the working yarn in the back of needle.
The Odd and even Rows count
While you are busy in knitting, make sure that you knit the odd rows and keep on purling the even rows. In order to avoid confusion between even and odd rows it is better to keep a knitting row counter.
The Finishing Touch
In order to give the baby blanket a finishing touch, do a single crochet along the boundaries of the fabric using a crochet hook of Size ‘H’. The color of yarn can be same or different.