Today I am going to start my long journey on knitting a blanket. I have done some research and the easiest way I think I can accomplish this is by making a patchwork blanket. This is a blanket created from a bunch of smaller knitted squares that you eventually sew together!
I originally got this idea from a company called Wool and the Gang. This company is awesome! They are all about being sustainable and sourced with care. They refer to knitting as “the new yoga” and I kinda agree! Check out more about their story here!
Besides this, their yarn literally looks amazing and so soft. I have been watching a lot of knitting videos lately and every time I am like “that yarn looks BEAUTIFUL” it is always Wool and the Gang. I think that the next big knitting project I do I will definitely shop their collection of yarns.
On their website, they have a step by step guide on how to go about creating this blanket. For me personally, I learn better by watching than reading so I decided to watch the video that they have provided.
So… I defiantly did not follow these steps to the “T”. I would say I was inspired by it and went off in my own direction. I chose my own color pallet which includes gray earthy tones. Some of the differences between my knitting project and theirs are that I opted for 10mm needles while they had 15mm. As well, since my needles were smaller, my yarn was not as chunky.
This time around I got all of my items for this project from Michaels. They had many and many walls of different yarn selections. I can definitely say that I have gotten lost looking and deciding which yarn to use for about an hour…. oops!
As of right now, my plan is to knit as many squares as possible with what I have. While starting my first square I have already have hit some problems. The video I am using as a reference says they cast-on 14 stitches and that you want a 20cm long square. Well, I had a HAY DAY trying to figure out how many stitches to start with and a measurement to stick to but holy man… It is hard!
I finally settled for 20 stitches which became 8 inches for the measurement. I don’t know if this is right or wrong but this is what I am sticking to. If someone doesn’t like it they are welcomed to come on over and try for themselves. I think as soon as I get the first square knitted I will use it as a template to measure agaisnt for the rest.
This is the final step of my infinity scarf quest. I have binded off the last end of the scarf and I am ready to stitch them together.
I needed to go out and get a needle that is used to finish knitting projects and that was going to be big enough for the chunky yarn I have used. I picked up these three yarn needles from Love Knitting. They have tons of useful things on their website such as different yarn, patterns and tools!
I’ve included this video below which has a very clear demonstration of how to connect the two ends of the scarf together to complete the project.
If you want to check it out and learn how to sew the two ends together, start watching at 10:25. This is where she shows how she starts off and how to wrap the yarn around the ends.
Here is my finish product. I thought that everyone would appreciate my cat Alfredo to be the model of my knitted infinity scarf. I have also added picutes of the seam that I sewed together…. A little rusty but not too bad. There is a lot of that in the next knitting project so I’ll eventually get better at it. But overall I am pretty proud of the scarf and would defiantly wear it out!
I have finished knitting my infinity scarf. I have settled for this neutral color with slight hints of blush tones.
Here is a little patch I have already started.
Instead of using my knitting needles that I originally had, I went out and bought bigger ones. I always wondered why there is different size needles. I found out from The Spruce Krafts that the larger the needles, the larger the stitch will be. Now that I think of it…. Duh, that makes sense. Also, along with larger needles you will usually need chunkier yarn. So that’s what I did.
So, I settled for the 10mm needles for a nice chunky knitted scarf.
I am planning on finishing knitting the whole scarf, then catching up when I need to connect the two ends going from a plain boring scarf to a cool infinity scarf.
To be completely honest, I thought I would have competed a beautiful scarf by now and going onto creating a hat. Boy, I was wrong. I am not a pro yet.
Right now I am sitting here with a fail of a scarf and 2 little trial pieces… Defiantly expectation vs reality right here.
I have realized that knitting takes a lot of planning an preparation and I can’t just wing it. So, lets set some visual goals for my knitting journey:
The first project is an infinity scarf. This is something I would actually wear and get more use out of than a regular scarf. The next is s multi-color tiled blanket. I feel this is an easier take on creating a knitted blanket in sections. Lastly, this is something I wanted for a long time: a chunky knit blanket. I love how these look and it would be so cool to say that I made this myself.
Now that I have set some goals, I will begin with the infinity scarf and work my way down the list. Off to the internet in search of ways to make one. Wish me luck.
I defiantly feel like this knitting thing is working out for me. I really got the hang of it pretty quick. Its only been a few days and I feel that I have almost completed my scarf. At this rate I think I need to re-think what all I should make. Maybe a hat next…..
Here is a video of my knitting process!
Now that I am at the end of my scarf I think I might add a new color and finish off with some tassels. I have found this blog that has some easy to follow directions on how to do so. I’ll have to do some “tassel math” and figure out how long I would like them to be. apparently according to The Finishing Touch, tassels are usually 6 inches to 1 foot long. Good tip they mentioned is to keep in mind that you want to double the length you want and its better to go longer to be on the safe side. You can always cut off more if it is too long.
For my learning project I want to eventually learn how to knit a blanket! To get started, I thought I should start out with the basics and try out making a scarf! First I need to figure out how to actually knit. I learn best from seeing something visually, so I decided to start with youtube.
I found the following video from Hobby Lobby which was a great help and clearly showed me how to begin to knit.
Things I learned how to do in this video was how to:
Make a slip knot
As well, I have stumbled upon LoveKnitting’s blog which has a lot of information on the basics of knitting!
I would consider the above all of the things you need to know if you want to create some basic pieces to knit.
I have gathered my own materials to start off with:
Yarn & Knitting Needles.
I was not sure exactly where to start off. I grabbed what I thought was good. Hopefully something goes well.