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Knitting a blanket - advice for a novice please!

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ijustwantnicehair Sun 02-Feb-14 15:56:06

Im fairly new to knitting but want to make a baby type blanket. I was thinking of doing the basket weaving stitch (as a variation on the knit and purl stiches I know).

I have some questions - can anyone advise please?

- would it be better/easier/nicer to knit squares and stich together or should I knit it all in one go?
- if I knit all in one go do I need very long needles?
- what is the best stich to do at the edge? For the border.


starfishmummy Sun 02-Feb-14 16:14:58

I hate sewing squares together so would go for knitting as one piece.

Long needles are a pain. You could knit it on a circular needle - the sort where there are two short needles and a flexible cord. You still knit back and forward but the bulk of your knitting is sitting on your knee and is not so heavy to hold.

When you get the circular needle dunk the cable part in some hot water (or your cuppa) which will help straighten out the kinks it will have from packaging.

speak2me Sun 02-Feb-14 16:19:10

I made my first baby blanket last year- it was also basket weave! I would suggest using circular needles and doing a plain garter stitch border.
Good luck :-)

ijustwantnicehair Sun 02-Feb-14 16:29:12

Thanks both - will investigate circular needles - what sort of size? I don't want it to be too loose as baby fingers are so small so can get stuck in little holes!! Is there a specific wool I should use?

ijustwantnicehair Sun 02-Feb-14 16:29:40

p.s would love to see any pictures of your stuff !!

starfishmummy Sun 02-Feb-14 18:06:21

Needle size would depend on your yarn thickness, which would in turn depend on how warm and heavy you want the blanket. I did a dk one for ds many years ago (he's 15!!) but mostly used it for him to lie on until he got a bit older.

Are you on Ravelry? There will be lots of pattern ideas there, many for free!!

PleaseNoScar Sun 02-Feb-14 19:09:17

I recently finished this, on a circular needle, with 5mm needles. It is garter stitch throughout.
I have done other blankets with a seed stitch edge, and ones with a ribbed edge. I have also done ones with squares but much much prefer to knit the whole piece in one- squares effect can be done very simply with Intarsia.

Doodlekitty Mon 03-Feb-14 09:48:35

I'm a big fan of this, but would do it in dk rather than sockyarn.

No sewing but the patchwork look

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