How long would it take to knit a baby blanket?

(19 Posts)
DollyBarton Wed 12-Oct-16 19:55:41

I have a friend who is having a baby and I want to knit her a baby blanket. I've done smaller items before but never a full blanket. For a pretty easy pattern (I wouldn't undertake a complicated one) how long has it taken you in the past to knit a standard sized blanket? I just need a ballpark so that I can decide whether to do it or stick to a smaller item. Baby is due in a couple of weeks and I want it to have it ready for her immediately after.

Optimist1 Wed 12-Oct-16 20:51:13

Obviously a lot depends on how many hours you have available to you in a couple of weeks, how fast you knit, etc. but I'd say that a simple pattern (that allowed knitting whilst watching TV or chatting with friends or similar) would be achievable in the time. If you were to give it your all for the first week then you'd be able to gauge whether you need to allow additional hours in week two or could ease off a bit. Your friend is lucky to have such a gift coming her little one's way!

DollyBarton Wed 12-Oct-16 22:13:56

I can probably do an hour an evening, 4-5 evenings a week. So Im thinking I have about 8 hours. Just know idea if that is enough to knock out a blanket!

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Wed 12-Oct-16 22:39:14

How about crochet? And using a thicker yarn (minimum Aran)?

I'm a beginner with crochet it takes me about 10mins to make one Aran weight basic 5 inch granny square using a 5mm hook.

Ohyesiam Wed 12-Oct-16 22:52:17

The full 9 months with my second....

Akire Wed 12-Oct-16 22:54:47

Takes me ages! Baby stuff tends be all 4 ply or dk I did one once had about 250 stitches took about 15min a row. Hundreads of rows!

SecretSpy Wed 12-Oct-16 22:56:27

A fortnight will probably be enough if you stick to cot size and aran or chunky yarn.

DollyBarton Wed 12-Oct-16 22:57:39

I'm new to knitting but have never crocheted at all!

Batteriesallgone Wed 12-Oct-16 22:57:50

Ages. Ages. 5 months? That was with DK yarn though. There are some lovely chunky baby yarns about - I used chunky bamboo to make a pram blanket shaped to fit round the harness. Took hardly any time. So if you're set on a blanket I'd say choose a chunkier yarn than DK.

PickAChew Wed 12-Oct-16 22:58:36

36" square blanket without too much decoration in at least DK can be done in 2 weeks.

drinkyourmilk Wed 12-Oct-16 22:58:42

If you belie what everyone on fb says, about 3 hours. Practically speaking- I crocheted a 'call the midwife' blanket in about 3 weeks. Took me about 2 hours each day. I'm fairly slow and distractible though.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Wed 12-Oct-16 23:03:58

I'd put off learning to crochet for years, taught myself this year using YouTube videos (Bella Coco videos are great) and it's loads faster, obviously because it's quite 'gappy' 'holey' compared to knitting.

There's lots of nice chunky baby yarn that would work (knit or crochet) esp the self patterning ones, Hayfield baby blossom chunky is a lovely self patterning yarn and is quite new, it's about £3.50 a ball iirc.

JoffreyBaratheon Thu 13-Oct-16 13:18:39

I'd go on Ravelry, check the 'Patterns' tab and if others have knitted it, you can look at the dates on their project pages and see how long it took them.

DollyBarton Fri 14-Oct-16 14:14:51

Thats a great hint Joffrey! Thanks.

user1472662726 Fri 14-Oct-16 14:17:06

My DC are 7 and 9 and their blanket is not finished 😀

MagicChanges Fri 14-Oct-16 14:26:26

If you're new to knitting - buy one!

My sister knits blankets for charity - she knits squares and sews them together but she can knit for hours on end. I can knit but only fairly plain stuff and not much patience. Would like to learn to crochet -someone's mentioned a video - can you really learn from a video?

moggle Fri 14-Oct-16 21:57:20

Can you sew? If so make an easy blanket with two fabrics (one should be cosy like fleece or brushed cotton) sewn right sides together, leave a gap to turn it right side out and top stitch round the edge.
If not then use a chunky yarn and make it car seat size.

JoffreyBaratheon Mon 17-Oct-16 15:31:24

Magic. I use YouTube all the time to learn new techniques or remind myself of stuff I forgot! I also have a couple of brilliant videos from 'Craftsy' (they do special offers every now and then so I wait til an offer is on, then pounce). 'Interweave' (a US crafts publishing company) also do some excellent video tutorials that are downloadable. And again, I wait for the sales which they have frequently.

DollyBarton Tue 18-Oct-16 15:50:53

I sit with my patterns and laptop so that each time I hit a stitch I can't remember I YouTube it! Hasn't led me wrong yet!

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