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Beginner Knit Blanket Class, Full Class



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hello future knitters my name is Jenny

and I'm going to show you how to make

this beautiful hanate blanket in front

of me so the very first thing I'm going

to tell you is where to get the actual

pattern here if you go to nip XCOM

you'll be able to find this pattern as a

free download just search for knit

beginner blanket and you'll be able to

download it and get started right there

so I'm going to cover a few details at

the blanket as you can see it's a rather

large blanket it's 50 by 60 inches big

so it's a very very generous size it's

knit in Preciosa yarn which is our 100%

merino single ply yarn and again the

high e doesn't mean a whole lot to you

but we'll talk about more about yarn

later on it takes 12 schemes of Preciosa

yarn it's a worsted weight yarn so if

you want to use a different blend or a

total different yarn you just want to

make sure that you're getting worsted

weight yarn you're going to need a

really long circular needle a u.s. size

9 and we'll talk more about that later

on and then finally you just need a

little yarn needle for weaving in your

ends now the things that we're going to

cover over the course of our video class

is of course casting on that's going to

be the very first step that you learn to

any knitting project next we're going to

move on how to make a knit stitch we'll

show you how to start the stitch how to

turn your rows then we're going to move

on to how to get these big stripes we're

going to go over changing yarns changing

your colors and then finally we're going

to show you how to bind off all your

stitches finish it and weave in your

ends so I hope you're excited because I

am before you start your beginner

blanket you want to gather all the

supplies that you need and that's just

going to make everything nice and

organized and you'll be prepared

whenever you get to the next step so

first things first the yarn we have our

Preciosa yarn here it's a nice 100%

merino wool single ply yarn and all that

means is that it's a single strand of

yarn it's not twisted and that makes it

extremely squishy really really nice and

soft and that's why we chose this yarn

for this blanket is because it's just

going to be something you want to cuddle

up with and it's extremely warm and just

incredibly soft it's a worsted weight

yarn so again if you are looking for a

different yarn to substitute just make

sure you get what's called worsted and

you'll be all set and you'll end up with

the same size blanket our yarn here

Preciosa it is 273 yards for 100 grams

so for our blanket we have four

different colors here and you're

actually going to need three colors per

stripe so for our size blanket that

measures 50 by 60 inches you're going to

need 12 balls of Preciosa yarn you're

going to want also a tape measure is

very handy you just want to throw it in

your project bag that way you can track

your progress measure your stripes as

you go along to make sure that you're on

track you want a little pair of scissors

and that's just going to help you when

you are changing colors and for weaving

in your ends you can cut it very closely

it's very pointy and you can get in

really nice and close

you also want a yarn needle here I like

a slightly larger yarn needle for

heavier yarns like this it just makes

working in the ends a little bit easier

and that is going to be done at the very

very end it's the very last step in your

project finally you want a long circular

needle you're probably wondering why are

you using a circular needle this seems

very complicated a little bit fussy but

you want to use a really long needle

like this because your project is going

to be fifty inches wide and that means

that all fifty inches are

going to need to be sitting somewhere on

your needle at any given time and

regular straight needles are just not

going to cut it for this but we're going

to be treating these like we would be

knitting with straight needles and again

it sounds complicated but we'll go over

everything in detail as we work our way

through all the steps and through all

the videos now if you do get our

Preciosa yarn here it comes in what's

called a skein and I'll just unwind it

really quickly for you it'll come like

this and you don't want to work off of

it you're going to need to wind this

into a ball somehow I'll take it apart

really fast and you can see holding this

it's just loops and loops and loops of

yarn so if you just cut the ends here

and open it up it's just going to get

tangled very quickly so there's

something called a swift and a ball

winder that you can use together to wind

up balls of yarn very quickly and nice

and neatly but you can totally do this

at home you can either get a friend or

you know your boyfriend girlfriend

husband mom for their sister just hold

it out like this for you and then you're

able to grab the end here

and you can just wind it around your

hand and make a little ball that way or

you can even fit this around a chair or

if you have a larger lampshade too but

the easiest thing to do is just to have

someone hold it out like this and then

you can very neatly slowly just unwind

it and wind it into a ball so that's

definitely what you wanted to you if you

get Preciosa or any other yarn that

looks like this you just want to do it

it'll save you a ton of trouble a ton of

time so that is everything you need to

get started and again for color stripes

you can choose four different colors you

can even do two different colors and

alternate them that's all up to you but

these are all the basics you need to get

started for the beginner net blanket all

right by now you've probably got

all your supplies all your yarn

everything you need to get started and

the first thing that we're going to do

is cast on our stitches the things that

we're going to be using at the moment

are your circular needle and you want to

grab your tape measure - although I'm

going to show you an alternate way is

like figuring out how much you are yarn

you'll need for your cast on and then

also your very first stripe color of

yarn that you'll be using so here you

see I have a very long circular needle

in front of me and again this is

probably a little bit different than the

traditional knitting that comes to mind

with the straight needles and that's

just because the blanket that we're

knitting is 50 inches wide and all those

stitches they just can't fit on your

standard straight needle so this is why

we are using a long circular needle even

though we're going to be treating them

essentially like you would straight

needles and again we'll cover more of

that and you'll see it in action later

on so I have my yarn here and one way

for measuring your cast on yarn is about

three to four times the width of your

project that is a good rule of thumb so

this is where your tape measure comes in

handy so I'm going to measure out 50

inches here alright so 50 inches is the

width of my blanket so one rule of thumb

is you want to leave yourself a little

tail to leave in later so I'm going to

actually start right around here and

then I'll just do one length of 50

inches mm all right and then like I said

you want to do that about three times

and that will give you enough yarn for

your cast on

so one more time across my ruler here

and it doesn't have to be really

accurate you just forgetting kind of the

ballpark measure of how much yarn you'll

need so right here is where I want to

create what's called a slipknot so on

one end you're going to have your yarn

tail essentially on the other side here

it's called your working yarn and that's

going to be the yarn that's coming from

your entire ball of yarn so the very

first step in creating a cast on row is

a slipknot what I'm going to do is right

where my hands are holding on to the

yarn right here you want to make a loop

just like this and then you're going to

grab one end place it behind that loop

and then you'll see a little line going

right through your circle of your loop

I'm going to grab my needle tip here and

you just want to pick up that loop that

was that little line running in your

loop and then you pull up and now you'll

be able to tighten that very first

stitch and you want to have it on your

needle you know you don't want to have

it super tight where you can't move it

but you don't want to have it really

loose either you just want to be able to

move it back and forth nice and easily

so that is how you're always going to

start a cast on is with a slipknot now

what I'm going to show you is called the

long tail cast on and I did mention

there is an alternate way if you don't

have a ruler handy if you want to find

where to make your Slipknot you can just

use your yarn the end of it right here

and I'll just believe my little Slipknot

in place right here so say I was

starting all over again you would want

to leave six to eight inches or so

and then you just wrap your needle

loosely for however many times it says

to cast on so for example if my pattern

said cast on ten stitches I would leave

my little yarn tail so I have five wraps

around my needle here so it goes six

seven eight nine ten right here that's

where you want to make your Slipknot so

for example with our blanket it says to

cast on 210 times you would leave a

little bit of a tail and then just wrap

it around about 200 you know 215 times

sometimes they go a little bit extra on

a big project like this because you

don't want to run out at the end you'll

just have to start all over but like I

said those are a couple different ways

of figuring out where to make your

Slipknot I'm going to slide it on my

needle here and then you make you

separate your yarn into two different

sections one goes towards you and one

away from you your yarn tail is going to

be going around your forefinger the one

that's connected to your working yarn is

going to go around your thumb so you

have this little triangle of space here

and I'm going to put my forefinger my

thumb right through the middle and then

I'm going to grab on to both yarn tails

like so so you get a little bit of a

triangle shape here the next step to

casting on is I'm going to pull this

towards me now what this does is you'll

see it's a little space here and it kind

of forms an X I'm going to use my needle

tip and you follow right up your thumb

and you go through that space here

next you want to grab this strand of

yarn and you want to go behind it so now

my needle is essentially wrapped with

the yarn coming from my forefinger and

then you just kind of reverse back out

through that space making sure not to

drop that strand of yarn and you lightly

drop your thumb and your forefinger out

and you gently pull on it so now I have

my second stitch now your slipknot it

does count as one stitch so I would have

two of my stitches cast on right now and

then you just continue in that same

manner so again I'm going to kind of

organize my yarn here put my fingers

through pull this towards me I'm going

to go up through that space by my thumb

grab the Strand of yarn and then it's

kind of like you're reversing right back

through and again this looks a little

bit tricky but after you do it 200 times

like that for the blanket for example

you'll be an expert at it and it goes

very very fast it makes a really nice

neat edge and it's really versatile I

really like using the longtail cast on

for everything from home decor like

blankets even for hats and sweaters it's

extremely versatile so you can see it

gets a little bit faster and I'm casting

on these stitches right here you can see

it's nice and stretchy I'm able to move

them back and forth nicely and you just

continue in that same way until you have

210 stitches on your needle and at the

end I try to count it at least twice you

know sometimes with so many stitches you

can get a little bit overwhelming so

counting that twice will ensure that you

have the right amount of stitches so I'm

just going to keep working my cast on

here and after I get two hundred and ten

stitches on my needles I'll meet you

right back here all right so I've cast

it on all of my stitches so you can see

they stretch almost the entire length of

my needle here it's a lot a lot of

stitches a lot going on so we've

definitely finished our cast on and

we're finally ready to do the knit

stitch so you're probably wondering what

end do I use I'm super confused so let

me go over how to start your very first

row what you want to do is your empty

end the one that doesn't have any yarn

tails that needle is going to go in your

right hand the end of your needle with

all the yarn coming out of it that's

going to go in your left hand here and

everything in between it's just going to

be hanging out here for now and as

you're starting your row and as you knit

across it it's actually everything's

going to be shifting over so this whole

part of my Caston Row is slowly going to

be moving onto my right needle and

shifting to the right and we're going to

go over how to deal with the end of your

row in a little bit but right now we're

just going to focus on how to start your

row and how to work the knit stitch so

again here's my little tail from the

beginning we're not going to be worrying

about that we're going to be taking care

of that later at the end of your project

it's going to get woven in later what we

are going to use is your working yarn

and again that's going to be the end

that's attached to your ball yarn right

here I'm going to slide a few of my

stitches up and with the right hand

needle here I'm going to insert my

needle tip through my first stitch and

you want to kind of go from it left to

right here you don't want to be going

this way you just go and go left to

right and then what we're going to do is

wrap the yarn around your needle tip and

you actually want to be doing this I'll

do a kind of exaggerated you want to do

in a counterclockwise motion all the

time and so consistency is key here you

always wrap it around the same exact way

and that's going to keep your stitches

looking all the same and then on the

following row they're all going to be

nice consistent and even and it's just

going to cause a lot less confusion so

again I'm going to have my needle

wrapped here

and then very carefully you can almost

even hold on to this strand of yarn so

it doesn't fall off you're going to

reverse out if that stitch and pull your

right hand needle towards you so now I

have my needle pulled through the stitch

I have the yarn still wrapped around my

needle and the very last step of the

knit stitch is you just want to very

carefully have this little stitch that's

all on your left hand needle you can

just pull that off and you're able to

pull that off because it's essentially

connected to the stitch on your right

hand so you're kind of building up the

structure where every stitch you're

building one more on top of it and

they're all interlocked so again I'll go

over that very slowly one more time

right here I'm going to insert my right

needle through the stitch you wrap it

around and then you pull it through

carefully making sure to keep that

strand of yarn around your right hand

needle and then you pull that stitch off

so you just continue in the same way

across all of your stitches and that's

how you make the knit stitch and it's

literally half of all the fundamental

stitches the only other stitch you'll

learn is called the purl stitch

everything else is a combination of

those two

so knitting is kind of cool in that

sense it's very simple and you can

combine them for endless possibilities

to make all kinds of things but for

right now we're just going to be

perfecting the knit stitch and

practicing it a lot throughout your

blanket so we just go through the knit

stitch that's on your left needle wrap

it and pull it through so I'm going to

work my way across this row to the other

side and I'll show you what to do once

you get to that part - alright so if in

knitting across my row and as you can

see the majority of my stitches are now

on the opposite side from where they

started so they've been slowly shifting

over to the right onto the side

and now most of them are just in the

middle and I'll show you how to change

everything how to start your next row in

a few minutes but I wanted to show you

what it's going to look like when you

get to the end of your row you might

just not sure be not sure what to do but

actually you just keep doing exactly

what you have been doing so I have a

couple stitches left here as you can see

and I'm going to just work my way across

the third to last one the second to last

one and I know it's a little bit scary

just seeing that one stitch hanging out

here but you're actually going to knit

it the same way you fitting all your

other stitches so I'm just going to go

through my stitch wrap my yarn and then

pull it through and so now it's just

kind of hanging out on my needle and you

actually do pull your left hand needle

out just like you've been doing just

like that

so now all my stitches have been

transferred over I've knit one row and

now to start your next row you just do

exactly what we did at the beginning you

swap your needle ends so this is how you

basically work a flat piece like a

blanket but on a circular needle so

again we're treating them just like we

would be as if we were working on

straight needles so I'm going to put the

needle that's empty without my working

yarn coming from it I'm going to put it

in my right hand the needle that has the

working yarn coming out of the front

that's going to go back into my left

hand you can see it's looking awfully

familiar just like I did a row ago where

we started from the cast on and I'm

going to keep going the same way the

only thing different on your rows going

forward is you're going to be doing

what's called slipping a stitch you're

going to be just slipping the first

stitch it's essentially that I'm just

going to take my needle tip this time

you do go from right to left and you

just slip it off your needle it's just

going to give you a little bit of a

nicer edge so you want to make sure to

do that on your first stitch of every

row going forward

and now I'm going to just knit my next

stitch here I'm going to go through the

same way wrap it and pull it through

again so basically I'm going to be

repeating those last few steps again and

again until I've reached my 15 inches or

62 garter ridges now that's something

you might have come across if you've

read ahead in your pattern and I'll go

ahead and show you what that means

really quick now just as a little bit

about an overview you can see below my

right hand needle here you have this

line of bumps they're kind of

interlocking shapes it's one clear line

that counts as one garter stitch Ridge

these are going to be kind of stacking

up on top of each other and they're

actually composed of two rows so for

every two rows you get one garter stitch

Ridge or one garter Ridge so that's an

easy way as you're working along you can

count those to see how close you are to

your 15 inches but you do want to make

sure that you also measure your 15

inches but 62 should get you extremely

close to the 15 inches so again you're

just going to be working across your row

when you get to the end work that last

stitch in the same way and then you just

swap your needles to make sure your

empty one is in your right hand and the

one with your working yarn here is in

your left hand and you just keep

repeating that same cycle for your

entire stripe so I'm going to be working

on this for a bit and then the next step

is changing your next color so again

after 15 inches or 62 garter rows come

back here and I'll show you how to add

your second color in alright so I've

been working on my blanket for a little

while now you can see I have long

stretch of knitted fabric here in front

of me once you've gotten to 15 inches

you're ready to change to your next

color stripe now in the pattern

you'll notice it mentions something

about Garter bridges again something

you're probably not familiar with but

I'll cover that right now when you look

at your knitted blanket here you're

going to see these rows of bumps all

across your fabric each little row of

bumps here is going to be one garter

ridge and to take it a step further

one garter ridge is actually made up of

two rows so if you're thinking about 62

ridges it's 124 rows so I have my 15

inches here my 62 garter ridges so I'm

going to show you how to change to your

next color which I have right here so

the very first thing that you want to do

is you want to cut your first yarn that

you've been using here now you don't

want to cut it up close you're going to

want to leave about 6 to 8 inches and

that's so we can weave them back into

your blanket later on and that's going

to not just hide the yarn tails but it's

also going to secure it and keep

anything from unraveling later on so I

have my little scissors here and it

doesn't have to be super accurate you

just want to make sure you're not

cutting up very close so I'll just cut

it right here and now I'm going to start

with my new color I'm adding the white

next and again you want to make sure to

leave about 6 to 8 inches on the other

side before you start your knit stitch

something that I do is I just kind of

hold these up and make them kind of

equal like this and then I know I want

to start knitting with my new color

right around here so you just want to

slide up your stitches and you start the

same exact way as you've been knitting

across your rows you insert your needle

into your very first stitch and then to

keep everything kind of at the same

tension I'm actually going to hold both

of these yarns together with my right

hand you make your very first stitch

and slide it off the needle and

everything's going to be really loose

here in the beginning but don't worry

about it we can easily tighten

everything up later on and then you just

go across your row knitting into the

next stitch with your new color and that

is the way you change color and you

start your stripe patterning so now you

can see here I've started adding white

and again this is going to be a little

bit loose but don't worry about it

so as you continue across your row

you're going to get your very first

layer of white your very first row and

then you just build upon that just like

you did for your very first stripe so

you want to continue with the next color

for another 15 inches or 62 garter rows

so I'm going to get back to work on this

and then I'll meet you there

all right you can see here we've been

busily knitting away we've worked

through all four colors of our blanket

you can see we've been gone to the cream

light blue a now we're on to the darker

teal here I've come to my 62 harder

ridges here so my last stripe here

measures 15 inches and that means that

we're getting ready to bind it off now

all binding it off means is you're

finishing off your stitches in a way

where they come off your needle but

they're not going to undo at all so

they're nice and secure and they're

finished and it mimics your cast on edge

so what we're going to do is you start

like you would any other row and you're

going to knit two stitches so I'm kind

of going to shift all my stitches around

so I can get to these here so again it

just begins like any other row

and at your bind off edge here I know

that you've been slipping your first

stitch but on your bind off just go

ahead ignore that and knit it like you

would your very first row so I'm going

to knit one stitch I'm going to another

stitch so I have two stitches now on my

right hand needle what you're going to

do next is take the tip of your left

needle here you're going to use it to

lift up that very first stitch that's on

the right and you're going to slide it

over the tip of your right needle and

now you can see I'm back to one stitch

on my right needle I'm going to go ahead

knit one more stitch now I have two

again and I'm going to repeat passing

over that stitch just like I just did so

I'm going to take my left needle pass

that right hand stitch over the left so

you're just kind of just going to be

repeating that you're going to be adding

in a new stitch so I'm going to knit one

more you want to get back to the two

stitches and then you take one off you

add another one in and then you take one

off and as you can see you're slowly

binding off your stitches so this little

section of my first three stitches

they're interlocked here and off of my

needles so I'll work a few more just so

you can see what I'm talking about

and you just do this across the entire

row and then you lift it over every one

I'm going to knit one more so you're

kind of just bouncing back between those

two steps you knit one and then you pass

one over you knit one and then you pass

it over so you can see after you know

the first few inches you're getting a

nice even edge here along the top it's

nice and stretchy and they're not on

your needle anymore so that's how you

finish your knitting it's nice and you

know versatile there are different bind

offs I'm sure as you continue you

knitting you'll find all kinds of

different options for anything but this

is the most basic find off and it works

beautifully for a range of things so I'm

just going to keep working across my row

like this binding off and when I get to

the other end I'll show you the very

last step to binding off so you can see

I've worked my bind off across the

entire blanket I only have a few

stitches left I'll show you how to

finish your bind off so I'm going to

work the next two just as I have been

doing now you can see I'm coming up on

my very last stitch here I'm still just

going to go through it and omit it just

like I normally would I don't have any

more stitches on my left needle I'm

going to take that left needle tip and

use it to lift that first stitch over

the second and now I have one stitch

left what you're going to do is drop

your left hand needle you can see I only

have a little bit of yarn left I'm going

to loosen this to make a bigger loop and

take my needle out completely and then

all I'm going to do is pull the tail

through the loop and then you pull to

secure it and now you're all done with

your bind off you are going to have yarn

tails hanging out any place that you

cast on that you bound off or switch

color or when you change your yarn when

you're at the end of a ball so you will

find little yarn tails hanging out

throughout your stripes the next step is

going to be the final step and that's

weaving in all these yarn tails and then

I'll show you that in the next video all

right so you've worked all four of your

stripes of your blanket you've completed

your very last stripe you found off your

stitches and now there's one final step

before you're totally done and that's

weaving in your ends like this from my

bind off you're going to find

and any place that you switched stripes

so when you switch from one color to the

next

when you run out of yarn and you're

adding in a new ball of yarn you're

going to have in yarn tails there and

then also at your cast on and bind off

so they're going to be a little bit

scattered throughout your blanket and

just do it all at once on the end so

I'll show you how to weave in your ends

right now you'll just want a little yarn

needle to help you do this so you're

going to start by threading the yarn

tail that you have through the yarn

needle and then when you look at your

fabric you'll notice that you have bumps

on both sides of your blanket it looks

identical on either side it's pretty

much reversible this is what's called

garter stitch and knitting and that's

when you knit every single row which is

what we've been doing for our blanket

you can actually weave in your ends on

either side of this it doesn't matter

since the stitches look the same on both

sides when you look at your fabric

you'll notice there's those garter

ridges that we've been talking about

throughout the video class on these

garter stitch ridges you'll notice

interlocking shapes one of them looks

like a u-shape or a smiley face and then

the next one that interlocks with it is

an upside-down U shape or a frown so

you're going to start by going through

one of those stitches you want to find

the one that's an upside-down u or

smiley face and you want to go down and

pull the needle towards you when you're

going through those stitches then you're

going to go through that next stitch

right above it and that's going to be

the upside-down U shape and you want to

go through it and then pull your yarn

needle away from you and you basically

keep working in this zigzag pattern

going down through one up through the

other so you're kind of mimicking the

stitches that you have so I'm going to

find the next stitch over and it's going

to be that upside-down u shape and I'm

going to pull my yarn needle down

through it

towards me and then I'll just go through

that next one and pull it away so I'm

just going to work a couple stitches you

want to get at least an inch or two

working your stitches on one row and

then after if you've worked a little bit

away from where you started from it's

time to go down through the next garter

stitch Ridge and that just helps ensure

that all your yarn tails are going to be

nice and secured in there you kind of

want to make it really hard for your

yarn tail to get out so by going through

that one Ridge and then going below kind

of again in another zigzag manner it's

going to get your yarn tail really nice

and secured into your knitting and it's

going to make it really hard for that

yarn tail to unravel so I've worked a

few stitches across my first garter

stitch row weaving it in I'm just going

to find a stitch on my garter stitch

Ridge below it and go through that and

then in the same manner I'm just going

to work my stitches in the opposite way

so I work towards the right and now I'm

going to go down a garter stitch Ridge

and work towards the left so I just went

down towards me so now I'm going to go

through that next stitch an upside-down

u and pull it away from me so I'm doing

the same thing I did above but one

garter stitch row below and you want to

do this a little bit looser you don't

want to pull too tight because that

might pucker the fabric and after you've

worked across your row you can just pull

your little yarn tail out

so after you've woven it in you just

want to stretch your knitting

horizontally and vertically and that's

going to help ease your yarn tail in

through all your stitches at a nice even

tension that way if you've worked it in

a little bit tightly it just goes back

and fits with the tension of the

knitting that you have then

you can take your scissors here and just

cut maybe about half an inch away from

your knitted fabric and you'll have a

little bit of a yarn tail still sticking

out but again just pull it both ways and

your yarn tail is just going to slide

back into your stitches and become

totally hidden and you won't be able to

see it it's going to be totally

invisible and you know that your yarn

tail is nice and secure it's not going

to unravel and you'll be all set so

there you go you just want to work

through all of your yarn tails weaving

in those ends in that same manner as you

get to them and you've just completed

your very own hand knit blanket it's

gorgeous and you've worked the knit

stitch probably a million times and

you're a master at it now so after you

completed this you can work your way

through a new project exploring the purl

stitch so you've just woven in your ends

and you're going to work across all the

yarn ends in your blanket in the same

way and after that you're done and you

can enjoy your very own hand knit

blanket