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How to Knit a Baby Blanket for Complete Beginners - Easy Knit Baby Blanket



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what's in it a baby blanket shall we hey

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I can't wait to teach you how to knit a

baby blanket and if you've been around

for a while yes I did get my hair cut I

cut all of it off I just needed to

change thank you once again for joining

me in this video we're gonna knit a baby

blanket together this is so simple and

so easy it's great for a first project

now before we get to the first lesson

the cast on we need to talk about the

supplies because you are a beginner this

is one of the areas that I made a big

mistake well first of all I didn't

realize that knitting has a tendency to

expand a little bit as you go along as

you knit your rows well I also didn't

understand that the project has to fit

on the needle so because of that and

because we're knitting a blanket that's

about 36 inches wide we need longer

knitting needles we can't just use the

streets so in order to make our baby

blanket fit all on the needle we need a

pair of circulars this is an

interchangeable set so this cord

actually comes apart and the knitting

needles are separate as well that you

don't have to have an interchangeable

set you just need a pair of circular

needles so something with a cord and the

the total length needs to be 36 inches

at least because that's the length of

our blanket now keep in mind that that

measurement is tipped to tip so if I

were to stretch this out of course you

can't see the whole thing there in the

frame but from tip to tip should measure

at least 36 inches the next thing you'll

need to do is get three skeins of red

heart

dreamy yarn this is a medium-weight

we're going to use three balls so pick

three different colors now in order for

this pattern to work out you do need to

have three different colors okay alright

now that we have all of the supplies

ready to go the first thing we need to

do is cast on so

how to do that next so the first thing

you'll need to do is get both ends of

your scheme we really don't need to buy

two Skeens for this in each color we can

just use one tail from the middle of the

ball and one tail from the end of the

ball we'll hold these together to make

our blanket go a little faster and make

it a lot squishier so find those two

ends and put them together so that

they're even and we can start on the

cast on we'll be using the long tail

cast on for this so we need to estimate

a long tail because we have to cast on a

lot of stitches we want to make sure we

have enough yarn so grab at your needle

and then just take your two ends and

we're going to wrap it around there a

few times this is just the estimating

process so I'm just wrapping that's two

wraps three four five six seven eight

nine and ten I like to do a nice round

number pinch that off with your finger

back here and you can let it go and this

is roughly the amount of yarn that it'll

take to make ten stitches so then you'll

take this tail and you'll fold it over

that'll be enough for 20 stitches fold

it over again and so on alright so

you'll take the yarn right at the end

here this is my working yarn over here

coming from my ball of yarn this is the

tail once again your tail is going to be

much longer because you're casting on 82

stitches I'll be casting on 12 for my

little swatch here so I'll lay that over

my needle I'm opting to not use a slip

knot for this then I want to gather it

in my finger so put your two fingers

together just like this and stick that

between the two strands grab your

fingers here in the background and pinch

that off now open your two fingers and

steady that on top of your needle and

then we're going to swing it down grab

the Strand on the front of your thumb

swing it back grab the Strand on your

finger and then release that thumb whoo

over the tip of the needle then you

should be able to just pull on that

tighten it up and that's two stitches

cast on I'll say that one more time

wrap it around grab the front strand on

your thumb wrap it back grab the Strand

on your finger then release your thumb

over the tip of the needle I'll also

link to a video where I have the

longtail cast on in complete beginner

format it's super slow if you need some

practice with this then you can check

that video linked in the description and

I'll also have it on your screen here

now keep in mind that two strands

corresponds with one stitch for this

pattern so when you're counting your

cast on stitches you're doing it in

groups of two technically so this is one

stitch two three four five and six

you

so the longtail cast on is pretty simple

right you'll need to make sure you're

casting on 82 stitches as you just heard

but do keep in mind that this is a

pretty flexible pattern if you want a

wider blanket this is where you would

make that adjustment just keep in mind

though that the pattern is written for

three schemes of dreamy yarn and if you

do go with a bigger blanket we likely

won't have enough so you need to make

sure that you get extra yarn if that's

the case now if you want a smaller

blanket you can also make this

adjustment here you'll just cast on

fewer stitches okay so we've cast on 82

stitches

we're ready to start knitting now once

you have all your stitches cast on your

needle and keep in mind you're gonna

have some that's flowing into your cord

here that's why it's a good idea to have

that 36 inch cord I'm using the slightly

smaller one because I've just got a

swatch here so you'll have a lot more

stitches on your needle when you have 82

we're ready to start on the first row

now the stitch pattern is incredibly

easy for this particular pattern we're

only going to work with knit stitches so

when you get this point here we just

want to turn our work so I'm going to

take it and just flip it now you can see

my tail end really clear here I've just

got a little bit left just a couple of

inches so this is my working strand

that's really important because when you

estimate if you overestimate and you

have a long tail and you don't keep

track of that and you start knitting

with your tail well you'll run into all

kinds of problems when you come back

around and realize that you've done that

so you want to make sure you're not

knitting with your tail and I'll just

slide these stitches down to the end and

I'm ready to start knitting now when you

work a knit stitch you're simply going

to take the tip of your other needle

stick it into the stitch from front to

back so this is what it'll look like

from the front and when you flip it over

it'll look like that so I'm holding that

needle there with my finger so I just

want to take that working yarn wrap it

around the tip of my needle

and knit it off

now we can do from this point is grab

your tail give that a little pool and

then I'll tighten up that stitch now I

want to show you the knit stitch again

using my dominant hand here there's two

ways of knitting this is the way that I

like to knit but if you're a crochet ER

you might find the other method a little

more comfortable for you so let's work

with this dominant hand for a few more

stitches I'll find my next stitch once

again keeping in mind that it is two

strands of yarn insert my needle knit

wise I'll take the yarn wrap it around

the tip and knit it off by the way this

is sometimes called flick knitting and I

was a crochet or first I knitted in the

Continental style for a little while

before I settled in on this one is

really comfortable for me so that's

flick knitting let's look at this other

option now I'm going to drop it from my

dominant hand pick it up in my

non-dominant hand the same way that I

would hold my yarn as if I were

crocheting so I've sort of got it

wrapped around my pinky there under

these two fingers and over my index

finger here I'll find my next stitch now

I'll still insert my needle in the same

way but the motion feels a little

different watch where the working yarn

is coming there from the backside of

that needle I'll stick my needle in the

stitch just like before and then I just

simply want to grab that from the back

there and pull it through

and slide everything down work that

again it's going to be a little tighter

here on this first row because our cast

on stitches are not as stretchy as our

traditional stitch so as we work up a

few more rows this technique will get a

lot more comfortable you can see things

are a little tight I'm having to sort of

push them down that's okay that's

totally normal so that is the

Continental style of knitting whichever

you prefer they actually look the same

no matter what so I'm going to go back

here to my comfortable style of knitting

and finish knitting the rest of the

stitches in my swatch now for you you'll

go ahead and knit every single one of

your cast on stitches until you get to

the very end

so that's it all we're doing is knitting

for this entire project we're gonna get

a lot of our pattern from the color in

the way that we use the yarn because

we're doubling those strands up so we're

going to knit the first row as you've

seen let's have a review one more time

so you know what to do on that second

row okay so once you get to the end of

your row your work should look something

like this only of course quite a bit

longer so we're ready to start on Row

two we're not changing anything with a

stitch pattern but what you'll need to

do is turn your work once again so I'm

just flipping it in this direction

taking my needle along for the ride and

I'm ready to start knitting once again

so the first thing I always do is get my

stitches situated they're a little tight

like I mentioned because we've got that

first row so no worries there I'll find

my first stitch get my needle into

position gather up my yarn to knit the

first stitch and I'll continue knitting

until I get to the end of the row no

changes here just knitting

you

you

so the result of knitting every single

stitch for every single row gives you a

stitch pattern called the garter stitch

this is one of the signature stitches

and knitting and you've probably seen it

many times before it gives you that

characteristic bumpy sort of wavy

texture it's really squishy and really

stretchy and very warm making it great

for your baby blanket now we understand

the stitch pattern we're going to knit

every stitch for every single row but as

you anticipated we need to do some color

changes and that's what really brings

this pattern to life so before we get

into the know how the the physical steps

to changing the colors let's first have

a look at the color pattern itself so

you can know exactly what you need to do

and when then from there we'll have a

look at exactly how you're going to take

your two strands of yarn from your one

skein and chant transition that so you

have one strand from one color and one

strand from another color so here we

have an overview of what the color

pattern looks like for our baby blanket

now keep in mind that this is sort of a

side view and although I've been

knitting with the gray two strains of

gray for my swatch so it's easier for

you to see on camera we actually start

at this edge right here so that is our

cast on edge and we work in this

direction you'll notice here that we

have five different stripes and when we

break it down to give it a name this is

what it looks like so we have a a a b b

b b c and c c so you'll use this

reference in order to guide what two

strands you hold together so for example

this would be your first strand this

would be your second strand and so on

okay so the next thing you need to know

is how long do you work each of these

stripes well because we want things to

be nice and uniform we're going to work

each stripe for about

seven inches so from one side to the

next is going to be 7 inches and that'll

be the same for each one of our stripes

okay so now that you get the hang of

that color pattern let's talk about how

to physically make that transition from

our two color which is what we've

started with here to where we have to

add in that second color so the first

thing you'll need to do is find your

working yarn and you're going to trim

one of them now leave yourself a tail

that's about eight inches or so that'll

give you enough to weave in later I'll

trim one and just completely let that

one go then I've got my second yarn here

I'm going to have that here in the

background just ready to go and I'll

pretend as if I'm going to continue

knitting so holding my work this way is

where I would have ended that I'm going

to flip it and get ready to knit so

insert your needle knit wise just as you

normally would

I've got my two ends here so tail right

here I'll tuck that behind and then this

is my good piece of yarn so grab your

second color and then fold it in half

leaving yourself a tail that's about

eight inches and then just place that

over the tip of that needle then also

take that strand from that previous

color and wrap it around now I'm holding

all of this in my pinky just so I can

get it through that stitch so I'm

pulling through one of each color and

knitting it as normal and I've got that

first stitch we're pretty much ready to

go now but we do have some loose ends

that we need to get tidied up so that we

don't drop things drop our stitches

completely so to fix that we'll just

take the two ends from each color just

make a knot with these just to secure

things for now and we'll weave them in

later so moving forward I'll go ahead

and insert my needle knit wise make sure

you're gathering up the right strands

here and then

continue knitting so no change to the

stitch pattern here we're just knitting

but we've got our new color alright so

the last technique you need to know to

finish your blanket is of course the

cast off now you'll do this several

steps down the road you want to make

sure that you're working your color

transition as you've seen it in the

written instructions once again be able

to crochet calm / easy knit blanket

that'll give you the instructions on

where to make those color transitions to

change from one skein to the next and

how to blend the two strands so you get

the pattern that we want so once you do

all of that then we get to cast off so

when you get to the point where you're

ready to cast off you'll simply turn

your work set yourself up as if you're

knitting another row and then we're

going to knit the first two stitches

then we'll take the first stitch that we

knit and pass it over that second one so

just to use your other needle to slide

it under there and you'll probably need

to pull up just a little bit and I like

to hold this on my other needle here

with my index finger as I slide it over

just like that then we can knit the next

stitch and repeat so we knit one we pass

it over once we get that initial set up

knit another one pass it over we'll do

that until we get to the end of the row

then when you make it to your last

stitch you'll go ahead and knit it and

then pass that stitch over until you

have just that one loop remaining on

your needle and then we can go ahead and

trim the tail once again leave it about

8 inches or so

then just pull up on that loop what I

like to do is pull that tail through the

loop make sure things are nice and

secure and it sort of fixes that little

corner that tends to get a little messy

now of course the last thing you'll need

to do to finish your blanket is weave in

those ends I want to show you a couple

of tips that I have personally that I've

learned sort of the hard way over the

years on how to weave in your ends so

that they actually stay in and then I

want to give you a virtual high five

because at that point your blankets are

complete so the type of darning needle I

like to use when I'm weaving in my ends

especially for knitting is the bent tip

you can see how that tip is bent just a

little bit that really helps me to weave

it in if you don't have one of those

it's not a big deal you can still do

this technique without it so I want to

isolate sort of like the bump of this

stitch so I'm kind of going in and

always going in the same direction now

you can skip up a row if you want or if

you can grab both of them that works too

sometimes I find it easier to skip and

buy skip I mean jump from this one to

this one rather than go this one to this

one

really doesn't matter all that much I

found and you'll work it so you've got a

few stitches on your needle go ahead and

pull that through you don't want to pull

too tight because as you can see that

will tuck in that little piece of the

side there basically so we don't want

that to happen then what I'll do is I'll

jump to the next Ridge catch my yarn

under there and then just sort of work

that same technique down

and then we can trim that off so you'll

have to do that for all of your

remaining ends and that's all there is

to it well I think a big congratulations

is an older to you because you're well

on your way to finishing your baby

blanket you were able to do more than I

was able to do so many years ago when I

tried to make a baby blanket just like

this one for my nephew I'm so excited

for you that you're able to finish it

and gift it to somebody special and

thank you for allowing me to be a little

part of that journey for you I also want

to thank my sponsor red heart for

allowing me to bring this tutorial to

you today red heart dreamy is a dreamy

product right it's a great yarn and it's

perfect for this baby blanket now if you

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