DIY Loose-Knit Blanket - Big Needle Knitting

Do you ever fall out of touch with your passions? I think we all do sometimes, forget what helps us unwind and come back to the moment. Knitting is a big one of those for me. I have been working and reworking this yarn since the beginning of this blog back in March of 2014. Here it is back in this post from July. I just couldn't make up my mind and nothing seemed to be coming out right. I'm happy to say, I finally found this yarn's purpose. Another wayside passion of mine is playing piano. I was getting all nostalgia sick over playing piano. I'm about 10 years out of practice. Sad face, I know, but it's got a happy ending if you hang in. So, yesterday I was at the farmer's market and there was a raffle for 4 free piano lessons + a free intro course! And what do ya know, I won! So, that gives me exactly 5 weeks of free piano playing to figure out how I'm going to pay for the rest of the lessons for the rest of my life. I hope 2015 is the year you pick up those old knitting needles, tinkle the ivories, or unlock whatever your personal creative outlet is. The world could use more hand knit blankets and live music. 

I used my blanket to have a picnic. Sort of. 

Here's what you'll need:

This project is about 8 hours, and would be good for beginners or impatient knitters, like me. I knit mine in a twisted stockinette stitch. This is a very simple knit purl stitch. The only difference is on the knit side you go through the back of the stitch instead of the front like a normal stockinette stitch. 

Do you see all those stray dog hairs? Endearing, I know. 

Directions for a 3' x 6' blanket :

  • You're going to knit both skins of yarn at the same time. You can unravel all your yarn and spool it together or you can just knit the two ends on at the same time, like in this video by Wool and the Gang. 
  •  Cast on 41 stitches
  • Row 1 - Knit into the back of the stitch - check out the video above the picture.
  • Row 2 - Purl
  • repeat these two rows until the end of your skeins 
  • If you're a way, way beginner make sure you leave enough yarn to cast off. If you're not feeling confident go ahead and leave about a yard, you can always trim it more later. This is actually my favorite knitting technique, except for it means the project is over. Here's a cast off video.