Instructions for Knitting & Blocking a Baby Blanket


You don’t have to wait until you’re expecting a child, or a grand child to knit a baby blanket. There are a number of charities, like Project Linus, that distribute baby blankets to needy mothers and infants. They also make wonderful donations to silent auctions or craft sales. Or you can make a few for a hope chest.

Things You'll Need

  • 900 to 1,000 yards of machine-washable worsted-weight yarn
  • 24-inch circular needles, U.S. size 9
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Washing machine
  • Tape measure

Knitting the Blanket

  • Cast on five stitches, knit three stitches, yarn over, knit to the end. Turn the work. Repeat this row until one leg of the triangle is about 35 inches.

  • Knit two stitches, knit two stitches together, yarn over, and knit to the end. Repeat this row until you have five stitches left.

  • Bind off and use the tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

Blocking the Blanket

  • Wash the blanket in the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle and mild soap.

  • Remove the blanket from the washing machine, and spread it out to dry on a flat surface. Use the tape measure to stretch the blanket to its finished size of 35 inches square.

  • Let the blanket dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gauge is not important for this project.
  • Choose a washable yarn for a baby blanket. Also consider cotton yarn as some infants may be allergic to wool. Acrylic yarn is easy care, but it is not flame retardant.
  • If you want a looser fabric, use a larger needle. A smaller needle will make a tighter fabric.
  • To make the blanket bigger, just keep increasing until one leg of the triangle is the size you want.
  • Be creative with this pattern. Change colors every few rows to make stripes. Garter stitch looks good in variegated yarn too.

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