I recently finished making a blanket. Today, I'll tell you all about how I made the blanket. If you don't knit, or do but don't care, come back tomorrow for more about why I made this blanket and what I did with it!
I started with Lion Homespun yarn in Barley. I had five skeins when I began, and I was sure that would be enough. Not at all! I ended up with 7 skeins in total, though I have quite a bit left of the last one. I did not buy all of these skeins at the same time or in the same place, but luckily, its variegated anyways so no one can tell!
This blanket is knit on the diagonal. What that means is that you start knitting in a corner. When I began what turned out to be a rather enormous blanket, I had just 4 little stitches on my needle! But, then I did what I would be doing for all of my following rows: knit 3, yarn over, knit across. This meant that, in the first row, I knit three, wrapped my yarn around the needle to add a stitch, and then knit the final remaining stitch. The first row was done and then I moved along to my next row! If you have any experience knitting at all, you'll quickly realize that this pattern is SIMPLE! It's so simple, it's practically mindless.
If you keep repeating this pattern over and over and over and over - which I think I did about 150 times - you'll have a nice big triangle!
Once the triangle has finally reached the right size, it's time to start decreasing. This part definitely isn't mindless. Watch out! Instead, knit across until 6 stitches remain on the needle. Then, k2tog, yarn over, k2tog, k2. This is some knitting jargon that creates a decrease with the same lacy pattern on the edge that was part of the increase. So what's happening is that one stitch is being removed in each row, but because we have to add a stitch for the lacy look, that one has to be removed as well. It sounds kind of complicated and silly, but the result looks effortless!
Finishing the blanket is a little complicated, but hopefully these instructions will make it clear. Knit like a fiend until you have 9 stitches left on your needle.
Row 1: K3, k2tog, k2tog, k2
Row 2: k3, k2tog, k2tog
Row 3: k3, k2tog
Row 4: cast off 4
So, there you have it. This is just about the simplest blanket pattern you could ever imagine. Tomorrow, I'll tell you the story of how this pattern and blanket came into being and what happened to the finished product!