ETA: I think it would be a good idea for me to add some headlines to some of my posts. I’ll put them all in caps so any newbies can find them easily. So far, I’m thinking HOUSEKEEPING (notes specific to the project), HELPFUL HINTS (feel free to use this if you’re sharing something that will make it easier for so one else to knit this pattern, MITER TUTORIAL (for anyone who is curious), and READ THIS NOW (if anything really important comes up). I may add some more as we go along. Just look for the all caps at the beginning of the posts.
I’m swatching tonight (and by swatching I mean casting on–this is really just a big swatch) to knit along with all of you.
Are you a new or old knitter who is not quite ready to commit to figuring out a miter but you want to be part of the The Team Blanket phenomenon? Did your sister just demand that you watch a 6 episode series on Netflix that is in French with really bad subtitles which makes for really bad knitting time? Do you just fell like knitting garter stitch for a while?
Then this is the Team Blanket for you! We’re a sub group of Team Blanket No: 2 and all are welcome.
There were a lot of people who lost a lot in the fire and a lot of firefighters who battled snow and ice to make everyone safe. It’ll be a while before we run out of people who want blankets.
Here’s the plan:
Yarn: Wool or wool blended with another natural fiber.
Colors: You do you. Whatever you like will work.
Gauge; 4.5 stitches to the inch. If you’re a newbie, start with a size 8 needle to make your swatch. Then go up or down from there. If you’re not sure what to do, just post a comment and someone will help you.
Here’s the pattern:
Cast on 54 stitches using the long tail cast on. Click here for a tutorial.
Knit 107 rows (54 ridges). In straight garter stitch like this your long tail cast on will give you the first “bump” of the ridge. The cast on row will be your right side. The first row you knit will be your wrong side. In this case, when you’re on the odd number row, your cast on tail will be on your left. The best thing to do is knit a few rows paying close attention to odd and even number rows and then whack a stich marker, safety pin or that random earring that you’re still convinced that you’ll find the mate to on the right side.
Bind off. Use the basic bind off from here.
Sew in your ends.
Give it a little bath.
Pin it out to 12 inches by 12 inches and let it dry.
Email me for the address to send the square to.
P.S. You know that person who always says they want to learn how to knit. This is a really good way to get them started.