Blankets on the Knitting Machine
Techniques
Tools for creating blankets
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Let's construct a blanket





Depending on the desired size of your blanket, there are 2 ways to approach knitting it on your machine:

Knit it one piece. Depending on your gauge and the number of needles available on your machine. You can knit baby blankets, Kids blankets and lap robes.

Knit in panels or sections. Create blankets in ANY width with multiple panels. Use the panels as design elements. Create "invisible" seams or use the joining seams as design elements.


Size Suggestions

Width Length
Small Preemie 24" 60cm 24" 60cm
Bassinette 16" 40cm 36" 90cm
Cradle 20" 50cm 36" 90cm
Large Preemie 36" 90cm 36" 90cm
Toddler or Lapghan 36" 90cm 48" 122cm
Child 42" 106cm 48" 122cm
Crib 30" 76cm 54" 137cm
Standard Throw 48" 122cm 60 152cm
Adult Throw 48" 122cm 78" 198cm

Joining Sections

Sew invisible seams, or make the panel joins the focus of your blanket.

Hairpin Lace Seam

Twisted Join

Color Block Cables

I-Cord on the Machine

Show off Seams

Bickford Seams - The Flattest Seams Ever!

Edge Finishing

Quick 'n easy to fancy, finishing the edges of your blanket is key to your success

Blanket Binding

Sawtooth Edges on the Machine

I-Cord Trims

Circles - Think 'outside the box'

As machine knitters, we spend a lot of time knitting rectangles and squares. Knitting circles opens up a world of design possibilities.
Consider shawls, hats, blankets, pillows, home dec. Knit circles alone, or combined with rectangles to create unusual designs no matter what you are knitting!

Knit a circle in one piece (pinwheel):
  • Cast on 1/2 the width with an open cast on
  • Knit wedges using short row shaping
  • Scrap off
  • Invisibly seam the cast on and bind off edge

Knit separate wedges:
  • Cast on each wedge and DECREASE to a point
    • Create 6-8 wedges to form your circle
    • Use "sew-as-you-go" to join the sections if you prefer
  • Start at the point and INCREASE to the edge
    • Create 6-8 wedges to form your circle
    • Use "sew-as-you-go" to join the sections if you prefer

Visit the Circles Classroom

Let us do the math for you!

Rectangle / Square

Rectangle / Square

Enter your stitch/row gauge and your dimensions to create simple scarves, shawls and blankets.
Rectangle Square Tool

Yarn Estimator

Yarn Estimator

Determine if you have enough yarn to finish your project. A swatch, a scale and a few measurements and you'll never worry about running out of yarn!
Blankets are "just rectangles" but with a little planning you can make your blanket the exact size you want ... PLUS know if you have enough yarn ... before you start to sweat it out.


Watch the Rectangle/Square Tool in Action


Watch the Yarn Estimator tool in action

Fisherman Rib Blanket

Updated, colorful and fun, this one-piece blanket is sure to please!

Knit in a self striping yarn in Fisherman rib and you'll be done in no-time!

Dust off your ribber and get knitting!

Quickie Baby Blanket

Use ANY Machine, ANY Yarn, ANY Stitch Pattern ....

With any knitting machine, you can knit a baby blanket in a snap!
  • Knit it plain or choose ANY stitch pattern
  • Use up your leftovers for stripes
  • Use our Rectangle Calculator (or simple math) to determine how many stitches to cast on and how many rows to knit.
  • Use your swatch to KNOW if you have enough yarn.

Right Angles Blanket

Here's a project that is fun, easy knitting with a modern, graphic appeal.
This is a great beginner blanket with unusual construction that isn't hard (there's only 1 seam!)

Ready to tackle more than a swatch or a plain rectangle? Practice picking up stitches and neatly seaming a small seam. The yarn and the angles make this design special

Right Angles Blanket

Right Angles Blanket
Ready to tackle more than a swatch or a plain rectangle? Practice picking up stitches and neatly seaming a small seam.

Fun, easy knitting with a graphic appeal. Great beginner blanket with unusual construction that isn't hard.

The yarn and the angles make this design special.

Includes the tutorial "Seaming Stitches to Rows"

Right Angles Blanket

Free Pattern
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DIY (Design-it-yourself) Blanket

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Making blankets is one of the more satisfying things we can do with our knitting machine. Who doesn't love a knitted blanket? They are great for gifts, they keep babies warm and snugly and are great for charity knitting.
As machine knitters, blankets allow us to try new techniques, play with yarn and stitch patterns. They offer an opportunity for us to gain confidence in our knitting.
Although blankets are "just rectangles", a little planning can go a long way!
  • Have you ever started a project unsure if you have enough yarn?
  • Why guess at how many stitches to cast on?
  • Want to create something that you will be proud of... good enough to enter in the fair?
This course will walk you through all the planning steps. It shows techniques that may be new to you and helps you record your progress.

If this is your first blanket or your tenth, follow along, the skills you gain here will be invaluable for future knitting projects .. not just blankets!

Tuck Baby Trio

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The blanket in this trio pattern is an inspiration.
In the original project, the blanket is knit in the tuck stitch. To neatly finish the edges, a binding was created in the same tuck stitch pattern alternating 3 colors.

Circle Blankets

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A colorful, fun circular throw may be just the ticket for home dec or an impressive baby gift.