The recipient of this luscious yet very simple chunky knit baby blanket is about to arrive for a visit, so I at long last got around to weaving in the ends and taking some photos of it. And fortunately for me, the beautiful spring weather has suddenly become wet and cold, so the gift of a warm chunky knit baby blanket that I started in January (and blogged about here) doesn't seem strange at all. Phew!
Though crocheting is my first love, once in a while the desire to knit washes over me, and this time I satisfied that desire with a cuddly soft baby blanket. I love the results, and had planned on embroidering some designs on the blanket, using duplicate stitch embroidery, but when a test didn't go so well, see my post here, I decided to keep it simple and classic.
This blanket was knit using two strands of chunky yarn (100g = 1oom) and size 17 US/ 12 3/4 mm knittting needles, though of course you can opt to buy some extra chunky yarn and achieve the same look with just one strand.
Decide the size you'd like your blanket to be, either newborn/baby size or even toddler size, make a test swatch and then calculate the number of stitches you'll need to cast on to achieve the desired width.
It's generally a good idea to make a garter stitch border to avoid edges that curl, unless you happen to love that look. And also worth noting is that vertical rows and horizontal rows are not equal, so in my case, two rows of garter stitch at the top and bottom of the blanket are not the same width as the garter stitch border which is two stitches wide. Next time I'll make three horizontal rows which will visually match the width of the left and right border.
So do give chunky knits a try, either with multiple strands or specialized yarn, and a baby blanket is the perfect project to get you started, before for example you decide to knit a chunky bedspread! Enjoy!