I’m on a roll with this fall project thing now! I figured I should start with something basic and since I always love big, chunky knits I looked around Pinterest for some ideas. I came across 2 blankets that had super simple patterns, and looked so cozy I immediately wanted both of them! There was this “dutch-style” throw, but I decided to go with this ribbed one.
Michael’s happened to be having a huge yarn sale so I thought that was perfect! Until I was standing in the middle of the aisle overwhelmed by weights and colors and prices. Turns out that even at 50% off yarn is still really pricey when you want to make something bigger than a scarf. Ugh. I knew I needed 12-18 skeins of bulky yarn, but at $5-9 each I wasn’t about to spend over $70 on it. I could buy this one for the same price and probably like it just as much! But the crafty side of me really wanted to make something. So I decided that I would spend $30, buy 3 big skeins of bulky, white yarn and see what would come of it. I also got the largest size of circular needles they had which was 19US. Not the 50 that they used.
So what happens when you buy as much yarn as you can afford and needles a few sizes smaller then needed? A baby blanket! Ha. It was fun to make and cool to see the ribbed pattern forming, so I just embraced the size I knew it would be and used this as good practice.
Okay, so here is my version of a ribbed blanket. I still haven’t figured out the whole gauge things/how much yarn does a pattern need/how to convert different yarn weights and needle sizes, so I’m just going to tell you exactly what I bought, how much I used, and how big it turned out. But you should totally be adventurous and make it however you want :)
What I used:
- 2 skeins of super bulky yarn (5-6 weight), 97 yards, 500 grams. I used Loops & Threads ‘Ginormous‘ in white. They were on sale for $10 each at Michael’s, but they are $20 full price.
- US19 circular needles. I bought these for $7, full price $13 (I’m telling you, download their app and you get so many good coupons to make things reasonably priced there)
- If you want to make the tassels too you will need 1 more skein of yarn in the same color
Cast on 40 stitches. This will be the width of your blanket so if you want it bigger then add more. Just make sure it’s an even number.
Knit 4 stitches, then purl 4 stitches. Continue this pattern until you get to the end. Make sure when you flip it around to start the next row you do the opposite stitch that you just did. As in, if you finish the row with 4 purl stitches, begin the next row with 4 knit stitches. You’ll notice pretty soon if you mess it up because it won’t match the rest.
I found it tricky to remember which stitch was which for the first 2 or 3 rows, but after that there will be enough of a pattern formed to see what’s going on. Then you just have to follow whatever stitch is in the row beneath the one you’re working on and it’s all good.
I also found out that with big yarn it’s a lot easier to go back a few stitches if you do the wrong stitch. Just gently pull it off the right needle, pull the yarn out of one stitch, and put that empty stitch back onto the left needle. I don’t know if this is the “right” way to do it, but it worked for me!
I knit until I used up both bundles of yarn (make sure you leave enough yarn to cast off at the end!) and the finished blanket ended up being 27″x 32″.
Here is what it looks like spread out on an IKEA chair so you can get a better idea of size:
Somewhere during knitting through the 2nd skein I started thinking about what else I could do to jazz it up. I remembered seeing a blanket in Anthropology a few years ago that had giant pompoms on the ends and always thought that was a cool idea, but then as I was looking for an easy how-to I saw a bunch of giant tassels and went that way instead. I’ll have another post on how I made them coming soon!
So that’s it! If you made it do the end of this post I hope that means that you’re all motivated to go make your own version now. Trust me, you’ll be so proud of yourself if you do – I’ll be so proud of you! And please share in the comments below! We’re all in this together guys :)
Side note: The adorable illustration in one of the photos below is from an amazing 2 book collection from Tim Walker called “The Granny Alphabet: A Modern British Folklore Portrait“.