Who doesn’t love a chunky knit blanket? Keep watching, because today we’re teaching you how to finger-knit your own. You’ll just need three skeins of Yarn Bee® #BIG yarn. Since we’re …
Who doesn’t love a chunky knit blanket?
Keep watching, because today we’re teaching you how to finger-knit your own. You’ll just need three skeins of Yarn Bee® #BIG yarn. Since we’re doing a color-blocking technique, you’ll need two skeins of one color and one skein of an accent color. You’ll also need a felting tool and felting foam, and an open workspace like your kitchen table, a bed, or even the floor. Start by making a slipknot. It’s easy! Create a twisted loop and then pull the yarn through the loop and secure the knot just like this. Next, reach through the loop and grab the working yarn, then pull it through, creating another loop. These are chain stitches. For this tutorial, we’re casting on a total of 16 chain stitches, but to make an adult-sized throw blanket, you’d cast on about 46. Here’s a tip: start with your skein on the left-hand side. After you finish the row of chain stitches, it’s time to begin finger-knitting! This is what creates the length of your blanket. Pull the working yarn downward through the last chain stitch, creating a new row below. Repeat this into each chain stitch above, moving along the chain. Once you reach the end of the row, continue adding rows until you reach your desired length. We found a few tips that make finger-knitting even easier. First, always move your skein to the side you’re working. This will keep it from tangling. Also, it’s good practice to count your loops every so often so you don’t accidentally skip a stitch. And one
last thing: it’s important that each stitch is about the same size so your
blanket is nice and uniform. When you’ve reached the end of the yarn, or if you need to change colors, it’s time to join a new skein. Don’t let the skein run out mid-row because color blocking, like we’re doing, works best when you start the new color at the beginning of a row. A color change is great for adding contrast and visual interest. To create a color-block pattern, make sure you have a completed row of stitches with at least a 5-inch tail. Start the new color, leaving another 5-inch tail, and then continue finger-knitting from where you
left off. Don’t worry about tying off the tails. We’ll take care of those at the end! It’s okay to just let them hang for now. Continue finger-knitting until the
blanket is the length you want. By now, your blanket should feel pretty bulky. It’s important to fold the length as you go, and keep it on the flat work surface.
You definitely don’t want it to fall–it might rip the stitches out. When you
reach your desired length, it’s time to cast off. Cut the working yarn, leaving a tail. Cast the last loop you created and pull the loop next to it through that loop, leaving one loop instead of two. Then
keep moving down the row. Repeat this pattern of passing your stitches until
you’re left with one loop at the very end. When you’ve finished casting off,
you’ll need to go back and take care of the yarn tails. For most
yarns, you could just tie a knot, but because this yarn has loose fibers, we’re
going to felt it. Felting creates a smooth joint, which blends into the
finished blanket. Felting is pretty simple. Overlap the ends of the yarn on
the foam. With the felting tool, gently pierce the yarn in a straight
up-and-down motion like this. You’ll felt all the tails into an existing stitch,
and the last loop of the last row. Don’t jab the yarn at an angle–it could break the needle! And now you have a trendy, chunky knit blanket to show off. Want to see more DIY inspiration like this? Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and
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