So I’ve been talking about my sky blanket since the beginning of the year, but have never explained how you can make one! Silly, silly me. This blanket has been a big part of my year so far, something I know I’m going to look back on remember with a smile on my face. I’ve loved seeing the blanket develop through the seasons, loved having people ask me what colour the square is for the day and enjoyed working in moss stitch and, as I’d hope, speed up my knitting skills as I knit square after square. Even when I’ve felt frustrated by how long it all takes, that feeling has quickly passed when I’ve seen my hard work take the shape of a super snuggly blanket.
This is the first of a few posts I’m planning to walk you through each step of making a sky blanket – starting with how to knit a square. It’s made in 22 rows of moss stitch and two strands of yarn – which is really easy to pick up and get to grips with. I want to share the story of this blanket with you, but more so I want to encourage others to give it a go – setting yourself a challenge and ending a year of your life with something to grab onto to, cuddle and show off (with pride) in your home. Perhaps you’ll take on a different style to mine, I know I did when I look at my inspiration source – Laura from Bugs and Fishes. You could even crochet your blanket – there are so many options to adding to your own bit of uniqueness.
With that in mind, are there any specific tutorials you’d like to see, if you’re thinking about doing a sky blanket next year? I’m more than happy to share any tips/processes and already have a few posts in the pipeline, so watch this space!
On to the tutorial…
* 6mm knitting needles
* Stylecraft Special DK in Cloud blue and White (or whichever square you happen to be knitting)
* Small pair of scissors
What you’ll learn:
* How to knit a sky blanket square.
* Working in moss stitch.
* Using two strands of yarn.
* Working in ‘larger’ knitting needles.
How to make it:
1. Start by casting on 16 stitches, with both strands of yarn.
2. The first row is made up of K1, P1 to the end.
3. The second row is made up of P1, K1 to the end. This will form the complete pattern. Those first two rows are the hardest bit of the square – it’s the bit where you’re just starting out and the tension can be too tight, or you’re simply missing the weight of the yarn. You’ll get there.
4. You’ll now need to repeat rows 1 and 2 10 more times – 22 rows in total. The picture below is how it’ll look 12 rows in. Gorgeous – I just love how the cloud effect really comes through. A little tip for you – If you happen to lose count just remember that each ‘bobble’ in the pattern represents two rows – so when you finish a square there will be 11 bobbles.
5. Your finished square will now look something like this. Oooo I love it – I love how neat it looks and I love the effect that two strands of yarn can so easily create. Now cast off all but the last stitch.
6. Cut the yarn (approximately twice the length of the square – for later sewing), thread the yarn through the remaining stitch and pull tightly.
And voila, one finished sky blanket square. You’ll now need to do this 364 times more. ;) Up for the challenge? Of course you are!
Or, this could easily be used for a different blanket, or made smaller, wider, longer etc. I’d imagine this pattern can be used in many ways; moss stitch, you are looking good.