We are often asked how to knit a baby blanket on straight needles? If you don’t feel comfortable knitting on circular needles, you can knit a baby blanket on straight needles. Most of the blanket sizes will fit on 14” long needles. It’s okay of the stitches are a bit smooshed, it won’t affect the completed project.
Can I use straight needles to knit a blanket?
You can make a blanket on either long straight needles or circular needles. If using straight needles, make sure they are long enough to accommodate the entire width of the blanket without bunching up too much. This is probably the best choice for beginners, because it makes it easy to handle the needles.
What size needles for a baby blanket?
Get a pair of US size 11 (8.0 mm) circular knitting needles.
This size works well for knitting a simple baby blanket with 2 strands of medium-weight yarn at a time. Make sure that you get a pair of needles with a long cable in between them.
What size straight knitting needles for a blanket?
The most common lengths used are 16”, 24”, 32”, and 40”. These needles work well for knitting blankets. However, unless you always knit the same blanket with the same yarn, you’ll need to buy a different needle for each blanket you make. This can get expensive and create storage issues for all the needles you buy.
Do you have to use circular knitting needles for a blanket?
NEEDLES: I recommend ALWAYS using circular needles when knitting a blanket. You will still knit back-and-forth in rows, but the weight of the numerous stitches and growing fabric will rest on your lap as you work, rather than your wrists having to bear the strain.
How many stitches should I cast on for a baby blanket?
Take your yarn of choice, cast on 20 stitches, and knit 20 rows, using needles in a size recommended on the yarn label. For a worsted weight yarn, a 4.5mm or US7 usually works best. Do you like the fabric?
How many balls of yarn do you need for a baby blanket?
How many skeins of yarn do you need for a baby blanket? Depending upon the size you are making, a typical baby blanket takes between 700 to 1500 yards of yarn (assuming a worsted weight blanket), so a typical 3.5 oz skein that has 220 yards will take 3-7 skeins to crochet a baby blanket.
What knitting needles should a beginner use?
Medium sizes are generally the best for beginners. This means you should look for a width size of six (4mm), seven (4.5mm), or eight (5mm). For length, a 10-inch needle is usually a good starter size because they’ll be small enough to handle easily.
What is the most common size knitting needle?
The most common knitting needle size is US size 8, or 5mm. These needles are most common because they match up with worsted-weight yarn, which is the most common type of yarn for most knitting patterns. These needles are generally considered a normal size for beginners to start knitting with, too.
How many balls of wool do you need to knit a blanket?
A blanket is just a big square or rectangle, so no construction needed – whoop! For maximum warmth and speedy progress, we recommend using Crazy Sexy Wool and super chunky 25mm needles – around 7-8 balls of Crazy Sexy Wool should get you a small blanket; double it for a larger blanket.
How many stitches do you need for a square blanket?
Start by casting on 60 stitches and work every row in knit stitch. Keep on going, knitting every row until you have a square – this will be about 120-130 rows. It should be approximately 12 inches by 12 inches but don’t worry if it’s a bit bigger or smaller – we will still be able to use it.