First Time’s a Charm Knit Blanket: Stockinette Stitch

how to knit a blanket, free knitting pattern for a blanket, pattern and tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Introducing a new pattern! The blanket squares are knit, but I joined them with crochet slip stitches and stitched a crochet edging. These squares are very easy to make, and so are all the stitches that I used to join and edge this throw blanket.

I plan to write a post about every step of this blanket project with in depth photo and video tutorials to guide you through it. I hope you’ll join me and learn some things along the way!

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First up will be the pink squares that you see in the photo. These are just simple stockinette stitch. What does that mean? You may wonder this if you are new, or fairly new, to knitting. There are two basic stitches used in knitting: knit and purl. Stockinette stitch uses all knit stitches on one side of the fabric, and all purl stitches on the other. This is the most typical fabric you may think of when you see something that is knit.

how to knit a blanket, free knitting pattern for a blanket, pattern and tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I’m going to use videos to show you the basics of casting on, knitting and purling, and binding off, so that you can complete these squares. My blanket has a total of 42 squares. It is 6 x 7. Only 7 of my squares are pink, and these are the only ones that are basic stockinette. The placement of squares is random in my blanket. Feel free to mix it up: colors, patterns, placement…make it yours!

As with all my patterns, please do not make digital or paper copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!

“First Time’s a Charm Blanket,” Basic Stockinette Square

Design by April Garwood

Finished Measurements: About 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (16.5 cm x 16.5 cm)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece CW-240 Pink-a-boo (80% Cotton, 20% Merino Wool; 215 yds or 197 m; 3.5 oz or 100 g; Weight Category 3 or light).

Needles: US Size 8 or 5.00 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle

Gauge: 17 sts x 22 rows = about 4″ or 10 cm

Stockinette Stitch Square

CO 28 sts.

Row 1: Sl first st, K all remaining sts — 28 sts.

Row 2: Sl first st, P all remaining sts.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern. Work 36 rows in pattern. Bind off.

Below are links to video tutorials to show you how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. I’m hopeful that this will help you newbies figure out how to knit this simple blanket square!

Learn to cast on

Learn the knit stitch

Learn the purl stitch

Learn to bind off

Also, view Part 2 (Textured Square pattern) and Part 3 (Eyelet Square pattern).

Happy stitching!
April

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