It really was a quick knit, once I finally started it. The chunky yarn and heft needles make this DIY knit blanket a rather quick project. Video Tutorial of how to knit blanket is at the bottom of page.
And I love the woven pattern that this stitch creates. It is really not much more complicated than your standard stocking stitch, but is definitely more fun to knit! Even if you are a beginning knitter, with a basic understanding of knit/purl, you should be able to master this stitch and have your own DIY Knit Blanket.
I have included a quick video on how to make your own DIY Knit Blanket at the end of the post showing a little bit of both sides, as well the end and beginning of a row.
This knit blanket measures 59″ by 69″ and is the perfect size for the foot of a bed, when you just need something to add a little warmth on a chilly night or a lighter throw for a quick nap.
Materials for DIY Knit Blanket (59″ x 69″), using the Diagonal Basket Weave Stitch:
I used 22 skeins of Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega, a wool/acrylic blend. With 63 yards per skein, the blanket took 1,386 total yards. In the perfect world I would use 100% wool, but that gets pricey. And since I want to be able to wash this as needed, the blend was a better option.Here are some other yarns that might work as well. Please know that I haven't worked with these yarns, but their gauge and weight are similar to what I used. BUT…when substituting yarns, definitely work a gauge swatch.
Katia Love Wool
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Funky Chunky Merino Wool (If you want a 100% wool option)
Cascade Pacific Bulky
Hayfield Super Chunky with Wool
US 19 (15mm) circular needles
US 17 or 15 needles for binding off
Directions to Knit a Blanket, using the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch:
Cast on 149 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1) I had a gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch.
For rows 1-4: K1P1 and repeat for the remainder of 1st row, ending with a K1 (NOTE: one of my readers had a problem with the seed stitch border ‘ruffling' on the sides. Although I haven't had that problem, if you want to be sure to avoid that possibility then I would suggest working the 1st 4 rows in a garter stitch, instead of the seed stitch. If you go that route, work sides in garter, as opposed to the seed stitch indicated in the rest of the directions.)
For the next row and every subsequent knit row; K1,P1,K1,P1,K1 then skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on left-hand needle) and K tbl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then bring your right hand needle up front, knit the stitch that you initially skipped and let both stitches slip off of your needle. Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches and P1K1P1K1.
Then, for the 6th row and every subsequent purl row; K1,P1,K1P1,K1. Skip next stitch (but leave on the left-hand needle) and purl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then purl the stitch you initially skipped and let both stitches slip off of your needle . Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches remain and P1K1P1K1.
Work until desired length (I worked mine until it 69″).
Work a seed stitch (K1P1) on the next 4 rows.
Switch to your smaller needles to cast off. This will help reduce any flare on the cast off edge.
That's all there is to it!
how to resize a knit blanket, let's look at the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch Blanket:
Per the pattern, we have a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1
For the yarn used, we have a gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch
The pattern instructs to cast on 149 stitches for a blanket the width of 59″.
The formula we need is: Gauge X Width= Number of Stitches
As the pattern is written: 2.5 X 59 =147.5/148 PLUS 1 = 149 Stitches
We round up because we need that multiple of 2 stitches.
So, if you wanted a blanket that was 25″ wide and you have a yarn with the same gauge, then:
2.5 X 25″ = 63.5/64 stitches PLUS 1.