How to Loom Knit a Baby Blanket
Knifty Knitter Baby Blanket
This blanket is the size of an infant-receiving blanket. It is perfect for covering the infant's car seat, crib, or bassinet. It is loom-knitted using the fashion stitch on a blue long loom. I used two strands of worsted-weight yarn. Feel free to substitute any baby yarn by holding two strands of a lightweight yarn together as one strand as you knit.
You will need basic crochet skills to complete the cast-off and shell border of this blanket. If you've never crocheted before, I'm sharing videos you can learn from at the bottom of this tutorial.
The Fashion Stitch on the Blue Long Loom
1. Holding two strands of white yarn as if they are one, cast on to the loom (that means wrap the first row) using the eight wrap. You can see the eight wrap cast on in the photo above.
2. Each future row will be wrapped for the fashion stitch. Wrap the second row with the stitch (video at the bottom). After the second row is wrapped, knit by bringing the bottom loop of yarn up over the top loop, releasing it toward the inside of the loom. Knit around the loom until each peg on the long loom has only one loop of yarn left.
3. Using the fashion stitch wrap, continue to knit until you have 100 rows.
4. Without cutting the working yarn, cast-off (remove the knit from the loom) by using a crochet hook to slip stitch the working yarn through each loop as you remove it from the pegs. Make a single crochet stitch between each loop. Follow the path of the yarn wrapped on the loom as you continue to remove each loop from the loom. This is called the crochet cast off.
- If the crochet cast off seems too difficult, you can simply use a yarn needle and thread to sew through each loop as you remove it from the loom.
5. It's time to crochet the edges. The blanket was knitted using two yarns as one. Tie off and cut only one of these yarns. Use the remaining yarn to crochet around the edges of the blanket. Watch the videos below for more information.
- Crochet around the perimeter of the blanket using the single crochet stitch.
- Crochet around the perimeter once more using the double crochet stitch.
- Finally, crochet around the edge using the shell stitch.
- Tie off your yarn.
6. Thread the ribbon through a yarn needle and use it to weave the ribbon into the knit. I did this approximately one inch from the edge of the blanket. The pattern I used was to go over 2, then under 2, as I weaved up the rows. You can see this pattern in the photo. I used pink ribbon and green ribbon.
Single Crocheting the Edge
Crocheting a Shell Stitch Border
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