Have you ever been cold and in dire need of something fluffy and warm? If so, I think it’s about time you learned how to knit an afghan! If you’re just learning how to knit and this is your first afghan, don’t be intimidated. All you need is a little bit of patience! Whether you’re making an afghan for warmth or decoration, knitting them is fun and should be stress free.
For the beginners, I thought I would gather a few useful tips to make your afghan knitting adventure a little less intimidating.
Here’s a list of the basics of what you’ll need:
- A simple afghan pattern
- knitting needles
- blocking pins
- blocking board
- measuring tape
1. Determine finished size: You’ll want to start thinking about what size blanket you would like to make before you search out for a pattern. Most afghans are about 48 inches by 60 inches.
2. Selecting the pattern: If you’re new to knitting, select a simple pattern, such as an afghan with a knit or garter stitch on every row. Once you get the hang of it you can work your way up to more complicated patterns.
3. Select your yarn. Chunkier yarns require larger sized knitting needles with fewer stitches. Chunky yarn is probably the best bet for a beginner since larger needles are easier to work with and you’ll get more completed in a shorter amount of time.
4. Choose your needles: Circular knitting needles work great when knitting afghans. Often you will have more stitches than can fit on straight knitting needles (some might require 200). Also, using circular knitting needles will eliminate the need to fix dropped stitches! Bonus!
5. Start knitting! Begin knitting your afghan by casting on the required amount of stitches your pattern calls for. Follow your pattern’s instructions carefully, knitting each row that’s called for in the proper order. When you need to add another skein of yarn, make sure you do so at the beginning of a new row.
6. Measure your afghan as you go along. Once you reach your desired length, bind off the last row of stitches.