Super Soft Knitted Blanket - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, September 8, 2014

Super Soft Knitted Blanket

Up until recently, my knitting experience has extended only to scarves, mittens, Swiffer cloths, penguin sweaters, and rugs (okay, that's more than I thought...) But I wanted to finally try my hand at a super cozy knitted blanket for the upcoming cold months.

In the past, I've been deterred from knitting a blanket because I didn't want to make it in strips or squares that need to be sewn together. That's the problem with knitting... you can only fit so many stitches on a needle, and that amount is likely not enough to make a blanket. So unless I used some crazy, complicated pattern, I thought this was my only option.

But as it turns out... there's this special little tool in the knitting toolbox called circular needles. I kind of thought circular needles were only used for knitting in the round (i.e. hats and socks and stuff), but as I started researching blanket patterns I realized that I could use circular needles for a large blanket too! NO SEWING! I immediately went out and purchased my supplies and set to it!

Here's what I used!
- Size 17 circular needles
- 6 skeins Bernat Baby Blanket yarn in Sand (10.5 oz. size)
- Scissors

(Yes, I used baby blanket yarn. Everyone deserves a soft blanket, even if they aren't a baby.)

Here's what I did!
- Since this was my first time knitting a blanket and using this type of yarn, I wanted to keep everything super simple. So no fancy pattern here - just regular ol' knitting. Also, this blanket needed to be BIG. Nick's biggest complaint about the blankets we have is that they won't cover him from feet to shoulders. So a big blanket it is...
- I casted on 140 stitches. Then I just knitted, knitted, worked in a new skein of yarn, knitted, watched The Sopranos, knitted, knitted, ate Oreos, knitted, knitted... you get the idea. This baby was time consuming.
- Once I finally reached my desired size, I casted off, knotted, and cut my yarn. By hand, I worked in all of the stray yarn pieces from adding in a new skein.
- My completed blanket is 5'x7.5' (yes, BIG) and also AMAZING.

I'm super proud of this project (as I think I should be). My blood, sweat, and tears went into making it... okay, that sounds pretty gross. But in all seriousness, I accidentally cut my finger while knitting (ouch), and knitting a blanket in a hot apartment in the middle of summer basically means you're covered up with a blanket in a hot apartment in the middle of summer..., and I definitely cried at the Billy on the Street segment during the Emmys (hilarious). So I guess it's true. My blood, sweat, and tears went into the making of this blanket.

This blanket took me about a month to complete, which actually doesn't seem like very long... but I knitted about 3-4 solid hours a day for that month, so it definitely wasn't a quick and easy project that can be cranked out in a few days (like scarves, mittens, etc.)

This blanket also wasn't really the cheapest. I had no idea how many skeins of yarn I would need when I set out on this journey, and 6 skeins at $9.99 a pop isn't cheap (granted, I did use coupons on most of them, so my total cost was less than $60). But I suppose that's my fault for picking out the softest yarn I could find and not caring about the cost. I probably could have purchased a mass-produced knitted blanket from somewhere for cheaper, but that's not the point. I love knitting, and I love homemade things, and I love watching The Sopranos with Nick while I knit and he unravels my yarn ball for me (#truelove).

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Anyone else ever knitted a blanket? How was your experience?

xo, Sarah


  1. That looks so comfy! Though $60 isn't a whole lot for a blanket, especially one that size - you'll definitely get your money's worth out of it.

    1. Thank you! I suppose $60 may be inexpensive for a large, knitted blanket, I've just personally never paid more than $30 for a blanket. But you're right, I'll definitely get my money's worth.

  2. That looks very soft indeed and I'm very impressed at your persistence--that's a lot of knitting to make a whole blanket!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! Nick says I have an insane ability to perform tedious tasks for long periods of time, haha. I enjoyed every minute of it though!