How do You Make a Knitted Patchwork Blanket?

Knitted Patchwork Blanket

Knitting is fun, but sometimes you may get bored or don’t have the patience until you see the final results.

This is where the patchwork blanket comes into the picture, as a fun, easy and quite impressive knitting project. You simply knit squares one by one and sew them together in the end. Apart from choosing the chunky yarn and the large needles for the project, it’s important to also follow some tips so that the final project doesn’t show your new entry-level knitting.

What to begin with

No matter how fast you want to work, there’s no yarn that helps you work faster and better. It’s essential though that you get a yarn that you really like and it’s rather chunky. A thin or fine yarn doesn’t knit as fast.

Knitting First StepsAs for the needles, it’s the same principle. Keep in mind though that you get a larger, looser blanket when using some larger needles.

You want a blanket by tomorrow? Use 19US (15.0mm) needles and super chunky yarn for a nice, large blanket.

Continue by making a slip knot. Get to the end of your yarn (typically it’s tucked into the middle of the ball of yarn). Make a loop near the end and see that the long end is on top of the short end. Fold the top loop over and pick up the loop. Pull it and slip the loop onto one of the knitting needles. Pull the end to get it tight.

Use your right hand to hold the needle and the slipknot. Drape the yarn over your left palm and use your fingers to grab it. Wrap your thumb around the yarn, making sure the thread is behind your thumb. Thread underneath your thumb with the point of your needle. Lift off the yarn by pulling the needle through.

You should continue casting until you have around 14 stitches on your needle. This is the edge of a square on your project. Each square should be around 7.5inches. You may begin knitting after you transferred the needle with the stitches to your left hand.

Grasp the yarn in your palm with your fingertips so that you get a good tension.

The next steps

Use your right hand to hold the needle with no stitches and insert its tip into the closest stitch to the tip of the other needle. Insert it under the stitch as you want the needle to go from front to back, forming a nice “X”.

Kitting for BeginnersTake the working yarn again with your right hand, wrapping it around the right needle. It’s supposed to be between the needles. Pull the right needle slowly, through the yarn on the left needle. Pay attention and hold the working yarn between the needles while doing it.

The right needle is supposed to be on top of the left needle.

Always work near the end of the needles, as you don’t want the stitches to be tight. Knit each stich and continue to make row after row. You’re done when your square is complete.

Continue by knitting two stitches onto the empty needle in your right hand, casting off the rest of the square from the other needle.

Casting off works the square off of the needles. This means you may take it off the needles, without the risk of having it undone. You should sew the square to another finished square when you put together your blanket.

In order to tie off the square, you have to remove the needle from the last stitch. Hold to the big loop and simply cut the working yarn. It’s best to leave about an arm’s length of yarn when doing it. Tie the yarn through the loop, pretty tight.

Getting to the end

Your blanket may be as big as you want and 7 squares across by seven squares down for a larger quilt.

When you use different colored yarn, it’s best you display your squares, alternating the colors and the orientation of the rows.

Take a large sewing needle and thread the yarn, adjusting the display so that the square you’re sewing it to is turned opposite.

Stitch two squares together as you go back and forth with the yarn, until you’re done with your squares.

Thread the left tails onto the needle and weave it in between the knots on a square’s edge. Make a subtle knot and cut it so that you can’t see it anymore nor comes undone.

When working on a blanket like this, feel free to go as big, small, wide or narrow as you want. Don’t be afraid to use beads or other artistic details on the final project for a nicer final appearance.

 

THE BEST SEWING MACHINES FOR BEGINNERS

SEWING MACHINES FOR BEGINNERS

Sewing is one of the most useful skills that anyone can have. Sewing machines can be intimidating to most beginners as the mechanism that involves buttons and all the knobs may appear to be difficult and inaccessible to use. The good thing is that there are models in the market that are designed for beginners and are easier to understand and operate. Thus it is of great importance that starter machines made in a way that it is easy to operate because the advanced models may result in tragic consequences if you don’t know how to find your way around them. However, when you want to choose a sewing machine appropriate for your level is not an easy task especially when you are new to sewing and looking to but you very first sewing machine. So to help you choose the model suited for your level, here are some of the best sewing machines for beginners.

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Brother CS6000i sewing machine

This is one of the most sold best beginner brands simply because it is affordable and easy to use guide which is an important factor for beginners. But it is not only easy to use and affordability that makes it popular for beginners, it is also packed with promising features that make any sewing project have a high standard finishing. The features include decorative stitches, 60 built in different stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. This is ideal for beginners as there are fewer chances to encounter a misshapen buttonhole due to lack of experience creating them. Brother CS6000i has an LCD display that is easy to read and navigate. It also has an automatic needle threader, sewing speed control and threading diagrams for guidance. So even if you don’t know how to thread your machine, there are instructions that are simple to follow.

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Singer 7258 stylist

This is a popular model for beginners. Many people are fond of singer 7258 as it has all the functionality of an advanced sewing machine. It has 7 automatic 1 step buttonholes, 10 presser feet, amazing 100 stitches and it is made with a metal frame that is solid thus is able to perform heavier duty fabrics. What makes it good for beginners is the fact that it has automatic threading, load drop in bobbin system that is easy to use, a handy auto-pilot feature that makes it possible to operate the machine without foot pedal and also auto-thread length and width.

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Janome 2212 sewing machine

This sewing machine usually provides users with basic- albeit handy features that facilitate in the sewing project while allowing you to learn the ropes. Janome 2212 mechanical features make it easy to navigate through, which is why it is a great model for beginners. Also, it is portable due to its light weight which means it can easily be carried around. It has a snap- on presser feet that facilitate sewing. Along with its main features, Janome 2212 comes with a free arm that allows you to do delicate tasks like sleeves, cuffs, hemming etc.