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How To Knit A Blanket (Free + Easy For Beginners)


In this blog post, you will see how to knit a blanket and view a free + easy beginner pattern.

The benefit of knitting a blanket is that you can make one that’s cozy using super bulky yarn and (US 17) 12 mm knitting needles.

Please scroll down to learn more about knitting a blanket as a beginner and view the free knitting pattern tutorial.

You can grab the printable PDF pattern with the condensed version as well as the full tutorial in my shop here.

How to knit a blanket for beginners

How To Knit A Blanket

Here is a free pattern for you to try out!

Make a cozy hand knit blanket to snuggle into during chilly evenings on the sofa.

This throw is a great project for a beginner as it uses simple stitches (the Irish moss stitch pattern) and super bulky yarn.

The knitted throw blanket will be the perfect addition to your living room.

Grab your ad–free printable PDF pattern in my shop here with all of the important photographs.

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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner Knitter)


  • 8 sts and 10 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches. (In Irish moss stitch)


  • Length = 60 inches/152 cm
  • Width of your blanket = 50 inches/127 cm
  • Blanket size = Throw blanket

The supplies you need…


  • 7 Skeins of yarn – Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Oatmeal.
  • Yarn weight = Super bulky/super chunky/14-Ply yarn.
  • Total yards needed for the blanket = 742 yds


  • (US size 17) 12 mm knitting needles
  • I recommend using circular needles (40″ or 47″) as this will help to take the weight of the blanket as it grows.


Irish moss stitch pattern


  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • SM – Slip marker
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Time needed: 1 day, 5 hours and 30 minutes

How To Knit A Blanket

  1. Step 1 – Cast On

    Grab your super bulky yarn and size 12 mm (US 17) knitting needles and cast on 88 stitches using the long tail cast on.
    It will be better to manage the number of stitches and weight of the blanket by using circular needles – but you will not be joining in the round.How to knit a blanket step 1

  2. Step 2 – Knit the border

    The border = Knit 6 rows.
    You will begin by creating a garter stitch border.
    Using the knit stitch, knit every row for 6 rows.How to knit a blanket step 2

  3. Step 3 – Begin the Irish moss stitch pattern and Knit Row 1

    Row 1 is the right side of the work (RS): To begin, you will knit 4 stitches as this is the border edge, place a marker, and then begin the Irish moss stitch pattern row 1 – purl the next stitch, then knit the next stitch and repeat until you reach the last 4 stitches, place another marker and knit the final 4 stitches as this is the border edge. Turn the work.
    Abbreviated – Row 1 (RS): K4, PM, *P1, K1 – rep from * to the last 4 sts, PM, K4.How to knit a blanket step 3

  4. Step 4 – Knit Row 2

    Row 2 is the wrong side of the work (WS): Knit the first 4 stitches, slip the marker, then knit one stitch, purl one stitch, repeating until you get to the marker, slip that marker, and knit the final 4 stitches. Turn the work.
    Abbreviated – Row 2 (WS): Row 2 (WS): K4, SM, *K1, P1 – rep from * to the last 4 sts, SM, K4.How to knit a blanket step 4

  5. Step 5 – Knit Row 3

    Row 3: Knit the first 4 stitches, slip the marker, then knit one stitch, purl one stitch, repeating until you get to the marker, slip that marker, and knit the final 4 stitches. Turn the work.
    Abbreviated – Row 3: K4, SM, *K1, P1 – rep from * to the last 4 sts, SM, K4.How to knit a blanket step 5

  6. Step 6 – Knit Row 4

    Row 4: You will knit 4 stitches, slip the marker, and then purl the next stitch, knit the next stitch, and repeat until you reach the last 4 stitches; slip the marker and knit the final 4 stitches as this is the border edge. Turn the work.
    Abbreviated – Row 4: K4, SM, *P1, K1 – rep from * to the last 4 sts, SM, K4.How to knit a blanket step 6

  7. Step 7 – Continue the stitch pattern

    Continue to repeat rows 1-4, slipping the markers as you work until the piece measures = Around 58 inches.
    End with Row 2.
    You can judge the length on how much yarn you will need to have left to complete the 6 rows of border edge and to cast off.How to knit a blanket step 7

  8. Step 8 – Work 6 rows for the border

    You will now knit 6 rows to finish the border of the blanket.
    (Every row knit).blanket six rows border edge

  9. Step 9 – Cast off

    Cast off and weave in any loose ends with a yarn needle.Cast off edge

close up of blanket stitch
Irish moss knit blanket

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

Irish moss stitch blanket pattern

Are Blankets Hard To Knit?

Knitting a blanket can be a significant project that requires time and patience, especially if you’re a beginner or new to knitting.

The difficulty level of knitting a blanket depends on several factors, including the size of the blanket, the pattern complexity, and your skill level as a knitter.

Here are a few considerations when it comes to knitting a blanket:

  1. Size: Blankets are typically larger than other knitting projects, which means they require more time and yarn. The larger the blanket, the more stitches and rows you’ll need to complete, so it’s important to be prepared for a long-term project.
  2. Pattern: The complexity of the pattern you choose can also affect the difficulty level. Some blanket patterns involve basic stitches like garter or stockinette stitch, while others may incorporate more intricate stitch patterns, colorwork, or cables. Beginners may find it easier to start with a simple pattern and gradually take on more challenging designs as they gain experience.
  3. Time commitment: Knitting a blanket is a significant time commitment. Depending on your knitting speed and the complexity of the pattern, it can take several weeks or even months to complete a blanket. Make sure you have the patience and dedication to see the project through to the end.
  4. Needles and yarn: The size of the needles and the weight of the yarn you choose will impact the overall difficulty. Using larger needles and thicker yarn can make the process faster, but it may also be more physically demanding and require stronger hands and wrists.

If you’re new to knitting, starting with smaller projects like scarves or dishcloths may be helpful to familiarize yourself with basic knitting techniques before attempting a blanket.

Taking knitting classes, watching online tutorials, or seeking guidance from experienced knitters can also be beneficial in building your skills and confidence.

You can knit a beautiful blanket with practice, patience, and perseverance.

It’s important to remember that knitting is a craft that requires time and dedication, so don’t get discouraged if it takes longer than expected or if you encounter challenges along the way.

Enjoy the process and take pride in your progress as you create a cozy blanket to cherish.

how to knit a blanket quick and easy

What Is The Easiest Blanket To Knit?

The easiest blanket to knit would generally be one that involves basic stitches and a straightforward pattern.

Here are a few blanket patterns that are considered beginner-friendly:

  1. Garter Stitch Blanket: The garter stitch involves knitting every stitch on every row. A blanket made entirely in garter stitch is simple yet cozy. You can choose a single color or experiment with multiple colors to make stripes.
  2. Stockinette Stitch Blanket: The stockinette stitch creates a smooth “v” pattern on the right side and a bumpy texture on the wrong side. A stockinette stitch blanket can be created by alternating between knitting one row and purling the next row.
  3. Seed Stitch Blanket: The seed stitch is created by alternating knit and purl stitches within a row and then alternating them again on the next row. It produces a textured pattern that looks like scattered seeds. It’s a straightforward stitch pattern that can create an interesting texture for a blanket.
  4. Simple Striped Blanket: Knitting a striped blanket can be an easy and visually appealing project. By using two or more colors of yarn, you can create stripes of different widths or colors. The stitch pattern used for the stripes can be as simple as garter stitch, stockinette stitch, or ribbing.

These blanket patterns typically involve using larger needles and thicker yarn, which can speed up the project.

Choosing a yarn and needle size that you feel comfortable working with is important.

Remember, even with beginner-friendly patterns or a chunky knit blanket pattern, knitting a blanket is still time-consuming.

Be patient, take your time, and enjoy the process of creating a cozy and beautiful blanket.

Irish moss stitch close up

What Is The Best Size For A Knitted Blanket?

The best size for a knitted blanket depends on its intended use and personal preference.

Blankets come in various sizes, and the size you choose will depend on factors such as who the blanket is for, the purpose of the blanket, and the level of comfort you desire.

Here are some common sizes for knitted blankets:

  1. Baby Blanket: Baby blankets are typically smaller in size, ranging from 30 inches by 30 inches (76 cm by 76 cm) to 36 inches by 36 inches (91 cm by 91 cm). These sizes are suitable for newborns and infants.
  2. Lap Blanket: Lap blankets are designed to cover the legs and provide warmth while sitting or resting. They are usually around 36 inches by 48 inches (91 cm by 122 cm) or 40 inches by 60 inches (102 cm by 152 cm). Lap blankets are great for keeping cozy while watching TV or reading.
  3. Throw Blanket: Throw blankets are versatile and can be used on sofas, chairs, or beds. They are typically larger than lap blankets, ranging from 50 inches by 60 inches (127 cm by 152 cm) to 60 inches by 80 inches (152 cm by 203 cm). Throw blankets provide more coverage and are suitable for snuggling up or adding a decorative touch to your living space.
  4. Twin Size Blanket: Twin-size blankets are designed for single beds and are larger than throw blankets. They typically measure around 66 inches by 90 inches (168 cm by 229 cm). Twin-size blankets are ideal for individual sleepers or children’s beds.
  5. Queen or King Size Blanket: If you are knitting a blanket for a larger bed, such as a queen or king size, you will need to adjust the dimensions accordingly. Queen-size blankets can range from 90 inches by 90 inches (229 cm by 229 cm) to 100 inches by 100 inches (254 cm by 254 cm), while king-size blankets can be even larger.

Keep in mind that these are general size guidelines, and you can always customize the dimensions to fit your preferences.

Additionally, the final size of the blanket can be influenced by factors such as the stitch pattern, yarn weight, and knitting tension.

How to knit a blanket for beginners easy stitch pattern

How Quickly Can You Knit A Blanket?

The time it takes to knit a blanket depends on various factors, including the blanket’s size, the pattern’s complexity, your knitting speed, and the amount of time you can dedicate to knitting each day.

Providing an exact timeframe is difficult as it can vary significantly from person to person.

Here are some general considerations:

  1. Size of the blanket: Larger blankets naturally require more time to knit compared to smaller ones. A small baby blanket or lap blanket could be completed relatively quickly, while a large queen or king-size blanket may take significantly longer.
  2. The complexity of the pattern: The complexity of the stitch pattern and any additional design elements, such as cables or colorwork, can impact the knitting speed. Patterns with intricate stitch patterns or frequent color changes may slow down your progress.
  3. Knitting speed: Every knitter has their own speed and rhythm. Some knitters are naturally faster, while others may prefer a slower pace. Your individual knitting speed will influence the time it takes to complete a blanket.
  4. Time dedication: The amount of time you can dedicate to knitting each day or week will affect the overall timeframe. If you can commit several hours each day to knitting, you’ll likely finish the blanket faster than someone who only has limited time to knit.

As a rough estimate, knitting a medium-sized blanket, such as a throw blanket, may take several weeks to a few months, assuming you can dedicate a few hours to knitting each day.

Larger blankets or more intricate patterns could take several months or longer to complete, especially if you have limited knitting time.

It’s important to remember that knitting is a process that requires time, patience, and enjoyment.

While it’s tempting to focus on finishing quickly, it’s equally important to appreciate the journey and the satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands.

Easy wool ease thick and quick blanket

How To Knit A Blanket

Here are some steps to help you plan your first blanket knitting project…

Step 1 – How do I choose a blanket knitting pattern?

Choosing a blanket knitting pattern can be an exciting process.

Here are some steps to help you select a pattern that suits your preferences and skill level:

  1. Consider Your Skill Level: Assess your knitting skill level honestly. If you are a beginner, look for patterns specifically labeled as “beginner-friendly” or “easy.” These patterns typically use basic stitches and have clear instructions. If you are more experienced, you can explore intermediate or advanced patterns with more complex stitch patterns or techniques.
  2. Determine the Purpose and Size: Think about the purpose of the blanket. Is it intended for a baby, as a decorative throw, or for everyday use on a bed? Consider the dimensions that would be appropriate for your intended use. Baby blankets and lap blankets are generally smaller, while larger blankets are needed for beds.
  3. Select a Stitch Pattern: Determine the type of stitch pattern you prefer. Do you like the simplicity of garter stitch, the smoothness of stockinette stitch, or the texture of seed stitch? You can also explore patterns with cables, lace, or colorwork if you’re interested in more intricate designs.
  4. Research Pattern Sources: Look for knitting pattern sources such as books, magazines, knitting websites, or online platforms. There are countless resources available, both free and paid. Websites like Ravelry, Knitty, or LoveCrafts offer a wide range of patterns, and you can filter them based on criteria like skill level, project type, or stitch pattern.
  5. Read Reviews and Examine Examples: Read reviews or comments from other knitters who have completed the pattern you’re considering. This can provide valuable insights into the pattern’s clarity, accuracy, and any potential challenges. Look for images or finished projects shared by others to get an idea of how the pattern looks when completed.
  6. Check for Support: Determine if the pattern includes detailed instructions, stitch diagrams, or video tutorials that can assist you during the knitting process. Having clear guidance and support can be helpful, especially if you encounter any difficulties.
  7. Gauge and Yarn Requirements: Pay attention to the recommended gauge and yarn requirements specified in the pattern. Ensure that the yarn you choose is suitable for the pattern and that you can achieve the specified gauge. This will help ensure your finished blanket matches the intended size and appearance.
  8. Personalize and Customize: Feel free to adapt and customize the pattern to your liking. You can modify the size, incorporate different colors, or add your own design elements. Just make sure to keep track of any modifications you make for consistent results.

Remember to choose a pattern that inspires you and aligns with your knitting goals.

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, but also consider your skill level and the time you can dedicate to the project.

Enjoy the process of exploring patterns, and have fun knitting your chosen blanket!

Irish moss stitch throw blanket close up

Step 2 – How do I choose my yarn and needle size?

Choosing the right yarn and needle size for your knitted blanket is essential to ensure the desired outcome in terms of drape, texture, and overall appearance.

Here are some steps to help you make the right choices:

  1. Consider the Pattern Requirements: If you have selected a specific knitting pattern for your blanket, it may provide recommendations for yarn weight and needle size. Check the pattern instructions for any specific yarn or needle requirements and consider following them to achieve the intended results.
  2. Yarn Weight: Yarns are classified into different weights, ranging from lace or fingering weight (very thin) to bulky or super bulky weight (very thick). Consider the weight of the yarn based on the blanket you want to create. For a lightweight and delicate blanket, choose a lace or fingering weight yarn. For a warmer and cozier blanket, opt for worsted, Aran, or bulky weight yarn. The yarn weight will impact the thickness, warmth, and drape of the finished blanket.
  3. Fiber Content: Consider the fiber content and type of yarn. Common yarn fibers include wool, merino wool, acrylic yarn, cotton, alpaca, or blends of these materials. Each fiber has its own characteristics, such as softness, warmth, durability, and care requirements. Choose a fiber that matches your preferences and the intended use of the blanket. For example, wool provides warmth, while cotton is breathable and suitable for warmer climates.
  4. Needle Size: The needle size you choose will depend on the yarn weight and the desired fabric density. Thicker yarns generally require larger needles, while thinner yarns require smaller size knitting needles. Check the yarn label or pattern recommendations for the recommended needle size range. However, note that the recommended needle size is a starting point, and you may need to adjust based on your personal knitting tension or the desired fabric outcome. Straight needles can be used, but it is better to use circular knitting needles as the cable helps to take the weight of the project.
  5. Gauge Swatch: Before starting your blanket, it’s crucial to knit a gauge swatch. A gauge swatch is a small sample of knitting that helps you determine the number of stitches and rows per inch using your chosen yarn and needle size. By following the pattern’s instructions for gauge, you can compare your swatch measurements to the pattern’s gauge. If your gauge doesn’t match, adjust your needle size accordingly until you achieve the correct gauge. This step is essential to ensure your blanket turns out the correct size.
  6. Personal Preference: Ultimately, consider your personal preferences and the desired outcome for your blanket project. Experiment with different yarns and needle sizes to achieve the desired texture, drape, and visual appeal. Some knitters prefer looser or more open stitches, while others prefer denser fabrics. Your yarn and needle choices will contribute to the overall look and feel of the finished blanket.

By considering these factors and taking the time to swatch and experiment, you can choose the right yarn and needle size combination that aligns with your vision for the knitted blanket.

Irish moss stitch blanket close up

Step 3 – How Do I Start?

Starting to knit a blanket involves a few steps to set yourself up for a successful project.

Here’s a general guide on how to begin knitting a blanket:

  1. Select a Pattern: Choose a blanket knitting pattern that suits your skill level, desired size, and design preferences. Consider factors such as stitch patterns, colorwork, and any special techniques involved. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the pattern instructions before you begin.
  2. Gather Materials: Once you have chosen a pattern, gather the necessary materials. This includes the appropriate yarn in the recommended weight and quantity specified in the pattern. Also, ensure you have the correct needle size based on the pattern’s recommendations or your gauge swatch.
  3. Make a Gauge Swatch: Before diving into the blanket itself, it’s important to create a gauge swatch. Knit a small sample using the recommended needle size and yarn to check if your tension matches the pattern’s gauge. Adjust your needle size as needed to achieve the correct gauge. This step helps ensure your finished blanket will have the desired size and proportions.
  4. Cast On Stitches: Once you have confirmed your gauge, it’s time to cast on stitches. Follow the pattern instructions for the cast-on method specified. The number of stitches to cast on will depend on the desired width of your blanket. Use stitch markers if necessary to indicate pattern repeats or edge stitches.
  5. Begin the First Row: Start knitting the first row according to the pattern instructions. Pay attention to any stitch patterns or variations specified. Take your time to ensure you are following the pattern accurately and creating the desired fabric.
  6. Establish a Rhythm: As you continue knitting the rows, you’ll establish a rhythm. Follow the pattern instructions row by row, or use stitch markers to help you keep track of pattern repeats. Take breaks if needed, but try to maintain consistency to ensure an even tension throughout the blanket.
  7. Track Your Progress: Keep track of your progress by measuring the width and length of the blanket as you go. This helps ensure you are on track with the pattern’s dimensions and allows you to monitor your knitting speed and progress over time.
  8. Check for Mistakes: Regularly check your work for any mistakes or errors, especially if you are working with a complex pattern. Fix any mistakes as soon as you notice them to avoid unraveling a large portion of the blanket later on.
  9. Continue Knitting: Repeat the pattern rows or stitch pattern until you reach the desired length for your blanket. Take breaks as needed but try to maintain a consistent knitting rhythm to make progress steadily.
  10. Finishing: Once you’ve reached the desired length, follow the pattern instructions for binding off or finishing the edges of the blanket. Weave in any loose ends or yarn tails to give your blanket a polished look.

Remember, knitting a blanket is a substantial project that requires time and patience.

Enjoy the process and take pride in your progress as you work towards completing a cozy and beautiful blanket.

quick easy knit blanket Irish moss stitch

Step 4 – How do I finish the blanket?

To finish a knitted blanket, you’ll typically need to bind off or cast off the stitches and then take care of any loose ends.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to finish your knitted blanket:

  1. Binding Off/Casting Off: Once you’ve reached the desired length for your blanket, it’s time to bind off or cast off your stitches. This process creates a neat edge and secures the stitches in place.
  2. Weaving in Ends: After binding off, you’ll have loose ends from the beginning and end of your yarn. Use a yarn needle or tapestry needle to weave these ends into the finished fabric, making sure they are secure and hidden within the stitches. Thread the end onto the needle and weave it back and forth through a few stitches in the same color or neighboring color, then trim any excess.
  3. Blocking (Optional): Depending on the yarn and stitch pattern used, you may want to block your finished blanket. Blocking involves wetting or steaming the blanket to relax the fibers and even out the stitches. Follow the instructions specific to your yarn and stitch pattern for proper blocking techniques.
  4. Finishing Touches (Optional): You may choose to add some finishing touches to your blanket, such as adding a border or edging. This can be a simple garter stitch or ribbing, or you can explore more intricate stitch patterns. Follow the pattern instructions if you have chosen a specific border design, or get creative and add your own personalized touch.
  5. Care Instructions: Lastly, consider providing care instructions for the recipient of the blanket. Include details on how to wash, dry, and care for the knitted fabric, ensuring that the blanket remains in good condition for years to come.

By following these steps, you can effectively finish your knitted blanket and give it a polished and professional look.

How to knit a blanket for beginners
Cozy throw blanket

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