WIP Wednesday: Blankets

I really want a knitted blanket, like a good-sized blanket. Not bed-size, but big enough to snuggle under on the couch.

On a related note, I have a LOT of sock yarn scraps. I’m kind of a sock-knitting fiend, and each pair uses a little more than half an average skein. Yes, I could make shorties from the leftovers, and I have done that. But I also have a LOT of socks. You see where I’m going here, I’m sure. And I’m guessing your brain (if you’re a knitter) immediately went to “You should make one of those square-a-day sock yarn blankets!” Great idea!

Yup, I started one of those over a year ago. I do love it, but I don’t have the willpower to make myself actually knit a square a day and each time I set it aside for a couple of months, I have to look up how to knit the square. Plus, the squares use little scraps, and I have big balls … of leftover sock yarn. (heehee) The other thing is a Cottagecore Throw I started a few months ago. This one is worsted weight, but I could start another one with fingering weight. But again, I don’t work on it regularly and then have to remind myself of the pattern. Plus it’s crochet, not knitted.

So I’m going to start a third blanket project. Because I’m crazy. I’m going to do a Garter Scrappy Blanket, except that pattern calls for a size 6 needle which seems like it would make a blanket that’s more loosey-goosey than what I want. I’m not sure what needle size I’ll use. Maybe a 3? I bought 47″ and 60″ cords for my interchangeable needles, and I’m guessing I’ll use the 60 because like I said, I want a good-size blanket. Here’s the yarn balls I’ve collected so far, housed in my lovely new project bag.

Now I just need to figure out how many to cast on. I typically prefer the long-tail cast-on but I’m thinking about one that allows for some flexibility and doesn’t make me try to guess how much yarn I’ll need. What cast-on would you use?

18 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: Blankets

  1. I love a good scrap yarn blanket. I’ve made a few back in the day. I’ve used backward loop because I’m lazy and I almost always use backward loop cast ons. If you get tired quickly consider doubling you yarn and using a size 6. You can mix and match pair of yarn for an eclectic look.

    • Especially with winter coming!! Although there’s no chance I’ll get any of them done before it gets cold, maybe I can get one of them at least big enough to warm my lap a bit as I work on them.

  2. Iโ€™ve been happy with the German Twisted cast on for strechiness, but I havenโ€™t used it for a blanket. You do have big balls, starting another blanket! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Iโ€™m glad youโ€™re starting one you want to work on. Someday, I will do that.

    • I just hope I continue to want to work on it! I’d really like to have a finished blanket someday. I love the German Twisted cast on, and I think it would work well, I just couldn’t bring myself to try it for somewhere around 400 stitches!

  3. Whenever I want a cast on that I don’t have to guess how much yarn I’d need, I use the knitted cast on. I’ve currently got three blanket projects on the needles, so I’m always in favor of casting on another one. (I’m really trying to limit myself to no more than three at once, though. It almost seems a bit much.)

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