After an extremely cold December, I promised myself that I would definitely knit my first blanket. I've always been discouraged from knitting blankets. Even my knitting instructor made it sound extremely tedious. When your cold it doesn't matter how tedious something is, as long as it will promise warmth and give my cold fingers something to do when I'm on the couch watching a movie.
So I set about a plan to make my blanket. I had size 20 knitting needles but I didn't have circular needles which is the way most blankets are knitted. Instead of getting large circular needles I decided to attack this project in two stages. I would knit two separate panels of 20 stitches across and 4 skeins long of yarn each and then I figure out how to attach them.
I originally was going to stitch the two panels together and then I found some lovely leftover ribbon from a pottery barn gift that someone had given me that matched the lovely Ivory color of the blanket. I cut the ribbon into 2-3 inch strips and tied them about every few inches to create one large blanket.
I loved the outcome. I have a very warm blanket that will help me fight the cold and wish for Spring.
Houston Cream - Lion Bran Extra Bulky Yarn (8 skeins)
Size 20 knitting needles
Ribbon (Any width you like roughly 12-24 inches)
Directions: Cast on 20 stitches across and knit through 4 skeins of yarn using the garter stitch. Repeat with second panel. Attach both panels with ribbon cut to 2 to 3 inches each (depending on how big you want your bows and how many to secure the panels together)