If you have always loved knitting and are thinking of doing something big, make a blanket! With passion, learning how to make a baby blanket with a long loom will be a piece of cake.
Making something for your baby may be challenging, but it is always fun. It’s the love that drives you through the end!
3-Part Process Of How To Make A Baby Blanket With A Long Loom
Just follow these key points to create the perfect baby blanket for your little one.
Part #1. Place stitches on the knitting needle
- Step #1. Prepare materials you will need for knitting.
- a rectangular loom with 64 pegs on each side (adjusted so there will be a 3cm distance between pegs);
- six skeins of yarn (measures 185 yards and weighs 170g each);
- a pair of scissors; and
- a crochet hook or knitted tool
- Step #2. Create a slip knot. Leave a 6 to 8-inch tail at the end by twisting it into a loop and pull it.
Then, pull the yarn halfway through the loop. It would help if you now had made a loose knot.
- Step #3. Fasten the slip not. To the upper and leftmost peg, push the slip knot. It would help if you pulled gently, so the knot tightens.
- Step #4. Alternately wrap the yarn between the lower and upper rows. Moving back and forth, work on every peg until you reach the end of the loom.
- Step #5. Wrap the yarn backwards across the loom. After reaching the end, wrap the yarn.
Do it on the pegs you skipped earlier. Work alternately on the upper and lower rows.
- Step #6. Attach yarn of a different colour. Lay a 4 to 5-foot yarn with a different colour across the loom.
Make sure that the lengths are even on both ends. Underneath the loom, tuck the yarn.
The exact length will serve as anchor yarn. It will help you handle the blanket once it gets long. You can take it out once you are finished knitting.
- Step #7. Work the yarn down the pegs. With your hand, push down the yarns you’ve worked on earlier on the peg. Each should be at the bottom.
Part #2. Work on your blanket
- Step #1. Create a stockinette stitch from the lower-left of the yarn to the leftmost peg on the upper row. Wrap it and bring it back to the lower row, skipping a peg.
- Step #2. Persist on doing the stockinette stitch. Continue working alternately on every peg until you reach the right end.
- Step #3. Knit the stitches on the lower row. Using your crochet hook or knitting tool, hook the yarn on the leftmost peg. Pull it over the same peg to secure.
Keep on knitting on every peg until you reach the centre. Then, start from the other end to the middle to allow the blanket to form evenly.
- Step #4. Work on the upper row. After knitting the stitches on the lower row, proceed to the upper row. Do the same process of splitting the knit stitches.
- Step #5. Push the yarn down and create two more stockinette stitches. Through the side of your hand, push down the yarn.
Afterwards, make two more passes of stockinette stitches on the loom. The yarn should end up on the left. Do the knitting.
- Step #6. Continue stockinette stitching. Create more stockinette stitches until you reach 5 feet in length. Once done, you can proceed with binding off.
Part #3. Casting off
- Step #1. Insert crochet hook into peg in the rightmost part of the upper row. Slide the stitch onto the hook and pick the leftmost stitch on the same row.
Slide it onto the hook so you will have two stitches.
- Step #2. Knit over stitches on the crochet hook. With your fingers, lift the first stitch on the hook over the one you have put on to make them become one.
- Step #3. Knit over another stitch. Insert hook in the stitch on the next peg of the lower row and lift. Once lifted, pick the first stitch and combine it with the other one.
- Step #4. Bind off the rest and cut the yarn. Keep lifting and knitting stitches. You will notice that the blanket is getting bind off the pegs.
There should be one stitch left on your hook when you reach the end of the loom. Leave a 4 to 5-inch tail and cut the yarn.
- Step #5. Make a knot at the end of the yarn and wrap the tail. Take the last stitch off your hook and tuck-in tail, making a loop. Tightly pull to create a knot and weave the tail to the blanket.
- Step #6. Bind off the other end using an anchor yarn. Hook the rightmost stitch at the end of the blanket with your tool.
Pick another stitch with the tool and lift it over the first one you picked. Proceed to add a stitch. Knit over guided by the anchor yarn.
- Step #7. Secure the last stitch and take the anchor yarn off. If there is a stitch left on the hook, insert the tail and make a loop.
Pull it tightly to create a knot and weave the tail with the blanket. Lastly, pull the anchor yarn out of the blanket. You have now crafted a blanket for your baby!
Choosing the right size of blanket and the best yarn to use
You don’t want your blanket to be too big or too small, right? It should be a perfect size!
If you are making one for a newborn baby, the average size is about 28 × 34 inches.
If you want something square—and fair—go for 30 inches on each side. You know that the softest yarns are the most comfortable ones.
It will also be best to choose the right kind of yarn which you will use in knitting.
Safety of crochet blankets for babies
Babies are cute, but they are fragile and vulnerable to harm. So you must be careful about the things you let them use.
Crochet blankets are comfortable— that’s for sure! However, it will be best to let your child use it at the right time.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is safest to keep soft and loose beddings away from babies below 12 months old.
Sadly, crochet blankets are one of those.
It is unsafe for babies below 1-year-old to sleep or even takes a nap with a crochet blanket. So if you want your precious little ones to be safe, better wait for the right time!
Knitting is something that needs a lot of patience. However, it wouldn’t hurt if we’d do it for our precious little angels.
Now that you learned how to make a baby blanket with an extended loom, you can give your little ones the perfect gift they can cherish all the time.