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Sunny Days Rib Stitch Blanket

Sunny Days Rib Stitch Blanket
Sunny Days Rib Stitch Blanket
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Nothing will keep you cozier this winter than the Sunny Days Rib Stitch Blanket. The bright yellow of this gorgeous DIY blanket is sure to cheer you up even on the dreariest gray days. Made with a simple rib stitch, this quick knit blanket is one of the easiest beginner knitting patterns that will have everyone saying "wow" as they step into your living room. The super bulky yarn makes this a fantastic free knitting pattern for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to knit a blanket.

For even more amazing knitting patterns for beginners, be sure to check out our Knitting For Beginners Guide: 54 Easy Knitting Patterns.

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Knitting Needle Size35 or 19 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

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This knit DIY blanket pattern features rib stitch. Ribbing is a special type of pattern in which vertical stripes of stockinette stitch alternate with vertical stripes of reverse stockinette stitch. In order to achieve a more textured look, these two types of stripes may be separated by other stripes in which knit and purl stitches alternate in a vertical fashion. When you want to make a ribbed pattern, you must change from knit stitches to purl stitches within a row as opposed to alternating knit rows with purl rows (as is customary when making horizontal stripes).

Ribbing has a unique lateral look and tends to form small pleats. These pleats are formed when the purl stitches recede and the knit stitches come forward. As a result, the ribbing technique is often used for cuffs, the hems of a sweater, and most frequently, any type of form-fitting edge. The elasticity of the ribbing depends on the number of knit/purl transitions in the particular pattern.

Ribs are highly versatile and can be decorated with nearly any motif used for a plain knitted fabric. Some popular motifs used with rib stitches include bobbles, lace, cables, and a variety of colors.

Since ribbed edges are desgined to "hug" the body, you generally work them on needles one or two sizes smaller than the ones used for the body of the project. In terms of column width, the narrower the column of stitches, the more elastic the ribbing will be.

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This is another one of those patterns where you have to use the same kind of yarn or similar in order to get the effect you see. The Pixie yarn is hand spun and varies in thickness. Therefore, if you want to substitute something it would have to have the same varying thickness to make it look like the picture.

Has anyone knitted this? I want to but am wondering how much it will cost roughly to buy the wool and needles. I love the idea of big knitting like this but wonder how easy it is to knit with giant needles, any advice would be greatly appreciated. I love the colour and the pattern is really easy at it is just rib stitch all the way through the blanket. I thin would make a fab cosy doubled up for my greyhound who loves big cuddly blankets.

The blanket is very expensive to knit, the yarn cost is $270.65 plus tax and shipping. The skeins are $38.65 and you need 7 and the skeins are only 35 yards. I have made this with a less expensive jumbo yarn from my local yarn store, the big needles do take some getting used to, but anything you make with them goes very quickly.

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