Step 1: Pattern, supplies and casting on
If you just want to look at a knitting pattern, just head on over to that link and have at it! In this guide, I'm going to go over some tips and tricks to make this pattern easier.
I would recommend using worsted weight yarn or thicker, with the appropriately sized needle. Mainly, you want your knitting to really show off the swirly pattern created by the yarn-overs so you don't want your stitches too loose. You also probably don't want to use anything smaller than worsted weight, or you will be knitting this blanket forever.
The blanket I will show you how to start in this tutorial is worsted weight yarn with size 8 needles.
You will need:
at least 1 stitch marker
size 8 (or the appropriately sized needle) dpns (double pointed needles)
size 8 (or the appropriately sized needle) 12 or 16 inch circular needles
size 8 (or the appropriately sized needle) circular needles in increasing lengths. I love needles that have interchangeable cables for projects like this.
Lots of yarn. The blanket I start in this tutorial is kind of going to be a random mishmash of different yarns, but they are all approximately worsted weight.
Skills you will need:
knitting in the round
Begin the pattern by casting on 5 stitches. I like to cast on to one dpn, knit the first row, then distribute the stitches between the other dpns and connect the round. You should place a stitch marker here. I like to position this so it is in the middle of one of my dpns so it doesn't slide off while you're knitting on the other needles.