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.
Step 2: Counting a Lot and Adding a Double Pointed Needle
Another tip for making this blanket easier is to put a stitch marker on your needles right after every yarn over, so you have 10 stitch markers around your needles. Make sure the marker for the end of your round is a different color or somehow distinguishable from the others so you know where your rounds start and end. It can be annoying to slide the markers over, but if it's your first time making this pattern and you are somewhat of a beginner it will make your experience much easier. (I didn't use these since I have made this blanket several times before and I am very comfortable with it.)
As you get the hang of it you will probably be able to take the markers out (except for the one that marks the end of a round), but have 10 markers can significantly cut down on the time you spend counting your stitches and makes it easier to tell when to do a yarn-over if you don't know how to recognize the stitch. Don't worry, you will be able to spot on coming a mile away by the end of this blanket!
Step 3: Switching to Circular Needles
Step 4: Switching to Longer Circular Needles
Step 5: Bind Off and Finish!
And there you have it! A fun and unique circular blanket!