I love making these blankets. I have about a dozen of them, I need to figure out what to do with them! I’ve given one to a friend and I’ve kept one for myself, as they are the perfect size to grab when curling up for a nap.
Knitting is my favorite pastime. It’s so soothing and comforting, and it’s a great way to keep your hands busy doing something useful while your mind wanders wherever it wants.
My daughter has a lovely tile floor in her dining room but when you slide the chairs over it, you hear a rather loud scraping sound. The chairs have those plastic feet on the bottom, which are supposed to eliminate sound, but . . . they don’t.
I decided to crochet “socks” for the chairs. They work so well, I wanted to share the pattern with everyone in case anyone else might want to make these.
I used a size “I” crochet hook, and some ordinary 4-ply acrylic yarn.
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in the first ch from hook. Join with slip stitch into first ch. (6 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each of next 6 sc, join with slip stitch into first ch. (12 sc)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 12 sts. (12 sc)
Rounds 4 – 12: same as Round 3. End off and hide tails inside of sock.
I suggest making a “cap” for extra protection of the foot part of the sock, to make it last longer. For this, all you do is follow Rounds 1 and 2, then end off there, leaving a long tail, about 18”, which you will thread into a yarn needle and sew the cap onto the end of the sock.
The yarn is slightly stretchy, so these socks fit snuggly. If you need socks slightly larger or smaller, I think the easiest way to achieve that would be to use a larger or smaller crochet hook. You could make the socks longer, if you wish. I made them this size because I didn’t want them to fall off too easily, and I think if they were much shorter, they might.
… and wish all of you a Happy New Year. I hope 2023 is filled with good things for everyone. I’ve kept busy knitting blankets this past year, made nearly a dozen of them, and since I gave one away for a Christmas gift, it’s time to start another!
A wonderful person just let me know that “National Teddy Bear Day” is coming up, the 9th of this month. What a fun idea! I had no clue this was a thing. I’ve managed to knit a few teddy bears in my life. It’s so satisfying; and this has rekindled my excitement; I will have to get out my teddy bear knitting needles. I’m currently knitting a blanket and a pair of socks, but I can always set them aside and start on a bear, right? Here’s a pic of a mommy teddy bear with her baby teddy bear that I made a few years ago.
. . . for a knitted blanket. This blanket is heftier than most knitted projects, since it’s a doubled thickness; and the main enjoyment comes from simply knitting and knitting and knitting. No special requirements to pay attention with this pattern, you merrily knit away while you watch a movie, visit with a friend, listen to an Audible book or your own thoughts.
I’ve made ten of these so far, and I find people absolutely adore them; it’s a great way to use up leftover balls of yarn, so you always have a unique color combination in each blanket. Just grab a ball of yarn, tie it onto the tail of the last one, and keep going! They make great gifts.
On a 36” or longer circular knitting needle (I use a size 8 but you can use whatever you have) cast on 252 stitches. Join and knit 125 stitches. Place a marker. Slip one stitch, (this will make a nice fold line for when the blanket is finished) and knit another 125 stitches where you will place a second marker. Now, off you go! Always slip the stitch after the marker so you have that line for folding the blanket. When you are finished, fold it carefully then crochet around all the edges, closing the open ends together and using the slipped stitches as a place to put your crochet hook. You can crochet something fancy around the edge if you wish, after you’ve sealed the blanket’s edges.
I’ve always loved yarn. This smitten-ness came upon me when I was quite young. A favorite aunt of mine showed me what to do with a crochet hook, and for years afterward I crocheted everything I could; it became my favorite hobby. I’ve made over thirty afghans, dozens of rugs, a plethora of toys, lots of silly potholders, a few truly ugly jackets and some beautiful Christmas ornaments.
Knitting, however (the other thing you do with yarn) was different. It took me several years to learn how to knit. I’m admitting this because I think I’m not alone here. Some of us just have a hard time figuring it out. I don’t know if it was because I learned how to crochet first, or what.
My mother was an excellent knitter, and so was my great grandmother. She knit socks for her eighteen children in Denmark. So impressive. Once I got the hang of it though, I was smitten again. I set aside my crochet hook and began to knit. Everything. I, too, love to knit socks, but I will knit just about anything that strikes my fancy—sweaters, blankets, scarves, shawls, leg warmers, vests, ponchos, hats, mittens, slippers, toys . . . a few years ago, I knit up an entire Noah’s ark for my grandchildren.