to make a baby blanket from a knitting pattern dictionary.
your book of knit stitches, sit in a comfortable chair, perhaps
with a little snack, and start flipping through the stitch pictures...you
will notice you are attracted to some "looks" and not to others.
At this point don't look at any of the pattern instructions. Again,
I am talking about a book of just stitches...not a how-to-make something
book. Go through the pictures a few times before you look at the
a beginner, you may then wish to either, pick a certain technique
to learn, like a wrap...or you may see something you HAVE to do
:-) A good starting pattern would have not more than four different
rows (two would be even better) and the instructions in the row
shouldn't be very long.
from Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary:
Row 1 knit, winding thread 3 times around needle
2 Purl, letting extra 2 loops drop
This makes a very open work....would be nice for a summer shawl.
Put some rows of st.st. in between if you like...or garter... Back
to the baby blanket. Cast on enough stitches to make "about" the
width you want...do you really care "exactly" how wide it is? (if
you do, my style is not your style :-) Work as many rows of the
pattern as you want to make the blanket as long as you want...and
cast off. The baby will love it :-)