This blanket is my favorite yet! Yes, you can loom knit a blanket using a different color for the border without having to add it after you finished the body of the blanket AND with nice clean sides and edges – no carrying yarn through the whole back or tons of cut yarn. Let’s back up a moment in my short loom knitting history. I started loom knitting just over a year ago in December 2018. Within a week of starting, I formed a local crafting group called Crafting Blessings to craft items or blessings for donation. I quickly caught the loom knitting bug and my creative juices starting flowing. I have a background in all sorts of crafting and a degree in art. I love to create!
While creating some hats and blankets, the issue of “can I make a 2 color blanket” came to light. I saw tons of people asking in many Facebook groups, but with no answers. The only answer offered was to loom knit the blanket in one color, then add a border in a different color. That was not the solution I was searching for. After many trials and many failures, I used my knowledge of weaving to create a solution that works! In weaving, there is a method called “clasp weft”. It is a method of weaving with 2 (or more) colors of yarn. The yarn on each side stays on the side it came from but clasps/joins in the middle and goes back the way it came from. The yarn is not carried behind the work or cut off and new yarn added. You can see the photo below on how the yarn joins the next color and goes back the way it came from.
I shared my discovery in my Facebook groups. Someone commented that this has already been discovered… sort of. I then read the only tutorial she mentioned and though confusing, I think it is different somewhat from mine. This method will not create any holes but does create a nice dotted line effect on the back side of the work. I personally love this effect because it mimics the dotted line left when changing the border color to the body color using this pattern I designed. The front of the blanket will not show this line and there will be a seamless transition from one color to the other.
Let’s take a second to review the history of the “hurdle stitch” shown in my videos which is a comical one. With my limited needle knitting knowledge, I translated a basic needle knit stitch called the hurdle stitch incorrectly. So, in short my first 2 baby blanket tutorials and my hat tutorial are not the traditional hurdle stitch from regular knitting. Since then I have made a tutorial for the traditional hurdle stitch hat found here. This 2 color blanket and matching baby hat is also made in my version of the hurdle stitch, which is a very beautiful stitch and works up easily.
That being said, I think you will love making this blanket and matching baby hat. I can’t wait to see all the amazing color combinations you guys will make.
In this tutorial you will learn how to loom knit a baby blanket (or any size) on a round loom, straight loom, infinity loom, etc. and matching baby hat on a round loom from start to finish. The final width of my blanket using 40 of the 41 pegs was about 16.5″ width. The final length of my baby hat was 5.25″. I make this set for tiny NICU babies, so this is a very small baby blanket for that reason. Using different yarn, loom gauge, plus other differences will make the width and lengths different than mine. If you want the blanket larger, just use a loom with more pegs, such as a large round afghan loom, long loom or your basic infinity loom. Cindiwood looms has some great options for larger looms with more pegs.
In full disclosure, the first 8 minutes of the video are slightly boring because I tell you how to set up your loom. I filmed this last year before I had practice at filming videos and got a little wordy, BUT I highly suggest you watch the whole intro which will give you all the details on the pattern and setting up your loom and adjustments on how to change the border size or blanket size for any size loom. The pattern can be done using any even number of pegs. Since we are doing a panel that goes back and forth, you can use any amount of pegs from the loom you are using. For example, I use a 41 peg loom in the video, but only use 40 of those pegs. As shown in the video, you will need 2 balls of the border yarn. You can separate 1 skein into 2 balls or just use 2 different skeins.
KNIT STITCHES USED: Ewrap knit stitch, Uwrap knit stitch, Purl stitch
- Loom, hook & yarn needle: 24 and 41 peg looms from a basic loom set
- 2 different colors of yarn: 1 strand of #5 or #6 chunky yarn or 2 strands of #4 worsted weight yarn (or whatever size and strand amounts for the loom you are using depending on the loom gauge)
- Stitch markers per the pattern to mark my loom which is very helpful in this pattern
- Yarn used: I used Loops and Threads – Charisma in the colors Dark Blue and Violet
Feel free to use this pattern, but please see the following information regarding use of this pattern.
Please do not copy or distribute this pattern in any manner or claim as your own.
You may sell products made from this pattern only if you clearly credit the design to me (The Davet Homestead) and provide a link to my blog www.thedavethomestead.com. No mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind is allowed. My photos may NOT be used, you must take your own photos of your finished products for your use. Please considering making blankets and/or hats from this pattern and donating them to your local children’s hospital, women’s shelter, homeless shelter, etc.
At this time I do not have a written pattern for this blanket. I will try to make one in the future if possible. Considering making a small donation ($3 suggested – though anything is appreciated) for the time and effort it takes to make these videos: paypal.me/BridgetDavet.
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Here is the video tutorial of how to make this loom knitted 2 color blanket and baby hat. Please give the video a thumbs up!! Subscribe to my channel to receive notifications when I upload new videos.
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Links to other video tutorials listed in this video:
- Double Ewrap cast on: https://youtu.be/5wYyz2OiGeY
- Purl stitch: https://youtu.be/msdW2fbxSGI
- Drawstring bind off: https://youtu.be/ktT5REdmz88
Here is the YouTube video of my one color hurdle stitch blanket:
And you might enjoy my borderless hurdle stitch blanket YouTube tutorial as well: