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January 18, 2020

Loom Knit the Best Teacher Gift Ever! Thank You Note Blanket

Inside: This loom knit Thank You Note Blanket pattern is the ultimate teacher gift complete with notebook paper and a heartfelt message.

My friend and fellow crafter, Summer Cromartie, shared pictures of an incredible blanket she crocheted as a gift for her son’s teacher. The Teacher Thank You Note Blanket shows a piece of classic notebook paper with a “hand written” note from her son. This is hands down the ultimate teacher gift and I don’t know of any teacher that wouldn’t cherish this afghan forever.

I knew I had to come up with a loom knit version so all my yarny peeps could try this fun project!

Loom Knit Thank You Note Blanket Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

Teachers go above and beyond the call of duty every day to teach our children.  This loom knit Thank You Note Blanket pattern gives you the opportunity to show how much your child’s teacher means to you.

This easy pattern uses garter stitch notebook paper and a surface crocheted personal note from your child.  It is sure to be cherished forever.

loom knit thank you note blanket

MATERIALS

Yarn:
Big Twist Classic Solids. Bulky 5 weight. (312g / 11oz, 585 m / 640 yards)
Contrast A Notepaper. White. 1(2) skeins
Contrast B Ruled lines. Teal. 1 skein

Bernat Softee Baby Chunky (140 g / 5 oz, 142 m / 155 yards
Contrast C Punched Holes.  Cozy Gray 1 skein (very little; may use scraps

Big Twist Rainbow Classic Solids (312g / 11oz, 562 m / 615 yards)
Contrast D Margin line. Bubblegum 1 skein (very little; may use scraps)

Red Heart Super Saver Solids (198g / 7oz, 333 m / 364 yards)
Contrast E Lettering. Charcoal. 1 skein

Loom:  
⅝” Large Gauge (LG) loom with at least 84 (139) pegs.
CinDWood ⅝” gauge Extra Large X Loom (144 pegs) used in sample.(Optional – ⅝” large gauge 24 peg small round loom can be used for making the punched holes.) 

Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS
EK = Ewrap knit
P = Purl
Approx. = Approximately
CO = Cast on
Rep = Repeat
St(s) = Stitch(es)

GAUGE
Gauge 12 sts x 28 rows in 4” in garter stitch

SKILL LEVEL Easy

SIZES Small (Large) 

MEASUREMENTS
Small – 28” x 38.5” (71 cm x 98 cm)
Large – 46.33” x 62.5” (118 cm x 159 cm)

NOTES 

Blanket is loom knit from the top down in all garter stitch using white for the paper and teal for the notebook lines. 

Punched holes in the margin are knit separately and stitched on when the blanket is done.

The red margin and text of the note are added using surface crochet.  See Lettering notes below about adding the text.

See Lettering notes below about adding text.

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTEBOOK PAPER
With A, CO 84 (139).

Top Margin:
Foundation row: P all.

Row 1: EK all.
Row 2: P all.

Rep Rows 1-2 until piece measures 9” (approx. 64 rows).

Ruled Lines:
Blue Line
Row 1: With B, EK all.
Row 2: P all.

White Space
Row 3: With A, EK all.
Row 4: P all.

Repeat Rows 3-4 10 more times (22 total rows with A)

Repeat Blue Line and White Space 7 (14) more times.

Bottom Margin
With B Repeat Blue Line Rows 1-2.
With A Repeat White Space Rows 3-4 6 times (12 rows).

Bind off. Weave in tails.

RED MARGIN

Margin line is added using surface crochet.  With the blanket laying flat right side up, place stitch marker along bottom edge 6” (9.5”) from the left side.  This is where you will surface crochet your margin. Follow the same column of knit stitches as you work the crochet slip stitches.  Place stitch markers at each teal notebook line in the same column to guide you.

With D, surface crochet a straight line from the bottom edge to the top.  Break D. Weave in tails.

PUNCHED HOLES
Make 3.

Cast on 24 sts using chain cast on and leaving 12” tail for sewing onto blanket. 

Rnd 1: EK all.
Rep Rnd 1 three more times.

Bind off using the *Modified Gathered Bind Off.

*Modified Gathered Bind Off

  1. Measure around loom 2 times and cut tail. 
  2. Starting with Peg 1, place yarn below as to purl and pull tail all the way through loop.
  3. Remove loop from loom. 
  4. Place working yarn behind next peg to slip. 
  5. Work next odd peg as Peg 1 and repeat slipping with yarn in back for even pegs for the round. 
  6. Next round place yarn above Peg 2 and knit over pulling tail through loop.
  7. Take loop off loom. 
  8. Place working yarn behind next peg to slip. 
  9. Work next peg as Peg 2 and repeat slipping with yarn in back for the rest of the round
  10. Once off loom pull tail tightly to close.
  11. Weave in tail or sew tail to secure.

Sew holes onto blanket using yarn tails and centering them between the left edge and margin using the following placement as a guide:  

Hole 1: Centered across top teal line
Hole 2: Center of blanket between lines 8 and 9
Hole 3: Centered across line 16

LETTERING

Letter size:  Uppercase and tall letters are about 22 rows tall.  Lowercase letters are about 11 rows tall.

Spacing:  Leave 1 to 2 sts between each letter.  Leave 7-10 sts between words.

Plan to crochet between the stitches just above the teal row you are “writing” on.  Children are sloppy writers so it’s fine if it doesn’t line up perfectly. 

Plan out your letters in advance!! (Kristen’s tip: Use graph paper to plan each letter. Each square represents one stitch; draw letter using above instructions). When possible try and crochet the entire letter at once.  This is not possible with uppercase “I”, “T”, or “X” or lowercase “i”, “j”, “f” or “t” so you will need to add a new strand to dot your “i” and cross your “t”.  I used a yarn needle and stitched an “x” for the dots and for the periods at the ends of the sentences. Example: To make a lowercase “h” it is best to start at the top of the letter and stitch straight down to the teal line. Then retrace that line a couple rows up before you stitch the hump of the “h”

As your teachers told you, It’s okay to make mistakes. (Surface crochet is easy to rip out!)  

Text

With E, surface crochet text of note onto blanket.

Weave in tails.

PIN IT!


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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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