It is a lot of fun and immensely satisfying making blankets. It is a good way to use up scraps of wool and different effects can be achieved with colours and by using different stitches. Add to the challenge by trying new stitches in a manageable size!
The quickest and easiest knitting method is to cast on 40 stitches (adjust according to tension) of double knitting wool on size 8 (4mm) needles. Continue in garter stitch until work measures 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm). Cast off loosely and sew in ends.
To make a diagonal square, cast on one stitch and increase one. Knit. Increase at the beginning of the next row, knit to end. Continue increasing one at the beginning of each row until sides measure 8" (20cm) and then decrease by knitting two together at the beginning of each row until the last stitch is reached, cast off and sew in ends.
Squares can also be crocheted.
To save time, knit (crochet) strips 64" (162cm) long and any width from 8" (20cm). This way there is less joining and fewer ends to sew in.
Join squares/strips together with running stitch or for a neater finish, crochet.