How To Cast Off A Loom Blanket In 3 Easy Steps

For those who want to know how to cast off a loom blanket, we have simplified it into three steps for you! Binding off or casting off a loom blanket is a relatively straightforward process that you can do neatly. However, we combined all the best steps, so even beginners can do it fuss-free. 

We have taught you before on how to knit a blanket on a loom, so it will also be helpful for you to learn how to cast off a loom blanket. The idea is as simple as picking up stitches and knitting them together. If you’re still confused, proceed on reading below:

 

How To Cast Off A Loom Blanket

How To Cast Off A Loom Blanket For Beginners

 

1. Pick up stitches with your knitting tool 

You can use a crochet hook or a knitting tool to pick up your stitches. Start with the rightmost peg of the upper row and pick the stitch on the leftmost peg of the same row. Now that you have two stitches on your tool, lift the first stitch over the second one to combine them as one stitch. 

Then, you’ll insert the tool on the next peg of the opposite row to get another stitch and lift the first stitch over it to knit them together. This is the essence of binding off or casting off a loom as you move closer to the yarn tail. The process is quick and smooth, even for beginners. 

 

2. Knit the stitches together

Once you understand how to knit the stitches and combine them together, you’ll just continue across the loom. You will end up with one stitch on the tool when you’ve cast off the blanket. Then, cut the yarn, so there are only around 5 inches of tail left to make a knot. 

Take off the last stitch on the tool, insert the tail you left through it, and loop. Pull to secure a knot and weave in all the tails to finish.  You can then proceed to cast off the other end of the blanket.

 

3. Weave the yarn tails and finish binding off

For the other end, the process is the same. You’ll insert the tool on the stitch farthest from the tail, which is the rightmost one. Pull another stitch and knit it with the first stitch to bind off. 

Repeat the process with the anchor yarn guiding you until you have one stitch left. Similar to what you learned in step two, pull the tail through the final stitch and make a knot. Weave the yarn tail through the blanket and remove the anchor yarn tail.

 

How Do You Cast Off A Long Loom?

What if you made a blanket on a long or rectangular loom? How do you bind off? Once you understand the central concept of casting off using the three steps above, binding off all types of loom will be easy. 

Remember that regardless if you used a rectangular or round loom, casting off is similar. You can apply the basic bind off technique explained earlier since you are finishing a straight edge. But if you did a project that needs to be stretchable, like a pair of socks or a hat, binding off will be a little different. 

 

How do you make a stretchy bind off?

Wrap your yarn around the loom to get an extra length before cutting and threading it onto the needle. Then, put the needle through the left peg’s loop downward before going upward on the right peg’s loop to pull them snugly. If you don’t know which pegs, you’re simply working on the pegs at both sides of the yarn if you bring it to the left of the stitch you ended with. 

Much like the basic cast off technique, you’ll just move the loops over the first peg. The new peg will become the left peg, and the left peg before becomes the right peg. You’ll have your yarn behind this new right peg so you can go down the left peg’s loop and up the right peg’s loop. 

Continue binding off to reach the first two loops you started with. You should check if the first right peg becomes the left peg at this point. Finally, tie off the yarn, and you’re done. 

 

How Do You Bind Off A Weaving Loom?

What if you used the loom for weaving instead of knitting? The process of binding off a woven project is as straightforward as a knitted project. To do so, flip your weave and work on the backside. Twist the first loop and tighten it against the thread before pulling a second loop through it with a crochet hook. 

Slide the first loop you made to the base of the second loop and twist. You’ll repeat this practice of pulling a new loop through the previous one and pushing the latter down the next loop. Twist the resulting loop on the crochet hook and continue until you reach the bottom of the weave. 

Finally, secure the final loop by threading a sewing string through it. Work the string under the closest thread and double knot the loop to this thread. Tuck the ends and trim to make your weave secure and neat. 

 

Conclusion

If you know how to loom knit a blanket, you should master the proper technique for casting off or binding off. In this three-step guide on how to cast off a loom blanket, we have simplified it to help beginners understand it better. The main essence is picking up stitches and knitting them together. 

 

how to bind a baby blanket

Learn How To Bind A Baby Blanket At Home In 12 Easy Steps

Making baby blankets is one thing; learning how to bind a baby blanket is another.

 

You can sew a baby blanket to bind it. The details are below, and we added other baby blanket-related topics after it as well.

 

You will learn a lot of things in this article, especially if you’re a new parent. Be sure to give the whole thing a read!

 

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Bind A Baby Blanket

 

Step #1. Prepare your materials

Here are the materials you need; for the fabrics, you need 1 and 1/4 backing/binding, plus 7 or 8 yards of contrasting fabric.

 

You also need a rotary cutter, a ruler, a mat, and an erasable ink pen.

 

Lastly, you need a sewing machine.

 

Step #2. Fabric

First, cut the binding fabric into 40”x40” squares. Next, cut your contrast fabric into 30”x30” squares.

 

Then, diagonally fold the squares to ensure that they are indeed square.

 

You can cut the squares smaller, but ensure that the binding fabric is 10” bigger than the contrast fabric.

 

Step #3. Find the center

Place the contrast fabric in the middle of the cotton square with the right side up.

 

Step #4. Pin

First, find the center of one side of your contrast fabric and your backing fabric. Then, pin the center and edges of the contrast fabric to the edges of the backing fabric.

 

Leave one inch of contrast fabric’s corners unpinned. You will have at least 5” space of fabric on either side.

 

Next, find the center on the other sides and pin them as well.

 

Step #5. Floppy

You should have floppy triangles on the fabric corners after pinning them.

 

Step 6. Mark

Mark a dot 1/4” from both edges on all corners. Use a ruler.

 

Step #7. Sew

Sew all the edges together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave an 8” opening on one side so you can turn the blanket with the right side out.

 

When you are sewing one side, pull the next one out of the way. Sew the seams until the 1/4” dot.

 

Lift the needle when you reach the dot and turn the blanket.

 

Pull the backing fabric from the side you were working on. Then, sew the next side of the backing fabric from the 1/4” dot.

 

The floppy outside corners would still be open.

 

Step #8. Mitered corners

Pull the center fabric away from the backing fabric to make mitered corners.

 

Begin from one corner and pull it, then match the raw outside edges and make a triangle.

 

Diagonally fold the center fabric in half, match it to the intersecting seams. This should have a 45-degree angle next to the triangle flap.

 

Mark a line from the seam ends using a ruler. Then, draw along the outside folded edge of the binding fabric.

 

Step #9. Trim

Sew from the 1/4” endpoint of the original seam to the edge of the folded binding fabric.

 

Then, trim the excess flap 1/4” away from the new seam. Discard the excess.

 

Step #10. Flatten and press

Flatten the new seam open, then press it. Press the other seams, too, and make sure they remain flat even when you turn them with the right side up.

 

Finally, flatten and press the remaining corners as well.

 

Step #11. Right side out

Turn the blanket right side out when all corners are mitered. Shape the blanket carefully, then press the outside edges.

 

Tuck the center fabric’s edges toward the outside or binding fabric. Pin the edges together.

 

Step #12. Top stitch

Top stitch along the edges of the center fabric. Close the opening for turning.

 

Top stitch the outside blanket as well. Do the same thing on the middle of the center fabric as well to prevent it from shifting when being washed.

 

What is a self-binding baby blanket?

The steps above tell you how to make a self-binding baby blanket. Here, we’ll clarify the difference between a self-binding blanket and a traditionally bound one.

 

First, the former uses backing fabric. This is to make a finished edge outside the quilt, which gives it an applied binding look.

 

A self-bound blanket also takes less time to finish.

 

You can self-bind your quilts if you do not use them extensively because the outer edges of quilts are prone to damage.

 

Since the self-bound blanket only has one layer, it is not as sturdy as traditionally bound ones.

 

What is a baby blanket?

There are numerous variations of baby blankets. However, there are four main types; these are receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, security blankets, and crib blankets.

 

The receiving blanket is the most versatile among the four, while the swaddling blankets are for swaddling only.

 

A security blanket is generally made of soft fabric and made to provide comfort for your newborn.

 

Lastly, crib blankets have different types as well, from sheets to bedding sets.

 

Nonetheless, choosing one should be based on safety and comfort first.

 

Conclusion

Learning how to bind a baby blanket by yourself is challenging, especially since it is for your baby.

 

Despite the challenge, we assure you that it’s worth it when your baby lays on it and loves it!

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