I bought six skeins of washable cashmere to knit a baby blanket for my first grandchild. Yikes! It looks like thread!
What size needles should I use? Since I'm a beginnet I thought I'd do a basic basket weave. Any suggestions/help?
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What a great problem to have. You could see what needle size is suggested on the yarn label and play around from there. Try a swatch in knit and purl sts as you would use for the basketweave pattern and see if you like the knit fabric. Try larger and smaller needles on the swatch and see what happens. You may like looser or tighter knit fabric.
Sounds like lots of fun and congrats on your first grandchild. These are great times.
If you're worried about running out of yarn before you finish your blanket, you can make a swatch using several different size needles to figure out which one you prefer, and then unravel it and wind the yarn loosely around the skein for reuse later. I often set that skein aside and start with another one just so the kinky yarn has a chance to straighten itself out a bit.