I just finished my first knitted item ever! Basically, it's just a rectangle that I knitted out of a ball of yarn while teaching myself to knit. It actually would make a cute doll blanket so I do want to finish it off, plus, I'm now working on a dishcloth that will need finishing also.
So here's the question: from what I understand, I am supposed to take a yarn needle, thread it with the ends of my yarn on both edges, and then weave that piece of yarn through some of the stitches? How long should that extra piece be and about how many stitches should I weave it through? Do I need to tie a knot or anything?
Also...about blocking...I've read about blocking and understand how to do it but I've always read about it in conjunction with things like sweaters. Should I block blankets, scarves and dish and wash cloths also? Does it work with cotton yarn as well as wool?
I would truly appreciate any help!
Thanks so much!