Knitting needles to the rescue! Had some bumps along the way. This machine knit blanket had such small stitches, I couldn't use any of my circular needles. Ended up stitching this up with my size 3 dpn sock needles. I was able to save some of the ribbed edge. Blanket just lost about 2 inches in length. Mother-in-law is happy with her good-as-new blanket. She says she's had the blanket since about 1992.