In my last post you may have noticed my lush, chunky knit blanket. I am proud to say, that bad boy was handmade by yours truly!
For Christmas, my boyfriend bought me a 2kg roll of chunky Marino wool. I have seen so many Pinterest pics of wide knit blankets; I have always wanted one and receiving that yarn made the old lady inside of me so very happy.
You can arm knit with this yarn but I personally think it is more difficult that way – and annoying if you want to have a break before completion. How I did it was by laying it out in front of me.
Start by unwinding a fair length of wool.
For the first knot, place your wool in front of you in a loop – the shape of the letter e. Go through this loop with your hand and pull wool through to create a second loop (around 5 inches) then tighten to create the knot.
To create the first row, go through the loop and pull through another loop (again of 5 inches) and so on until you have the amount you want – mine was 18 loops along. To check how many loops, simply count the upper braid.
Start the second row by going upwards. Use the same technique but create your new loop by pulling the wool through each loop of the row before it. You now should have a series of loops in the shape of the letter n.
These loops should be around 4 inches, try and keep them as even as possible.
Carry on with this method back and forth until you reach the end of your blanket. Be sure to leave enough wool to cast off – I’d say, slightly more than the amount you’ve used to do a row.
To cast off the blanket, overlap the first 2 loops in your final row. Go through both of them with your hand and grab the yarn to create a new loop. Then take the loop you’ve just created, along with the one next to it, and again go through with your hand and pull through the next loop.
Continue this until the end.
When you create the last loop, give yourself around 10 inches of excess and simply pull the remaining yarn through, tighten gently to create a knot.
Hide any excess on the back of the blanket by simply winding it in. The result is invisible.
There you have it! So simple, so fun and so rewarding. Both me, and my little pupper Kes here, are snug as a bug and you can be too.