When I had Craft Boss over this weekend, I taught her how to spin and as she practiced I cast on Gigantic Blankie.
I had seen this idea in an FO Friday post from Tami’s Amis a few weeks ago, by A Stash Addict – the basic concept is that you take big needles and cast on with multiple strands of yarn. I had a huge amount of DK acrylic lying around that I’ve been trying to get rid of for ages – remember Kittylow!?
So, I’m using eight strands of yarn with 15 mm needles. The original plan was 12 strands with 24 mm needles, but I couldn’t find those ones…and the 15 mm are already hard enough to hold! My housemates were laughing at me and saying the needles are ‘comically big’.
I already love the Gigantic Blankie. The colour combinations have come out really well – I am just tying in a new ball of yarn when one runs out, and I’m taking full advantage of having loads of funky fur which looks incredible in the blanket. I am not sure how practical it is going to be…it may end up being one of those knits that you make and then it sits around collecting dust because you can’t actually use it.
That said, there are fewer things I love more than curling up under a blanket of an evening with a cup of hot chocolate and my knitting, so we will see. It’s not really wide enough at the moment – I may have to make another one and sew them together. We will see what happens!
All I need now is the cat….!
Have you ever tried something similar? What would you make?
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