Gigantic Blankie

When I had Craft Boss over this weekend, I taught her how to spin and as she practiced I cast on Gigantic Blankie.

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!?

A basket full of scrummy yarn!
A basket full of scrummy yarn!

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’.

The blanket in all of its glory!
The blanket in all of its glory!

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.

Close up of a funky fur section on the gigantic blankie
Close up of a funky fur section on the gigantic blankie

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?

Much love,


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27 Responses to Gigantic Blankie

  1. Ahhh yeah I seen A Stash Addict’s giant blanket, and yours looks amazing too! I think it would be really cool to try something like this and very snuggly too!

  2. Donna says:

    What a great idea. I will have to try that!

  3. Jarka says:

    OMG I LOVE THE IDEA!!! lovely colors ! fun idea! I wish I had enough yarn to do that…

  4. Deb Hickman says:

    I love it!!!!! What a great idea to use up your yarn, I may having a go at one myself. Deb x

  5. Ginny says:

    The mix of wools looks beautiful together.

    • Corrie Berry says:

      Thank you, I was a bit nervous because I didn’t plan it, but I suppose I must buy to a certain family of shades/colour pallets because it could have looked absolutely awful…

  6. Nikoleta says:

    I saw A Stash Addict’s gigantic blankie and I was thinking of doing something similar. I really really love how yours is turning out! Are you using mostly full skeins or bits and pieces?

    • Corrie Berry says:

      I’m using a mixture of each. Quite a lot of full skeins of light blue that I bought for a jumper then realised the colour would look awful on me…and bits and pieces of left-overs from other projects.

  7. Regula says:

    Oh yes, I knitted a sweater when I was about 16 years old. There was so much left over yarn from socks my mother had knitted for us 5 children. I also took four strands and just started knitting. The sweater turned out beautiful.
    But I haven’t thought about it for a long time. Then on my little brother’s wedding someone showed photographs of him (and the bride of course) and there he was wearing my leftover sweater. I still tink it turned out beautiful. :-)

  8. Evelyn says:

    I love the collection of colours together, you’re going to have a very cosy blanket when you’re done :)

  9. The giant blanket looks awesome. And yes, the fun fur just adds to it! It’s going to be glorious! Wanna knit one for me? LOL!

  10. I do something very similar! I use four strands of acrylic or other yarn I know I won’t use, a size Q crochet hook or 15US knitting needles, and make cat mats to give to a local cat rescue! It’s an awesome way to use up acrylic, and the mats are only about 12″x18″, so they knit/crochet up fast. I don’t know if I could handle 8 strands of yarn, though :)

    • Corrie Berry says:

      This sounds a lot more generous than what I am doing, now you make me feel bad! It’s OK, I haven’t had any tangles (yet…touch wood) but I am finding a few strands where one or other of the colours hasn’t been pulled tight with the others. It’s fine.

  11. Sezza says:

    It looks lovely, so cozy! I would definitely use it – I’m sure you will too.

  12. terra says:

    Your giant blanket is really interesting with all its colours! It seems to be cosy too. Great project.

  13. That looks amazing, what a great idea. I’m off to investigate my stash……

  14. Your blanket in the works look already fabulous! Love all the colours together, really nice!

  15. Alicia says:

    That’s similar to the Garter Squish pattern by Stephen West, but more colorful!

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