One of my granniest past times is knitting. I tend to be on my phone every waking minute of the day, so to force myself to take a break I pick up some knitting to keep my hands busy and away from my iPhone for an hour or so most nights. I cannot knit anything cool or interesting as I only knit in a straight line, which is why my cat has countless little blankets for his bed!
This year I decided to kick it up a notch and knit something I could actually enjoy myself. I have seen lots of beautiful chunky blankets all over instagram/ pinterest and Etsy and thought I could do that myself, or at least try.
Little did I know that the jumbo wool needed is actually quite difficult to source and is also super expensive (considering I usually only spend about €5 on my cat blankets!). After searching Dublin and the internet high and low I decided to order from Ali Express. The jumbo yarn is an acrylic and cashmere mix ( I imagine it is heavier on the acrylic side) but it was cheap and cheerful so I wouldn’t be too upset if I messed it up.
Shop the jumbo yarn here. I went for colour 12 and it took about a month to arrive in Ireland.
To work out how much you may need I used this guide from Etsy (see the store here):
How much wool do I need?
Blanket 30*50 inches — 2 kg (4.4 lb)
Blanket 48*48 inches — 3 kg (6.6 lb)
Blanket 58*58 inches — 4 kg (8.8 lb)
Blanket 64*80 inches — 7 kg (13.2 lb)
Plus size scarf — 1 kg (2.2 lb)
The wool was actually really soft and I am so impressed with the quality. It should also be noted that I am the furthest thing from a perfectionist so if you notice any dropped stitches or mistakes it really doesn’t annoy me, but if you are a perfectionist you may way to spend a little longer and take the knitting a little slower than I did.
So I decided to make two blankets, one knitted with my arms…. YES ARMS! Instead of needles you use your hands and arms, although it sounds crazy it is a lot easier than you may think. This gives you a really lose knit blanket, very chunky and a little messier. This blanket took about 2 hours and I couldn’t take a break for it. The blanket was literally hanging from my arm so I was forced to continue until I finished. If you do plan on arm knitting make sure you have someone around who can answer the door, help you untangle any wool etc as you are a little helpless while using this technique.
I found this YouTube tutorial really easy to follow , and I hope you do too! I did not use the plastic bags to extend the blanket and only used the length of my arm up to my elbow, which I found to be easier and more than enough for the length.
The second blanket was knitted using big needles that came with the yarn, and is only half way through. As I am using needles I can put the knitting away after a few lines so it is taking longer than the arm knit blanket. The other difference is that this knit is a lot tighter so the blanket will be a lot smaller when it’s completed.
If you would LOVE to have a chunky knit blanket but wouldn’t want to DIY I found some gorgeous ready-made ones for sale on ETSY here.
I hope this post has inspired you take some of your home decor into your own hands. I love a little DIY and I cannot say how happy I am when someone compliments the arm knitted blanket on my couch, and when I see the look on their face when I say I did it myself.
If you have any DIY ideas I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Since getting our house I am always looking for things I can do myself to make it a really cosy and cute home.
Good luck knitting!