Have you ever seen those gorgeous super chunky knitted throws on Pinterest and wondered how to make them? Well I had been puzzled as to how you could knit with such thick yarn…until I was offered some “mammoth” yarn to try from Woolly Mahoosive. The first thing I did was watch loads of tutorials on YouTube, and to my surprise you don’t need giant needles (although you can get them). You don’t even need to knit on your arms (which might be a problem if you needed the loo or someone rang the doorbell!). In fact it’s really easy to make a bed throw or blanket with it laid out flat.
This huge ball of wall weighed 4kg, enough to knit a throw for a double bed. Once you make the first row it’s just a case of pulling the working yarn through the loops until you get to the end then working back again. I had some extra help from my mother-in-law and Isobel, proving that knitting can be a great family activity! We took it in turns to knit a row and it was finished in no time.
My second attempt at hand knitting a chunky bed throw couldn’t be more different from the first, which took about two years!
My daughter has been asking me to teach her to knit for some time, and to be honest it does test my patience. I now appreciate my mum, aunt and nan taking the time to teach me…and frequently picking up my dropped stitches! My second attempt at hand knitting a chunky bed throw couldn’t be more different from the first, which took about two years! Ok, it was a patchwork blanket and I did it in stages over the colder months. It’s funny how I rarely feel like knitting in the summer.
The only thing I found tricky was knowing how much of a tail to leave for casting off. I ended up undoing a row so that I had enough, but it’s super quick to undo/redo any rows. With hindsight, I probably could have made the stitches tighter so that they were more compact, but I do like the loose effect. The throw ended up being quite wide, which means that turned on its side it’s long on the bed and only just covers the width. The brilliant thing about this yarn is that you can gently stretch it to make it cover a larger area. It’s so soft to touch too – I think I’ll enjoy sleeping on it as much as under it!
Have you ever tried hand or arm knitting? Do you love crafting?
Disclaimer: The wool was gifted to me in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest and unbiased.