A while ago I bought a huge 4kg ball of wool with the aim to arm-knit myself one of those chunky blankets I’ve seen all over the internet for a few years now, and because of exams it sat in the corner for weeks. But now that Uni is over for the semester, I finally got around to knitting it the other night!
The wool was a bit pricey at £60 for 4kg, but still one of the cheaper, good quality options I could find in the UK. Plus, it was an amount I was willing to spend to have the experience of making my own blanket. I bought mine from Woolly Mahoosive and opted for their acrylic “Mammoth” yarn in Amber, as the acrylic yarn was the cheaper option – however, it still feels lovely and soft. The company also included recommended instructions for making a blanket out of the wool, which was very helpful as I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
It was a fairly easy process once I got into it. I’ve knitted before so I’m familiar with the basics and it didn’t take me long to get to grasps with knitting on my arms, with some help from this YouTube video by Simply Maggie. In the video she says it should take around 40 minutes to knit your blanket, but since I had more (and thicker) wool, and I was a bit clumsy to start with, it took me a few hours. However, I think this is a very short amount of time considering you get a cosy, chunky blanket out of it.
At first, it was a bit tough having that many stitches on my arm, and as you can see they bunched up a lot as I only have so much arm and the length of the blanket is a lot longer. But after a few rows, I got used to it and the feeling of the stitches that were fairly tight on my arm. It is definitely something I’ll be doing again – it was so much fun and I love having things that I’ve made myself, as it makes them feel much more special.
This is the final result! I’ve popped it on a double bed in our spare room for these pictures, and as you can see, it fits the width of the bed really well and covers half the length of it, too. And it looks equally as good folded in half as a runner at the bottom of the bed.
It’s very heavy and cosy – perfect to get underneath on a night in, especially in the winter months, I can imagine!
Even though it cost a lot and didn’t take too much time to make, it’s still a project that I’m really proud of. I’ll definitely be making more in the future for family, friends, or just for myself (when I can find more funds, that is!).
What do you think of chunky knit blankets, and do you think you’d invest in the wool to make one yourself? Would you be interested in a tutorial next time I make one?