For me the colder weather always brings with it a need or perhaps a craving to create homemade items. Being stuck inside makes me look at my spaces with bored eyes and my hands get itching to create something to spice them up.
This winter I’ve gone back to knitting, which is so, so, so popular, right now. The inspiration is everywhere. I decided to get on the huge chunky knitting bandwagon and went off to my favourite wool store…….and I came home with 12mm knitting needles. These are the BIGGEST needles I have ever used…I know, I know, if you look on Pinterest you will see many, many larger needles, some that are made from PVC pipes….WOW clever people, really clever.
Well, I wasn’t quite up to that, so I’m sticking with my somewhat large needles and what’s called Briggs and Little Pure Wool Country Roving yarn.
It is five strands thick and very, very, easy to break….take my word on that. I choose a dark blue…I’m sure you are shocked by that…snicker….for the throw blanket I decided to make and it’s coming along nicely.
I call it my Hunky, Chunky, Roving Wool throw. And I just may have it done by spring
No pattern for me, nope, I just read up on a bunch of blogs and Pinterest, on what everyone had done and I kind of went from there.
So for those that want a pattern to follow, here’s what I did, by no means do I claim to be an expert knitter, I’m just a dabbler, so proceed at your own risk.
Cast on 40 stitches (about all these knitting needles could handle)
Then first row knit in garter stitch (that’s straight knitting, if you’re not sure).
Then the pattern is -
1st row – K1, *K2, P2* and repeat * to end K1
2nd row – P1, *K2 , P2* and repeat * to end K1
Easy, peasey, and you can see the pattern shaping up in the photo. Now, if you are wondering how many balls of yarn to buy, I am going to have to get back to you on that. I bought four to begin with, but I fully anticipate having to go back to pick up some more.
****Disclaimer – you really should get all your wool at one time so that they are all from the same dye lot (the colours can vary with each dye lot). I’m just hoping that I get back there soon enough that they aren’t on to the next dye lot.
If this works out well, there may be many, many, many throws given as gifts next Christmas…..you didn’t read this, family and friends.
So what are you making during this long, cold, snowy winter?