I’m amazed to say that I actually finished knitting something that isn’t just a scarf. Can you believe it? Alright, technically, this knitted blanket is made up of three long pieces sewn together, much like a scarf, but it’s absolutely not a scarf!
This all started with a trip to John Lewis Oxford Street. About a year and a half ago, I went to the haberdashery section as I often do in a lunch hour and thought, I could make a blanket. I’m not the best knitter in the world and I’m certainly not the fastest but I wanted to challenge myself with something bigger and a blanket seemed challenging enough but not overwhelming.
I decided to go make strips rather than squares purely because a few years ago a friend of mine had shown me her own strips of wool that she was going to make into a blanket and it inspired me.
I chose Rowan’s Big Wool in a bright and somewhat clashy colour scheme, but you know what, it’s a feel-good blanket because it’s so colourful.
I used just under two balls of wool for each strip and it measures about 45cm x 32cm. I’ve already used it plenty of times and it’s so warm, especially in the recent snowy weather.
Here’s how to make it if you’d like to give it a go. Of course, feel free to substitute the colours for others (I’m pretty sure the ones I used are discontinued) but I went with an orange-purple-yellow colour scheme. You can buy the wool here, here and here. It does come in rather pricey for the blanket in total (around £55-£60) so do be aware of that.
What you’ll need:
Two x Rowan Big Wool (100g) in orange
Two x Rowan Big Wool (100g) in purple
Two x Rowan Big Wool (100g) in yellow
Pair of 15mm knitting needles
1. Cast on 20 stitches with 15mm needles in your first colour, leaving a piece the length of your arm to sew it up later.
2. Knit and continue until the strip measures around 45cm or reaches the size you want.
3. Cast off the first colour, leaving another piece the length of your arm to sew up later.
4. Cast on with your second colour, repeat steps 2 and 3, cast on with your third and, again, repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Once your blanket strips are ready, sew them together with a darning needle and sew all loose ends in, then demonstrate with pride. You’ve made a blanket!
Of course, there’s no stopping you if you want to add a fourth colour or even a fifth. It’s up to you!
Please do let me know if you make this blanket. I’d love to see photos if you do.