The winter was (still is) cold and I was desperately looking for a blanket to warm me up. I stumbled across extra-large handknitted blankets and it was love at first sight. In my mind the chunky and soft wool creation fitted perfectly on my newly purchased couch that was still looking a bit plain. So I did some research and after a few weeks I finally purchased 3 kilos of grey blue merino wool. And oh boy, what am I happy with the end result. See for yourself!

Materials used

Now there might be some of you that raised some eyebrows when you read about the merino wool. Didn’t I just write negatively about merino wool a few articles ago you wonder? I did. I wrote about a practice called mulesing. To remind you again, mulesing is done at Merino sheep and unfortunately also a painful procedure. Merino sheep come from Australia and New-Zealand and are known for their thick and high quality wool. Merino sheep are able to produce this kind of wool because of the deep wrinkles in their skin. Unfortunately these deep wrinkles are also very attractive for parasites to lay their eggs in. Without treatment it would lead to the sheep’s death. To avoid this, mulesing is practiced by farmers. This involves removing strips of skin around the tail and buttock area of the sheep, often without anaesthesia. After mulesing, the Merino sheep will have no more wool growth at that specific area and are less vulnerable for to infections. Now of course this is something that I don’t forget easily. That is why I did some research before I bought the merino wool from to be sure no sheep were harmed for my wool. On they claim that the type of wool I chose comes from South America where mulesing is not common. This is because their climate is cooler than Australia and the wrinkles in the skin of the South American merino sheep are less deep than the Australian merino sheep. Conclusion? No animals were harmed for my blanket. I ended up purchasing 3 kilo grey blue dyed (OEKO-TEX certified) medium fine merino wool.

How it’s done

Before I ordered my wool and started knitting, I did some research for a few weeks. I had to determine what size it was going to be, how much wool I needed and what colour I was going to use. But most importantly, how I was going to knit the blanket! About eight years ago already I knitted some scarves with knitting needles, but that’s about it. Also, knitting with very thick merino wool is something completely different. On I found a video where a lady was arm knitting a XXL blanket. However, the problem with this is that you can make less stitches with arm knitting, while when you hand knit a blanket you can make it as wide as you want. I continued my search and I ended up with this video.

In this video a small blanket is handknitted step by step and extremely easy to follow. After seeing this video I was confident enough to start and it turned out to be just as easy as shown! If you look at other videos from that specific channel, you find many useful videos. This is a video that showcases all the sizes you could possibly make and in the comments you can find how many stitches you need to cast for what size. Warning! The sizes are in inches, so if you live in Europe, please be sure to convert it to centimetres.

There are plenty of other very substantial videos to be found on BeCozi’s channel, so be sure to check it out!

Get started!

I hope you liked this DIY and are informed enough for when you want to start knitting. Please don’t be hesitant to start! It is really just so simple and fun to do. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or contact us on Facebook. And if you eventually made a hand knitted blanket yourselves, please show us. We love to see what you have created!

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