I’ve just finished this Cable Knit blanket for an Etsy customer. It’s the biggest one I’ve ever made. It fits a 5 ft wide double bed, with a 10 inch drape over either side. There are 5 cable columns requiring almost 100 stitches.
I used my 25mm circular needles which my Uncle made for me on his lathe.
In terms of hours spent knitting, the blanket doesn’t take that long to make. But in this case it took me 4 weeks to complete, because I was away for a week on a business trip, and then I was on holiday for another week. During the time away, I had quite a lot of ‘downtime’ which would have been perfect for knitting, but unfortunately an extreme knitting blanket isn’t exactly portable! I ordered 5 kgs of supersoft chunky yarn and I used every last metre. I was joining in new balls of yarn every 5 or 6 rows.
I knitted it into a large cardboard box, occasionally spreading it out onto a bed to measure progress and check for mistakes (luckily for me there weren’t any – undoing this beast would be a bit of a nightmare!)
After casting off, there were seemingly hundreds of yarn ends to weave in, which was quite an undertaking in itself.
I love the result though, and I think my customer has chosen a great colour. The blanket is winging its way to her now, and I really hope she likes it.
Till next time,