For a knitting pattern to be successful, it has to be thoroughly tested. Just as important, it must be easy to find the tools and materials needed to make it.
My giant wool cat basket is knitted in the round. I’ve always made it using large 20mm doublepins. Back in 2012, you couldn’t buy oversized doublepins anywhere, so I asked my Uncle to make some for me. Many cat basket orders later, and a change of wool supply, I am still happily knitting these on the oversized doublepins.
Since then, extreme knitting has come on in leaps and bounds. There are lots of giant yarns available from specialist suppliers, in both wool and acrylic. You can even get giant circular needles for making those eye-popping blankets and throws. But you still can’t get giant doublepins. So how was I going to make my pattern appealing to knitters, if the tools for the job were not available?
Then I discovered the Magic Loop method. This is how you can knit even the smallest circumference on any length of circular needles. I tried it and found it really simple. I knitted the whole basket this way and it worked a treat. Then I knitted the whole basket in reverse – from the outer rim to the centre. That worked too!
Next is to test knit the basket again, using 1kg of easily available arm knitting yarn. Step forward Dove Grey acrylic from Woolly Mahoosive! Let’s see how the basket knits up with this yarn…watch this space!