Giant Knitting: Absurd or Awesome?

By Dana Fox

 

As the weather gets colder, I’ve been diving into my yarn stash and starting to crochet a few things. While browsing the web for some patterns I’ve come across some awesome projects and techniques that are totally new to me…. like giant knitting. At first look, you might think that the women in these photos look a bit crazy, but I’ve totally fallen in love with the end results of their blankets and rugs.

Amalia Chimera (top) completed this Giganto Supercable Blanket and tracked her progress on Raverly (a site for knitters/crocheters if you’re unfamiliar!). Christien Meinderstma (bottom) is known for her giant knitting techniques as well and created her masterpiece using organic wool from a flock of sheep raised in Idaho.

The entire process looks so daunting, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices for totally unique finished products, right?! From what I’ve read, the knitting starts to get super heavy, and it looks like it takes forever working those awkwardly large needles.  For those reasons, I give mega props to anyone who does this regularly.

Basically you need to use a super thick unspun wool roving, or you can use a cotton rope. How much you will need I haven’t the slightest idea but I assume a LOT. You also need to get your hands on some super giant knitting needles like these ones, or you can make your own with PVC pipes!

If you’re interested in attempting this yourself, check out this video to see how it’s done, or if you’d rather leave the labor to someone else, you can always browse Etsy for some completed giant blankets!

What do you think, is this absurd or awesome??

 

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07330615740928780850 Christine Barcellona

    Definitely awesome! I wonder if knitting with such huge needles gives you an arm workout too?
    -Christine
    http://thehitchcockiancockatoo.blogspot.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11925400078034072749 Hanna Lei

    Wow. These are so cool. –Hanna Lei

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06506277728469850489 Kyleigh Castronaro

    This are amazing! I would totally love to try this, but I've sucked at every attempt at knitting. Instead I went out and bought a loom which is such a cheaters way of doing it… but I've made three hats and am totally excited for myself.

    Maybe having it be so big and gigantic I would actually be able to do it? It's the small needles that get me every time…

    Thanks for the share!

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 info@designedbydana.com

      I love loom knitting! It's so easy and fast!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02874076168404476005 Annie

    My whole family is into knitting and last year tried their hands at the gigantic blankets. It looks daunting but after preparing the roving you can make a blanket in just a day because the roving is so large you only need 10's of stitches per row instead of 100's. It is a bit of an arm workout but we found that if you prop the needles and knit using your hands instead of trying to awkwardly move the needles it goes really smoothly. They are really fun to make and you get a really chic blanket in the end.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02403364336472723970 missvaleriaheart

    Wow thats so cool! they look cozy.

    valeria.♥
    http://www.Misvaleriaheart.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17212756993307743369 Breanna Pair

    Woah! That's totally awesome. I don't think I cold do it, but they look amazing!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16456771159005890671 Talisa Tossell
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06409791511164120554 Paint Those Piggies!

    I think it's awesome, what a comfy looking throw!

  • http://sheworeribbon.com/ sheworeribbon.com

    Wow! Knitting with those giant needles looks intense!

    Nikki
    http://www.sheworeribbon.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14307793707596875547 SJay

    Well, for Me to attempt to make them. No. Not that brave, really!
    But to buy them? YEAH A HOUSE FULL!
    So cozy looking You could drown in one!!!!! Love love love!
    http://www.sweetswithfreaks.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03974177870851491181 Joie Fatale

    Holy wooly needles, Batman! That is insanely cool! I am learning crocheting, but I plan on tackling knitting next. This is has just made my to-do list!!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15414100004194633300 Jennakj

    This is so cool! I kind of really want to try it now!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14722538038034655989 Hannah Cox

    This looks bizarre but awesome!!!! :-) I think I will need to go to the gym first before attempting those giant needles!!! xxxx

    lovelettersandsnippets

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11235356773272688628 Cody Doll

    That is awesome. I don't know how to knit anyways but if I ever learn you bet I will attempt this.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08104973467452459495 Melissa

    I love this!! I think it looks so cool.

    Melissa
    http://wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06767355856574389882 ElleSee

    Hahahaha! That's insane! Those photos make them look like Thumbelina. I can't imagine what size of cat would want to play with that yarn :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18201797370322000117 Angie Bailey

    Awesome! They look so, so snuggly!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04383848278634618916 Emma Lock

    I LOVE knitting checking out the video now..

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16333987293305674981 Stephanie McDonnell

    I love it! I am really into knits this year. Just this morning I covered a canvas in fabric from an XL knit sweater and set it on my mantle.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15206106308866286137 Ziyyah Bizzelle

    I think it's awesome! I haven't picked up any knitting needles in years, but I'd do it again to try making a giant blanket.

    http://www.ziyyah.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07676583879953205230 Stacey Keeley

    Awesome! More awesome than I even have words for…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02788911615032012676 Heather

    Oh gosh! It looks a bit insane but the end result is gorgeous x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16114329642527743675 Icaria

    Love! I don't think I'd be able to pull it off but I love the final results! Cuddling up in one of those must make you feel like a tiny doll! :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05674090140870603337 Ashley

    Awesome!!! Dont know where I'd store all that though…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07553978695535840082 christine donee

    totally amazing unbelievably awesome!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13528223449153857622 eleonora

    Haha, this is so cool! I never heard about it, but I love it! :)

    xx, eleonora

    eleonoras blog

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02395114400307859384 Molly

    It is absurdly awesome! Definitely strange looking in process, but the end technique is so cozy!

    -Molly
    http://mollyreads1.blogspot.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08581506769693929753 Kara @ Petals to Picots Crochet

    Love this!