In this crazy, frenetic 21st century, finding a place for artistic and relaxing pursuits is a challenge. Nowadays we are a generation of super busy, time poor people. And as much as we love the aesthetics of artisan wares or the nostalgic appeal of the homemade products our mums used to make, rarely do we have the time to satisfy our creative needs.
That was my story until my mum, a lifelong knitter, died in 2015. In an attempt to keep her close, on the first anniversary of her death, I started to knit.
My love of knitting beautiful, giant, chunky blankets and throws grew from there. Still time- poor, still busy, I was looking for something that linked me to my mum and allowed me to experience the gentle pace of knitting while completing a PhD in Biomedical Science. I am now addicted. Both to the tactile elegance of working with this gorgeous Australian wool (no needles needed) and also, to the pleasure of creating stunning, giant chunky knits, fast!
This beautiful basket weave couch throw is a cinch to make. Fat and fabulous, chunky and chic, once the wool is prepped, you will be snuggled under it within the hour.
You will need
- 2 balls of 1kg Fatty Bom Baa 100% Australian Merino Wool
- A cosy corner and a cuppa
Step 1: Turn off the technology
Step 2: Turn on some music
Step 3: Gently unravel your wool. Be very careful as wool can tear before it is felted.
Step 4: Leave in a soft pile for about 1 hour to allow the wool to fluff up and air dry.
Step 5: Friction felt the wool. Do this by taking one end and run wool through hands making another soft pile of gently felted wool. Repeat Step 5 a couple more times.
Step 6: Holding one end of wool under thumb of one hand, spread fingers and then gently wind wool around hand and wrist until you have big ball. You can then pull first hand out of middle of ball and end of wool will be coming out of middle of the ball
Step 7: Repeat winding into big ball again. You are now ready to knit.
Basket weave throw
(approximately 80 X 120cms)
Note: ‘K’ means a knit stitch and ‘P’ means a purl stitch. Therefore ‘P3, K4, P4’ means ‘purl three stiches, knit two stiches, purl two stiches’.
Row 1: Make a loop in one end of yarn and crochet a chain of 12 stitches
Row 2: Turn chain over and make second row of stitches by finding small knot in middle of each stitch and pulling wool through to make a stitch. From now on, don’t turn knitting over, just work from one side
Row 3: Miss first stitch, K3 (taking working yarn and push through back of 2nd stitch and pull up to make knit stitch. Repeat twice more). P4 (take working yarn and push through front of next stitch and pull up, repeat 3 more times). K4 until end (do not turn). Repeat this row 3 times, remembering to miss first stitch at beginning of each row.
Row 7: Miss first stitch, P3, K4, P4. Repeat for 3 more rows
Row 11: Repeat Rows 3 to 6
Row 15: Repeat Rows 7 to 10
Castoff: Knit 2 stitches, pull 1st over 2nd stitch, continue until whole row is finished off.
Tuck in end.
Grab a book and cuddle up under your chunky throw. Bliss.
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