The winter season has finally settled in. With every passing day, the intensity of cold is increasing.
This isn’t such bad news, though. After all, it’s the best time of year to treat yourself with a cup of steaming hot coffee, a good book to read, and a warm blanket or throw to tuck yourself in to.
Winter throws come in thousands of color ranges and styles. There are Afghan-made throws and zipper throws, baby blanket throws and many more you can choose. And if you are up for some creativity you can knit a throw for yourself and enjoy the rest of winter in its warmth – as well as getting appreciation from your friends and family for your efforts.
Knitting a throw is not very difficult if you are a creative and patient person. However it takes a little more time if you are doing this for the first time. This guide assumes you have some knitting experience.
Here’s a brief of how you can knit a perfect throw with a square pattern:
Things You Need
Knitting a throw does not require a lot of stuff. It follows the same old traditional method of knitting used by our grandmothers. The basic tools are:
- A crochet hook (H size)
- Ten-ply wool (in three different colors)
- Tapestry needle for finishing off the ends
This is everything you will need for knitting your perfect throw, but remember the gauge should be four double crochets per inch. The yardage depends upon the size of the throw, but for an average throw of 42 inches, the yardage for each square is 32 yards per yarn.
This depends upon your need and choices in regards to the size of throw you want to make. Basically, there are three sizes:
- Baby blankets – 42” square
- Throw blankets – 48” x 66”
- Full-size bedcover – 90” square
Depending upon the size of the throw you want to knit, you’ll require a different number of granny square blocks. The baby blanket, being the smallest, needs 49 granny squares (that is, seven-by-seven blocks). A throw blanket will require eight-by-eleven blocks, making it 88 blocks square. However the largest of them – the full-sized bed cover – will need 15-by-15 blocks which makes 225 square blocks in all.
It is important to mention that the yardage amount differs with gauges. If you do not find the exact needle and hook sizes mentioned, then you will have to adjust the yardage according to your own tools. The sizes mentioned are standard and can be easily purchased at a nearby store but if you are not lucky enough then you will have to manage by knitting an individual square first and then estimate the amount you will need for completing the throw.
Knitting a throw for you can be exciting. It is a profitable hobby that will help you kill time during the winter holidays. What’s more, in the end you will get a super-awesome addition to your bedroom. You can choose your favorite colors and knit a throw that best matches your taste and style. It is custom-made so you will have no complains about the color schemes or styles used in the throw.
Louisa Jenkins loves her Dunelm throws, but she loves making her own too! She blogs on everything from cars to crafts, from interior design to design and technology.
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