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Giganto-Blanket FAQ

Giganto-blanket #2

Where can I buy the pattern?
You can buy my pattern on Ravelry and Etsy. I recommend buying the pattern on Ravelry because it’s cheaper (I can charge less because Ravelry’s fees are lower) and you’ll get immediate delivery of the pattern. If you buy on Ravelry, it has the benefit of sending out automatic pattern updates when they become available.
Click here to buy the pattern on Ravelry.
Click here to buy the pattern on Etsy.

I don’t knit! Do you sell the completed blanket?
I do sell the completed blanket on commission on Etsy. Because every blanket is made to order, delivery will take 4-6 weeks upon receipt of payment.
Click here to buy the completed blanket on Etsy.
Click here to buy the Cabled Giganto-Blanket Throw on Etsy

What are the finished measurements?
The finished blanket size is approximately 50″ by 84″. Because each blanket is unique, sizes will vary slightly.

Where can I find the cabled blanket pattern?
The cable chart is now included in the pattern!

How much wool does the blanket require?
The pattern calls for six to seven pounds of unspun wool roving. I’ve knit a ton of blankets so far and will order 7 pounds just to be safe, but I usually have a bit left over.

Doesn’t that make the blanket really heavy?
Yeah, the blanket’s pretty heavy. It’s very comfy, too. The weight does require a bit of upper-body strength while knitting the pattern, however. You need to be fairly able-bodied in order to knit with such large needles and with so much wool. To alleviate any weight and stress on your arms while knitting, I recommend resting the “needles” on the floor while working with the yarn and taking regular breaks!

How much do the materials cost?
Well, that depends. I buy my wool from Sheep Shed Studio online, and I buy the Brown Sheep Superwash roving. As of October 2011, 6 pounds of roving plus priority shipping to California cost $107. That said, there are many places to purchase roving and you can likely find a cheaper source. The most important factor in choosing your roving is to make sure the roving comes in long pieces — ideally, you’d like it to all be in one long piece. Sheep Shed Studio has always delivered impeccable roving, so I’m sticking with them for now, but feel free to shop around!

The non-wool materials needed are PVC pipe, duct tape, and ideally a needle felting mat and needle-felting tool. Prices will vary depending on location, but shouldn’t cost you more than another $45 or so.

Though the needle-felting kit is listed as “optional” in the pattern, I highly recommended it for grafting ends together.

How do you cast on?
You cast on using a simple backwards-loop cast on. It’s very easy and has the benefit of using up less wool than other cast-on methods. Here’s a video tutorial on the backwards-loop cast on.

Where can I get more information about the process?

Here are all the blog posts about the giganto-blanket.
Here are all my pictures on flickr tagged “gigantoblanket.”
Here are all the people who are working on the blanket on Ravelry.
Here is a video of me grafting the wool ends together.

Does the roving shed?
Any unspun roving will shed, so the felting process I describe in the pattern is intended to minimize this shedding in the completed blanket. That said, the blanket will still shed fibers and pill a fair amount — there’s just no way around it, as far as I can tell. Suggestions are welcome! I recommend putting the blanket in a low-traffic area to reduce shedding. The more abuse the blanket gets, the more it will shed. Also, just expect to use a lint-roller afterwards if you’re going to curl up under the blanket. You can also “groom” the blanket gently with your fingers to remove excess fiber or pilling.

How long does it take to make the blanket?
In my experience, it takes about 2-3 hours to felt the wool. After letting the wool dry for 24 hours, the knitting itself takes anywhere from 2-4 hours. There’s about 720 stitches in the entire blanket, so it’s a quick knit!

Where can I buy the wool?
I buy my wool from Sheep Shed Studio online.

Why do I have to felt the wool? I thought superwash wool doesn’t felt!
The felting process does indeed work on the superwash wool, and the main reason I do it is to puff up the wool so it’s larger in volume and can be split into two strands more easily. Also, the texture changes a bit after felting, so hopefully this makes the wool sturdier and cuts down on shedding. Check out this post for more info and a photo.

How do you clean the blanket?
Soak with a no-rinse wool wash in the washing machine with cool water — do not agitate. Drain, and spin out excess water. Dry flat, or as flat as you can.

What is a needle felting mat and needle felting tool and what does it mean to “graft” the ends together?
Good question! Here is the needle felting tool and here is the needle felting mat. on Amazon.

Here’s a video tutorial showing how I graft the ends together:

Basically what you do is hold the two ends of wool together and pound it with the needle felting tool until it becomes one cohesive piece of wool. The friction from the needle felting will basically fuse the wool together so you don’t have to worry about weaving in ends. I highly recommend using a needle-felting kit while making this blanket because it allows you to use up every inch of your precious wool and not have any ends to weave in.

Why didn’t you answer my question?
Because you haven’t asked me yet! Please feel free to post any additional questions in the comments and I will be happy to answer them. Thanks!

203 Comments to Giganto-Blanket FAQ

  1. Erin N.'s Gravatar Erin N.
    October 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I did a search for “roving shed” and found great info about the studio you use to get your roving, but that wasn’t the question I really had in mind.

    Does the roving leave fibers all over? Does the light felting help?

  2. October 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello Erin! How long does it take to make each blanket? can I get the wool like that on the internet? I have checked local knitting shoppes and I cannot find any.

  3. Promise's Gravatar Promise
    November 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I was wondering if there was another yarn you could suggest to replace the wool. I’m TERRIBLY allergic to wool, but I really really really like the look of this blanket. Thanks!

    • Veronique's Gravatar Veronique
      December 6, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Maybe you can make “yarn” using cotton knit that you would cut in a long continuous 3 or 4 inch thick ribbon? You cut in in a long zig zag from a couple of yards or you cut straight ribbons a sew them together in a continuous. You could use sweat pants cotton k it too. When cut theses fabric don’t u ravel and have a stretch to them and if you pull on them they will curl on themselves into a rope Lille thing…. It could work. Maybe fleece a really thick high quality could be fun too.

    • Rose's Gravatar Rose
      December 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      I have heard that alpaca is supposed to be good for people with wool allergies.

    • January 18, 2012 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      They do make a silk roving, I found it after reading through these questions and thought you might like to know. It is considerably more expensive but it might work the same way?

    • Lynda's Gravatar Lynda
      June 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      I’ve made this for my daughter-in-law who is allergic to wool with a thick cotton rope. I’ve also made them with fleece. Cut fleece into 5″ strips & sew strips together end to end. Roll it length wise as you roll it into a ball to knit. You can add color by alternating colored fleece when you stitch them together. (I used blue & cream. Blue strip, Cream strip, Blue strip, etc.) Very cozy – soft & thick. I do mine with arm knitting. A much quicker technique.

    • whovian292's Gravatar whovian292
      March 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Check out jazz couture yarn it’s super chunky too

  4. Whitney's Gravatar Whitney
    November 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I was wondering how long the pvc pipe should be?!

  5. Melanie's Gravatar Melanie
    November 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    If you use superwash, how does it felt? I was looking at The Sheep Studio website, and they have “DOES NOT FELT!!” in red letters…Am I looking at the wrong roving?

  6. Meredith's Gravatar Meredith
    November 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    What is a needle felting mat and needle felting tool and what does it mean to “graft” the ends together? I’ve knitted for a long time but I have no idea what these mean =/ Super-excited to get to work on this though!

  7. Kenzie's Gravatar Kenzie
    November 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    On that website you shared there is $15 dollar per pound superwash and #1 white superwash for $14, whats the difference?
    Would it be okay to make the blanket with dyed superwash instead of just white?
    And do you have to take the felting tools to every single inch of material in order to make it?
    How long would the necessary felting take?

  8. Maddie's Gravatar Maddie
    November 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I’m not sure if I’ve missed this on your website but could you tell me what size needles you use & where you get them from? Thanks!

  9. Maddie's Gravatar Maddie
    November 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    brilliant – thank you!

  10. Susanne's Gravatar Susanne
    December 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Do you ship this blanket worldwide?

  11. samantha's Gravatar samantha
    December 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Do you by any chance know of a site that sells wool in Europe?
    The Sheep Shed Studio delivers in Italy (where I live) but it costs 60$…
    Also, there is one thing I haven’t understood in the whole process.
    It is the “stomping on the wool in your bathtub” thing, why do you need to do it?
    I will buy the pattern the minute I figure out how to get the wool here, can’t wait to get started and roll myself in your gigantic beauty!
    Thank you,

  12. Shannon's Gravatar Shannon
    December 6, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    You said that you felt the roving wool in the bathtub, but on the website for the wool it says that the superwash wool roving does not felt… just was confused about the contradiction. Please confirm that it does felt…

  13. Shannon's Gravatar Shannon
    December 6, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Nevermind… I saw that you already answered this question a few above :)

  14. Lauren's Gravatar Lauren
    December 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    This is super awesome! I was wondering if I crocheted this instead of knitted it if it would use less wool? I don’t know how to knit but I I do know how to crochet and I saw this picture of a girl crocheting with her arms instead of needles this huge yarn. The link was disabled so I have no idea how she used it or how she got the huge yarn….it looks very different from what you have here. But your wool is the only thing I’ve been able to find thats close to what I’m looking for. Unfortunately its very expensive and I thought if it used less to crochet it this might be a possible project for me. thoughts?

    • Lyssa's Gravatar Lyssa
      March 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      I have found that crocheting takes up *more* fiber than knitting.

  15. December 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    How do you felt super wash wool? It’s my understanding super wash won’t felt

    Laura D

  16. Gwen's Gravatar Gwen
    January 14, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Has anyone tried roving that’s not superwash? Any modifications needed in the felting technique? I am after a darker natural color and can’t find that in superwash – Thanks!

  17. January 16, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I actually saw a blanket like this at Anthropologie last winter. I wanted to make it SO much but didn’t know where to get long strips of roving. Thanks a bunch!

  18. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    February 8, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Wow! This is super cool. Do you know, roughly how many yards of this roving you used to make one blanket? Thank you!

  19. Karla's Gravatar Karla
    February 21, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Awesome blanket. I just received a circular pair of Size 50 needles custom made by Ed Jenkins. The cable is an airplane cable and is 72 inches long. I’m going to make this with four strands of Hometown yarn from Lion Brand. That way, I don’t have to worry about shedding. Cool idea for a quickie blanket.

    • Paloma's Gravatar Paloma
      November 6, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

      Would love to know how this turned out with the Hometown yarn. I don’t want to worry about the shedding and wool makes me itch badly, even the slightess amount. I recieved a cashmere sweater as a gift and was never able to wear it.

      • January 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        Me, too. I have made a numbr of things with hometown usa.i am allergic to wool, silk, cashmere, etc. my daugtr wants this, but i als cant lift more than 7 lbs. i am thinkingof a 17 needle and double strands of yarn. I got an addie turbo super long circular and would love to use it again.itbwouldnt be quite as big a stitch.

  20. Cat lover's Gravatar Cat lover
    May 5, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I really think 450$ is far too much for this blanket. Don’t get me wrong i can definitely see how you should be compensated for the labor. But, a 300$ profit seems excessive when you did say yourself that materials are about 150$ and you can finish the blanket in about 5 hours. I am not made of money but I really want this blanket!

    • Frank's Gravatar Frank
      October 21, 2014 at 4:57 am | Permalink

      How dare you whine about the cost of the blanket when she has taken the time to develop the pattern, work out a method to create the “yarn”, figured out which materials to use, etc. You sound so incredibly entitled. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you get to complain about the cost of it and expect that the price be dropped simply because you can’t afford it.

  21. Patty-Jean's Gravatar Patty-Jean
    May 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    What would it cost for you to get the roving ready for me to do the work. I am not sure i understand what needs to me done. I want the roving all one peice.

  22. Vangie's Gravatar Vangie
    July 20, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    First I have to congratulate you on your creativity. This is so unique looking.

    Must one purchase your pattern to get instructions on felting the wool…and all the instructions to prepare for this project. I love your idea. My funds ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED. Live off of social security so have to be very careful with expenditures. I think I can borrow the pvc pipe from a builder nearby. I have much yarn since I have knit for decades. If you could point me to a website that would guide me I would appreciate it.

    • Lynda's Gravatar Lynda
      June 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Vangie, I, too, must closely watch funds (Social Security). You might think about making fleece strips. Watch for fleece to be on sale. Just “google” ‘how to felt’ & you’ll find more sites than you can watch. When I was making felted purses, I would buy wool sweaters, etc. at the thrift store to make the felt. Another alternative, if you have a large stash, it to knit 3 or 4 strands bulky yard together. Of course, like all things, when you substitute wool to another material, it not exactly the same, but you can still produce a nice blanket.

  23. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    July 28, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    This is about the neatest thing I’ve seen in a long time. SO creative and beautiful. I bought your pattern and ordered the roving and can’t wait to try it. My daughter is hoping for success because she wants it! I knit and crochet and will definately try your knitted version, but am already trying to think through crocheting it as well. I’ll be roaming Home Depo/Lowes for inspiration. I know there is U shaped PVC pipe. It could be cut to make a hook shape. Maybe the hook part of a cane could be cut and fit to PVC pipe or maybe a kid’s plastic golf club. Just ideas.

  24. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    July 28, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Hmmm, maybe so! I have to tell you….my husband just got back with my “needles” Apparently, I’m already (in)famous at Home Depo. He told them just enough there for them to be intensely curious/think I’m hexed. On his way out, the lady at the hot dog stand even gave him a free hot dog! I think they are hoping for updates, perhaps to which mental establishment I have become committed.

  25. Love This's Gravatar Love This
    August 5, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I love this idea! I bought your pattern and ordered about 4 lbs of roving. I want to make a small blanket for my cousin’s baby. I saw some of your pictures using the broomsticks and I think that might be a better size, do you know if the roving will split twice into fourths? Thanks!

  26. Debbie's Gravatar Debbie
    September 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    In several responses you have said that you use superwash because you only want a light felting. Why only a light felting? What do you think the final blanket would be like if knitted from plain wool roving that has been “seriously” felted? I am imagining that it would pill less if it is more heavily felted… Thank you!

  27. September 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    where do you get the giant needles?

  28. Milia's Gravatar Milia
    September 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura!
    This is a super duper cool blanket and I’m going to make one!
    But I’m living in HK and can’t use the yarn you recommended. Plus I only found a offer of yarns in different colours of 6 pounds for USD200……… >__<)
    Thank you !

  29. Milia's Gravatar Milia
    September 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh yes and I don’t really understand how to split the yarns into two…

  30. Brenda's Gravatar Brenda
    September 5, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    The fleece fabric is an interesting idea… I wonder if you could just cut a long strand out of a long piece of fleece (the synthetic blanket kind, not the natural kind) by doing a zigzag cut in the fabric. You wouldn’t be able to graft the ends the same way but the fabric would be stable enough to just sew the ends together. Hmm… Do you have any idea of what your yardage was?

  31. Linda M.'s Gravatar Linda M.
    September 12, 2012 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    very unique and inventive. Good for you, it is these kind of ideas that give you a name. I have seen this type of thing knitted out of a large icord. The icord which actually was about the size of the roving, was made from cotton/poly I think. But I haven’t a clue where one would find that. The two factors that wouldn’t agree with me is the weight of the finished blanket and the shedding, but this is still a neat idea.

  32. Kay's Gravatar Kay
    September 12, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    So just for clarification purposes its it one piece of half inch pvc or is it 1piece of one and a half inch pvc.

  33. Marissa's Gravatar Marissa
    September 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    How much wool roving do I need to order to complete one blanket?

  34. many's Gravatar many
    October 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    when i felted the wool it really stuck to the sheet when i opened it to hang it to dry. is this normal? it was really not smooth and has a lot of pieces coming off of it. do you think i did something wrong?

  35. Sharon Henderson's Gravatar Sharon Henderson
    October 19, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I purchaced your pattern and have the wool on hand. I also have both of my “double sausages” rolled tied and ready to go. My question is about your comment about stomping the sausages 4 minutes. this is a very precise number. Have you stomped for longer and had bad results? If so could you share those or comment on why just 4 minutes?
    Thanks so much!

  36. Valery's Gravatar Valery
    October 20, 2012 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I was just reading through the comments and noticed that some of you would like to try with fabric such as fleece. I have already crocheted with fabric and it turns out great. So I decided to try knitting fabric. It works out very nicely. Fleece is nice because when you cut it, it does not ‘shed’ and you can make your strands as wide as you want and then you simply sewing the strands together to get your ‘yarn’. Works like a charm and it does not show in the knitting. When you knit it or crochet it, you can sort of roll it up along the way. Haven’t tried wool roving though. I am having a blast with the knitting. Lovely job on your blanket Laura.

  37. Andrea's Gravatar Andrea
    October 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Is the wool itchy? I don’t want to make it if it is going to be itchy. I know there are different types of wool, but I am unfamiliar with them all. Thank you!

  38. Danielle's Gravatar Danielle
    October 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Is there anywhere you can get the wool all ready to go? I am limited on time preparing the wool seems very time consuming.

  39. November 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    How do you felt the wool? I’ve never had reason to felt anything 😛

  40. Carrie's Gravatar Carrie
    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I was wondering aunt loves this blanket but is allergic to wool. Could this be done with cotton? I would love to know..

    Thank you,


  41. scarlett's Gravatar scarlett
    November 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Did you needle felt the ALL of the wool, or just the parts you were connecting together? and also why does it say “leave it to dry out” after felting, why is it wet?

  42. Susan G.'s Gravatar Susan G.
    November 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi…could you recommend a different way to use a super bulky yarn (6) maybe holding 2-3 strands together> I realize it will be no where a large as your roving but that’s ok. I basically need to know the amount of yarn I would need. And how many to cast on? Thank you so much.

  43. Coral's Gravatar Coral
    November 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Someone asked about different yarn you can use…I originally saw a scarf on Pinterest with the arm knitting technique using Andriafil Magia yarn. Another similar to that is Berroco Link yarn. I’m not sure they are as think as what you used as I have never in my life knitted. But that might be an option for this blanket

  44. Shireen's Gravatar Shireen
    November 16, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink


    I love love love this pattern. I elected to go with roving from knitpicks. Do you have dimensions from your original roving so I can figure out how I need to split it?

    Thank you!

  45. Meagan Cramer's Gravatar Meagan Cramer
    December 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    What did you use for knitting needles? Where did you find them?

  46. Nola's Gravatar Nola
    December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I just purchased your pattern and looking forward to this project. I’m a knitter and finally will knit for myself. Great challenge. Thanks.

  47. FMA's Gravatar FMA
    December 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi there! I’m interested in making such a blanket but wonder if you can give me a primer on roving? I was told to buy wool roving with super-long “staples”, and that if I purchased such roving, I could knit the blanket straight from the bag. (I was told the roving comes braided or something?) Please help! I’m so overwhelmed!!

    Also, what was the diameter of your PVC?

    Thank you so very much!!

  48. Sage's Gravatar Sage
    December 23, 2012 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Hi! I just began knitting and I loooove it. I’ve been looking for a project just like this for my bedroom and just had a few questions. What exactly is felting and how do you do it? Also, how soft is the wool? I would use the blanket as my main comforter and wouldn’t want it to be itchy. And does it snag or tear easily? I have 2 big dogs who like to jump on my bed. Oh and do you think as a beginner I would be able to do this? I’ve only knitted a simple scarf so far and I don’t want to waste my money if its too difficult. Please get back to me and thanks for all your info, It was really helpful!

  49. juli b.'s Gravatar juli b.
    January 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    This blanket is SO amazing! What a great idea! I love your needles too. The hollowness of the piping probably makes them much lighter than any wood could. I may try to wrap some styrofoam cones for tips on the ends and duct tape around them just to give me the same effect as the lady who ‘3-D printed tips’ her friend designed. Look at all the people getting involved in this idea!
    I saw years ago on Ravelry that ‘Weaverknits” made her sister a shawl with blue roving/broomstick needles… it was quite interesting too. I love the dimensionality the roving gives the projects! if you want to peek at her creation check it out here-
    and then she even sites another link from the runways that year showing all the giganto knits that designers get 1000$ of dollars for! Maybe you’ll start a new trend in at-home knitting. I am thinking of doing this in a colored roving- I think the color dying process tends to ‘felt’ the wool a bit by itself- so I may not need to go through the bathtub process- I will let you know.

    I am adding you to my favorite designers in Ravelry!
    oxox, juliblue

  50. Morgen's Gravatar Morgen
    January 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Before I buy all the roving, I was wondering how you wash/dry it. Also how does it feel?

  51. Heathery's Gravatar Heathery
    February 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    This blanket is beautiful. I really want to make this blanket or something close to the idea of it for my sister’s birthday, however I no experience with roving or felting, and I was wondering how much of a task is the felting? Is it hard? Or can an extreme beginner do it?

  52. Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
    February 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi, beautiful blanket! I was wondering what the dimensions of the blanket are when finished.

  53. amanda's Gravatar amanda
    February 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love this pattern, and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for being so generous with all your advice and ideas, it’s really sweet to see you patiently answer so many questions.


  54. Sheila Owens's Gravatar Sheila Owens
    March 8, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Hi. I have made several similar Blankets to yours though not quite so heavy. I used 24mm needles bought from RACHAEL JOHN on the CREATE and CRAFT web site. I used 5 strands of Chunky knit wool to make them. But, the beauty of knitting this blanket is, that you can use multible strands of various thicknesses of wool and multiple colours. Thus, you can use all your left over wool from other projects. Just tie a knot and trim the ends to join in the next ball of wool when you need to. The knot is hidden in the multiple strands so there are no ends to weave in at the end. I too live on a limited budget so I buy cheap value balls of Acrylic wool which is not ‘itchy’. I also work a 4st Garter st border at the sides and start and finish with 4 rows of Garter st. so the blanket stays flat. As for a pattern I usually make up my own. I have made them with panels of cable running up through them, and also a chequer-board pattern. I hope this was interesting for you to read. I live in the U.K. so it might be useful for your other European readers. I hope so. Regards, Sheila.

  55. Jazmin's Gravatar Jazmin
    March 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Instead of using the felt needle mat to put the wool ends together can I just draft the wool like this girl did before using the drop spindle for yarn? I am a beginner and I want to make the blanket but I have no idea what I am doing :)

    here is the link of the girl drafting wool:

  56. Jess's Gravatar Jess
    April 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I am looking at making a poncho for a 5 year old in the same way you knitted this, would you have any idea of how much wool i would need for it? i am thinking of not making it as thick?
    thanks :)

  57. Tia's Gravatar Tia
    July 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Have you ever tried for a thinner blanket using 3 lbs of wool and splitting the roving to double the length. I hope I explained that right…!

  58. Martha Giordano's Gravatar Martha Giordano
    July 26, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I need to know how much of the Martha Stewart roving would it take to do the giganto blanket?

  59. Shana's Gravatar Shana
    October 4, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this pattern, I bought it just for the felting process because I wanted to crochet an giant blanket! I used all 6 pounds of the wool and my blanket came out as 50inX 84in as well, it was a really fun project and I learned a lot! My husband made me a giant crochet hook out of a 2 in wood dowel! I wish that I could post a pic for you but I don’t know how to, I made this blanket for a friend for Christmas, I also entered it into the local fair and received a honorable mention… any way like I said thank you!!!

  60. denise's Gravatar denise
    October 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been debating attempting this with the roving for a few months now but have decided against it (for the time being). However, I did just cut and sew up yards upon yards of fleece strips to give it a go with that (and my arms instead of pvc) If it turns out I will send you a picture

  61. Jess's Gravatar Jess
    October 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Is there any way I can submit a photo to you? I was so inspired by your knit if made a poncho for a four year old and would love to share!

  62. Sage Nguyen's Gravatar Sage Nguyen
    November 26, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Hi! I had made this blanket for my friend a few months ago and everyone loved it! I was planning on making another for my sister for Christmas but I had a few questions. I followed your instructions while felting the wool and used all the recommended products but after the process, the wool felt nowhere near as soft as it did when I got it in the mail. It got quite a bit rougher and was shedding much more and I am not sure if I did not felt it as much as I should have but it didn’t seem to grow much at all. I had a small piece left that was not felted and in comparison, some pieces were smaller than the unfelted wool. All this considered, I was wondering if I could skip the felting process and just split the wool as it comes. I am definitely a perfectionist and I might be over analyzing the situation so please let me know your thoughts as I want to get started as soon as possible. Thank You!

  63. Krista's Gravatar Krista
    November 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve absolutely needed to knit this blanket ever since I saw it, but I want it to be something other to white. Instead of buying pre-dyed roving, I have decided to dye it myself (which is pretty ambitious considering I have never worked with dye, roving, or felting before).

    My question is, where should the dyeing process fit into the felting process? Can (or should) they be combined? Also, do you have any recommendations for dyeing large bunches of stuff? Should I buy a kiddie pool and just dye the whole blanket after it’s knit? Is it a bad idea to felt the roving in my parents’ hot tub?

    Thank you!

  64. Sydney's Gravatar Sydney
    December 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    How much wool is needed to make the blanket? Lengthwise, not pounds

  65. Lorrie Scott's Gravatar Lorrie Scott
    December 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    My daughter told me about your knitted blanket so I decided to check it out. She missed the part about felting in the tub. You are not only creative but incredibly patient.

  66. Cassie's Gravatar Cassie
    December 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hello :) I am very interested in making one of these beautiful blankets but have never felted before and was wondering how you went about felting the roving for your blanket? Thank you for your help!

  67. Margaret Koepsel's Gravatar Margaret Koepsel
    December 21, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    My daughter find tis blanket on and I was going to try and make it for her, but I’m have trouble.
    I bought the brown sheep white superwash from sheep shed studios. I followed what you said to do, when I split the yarn it is not very strong it just pulls apart. What did I do wrong.
    Thank you

  68. Tara Droppert's Gravatar Tara Droppert
    January 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    What is the color of the wool? I was looking on the site you provided. I saw soft yellow and super wash white.

  69. Judy's Gravatar Judy
    January 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    First, Thank You for the pattern. My Irving is drying as I type. Do need to “fluff” the roving when I split it? It just seems to have lost a lot of mass and your pictures almost look like my roving prior to the felting process.

  70. Cheryl's Gravatar Cheryl
    February 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Laura, I haven’t knitted for over 25 years so I am kind of starting all over. It’s seems simple enough from your explanations and tutorials but once I have all the tools, are your instructions simple and clear enough beginning from the initial washing of the wool, to felting and the finished product? Also, I thought I would start with the basic blanket through Ravelry. If I decide to try the Cable Blanket, can I also purchase that one on Ravelry also? Seems for the price and able to get free pattern updates, it’s the best way to go.

  71. Bianka's Gravatar Bianka
    May 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura,

    I have a question regarding your pattern. Why do you only split the roving AFTER felting the wool? Wouldn’t it be easier or wouldn’t it result a sturdier yarn if you’d split it before? Have you tried this already? I thought about this when i was in the middle of splitting it, and had some loose strands which i had to work into the yarn afterwards. Do you think this would work?

  72. Rachel's Gravatar Rachel
    June 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Where can I buy the needles?
    And what size did you use?


  73. Janelle's Gravatar Janelle
    July 9, 2014 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    How do I know I’m getting the quality of roving you used? I looked on sheep shed, it says you will be buying mill ends. Is this what you use? I also have several local wool dealers in my town, I’ve talked to one already, he is looking into his stash to see if he has what I may need. My question is how do I inform him of what I need? I don’t know the terminology and how to tell I’m getting soft wool that comes in long enough pieces, and also close enough to the finished project so that this being my first project of this sort will not be overwhelming to me. I love your blanket and I can’t think of any thing else right now!!!!
    Thank you,

  74. Deborah Hayes's Gravatar Deborah Hayes
    August 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink


    Purchasing your pattern today. Daughter loves blanket and as a first time knitter but with limited knowledge of how to knit and purl and am tackling this for a Christmas gift for her. Hope it all goes well. My question is what’s the difference with superwash roving and just white roving? I want to do this right. I know there is a price difference but that’s not a issue. I am also a new needle felter but never felted with hot water and sheets. Am I in for a tough education process? Thanks for your attention. Great pattern and christmas idea for the country girl who has everything.

  75. Deborah Hayes's Gravatar Deborah Hayes
    August 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Is there a difference between top roving and superwash roving?

  76. bernadette's Gravatar bernadette
    September 2, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    hey, ive just bought the pattern and cant wait to start this project. i just wanted to ask as im new to working with roving, when you wrap the wool into sausages, you do them in rows, once you have used 1 sheet do you then cut the roving and start a new sheet or do you keep the roving attached and just continue with a new sheet untill all the roving is made in to a sausage so that after the felting process you just have one long piece? sorry if that doesnt make sense

  77. Deborah Hayes's Gravatar Deborah Hayes
    September 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Good evening,

    I purchased your pattern the other day and as I read through it I am confused. Please keep in mind I have very little knowledge of knitting and purling. So…. Could u please explain the pattern stitches to me?

    K1, P2, K2 to last st, P1. Turn
    Repeat 23 more times (or until you think you’ll run out of yarn).
    BO loosely.

    K means knit
    P mean purl

    But St and BO? And what’s the star mean by p2? Sorry to be bothersome.

    Thanks much.
    Deborah hayes

  78. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    September 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely fell in love with this blanket, however, I have never knit in my life, but want to learn how… I get very itchy with wool, so I’m wondering if I can get the same effect with a cotton yarn… Do you have any suggestions? I want the blanket to be very soft… acrylic isn’t my favorite either… any suggestions are welcome.

  79. Madeline's Gravatar Madeline
    September 27, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Laura! I absolutely love this blanket and I truly can’t wait to try and create it, especially for this coming winter :). But where did you buy/(how did you make?) your ‘knitting needles’?

    Thank you!


  80. Iveta's Gravatar Iveta
    October 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura.

    I’m relly excited about this project, and now i have recieved a few wool samples (not from SSStudio, but UK store).
    Now i take some piece, and tried to felt it on bathtube, but my result is not was expected.
    The wool looks scrumpled and narrower than before (waited 24h) .
    Do you have some ideas, why so? Is this depend of fiber content, animal?
    I have a photo of diference, but can’t upload here.

    Thank you, first- for this fantastic idea!

  81. Cleo's Gravatar Cleo
    October 20, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Wondering how much I would need to fit a king size bed?

  82. Luda's Gravatar Luda
    January 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    How do you felt the roving? Do you have a video tutorial? Thanks!

  83. Jules's Gravatar Jules
    January 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I am wondering what kind of wool you used for the blanket you made for Free People? Also, can you recommend another type of wool/yarn that will not shed as much? I really like the blanket but would prefer to make it with something that sheds/pills less…..

  84. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    January 15, 2015 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I have never knitted before – would this pattern work for me? I am looking for a crochet pattern that uses wool roving, but haven’t found any. My searches keep leading me to you on one site or another. So I’m thinking maybe I should just give it a try?

  85. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    January 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I am allergic to wool can I use another yarn? And if so what kind? Thanks.

  86. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    February 3, 2015 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Hi! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this brand of yarn, but do you think Loopy Mango big loop would work for this pattern? Thanks!

  87. Jacqui's Gravatar Jacqui
    March 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura! I’ve recently learned the basics of knitting and while looking for a new project I stumbled upon your blanket and instantly fell in love! I absolutely have to make it but I would like to make it larger than your pattern calls for…how would I go about doing this? I’m also worried about buying the pattern because I don’t really know how to follow patterns…I learned how to knit through a YouTube video. If you have any advice I’d really appreciate it!

  88. Sam's Gravatar Sam
    May 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    I know that in your post you said that felting the superwash is optional. I was wondering if you felted anyway, besides the ends? If you have felted some blankets and not others, which turned out better and have a longer life?


  89. Rebecca's Gravatar Rebecca
    August 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Would using the ‘non’ super wash roving impact the turn out at all? I was hoping to make the blanket in a more natural creamy colour, however this doesn’t seem to be available in the super wash. Anyone who HAS made it in the white super wash, is it a true white, or is it a cream colour? Thanks!!

  90. Annabel's Gravatar Annabel
    September 29, 2015 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Just found your tutorial and I am itching to get started – however, I am in the UK and I can’t seem to find anywhere that does unspun wool roving in a large size! Can you recommend anywhere in the UK please?!

  91. Atena's Gravatar Atena
    November 2, 2015 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Laura,

    I just got the pattern, I’m waiting for the wool to arrive, and I’m excited to start! I was wondering if I can use my hair blow dryer to speed up the drying process. Do you think it will harm the wool? Thanks!

  92. Joe's Gravatar Joe
    November 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Your big stitching poles are just crying out for a nice pointy end. I am a woodworker and can supply two ends, if you tell me the exact inside diameter of the “needles”.

  93. Meha's Gravatar Meha
    November 8, 2015 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hello Laura, I purchased your pattern & this will be my first knitting project. I have already purchased merino wool roving. I was wondering if all wool needs to go through the felting process?? I am nervous to start the project and want to make sure that I follow the directions fully. Please advise at your earliest convenience.

    Thanks in advance!

  94. Joe's Gravatar Joe
    November 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    All I meant was to have an end, that is smooth and concentric. How blunt or pointy is up to you. It’s a free offer, with no strings attached. Thank you for video and explanation on to make that wonderful blanket.

  95. Jill's Gravatar Jill
    November 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Do you know how many yard it took to make this blanket. I know you said pounds but I’m wondering about the yards

  96. Pablo LC's Gravatar Pablo LC
    November 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    I see that they sell the material by the pound.
    How many pounds do I need to make a 50″x84″ blanket?

    Thank you,

  97. Abby's Gravatar Abby
    December 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this blanket. I’ve been wanting to make this blanket for years now! (it’s what originally got me into needle crafts) I’ve been crocheting for about 3 years now and I think it’s time to start my version (a crocehted version) of this blanket.

    I have never worked with unspun wool roving before. Can you explain the felting process to me, I am unfamiliar with it.


  98. Bee's Gravatar Bee
    July 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    A friend of mine sent the link to this project as a joke, and it looks like so much fun I watched the whole video to find out more! My knitting-related questions have been amply answered in the previous comments, but as a pianist I am curious – do you happen to know the name of the piano piece playing in the background of the video tutorial on grafting the ends together?

  99. Bee's Gravatar Bee
    July 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! One of my personal challenges this year is sightreading through all of Chopin’s solo piano collections that I own, and it turns out I do own it, but hadn’t gotten to it yet. So pretty!

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