This post will explain how to create a giant yarn throw using the super thick wool yarn that is so popular right now. This is the giant yarn crochet blanket pattern you need! I’ll share the best places to get giant yarn and explain what you need to know to create a gorgeous knitted or crocheted blanket of your own. You can get the pattern for making your own throw too! Read on, Wildflowers!
So if you are reading this, I bet you have seen on Pinterest, somewhere else online, or in person, the super trendy gigantic yarn throws and thought how beautiful they are to then gasp at the price tag. The throws I have seen on Etsy are over $400 and some are sold for even over $1000. Alternatively, you might have seen some far lower quality, probably acrylic, smaller diameter yarn versions that won’t last a season even with occasional use nor cover your toes and tummy at the same time. The photos are very often of in cream or ivory, with yarn that is well over an inch in diameter. They are also the most popularly shown as knitted designs.
I crochet pretty well in that I can make anything that is either a rectangle or a circle (blanket, rug, scarf, hat, etc) but I’m not much for counting, keeping track, or following a pattern. I was asked by more than one friend (who knew my crafty inclination) if I thought I could make one of these giant yarn throws and I knew I could. With a little help from a friend, I made one and I think it turned out beautifully if I say so myself. The following is everything I learned so you can choose your own yarn and make your own.
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Yarn choices: When you start looking for the giant yarn you will see there are many, many options to choose from. I had to call on a yarn expert friend to help me choose and I’ll share what she taught me here. Some giant yarn is not actually spun (or twisted) at all, which means the wool fibers are hanging out together, more or less in a row, sticking together but not twisted together. Some giant yarn as a little bit of a twist and some has none. The yarn I chose is slightly felted and that means that the fibers are connected better to one another than if the yarn is not felted. The reason I chose this is that I wanted to limit the future pilling of the yarn. Because the yarn isn’t twisted tightly together, the risk of the fibers coming free from one another is higher, so that concern is great. It would be a shame to spend the money and time and have the yarn have the same fate as a once awesome but now pilled and shabby sweater.
Micron is a term you might read when shopping for giant yarn and I know it threw me off. Microns refers to the softness (versus scratchiness) of the yarn. If you are making anything the skin will be touching, you want soft. Save the scratchy stuff for felted bowls or bags. The scratchiest wool often comes from the tastiest sheep so don’t let a lamb meat producer tell you to knit a bikini from their wool. Save that wool for a felted bowl or bag or other creation.