Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share one of the trends I’ve been seeing a lot lately – giant knitting! I don’t make a lot of yarn crafts because I’m more of an instant-gratification crafter. I can’t sit down with the same project for days on end. If it’s not done in a few hours (or less!) then I lose my patience. And that’s where giant knitting comes in. This super-bulky yarn and giant needles mean that you can knit about one square inch with every single stitch. And with large enough needles, you can go even bigger! So I made up this bulky knit fleece rug to show you how to giant knit, and also to share with you a little secret of how to get your yarn without spending an arm and a leg… fleece rolls!
I cut my own yarn for this project (a 17″x 36″ plush rug) using a 3-yard roll of fleece, and had about 1/4 of my yarn left over once I finished. The great part of cutting your own yarn is that these solid-colored fleece rolls are $10.97 at Consumer Crafts. And you can make your yarn as wide or as narrow as you want.
Supplies for how to giant knit:
- 3-Yard Roll of Fleece in your favorite color (I used turquoise)
- Sharp Fabric Scissors
- Giant 25mm Knitting Needles
It will take 30-45 minutes to make your yarn. I am a NOVICE knitter. It took me 4-5 hours to knit the rug, including the time to consult with a more experienced knitter to get the hang of it. I will not be teaching knit stitches in this tutorial today. But I promise that this project is VERY beginner-friendly if you have a very basic grasp of knitting concepts! I’ll be sharing primarily how to make giant knitting yarn. This 3-yard, 60-inch wide roll of fleece will make a ball of over 150 yards of 1-inch yarn.
First, lay out your fleece panel. Fold it neatly in half along the 60-inch edge, taking your 108-inch length and turning it into 54 inches. Then, fold it again along the 60-inch edge. Arrange it so that the raw edges are at the “top” of your working area (the furthest point away from you) and the edge closest to you is all folds. The folds are so that you can cut quickly through 4 layers of fleece at once. Cut through all the central portion of the fleece panel and leaving only the 60-inch edges uncut and intact.
Cut 1-inch strips all the way from the fold edge near you, until you get to approximately 2 inches from the 60-inch edges. I estimated my widths rather than measuring them, and I made approximately 50 cuts. The more narrow your cuts are, the thinner your yarn will be. But the more length you’ll get from one roll of fleece.
In case my photo is a little too messy to help, I’ll also include this diagram:
Then, unfold the fleece panel to its full length and width. The cuts should go from one 60-inch edge to the other, with only the 2-inch margin at the top and bottom still holding it in its panel shape. You may find at the point that there are sections in the middle that are still intact and have not been fully cut through. Use your scissors now to make all the cuts in the center continuous.
Next, on one of the 60-inch sides, cut every other strip all the way to the edge. Use your scissors to round these edges.
Then, on the opposite 60-inch edge, extend every other cut to the edge to form one, long, continuous strand of yarn. If you’re having trouble visualizing this, I’ll include a basic diagram. On the left, you’ll see how the panel should look after unfolding it. On the right, after you extend every other cut to the edge and round the corner. You’ll have yards and yards of a maze-like yarn. The rounded corners won’t show in your work unless you’re looking very, very closely!
Now, grab your needles and get ready to knit!
I cast on 18 stitches, which is all I could fit onto my needles (there are longer and larger needles out there if you’re looking to make something more blanket-like!). 1-inch yarn on 1-inch needles creates a very tight weave suitable for this rug, but would not be as comfortable for something like a blanket or a scarf. You may use your favorite casting-on method, as the edges will be tied off with fringe and don’t need to be beautiful. I knitted 76 rows. My stitches were a little tight, so 18 stitches x 76 rows became 17″ x 36″ finished size. I only used the very basic knit stitch. There’s no purling or more complicated stitches in this rug. Don’t forget, the beauty of this how to giant knit DIY is that you can make this rug any size you want to fit your space!
Once I finished the rug itself, I cut 36 10-inch lengths of yarn to add fringe to each side. Loosen a loop of your finished edge slightly, fold the 10 inch yarn in half. Press the loop-part of the fringe strip through the loop on the edge of the rug. Tuck the ends of the fringe yarn through the loop. Pull it tight to make a lark’s head knot. Add 18 knotted fringe strips along each of the rug’s short edges.
Some of this how to giant knit tutorial may sound complicated when attempting it for the first time, but if you’re really getting into giant knitting, you’ll be making balls of yarn in no time flat for any type of project you can dream up!
This rug reminds me of memory foam with how plush it is, but the texture makes your feet happy! It’s soft and squishy – but one caution – if you’re planning to use it on a tile or vinyl floor, you may want to add some rubber grips to the backside. The soft texture is also slippery on a flat surface!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).