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Chunky Knit Wool Blanket


I’m a textile nut. It’s an appreciation my mother first instilled in me at a young age and one that’s developed and refined itself over 4 years of working closely with textiles. Last winter, I’d been craving the loft and warmth of an uber chunky knit, wool blanket. One that my hubby and I could cuddle up in during those last few months of cold weather. I looked everywhere, but couldn’t find one that quite fit our budget.

Never having knitted a purl in my life, I took a leap of faith and ordered Laura Birek’s Giganto Blanket Downloadable Tutorial here, as well as several pounds of  raw wool roving from The Sheep Shed Studio. Laura’s tutorial is very detailed. She walks you through how to felt the wool roving in your bathtub! and how to knit your blanket using two pvc pipes as your knitting needles. (I used broomsticks, as I wanted a smaller gauge.) You can watch Laura knitting her blanket in action here. IMG_0667

As an extremely beginner knitter (if I can even call myself one), I called upon the ‘ol internet for videos on how to cast on, how to use the backwards loop method, etc. Youtube has some great tutorials on the subject. After some major trial and error, the blanket took shape, and is ready for some serious snuggling again this winter! IMG_0688

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  • deliciousandmichelle
    November 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I am in love with your blanket

  • ilikecolours
    November 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Just gorgeous! I want to make one! 🙂

    • francoisetmoi
      November 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

      Thanks ilikecolours! I love your blog. You’re so knowledgeable about fibers!

      • ilikecolours
        November 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Ah thanks! I do try! I love your blog too – so serene and stylish!

    November 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Your blanket is beautiful, Well done!! I had a cabled chunky knit blanket very similar to this but it was made from acrylic wool and hubby accidentally threw it in the dryer – which ruined it. I have mourned the loss of it, but your post has motivated me to have a go at making one myself…. so, thanks. 🙂

    • francoisetmoi
      November 5, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Thanks Peppermia! I’m so sorry to hear about your blanket–hopefully you can make a new one!

  • maggiemaysgifts
    November 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm


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  • Jackie
    September 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I’m impressed. I just ordered the roving and pattern. Wish me luck! What are the dimensions of your blanket?

  • Sherry Cheriton
    November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I love the blanket and really want to make one! How many ounces or yards of standard roving did you buy??

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      November 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Sherry! I ordered 6 pounds initially, but ended up needing to order a few extra pounds because my knitting gauge was tighter than Laura Birek’s instructions. Good luck with your blanket!

  • Courtney
    February 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    is this blanket washable/dryable?

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      February 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Courtney–I haven’t tried washing/drying it, but wool is super cleanable, so I’ve definitely spot treated it!

      • Debbie Marks
        August 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

        Don’t wash it! I had one and washed it according to instructions and the roving came apart,and also it became clumpy and tangled,so badly that I had to throw it away. That was $500 wasted……. Plus the P&H from Laura. So so sad and disappointed.

  • Pullifeti
    March 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    So extraordinary lovely.. Now searching for someone who can knit this blanket for me (based in or shipping to the Netherlands).. anybody interested?

  • Julie Sakoufakis
    July 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    WOW!! Love it! I’ve been looking for wool thick enough to make a chunky blanket. Can I get wool already finished, no spinning ect?

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      August 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Julie! The wool roving doesn’t need to be spun, it just felted. I’ve not sure if pre-felted roving is available, but that would be AMAZING!

  • Nicole
    August 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Lovely blanket! I had purchased the pattern a while back just waiting for the CA-US dollar exchabge to get better before ordering roving. :/
    I’m wondering how it has held up? Have you washed it? Does it pill easily or snag easily?
    Thanks for your input! 🙂

  • Lily Dennis
    February 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Hello! I am thinking of making one of these, so I was just wondering how many pounds of yarn you used?

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