I was lucky enough to receive a pair of huge (20mm diameter) knitting needles for Christmas and some equally huge yarn. I have tried giant crochet before, again after being given the wherewithal as a present, but never supersized knitting.
I struggled to control the needles at first, the process of knitting with needles and yarn that are so large and heavy is quite awkward. But I was soon on a roll and loving the chunky, highly textured look of the fabric. Even moss stitch looks really interesting at this scale.
I’ve been keeping an eye out in fabric shops for something from which to make a pair of cushion covers, in a neutral colour but textured, without success. As my trial swatch of this Group Hug yarn from Hobbycraft grew, I suddenly realised that it would make a fine cushion cover. OK, it’s a very pale cream, which may not be the most practical of colours, but it is washable. I looked about for a stitch that would produce a denser fabric than moss stitch with these needles – going down a size isn’t an option when your next largest needles are half the diameter – and happened upon a pattern called Fisherman’s Pillow which uses a herringbone stitch that involves slipping stitches and then passing them over (PSSO). I knew from the Passover Hat I made recently that this would produce a relatively tight tension, and so it proved.
I’m basically using the Fisherman’s Pillow pattern, but adjusted to suit the size of cushions I have and the tension I’m getting with my yarn/needle combo. The knitted fabric is so thick that I’m only knitting the front of each cover, I’ll use woven fabric for the backs. The work grows quickly, which is just as well because I keep having to put the needles down for a rest now that I have almost a whole 200g ball in play.