Giant knitting

Group Hug yarnI 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.

Giant herringbone cushion coverI’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.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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3 Responses to Giant knitting

  1. Jo says:

    Hi, I’ve found your blog as a result of a search I was doing. I love your work and ethos. I wonder if you would be kind enough to solve my query? I have a pattern for the Hobbycraft group hug yarn that you have been using – could you tell me what tension/needle size the ball band specifies please? I can’t get hold of the actual yarn and am trying to find an equivalent. Thanks so much for reading. x

    • Welcome to my blog. According to the note I made on my Ravelry stash of this yarn, the recommended needle size is 15mm. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a note of the suggested tension and my stash photo (same as above) doesn’t show it on the ball band. I expect I still have a ball band with the short length of yarn I have left, but I can’t find it at the moment – I’ll add another comment if/when I do. Do you know the website yarnsub.com for substitutions? I use it a lot but it doesn’t have Group Hug. My best guess is it’s equivalent to using a super-chunky doubled. You’re going to have to knit some tension squares!

  2. I just found the ball band while looking for a dress pattern for my latest fabric purchase – see 28 August 2019 post. It says a 15mm needle or hook (USA 19), 9 rows and 7 sts to 10cm/4″. Hope this isn’t too late!

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