All kinds of companies—from major brands (like CB2 and Amazon) to independent Etsy vendors—began selling their versions of the larger-than-life throw. Their fluff and supersized scale gave them a Honey-I-Shrunk-The-Kids kind of dreaminess: The sense that you could get lost under layers of blankets and hide away from even the dreariest days.
But it wasn't until Etsy posted a video of one of its sellers, Teresa Carter of DeBrosse, actually making one of the blankets that my jaw dropped: You knit this thing using your arms, not needles?!
It makes sense—you'd need needles the size of tree limbs to create such a fantastically oversized knit. Still, I wasn't prepared for it. And apparently, I wasn't alone. The video had more than 8,000 s and topped 700,000 views. There was something totally empowering—and mesmerizing—about the thought that in just a few hours, using your own two hands, you, too, could get in on this trend.
DeBrosse sells both a basic pattern with PDFs and video tutorials for $5 and a full kit featuring everything you need to make it yourself (including the hard-to-find, oh-so-soft unspun merino wool and aforementioned tutorials), though the latter comes at a steeper cost, starting at $275 for a 30"x50" blanket. A 40"x60" throw kit will set you back $335.
Cost aside, there's a certain satisfaction in DIY-ing such a statement piece. And as you can see from the video above, the process is surprisingly simple: You're basically just creating a bunch of loops up one arm, then transferring them to the other arm as you create each stitch. The process alone of watching it being made is almost like a massage for an overworked mind; just imagine what it must be like to actually make it. Then curl up with a cup of coffee and truly enjoy it. You can't put a price on that.
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