This is a straightforward step by step guide to knitting a chunky blanket with PVC pipes as kitting needles. These instructions will explain how to transform PVC pipes into knitting needles and how to use those knitting needles to make a blanket. These instructions will provide proper information for people who have beginner/intermediate level knitting experience. Some of the steps are similar to traditional needles, except you will use your hands. This project should take about three-four weeks to complete.
- PVC pipe: 1-¼” wide,1’5” long (x2)
- Poster board
- Duct tape
- Premier Couture Jazz Yarn
- Note: I used about 12 balls of yarn for a 4’ X 6’ sized blanket.
Step 1: Making the PVC Pipe Needles
- Cut two pieces of duct tape in a square (about 2” x 2”) and connect them sticky side to sticky side
- Tape duct tape to one end of the PVC pipe and use this as the butt of the needles so that the yarn will not fall off
- Cut a circle out of the poster board with a diameter of about 4 1/4" (x2)
- Cut a triangle with about a 70 degree angle out of the circles
- Fold the poster board from the two ends of the triangle to form a cone with a diameter of 2"
- Tape the poster board to the opposite side of the butt end of the needle to form a needle head with duct tape
Step 2: Cast On
- Tie a simple double knot on one needle, not too tight
- Hold the needle with the first knot in your dominant hand
- Hold the working yarn (the yarn from the ball of yarn) in your non-dominant hand
- Drape the working yarn behind your thumb and into your palm, this will create a loop in the yarn
- Place the needle under the yarn across your palm
- Pull your thumb out from the needle and pull the loop tightly by pulling on the working yarn
- Repeat steps 1-5 30 times.
- Note: you can do more or less stitches, depending on how wide you would like your blanket
Step 3: Knit Your First Row
- With your right-hand needle, push the head of the needle into the first stitch from the bottom to the top
- The working yarn should lie in the back of the needles (in the space between the needles and table).
- Wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle counterclockwise.
- Move the right needle down, with the stitches staying in place
- Pull the second stitch on the right-hand needle over the first stitch on the right-hand needle
- Note: Make sure to do this slowly so that the first stitch remains on the needle
- Knit each stitch as instructed above until you have knitted all of the stitches on the needle
- Switch needles from your left hand to your right hand so that the empty needle is in your right hand
- Repeat steps 1-7 until the blanket is about 6’ long
Step 4: Casting Off
- Knit two stitches normally
- Take the bottom stitch in your hand
- Lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch and off of the needle, keeping the top stitch on the needle
- Repeat this process until there is only one stitch left on the right needle
- Slip the last stitch off of the needle, but keep the stitch in tact.
- Cut the yarn, leaving about 6 inches at the end
- Knot off the cut end of the yarn as close to the blanket as you can and pull it tight. You can double knot it for more security.
Step 5: Finished Product!
Congratulations! You now have a finished chunky blanket to warm you up during those cold days! Enjoy!