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See these Ginormous Gauge PVC Pipe ‘Needles’ – Broomsticks Were Too Small!
This super-snuggly blanket was the brainchild of fiber artist Laura Birek, who one day out of the blue decided to “knit something giant.” The problem was figuring out how to do it.
There were no tutorials available, so I was flying blind. First, I bought six pounds of unspun wool roving, then I went to the hardware store and bought broomsticks to act as knitting needles. When the broomsticks were too small, I went back and bought 1.5″ diameter PVC pipe. I turned each five-foot length of pipe into “knitting needles” by adding duct-tape tips, and just started knitting. A few hours later, I had my Giganto-Blanket.
It’s no surprise knitters went nuts for the idea. Laura wrote up the pattern and now sells it online. Or if wielding pounds of heavy wool on human-sized needles sounds like too much of an ordeal, Laura sells gorgeous bespoke Giganto-Blankets like the one below in her Etsy store. (Check out Laura’s how-to video at the bottom of the post!)
Laura’s pattern, and three big bags of wool batting, inspired Imgur user Norskeselkie to make her own giant blanket (top photo and photos below). It took “forever” to knit, she says, but in the end all her hard work paid off. Certainly her significant other looks happy. “It was worth it,” she says.