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For a while now, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the thought of giant knitting projects and giant balls of yarn. I’ve seen lots of projects around the web that I’d love to make with giant knitting needles, or just my arms in fact!
Yes arm knitting is a real technique! I didn’t pay much attention to arm knitting until I came across this amazing giant knitted bunny over at Flax and Twine. Turns out it’s possible to create amazing things with our arms as well as our hands.
In this post, I’ve put together a collection of beautiful giant knit creations from talented designers on Etsy. In addition, I’ve highlighted where you can buy giant yarn to create your own enormous woolly knit projects – as I’m sure you’ll be wondering where to get hold of some.
Handmade Showcase – Giant Knitting
The first product I’m featuring is this amazing Chunky Knit Pom Pom Scarf (below) by Lauren Aston Designs. Who wouldn’t want one of these beautiful and incredibly cosy-looking scarfs to keep them warm during the colder seasons?
You can order this in over 30 colours – and you’ll get to choose the pom pom colour too! Made from super soft hypoallergenic merino wool, you can bag one of these for £60 plus shipping (worldwide shipping is available). See more photos over at Lauren Aston Designs.
Pictured below is a stunning Arm Knit Blanket / Throw by Rugs Handmade. I just love everything about this super chunky knit throw – the colour, the size and of course the fact that it’s been arm knitted!
Made from pure Australian merino wool, there are lots of colours and sizes to choose from over at Rugs Handmade. Prices start at around £32 plus shipping.
Take a look at this DIY Super Chunky Merino Wool Foldover Clutch Knit Kit by Manuosh. I saw this and thought it was such a great idea – it’s a foldover clutch bag knit kit, where you can make your own unique bag!
How cool does this look? As part of the kit, you’ll receive two skein of Manuosh Pudgy yarn, long glam knitting needles, a sewing needle, magnetic snaps, a pattern and a Manuosh Project Tote to keep it all in.
Do you know a beginner knitter who would love this as a gift? This kit is priced at around £65 plus shipping (worldwide shipping available). Check it out over at Manuosh on Etsy.
Where to Buy Giant Yarn and Knitting Needles!
There are a number of stockists all over the web as you can imagine, but as I like to support small businesses, I’ve featured a few from the Etsy designers above. The first batch of giant wool products is from Lauren Aston Designs.
This is a UK supplier that ships worldwide. You can buy these in all sorts of different weights and colours. Prices start from £50 plus shipping. Click the image below to browse the full range in Lauren’s shop!
Rugs Handmade also sell a range of giant yarn products too. Check out these 1kg merino wool balls below in lovely autumnal colours. Rugs Handmade is based in Ukraine and ships to select countries, including the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Prices are around £35 plus shipping.
As well as supplying giant knitting kits like the clutch bag above, Manuosh offer a great range of giant knitting needles which you can see here.
I’ve featured an example below – super glam giant knitting needles that have Swarovski crystal flowers on the ends! I’m sure I would actually complete a knitting project if I had a pair of these to work with! Manuosh also have an extensive range of ethically-produced yarn available too.
I hope you enjoyed this showcase post. I would really love a giant knit throw for the end of my bed – and maybe another one to drape along the back of my sofa!
Thank you to the above designers / suppliers on Etsy who have kindly given me permission to feature them for this post. Please do check out each of their shops above. I found it hard to pick just a few products to feature because they are all so beautiful!
Have you tried giant knitting yourself before? What did you make?
*Affiliate links to Etsy are included in this post. This means that if you make a purchase through one of my links, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you or any of the designers above. I only ever recommend products that I truly love and any commissions help me to keep this site up and running. Thank you for using my links if you’re able to.
*Image sources – all images received with permission from the individual designers featured in this post. Vertical graphic created by Craftaholique.
Rachel Froud says
This is amazing, I love giant knitting but I’m yet to try it!
Thanks Rachel – I just love chunky wool like the ones featured here. I want to make a giant throw for my next project! Hope you get around to trying giant knitting out! 🙂
Is there a place to get big yarn that’s not wool? I can’t find it anywhere :(.
Hi Stephy, to be honest I’ve only seen the really big yarn in merino wool. You can get super chunky acrylic yarn from various places but it’s not the giant kind. I will keep looking though!
Yes Stephy, you can get it here (I am in no way connected to this website or those who run it).
I just happen to be a Vegan that doesn’t want to use wool – this is the only place I’ve found it though.
100% Acrylic and a bit cheaper then the Merino wool. 🙂
Thanks for the helpful link Birna!
a broomer says
Just to say Woollymahoosive.com do a great range of acryic giant yarns. Suitable for arm knitting.
Thanks so much for the tip! 🙂
Thank you, I have been looking for a giant yarn to do some rugs. I have been unsuccessful in finding outlets for this kind of yarn. I too do not want wool. I prefer acrylic. Thank you
Thank you for the site information. I have been looking for acrylic yarn of this size for rugs. Wool is not a suitable fabric to use. I prefer something I can wash. Rugs do get dirty and need to be cleaned. I will explore the site you have provided. Thank you again.
Zen // fashion diy &a crafts blogger says
Thanks for this! I only know of woolly mahoosive so good to find other suppliers 🙂 ps i made that clutch at one of my maker and friends pop ups! 🙂
Wow, you’ve made that? I’m in awe!! Your crafting talents are so incredibly versatile! 🙂
Hi! I am knitting with chunky yarn for two years and have some yarn for same in my Etsy shop. Here is the link if you are interested: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NataHomeandFashion
Thank you Nataliia – I will also add your shop link to the main article when I next update it.
This is such a waste of roving! Like anyone would actually use these items. They would just be dust collectors. You could spin so much yarn with this much roving.
Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate your view on this, although I have to disagree as I love these, especially the rug. 🙂
Tess carr says
How many balls to make blanket please.
Hello! If you want to make a blanket, take a look at the link I’ve added in the comments (no.23). It’s a tutorial on how to make a 5ft blanket and tells you how many balls of wool you’d need. Hope this helps!
What size needle would you recommend?
Hi Allie, I think it really depends on what you’re making but check out Manuosh, one of the Etsy shops featured here as they do a range of knitting needles that can be used for giant knitting. If you’re going for something really bulky, they do knitting needles that are size 50. Might be worth asking the owner of that store about what they’d recommend. Here’s the link: http://tidd.ly/5925ffc2
For a greater choice on giant knitting needles, take a look at these on Etsy: http://tidd.ly/6652cdcb
Pam Long says
I really want to try to make a throw but cant find instructions or amount to use.
Hi Pam, I may try to do a post on this in the future and put together some free patterns. Hope you’ll bear with me! 🙂
I am going to try to make one for my nephew for Christmas, but I want to make one that will fit on a queen sized bed. How many skeins will I need, and how many loops do I cast????
I would recommend watching a tutorial Mal in terms of the technique – this one seems quite good and makes a 5ft by 3ft blanket with 11 balls (skeins?) of wool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMYRrOG27C0 – I hope this helps! 🙂
Where in the US can I find reasonable priced chunky roving ,in yards versus feet, to make an arm chunky twin size blanket. Need b4
Hi Deb, have you tried looking at Etsy for what you need? There are lots of online shops that do chunky roving. You can search for shops located in the USA. Etsy is a great place to source craft materials including wool roving. Hope that helps!
That is NOT yarn, it is merino roving, which spinners use to make yarn. Yarn is twisted fibres, not roving, be it pencil or top.
Ok – but it is marketed as yarn on the shops I’ve detailed on Etsy. So perhaps “yarn” is what most people tend to look for when searching for this kind of wool product.
Hi. I’ve been arm-crocheting and arm-knitting since 2013. I started off with 100% British wool tops, which I still do. Merino was a rare commodity in the UK at that time, but I now supply over 100 different shades of Merino from my website http://www.craftsisters.co.uk and Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/622119824/gorgeous-luxurious-merino-throws-arm?ref=shop_home_active_3. I can also supply 100% acrylic vegan-friendly. At the moment colours are limited, but more are expected to be announced soon. International buyers are more than welcome! All the best. Avril
Thanks for the information, I’m sure lots of readers will be interested in visiting your store!