Mother-of-two, 32, creates stylish Merino wool blanket in lockdown

Make your own blanket in 30 minutes: How to create a chunky Merino wool throw with just nine stitches – and there’s NO knitting needles required

  • Rosanna McKean, 32, from Bristol, used the online guide to create a blanket 
  • Mother-of-two used 100 per cent Merino wool from eBay at £35 per roll of wool
  • She followed a YouTube tutorial which shows how to make one in 30 minutes 

A mother-of-two reveals how she made a stylish chunky knit blanket using a 13-minute YouTube tutorial and claims it is now the ‘focal point’ of her living room. 

Rosanna McKean, 32, from Bristol, used the online guide to create a Merino wool blanket for her modern living room while in lockdown.  

Posting to the UK Facebook group Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It, she wrote: ‘Got all inspired after seeing someone on here make a chunky knit blanket and made my own, made a few mistakes but not bad for first attempt.’ 

Rosanna shared two pictures of the finished grey blanket which she draped over the sofa and decorated with a blush pink and aztec cushion.  

Rosanna McKean, 32, from Bristol, used the online guide to create a blanket for her modern living room

Rosanna linked the YouTube guide she followed which shows how to make a 25x30ins hand-knitted blanket in just 30 minutes using 2lb of Merino wool. 

Wanting to make an even bigger blanket, she used two 2lbs balls, of satin mink-coloured Merino wool from eBay which cost her £70. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, Rosanna said: ‘I made a bigger one than in the video so it took me around an hour to make but it was really easy. 

‘It cost me £70 to make, so quite expensive. It’s about £35 per 1kg and 100 per cent Merino wool. 

She draped the grey blanket over the sofa and decorated with a blush pink and aztec cushion

Rosanna said: ‘It was very relaxing to do and it wasn’t fiddly because the wool is so big’

‘I was inspired to make one after seeing it on the Mrs Hinch group and all my family and friends want one now! 

She added: ‘It was very relaxing to do and it wasn’t fiddly because the wool is so big. 

‘It’s made a lovely feature in my living room and added another texture and it’s almost a focal point now.’ 

Merino wool is a natural material from Merino sheep which is regarded as the softest and finest material from any sheep. 

It is also has unique anti-bacterial properties and is a highly breathable fabric.   

The 13-minute guide was posted on the hand-knitting YouTube channel, BeCozi, which uses super chunky Merino wool to create the cosy blanket. 

HOW TO MAKE A HAND-KNIT MERINO WOOL BLANKET IN 30 MINUTES 

Makes one 25X30ins blanket 

You will need: 

2lb of Merino wool 

Method: 

1. To cast on, make an arch shape with the wool in front of you 

To cast on, make an arch shape with the wool in front of you with the working yarn 

2. Cross the wool over to make a loop 

3. Put your hand through the loop and pull the loose end through to create a knot which is the first stitch

Put your hand through the loop and pull the loose end through to create a knot which is the first stitch

4. To make the second stitch, put your hand through the loop and grab the yarn

To make the second stitch, put your hand through the loop and grab the yarn

5. Pull the yarn through to create a loop which is your second stitch 

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to create nine loops which act as the first nine stitches 

Repeat steps 4 and 5 to create nine loops which act as the first nine stitches and a chain effect 

7. Place the chain of nine stitches in front of you on the table with the working yarn above

Place the chain of nine stitches in front of you on the table with the working yarn above

8. Starting at the right side of the chain, put your hand inside the loop and grab the working yarn 

Starting at the right side of the chain, put your hand inside the loop and grab the working yarn

9. Pull the yarn through to create a loop which starts a second chain  

10. Once all nine stitches are complete, start at the opposite end and loop the yarn through in the opposite direction to build the chains

11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to create another set of nine stitches before starting in the opposite direction 

Once all nine stitches are complete, start at the opposite end and loop the yarn through in the opposite direction to build the chains

12. To cast off, create a loop by pulling the last piece of yarn through the two final stitches and create a knot by pulling it through

13. Tuck the loose end of the knot into the chain to create a neat edge  

Tuck the loose end of the knot into the chain to create a neat edge when all the wool is used

Speaking on the video, the instructor reveals: ‘The first rule when you are hand-knitting or knitting with giant needles and using Merino wool is do not pull. 

‘For this reason I am unwinding the whole roll then I can have it in front of me for hand-knitting. 

‘This way, the merino wool spreads its fibre and becomes more fluffy and beautiful and actually a little bit stronger.’ 

The BeCozi instructor, based in Michigan, reveals how you should unwind the entire roll of wool before beginning

And cleaning enthusiasts on the Facebook group commented on how ‘beautiful’ the blanket looked with many asking for tips on how to make one. 

Jus Ough commented: I’ve just watched the video link at the top and it looks enough and you do it with your hands.’ 

Donna Travis added: ‘Well done it looks like you bought one from the shop.’ 

‘This is gorgeous, definitely going to give it a go,’ Soph Richmond wrote.     

Cleaning enthusiasts on the Facebook group commented on how ‘beautiful’ the blanket looked with many asking for tips on how to make one

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