How to Knit a Throw

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Bulky Yarn Knitted on Large Needles
Bulky Yarn Knitted on Large Needles (Image: Dreamstime)

Throws, used as afghans or rugs, are projects that are enjoyable to knit because they're simple. When knitted with thick, bulky yarn, (5-ply and higher), with larger than average needles (sizes 10-19), the project goes more quickly than knitting fine, delicate thread with small needles. Although you can usually find a pattern, it's more innovative to design one yourself. Besides being practical when you don't have the time to search for a pattern, your personally designed throw makes your project more creative.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra bulky weight yarn (6-ply)
  • Large sized knitting needles, about size 10 (6 mm)
  • Yarn needle
  • Tape measure
  • 5 mm crochet hook (Size H)
  • 4" by 4" cardboard
  • Scissors

Determine size. After deciding on the width of your throw, study the yarn label, as the information provides you with the numbers to do the math for knowing how many stitches to cast on to begin the project. For example, for bulky weight yarn, using size 10 needles (6mm), there are three stitches to an inch. Therefore, a throw that's 48 inches wide would take 144 stitches (48 inches x three 4" x 4" swatches = 144) to cast on for the first row. This may have to be adjusted, however, depending on the multiples needed for the pattern you choose.

Choose a pattern. There are scores of different patterns that work well for throws. To keep it simple, select a variation on a ribbing pattern where knit and purl stitches are done side by side in the same rows.

Use the double moss stitch. The double moss stitch (also known as the double seed stitch or double rice stitch) is done in multiples of four stitches. For rows 1 and 2, knit 2, purl 2, repeating this pattern to the end of a row. For rows 3 and 4, purl 2, knit 2, repeating this to the end of the row. Repeat the patterns for rows 1 through 4, continuing through all rows until you reach the desired length. For example, rows 5 through 8 would equal rows 1 through 4. To avoid confusion, write out the rows equivalent to rows 1-4 on a piece of paper.

Cast off stitches and weave in loose ends, using a yarn needle. If you know how to crochet, take a size H crochet hook (5 mm) and single crochet around the throw to finish off edges.

Add fringe to both ends. To make fringe (See Resources below), cut a square piece of cardboard, measuring four inches by four inches. Then wind yarn around it several times, until you get enough strands to make fringe that's thick enough. Cut strands into half, producing pieces of fringe. Repeat the process for the other end of the throw. Sew the fringe onto the throw on both sides.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add colors without doing the extra work, use a yarn that’s multicolored.
  • Have a crochet hook handy to pick up any dropped stitches (see Resources below).

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