DIY: Dutch-Style Knit Throw
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Something must be in the air: in the last month, two of us at Remodelista have knit our own Dutch-inspired wool throws. This DIY throw blanket can be knit up over a short weekend if you're determined or in a few months (as in my case) if you work at a leisurely pace. I chose to use black wool for my blanket (my fellow editor Sarah used a natural shade), but any color will do. Here's how to make your own throw: Above: My new throw, completed over the last couple of months (there's nothing like a simple stockinette stitch). Above: The finished throw shows the lightly curled edges and the three-stitch border. Above: Wool and the Gang's Peruvian Space Black Wool is comprised of midnight blue, forest green, and gray tweed to add a little dimension to the black color; $22 each. Above: Large wooden knitting needles and the black knit throw blanket. Image via Mo by Maurice . Materials: 6 skeins of thick black yarn. 12mm-sized circular knitting needles. 1 medium-sized crochet hook for weaving in the edges. Instructions: To make a 45-inch-square throw cast 80 stitches on to your 12mm knitting needles and work three rows of knitted stitches across. You'll be knitting in the basic stockinette stitch , so following the three rows of selvedge, alternate knit rows with purl rows. Knit the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row for a selvedge to keep the edges from curling in (the danger of the stockinette stitch). When you've reached a stopping point in the work or at about 43 inches, loosely bind off the final row ending in with a knitted stitch and not a purled one. N.B.: As part of our Remodelista Exclusives week, this post is a rerun and originally ran on April 6, 2012.