To Knit or Knot to Knit? That is the Question…
As with most lovers of design, it’ll come as no surprise that many of us at Bulletproof are self-confessed Pinterest addicts. An endless source of inspiration, there’s a board for all imaginable things.
We’ve recently been swooning over these on-trend oversized throws. In the year that the Hygge trend came to the UK, we’ve seen them popping up all over the internet… the perfect addition to any Scandi pad.
With Autumn on it’s way, we decided to call in a knitting and crochet expert, Riannon from I Make Knots to run an arm knitting workshop. You heard me! These blankets are created by weaving giant-sized threads between your arms.
I Make Knots specialise in events making all manner of hand crafted, fashionable knitwear, from handbags to baskets and throws. They host their workshops all over the world in pubs, offices, schools – you name it!
And so on a Thursday night, (with a few bottles of wine open) we gathered in the studio with our giant balls of wool at the ready, to create our ‘of-the-moment’ throws. Riannon assured us that the session normally takes up to an hour and a half, but with many of us knitting novices, we’d soon find out!
Step number one was to cast 14 knots or loops onto one arm…without getting tangled.
At first, there was mass confusion…
… and some serious concentration faces!
But once we’d mastered the basic stitch, the process was easy and as the stitches added up, the blankets grew longer. It’s the same principle as knitting; you move the stitches across each arm, adding as you go to create a new row.
Although typically a pastime popular with old ladies, the craft of knitting is having a revival. Even the boys joined in impressing us with their skills!
Back to work and as the blankets got longer, the work proved tough! The studio heated up as we raced towards the finishing line.
And before we knew it, they finally started to resemble the ever-so-cool throws. Magic!
Finally, we were ready to cast off and complete our arm knitting masterpieces.
Needless to say we were all proud of our handy work.
At last, it was time to take them home where we could recreate the Pinterest-perfect pictures in our very own sitting rooms and bedrooms.
Yet another great studio night-in for the Bulletproof London tribe and a big thank you to I Make Knots!
Blog written by Holly.