Difficulties in knitting a chunky roving blanket:
1) It’s hard to find enough yarn to make a chunky blanket. You often have to go to a yarn shop that sells the kind of yarn you’re looking for.
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2) You will inevitably have holes: It takes a lot of time to finish this project. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with holes in your stitches and a lousy chunky knit blanket in no time. If you want a great blanket, work on it for years and get it right!
3) Your wrists will hurt: Using needles this thick requires a lot of strength. It can be difficult to get used to working with such a big needle in your hands.
4) It’s expensive: The price of wool roving is equal to buying two full skeins of yarn! And that’s just for one blanket!
5) One blanket takes years to knit. How many years do you have to devote to a project? It can be discouraging to work on a project for so long and still have so much left to do!
6) We would argue that chunky roving blankets do not count as an actual knitting project. If we’re going to knit projects, we shouldn’t just start making them without looking at the pattern. This is an easy way out, and in no way is it creative or inspiring in the least.
Why are chunky roving blankets considered bad?
1. Chunky roving blankets are not as soft as regular roving. This is partly because the material is not as fine and more tightly twisted, and also because it has been put on a commercial washing machine to clean it.
2. Crocheting with them makes your fingers hurt more than normal yarn, and you can’t wear them on your head.
3. Knitting yarn will make your fingers hurt for a whole month.
4. They are hard to make! It is not recommended that beginners start knitting chunky roving blankets because they take up too much space.
5. You can’t wear them or sell them!
Do roving blankets last long?
They last about three years. After three years, the yarn becomes brittle and smells, just like any other wool yarn. Also, after three years, if you are using chunky roving yarn, it will be too tight to make a useful product.
Some alternate materials for chunky roving blankets:
If you cannot afford wool, or wool is not for you, try using another material. There are many alternatives.
1. Acrylic yarn: The most common alternative to wool today is acrylic yarn. It’s cheap and easy to find in any craft supply store, unlike the wool you have to look for in specialty stores. However, it is heavier than wool (because it’s made of plastic) and doesn’t feel as soft once it’s knit into a blanket.
2. Other yarns: Though wool is the most popular yarn out there, you don’t have to stick with it. Look for anything that works with the pattern you want to use – perhaps cotton, silk, or bamboo. All of these products are soft and will make warm blankets.
To conclude, knitting a chunky roving blanket is not worth it. You might think that one blanket is worth all the time, energy, and money you put into it, but after doing this for years and end with failed attempts, you will know how wrong the decision was. We would recommend only buying the yarn if you are planning on making several blankets. Otherwise, if you’re thinking of making one or two blankets, then buy a completed one from the store.