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tgwillis 05-31-2008 11:02 AM

Weighted blanket
 
I am looking to knit a weighted therapy blanket for my son. It needs to be a twin size (roughly). When it is done it needs to weight about 12-14 pounds. What natural fibers have the most weight for its bulk, cotton? An help would be great or any ideas as to what kind of yarn to use.

suzeeq 05-31-2008 11:41 AM

Yep all cotton would probably be heaviest. You could knit it double stranded on large needles (size 13) for a heavier weight. Peaches/Sugar and cream comes on large cones.

tgwillis 05-31-2008 12:35 PM

Would doing a double knit make it heavier as well? I have a knitting board I can use. I might do that.

suzeeq 05-31-2008 12:47 PM

Yes, double knit would use twice the yarn, so it would be heavier too.

tokmom 05-31-2008 01:15 PM

Would the cotton wash and dry well? My concern would be shrinkage?

fireflyknitter 05-31-2008 01:44 PM

Wouldn't a blanket that heavy stretch out of shape? :??

hartleystudio 05-31-2008 01:53 PM

I know there is a woman on Etsy who makes weighted therapy blankets. Hers are quilted but maybe she can make the weighted part and use and thin fabric and you could knit a cover for it out of whatever you liked. Here is a link to her store..

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5442187

If that doesn't work, just search for "weighted therapy blanket" in Etsy and you will find her.

Good luck! I'd love to see it when it's done!!

tgwillis 05-31-2008 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by hartleystudio (Post 1113914)
I know there is a woman on Etsy who makes weighted therapy blankets. Hers are quilted but maybe she can make the weighted part and use and thin fabric and you could knit a cover for it out of whatever you liked. Here is a link to her store..

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5442187

If that doesn't work, just search for "weighted therapy blanket" in Etsy and you will find her.

Good luck! I'd love to see it when it's done!!


We have a blanket much like the ones you linked to. We are trying to think off a way to have the weight with out the filler beads, they add a lot of bulk. We have a quit that my great grandmother made that is really heavy but we don't want to wear it out and it wouldn't with stand repeated washing.

tgwillis 05-31-2008 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fireflyknitter (Post 1113911)
Wouldn't a blanket that heavy stretch out of shape? :??

Yeah it might, it doesn't have to be pretty just functional.:pout:

tgwillis 05-31-2008 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tokmom (Post 1113902)
Would the cotton wash and dry well? My concern would be shrinkage?

If it didn't shrink to much I don't think it would matter, it only needs to cover the top of the bed (mainly just his body btw he is 13 and as tall as I am)


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