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Old 05-31-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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Would doing a double knit make it heavier as well? I have a knitting board I can use. I might do that.
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Yes, double knit would use twice the yarn, so it would be heavier too.
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Would the cotton wash and dry well? My concern would be shrinkage?
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Wouldn't a blanket that heavy stretch out of shape?
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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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Knitting one seems like quite a project. I purchased one for my son from here: http://www.saltoftheearthweightedgear.com/index.html
It is poly/cotton fabric plain dark blue fabric and quilted with square stitches through out and each square hold river rock gravel. The squares over the feet are not filled so one can wiggle their feet. It was kind of expensive. It's twin size and weighs 11 pounds. It is really heavy. He likes it though and misses it if we travel and don't have it. He's 13 and just started using it. I wish I had known of them sooner.
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How thick is it and how does it wash?
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I have never heard of a weighted blanket before and would be interested in knowing what they are used for. in the link above it said something about sleep disorders. My son (7 years old) suffers a lot with tingling sensations in his limbs which is worse at night and he is very restless. I was wondering if this blanket helps with restless sleep. thanks
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