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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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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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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!!
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Originally Posted by hartleystudio View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by fireflyknitter View Post
Wouldn't a blanket that heavy stretch out of shape?
Yeah it might, it doesn't have to be pretty just functional.
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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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