Back in 2013, when Australian designer Jason Grant told me massively oversized knit throws were going to be “everywhere,” I wanted to believe him. The concept sounded so cool, but I couldn’t find one anywhere, especially not in the U.S. Then, like the “Cerulean sweater” story that’s been endlessly echoed from The Devil Wears Prada, the trend started to trickle down to the masses. It dovetailed perfectly with the Danish concept of hygge—a feeling of supreme coziness—that was taking off, and soon, headlines everywhere deemed it your new, must-have blanket.
All kinds of companies—from major brands (like CB2 and Amazon) to independent Etsy vendors—began selling their versions of the larger-than-life throw. Their fluff and supersized scale gave them a Honey-I-Shrunk-The-Kids kind of dreaminess: The sense that you could get lost under layers of blankets and hide away from even the dreariest days.
It makes sense—you’d need needles the size of tree limbs to create such a fantastically oversized knit. Still, I wasn’t prepared for it. And apparently, I wasn’t alone. The video had more than 8,000 shares and topped 700,000 views. There was something totally empowering—and mesmerizing—about the thought that in just a few hours, using your own two hands, you, too, could get in on this trend.
DeBrosse sells both a basic pattern with PDFs and video tutorials for $5 and a full kit featuring everything you need to make it yourself (including the hard-to-find, oh-so-soft unspun merino wool and aforementioned tutorials), though the latter comes at a steeper cost, starting at $275 for a 30″x50″ blanket. A 40″x60″ throw kit will set you back $335.
Cost aside, there’s a certain satisfaction in DIY-ing such a statement piece. And as you can see from the video above, the process is surprisingly simple: You’re basically just creating a bunch of loops up one arm, then transferring them to the other arm as you create each stitch. The process alone of watching it being made is almost like a massage for an overworked mind; just imagine what it must be like to actually make it. Then curl up with a cup of coffee and truly enjoy it. You can’t put a price on that.