The Bertha Blanket
That’s what The Bertha Blanket is not. This handknit throw requires patience and nothing more. If you’re up for the challenge as I was, 24,000 love stitches later you’ll hold in your hands the most wonderfully, soft, luxurious blanket ever.
The is how my Bertha Blanket was born. The inspiration, my sister’s desire for a beautiful over-sized knitted throw sold through Restoration Hardware: Garment-Dyed Handknit Throw ($579).
What I used:
Knitpicks 100% Pima Cotton Yarn “Billow” Gosling.
24 skeins. Total cost around $150.
I knit two strands together throughout to make it super chunky.
5″ x 5″ (10 x 10cm)
10 stitches x 5 rows
I cast on 125 stitches and began. No border, just a simple chunky cotton throw that grew and grew. This means the edges are rough and roll, but it also allows the cotton to move without being bound by a border, so it can be draped and shaped however you want.
Note from my sister:
“It’s super soft and comfortable, and a good weight, breathable. The only thing I would change is that the long 2 parallel edges of the throw roll up on themselves, which makes folding it so it lays flat at the end of the bed tricky. I have to sort of wrap one edge over the other to make it look like it’s laying flat, though it’s not.”
You could choose to add a border on the long edges, So that it doesn’t roll like she says. To do that you could make the first 5 stitches and last 5 stitches of every row a garter stitch, meaning on the purl side you would knit them instead of purl them. This would create a look of a border and keep the edges from rolling.
It’s absolutely GORGEOUS. It’s so soft and luxurious…. and a good weight to it. It’s like wearing a big hug!
Finished size: Approx 60″ x 84″
I feel like I just finished a marathon.