Diary of a Frugal Knitter

January 2018

Decided that house move necessitates major evaluation of clothes. All hand knitted jumpers scrutinised. Any of unsuitable colour, fit or style set to one side despite the time invested in knitting them.

In fit of frugality,  decided to unpick all seams, unravel jumpers and reuse wool to make new jumpers. Got carried away and also unravelled small knitted blanket, made with wool unravelled from crocheted blanket and consequently slightly too small to be of use.


March 2018


Moved large quantity of unravelled wool to new home. No frugal knitting undertaken.


April 2018

Decided to tackle unravelled wool. Realised that wastage when dismantling jumpers meant insufficient wool to make new ones. Briefly considered making sleeveless pullovers to overcome wool shortage. Swiftly remembered that I do not need sleeveless pullovers.


wool dyed with crab apples

Missing knitted blanket so resolved to make replacement with unravelled wool and half used balls of wool from various knitting projects and previous foray into natural dyeing. Assessed wool and determined that colours and quantities unlikely to produce aesthetically pleasing pattern. Concluded that random patterning more feasible.

Determined that this blanket will not be too small so cast on 600 stitches. After knitting for two evenings with no discernible length achieved wondered if 600 stitches was too ambitious.

Enthusiasm waning.


May 2018

Knitting abandoned for the summer. Length of blanket 4 centimetres. Approximately 96 cms short of target.


September 2018

Found bag containing very short knitted blanket while looking for yarn to knit jumper for grandson’s teddy bear. Knitted jumper for bear and a few rows of blanket. Wondered if it could be scarf instead. More rows completed at very steady pace.


October 2018

Attacking blanket/scarf with enthusiasm. Easy to get into rhythm as very simple but progress slow.

knitted rug using leftover wool

Have decided to make this very long-term project and concentrate on warmth of blanket and eco friendly reuse of yarn rather than colour co-ordination. Also realise that have sometimes turned needles at end of row resulting in sections of back to front knitting but have convinced myself this adds interest to patterning as no chance of undoing any knitting to make correction. Hoping that increase in length will result in warm knees while knitting. Any thoughts of wrapping blanket around whole body are very distant.

Current length 27cms. Approximately 73cms short of target.

Instructions for Knitted Blanket with Knotted Fringe

How to knit a fringed blanket

  • Using circular knitting needle, cast on stitches required for project. I’m using 4mm needle with (mainly) DK wool to make a dense blanket, similar to a weave. 300 stitches will make a width of approximately 150 centimetres.
  • Row 1 – Knit 1, Yarn Forward Slip 1. Repeat across row. Cut off yarn.
  • Row 2 – Do not turn needles but take new strand of yarn and continue knitting as if in the round. Yarn Forward Slip 1, Knit 1. Repeat across row. Cut off yarn.
  • Repeat
  • Every six rows or so, depending on how you want the rug to look, knot the loose yarn at the end of the row to make a fringe.
  • Cast off when your blanket reaches the required length. Trim loose ends to even length.


11 thoughts on “Diary of a Frugal Knitter

  1. What a lovely looking house. Wondering if you will end up with a scarf or blanket 😀 Looking forward to seeing the final result.

  2. I’ve made a very similar blanket, using what I think they call linen stitch? it looks so effective, and like you I cast on a huge number of stitches and felt very daunted at first – only to get really carried away with it and loving knitting it. I was so sorry when I finished – in fact I’m thinking of starting another one this year. What I didn’t do was add fringing – very interesting to see yours, and I’m thinking that I might add that to my new blanket ….

    1. Thank you for the glimmer of hope that I’ll get carried away too and enjoy it 🙂 The main attraction of the fringing was that it’s a lot easier to knot the ends instead of sewing them in and now I wish that I’d washed the wool to get rid of all the kinks.

  3. I love this post and the colours of your blanket. How wide is “600 stitches”? I’m sure you or someone dear to you.will really appreciate this thoughtful work when you’ve finished

    1. I wish you hadn’t asked that question Bunty! I just measured the width and it’s 3 metres, which is a bit of a miscalculation on my part as I thought it was half that. No wonder it takes so long to knit a row.

  4. Oh, Anne! I had such a giggle reading your diary! Blankets grow so much more quickly when crocheted, don’t they?

    1. Very true Clare, crocheted blankets grow much quicker but the end result is rather holey though maybe that’s my lack of crochet skill.

  5. Three metres??? That is one large blanket that you are making. I do love the look of it of your growing masterpiece, the colours are quite divine and I love the pattern and fringe. I shall never knit a blanket again, I think it would send me over the edge of sanity. I tried once and it ended up really small. I remember starting a crochet blanket when I was about 10 years old. I started of with single crochet, then double crochet, then whatever the name above that is… after 20 cm I got bored, stitched the sides together into some sort of cushion and stuffed it with the remainder of the yarn… I loved that knobbly thing, it survived until I was 27, when a not very nice boyfriend (should have known better) took offence by its lack of aesthetic value. Good luck with your knitting!

    1. Obviously 3 metres is ridiculously wide and I now regret casting on so many stitches! I’m trying to think of this as a convenient way to store my excess wool, instead of just hiding it in a cupboard.
      Your tale of the blanket ending up as a cushion sounds familiar 🙂 This blanket is so dense that I think I could easily chop it into smaller pieces without it unravelling.

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