Going Big with Woolly Mahoosive
If you have followed Family Clan for any time you know that I love knitting and crocheting, so when Woolly Mahoosive contacted us to collaborate I was so excited.
I chose a baby blanket set as there is always someone, somewhere announcing the special news that there will be a new addition to our family some time in the near future.
The crochet kit came nicely presented, with the yarn in a hank and the 20 mm hook in it’s own bag. I’ve have never, ever used a hook or yarn this big.
Here is my usual size hooks of sizes 3-5mm to compare to the 20 mm hook that I needed for this project. I’m currently making a shawl using DK yarn and a 3 mm hook so to jump straight to a 20 mm was a big difference. I’m sure you will agree.
The yarn is so soft and cuddly. I was going to use it straight from my swift but in the end decided to wrap it into a ball. A HUGE BALL! I ended up using the largest bowl in our cupboard to hold it and it just fit.
It took me a few stitches to adjust to the size of the hook and yarn. My usual weight is a DK or a three weight yarn, so jumping to almost roving weight was different! But with in no time at all I was underway. I even got to learn a new stitch. A crossed double stitch (x-dc) – miss a stitch make a double crochet and do a double crochet in the stitch that you missed.
The kit I chose is called The Baby Blanket Kit. It is suitable for beginners and designed by Sarah Shrimpton of Annaboo’s House.
500 grams of Squiggly Yarn.
Pattern by Sarah Shrimpton.
Optional 20 mm crochet hook.
In a gift bag.
Who are Woolly Mahoosive?
Woolly Mahoosive are a fast-growing brand of under 4 years old. They sell a wide range of giant yarns to super chunky yarns and kits at a price to suit all. From a “dining room” start-up to now occupying a 5000sq feet warehouse and 10 staff. They are now on their next level of expansion.
Too often giant yarns are viewed as unaffordable and it is for this reason that Woolly Mahoosive offer yarns at different price points. Mammoth being their acrylic version of giant Merino.
Woolly Mahoosive have a wide range of kits available from home decor to baby blankets and accessories to Christmas wreaths and pom poms
“Merino”, Super soft luxury yarn and at 4 metres per 100 grams extremely chunky with a very light twist. This is 19.5 microns of softness. Ideal for arm Knitting and Chunky Knit Blankets.
“ Mammoth”, Acrylic and extremely chunky at 5 to 6 metres per 100 g. So affordable even the children can have a go. Also suitable for Vegans
“Super Mahoosive Chenille” We have 11 colours in 3 cm thick,which is suitable for arm knitting, and 5 colours in 2 cm. Both are great for chunky knit blankets.
“Squiggly” New man made super chunky. At 20 metres per 100 grams, its still thick enough for super fast knit, but a little more versatile than the thicker yarns.
“Wiggly” A wool blend. 10 meters per 100 grams . Use 20 mm to 40 mm needles.
Don’t have the right needle size for working with this extreme chunky yarn – that is no problem Woolly Mahoosive sell a wide range of straight knitting needles, circular knitting needles and crochet hooks. All are a fantastic price and quality made from wood, not plastic, (apart from the centre strip of the circular knitting needles).
Normally I work in double knit yarn as that is what is readily available to me, so jumping from that to super duper chunky was different! I took me a few stitches to find my rhythm, but I loved how quickly it grew. It took me just over a couple of hours to make the baby blanket, normally it takes me a week or so. I was super happy with the result and the colour.
I super happy I got to learn a new stitch. A crossed double stitch (x-dc) – miss a stitch make a double crochet and do a double crochet in the stitch that you missed. I love the look of this stitch so it will definitely be something I will be using in the future..
Woolly Mahoosive website is clear and easy to use with secure payment facilities. The photographs a creative but not to a point that you can not see the product. Clear descriptions accompany the photographs. I recommend this site especially being a British site, we should support home grown companies.
Have you seen our giveaways? Just head to our giveaway page to see the list of prizes. There is something for everyone!