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Jumbo Knit Blankets with Lisa from LiLiKnits

Jumbo knit blankets have been seen all over social media for years, causing these beauties to become a “must-have” home decor item.

However, not all jumbo blankets are created equally, so it’s important to know your budget, how you intend to use it (a prop for social media or a well-used blanket), and your preferred type of fibre (natural or synthetic).

First of all, many blankets that are shown on influencer accounts are used as “props”. And I can understand why - they’re beautiful to look at! But if you have pets, kids or simply want something that you can use AND clean easily, then you’ll want to keep reading.

Over the years, I’ve received a ton of questions about knit blankets so I’ve finally decided to do a blog post on the topic. And who better to join me than Lisa from LiLiKnits! She’s been making her Grande Blankets for years now, and has literally made hundreds of them. These blankets are made out of a durable, synthetic, and vegan fibre, making it perfect for someone who wants a blanket that they can use on a regular basis that is also easy to care for.

Alright, let’s get started!

Tanya: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started on your maker journey?

Lisa: I’ve been knitting for 20 years. I taught  myself how from a Learn-To-Knit Book (before YouTube was around).

I designed my very first ponytail hat and scarf in 2013 and decided to open an Etsy shop. It’s been so fun to evolve and grow as a maker, and Instagram has been the best place to foster the growth.

Tanya: What is your favourite thing to make and why?

I think my favorite thing to make are hats and blankets. Hats are great for on the go while watching kids’ events, but I also love the relaxing pace of a blanket while binge watching something on TV!

Tanya: Now let’s talk blankets! What’s the most common question you get from customers?

The question I get asked most about my Grande Blankets is: can you wash it. The answer is YES!  Because they are vegan, 100% polyester chenille, they don’t shed or pill AND you don’t have to spend money on dry cleaning them. These blankets can be machine washed and dried, and come out beautifully.  

Tanya: For someone who is interested in trying one of your DIY knit knits, do you have any advice for getting started?

Lisa: If you haven’t worked with jumbo needles before, it just takes a little getting used to. The first few rows are always a little awkward, but once you get going and get some practice, you will cruise right along.

I always find binding off the needles with my fingers is easier as well and creates a looser bind off.

Tanya: Last year you expanded your shop to include your own apparel line! Very exciting! Have you set new goals for 2020? Anything new we can expect to see from LiliKnits?

Lisa: I’m super excited to see what 2020 brings.  Look for new knit + crochet designs, more DIY kits including a crochet version of the Grande blanket!

If you’re interested in buying a finished blanket or making your own, follow Lisa on Instagram!

Also, keep your eyes peeled at Tuula Collective as we will start offering these blankets in limited quantities. Looking for a specific colour? Send us a message!

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