ISSUE 16  |  The California Life

DIY: Dutch-Style Knit Throw

April 16, 2012 3:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Something must be in the air: in the last month, two of us at Remodelista have knit our own Dutch-inspired wool throws.

This DIY throw blanket can be knit up over a short weekend if you're determined or in a few months (as in my case) if you work at a leisurely pace. I chose to use black wool for my blanket (my fellow editor Sarah used a natural shade), but any color will do. Here's how to make your own throw:

Above: My new throw, completed over the last couple of months (there's nothing like a simple stockinette stitch).

Above: The finished throw shows the lightly curled edges and the three-stitch border.

Above: Wool and the Gang's Peruvian Space Black Wool is comprised of midnight blue, forest green, and gray tweed to add a little dimension to the black color; $22 each.

Above: Large wooden knitting needles and the black knit throw blanket. Image via Mo by Maurice.


6 skeins of thick black yarn.

12mm-sized circular knitting needles.

1 medium-sized crochet hook for weaving in the edges.


To make a 45-inch-square throw cast 80 stitches on to your 12mm knitting needles and work three rows of knitted stitches across.

You'll be knitting in the basic stockinette stitch, so following the three rows of selvedge, alternate knit rows with purl rows.

Knit the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row for a selvedge to keep the edges from curling in (the danger of the stockinette stitch).

When you've reached a stopping point in the work or at about 43 inches, loosely bind off the final row ending in with a knitted stitch and not a purled one.