DIY Extreme Knitting Roundup.
"This enormous blanket is knit on 1 1/2” PVC pipe, using slightly-felted superwash (yes, you read that right) unspun wool roving. This pattern is more of a tutorial, as the pattern is: CO 28, k2 p2, BO!
If you’ve ever wanted to knit in a gigantic gauge, this pattern teaches you where to find the raw materials, how to create “yarn” and “needles” from unusual objects, and finally how to knit up your very own giganto-blanket!”
DIY Portable Picnic Blanket from Clones N Clowns here. I like her idea of using waterproof canvas for the bottom. But you could also just purchase a cheap washable blanket and add the carrying straps (large beach towels would also work).
DIY Really Easy Suede and Fleece Throw Tutorial from In Honor of Design here. The questions I get the most are about mending and DIY gifts for men. This is a double sided fabric (one side suede, one side fleece) that she got at Joann Fabrics. She used 2 yards and a 50% off coupon (print it online) and her total was $25.
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DIY Pixie Dust Knitted Lap Blanket Pattern from The Purl Bee here. Love this blanket! But if I buy 7 skeins of their $36.60 yarn my price (before the $30 needles) would be $256.20 (before shipping). But if I made my own needles (tutorial here) and used less expensive yarn, maybe doubling it with sparkly novelty yarn, it may be within my budget.