I fear I need to make certain I give a disclaimer. I am a lefty crocheter. I don't follow patterns well because many don't translate well for lefties. Combine this with a less-than-rule-following personality and get a less structured pattern. This will bother some, and I apologize in advance for this.
Why a weighted blanket? Weighted blankets have been helpful for many different types of people. They can help people sleep better (the reason I attempted this pattern for my young guy) and some weighted items help people sit still and calm down. Some who benefit from weighted blankets include:
- those who have had nerve damage in extremities (where the light touch of a sheet is painful)
- sensory seeking child or adult
- one who fusses with tags or wants them cut out of clothing
- one who doesn't feel comfortable with very light touch
- many on the autism spectrum (there are some who are sensory-avoidant, so this is something to check)
- an adult or child struggling with anxiety
The recommendation on some websites is 10% of body weight. It is possible that some might need that much pressure. It is my opinion that this could be much too much weight for the average youth and could lead to an unsafe sitaution. Even the 5 pound one (much less than 10% of my weight) reduced my anxiety while I was making it!
I use Hobby Lobby's "I Love this Yarn" becuase it is bulky and soft. Each skein weighs just under 1/2 pound, so that is how you can gauge weight without having to pull out a scale. (10 skeins= roughly 5 pounds)
To make a 10-skein blanket with 4 strands at a time:
- Using an L or M hook, hold 4 strands together, make a slipknot and chain 40 inches. Chain 3 and turn
- Double Crochet (holding all 4 strands) in the 4th chain and all across. Chain 3 and turn
- Continue until you run out of the first 4 skeins. It was surprising to me a bit that they didn't all run out at the same time. If this happens to you too, just incorporate the next skein as you go, always keeping 4 strands at a time. (I used two colors together, so when I ran out of red, I got a new red skein and when I ran out of black, I got a black strand.)
- The last two skeins are more complicated. I made a ball of yarn until it was about half of the skein and then was able to have 4 at a time this way.
- This netted for me about 60 rows and was about 40x60 inches. A larger hook would make it a bit less dense (and maybe less warm if you live in the South).