Easy to Knit Blanket Pattern knit with Bernat Blanket Big yarn uses the Broken Rib Stitch to create a lovely pattern on this Chunky Blanket.
In one week we will be moving our daughter to her new apartment in her new city…a mere 502 miles away. As much as my heart will ache for her absence, it is swelling with pride as she embarks on her first step towards becoming a doctor.
As we busily plan for her new apartment with new purchases and hand-me-downs, her request for a new chunky blanket made me a very happy mama. She is moving north and is convinced that she won’t be using her heat in the winter to save $$$ (we will see how long that lasts), so she wanted an especially warm and cozy blanket
We picked out the yarn she liked first and then figured out whether to knit or crochet and what stitches to use. She picked Bernat’s Blanket Big, which is a very chunky, chenille type yarn that will undoubtedly be cozy! (FWIW, while we were able to feel the yarn at our local Michael’s, they only had 2 skeins. We ordered online and were able to save 20%)
As an added bonus, the Bernat Blanket Big is also machine washable!
NOTE: While I didn’t have any problems with this yarn, I have heard from a reader that she found that knitting with it can be a bit exhausting. No doubt, it is a very chunky, bulky yarn. Be aware of that as you proceed with your project and know that you may need to take some breaks. I guess on the plus side, you can knit and get a workout at the same time!
I played around with several knit and crochet patterns before settling on a knit broken rib stitch. Crocheting with a simple half double stitch resulted in a very dense fabric that was almost rug like. I also tried a knit cable pattern, but we would’ve needed more yarn as a cable pattern uses more.
So ultimately, we settled on a simple knit broken rib stitch. The broken rib works great with super bulky yarns, creating a subtle pattern with a little more interest than a plain stockinette. The broken rib is also a great pattern for novice knitters, requiring nothing more than simple knit and purl stitches.
If you are looking for a knit blanket pattern that works up quickly, this is a great one! It isn’t quite as quick a knit as this Chunky Knit Blanket, which can be knit in one day. But, the knitted fabric in this blanket is somewhat similar to half-linen stitch, which was used in this Half-Linen Stitch Blanket with Faux Fur Trim, but a much quicker knit.
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These materials will knit a 60″ by 68″ blanket.
11 skeins of Bernat Blanket Big (we used the color Vintage)
US 50 (25mm) Circular Needles (47 inches long)
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· K: Knit
· P: Purl
3 stitches and 4 rows = 5 inches
· Loosely cast on 36 stitches (or a multiple of 2)
· 1st row and all odd number rows: K every stitch
· 2nd row and all even number rows : P, K, ending with a K
· Work until desired length. In my case, I worked until the blanket measured 68”
· Cast off
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