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Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern with Broken Rib Stitch

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 move 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 toward 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 use 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, a chunky, chenille-type yarn that will undoubtedly be cozy! (FWIW, while we could 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!

If you are knitting this blanket as a gift, make sure to attach a care tag. Detail the yarn fiber content and the washing instructions for the recipient.

Knit care tag on a knit blanket.

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 simultaneously!

Chunky Knit Blanket knit with Bernat Blanket Big yarn on the floor

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 an almost rug-like and very dense fabric. 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.

Girl holding large chunky knit blanket

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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Material Needed:

These materials will knit a 60″ by 68″ blanket.

11 skeins of Bernat Blanket Big (we used the color Vintage) Since I published this pattern, Michaels now packages 12 skeins of this yarn at quite a nice savings. If I had to do it over again, I’d buy the bulk package and make the blanket just a skosh longer.

US 50 (25mm) Circular Needles (47 inches long)

Pattern to Knit Blanket:

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Stitches Used:

· K: Knit

· P: Purl


3 stitches and 4 rows = 5 inches

Showing closeup of Knit Blanket Pattern featuring Broken Rib Stitch

Broken Rib Stitch Knit Blanket Pattern:

· 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 the desired length. In my case, I worked until the blanket measured 68″.

· Cast off

Blocking your Blanket

Once you’ve spent the time to create your beautiful knit blanket, make sure you finish it properly by blocking it. The active blocking time will only take 30-45 minutes, with another 1-2 days of dry time, so plan accordingly. Follow this link for instructions on how to block your knitting and the materials I use.

If you want to make this blanket a different size, check out this post explaining how to resize a blanket.

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holding Chunky Broken Rib Stitch Knit Blanket
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  1. What is best way to attach new skeins with these big, bulky yarns. Also, best way to weave in ends? I am also concerned about how well these yarns hold up to washing and drying. Do they require special treatment? I really like your blog.

    1. Hi Ellen, depending on the yarn you use, I really do like using the Russian Join to join attach yarns. If I use a chenille or something similar that doesn’t accomadate the Russian Join, I try to make all my knots on the edge, so that they are less obvious. I just weave them in.

      Let me check with my daughter on how it held up after repeated washings…I’ll get back to you.

      Hugs, Lynn

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