A free, downloadable DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern that can be knit in a day…with flagpoles or large knitting needles. Includes instructions and video on how to knit a chunky blanket, materials needed and some suggested yarns to use for your Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern.
I made this thick, cozy, chunky knit blanket in one day, while binge-watching ‘Nurse Jackie’ during Winter Storm ‘Jonas’. It was a great reason to stay inside and in front of a fire.
Even though I really like natural fibers, I used acrylic in this case because of 1) its washability and 2) its cost. I saw this yarn at Michaels and liked the feel of it, so bought 17 skeins (because it’s what they had).
I figured I would knit a DIY chunky yarn blanket as big as 17 skeins would make. The yarn recommends a US 15 knitting needle, but I wanted a looser knit, so I tried it on US 19 (15mm), which I found knit a fabric that was much too tight for this Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern.
So then, I cut a PVC pipe (19mm) in half and tried it. I also found that knit way too tight as well. But, since I had just cleaned out my attic and garage, I knew I had 2 flag poles.
The flagpoles have a diameter of 32mm, so they were a good bit larger and ended up just being perfect.
While I just happened to have 2 flagpoles lying around, you might have something different. I looked into broomsticks and was going to use them until I remembered my flagpoles. The broomsticks were a little smaller in diameter, so your weave will be tighter, but think it’s completely doable given the manufacturer’s needle size.
All that being said, you can buy 35mm circular needles which might be a heck of a lot easier!
What You Need For a Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern( 56″ X 60″ ):
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Here is a list of all the materials you’ll need to knit your own Chunky Knit blanket:
- 14 skeins of Super Bulky (size 6) yarn, 21 yards per skein. I used Biggie Yarn by Loops & Threads, but it isn’t being sold anymore. Check out some of the others indicated below. I haven’t felt or seen these other super chunky or super bulky yarns in person, so can’t attest to their feel and exact size, but the gauge and recommended needle size are close to that of the Loops & Thread Biggie… which is my only point of reference.
- Another option is this kit I recently found which includes the yarn, needles, and instructions for a 40″ by 60″ blanket. And it looks like the yarn is 100% Merino Wool!
- Poles, 32mm (or 1 1/4″) in diameter. You can surely use many things; broomsticks, PVC piping, or US 50 knitting needles. For this yarn, if you want it ‘loosely’ knit as I did, I’d try to stay with something that has a diameter of at least 1″, but do check your gauge. Mine was 6 stitches across 4″
- Update: I just came across these 35mm/US 70 circular needles. I’d love to give them a try the next time I knit up one of these beauties; I really like that they are circular needles.
- White yarn and transparent thread for tassels
What are the best yarns to use for your Knit Chunky Blanket?
I’m often asked for the best yarns to use to knit a chunky blanket. Look for Super Bulky or Super Chunky yarns to knit a Big, Chunky Blanket or Throw. These yarns typically have a gauge of 2-3 stitches per inch. Jumbo yarns, which have a gauge of 1-2 stitches per inch are another great alternative. C
Check your gauge with each of these, they vary somewhat. And be flexible with the needle you end up using.
- LB Collection Wool,
- BeCozi Merino Super Chunky Yarn,
- Loops and Thread Ariel,
- Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky,
- Loopy Mango Merino #5
- AR Workshop Chunky Knit Yarn
- Go For Faux Yooge
Pin the following image of Suggested Bulky Yarns to refer back to this list:
Directions for this Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern:
If you want to resize your blanket, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
- Cast on 34 stitches. This video shows how I began knitting my chunking blanket starting with how I cast on my stitches on the flag poles.
- 1 row of ribbing, (Knit, Purl)
- Stocking stitch for remaining rows, starting and ending with 4 stitches of a seed stitch (K1, P1, K1 P1 on one row and then P1, K1, P 1, K1 on the next row) at the beginning and end of each row to keep it flat)
- When you reach the desired length, in my case this was 60″, do one more row of rib edging and then cast off.
- I added tassels on the cast-on and cast-off edges. I cut 20 pieces of yarn, each 16″, to make my tassels. After I wrapped the thinner yarn around to make the tassel, I wove in the ends of the yarn through the loops as shown below.
- Attach the tassels to your DIY chunky knit blanket with the transparent thread so that you can’t see any thread tails.
I haven’t decided where I will use my new chunky knit blanket.
I’ll either keep it in the den or put it on the foot of my bed.
Those mathematically inclined will have noted that I only used 14 of the 17 skeins that I purchased. I’m thinking that Puddles, the somewhat ornery cat, would love a bed made from the rest. Stay tuned!
Now, if you’d rather just have a lovely chunky knit blanket or chunky knit throw show up at your door and skip the knitting, here is an alternative:
To refer back to this Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern, bookmark this page or pin the following image.
If you want to learn how to knit or are looking to brush up on your knitting skills and knowledge, pop over to the How to Knit page, which houses all of the posts that teach knitting skills. Or, you could go ahead and visit each one by clicking the links below.
All About Knitting
- All About Yarn, including different fibers and weights, how to read a yarn label and a Yarn Weights Chart
- All About Knitting Needles, including material, sizes, styles and a Needle Conversion Chart.
- How to Cast On Using the Long-Tail Method; including how to calculate how much yarn is needed to cast on and how to make a slip knot.
- How to Knit the Knit Stitch
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
- How to Bind Off; including how to weave in your loose ends.
- How to Read a Knit Pattern; including a Common Knitting Abbreviations Chart.
- This simple Garter Knit Dishcloth will let you put all your new skills to good use!
- How to Block Your Knitting.
- Common Knit Errors; How to Prevent or Diagnose and Fix Them
- Join yarn using the Russian Join
- How to seam pieces of knit fabric with the Mattress Stitch (for sweaters, tops, pillows, etc…)
- Organize Your Knitting with these free printables.
- Check out our Gift Ideas for Knitters.
If you like working with bulky yarns, check out this pattern for a chunky knit Christmas stocking for the holidays.
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