Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern
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 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 bit larger and were 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.
That said, you can buy 3mm 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 bulky yarns in person, so I 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 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:
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If you like working with bulky yarns, check out this pattern for a chunky knit Christmas stocking for the holidays.
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I just love love love this! I like how you resorted to the poles to get it just right. I only crochet but would love to know how to knit!
Hi Lisa…I’m pretty tickled with it myself. I swear, if you can crochet, you can knit. So much of both of these depends on tension and so you probably have that down. I do have to stop and think sometimes when I switch between the two, but I encourage you to give knitting a try.
Thanks for stopping by!
love the blanket – this will be my first chunky project – just need clarification on instructions – do i knit, purl the first row and then remaining rows k1,p1,k1,pl to end next row p1,k1,p1,k1 to end
Hi Ellen, if I understand your question:
After you cast on, K,P the first row all the way across.
For the 2nd row and every even row, start the row with a k1p1k1p1, then knit the rest of the way until your last 4 stitches, which you will k1p1k1p1.
For the 3rd row and every subsequent odd row, start the row with a p1k1p1k1, then purl the rest of the way until your last 4 stitches, which you will p1k1p1k1
I hope this makes sense and please let me know that if it doesn’t
Hope your week is off to a great start.!
Love it!! I just got a pair of size 50 needles.Just started my throw with Big Bernat blanket yarn!
Have fun my friend!!!
Where did you order your needles from n were they very expensive
Hi Ruthann…I used flagpoles that I had already. But, recently discovered these Big Stix needles…https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1125743&u=1347543&m=72611&urllink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elionbrand%2Ecom%2Fbix%2Dstix%2Dus%2D100%2D38mm%2Ehtml&afftrack=
Think the Big Stix would be easier to work with, when I knit a big blanket like this again I think I’ll give them a try.
Happy knitting my friend.
I have a giant crochet ook from the 70’s… same idea.
Julie in San Diego
Wow…that is one BIG crochet hook! Can you use it for the super bulky yarn?
Yup, that’s the idea. Or many strands of worsted weight.
Gosh! You make that look easy!
Hi Sue, it really was pretty immediate gratification, which is good every now and again. Thanks for swinging by today! Hope you are enjoying a lovely evening.
That’s beautiful! And it looks so easy. Perfect for a winter day and a glass of wine!
Hello Zografia…you are absolutely spot on…a winter day, a chunky throw, a fire and a glass of wine…Bliss!
Lynn, I just saw this on HT. Wow what a beautiful blanket that is! It looks so warm and cuddly. Perfect for a winter day! I just revamped a basket to hold blankets like this! I keep tellin ya, we’re twins!!
Hi Mary…my blanket plus your basket equals happiness! Love your basket by the way. You did a great job aging it.
Hugs and Kisses…Lynn
This makes me want to learn to knit SO bad! I’ve tried to crochet a little bit, but my hands cramped up :/
First of all, congrats on yoru new position Ragan! Well done you! Second, you can do this! I think crochet is harder on your hands…I know what you’re talking about when you say your hands cramp up. Think you might find knitting easier. Give it a whirl!
It’s amazing Lynn! Wow, you are amazing! I have never known how to knit, you make it look super easy though! And how genius to use the flagpoles, like who would have thought of knitting with those. You’re super woman! I love the white thick cozy blanket, it’s beautiful!
That white blanket would look great in your Scandinavian home…I tell you what, when you pop over for our craft/Walking Dead party…I’ll send it home with you! Gladly! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Kisses…LYnn
Oh my gosh. I love this!!! This blanket looks so amazing and I’m finally bringing back out my knitting bag. This is something that I need to make. Thank you for the lovely tutorial! I’m pinning for later. 🙂
So glad you’re pulling your knitting needles back out Gina…it’s a great hobby. So glad you like it. What are you knitting now?
I’m so happy to have them. 🙂 I love my wooden ones! Right now I’m knitting a pair of socks.
I have knit just about everything, but I’ve never tackled socks! Need to put that on my to do list. Are they for you or are they gifts?
You should definitely give them a try, they can be a quick knit. They’re for my hubby. 🙂
I have no idea how to knit but this is absolutely gorgeous! I think I need to learn how, NOW! Thanks for sharing.
Hi Mary Beth, thanks so much for stopping by. I encourage you to try knitting. This is a quick project…immediate gratification which is big for me!
Wishing you a happy weekend!
How did you point the ends of the flag poles to point them for knitting. I love this blanket and want to make one. You did a great job.
Hi Patsy, I think you’re asking how I put my right hand needle in the loop on my left hand needle since the rods don’t have a pointy end? Is that right? If so, it really wasn’t hard. I definitely kept my tension loose, so it was really quite easy to get the right hand pole in the loop. The second video shows how I did it. I hope this helps. If not, write back.
There is nothing quite like cozying up under a nice warm blanket when it’s snowing outside! I have no idea how to knit, but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn to do.
Hi Jessica, I’d imagine that with 3 wee ones at home you’re going to have to wait to learn that skill for a later date. But it’s a fun hobby, so put it on your bucket list!
Hoping you are enjoying your weekend.
Hugs and Kisses, Lynn
Lynn, Your blanket is simply gorgeous! It’s times like this I wish I knew how to knit.
Carol, as crafty as you are it would take you no time to learn and I’m sure you’d enjoy it as well. Thanks for your sweet words on my blanket. It was fun to make.
Wishing you a happy weekend, Lynn
Lynn, I am so in love with this! I have been wanting to make one but the cost of the yarn plus the large needles put me off, now that I can use something I own already for the needles I am so doing this! Thanks for the tutorial, pinning this! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing!!
You are so welcome Nikki…it was a really fun and quick project. Yarn can really add up though…you surely don’t knit to save money…I learned that a long time ago. I usually try to find my yarn on sale. And for these needles, yup, most likely you can find something around the house.
Wishing you a happy Sunday, Lynn
This is gorgeous Hun, you’re very talented. I could never make something look this nice and feminine.
Thanks sweet Lindsay…I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out. I never quite know what a project will look like in the end, so it’s always a good thing when it turns out close to what I had in mind. Wishing you a happy Sunday snuggling with your pups.
I have a question about your first row–you are using a rib stitch but say to end in a knit stitch. You used an even number of stitches to cast on, so if you were following the pattern to the end, it would be a purl–are you saying your last two stitches in that row are knit stitches? Just trying to clarify. 🙂 I’m assuming you are ending each row with a knit stitch to avoid having a throw that rolls up into a sausage …
Kris…thanks so much for catching that. I’ve made the correction on the post. Looks like I got ahead of myself in making sure that each subsequent row started and ended with a knit for the reason you suggested. Thanks again…happy knitting.
Thanks for your prompt reply! I started knitting a throw last fall but discovered that I really don’t like knitting long-term projects–I may frog it and do this instead!
Oh my goodness Lynn, that blanket makes me just want to snuggle in it with a good book by the fireplace! I so wish I could knit (many have tried teaching me) so I too could have one of these. My daughter knits, perhaps I can hint and persuade her to make one for me. Pinning to share your pretty blanket!
Hi Marie, if your daughter is a knitter, it’s a quick project. Maybe buy the yarn for 2 blankets, 1 for you and 1 for her! Think she’ll enjoy making them…a quick and easy project.
Thanks for stopping by to visit today.
Your blanket turned out beautiful! Those are some big knitting needles. I can’t knit, but I can crochet and use to make Afghans but it sure took a lot longer then a day.
Hi Linda…big yarn + big needles = a quick project! It’s going to be tough to go back to regular sized needles and yarn…I enjoyed the immediate gratification. Thanks for coming by to visit today.
I …..LOVE…. that blanket, it looks so cosy I could just crawl right under it.
Hi Sam, I’m pretty much loving that blanket too. It is so warm and we’ve had some rather chilly weather recently, so it’s coming in handy. Thanks for stopping by to visit.
Lynn, this is amazing! I can’t believe you used flagpoles to knit this! I would love to curl up under this blanket until Spring comes 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I’m featuring this blanket at tomorrow’s party. Hope you’ll come link up with us again 🙂
Hi Emily, thank so much for featuring my blanket on your Creative Spark link party. I know you know that I’m tickled pink. I love how the blanket turned out too and working with the flagpoles made the project go so quickly. I did make my not so sweet kitty a bed with the left over yarn…but I can’t get her to use it! I sprinkled it with catnip and everything, but she has no desire. (Sad face ?)
Thanks again for stopping by Emily and for the feature.
I am so making this blanket – x3! One for each of my sons for Christmas 2016!! 🙂
Hi Laura, I am so glad to have inspired you! It is such a quick knit that you will truly be able to do all three in three days. I’d love for you to stop back and share your creations when you are done. And what lucky boys!
This is gorgeous, and I’ll bet it would make a fabulous gift too…how perfect for winter!
My apologies, here is my true blog…thank you again for sharing!
Hello there and thanks for your kind words. Completely agree with you that it would make a great gift…I know I’d love to have received one. But is my wont, since no one gave one to me, I had to make it myself! I just swung by your blog and see we share a love of pretty table stuff. I just got done drooling over your china cabinet and all your beautiful blue and white Spode and Wedgewood. What a lovely collection you have. And your cabinet looks so divine with all your silver, plates and crystal. Just beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by.
I completed my throw over the weekend. I have a pair of needles that my dad made for mom many years ago–they are maybe size 50? It was fun to knit something that went so quickly. I used Lion brand Hometown USA yarn. In case any of your readers try this project with that yarn, here is what I noticed with it. I used 2 strands together to make a heavier throw. The yarn isn’t as lofty as what Lynn’s yarn was so I felt I needed to do that. I cast on 38 stitches but if I did it again, I would probably do about 44–the weight of the yarn made it longer and narrower than I had hoped for. If I did this pattern again with this yarn, I would add more ribbing (maybe 3 or 4 rows) to each end and about 3 or 4 stitches of a knit stitch at each end because even with following the directions, it tends to curl (I think the fault is with the yarn, not the pattern). I can’t say how long it took because I did it in bits and pieces in the evenings but I got it done in a week. It makes a very warm chunky throw and I do like it! Oh, my finished measurements were 35 x 56.
Kris, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experiences. Mine was such a heavy dense yarn, which I think helps its stay ‘put, but I think you are always safe adding an extra stitch or two of ribbing on each end. I will definitely go back and make that suggestion in the pattern. So glad you enjoyed the process! Wishing you many snuggly times under that blanket!
I am in LOVE with this and can’t wait to follow your tutorial to make a few for my children. Thank you for sharing!!!
Hi Michele, so glad and would love for you to come back and share. Hugs, Lynn
WOW, that looks AMAZING and I can’t thank you enough for offering the great step by step guide.
My only struggle now is how to make this awesome cozy blanket withut Laura seeing, so I can surprise her.
Good luck with that Kevin and what an incredible husband you are! Is she heading out of town anytime soon? You could easily whip it up in a weekend while she’s gone. Check back in and let me know how you accomplish it.
Thanks for swinging by today.
Hi, is the wool actually washable? According to the label it’s hand wash.
Hi Lori, I would hand wash it, but I haven’t needed to yet. I think I’d be afraid to machine wash it. After a couple of months at the foot of my bed, but I take it off of during the summer months, I could see that it might pill up in the machine. I will wash the cat bed I made out of the same yarn and let you know how that did.
So I have my poles and my skeins of yarn (same as what you used), but my question is, how do you knot the individual skeins together so the knots don’t show? This is my first knitting project, so I am a newbie!!
Hi Gigi, The only thing you can do with yarn this thick is to tie the knots so that they are on the back of the blanket, on the purl side. Tie them really tight. Good luck…pop back in with questions as you go along on this. I do have to say that you might want to start with something for your first project, just to get the hang of it.
I am a beginner at knitting and was hoping to make a similar blanket as a Christmas gift. I purchased size 50 circular needles and was wondering how many stitches you would suggest casting on for a blanket of this size, with those needles. I am using a similar weight of yarn. Thank you in advance 🙂
Oh, I am so excited that you are taking on this blanket to give as a Christmas gift. I know that whoever receives your gift will be thrilled!
First off, when you say a 50 circular needle, I assume you are saying the needles are 50mm. How long is the cord? Just want to make sure it’s long enough.
Second, I’m really hesitant to give you an exact number of stitches to cast on because I don’t know how tight you knit. What I would recommend is to cast on 10 stitches with your yarn and knit those 10 stitches for 4 rows to determine your gauge on this yarn.
That will give you a good idea of what length you’ll get from 10 stitches as you can see how many inches you got from your 10 cast on stitches. With such a bulky yarn and big needles, you might get ½ stitch per inch, so then you’d need to cast on 28 stitches (56 X .5).
I hope this helps and I’ll be glad to ‘counsel’ you as you go along. Please don’t hesitate to ask.
How did you weave in any ends so that there wasn’t any showing? I used Loops&Threads Chunky Luxe yarn and I’m not thrilled with how my ends are weaving through. It’s a gift and would like it to look as finished and polished as possible. Any tips for weaving in the giant yarn would be appreciated. Thanks!
Truthfully Sarah, I kept them all on the back side because it was hard to weave them in. I did leave longish tails on my knots and I was able to weave the tails in, but the knots still show on the backside. Not sure how you’re going to avoid that with a bulky yarn.
Hope that helps.
Hi I am a new knitter have done a couple scarves on size 11’s. I have some biggie yarn coming and a pair of size 50, 24 inch long needles coming. My question is I have experimented with a size 50, 14 inch long and biggie yarn and my yarn goes quickly and the material is really solid not like an open weave. Am I just knitting to tight? thanks brenda
Good Morning Brenda,
I hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start! I am so glad to hear from you and will do my best to answer your question.
The flagpoles I used had a diameter of 32mm. which would be a little bigger than your 50s, which are equivalent to 32mm. I tend to knit tight, so I tried to knit this loosely, but it is still rather a thick weave. If I were to do it again, I would try to go even looser. The risk with fiddling with your tension is that you may not be consistent with it. Normally I think that would not be a good thing, but I do think you could get away with it on a big throw with chunky yarn like this.
The great thing is that this knits up so quickly that you could fiddle with your tension and if you didn’t like it, rip it out and still be done quickly.
Do keep me posted as to your progress.
Wishing you a lovely day,
I’m looking to use this tutorial to make the blanket and I looked up the exact yarn because I love the way yours turned out but a lot of the reviews on Michaels website says it sheds really bad, just wondering if you find that to be true? If so I would probably look for a yarn that doesn’t leave fluff all over my clothes. Please let me know! Thanks
Good Morning Brandie…
There is no doubt about it, one year in and it does shed a bit. But, I found it difficult to find one of those really big thick yarns that don’t shed. I am by no means an expert, but my sense is due to how loosely these big/chunky yarns are spun, the more likely they are to shed. If you have a local yarn store, I’d ask them for suggestions.
I hope this was a wee bit helpful!
Do let me know what yarn you end up using…I am always on the lookout for good yarn.
Have a great day!
I am making this blanket as a gift. I am using a size US35 (19mm) circular needle, 40 inch. Will I need to add more stitches since my needles are smaller. Approximately how many more would need to be added. I am also using Bernet Blanket – 10.5oz/300g. It is considered super bulky (6). Thanks for your help.
Hi Helene! I hope you are well and I’m very glad to try to help you.
If I were you, I’d knit a swatch using your needles and your yarn. I am sure that you will need to cast on a good number more than I did, but just don’t know that number for sure.
I’d cast on 10 stitches and knit for 5 rows.. Then you can measure the length that you got with the 10 stitches. Let’s say that measures 6”. If you want your blanket to be 56” wide, you can then know that you need to cast on 93 stitches
56” divided by 6” = 9.3
9.3 times 10 = 93
I hope that makes sense and that it answers your question. If not, please pipe back in and I’ll gladly help.
Hi, Love the blanket. I bought the yarn and I am anxious to get started. How did you join each ball of yarn. Did you weave the ends in or tie knots to join?
Hi Regina, I tied knots and wove in where I could, but most are just knots on the back of the blanket. The really thick yarn makes it difficult to hide weave-ins.
I hope you enjoy this quick project and thanks for stopping by.
Hey Lynn, I hope you’re well!
I am new to knitting and when I say new I’ve never picked up a ball of yarn in my life haha! I would LOVE to make a few of these beautiful knitted blankets for myself, gifts and I’m sure my toddler would appreciate them too.
Do you have any videos that show what to do start to finish? Like how to cast on from step one ect? I don’t want to throw myself in the deep end straight away so I think I’ll study some videos to try to build my confidence and understand the knitting lingo before I go ahead and buy the yarn. But in saying that I am beyond excited to start I probably won’t wait because I’ll want to jump straight in. Thankyou in advance, Kaitlyn xxx
Hi Kaitlyn, I am so glad you want to dive in to knitting. It’s been such a great hobby and I’m glad to help you in any way.
My suggestion would be to spend some time just learning how to cast on, do the knit and purl stitch and cast off. Here is a video that will show you those skills in a very slow, but well explained manner. Watch this one and let me know if you still have questions.
I would get really comfortable with these stitches before I tried any additional stitches. But once you do decide to try additional stitches, not only do I have some videos, but YouTube is filled with other great tutorials.
Many hugs and let me know what else I can do to help
Where have the videos gone for this blog??? Would really like to see how to make this. Sincerely, a completely inexperienced knitter wannabe
Oh NO!!! I know what it’s like when you just need that little bit of direction and can’t find it!
The videos are there…just checked. Is it possible you have something set in your browser to disable videos? I know I have done that in the past…sometimes those pop up videos can be so annoying.
In any event, if you can’t get them to play in your browser, you can surely pop over to my youtube channel to see them.
Here are the links…
Here’s the one for the cast on…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbIbKm5slQ0&index=11&list=PLvlCTWM0un26bcd6zvcfAGylS1PtsK1Qi
And here’s the one showing the knitting…I just looked at the knitting one and it’s pretty quick, I hope it does help…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glQVrzadwkg&list=PLvlCTWM0un26bcd6zvcfAGylS1PtsK1Qi&index=10
Do let me know if you have further questions…I’d be glad to help.
Thank you for this pattern & vids. I am looking forward to trying to make one, also. Just wondering how long your poles are? I have some very long ones, but I would cut them down to a length that I could work with. Thank you.
Hey Debra, Mine were 4.5′. I hope you enjoy the project…it’s such a quick knit!
Love your blanket. Was thinking about buying some 1 1/4 ” wooden dowels to use as needles. How long should they be? Did I read correctly in one of your replies that yours were 4 1/2 ft?
Looking forward to knitting it!
Good Morning Trudy,
Yes, my poles were approximately 4 ½ feet long…truthfully they were different lengths as they were initially flagpoles and I didn’t cut them down at all. One was a little longer than 4 ½ feet long.
It was a fun project…enjoy!
Have a great day.
Is this a long tail cast on?
Hi Megan, Yes, it is a long tail cast on. Happy Knitting!
How long were your flag pole needles? Did you have to have points on the ends?
Hi Marcia, my flag poles were approximately 4.5′ and did not have points on the ends. Hope that helps! Happy Knitting.
I stumbled across your page. I got the crazy idea to try and make a blanket like this for my sister in law for Christmas. Only problem, I have never knit, or even crocheted before in my life. Does this seem like something I can learn in time?? I don’t even know where to begin!
Hi Jackie! I love the way you think! I’m one of those who jumps feet first into project and believe I’ll figure it out on the way. So…with that in mind…I do think you could do this. If I were you, this is what I would do. I’d pop up to my local Michaels or JoAnn’s or similar store today and buy a skein of cheap, thick yarn and the appropriate needles (it’ll tell you on the yarn package what size needle you need). I’m talking much smaller than the flagpoles I used…maybe a size 9 or 10 US needle and appropriate yarn. Then I’d watch some youtube videos on basic knitting skills (casting on, Knit stitch and purl stitch). This looks like a good video that will cover everything you would need https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVQCK_-rKc
I’d work just mastering the basics and making sure you had a consistent tension, meaning that your stitches are all the same size. Everyone has a comfortable tension…I tend to knit tight..some folks knit looser…but just make sure you’re being consistent.
Once you have those basics down, jump in on this blanket. And please know that I will absolutely help you along the way.
Have a great weekend my friend…hope you’ll be knitting!!!
LOVE LOVE this blanket. Gearing up to make several for Christmas presents this year. But since I had no clue what K1 or P1 meant (kind of important!), my mom gave me a crash course on knitting – she is a pro! I also didn’t know how to switch skeins so I had to 911 FaceTime my mom. Anyway, my point is that if you’re a true beginner, definitely learn these things first 🙂 I actually ended up doing a practice run with some smaller needles and yard to get the hang of it!
Initially bought standard US 50 needles but they were way too short for the 34 cast on stitches. I got about 8 rows in and decided I’d actually go insane trying to constantly squish them down!
So I bought a pair of circular US 50s on Amazon and they work GREAT! Almost done with my blanket! Also used the exact same yarn and it’s super soft.
I am curious if you washed your blanket afterward, or if you were able to get all the fuzzies to go away (I am covered! And so is my dog who thinks the blanket is hers already).
Hi Cassidy…Yay you!!! Way to go girl. The whole ‘dive in and figure it on the way’ is rather my modus operandii as well…so we are kindred spirits.
Good to know about the Circuluar 50s! Thanks for letting me and all the other readers know.
Truth time…the shedding doesn’t really go away, it gets a little better though. I’ve actually given it to my daughter who is away at school and she keeps it at the foot of her bed and hasn’t needed to wash it. I did make a cat bed out of it…so let me wash it and see what happens. I’ll check back in after I have.
Have a great day my friend.
Do you have any idea about the weight of your blanket? I recently got some really thick yarn as a present and I’m trying to figure out how large of a project I would be able to make out of it.
Your blanket looks great by the way!
Good Morning Hinke,
I can give you the weight of the yarn, but I’ve given the blanket to my daughter who is away at school so can’t weigh the finished product.
Here are the specifics on the yarn. I used 14 skeins for the blanket, which measured 56” by 60”
Weight: Super Bulky (6)
Contents: 100% acrylic
Skein Weight: 7.97 oz. / 226 g
Yardage: 21 yd. / 20 m
7 sts – 8 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
Suggested Knitting Needle:
10 mm, US – 15
Suggested Crochet Hook:
11.5 mm, US – P/16
I hope this helps my friend.
Good Morning, I just saw this on pinterest, and I am curious how well/long the blanket holds up after wear, tear and washing. I am interested in making a few as gifts, but hear they fall apart fairly quickly. What has been your expereience.
I have washed and dried it. It didn’t fall apart at all…but it did pill. You could ‘shave’ it if you desired.
Thanks for your question.
Have a great day my friend,
Try with mini version blanket. Thank for your easy guidance.
You are so welcome! Happy Knitting!
oh, perfect. It’s so easy to understand. Thank you for sharing!
Hi am so glad, Katy! That was my goal.
Happy Knitting, my friend.
I am making this blanket as a gift.
The recipient will be thrilled! What a great gift.
Happy Knitting, my friend.