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.
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Here is a list of all the materials you’ll need to knit your own Chunky Knit 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. Check your gauge with each of these, they vary somewhat. And be flexible with the needle you end up using.
If you want to resize your blanket, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
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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