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DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial (An Oversized Throw)

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In this post, you will see a DIY chunky knit blanket tutorial – an oversized throw.

The benefit of making a knitted blanket is that you can make one over a weekend, using a super bulky yarn and (US 19) 15 mm knitting needles.

Even with zero knitting experience, the photo tutorial step-by-step guide will help you choose your type of yarn and knitting needles and use two beginner stitch patterns.

Please scroll down to see the DIY chunky knit blanket tutorial, or grab the printable PDF in my shop here.

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Throw Blanket Knitting Pattern

Here is a free chunky knit blanket pattern for you to try out!

Make a cozy throw to snuggle into during chilly evenings on the sofa.

This throw is a perfect first project for a beginner as it uses simple stitches.

The chunky throw will be the perfect addition to your living room.

Grab your adfree printable PDF pattern in my shop here with all the important photographs.

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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner Knitters)

Gauge

  • 6 sts and 12 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches. (In garter stitch)

Measurements/Sizes

  • Length = 60 inches/152 cm
  • Width of your blanket = 50 inches/127 cm
  • Blanket size = Throw blanket

The supplies you need…

How Much Yarn?

  • 11 Skeins of yarn in total – The Wool From We Are Knitters (200g/80m/87yds).
  • 6 in Taupe (Yarn A).
  • 5 in Sand (Yarn B).
  • This is a jumbo weight yarn/18-20 Ply yarn.
  • Total yards needed for the blanket = 957 yds.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.

Needles

  • (US 19) 15 mm knitting needles

Notions

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Easy Knitted Blanket Pattern

Time needed: 3 days, 4 hours and 30 minutes

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial

  1. Cast on

    Grab your super bulky yarn (In Yarn A) and size 15 mm (US 19) knitting needles and cast on 75 stitches.
    It will be better to manage the number of stitches and weight of the blanket using circular needles – but you will not be joining in the round.
    Tutorial – How to cast on knitting.
    How to knit a blanket step 1

  2. Work Row 1

    Row 1 (the first row) is the right side of the work (RS).
    First, you will knit every stitch to the end of the row.
    Abbreviated – Row 1 (RS): K to end.How to knit a blanket step 2

  3. Work Row 2

    Row 2 is the wrong side of the work (WS): Knit to the end of the row.
    Abbreviated – Row 2 (WS): K to the end of the row.How to knit a blanket step 3

  4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2

    Continue to work in garter stitch – knitting every row until you have 20 rows. How to knit a blanket step 4

  5. Change Yarn Color And Stitch Pattern

    Next, you will change to Yarn B and start working in Seed Stitch.
    You will work the row like this – knit one stitch (for the edge), then purl one stitch, knit one stitch, and repeat to the end of the row (the final stitch will be a knit stitch for the edge).
    Abbreviated – Row 1 (RS): K1 *P1, K1 – Repeat from * to the end of the row. How to knit a blanket step 5

  6. Work Row 2 Of Seed Stitch

    Row 2 – On the wrong side of the work, you will knit one stitch (for the edge), then purl one stitch, knit one stitch, and repeat to the end of the row (the final stitch will be a knit stitch for the edge).
    Abbreviated – Row 2 (WS): K1 *P1, K1 – Repeat from * to the end of the row.How to knit a blanket step 6

  7. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Seed Stitch

    Continue to work in seed stitch – Repeating rows 1 and 2 until you have worked 20 rows. How to knit a blanket step 7

  8. Change Yarn Color And Stitch Pattern

    Next, you will change to Yarn A and start working on the Garter stitch section.
    Row 1 (RS): Knit to the end of the row.
    Repeat row 1 and work 20 rows. How to knit a blanket step 8

  9. Repeat The Seed Stitch Section

    Next – You will repeat the sequence of knitting 20 rows in seed stitch with Yarn B.how to knit a blanket step 9

  10. Continue To Alternate Between Colors

    Continue to alternate between Yarn A in garter stitch and Yarn B in seed stitch until the blanket measures 60 inches in length (or your own desired length).
    End with a Yarn A garter stitch section.how to knit a blanket step 10

  11. Cast Off

    Cast off.
    Weave in any loose ends you can see – thread your darning needle and weave the end up or down into the knitted fabric. The finished blanket should have all of these ends woven in.
    Tutorial – How to cast off knitting for total beginners (step by step).How to knit a blanket step 11

View The Video Tutorial On My YouTube Channel Here…

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Happy knitting!

Easy chunky blanket DIY

What Size Yarn Is Best For Chunky Blankets?

The size of yarn typically best for chunky blankets is in the super bulky or jumbo category.

These larger yarn sizes create the thick and cozy texture that characterizes chunky blankets.

Specifically, you’ll want to look for yarn labeled as:

  1. Super Bulky (6): Super bulky yarn is known for its thickness, making it an excellent choice for chunky blankets. It allows for quick progress and creates a plush and warm finished product.
  2. Jumbo (7): Jumbo yarn is even thicker than super bulky, and it can produce exceptionally chunky blankets. If you want an extra-cozy, oversized look, a ball of yarn – jumbo yarn is the way to go.

Remember that the yarn size you choose will impact the final dimensions and weight of your gorgeous blanket, so be sure to check the recommended gauge and pattern instructions to achieve the desired size and texture.

You will, of course, need more yarn for a larger blanket, but depending on the type of yarn you choose, it will affect the size of the blanket.

Additionally, consider using larger knitting needles or crochet hooks to accommodate the thickness of the yarn and ensure a comfortable crafting experience.

DIY chunky throw blanket

Are Chunky Blankets Hard To Make?

Chunky throw blankets are generally not difficult to make, especially if you have some experience with knitting or crocheting.

Their chunky nature makes them easier and quicker to complete than finer-gauge projects.

However, the difficulty level can vary depending on your familiarity with the craft and the specific pattern or technique you choose.

Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Basic Stitches: Most chunky blankets use basic knitting or crocheting stitches, such as the knit or single crochet stitch. If you’re already comfortable with these stitches, you’ll find the process straightforward.
  2. Yarn Size: Chunky blankets are typically made with super bulky or jumbo yarn, which means fewer stitches are required to cover the same area compared to finer yarn. This can speed up the process and make it easier to see your progress.
  3. Needle or Hook Size: Using larger knitting needles or crochet hooks, which is common with chunky yarn, can make the crafting process more manageable, especially if you’re new to knitting or crocheting.
  4. Pattern Complexity: While many chunky blankets feature simple stitch patterns, some may incorporate more intricate designs or techniques like cables or colorwork. The difficulty level will depend on the specific pattern you choose.
  5. Size and Weight: Chunky blankets can be quite large and heavy, so maneuvering them as you work and finishing them can be a bit challenging. Be prepared for the weight and size of the finished product.
  6. Tension and Consistency: Achieving even tension and stitch consistency can be essential for a polished look, regardless of the yarn size. Practice and patience are key here when you are hand knitting.

To make the process smoother, consider starting with a simple pattern if you’re a beginner or if you’re new to working with chunky yarn.

As you gain confidence and experience, you can venture into more intricate designs.

Additionally, online tutorials, knitting or crocheting classes, and crafting communities can provide valuable guidance and support if you encounter any challenges.

Overall, chunky blankets can be a satisfying and relatively accessible project for crafters of varying skill levels and make a perfect gift.

DIY chunky knit throw blanket

What Is The Best Chunky Yarn To Use For A Blanket?

The best chunky yarn to use for a blanket can vary depending on your preferences and the specific qualities you’re looking for in your finished project.

Some soft yarn can have a hefty price tag, so have a look around in places like Hobby Lobby or Walmart for special deals.

The kind of yarn that is made from synthetic materials will often be a cheaper alternative to natural yarns like pure wool.

Here are the best yarns:

  1. Merino Wool: Merino wool yarn is known for its exceptional softness and warmth, making it an excellent choice for a cozy, chunky blanket. It has a luxurious feel and comes in various thicknesses, including chunky and super bulky.
  2. Acrylic: Acrylic yarn is often chosen for its affordability and easy care. It’s available in chunky and super bulky weights and comes in a wide range of colors. Acrylic can be a great option if you’re on a budget or if you want a blanket that’s easy to wash.
  3. Cotton: Chunky cotton yarns are ideal if you want a breathable and lightweight blanket. They are perfect for warmer climates or for those who prefer a blanket that’s not too heavy. Cotton is also easy to care for.
  4. Alpaca: Alpaca yarn is incredibly soft and warm, and it’s often used for chunky blankets that offer both comfort and luxury. It’s known for its hypoallergenic properties and lightweight feel.
  5. Chenille: Chunky chenille yarn has a velvety texture that adds a touch of plushness to your chunky blanket. It’s soft and luxurious, making it perfect for snuggling up on colder nights.
  6. Blend Yarns: Many yarns are available in blends, combining materials like wool and acrylic or wool and alpaca. These blends can offer the best of both worlds, providing warmth and softness while being more budget-friendly than pure wool or alpaca yarns.
  7. Bamboo: Bamboo yarn is another option for those who want a soft and eco-friendly choice. It’s breathable and has natural moisture-wicking properties, making it suitable for a variety of climates.

When selecting the best chunky yarn for your blanket, consider factors like the yarn’s texture, softness, warmth, and ease of care.

Also, think about your budget, any potential allergies, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve.

Experimenting with different yarns and swatching can help you find the perfect choice for your chunky blanket project.

Make your own chunky knit blanket that is high quality; if arm knitting (or finger knitting might need a lighter weight), you may want to choose a specific yarn for that, like a tube yarn or another super fat yarn.

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What Are The Benefits Of A Chunky Blanket?

Chunky blankets offer several benefits that make them popular choices for both crafting and cozying up at home:

  1. Warmth: Chunky blankets are incredibly warm and insulating. The thick, plush texture traps heat, making them perfect for keeping you cozy on cold winter nights.
  2. Quick to Make: Due to their large yarn size, chunky blankets work up much faster than blankets made with finer yarns. This means you can complete a chunky blanket project relatively quickly, providing a sense of accomplishment.
  3. Texture and Comfort: The bulky nature of chunky yarn creates a wonderfully tactile and textured fabric. This texture enhances the comfort of the blanket and adds visual interest to your home decor.
  4. Luxurious Look: Chunky blankets often have a luxurious and high-end appearance, making them great for adding style and elegance to your living space.
  5. Customizable: Chunky blankets can be easily customized in terms of size, color, and stitch pattern. This flexibility allows you to create a blanket that matches your personal style and home decor.
  6. Versatility: Chunky blankets are versatile. They can be used as throws on your sofa, as bedspreads, as lap blankets, or even as decorative wall hangings. They add a touch of coziness and warmth to any room.
  7. Great for Beginners: If you’re new to knitting or crocheting, chunky blankets can be a fantastic starting point. The larger stitches and thicker yarn are more forgiving, making it easier to see your progress and correct any mistakes.
  8. Gift-Worthy: Chunky blankets make wonderful gifts. Their visual appeal, warmth, and the effort put into crafting them make them thoughtful and cherished presents for friends and loved ones.
  9. Aromatherapy: Because of their thickness, chunky blankets can hold scents longer. You can infuse your blanket with soothing scents like lavender by placing sachets or essential oils within the folds, creating a comforting and aromatic experience.
  10. Hygge: Chunky blankets epitomize the concept of hygge—a Danish term for coziness, comfort, and contentment. Wrapping yourself in a chunky blanket is an excellent way to embrace this feeling of well-being.

Whether you’re crafting a chunky hand knit blanket yourself or enjoying its warmth and comfort, a chunky blanket can bring a sense of luxury, relaxation, and style to your home.

It’s a versatile addition that can elevate your decor and provide a delightful layer of comfort and coziness.

DIY hand knit chunky blanket

Are Chunky Knit Blankets Worth It?

Whether a chunky knit blanket is worth it depends on your preferences, budget, and how you intend to use it.

Here are some factors to consider:

Pros of Chunky Knit Blankets:

  1. Coziness: Chunky knit blankets are exceptionally cozy and warm, making them perfect for snuggling up during colder seasons.
  2. Quick Projects: They are quick to knit or crochet compared to blankets made with finer yarn, which can be satisfying for crafters who want to see results sooner.
  3. Visual Appeal: Chunky knit blankets have a visually appealing, luxurious, and textured look that can add style and elegance to your home decor.
  4. Customizable: You can choose the size, color, and stitch pattern to match your style and home decor.
  5. Versatility: These blankets can be used as throws, bedspreads, decorative elements, or even wall hangings, providing versatility.
  6. Gift-Worthy: They make thoughtful and cherished gifts due to their warmth, craftsmanship, and visual appeal.

Cons of Chunky Knit Blankets:

  1. Cost: High-quality chunky yarn can be more expensive than finer yarn, which may impact your budget if you’re on a tight one.
  2. Weight and Size: Chunky knit blankets can be quite heavy, especially in larger sizes, which may make them less practical for some individuals.
  3. Storage: Storing these blankets can be challenging due to their size and weight.
  4. Maintenance: They may require special care when washing and cleaning due to their thickness and weight.
  5. Warmth: While the warmth of chunky blankets is a benefit in colder seasons, it can be a drawback in warmer weather.

Ultimately, the worth of a chunky knit blanket depends on how much you value the cozy, luxurious, and decorative qualities it offers.

If you enjoy these blankets’ aesthetic and feel, and you’re willing to invest in the materials or the crafting time, they can certainly be worth it for you.

It’s all about personal preference and how the blanket aligns with your lifestyle and design preferences.

Crafting a chunky blanket is a tactile adventure that combines the soothing rhythm of knitting or crocheting with the sumptuous textures of thick, plush yarn.

Crafting a chunky blanket is a tactile adventure that combines the soothing rhythm of knitting or crocheting with the sumptuous textures of thick, plush yarn.

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