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Easy Squishy Knit Throw Blanket Pattern

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In this post, you will see an easy squishy knit throw blanket pattern.

The blanket is really huge and squishy, perfect for those cold autumn/winter days.

Knit with a soft alpaca wool blend, this really is a blanket that you will want to make!

Scroll down to view the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

squishy throw blanket

A Beginner Throw Blanket Pattern

This is a basic pattern for those of you who are beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, the knit stitch, and purl stitches.

If you are a new knitter and want to knit a blanket, this project may seem huge, but it is really easy and knits up pretty fast.

The stitch pattern used in the blanket is called the broken rib stitch.

You may also like the baby blanket version of this throw – Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern.

Modern throw knitting pattern

How To Knit The Broken Rib Stitch

This pattern is perfect if you’re looking for an easy quick pattern to work on while watching Netflix or listening to an audiobook.

You’ll use knit and purl stitches to create the broken rib stitch.

This stitch pattern is perfect for any beginners:

  • For symmetry work on a multiple of 2 + 1 sts, + 1 edge st on each side.
  • Row 1: (RS) Knit all stitches to the end of the row.
  • Row 2: (WS) K1 (edge), P2, *K1, P1*; rep from * to * to last st, K1 (edge)to the end of row.
  • These last 2 rows form the pattern.
broken rib stitch knitted throw

Make Your Own Throw Blanket

This super chunky throw blanket is really cuddly and squishy, perfect for cuddling up on those cold afternoons.

The throw is large enough to spread out over your bed or to lounge around on the sofa, whatever your preference is, this is a cozy size blanket.

It would also make a really lovely soft pet blanket, that your fur baby will enjoy getting cozy on.

dog sleeping on a hand knit throw blanket

Chunky Blankets Are Fast To Knit And Great To Gift!

Chunky knit blankets are just everywhere right now and make great gifts.

You can make this blanket fairly fast, which makes it great for giving away to friends and family.

Cozy and snuggly, it is large enough for two or three if you include the cat or dog!

chunky blanket on bed

The Needles You Need For The Pattern

  • I used 25 mm (US 50) 40″ circular knitting needles for this pattern.
  • You will knit back and forth on these needles, you will not knit in the round.
  • They are huge needles and easy to work with.
  • Fantastic for making throw blankets and scarves.
chunky knit blanket

The Yarn You Need For The Pattern

  • I used Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca in the color brown (432) for the blanket.
  • This yarn is an alpaca/wool/acrylic blend and is very soft to the touch.
  • This yarn is super bulky/super chunky/18-20-ply and I knit with two strands together for the blanket.
  • If you use Jumbo yarn 07 you can knit with one strand.

Yarn Substitutes

You can substitute this yarn with any yarn that is super bulky weight.

You can find a full list of yarn substitutes here.

Here are some examples:

  • Lion Brand – Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
  • Novita – Folk
  • Stylecraft – Swift Knit
  • Grundl – Alaska
  • Big Twist Yarns – Natural Blend
  • Buttercream – Luxe Craft Alpaca Solid
  • Mary Maxim – Starlette Chunky
  • Yarn Bee – Effortless Super Bulky
  • Lion Brand – Hometown USA
  • Patons (Australia) – Super Quick
  • Bergere De France – Recyclaine
super chunky knitted throw blanket

More Knitted Blanket Patterns

For more blanket patterns please take a look at these posts:

knitted blankets on a blnaket ladder

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

dog lying on handmade blanket

Chunky Knit Throw Blanket Pattern

Grab your inexpensive ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE.

NotesHow to knit a blanket

The instructions below, explain how to knit this large blanket.

You will need circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches and weight of the blanket as you knit.

This is knit flat (back and forth) not in the round.

You can cast on using the long-tail method.

The chunky yarn you need for this blanket can be any fiber of your choice, from acrylic to blends to wool yarn.

The first rows of the blanket are knit in garter stitch, then you will move into the broken rib stitch.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • In all product listings please credit Handy Little Me (Louise Bollanos) as the designer.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • For the copyright T&C please read my Terms of Use.
broken rib stitch knitted throw

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

Grab The Ad-Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

Skill Level – Basic/Beginner

Gauge

10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 4 sts and 6 rows measured in pattern.

Size

  • Length = 70 inches / 178 cm
  • Width = 66 inches / 168 cm
dog sleeping on a chunky knit throw blanket

Abbreviations /  Knitting Abbreviations List

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

Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern

With super bulky yarn and two strands held together – Cast on 65 sts (do not join in the round).

*Please note if you are using Jumbo yarn – you knit with one strand of yarn.

Rows 1-4: Knit to the end of the row.

Next start the broken rib stitch pattern:

Row 1: (RS) Knit all sts to the end of the row.

Row 2: (WS) K4 (edge), P1, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * last 4 sts, K4 (edge).

The 2 rows above form the pattern.

Rep rows 1-2 until you have completed around 68 inches in length.

Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.

Cast off.

Weave in all loose ends.

*You may want to add pom poms to the corners or tassels to give your blanket extra flair!*

blanket ladder with hand knit blankets

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I’d love to see your work!

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42 Comments

    1. Hello Sandra, Sorry I don’t have a similar crochet pattern – if I get a jumbo hook sometime soon, I would love to write up a pattern for a chunky crochet blanket. But for now, I just have the knitting pattern. Thanks for your comment and for visiting! 🙂

  1. Hello

    Is it possible to use the straight needles, still a beginner and not yet comfortable working with circular needles?

    1. Hello Tee, it is better to use circular needles to knit the blanket because there are many stitches and there may not be enough room on straight needles. You are knitting the blanket flat on those circular needles, you do not knit in the round. That means you knit the blanket back and forth – the same way you would on straight needles, but the cable allows you to accommodate the number of stitches. I hope that makes sense! Thanks, Louise

  2. I am trying this pattern for the first time. Can I use just 1 strand of the yarn with the 25mm needles? I am finding the 2 strands really super thick and may be too heavy for a blanket for me. Thanks!!

    1. Hello Shirley, You could try using 1 strand of yarn for the blanket but using the 25mm (US 50) needles – I think the knitted fabric will be very lacey and not thick enough. You could try it out on a sample before you start to see the effect and if it is what you want. 🙂

  3. I’m planning on making this but am thinking of using size 35 circular. What cable length are you using with your size 50 needle?? Thanks for giving us this pattern I’m anxious to start it!!

    1. Hello Jean, if you use size 35 needles you can use 40-inch circulars. The circulars I used to make the blanket are US 50 / 40 inch. I hope you enjoy knitting the blanket 🙂

    1. Hello Darcy, if you use a Jumbo yarn you can knit with one strand only. The amount of yarn will depend on the grams/yardage you get in each ball. I used 12 skeins of the Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca at 150g each, totalling 1800g, so you would need half of that total amount at around 900g. I hope that helps 🙂

  4. Good afternoon, I love this blanket! Can you please tell me if I am reading the instructions correctly? When I start the pattern on the WS I K4 then P1 K1 to the last & 4 K then; on the RS am I supposed to just knit to the end ? Or do I repeat the K4 and P1 K1 to the end again? Thank you for your help and posting your pattern.

    1. Hello Laura, in the pattern instructions the two-row repeat that you use for the main pattern is ike this:

      Row 1: (RS) Knit all sts to the end of the row.

      Row 2: (WS) K4 (edge), P1, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * last 4 sts, K4 (edge).

      Before you start the pattern – you knit 4 rows in garter stitch, ending with a WS row – so that you start on the RS row with Row 1 above – which is another knit row.
      So the knit rows are the RS and the pattern row is on the WS.

      I hope that helps, happy knitting! 🙂

  5. Love your pattern. Can you tell me how many stitches across you made this?
    Thank you for sharing it!
    Melissa

    1. Hello Melissa, I’m not sure if I understand your question – I cast on 65 stitches with two strands of super bulky yarn held together on size 25mm (US 50) needles.
      The measurements of the blanket are as follows:
      Length = 70 inches / 178 cm
      Width = 66 inches / 168 cm
      I hope that helps 🙂

    2. Hi,this is a beautiful blanket pattern,so simple but so pretty.it knits so easily and your directions are great,I can’t wait to begin it…t.the size 50 knitting needles were scary at first,but…following your advice and tutorials, it was a breeze after trying my sample swatch😊.
      Thank you for a great pattern and for this wonderful email, packed with helpful information.

      1. Hello Jen,
        Thanks so much for your kind words and feedback, I’m really happy that you are enjoying the blanket pattern!
        Those US 50 needles do take some getting used to and some rest breaks are good for your hands/wrists.
        Happy knitting!
        Louise 🙂

  6. Hello,thank you for a beautiful pattern that looks like it will knit up quickly😊.I have the same color yarn so I have an idea of the finished blanket look(very beautiful).
    I read thru all the comments and you answered all my questions very nicely,thank you.this will be a Christmas gift to go with the cabled throw too, I can’t wait to complete them and send them out to family.i may have to make several sets!!

    Again thank you for such beautiful patterns.

    1. Hello Jen,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you enjoy making the blankets.
      They are very easy and quick to knit up – especially for gifts!
      Happy Knitting,
      Louise 🙂

  7. This will be my first blanket! I bought the pattern pdf but I want to substitute yarn with Rico Creative Melange Big Super Chunky which is 100g or 109yds (100m). If I use your 12 skeins =1800g or 1572 yards for the yarn in the post., it is not coming out equal when I do the calculations for the Rico yarn. If I use 1800g then I need 18 skeins but if I use 1572 yards it is 14 skeins. I would like to only buy the amount of yarn I need. Should I use the total grams or yards? Thanks! Nicole

    1. Hello Nicole,
      I would go from the yards – the Alpine Alpaca is 131.23 yards per 150g.
      If the Rico yarn you want is 109 yards per 100g then you would need around 15 skiens for the project.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  8. What do you mean when you say work in symmetry? You say 2+1 sts and then 1 for each side? I’m not sure I’m understanding the pattern correctly in case I wanted to make a different cast on than 65 stitches

    1. Hello Elizabeth,
      Each row will involve the set of stitches (the multiple) but the stitches may be worked a little differently in order to create the pattern.
      This just means that extra stitches are needed to keep everything balanced (symmetrical) but the extra stitches are not part of the actual stitch pattern.
      Most times the extra stitches are done at the beginning and/or the end of the row and lots of times they help form the selvedge (the edge).
      For example, the broken rib stitch pattern requires you – For symmetry, work on a multiple of 2 + 1 sts, + 1 edge st on each side.
      Row 1: (RS) Knit all stitches to the end of the row.
      Row 2: (WS) K1 (edge), P2, *K1, P1*; rep from * to * to last st, K1 (edge)to the end of row.
      These last 2 rows form the pattern.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  9. Loving working this pattern, it is going fast. One question, do I end on an all K row or the pattern row before I do my final four rows of garter stitch for the border?

    1. Hello Paula,
      It would be best to end on a RS row – which would be row 1 of the pattern.
      Then on the next WS row – start the 4 knit rows.
      This will then match the amount of knit rows you have at the start of the blanket (5).
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  10. I’m very new to knitting and am confused by how much yarn to use. If I use a jumbo yarn that is 8oz / 250 g and 20.5 yd would I caculate grams or yards?

    1. Hello Beth,
      I would calculate in the yards – because 100g of one type of yarn might be 100g / 87 yards and another might be 100g / 120 yards.
      So yes calculate by the amount in yards or meters and that will help you to see how much yarn you will need for the blanket.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  11. Hi, I was planning to use #5 yarn (bulky) two strands. Do you think I should use smaller than us 50 needles and I have around 2400 yards (1600 g). Would this create approximately the same size blanket?

    1. Hello Marnie,
      Yes, you would have to use a smaller size needle with two strands of bulky yarn together – if you use the US 50 needles the knitted fabric will be very loose and open.
      You could try using 15mm (US 19) needles.
      As for the amount of yarn – you would need more because of the yarn weight and needles if you want it to be as large as the blanket in the photos.
      But it may turn out slightly smaller.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

    1. Hello Beth,
      Wow five blankets! That’s amazing – I’m so happy you enjoyed the pattern.
      Happy Knitting!
      Louise

    1. Hello Odessa, yes you will still follow the pattern as it is – you are just knitting with one strand of yarn instead of two if you are using jumbo weight yarn.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  12. Nevermind my previous comment. I realized I was looking at a different blanket pattern! But I don’t know what is meant by K4 (edge). Could you explain what that means and what I need to do? Thank you.

    1. Hello Colleen,
      You need to knit 4 stitches at either side to create a garter stitch border (an edge) for the blanket.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  13. Hi Louise. I’m excited to start making this blanket. Wanted to use the yarn you did but couldn’t find it anywhere so I ordered Lion brand Hometown yarn. With that, I should knit with two strands, correct? Thanks so much.
    Mary Eileen

    1. Hello Mary Eileen,
      Yes, that’s right, knit with two strands together if you are using super bulky yarn – LB Homewtown USA.
      I hope you enjoy the pattern!
      Louise

  14. Hi, I’m new to knitting and wanting to attempt this blanket! I’ll use Lion Brand you recommended, do I use two strands? Is 12 skeins enough? Many thanks!

    1. Hello Sarah,
      Yes this blanket is knit with two strands of yarn together to get the right thickness.
      12 skeins should be enough of the Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick yarn.
      I hope you enjoy the pattern!
      Louise

  15. Hello, I am trying this pattern with Yarn bee size 7. I have size 50 straight needes with no room past 30 cast on. Help ( yep Im new). What’s the trick with the flag pole? Ive knitted in the round but cant find that big of size.

    1. Hello Robin,
      I can see how that would be difficult with straight needles!
      You would need to use circulars to hold the number of stitches and for the weight.
      You may be able to find the size needles you need on Amazon or the Love Crafts website.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  16. Made the blanket and LOVED IT! I would love to make a lap blanket for my elderly mother but not sure how to downsize. I am pretty new to knitting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hello Donna,
      That’s great you enjoyed the pattern.
      To make the blanket smaller for a lapghan you need to consider the broken rib stitch – which has a multiple of 2 + 1 sts.
      Plus there are 4 edge stitches on either side.
      So you could try casting on 41 sts.
      That would be 4 edge sts, 33 main pattern stitches, and another 4 edge stitches.
      I haven’t tested it out myself, so you can let me know how it goes.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise