DIY Chunky Knit Throw Blanket
DIY Chunky Knit Blanket
The chunky knit blankets have been all the rage and the moment I saw one I knew I wanted it!! Seeing as this was a year ago believe it or not, they were priced at $300-$600 a blanket. How crazy is that!! That’s more then my whole bedroom cost me!!! I set out to make one and, the first youtube tutorial I came across was a bit overwhelming. I don’t really know how to knit so making the needles and learning how to knit seemed a bit much! Plus it’s not like the yarn is cheap. Even with a huge discount the cheapest I’ve gotten it for was $18 a ball of yarn. I decided to make it worth my time and money so I figured out a way to make this blanket in three easy steps.
Keep in mind now that these blankets have been trending for quite a while you can find them around a lot cheaper but, not all of them will have the same thickness of chunky knit and, not all of them will be of the best quality. That’s why I’ve decided to make my own granted you can find them for about the same price as the cost of yarn. Oh and guess what, once you learn this technique you’ll have endless possibilities.. Chunky knit holiday wreaths, throw pillows and much more.. 😀 😀 Be creative with it and have fun!
How much yarn do you need?
You’ll need more then you think.. I made 3 trips to the store before I realized that a little doesn’t go a long way with this chunky knit situation! For my chunky knit blanket I used 3 skeins of yarn. They each weigh 35oz and had 54 yards. The thickness of the yarn was 50m. Photo about shows how it looked after two skeins of yarn. Can you believe that? It was only about 2.5 feet in height! Awkward size!! The width of my blanket was a few inches shorter the the width of a queen bed. I wanted it to be big enough to go over our feet at the base of our bed. (Image below shows what yarn i used)
Follow Three Easy Steps
You will not need jumbo knitting needles or your arm to knit. I’ll show you how to make this blanket crochet style but, instead of using hooks you’ll use your fingers. There are three main steps to this process. Once you get them down you should have your blanket done within a few hours. Yes that quick! This isn’t like knitting a sweater where it takes you weeks or days. Those loops add up quick. (note: these photo instructions show a mini version of the blanket…Up-size as you wish)
Step one is the beginning of all loops. To begin, you’re going to need to make a loop out of your yarn. Just like pictured below. 😀
Once you have your first loop, your going to keep making loops by sticking your hand in the loop and pulling through yarn to create a new loop. Keep in mind the new yarn you’ll pulling through to make each loop needs to be from you ball of yarn. (notice my tail is left alone) Don’t worry about the tail it’ll get covered. Eventually your loops should start looking kind of like a braid. The amount of loops will determine the width of your blanket. I did a total of 30 loops. (note:these photo instructions will not be showing 30 loops… I downsized to help you understand the instructions more) You don’t need to do 30 loops. It’s up to you what size you want.
Once you have your braid at the length you want your blanket, you’ll need to take your yarn and lay it straight across the top going back the other direction from which you were braiding (looping) .
And then simply start pulling through more loops. Use the top half of you braid to stick your fingers through and pull out the loops.
Then all you need to do is keep making rows of loops. Every time you finish a row turn around and go back making another row. (still confused? check out the video) (note: if you miss a loop your blanket will fall apart…so make sure not to miss a loop.)
Once you feel the size you have is good you’ll need to finish off the edges. To finish off the edges you’ll need to stick your fingers through two loops and pull one loop out. Keep doing this across the whole top of your blanket.
The edges on the top should look kind of like a braid once your done. To secure your last loop, cut off your yarn leaving about 5 inches and tie it in a knot on the very edge. Then take whatever yarn is remaining and feed it through your knitted blanket hiding it. That’s it!! Feel free to ask questions if you have any!! I hope this was pretty straight forward and understandable!
Here’s Quick Video
Our kittens are in love with it!! I think they found their new favorite cuddle bug!!
Here’s Tod getting his mini claws into this fluffy goodness!!
Although this blanket looks fluffy and you think it probably weighs about the same as a feather!! IT DOESN’T! This thing weighs a ton! I don’t know if it’s because of the type of yarn but, I’m pretty sure it was weighs close to about 7 pounds! That’s quite a bit for a blanket! It’s still nice and cozy though! We use it every night for story-time!
Look at the size of that knit though!! I love how my living room looks with it! It’s definitely a must have if your looking to add texture.
I love simple home decor! This pine tree branch goes so well with the knit blanket! 😀
That’s it! I can’t wait to see your throw blankets!!
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