Did you know that you can make a chunky knit blanket without actually picking up a pair of knitting needles? Not only is it possible to make one of these cozy blankets without any tools, but you don’t even have to know how to knit.
The winter season is the perfect time to give this project a try. Keep reading to learn how to make a chunky knit blanket with our detailed, step-by-step guide.
What do you need to make a chunky knit blanket?
To make a chunky knit blanket, you only need some chunky/bulky yarn and scissors, according to Raising Nobles. You don’t need knitting needles, crochet hooks, or any other fancy tools. It doesn’t get much better than that, especially for those new to the craft — you can try it without breaking the bank.
When determining how much yarn to use for a chunky knit blanket, the most important thing to consider is size. If you’re making a huge blanket, you will need a lot of yarn. On the flip side, a smaller blanket would require fewer skeins and cost less.
Price is another factor to take into consideration. To figure out how much your chunky knit blanket is going to cost, you need to decide what yarn to use and how many skeins you will need.
If you want to save money, you can find yarn at thrift stores, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Buy Nothing groups, craft groups, and more. You might be surprised by the number of people trying to get rid of their leftover stashes!
Once you have everything sorted, stick around for our step-by-step tutorial.
Make a slip knot and start your foundation chain.
While it’s true that you don’t need to know how to knit or crochet to make a chunky knit blanket, having a bit of background knowledge does give you a leg up. If you’re familiar with knitting, it will be easier to understand the terms and the mechanics of the project.
That being said, many people can successfully make the blanket without any prior experience. Don’t let the word “knit” scare you away.
To begin, grab your yarn and create a slip knot. Next, you’re going to make your foundation chain. This is the chain that will determine how wide your blanket is. If you’re unsure of how many chains to make, use a measuring tape to help get a sense of what size you want, and then make enough chains to reach that width.
Now, let’s start the foundation chain. Reach through the slip knot with your thumb and index finger and pull the working yarn — the strand coming from the ball of yarn — through the loop. This will create chain one.
Continue this pattern until you reach the desired length.
Begin hand-knitting your stitches.
To start your first row of stitches, skip to the section chain at the end of your blanket. Once again, reach through the top of this chain with your index finger and thumb and pull up a loop with the working yarn.
The loop you create matters — for a tighter knit, make them smaller; for a looser look, make them larger. A consistent loop size will give you the best results.
Continue this pattern until you reach the end of the row. At the end, skip the first chain again and repeat the same hand-knitting process from the previous step. Keep repeating this pattern until your blanket reaches the correct size.
If you run out of yarn before the blanket is complete, attach a new skein. Grab the end of the new yarn and tie it to the blanket using a simple knot. Use your scissors to get rid of any extra strands.
After attaching more yarn, you can continue as usual. It typically takes between one to four hours to finish the entire project.
Once your blanket has reached the desired size, it’s time to add the finishing touches.
To finish your blanket, grab the last two loops you made and pull the working yarn through them. Continue pulling the yarn through each loop until you reach the end of the row. Now, pull the yarn to tighten it and use your scissors to cut a tail — make sure the tail is at least 6 inches long.
Take the tail and weave it through the back of your blanket. Simply thread the yarn over and under each stitch. Now it's time to get cozy under your new blanket!