Introduction: Easy Chunky Hand-Knitted Blanket in One Hour
This project is quick, easy and affordable! In this Instructable, I will share with you the steps it takes to make a beautiful blanket or throw, in about an hour. I made mine out of chenille yarn and it only took 3 skeins. I will explain the details of the yarn in the next step.
First, have you ever heard of arm-knitting? It's a craft and somewhat of a fad that I have seen online quite a lot. I had two issues with it. I had an issue understanding how to cast on the stitches, in order to knit with my arms. And, I also have a problem with pain in my shoulder, so that method was out of the question. This method that I will share with you is called hand-knitting and it can be done on a flat surface, the floor or table. Another issue I had when I first started research on making a chunky blanket, was the cost of the yarn. Many people make theirs out of some type of chunky wool, which is beautiful - but it ends up costing at least a hundred dollars for the yarn, if not more. This blanket that I made only cost $18!
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Step 1: Supplies Needed for Chunky Hand-Knit Blanket
For this blanket, I wanted to use yarn that is very soft and thick. I purchased 3 skeins of this yarn from my local Walmart for $ each. They sell it in a variety of nice colors. I recommend buying one extra skein, just in case it is needed, as amounts vary based on stitch size. Or, you can buy several more if you want a larger blanket. These 3 skeins of yarn made me a throw that ended up being 30 inches wide by 50 inches long. It does stretch a bit though and when I re-measured it, it was closer to 60 inches long.
- skeins of Chenille Chunky Yarn 8 oz. (I used Mainstays brand from Walmart) - but the Lion Brand Chunky Chenille yarn here is also very high quality, with lots of pretty colors, and a great option for those who want to buy from Amazon
- measuring tape
- a needle and thread (totally optional, used to reinforce areas where you are tying on new pieces of yarn)
Need a Larger Blanket?
Here is a calculation you can use to determine approximately how many skeins you may need (for a medium-tight knit blanket). You can replace the 50 x 60 with whatever measurements you have:
A blanket 50x 50x60= divide by = - 9 skeins.
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Step 2: Full Video Tutorial
For those who prefer a full video tutorial, it is here! Please subscribe to my youtube channel here as well (it's called Life&DIY) & not the other one. I post on this one weekly!
Step 3: Slip Knot to Start
First, tie a knot at the very end of the piece of yarn you are working with. You can see that in the first image. Secure it tightly, but be careful not to break the yarn. Once it's tight, you can trim off the excess yarn or leave it as it is, as you can clean it up at the very end of the project.
Now, you will need to create one simple slip knot. Start by taking the yarn, and creating a loose loop. Then, hold that in your hand, while reaching for the working yarn, to pull that through the yarn in your hands, to create a slip knot.
If it's difficult to understand, I will have a video demonstration of this step as well.
[For those who prefer things in a video format, I have put the entire video in this step, as well as in the very last step. I now post to this youtube channel weekly.]
Step 4: First Row - Create 16 Stitch Chain
For the first row, you will need to create 16 stitches. Take your first slip knot and reach some of your fingers through it to grab the working yarn and create a loop (a stitch). Please try not to make the stitches too tight. If you see the chain I created in the last images, I feel now that I made them a tiny bit too tight. Feel free to create them a little bit more loose.Then, take the chain and flip it over vertically so its back side is facing up. Short video demonstration available in this step as well.
Step 5: The First Full Row After the Chain - Creating a Braided Bottom
In the last step, you flipped the chain over vertically so the backside would be facing up. You will see on the far right side that there is a loop from the chain you created. Just take that loop and angle it upwards, before you begin making the first row.
Now, look for the little bump in the middle. You will put your finger underneath that bump and reach for the working yarn, pulling it through and creating a loop. Try to make the loop lay flat and continue on with the rest of them, until you reach the end. You will see that the bottom of the piece is braided when you create it this way. It creates a beautiful effect.
A video clip is available here so you can really see how to do this step.
Step 6: Next Row & Subsequent Ones - Important Thing to Remember
You will do all of the following rows in this same way. There is just one important step to remember. Always skip the first stitch in each row. It doesn't matter if the stitch direction is going left-to-right or right-to-left. If you are on a brand new row, skip the first stitch and begin working in the 2nd loop. By doing this, you will be creating a beautiful braided affect along the edges.
For each stitch, you just put your hand through a loop, grab the working yarn and pull it into the loop to create another loop. These loops can be quite loose or tight. It is up to you. I made mine a bit loose, and this created a blanket a bit larger than the standard measurement of 30 x 50 inches. I only used 3 skeins of yarn to make it. I recommend trying to keep the loops on the side, tighter rather than looser. Otherwise the braided edges will look a bit sloppy or possibly a little too loose.
Keep working row by row until you have the desired length. It takes very little time to create this blanket. I will share some tips in the next step, about how to tie onto a piece of yarn with a new piece of yarn.
Step 7: Tips on Joining New Yarn
There are a few ways to go about attaching or joining with new yarn. You will use at least 3 skeins of yarn, and will need to attach new yarn to the piece as you go along. For me personally, I did a lot of research and tried to learn from some experts in this field. I found two recommended methods.
The way I attached a new piece, was very simple. When I got close to running out of yarn, I pulled out a new ball of yarn and took the end of it to the end of the working piece I was running out of. I then tied those two together into a very basic knot - kind of like tying your shoes, but into a knot. I tightened it as much as possible, then trimmed the ends off. With using chenille yarn, this is very unnoticeable when all is finished.
If you want to be extra careful, you could then take out a needle and thread (of similar color to your yarn) and create several stitches through that very knot. If I were to make these blankets to sell them, I would most definitely do that. I would never want it to accidentally come apart, especially if someone purchased it or I gave it as a gift. If that happens to you and you made your own blanket without the thread reinforcement, you should just be able to use some excess yarn (as long as it wasn't super tightly knitted) and re-knot it where the knot came out. It should be totally fine.
The second method is not the one I used. This method involves beginning a new row with your new yarn, and weaving the ends of your old yarn into the back side of the piece.
Step 8: Finishing Off the Hank Knitted Blanket
Finishing off the blanket is easier than you might think! Take two loops into your hand, then take the working yarn and pull it through those loops, creating another loop. Now take that new loop into your hand and grab the loop next to it so you have two loops again. Then pull the working yarn through those loops to create another loop. Keep doing this until you reach the end. Then, you will pull the final piece of yarn through the final loop, creating a small, unnoticeable knot. Then, take the end of the yarn and trim it so it is a bit shorter and tie a knot at the end. Then, weave this through the back of the fabric to blend it into the rest of the piece. You could also, optionally, take that needle and thread out and sew it inconspicuously to the blanket you made. But, that is not necessary. You are now done!
Step 9: Full Video of How to Create the Hand Knitted Chenille Blanket
Here are some final images of the blanket. Next time, I plan on making the stitches a bit tighter. But, even with this level of looseness, I love it. It is a super warm, cozy blanket. It only took less than an hour to make and about $18! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Full video, showing how to make it from start-to-finish, is here! It is a totally update video which I have posted to my newer youtube channel - where I post weekly.
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DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial No Tools Required!
Join me as I share this DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial. I will walk you through all the steps to make your own chunky blanket DIY. This chunky knit blanket tutorial is SO easy, anyone can do it, even kids!
DIY Chunky Knit Blanket
If you are looking for a very simple tutorial about how to make a DIY chunky knit blanket, you have come to the right place. I have made many chunky knit blankets over the past several years and I love trying out new yarns for these fun blankets.
I am sure you have seen the beautiful chunky throw blankets. They look amazing draped over a couch or chair or even tucked in a basket next to the fireplace. The gorgeous chunky texture and softness just cant be beat.
As soon as I saw these chunky knit blankets a few years ago, I knew I needed to have one. But when I saw the price tag($$), I decided I needed to figure out how to make one myself.
And not only did I figure out how to make a chunky knit blanket for less than $20(like the one in the picture below), but I also discovered a technique that requires ZERO tools and ZERO knitting experience.
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Chunky Knit Blanket NO TOOLS REQUIRED!
I know, it sounds too good to be true right?! How is it possible to make such a beautiful knit pattern on these blankets without giant knitting needles? Im so glad you asked 😉
Using this simple technique, all you need is yarn(we will go over the best yarns to use next), a flat surface like a table and your hands. Seriously, thats it.
And the best part? I am going to walk you through all the steps in this post. From choosing the best yarns, to beginning and finishing the blanket. You will get it all right here, so if you want to make a DIY chunky knit blanket, you are in the right place.
The Best Yarns For Chunky Blankets
I have used a lot of different yarns to make blankets over the years. Some were a success and others were not. Ill save you from making the same mistakes as I did and give you all the details on the best yarns to use for making DIY chunky knit blankets.
Couture Jazz Yarn
This yarn called Couture Jazz by premier yarns is hands down my favorite yarn for the chunky blankets. I feel like the size and texture is just right. The yarn comes in the most beautiful colors, like this pink, or gray. You can even buy the couture jazz yarn in larger packs on amazon, like this 6 pack for a really great price.
Besides the beautiful texture and colors that this yarn offers, I also really appreciate that the yarn doesnt shed. So keep that in mind when deciding on a yarn to use.
Chunky Luxe Big Yarn
I like this yarn because it can be picked up at your local Michaels store, or ordered online as well. This yarn is a little thinner and has a different texture than the couture jazz that I mentioned above. The chunky luxe big yarn also has a beautiful array of color options to choose from.
Something less than ideal about this yarn is that it does shed. You will find little pieces of the yarn on your clothes and your couch. Its not terrible, but definitely something I wanted to mention.
Another great option is the loop yarns. These yarns make this already simple process of making a blanket, even easier! The downside is that the yarn is not quite what I would consider chunky, it has a little bit of thickness to it, but its definitely the thinnest yarn I am suggesting. It makes up for being a little smaller in the beautiful color options and ease of making the blanket.
I love this colored loop yarn and will be having a post really soon about how to make a blanket using this type of yarn, if you are looking for one.
Can I Wash My Chunky Knit Blanket?
In some cases, yes, but it depends entirely on the type of yarn that you use. So before you throw your chunky knit blanket into the washing machine, make sure to check the yarn packaging and follow the manufacturers instructions.
Personally, I hand wash all of my blankets, just to be on the safe side. They dont get that dirty because they arent used daily, so a quick hand washing and then lay flat to dry works great for my blankets.
Supplies To Make A Chunky Knit Blanket
You will be thrilled to know that the supplies list for these chunky blankets is very short. Mostly you will need to pick out your yarn, but a good pair of scissors helps too.
- Yarn of your choosing, jazz couture, chunky luxe big or loop yarn.
- Thats it!
DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial
Alright, lets jump right into the blanket tutorial. If you prefer to watch the tutorial, instead of reading about it, check out my video tutorial below for this chunky knit blanket DIY.
The Hand Knitting Technique
As I mentioned, this technique uses only your hands. No knitting needles or knitting experience is required. It is very beginner friendly and anyone can do it.
On a large flat surface, such as a table, let’s get started making our chunky knit blanket.
- Start by making a slip knot in your working yarn.
- Next we are going to begin our chain, so using your thumb and pointer finger reach inside of your slip knot and grab the working yarn and pull it through the loop and that is 1 chain.
- You get to choose how many chains you do. This chain is the foundation for your chunky knit blanket, so as wide as you want your blanket to be, is as wide as you make your length of chain stitches. I use my measuring tape to measure ever stitches to see if I have made my chains long enough.
The Hand Knit Stitch
Once you get your length of chains to the width that you want your blanket, it’s time to begin our first “real” sitches. Skipping the first stitch near the end of your chain, stick your thumb and index finger through the top of the stitch and pull a loop of yarn through the loop. You can pull a large loop if you want your blanket to have a more loose knit, or you can pull a smaller loop if you want your blanket to have a tighter knit.
- Continue this stitch in every single chain, all the way down the length of your chain. Once you get to the end, you will skip the first stitch and begin the same process going back down the other direction. Continue this until you get your blanket to the length that you want.
How To Add A New Skein To Your Blanket
- When it’s time to add a new skein of yarn, don’t worry, that’s super simple as well. Simply tight the new yarn onto the working yarn, hide the knot on the BACK of your blanket, that part is important! And then just continue making those stitches all the way up the blanket.
How To Finish Your DIY Knit Blanket
- Once your blanket is the desired length, it’s time to finish off your blanket. Grab two of the loops in your left or right hand, depending on which side you are ending on. I ended on the left side. So I grabbed two loops with my left hand and threaded the working yarn through those two loops towards my left hand.
- Let the two loops go and now you have one loop in your left hand. Holding that one loop in your left hand, grab another loop from the blanket and pass it to your left hand. Then with your right hand, again, pass the working yarn through the loops towards your left hand and pull the yarn out and you are left with one loop in your hands. Continue that until you get all the loops secured down the blanket.
- Once you have made it down the blanket, pull the working yarn through the last loops and pull to tighten it up, cut a ″ tail for the yarn to weave into the blanket. Using your hands, weave the tail into the back of the blanket by looping it under and over the stitches to secure it.
How To Finish The Blanket
The very last step is to turn your chunky knit blanket over and make sure all the spots where you joined the yarn is knotted tightly. If they are knotted tightly, go ahead and cut the tails off so you can’t see them.
And that’s it! Can you believe it?! You just made a chunky knit blanket using only your hands and some yarn! It’s super fun to do and you can’t beat the texture and coziness these chunky blankets bring to a room.
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Thank you for joining me for this DIY chunky knit blanket tutorial. I hope you enjoyed how simple this hand knitting technique is. Let me know if you have made one in the comments!
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What's Inside this eBook on Woven Throws and Blankets?:
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