Cozy up with a giant chunky knit blanket that won’t cost an arm and a leg. A great alternative to arm knitting or making your own needles too!
I know that spring is here, but I couldn’t move on from the cold season without sharing this chunky knit blanket with you guys. As I shared earlier, I have conical shaped arms. What this means is that arm knitting is not for me because it comes out looking really weird and pulls. I’ve tried using size 70 needles but those were still not as chunky as the chunky knit blankets I’ve seen so I had to resort to other measures… and I gotta say… I’m pretty stoked. I made a few of these as Christmas presents before I finally made one for myself and its so cozy and warm… you’d never believe that it cost me a crafter noon and about $50 TOTAL. For a chunky knit blanket thats 5×5 foot? No.. I am not kidding you.
Chunky Knit Blanket
Time: Afternoon or weekend project
Cost: $50 or less
Giant Fleece Yarn cut to 3 inch strips from 8 yards of fleece
Sewing needle and thread
Large space to work in
To make this blanket, you first have to make your yarn. If you want to buy merino wool you can do that too but that gets a lot more expensive.
To begin, create a slip knot and begin to chain stitch with your hands until you get to 5 feet across.
This is where it gets a little weird. In the last stitch you just made, insert your fingers into the front of the stitch and pull up a loop from the back of the work thats about 2-3 inches. Leave it and pull up a loop in the next stitch. Do this across your work until you get to the end.
It should look like this:
Keep working back and forth pulling up a loop in each loop from the BACK of the loop. If you’ve ever knitted before, you’ll see you’re creating a stockinette stitch.
Once you’ve gotten to the end of your yarn with about 10 feet left, you’re going to bind off the blanket.
To do this, you’ll pull up a loop in the next stitch and loop the previous stitch loop over that loop. Heres some photos to help explain this better.
Once you’re finished binding off, weave in the tail ends and secure them within the blanket with a needle and thread.
Stretch it out flat to see your size and snuggle up with a good book and some delicious tea. Or you know… take ALL the instagram photos EVER.