You’ve probably seen many chunky knit blankets parading the internet lately. Don’t they look so beautiful and cozy? Fortunately, you can easily make one from the comfort of your home.
Since we love these blankets just as much as you do, we’ve decided to help you out. Today we’re going to learn how to make a DIY chunky knit blanket. This is way more fun than simply buying one. Get ready to have your mind blown!
Step by step guide on how to make a DIY chunky blanket
In this information age, there’re so many tutorials out there on how to knit a chunky blanket. SimplyMaggie has a very popular tutorial on how to do this. Here’s a step by step guide to making your very own DIY chunky blanket.
1. Buying some yarn
You can buy yarn from our shop. We offer highest quality superfine merino wool. Our yarn is super chunky and perfect for knitting DIY chunky blankets. You can read more about why to choose our wool in our blog post "Why choose Wool Art products".
2. Make your first stitch
After unwrapping your yarn, it’s now time to make your first stitch. First of all, you should know that most DIY chunky knit blankets are made by arm knitting. If you’ve never done arm knitting before, don’t worry, that’s what this guide is for.
To start us off, measure out about 5 feet of your yarn and then make a slip knot on your working hand. This slip knot will act as your first stitch. After this, pinch the working and tail strands of yarn together. The working yarn strand is the one you’ll use for knitting.
It’s the strand connected to the ball of yarn while the tail strand is the free end. So, after pinching the two strands, spin the pinch point and pass the working yarn through the hoop made by the two strands. This makes a kind of knot. Fasten this to your right arm (if you’re right-handed).
You have officially made your first stitch.
3. Cast on your stitches
Now, this is where most people get frustrated. If you’ve done some knitting before, this’ll be easier for you. But let’s face it, most of us have no knitting knowledge to speak of. No need to freak out though. With a little practice, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
First of all, there’s many ways to cast on. The easiest way I have come across is the one illustrated in this video. You simply just loop your working yarn on your free hand (the one without stitches) and passing the other arm through the hoop.
After that, you just fasten the hoop on your arm to form a stitch. Continue casting on for about 18 stitches. Feel free to make more if you want to.
4. Start the knitting
If you though casting on was work, think again. This is where the serious knitting begins. You’ll first need to pull the first stitch off of your right hand while holding the working yarn in the same hand. Then insert your left arm into the loop formed by the working yarn before tightening the stitch.
Continue with this process until all the stitches on your right arm have been transferred onto your left hand. You now have your first row of stitches. Repeat this process of switching your stitches from arm to arm to increase the number of rows in your blanket.
If you are afraid of running out of yarn, you should easily tie a new yarn to the one you are using. As the rows increase, the size of the blanket increases too. After about 32 rows, your blanket should be big enough.
5. Bind off the blanket
Now that your blanket is done, what’s next? To finish off, you’ll need to bind off your chunky blanket. Before you bind off, you’ll have to transfer two stitches onto your free arm as you did during knitting. After that, the binding off process begins.
This involves pulling the first stitch over your arm and onto the blanket. You should fasten that a little bit. Since binding involves two stitches, you’ll need to knit another stitch on your arm and repeat the binding process.
Repeat this process over and over again until you’re left with one final stitch. Pull the working yarn through the final stitch making a loop. After this, you’re free to cut the working yarn and pull it all the way through.
6. Finishing touches
As much as it’s okay to leave the tail ends of your blanket hanging, you can choose to weave them through the holes of the chunky blanket. This gives your blanket a neater finish. In the same spirit of maintaining a neat finishing, you should cut off the edges of the knots to make sure they aren’t visible.
And there, you’ve your very own DIY chunky knit blanket. All this and more information on how to knit a chunky blanket can be found in SimplyMaggie’s video tutorial.
Tips and advice on making a chunky knit blanket
Now that you’ve learned this super chunky knit blanket pattern, there’s some tips you need know to ensure the quality of your product.
1. Don’t rush
I know there’s some tutorials which promise you that you’ll be able to make a DIY chunky knit blanket in less than an hour. However, for most people, especially beginners, it takes longer. In fact, it took happyhappy nester five hours the first she attempted to knit a chunky blanket.
Don’t worry. You’ll get faster with time. I personally recommend looking for a friend to pursue this project with you. Making a whole event of it will make it so much fun that you won’t even notice the amount of time which has passed.
2. Wear short sleeves
This is quite obvious. Your sleeves will interfere with the knitting process and ultimately make you slower.
3. Tug at the blanket
During the knitting process, you should occasionally tug at the blanket to ensure it doesn’t bunch up. You will also need to tug and stretch the final product.
4. Take a break
If you feel exhausted, you can stop and take a break from knitting. Yes, you don’t have to do it all in one go. Flaxand Twine inform us that all you need is to remove all your stitches one by one from your arm and insert a holder into them.
Possible holders for your stitches include gift wrap rolls, broomsticks and hammer handles. Also, you can use a piece of waste yarn to hold your stitches together. Simply insert the waste yarn into the stitches and tie the end of it.
However, you should make a note of which arm your stitches were on and which side of the blanket was facing you.
5. Keep the tension right
When knitting, always ensure you fasten the stitches properly to your arm. Loose stitches translate to big holes in your DIY chunky blanket. However, make sure the stitches aren’t too tight since you still have to be able to remove them from your arm.
As mentioned on Flaxand Twine, there are several ways to ensure that your stitches are tight enough. Here are some of them.
- Keep your stitches close together and on the lower side of your arm. Since this is the smallest part of your arm, using this part ensures small stitches. On the other hand, keeping your stitches close to each other will ensure stitch size consistency.
- Always make sure to keep your arms close to each other.
- Make sure that the second last stitch is tight. You can do this by pulling the working yarn.
- When making a new knit stitch, ensure you hold the working yarn very close to the prior stitch.
- You should have the yarn closest to you or furthest from you. Whatever position you decide on, make sure you remain consistent. Meddling with this position will have a negative effect on your knitting.
Alternatives to arm stitching
Arm stitching is not the only way to make a chunky blanket. Here are other methods you can employ.
1. Hand knitting
This method involves knitting by the use of your hands. No arms are used here. Like as shown in this video, this method involves making rows of knit stitches and attaching them to each other. The process of making a DIY chunky knit sweater by hand knitting starts with a row of chain stitches.
You’ll then pass the working yarn through the stitches to make hoops. From these hoops, you’ll tuck the working yarn to make a new row of hoops. This is repeated until you end up with several rows of knit stitches. The binding off is done by inserting one hoop in another as illustrated in the video.
From this featured video, it’s easy to see that hand knitting is way much easier than arm knitting. As a result, it takes less time. This would be a good method for knitting beginners. Another advantage that hand stitching has over arm stitching is that it isn’t dependent on the size of your hands.
Interestingly, knitting is not the only way to make a chunky blanket. Crocheting is another way. The super chunky crotchet blanket can be made by using your hand/arm or using large crochet hooks.
A tutorial for making your very own chunky crochet blanket is available from Makeit & Love it. Whether you choose to knit or crochet your blanket, the results are similar since they are made from the same material. The only difference is the technique.
While there are those that swear that crocheting is faster and easier to learn, long time knitters vehemently disagree. However, there’s a few things that are true. First of all, crocheting produces a heavier, more stretchy fabric than knitting.
Additionally, crocheting takes more yarn than knitting. Ultimately, whatever method you choose is up to you.
How to take care of chunky knit blanket
Merino wool is delicate material, so only dry cleaning is recommended. However it’s also heat-resistant, so you can iron it at a high temperature.
The bottom line
Let’s be honest - it takes some time for beginners to get the hang of knitting. This is especially true for arm knitting. However, when you get used to it, you’ll realize that knitting is a very rewarding craft.
If all goes well, this DIY chunky knit blanket will just be the beginning of knitting journey. No more will you be constantly looking for suitable birthday presents. The dark days are over!