The season is about to get warm, but cozy naps with a chunky knit blanket are never unwelcome! Spend your home quarantine wisely by making a few fuzzy blankets from scratch. It’s a fun, efficient way to pass time.
How to Make a Comfy, Chunky Knit Blanket on a Budget
- 3 to 4 skeins 8 oz. Mainstays Chenille Chunky Yarn
- measuring tape
- a needle and thread
Step 1: Tie a Knot
Tie a knot using the first skein of your yarn. Make sure the knot’s about an inch or two away from the yarn’s end.
Step 2: Make a Slip Knot
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Grab the yarn by the end and tie a slip knot. This is basically a stopper knot to prevent the yarn from falling apart while you are knitting.
Step 3: Create a 16-Stitch Chain
Make a loop out of the working yarn and the first slip knot. This will be the first stitch of the chain. Keep repeating until you finish 16 stitches.
Pro Tip: Try not to tie the stitches too tight. Otherwise, they’ll come off as uneven and it’d be harder to fix them.
Step 4: Flip the Piece
Flip the piece vertically once you are done knitting the 16 stitches. Make sure the piece’s backside and loop are facing upward.
Step 5: Look for the Bump
Run your finger through a stitch to find the area where there’s a small bump protruding. Slide your finger under the bump then reach for the working yarn. Pull a loop out.
Try to lay the loop flat on the table before moving on to the next stitch. Keep working until you’ve made multiple loops throughout the piece. It should look like a hair braid.
Step 6: Measure the Piece
Use a tape measure to check if the piece is around 30 inches long. If not, tighten and loosen the knots to achieve the desired length.
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Step 7: Knit Some More
Slide your index finger and thumb through the first stitch and create another loop by pulling on the yarn. Repeat on all stitches in the succeeding rows.
Each loop should be around 2 inches long. However, you can adjust the size according to your chunky knit blanket pattern and design.
You are free to loosen or tighten all the stitches except for the ones on the last rows. If they’re too loose, the stitching on your blanket might unravel when pulled on.
Pro Tip: Skip the first stitch on every new row. Doing so will allow you to create a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing braid spanning throughout the blanket.
Step 8: Tie Both Ends of the Yarn
Make a fit, snug knot using the edges of your working yarn. Make sure it’s tight enough to maintain the structure of your blanket.
Step 9: Cut the Excess Yarn
Cut off the excess string after tying the knot with the working yarn’s ends. Then, continue knitting.
Step 10: Create a Series of Loops
Once you’ve finished working through your second yard, it’s time to create another set. Grab two loops with your index finger and thumb then slide the working yarn through them to create a new loop.
Without letting go of the new loop, pass the same working yarn through the loop beside it to create another new loop. Repeat until you’ve reached the end of your piece.
Step 11: Pull the Final Piece Of Yarn
Once you are done, lock the stitches together by making a knot with the final piece of yarn and loop. Make a double knot to tighten the stitches together.
Step 12: Trim the Tail End
Trim the excess working yarn down to 46 inches. This will be the tail end of your chunky knit blanket. Sew the tail end on the blanket to keep it hidden.
Step 13: Snuggle With Your Chunky Knit Blanket!
You can now enjoy your chunky knit blanket!
Watch this video from Life&DIY for a visual step-by-step guide on how to make a chunky knit blanket:
Don’t worry, it won’t be a waste to make a DIY chunky knit blanket in the middle of summer. In fact, now’s the best time to get started. That way, when winter comes, you’ll have all the fuzzy blankets you’ll need.
Once you get the hang of knitting, you can try making a few of them for your friends. If you want, you can even earn some extra cash by selling your chunky blanket pieces on online platforms such as Etsy.
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