10 Free Chunky Blanket Knitting Patterns — Blog.NobleKnits (2022)

How do you knit a big blanket for beginners?

Statistically, most knitters start out by making a small project, like a scarf or hat.

But if you're looking to knit something a bit more ambitious, like a big blanket for beginners, there are a few things you need to know first.

In this blog post, we'll go over the basics of knitting a big blanket, including the right yarn and needles to use, as well as how long it takes to knit a chunky blanket. So here’s what you need to get started plus 10 free big blanket patterns.

How long does a chunky blanket take?

If you like hand knitting, you can knit a chunky personal sized blanket in usually five to twenty hours.

That is considered a very quick project in the knitting world!

The amount of time needed to knit a blanket varies on several things including your knitting speed, the overall size of the blanket, the number of stitches, and the thickness of the yarn and needles.

Chunky blankets take much less time to knit than thinner weight blankets because you’ll be using thicker yarn and needles.

You also won’t need as many stitches on your needles as with thinner weight yarns and that will help speed up your knitting.

How many skeins of yarn do i need for a chunky blanket?

The number of skeins or rolls of yarn you’ll need to knit a blanket varies due to several factors - the size of the blanket, the thickness of the yarn, and the knitted gauge.

What size yarn do i need for a chunky blanket?

Most chunky blankets are created using bulky or super bulky weight yarns.

If you’re following Craft Yarn Council yarn weight standards, you’ll need #5 or 6 weight yarn. I’ve even seen a few blankets using #7 jumbo weight yarn for ultra-quick projects.

For all of the chunky blanket patterns featured below, I have included the yarn weight, the Craft Yarn Council yarn number in ( ), as well as links to recommended yarn for each project.

What size knitting needles do i need for a chunky blanket?

Chunky blankets are knitted on thick needles usually between size US 11 and 50. To determine which size will work best for the yarn you’ve selected, take a look at the needle size recommend on the yarn label.

Because of the size and number of stitches on the needle, it’s also best to choose a circular needle for a chunky blanket. You won’t be knitting in the round, you’ll be knitting back and forth - but the circular needle will enable you to hold many more stitches than straight needles.

In this post, I’ve rounded up 10 chunky knit blanket pattern that are all free to download.

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#1. Wonderful Big Stitch Throw Free Knitting Pattern

Knit this superbly cushy throw on big knitting needles and update your favorite relaxing spot in modern style. This acrylic yarn with just a bit of wool means you can get the mega-thick look at a budget-friendly price.

Uses jumbo weight (#7) yarn

Designed by Heather Lodinsky

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#2. Colorful Corner Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

The Colorful Corner Blanket was created using Purl Soho’s joyfully soft Gentle Giant merino. At 1 1/2 stitches to the inch, this beauty is incredibly fast to knit. Six skeins of the Main Color and one skein each for the stripes make this an easy stitch for the holiday season, for those who have had their first snow or those who are still waiting.

Uses jumbo weight (#7) yarn

Designed by Purl Soho

#3. Ocean Waves Blanket Knitting Pattern

Rows of stockinette and reverse stockinette create an interesting yet easy to create throw.

You’ll use two strands held together at the same time and switch colors to create the slow and elegant ombre effect off this blanket.

Uses aran (#4) + aran (#4) = super bulky (#6) weight yarn

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Designed by Melanie Adams

#4. Continuation Blanket Knitting Pattern

Just three colors yield seven distinct blended hues in this simple but effective gradient blanket. Working up fast with chunky needles, it makes a great baby gift; and in a cozy washable wool blend, it will last long enough to be passed down to the next baby.

Holding three strands together, switch out one at a time to generate the smooth continuous colour shift from corner to corner. The blanket is worked in Garter Stitch on the bias. Three strands of yarn are held together throughout. This pattern has no char

Uses worsted (#4) + worsted (#4) = super bulky weight (#6) yarn

Designed by Holli Yeoh

#5. All These Places Blanket Knitting Pattern

All These Places blanket knitting pattern is fun to knit with bulky weight yarn. The design features a basket weave texture and a garter stitch border and includes instructions to knit blanket in 6 sizes.

Uses bulky weight (#5) yarn

Designed by Fifty Four Ten Studios

#6. Hiberknit Chunky Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

Here is the new Hiberknit Knit Blanket, stitched in classic colors of Bernat Blanket. It’s a quick, chunky-knit features easy-to-knit stripes and color blocks. It’s the perfect project for TV knitting or for a beginner knitter looking for a next step project.

Uses super bulky weight (#6) yarn

Created by Yarnspirations Design Studio

#7. Double Moss Faded Throw Free Knitting Pattern

Reversible striped color work

Uses super bulky weight (#6) yarn

Designed by Vanessa Ewing

#8. Afternoon Nap Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

Afternoon Nap is a basket weave variation knitted with two strands held together and produces this thick, versatile blanket perfect for any room.

Uses aran (#4) + aran (#4) = super bulky (#6) weight yarn

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Designed by Sherri Hoch

#9. Easy Squishy Knit Throw Free Blanket Pattern

Make a HUGE squishy knit throw blanket with this free pattern.

Perfect for gift giving and fur baby snoozes - just what you need on a cold wet day to snuggle up in. This easy knitting pattern makes a squishy, cuddly throw blanket in a short amount of time!

It uses big needles and super bulky yarn to create a blanket that’s quicker than most while the broken rib stitch gives it an awesome texture.

Completely beginner-friendly - take a look and make your own.

Uses super bulky (#6) + super bulky (#6) = jumbo weight (#7) yarn

Designed by Handy Little Me

#10. Eleventh Hour Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

Doubling Cascade’s very soft and very bulky Magnum means not only a quick knit, but a deep and toasty blanket, perfect for cuddling and snoozing. It may not be the eleventh hour to the holiday season, but as far as knitting blankets goes

Uses super bulky weight (#6) yarn

Designed by Purl Soho

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FAQs

How many stitches do you cast on for a chunky blanket? ›

How many stitches do you need for a Chunky Blanket? You start by casting on just 50 stitches while holding two strands of yarn together. Use a circular knitting needle, but make sure to knit back and forth and not in the round. Find the written Row by row Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern at the end of this post.

What size knitting needles do I need for a chunky blanket? ›

What size needles should I use for chunky wool? A pattern using chunky wool will generally need large needles. Around 7 - 8 mm is average, while 5.5 - 6 mm will give you a tighter fabric. Super chunky wool, which is ideal for making a very thick blanket, will need even bigger needles.

How many skeins do you need to make a hand knit chunky blanket? ›

11-12 SKEINS ( ROLLS) OF CHUNKY YARN.

How much chunky yarn do you need for a full size blanket? ›

So taking into account all the above the short and simple formula is as follows: 1 ft² - 0.5 lbs. Explaining the formula, it means that for every 1 ft² of blanket you need 0.5 lbs of wool.

How do you make a chunky blanket easy? ›

DIY GIANT CHUNKY BLANKET! (easiest budget gift idea!) - YouTube

How do you figure out how many stitches you need? ›

To figure out the number of stitches and rows you need in 1 inch, simply divide the listed gauge by four. For instance, a yarn with a gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches is the same as 4.5 stitches per inch and 6 rows per inch.

What knit stitch is best for a blanket? ›

If you plan to make a loose blanket or scarf, choose a simple stitch pattern like garter stitch (knit all stitches in every row), simple ribbing (knit 1/2/3 etc stitches, purl 1/2/3 etc stitches) or seed stitch (known as moss stitch in the UK).

How do you knit a super chunky blanket? ›

How to Knit a Super Chunky Blanket - YouTube

Can you knit a chunky blanket with needles? ›

Knitting with huge needles, DIY Chunky Knit Blanket ... - YouTube

What yarn do you use for chunky blankets? ›

Wool is the ideal material for a chunky blanket. It is soft, bouncy, supple and will last for a long time. The main downside to wool yarn is that it can get heavy for large projects, and also can get tricky to keep clean. A wool blanket will need to be hand washed and dried flat to maintain its condition and quality.

How much yarn do you need to make a 50x60 blanket? ›

Fast and Easy Blanket: How Much Yarn Do You Need? - YouTube

How many skeins of yarn do I need for a throw blanket? ›

Throw blankets can vary a bit in size but generally, about 10-15 skeins of yarn is needed for a crochet throw blanket. Similar to a twin blanket this can be right around 1500 to 2500 yards of yarn.

How many yards of chunky yarn do you need to make a baby blanket? ›

Lightweight: 1,100 yards. Worsted weight: 1,000 yards. Bulky weight: 900 yards.

How do you make a chunky yarn blanket by hand? ›

How to make a Chunky Blanket with hands | ASMR home decor - YouTube

How many balls of wool do I need for a blanket? ›

A blanket is just a big square or rectangle, so no construction needed – whoop! For maximum warmth and speedy progress, we recommend using Crazy Sexy Wool and super chunky 25mm needles - around 7-8 balls of Crazy Sexy Wool should get you a small blanket; double it for a larger blanket.

How do you make a king size chunky knit blanket? ›

HOW TO HAND KNIT A KING SIZE BLANKET WITH FELTED MERINO ...

How do you make a no sew blanket? ›

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Can you knit a blanket in one piece? ›

Weave these ends into the blanket stitches with a yarn needle and then cut them short. While most blankets are knit all in one piece, some patterns use squares or stripes.

How many rows should a knitted blanket be? ›

Step 4: Knit every row until the blanket is the desired length. Example: Doll Blanket, 10 inches wide, with a gauge of 4 stitches per inch.
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Recipe 1: a simple garter stitch blanket.
Type of blanketWidth (inches)Length (inches)
Doll blanket2424
Baby blanket3040
Swaddling Blanket3636
Nursery blanket4555
6 more rows
29 Nov 2012

How many stitches can fit on a knitting needle? ›

Generally, a circular needle can hold at least twice as many stitches as its length - so a 24” needle could hold 48” worth of stitches. Some knitters prefer to have more stitches bunched up on a shorter needle, while others like to have more room between the stitches on a longer circular.

What happens if you have too many stitches per inch? ›

If you have too many stitches per inch, your project will be too large. If you have too few rows or stitches, then the finished item will be too small. You can measure your gauge by knitting a small tension swatch and counting the number of stitches and rows fit in four inches.

How many stitches should I cast on for a blanket? ›

If you want a medium sized blanket, then try casting on 120 stitches. For a large lap blanket, cast on 160 stitches. For an extra-large lap blanket, cast on 200 stitches.

What do you call a person who knits? ›

knitter Add to list Share. Definitions of knitter. someone who makes garments (or fabrics) by intertwining yarn or thread. type of: needleworker.

How do you finish the edge of a knitted blanket? ›

How to add an i-cord edging to a knit blanket, adding a border ... - YouTube

How do you make a loop blanket? ›

How to Make a Loop Yarn Blanket - YouTube

How do you knit with super chunky yarn? ›

8 Tips for Knitting with a Super Bulky Yarn - YouTube

What can I knit with chunky yarn? ›

Here is a list of the best things that you can knit with super chunky yarn.
  1. Hats. You can knit such warm and cosy hats with super chunky yarn. ...
  2. Scarves. Scarves knit in super chunky yarn are so cosy and comforting. ...
  3. Blankets. ...
  4. Sweaters. ...
  5. Cardigans. ...
  6. Baskets. ...
  7. Baby clothes. ...
  8. Tea cosies.
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Why is my chunky blanket curving? ›

The main causes of your blanket curving are if the stitches are too tight or if you're inconsistent with the number of stitches per row. Your blanket may also curve if you change yarns or hooks mid-project. Finally, it may curve because you're not placing your first or last stitch correctly.

How long does it take to knit a chunky blanket? ›

The average size blanket is made with 15-25 loops, I made mine using 20 total. More loops will yield a wider blanket. You can also make it longer by adding MORE skeins of yarn. Mine took me about 1.5-2 hours total to make from start to finish (with no breaks).

What size needles for bulky yarn? ›

Bulky yarn (weight classification 5) is generally thought of as yarn that uses size 9 to 11 US knitting needles (5.5 to 8 mm). The gauge typically measures 12 to 15 stitches per 4 inches (10 cm).

Is bulky and chunky yarn the same? ›

Chunky Yarns These yarns are thicker than worsted and knit to a gauge of 3-3.75 stitches per inch on a size U.S. 9-11 needle. Bulky Yarns These yarns are larger yet than aran or chunky. They are worked on large needles with a US size of 11 or greater. There are lots of fun patterns using these large yarns.

What do you use to make a chunky blanket? ›

Merino wool

Also know as wool roving, thick wool yarn was the most popular option for making chunky blankets when they first came on the scene. Since it's so thick, it makes up into gorgeous blankets that look very cozy. However, using wool has some drawbacks. First up, it's not washable so you'd have to dry clean it.

What size should a throw blanket be? ›

However, throw blankets do not have to match your bed's size. A typical throw is smaller than your bedding blanket since it is only meant for decor or versatile coverage. The standard throw blanket dimensions are 50 inches by 60 inches (about 1.25 meters by 1.5 meters).

How many yards is a full size blanket? ›

Comforters
MattressTwin (39 x 75)Full / Double (54 x 75)
Comforter Size70" x 90"86" x 90"
Fabric Needed (no repeat)7.5 yds7.5 yds
Fabric Needed (27" repeat)7.5 yds7.5 yds
54" fabric, 15" drop, extra 12" for quilting.● Fabric estimate is for one side only.● Lining or fabric on reverse side is the same.

How many yards do I need for a throw blanket? ›

Blanket Size
Blanket SizeWidthYards of Fabric
Baby (Crib)29"1 yard each (minimum 44" wide)
Child42"1 ½ yards each (minimum 44" wide)
Adult Afghan/Throw48"2 yards each (minimum 54" wide)
Adult - Oversized Throw55-59"2 yards each (minimum 56" wide)
11 May 2012

How big is a 50x60 inch blanket? ›

A standard throw blanket size is 50 x 60 inches. It's smaller than a bed blanket, but it can help with partial coverage and decoration. If you don't find specifications on a throw blanket, most probably, it's a standard throw blanket. A king-size throw blanket measures 72 x 80 inches.

How much yarn do I need for a queen size blanket? ›

Queen size bed blanket 50x70 inches - 9 lbs; King size bed blanket 60x80 inches - 13 lbs.

How many yards is a skein of yarn? ›

So, when you ask how much yarn is in a skein, the answer will almost always be: check the label. Typically a fingering weight yarn has around 360 – 480 yards per 100 grams, a DK weight yarn around 240-300 yards.

What is the average size of a knitted baby blanket? ›

While baby quilt sizes vary a lot, the most common size for a baby quilt is a 36 inch square to as large as a 52-inch square. That said, newborn quilts often measure at only 30 X 30 inch square, and crib quilts often come in a 30 X 40-inch rectangle.

What's a good size for a baby blanket? ›

Receiving Blanket Dimensions

Smaller preemie baby blanket dimensions should be 18 x 20 inches, while larger preemie baby blanket dimensions should be a 24-inch square. Average newborn baby blanket dimensions should be 28 x 34 inches or 30 inches all around if a square blanket is what you desire.

How many rows should a baby blanket have? ›

The exact number of rows will depend on how tightly you crochet, but here are some guidelines: For a 36" x 36" blanket, make 48 rows. For a 36" x 54" blanket, make 72 rows. For a 40" x 60" blanket, 80 rows.

How do you make a handknit blanket? ›

How to hand knit a blanket - YouTube

How do you hand knit a blanket with Bernat blanket big yarn? ›

How to Hand Knit a Blanket With Bernat Blanket Big Yarn - YouTube

How do you close a chunky blanket? ›

How to cast off your chunky knit blanket. BeCozi - YouTube

How do I calculate how much wool I need? ›

Formula: (length x width x gauge) / 6 = yards needed. Length and width are in inches and gauge is in stitches per inch. For example, if you'd like a scarf 48" long and 8" wide using a worsted weight yarn, (48 x 8 x 5) / 6 = 320 yards.

What does throwing yarn balls mean? ›

Throw a ball of yarn to damage an enemy or break a block. ” — Kirby's Epic Yarn Instruction Booklet (North American Print), page 12. A yarn ball (also referred to as a ball of yarn) is an object that can be created by rolling up an enemy or object using the Yarn Whip in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.

How do you knit a simple blanket? ›

How to Knit a Blanket for Complete Beginners | Arctic Throw - YouTube

How many stitches should I cast-on for a blanket? ›

If you want a medium sized blanket, then try casting on 120 stitches. For a large lap blanket, cast on 160 stitches. For an extra-large lap blanket, cast on 200 stitches.

How do you knit a chunky blanket step by step? ›

Chunky knit | Throw in 3 EASY STEPS - YouTube

How do you cast-on a chunky blanket? ›

How to Cast On when knitting a chunky knit blanket - YouTube

How many yards does it take to make a chunky blanket? ›

With the Big Twist yarn I used, each skein is 16.5 yards, so after some simple math, you can see I used a total of 198 yards to make a lap-sized throw. I made another chunky knit throw using Bernat Blanket Big Yarn in Gray (32 yards/skein).
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Other factors to consider:
Blanket Size (in inches)
Bed Runner40×80
5 more rows
24 Jul 2022

What is the best knit stitch for a blanket? ›

If you plan to make a loose blanket or scarf, choose a simple stitch pattern like garter stitch (knit all stitches in every row), simple ribbing (knit 1/2/3 etc stitches, purl 1/2/3 etc stitches) or seed stitch (known as moss stitch in the UK).

What is the best cast-on method for knitting a blanket? ›

The long-tail cast-on method is probably the most popular among experienced knitters. It does take a bit of practice to get this method down, but once you understand what you're doing it's quick and easy to get stitches on the needle. Uses: The long-tail cast-on also counts as a row of knitting, which is nice.

Do bigger knitting needles make bigger stitches? ›

The concept of gauge, or how many stitches fit into 1 inch of knitting, relies heavily on the size of the needles. Usually, larger needles will produce a larger gauge, but the type and weight of the yarn also will make a difference.

What yarn do you use for chunky blankets? ›

Wool is the ideal material for a chunky blanket. It is soft, bouncy, supple and will last for a long time. The main downside to wool yarn is that it can get heavy for large projects, and also can get tricky to keep clean. A wool blanket will need to be hand washed and dried flat to maintain its condition and quality.

How do you knit a chunky blanket with needles? ›

Knitting with huge needles, DIY Chunky Knit Blanket ... - YouTube

Is it easy to knit a chunky blanket? ›

Chunky blankets take much less time to knit than thinner weight blankets because you'll be using thicker yarn and needles. You also won't need as many stitches on your needles as with thinner weight yarns and that will help speed up your knitting.

How do you get the last row of a chunky blanket? ›

How to cast off your chunky knit blanket. BeCozi - YouTube

How do you finish the edge of a knitted blanket? ›

How to add an i-cord edging to a knit blanket, adding a border ... - YouTube

How do you hand knit a blanket for beginners? ›

How to Hand Knit a Blanket /Throw | Easy Pattern | The Sweetest Journey

How much yarn do you need to make a 50x60 blanket? ›

Fast and Easy Blanket: How Much Yarn Do You Need? - YouTube

How many balls of yarn does it take to make a blanket? ›

How Many Skeins of Yarn for a Blanket? You will need around 1 to 18 skeins of yarn for a crochet blanket. Or about 900-4000 yards of yarn. This will depend on the size of the blanket, the gauge of the yarn, and the colors of the blanket.

How many balls of wool do I need for a blanket? ›

A blanket is just a big square or rectangle, so no construction needed – whoop! For maximum warmth and speedy progress, we recommend using Crazy Sexy Wool and super chunky 25mm needles - around 7-8 balls of Crazy Sexy Wool should get you a small blanket; double it for a larger blanket.

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