DIY A Thick, Cozy, Chunky Knit Blanket…in one day!

I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

Create, Needlework | January 27, 2016 | By

Hello friends, I hope you are enjoying your day.

I am so glad to be done with the Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp!  Thrilled to say that my home is 1,330 pounds lighter than it was one month ago.  Happiness !  Now that I’ve uncluttered my nest, it’s time to feather it a bit…in a totally uncluttered way of course.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

 

I guess it’s possible that you haven’t seen all the chunky, delicious looking throws that are sprinkled all over pinterest and the internet.  But if you have, and you’re kinda craving one this winter, I have a treat for you.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

I made this thick, cozy, chunky blanket in one day, while binge watching ‘Nurse Jackie’ during Winter Storm ‘Jonas’.  It was a great reason to stay inside and in front of a fire.  

Even though I really like natural fibers, I used acrylic in this case because of 1) its washability and 2) its cost.  I saw this yarn at Michael’s and liked the feel of it, so bought 17 skeins (because it’s what they had).  I figured I would make a blanket as big as 17 skeins would make.  The yarn recommends a US 15 knitting needle.  I wanted a looser knit, so I tried it on US 19 (15mm), which I found knitted a way too tight fabric.  So then, I cut a PVC pipe (19mm) in half and tried it.  I also found that knit way to tight as well.  But…since I had just cleaned out my attic and garage, I knew I had 2 flag poles.  And, since I had just cleaned out my attic and garage, I knew exactly where they were.  The flagpoles have a diameter of 32mm, so they were a good bit larger and ended up just being perfect.

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While I just happened to have 2 flagpoles lying around, you might have something different.  I looked into broomsticks and was going to use them until I remembered my flagpoles.  The broomsticks were a little smaller diameter, so your weave will be tighter, but think it’s completely doable given manufacturer’s needle size.

What You Need to For a Chunky Knit Blanket ( 56″ X 60″ ):

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Looking for a quick, home decor diy craft? This thick, chunky blanket was knit in one day, with some unusual knitting needles!

  • 14 skeins of Super Bulky (size 6) yarn, 21 yards per skein.  I used Loops & Threads Biggie.  If you can’t find it (doesn’t look like it is sold online anymore), you might try some of these.  I haven’t felt them, so can’t attest to their feel, but they look like they may be thick enough.  It’s hard to tell though:

I can’t tell you how much you’ll need for a blanket in these other yarns, since I really don’t know how they’ll knit up.  It may be worth getting a skein and knitting a swatch and then go from there.  

  • 2 poles, 32mm (or 1 1/4″) in diameter.  You can surely use many things; broomsticks, pvs piping, US 35 knitting needles(smaller than my poles) orUS 50 knitting needles (larger than my poles).  For this yarn, if you want it ‘loosely’ knit like I did, I’d try to stay with something that has a diameter of at least 1″, but do check your gauge.  Mine was 4 stitches and 5 rows for a 6″ by 6″ square.
  • White yarn and transparent thread for tassels

    How to Make Chunky Knit Blanket:

  • Cast on 34 stitches. This video shows how I did the cast on with the poles

  • 1 row of ribbing, (Knit, Purl)
  • Stocking stitch for remaining rows, starting and ending with 4 stitches of a seed stitch (K1, P1, K1 P1 on one row and then P1, K1, P 1, K1 on the next row) at the beginning and end of each row to keep it flat)

  • When you reach desired length , in my case this was 60″, do one more row of rib edging and then cast off.
  • I added tassels on the cast on and cast off edges.  I cut 20 pieces of yarn, each 16″, to make my tassels.
  • After I wrapped the thinner yarn around to make the tassel, I wove in the ends of the yarn through the loops as shown below.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.
  • I attached the tassels to the blanket with the transparent thread so that you can’t see any thread tails.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

I haven’t decided where I will use my new chunky knit blanket.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

 I’ll either keep it in the den or put it on the foot of my bed.

I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project. I’ll either keep it in the den or put it on the foot of my bed.Those mathematically inclined will have noted that I only used 14 of the 17 skeins that I purchased.  I’m thinking that Puddles, the somewhat ornery cat, would love a bed made from the rest.  Stay tuned!

Pin it for your future reference.I love a big, chunky knit blanket. Illustrated instructions (with video) to diy a tasseled thick, cozy and chunky knit blanket...a simple one day project.

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Lisa
    January 27, 2016

    I just love love love this! I like how you resorted to the poles to get it just right. I only crochet but would love to know how to knit!
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      lynn
      January 27, 2016

      Hi Lisa…I’m pretty tickled with it myself. I swear, if you can crochet, you can knit. So much of both of these depends on tension and so you probably have that down. I do have to stop and think sometimes when I switch between the two, but I encourage you to give knitting a try.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Hugs, Lynn

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      ellen
      November 29, 2016

      love the blanket – this will be my first chunky project – just need clarification on instructions – do i knit, purl the first row and then remaining rows k1,p1,k1,pl to end next row p1,k1,p1,k1 to end

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        lynn
        November 29, 2016

        Hi Ellen, if I understand your question:

        After you cast on, K,P the first row all the way across.

        For the 2nd row and every even row, start the row with a k1p1k1p1, then knit the rest of the way until your last 4 stitches, which you will k1p1k1p1.
        For the 3rd row and every subsequent odd row, start the row with a p1k1p1k1, then purl the rest of the way until your last 4 stitches, which you will p1k1p1k1

        I hope this makes sense and please let me know that if it doesn’t

        Hope your week is off to a great start.!

        Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      January 27, 2016

      Hi Sue, it really was pretty immediate gratification, which is good every now and again. Thanks for swinging by today! Hope you are enjoying a lovely evening.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      January 28, 2016

      Hello Zografia…you are absolutely spot on…a winter day, a chunky throw, a fire and a glass of wine…Bliss!

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      lynn
      January 28, 2016

      Hi Mary…my blanket plus your basket equals happiness! Love your basket by the way. You did a great job aging it.

      Hugs and Kisses…Lynn

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      lynn
      January 28, 2016

      First of all, congrats on yoru new position Ragan! Well done you! Second, you can do this! I think crochet is harder on your hands…I know what you’re talking about when you say your hands cramp up. Think you might find knitting easier. Give it a whirl!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Katrin
    January 28, 2016

    It’s amazing Lynn! Wow, you are amazing! I have never known how to knit, you make it look super easy though! And how genius to use the flagpoles, like who would have thought of knitting with those. You’re super woman! I love the white thick cozy blanket, it’s beautiful!

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      lynn
      January 28, 2016

      That white blanket would look great in your Scandinavian home…I tell you what, when you pop over for our craft/Walking Dead party…I’ll send it home with you! Gladly! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Kisses…LYnn

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    Gina
    January 28, 2016

    Oh my gosh. I love this!!! This blanket looks so amazing and I’m finally bringing back out my knitting bag. This is something that I need to make. Thank you for the lovely tutorial! I’m pinning for later. 🙂
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      lynn
      January 29, 2016

      Hi Mary Beth, thanks so much for stopping by. I encourage you to try knitting. This is a quick project…immediate gratification which is big for me!

      Wishing you a happy weekend!

      Lynn

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    Patsy
    January 29, 2016

    How did you point the ends of the flag poles to point them for knitting. I love this blanket and want to make one. You did a great job.

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      lynn
      January 29, 2016

      Hi Patsy, I think you’re asking how I put my right hand needle in the loop on my left hand needle since the rods don’t have a pointy end? Is that right? If so, it really wasn’t hard. I definitely kept my tension loose, so it was really quite easy to get the right hand pole in the loop. The second video shows how I did it. I hope this helps. If not, write back.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Jessica
    January 29, 2016

    There is nothing quite like cozying up under a nice warm blanket when it’s snowing outside! I have no idea how to knit, but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn to do.
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      lynn
      January 31, 2016

      Hi Jessica, I’d imagine that with 3 wee ones at home you’re going to have to wait to learn that skill for a later date. But it’s a fun hobby, so put it on your bucket list!
      Hoping you are enjoying your weekend.
      Hugs and Kisses, Lynn

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      lynn
      January 31, 2016

      Carol, as crafty as you are it would take you no time to learn and I’m sure you’d enjoy it as well. Thanks for your sweet words on my blanket. It was fun to make.

      Wishing you a happy weekend, Lynn

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 29, 2016

    Lynn, I am so in love with this! I have been wanting to make one but the cost of the yarn plus the large needles put me off, now that I can use something I own already for the needles I am so doing this! Thanks for the tutorial, pinning this! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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      lynn
      January 31, 2016

      You are so welcome Nikki…it was a really fun and quick project. Yarn can really add up though…you surely don’t knit to save money…I learned that a long time ago. I usually try to find my yarn on sale. And for these needles, yup, most likely you can find something around the house.

      Wishing you a happy Sunday, Lynn

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      lynn
      January 31, 2016

      Thanks sweet Lindsay…I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out. I never quite know what a project will look like in the end, so it’s always a good thing when it turns out close to what I had in mind. Wishing you a happy Sunday snuggling with your pups.

      LYnn

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    Kris
    January 31, 2016

    I have a question about your first row–you are using a rib stitch but say to end in a knit stitch. You used an even number of stitches to cast on, so if you were following the pattern to the end, it would be a purl–are you saying your last two stitches in that row are knit stitches? Just trying to clarify. 🙂 I’m assuming you are ending each row with a knit stitch to avoid having a throw that rolls up into a sausage …

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      lynn
      January 31, 2016

      Kris…thanks so much for catching that. I’ve made the correction on the post. Looks like I got ahead of myself in making sure that each subsequent row started and ended with a knit for the reason you suggested. Thanks again…happy knitting.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Kris
    January 31, 2016

    Thanks for your prompt reply! I started knitting a throw last fall but discovered that I really don’t like knitting long-term projects–I may frog it and do this instead!

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    Marie, The Interior Frugalista
    February 1, 2016

    Oh my goodness Lynn, that blanket makes me just want to snuggle in it with a good book by the fireplace! I so wish I could knit (many have tried teaching me) so I too could have one of these. My daughter knits, perhaps I can hint and persuade her to make one for me. Pinning to share your pretty blanket!
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      lynn
      February 3, 2016

      Hi Marie, if your daughter is a knitter, it’s a quick project. Maybe buy the yarn for 2 blankets, 1 for you and 1 for her! Think she’ll enjoy making them…a quick and easy project.

      Thanks for stopping by to visit today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Linda at Mixed Kreations
    February 3, 2016

    Your blanket turned out beautiful! Those are some big knitting needles. I can’t knit, but I can crochet and use to make Afghans but it sure took a lot longer then a day.
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      lynn
      February 3, 2016

      Hi Linda…big yarn + big needles = a quick project! It’s going to be tough to go back to regular sized needles and yarn…I enjoyed the immediate gratification. Thanks for coming by to visit today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      February 8, 2016

      Hi Sam, I’m pretty much loving that blanket too. It is so warm and we’ve had some rather chilly weather recently, so it’s coming in handy. Thanks for stopping by to visit.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Emily
    February 9, 2016

    Lynn, this is amazing! I can’t believe you used flagpoles to knit this! I would love to curl up under this blanket until Spring comes 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I’m featuring this blanket at tomorrow’s party. Hope you’ll come link up with us again 🙂

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      lynn
      February 10, 2016

      Hi Emily, thank so much for featuring my blanket on your Creative Spark link party. I know you know that I’m tickled pink. I love how the blanket turned out too and working with the flagpoles made the project go so quickly. I did make my not so sweet kitty a bed with the left over yarn…but I can’t get her to use it! I sprinkled it with catnip and everything, but she has no desire. (Sad face ?)
      Thanks again for stopping by Emily and for the feature.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Laura Hartman
    February 12, 2016

    I am so making this blanket – x3! One for each of my sons for Christmas 2016!! 🙂

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      lynn
      February 12, 2016

      Hi Laura, I am so glad to have inspired you! It is such a quick knit that you will truly be able to do all three in three days. I’d love for you to stop back and share your creations when you are done. And what lucky boys!

      Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      February 13, 2016

      Hello there and thanks for your kind words. Completely agree with you that it would make a great gift…I know I’d love to have received one. But is my wont, since no one gave one to me, I had to make it myself! I just swung by your blog and see we share a love of pretty table stuff. I just got done drooling over your china cabinet and all your beautiful blue and white Spode and Wedgewood. What a lovely collection you have. And your cabinet looks so divine with all your silver, plates and crystal. Just beautiful.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Kris
    February 15, 2016

    I completed my throw over the weekend. I have a pair of needles that my dad made for mom many years ago–they are maybe size 50? It was fun to knit something that went so quickly. I used Lion brand Hometown USA yarn. In case any of your readers try this project with that yarn, here is what I noticed with it. I used 2 strands together to make a heavier throw. The yarn isn’t as lofty as what Lynn’s yarn was so I felt I needed to do that. I cast on 38 stitches but if I did it again, I would probably do about 44–the weight of the yarn made it longer and narrower than I had hoped for. If I did this pattern again with this yarn, I would add more ribbing (maybe 3 or 4 rows) to each end and about 3 or 4 stitches of a knit stitch at each end because even with following the directions, it tends to curl (I think the fault is with the yarn, not the pattern). I can’t say how long it took because I did it in bits and pieces in the evenings but I got it done in a week. It makes a very warm chunky throw and I do like it! Oh, my finished measurements were 35 x 56.

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      lynn
      February 15, 2016

      Kris, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experiences. Mine was such a heavy dense yarn, which I think helps its stay ‘put, but I think you are always safe adding an extra stitch or two of ribbing on each end. I will definitely go back and make that suggestion in the pattern. So glad you enjoyed the process! Wishing you many snuggly times under that blanket!

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    Michele
    February 18, 2016

    I am in LOVE with this and can’t wait to follow your tutorial to make a few for my children. Thank you for sharing!!!

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      lynn
      February 20, 2016

      Hi Michele, so glad and would love for you to come back and share. Hugs, Lynn

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    Kevin
    June 4, 2016

    WOW, that looks AMAZING and I can’t thank you enough for offering the great step by step guide.
    My only struggle now is how to make this awesome cozy blanket withut Laura seeing, so I can surprise her.
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      lynn
      June 4, 2016

      Good luck with that Kevin and what an incredible husband you are! Is she heading out of town anytime soon? You could easily whip it up in a weekend while she’s gone. Check back in and let me know how you accomplish it.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, LYnn

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    Lori
    September 22, 2016

    Hi, is the wool actually washable? According to the label it’s hand wash.

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      lynn
      September 23, 2016

      Hi Lori, I would hand wash it, but I haven’t needed to yet. I think I’d be afraid to machine wash it. After a couple of months at the foot of my bed, but I take it off of during the summer months, I could see that it might pill up in the machine. I will wash the cat bed I made out of the same yarn and let you know how that did.

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    Gigi
    October 11, 2016

    So I have my poles and my skeins of yarn (same as what you used), but my question is, how do you knot the individual skeins together so the knots don’t show? This is my first knitting project, so I am a newbie!!

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      lynn
      October 11, 2016

      Hi Gigi, The only thing you can do with yarn this thick is to tie the knots so that they are on the back of the blanket, on the purl side. Tie them really tight. Good luck…pop back in with questions as you go along on this. I do have to say that you might want to start with something for your first project, just to get the hang of it.
      Good luck!

      Lynn

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    Dianna
    November 17, 2016

    Hi Lynn,
    I am a beginner at knitting and was hoping to make a similar blanket as a Christmas gift. I purchased size 50 circular needles and was wondering how many stitches you would suggest casting on for a blanket of this size, with those needles. I am using a similar weight of yarn. Thank you in advance 🙂

    Dianna

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      lynn
      November 18, 2016

      Oh, I am so excited that you are taking on this blanket to give as a Christmas gift. I know that whoever receives your gift will be thrilled!

      First off, when you say a 50 circular needle, I assume you are saying the needles are 50mm. How long is the cord? Just want to make sure it’s long enough.

      Second, I’m really hesitant to give you an exact number of stitches to cast on because I don’t know how tight you knit. What I would recommend is to cast on 10 stitches with your yarn and knit those 10 stitches for 4 rows to determine your gauge on this yarn.

      That will give you a good idea of what length you’ll get from 10 stitches as you can see how many inches you got from your 10 cast on stitches. With such a bulky yarn and big needles, you might get ½ stitch per inch, so then you’d need to cast on 28 stitches (56 X .5).

      I hope this helps and I’ll be glad to ‘counsel’ you as you go along. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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    Sarah
    November 22, 2016

    How did you weave in any ends so that there wasn’t any showing? I used Loops&Threads Chunky Luxe yarn and I’m not thrilled with how my ends are weaving through. It’s a gift and would like it to look as finished and polished as possible. Any tips for weaving in the giant yarn would be appreciated. Thanks!

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      lynn
      November 23, 2016

      Truthfully Sarah, I kept them all on the back side because it was hard to weave them in. I did leave longish tails on my knots and I was able to weave the tails in, but the knots still show on the backside. Not sure how you’re going to avoid that with a bulky yarn.

      Hope that helps.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Brenda
    January 2, 2017

    Hi I am a new knitter have done a couple scarves on size 11’s. I have some biggie yarn coming and a pair of size 50, 24 inch long needles coming. My question is I have experimented with a size 50, 14 inch long and biggie yarn and my yarn goes quickly and the material is really solid not like an open weave. Am I just knitting to tight? thanks brenda

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      lynn
      January 3, 2017

      Good Morning Brenda,

      I hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start! I am so glad to hear from you and will do my best to answer your question.

      The flagpoles I used had a diameter of 32mm. which would be a little bigger than your 50s, which are equivalent to 32mm. I tend to knit tight, so I tried to knit this loosely, but it is still rather a thick weave. If I were to do it again, I would try to go even looser. The risk with fiddling with your tension is that you may not be consistent with it. Normally I think that would not be a good thing, but I do think you could get away with it on a big throw with chunky yarn like this.
      The great thing is that this knits up so quickly that you could fiddle with your tension and if you didn’t like it, rip it out and still be done quickly.
      Do keep me posted as to your progress.

      Wishing you a lovely day,

      Lynn

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