You know those super chunky knit blankets you’ve seen all over the internet that sell online for $300-$600 dollars? Arm knit blankets are so hot right now for a reason and it’s actually so simple to make a chunky knitted blanket with giant yarn at home!
Well here’s a secret we’re going to let you in on, chunky knit and giant arm knit blankets are actually super easy to make and even a beginning knitter can complete and chunky knitted blanket project.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to make a chunky knit blanket, whether you want to use jumbo needles or want to make an arm knitting blanket with giant yarn.
3 Options to Make a Chunky Knit Blanket
- Using craft store yarn
- US merino “smoosh” wool
- Roving wool
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
What type of giant yarn you buy (smoosh wool, roving wool or acrylic) determines how much of it you need and also what type of chunky yarn you feel comfortable working with.
The size of jumbo needles you use (or whether you use your arm or a PVC pipe) also determines how much yarn to buy.
The smaller the needle, the tighter the knit, and that means the more yarn you need to purchase.
**Pick the method and chunky knitting yarn that works best for you and follow that knitter’s or yarn makers instructions!**
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The CHEAPEST Way to Make a Chunky Knit Blanket:
Hobby Lobby sells Yarn Bee Showstopper a wool/acrylic chunky blend that looks like the more expensive chunky wool you see everywhere online–for much less! It’s 15% wool and very soft and cozy. I also love that Yarn Bee Showstopper is machine washable on gentle cycle, many other giant yarns are dry clean only.
We made a chunky knit blanket with this arm knitting yarn and loved it!
Craft store chunky knit yarn like Yarn Bee Showstopper is the closest craft store giant yarn that looks like the chunky knitted yarn you see on Pinterest and Instagram.
You cannot find chunky knitting yarn cheaper than this.
TIP: When working with this yarn, it comes compact and at first appears less bulky than you might be thinking. You pull it apart slightly to get those wide chunky strands.
The store won’t have enough in stock for a chunky knit blanket, you’ll need to order it online. I bought 4 of the 10 oz skeins and already need to order 4 more to make a decent size blanket. I had to carefully take the project off of my arm and put on a wrapping paper roll.
I followed Simply Maggie’s Youtube arm tutorial below. Casting on was a little confusing (I had to rewind the video 4 times), but once you get the hang of it, the rest is truly super fast! The yarn itself says to use size 50 needles, which they do carry at craft stores. BUT, it’s going to make a tighter knit than what you see online for chunky knit blankets and arm knit blankets, which is why I decided to arm knit instead. Using your arms is pretty close to using size 100-125 needles.
If you want a blanket that’s wider than a 3-4″ lap blanket, you’re going to need to buy the $40-$50 size 100-125 needles online (you can find them on Etsy).
Yarn Bee Showstopper doesn’t come in as many colors as the Premier Yarn Couture Jazz, but it does look like wool whereas Couture Jazz is acrylic. It does shed a little, but this is normal for wool blend yarns. If this bothers you, you’ll need either acrylic yarn (which won’t be as chunky) or the Colorways Smoosh Wool featured below.
Youtube Arm Knitting Blanket
Making an arm knitting blanket became popular with the Simply Maggie YouTube tutorial featured below. She used Premier Yarn Couture Jazz acrylic yarn that unfortunately is often sold out. (online in craft stores, not sold in stores)This is the least expensive option and you can even buy it on Amazon if you need it quickly. The tutorial has you arm knitting the blanket so you don’t have to pay for knitting needles. If you want an easy to follow free YouTube tutorial on arm knitting a chunky knit blanket, check out the 45-minute easy tutorial by Simply Maggie.
Maggie used 11 bundles of yarn but suggested purchasing 12. The bundles are smaller than the Yarn Bee Showstopper mentioned above, so you’ll need more. This is a size 6 jumbo yarn (Yarn Bee Showstopper is a size 7, so it’s a little larger). You can also purchase the Premier Yarn Couture Jazz through the Joann’s website, there’s a wide variety of colors online. You can also purchase it online through Walmart. The yarn sells out like hotcakes, so between Amazon, Joanns.com and Walmart.com hopefully you’ll find what you need! 🙂
Premier Yarns Couture Jazz also includes a free written tutorial on how to make a chunky knit blanket with their yarn. However, following along with a YouTube video is honestly much easier! You can find that free pattern here.
Here’s the basic pattern to follow, I highly suggest you follow along with Maggie’s arm knitting blanket video!
- Cast on 18 stitches using the long tail cast on method. She made a long tail of 5′, but because I used the Yarn Bee Showstopper yarn that’s a little thicker than this, you’ll need a long tail of 6′-7′ for a blanket if you buy Yarn Bee instead.
- Knit 31 rows
- Bind off
- Weave in the ends. Some people hand stitch the ends to keep it from unraveling later.
When reading the reviews about her arm knitting blanket project, the actual amount of project time seemed to range between 45 minutes to 3 hours. Assume it takes a little longer if you’re brand new to knitting! Once you figure out how to cast on, yes, I think the rest of it can be made in 45 minutes.
Photo by Simply Maggie
Arm Knitting Advice:
- Make sure you can work on your arm knit blanket project in one sitting without distractions!
- If you don’t want to make arm knit blankets, PVC pipe from Lowes or Home Depot would be the next cheapest option (you tape duct tape at the end to make the “needle.”)
If you don’t want to use acrylic yarn and prefer imported Merino wool as inexpensive as you can get it, here are some of the highest rated sources on Amazon:
The Best Chunky Knit Blanket Kit
An easy option is to purchase a blanket kit that includes the pattern, the yarn you need and the needles! Colorways on Etsy has the highest rated chunky knit blanket products, gets rave reviews for being easy to work with and uses U.S. made high-quality merino wool from a local family farm!
If you prefer merino wool to make your chunky knit blanket for as inexpensive as you can get it, refer back to the Amazon sources I posted and then you can purchase needles and a pattern separately.
If you want something high quality and soft, buying high-quality merino wool is the way to go!
Trish from Colorways includes numerous chunky knit patterns with this kit including different type of stitches you can use. She offers kits for bigger size blankets, but of course they cost a little more. She also uses SMOOSH wool yarn, not roving yarn which is less likely to shed but is more processed. It’s almost half the weight of roving wool! Her kit includes:
* 4.2 Pounds Hand Spun Super Chunky Pure Merino Hand Spun Wool
* Hand Crafted Giant Knitting Needles, Poplar, Finished w/ beeswax, Length…24″
* Bound Tutorial & Pattern Book with all the above projects, plus extra patterns for larger throws and blankets, and how to join ends with NO KNOTS!
* Coupon Code for future FREE Patterns and discounts on additional skeins and supplies
Check out those jumbo knitting needles!!
There are a variety of end colors to choose from. I just ordered the jumbo knitting needles with black and white polka dot tips!
Colorways also sells yarn separately if you don’t want to buy her needles for $39/lb. The 32″x54″ throw blanket takes 4 pounds of wool. If your intent is to make a blanket, the kit saves you about $40 compared to buying the wool and needles separately. Just her needles can be purchased here.
What If I Want to Use Roving (All Natural Wool) Instead of Smoosh Wool?
Another great chunky knit yarn seller that sells a wide variety of COLORED chunky yarn that’s from Australia, is the Etsy shop by Becozi.
Roving wool sheds more than the smoosh merino wool. Either felting it or getting the blanket dry-cleaned before using it would help reduce shedding.
She also sells jumbo needles, chunky yarn blanket kits, vegan wool and also chunky yarn finished products like pillows, cat beds, a Christmas tree skirt and other fun items!
According to Country Living Magazine, the “original” creator of this simple yet stunning blanket is by blogger Laura Burik of Nocturnal Knits, who started selling the online patterns for this blanket in 2011. Because of social media, this blanket didn’t go viral until early 2017.
She recommends natural wool through a US company called the Sheep Shed Studio that’s considered the #1 source of high quality roving wool. Roving wool is all natural and must be FELTED before you use it to reduce shedding. Laura explains this process in her FAQ section on her website. Roving wool is a different weight than smoosh wool and you need to purchase 6-7 pounds.
If you want colored roving wool, she recommends Fiber Felt n More on Etsy.
Laura knits with inexpensive PVC pipe (1.5″ wide x 5′ long) you can purchase at Lowes or Home Depot.
Cost wise, the yarn will run about $120+ and the supplies about $40-$50 since she suggests a felting mat. The cost is similar to Colorways Smoosh yarn but her blanket is a little larger, it just depends on if you want to use processed wool or natural wool.
Where to Buy a Chunky Knit Throw?
If you decide to buy a chunky knit blanket instead of making one, here’s my favorite resources for finding the perfect chunky knit blanket. These sellers can all be found on Etsy. After reading info about countless sellers, here’s my round-up of the one’s I recommend based on buyer reviews.
MAKE SURE YOU SELECT WHAT SIZE OF BLANKET YOU WANT TO ORDER, OTHERWISE THE LINK MIGHT DEFAULT TO THE SMALLEST SIZE!
Woolaty is another popular Etsy seller of chunky knit blankets, keep in mind she’s in the Ukraine but ships quick and provides great service!
Be sure to check out our post on Must Have Items for the Chunky Knit Yarn Lover!
If you make a chunky knitted blanket, please post a photo below or on the Pinterest pin! We’d love to see what other projects you’re working on with giant yarn too!
<3 Jen and Madi