Knit A Chunky Wool Blanket. It Will Keep You From Unravelling …

 

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Would you lurve to knit a chunky wool blanket?  Good.  Me too.  I knew I liked you. This blanket can keep you from unravelling, one stitch at a time.
 

Whaaaa ?!

 

 

You don’t want to knit a blanket?

  No worries, there is other juicy stuff in this blog post for you too.  Skip to the end of the post,  I need your opinion on stuff.  You are my trusted advisor, don’tcha know?  I count on you to give me the straight goods.  Right between the eyeballs.  I need your help, or I will be forced to drink wine in bed this week trying to solve things by my wee self.  Not that I have ever done that.  I have totally done that.  

 

Knitting  Is  Cool  :   

 

It’s called knitting because unwind in knitty paradise was taken.  

Why does knitting save your sanity, one stitch at a time?

 

To tell you the truth, I used to think that knitting was something s.t.u.p.i.d that old farts did.  I was wrong.  No surprise. I’m wrong  a lot sometimes.  Knitting is a sexy indoor sport.  Stamped it.   Want proof of how knitting rocks out loud?     

Have you ever knit something for a man?  They adore it.  I did it.  I knit Michael a sweater and bam he married me.  Just like that.  It’s like I drugged him with my knitting prowess. A free chunky wool blanket pattern via @lynneknowlton #knit #knitting #freePattern #chunkywool #blanket Lately, I needed a knitting intervention, of sorts.  I didn’t know what to do.  I had some rough days.  I considered other ways to procrastinate ideas to take my mind off of things.  Like face planting a cupcake.  That usually solves problems.  Not this time.    

It was going to take a while to Feng Shui the sadness outta me.  

 

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I Considered Hiding

 

I  Cried  a  River …  

I cried a heavy dose of shower crying.  You know its bad when you bawl in the shower.  When our family dog died last week … well, it just tipped me over the Thelma and Louise cliff.  I made you cry last week too with that blog post, didn’t I?  Sorry about that.  Not really.  I suppose we all need a good cry now and again.

 

I feel better. You ?  

How’d I get outta my funk?

 

I watched six straight hours of BREAKING BAD, followed by eight full on hours of SUITS.  I topped it off with a movie, and had popcorn for dinner for three straight nights in a row.

 

I knit my way through it all.  

 

You know what they say when you are going through hell ?  Just keep going.  So I did.  I just happened to be holding knitting needles.  

  A free chunky wool blanket pattern via @lynneknowlton #knit #knitting #freePattern #chunkywool #blanket

 

Do  you  know  how  to  knit ?   My Mom taught me how to knit when I was a kid, last week.  Ha.  Really though, it’s no biggie.  The knitting pattern I’m going to share with you is basic.  Really super basic.  Don’t sweat bullets worrying that this might be rocket science.  It’s not.  

 

Here’s what you need to know :

 

 You need to know how to do two stitches to make this chunky wool blanket pattern.  Yup.  Two.  Totally manageable, right?

 *  Knit  

*  Purl 

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Told ya. EASY, Breezy beautiful you.

 

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You Are A Beauty

 

Now go get a hold of  ‘yer knitting needles … keep calm and carry on.   You’ll be fine Giddy-Up-GoGo-gadget.  You need a safety net every now and again in life.  Knit it !!    

This chunky wool blanket pattern is also practically-INSTANT-gratification.  The knitting needles are the size of broomsticks.  That makes for lightening speed fast knitting.  

You’ll look down and VOILA, you are done.  

Tahhh dahhhh, you’re a rock star.  

 

 

Chunky  Wool  Blanket  :  

 

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Wool  vs.   Acrylic    

Whaaaaa?  Go shopping.  Pick out whatever yarn tickles your fancy.  I looked for chunky, soft yarns. I chose to have some wool in the blend.  Wool is faboosh if it’s not the itchy wool, don’tcha think?  I didn’t want to make a torture chamber blanket.  I went for the softy-feely-kinda-yarn.  

The crappy part about wool is that it can get little balls on it as it wears.  I promise to never say balls, ever again.  Girl Guides honour.  Except maybe here.    

NOTE :  Wool blends are more expensive.  Save your moola and skip wool blends if you are saving up for a nice bottle of French wine pony.  

 

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Wound  Up  In  A  Ball

 

I used an Aria wool blend and tripled the yarn allowance.  Yup. Triple.  Basically, hold three strands of yarn together and knit your blanket just like you would if you were using one strand.   Depending on the yarn that you use, you could go with one strand, double or triple.  If you are looking for a chunky look, doubling or tripling the yarn is a good bet.  Do it, dammit.  It looks freaking gorgeous.  

 

Supplies needed :  

Yarn : 12-18 balls of yarn depending how long you want your blanket to finish.    

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Details

 

Needles :

Size 50 US circular 37″ needles.  You could probably get away with shorter circulars too.  

UPDATE:  

So many of  you have asked me where to buy these circular needles.  I finally found some for you!! Woot Woot!!

Click on each photo to see them on Etsy !  Of course, I found some pretty yarn when I was playing in Etsy too.  But.Of.Course.I.Did.  Etsy is d’bomb dot com.  Swoon!

#Circular #Knitting Needles on Etsy #Etsy chunky wool. LOVE. Chunky wool circular needles on #Etsy Circular needles on #Etsy

 

 

 

The Size 50 Circular Knitting Needles are HERE on Etsy

 

You're welcome.  You should kiss me now.

 

Instructions :  

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Cast on 40 stitches.

Knit 4 * purl 4 * repeat until the end of the row.

Continue pattern until desired length is reached.

Cast off 40 stitches.    

You are done.

PS.  Remember … if you finish in 4 purl stitches, then you must begin the next row with 4 knit stitches to continue the pattern.

 

You’re so special  :) Now, invite me over.   Let’s celebrate with some liquid fermented grapes antioxidants.

 

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You Can Do It !!

 

My {almost finished} blanket is 40 inches wide and 50 inches long.  I have used 12 balls of yarn, but will likely end up using 18 balls.  

Oh shit.  That word.  Balls.   My bad.

On my next blanket project, I think I will cast on more stitches and make it a bit wider.

 Whatever number you decide to cast on, just remember to make it divisible by 4.

 

4 knit, 4 purl… and keep on truckin'.

 

The  Best  Part   It’s a fast knit.   I didn’t calculate how long it took me, because that would have added stress to my stress free knitting.

 

 

Don’t know how to knit?  Learn.  

 

This is a great starter project since it is a beginner level and so fast to make.  Don’t let the knitting door stand in your way.  What are you waiting for?  Kick that damn door down and knit.  

 

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Lynne

 

 

 

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306 Responses

  1. Jennifer Diaz says:

    What size yarn are you using. 5 or 6? And are u knitting that blanket tight or loose.? I have started mine and love it already by the way

  2. Emily says:

    Hi!

    Lovely website you’ve got! Im thinking of knitting a blanket similar to yours, however I was wondering whether you think it’s too small? I’ve got wool enough to make one the same sizes as yours, but not sure if it will be too small? I’d like to have a blanket I can snuggle up in, but not too small so that Im still freezing!

    Emily xxx

  3. Jennifer says:

    So i am new to knitting so forgive me if i post frequently, its just yours has been the most helpful and easiest site i have found so far, I want to surprise my sister with a blanket for the holidays as she just had a baby and doesn’t have a snuggle blanket. I wanted to make this in a 56” x 70” and i was wondering how many more spools of yarn i would need.

    • Oh boy Jennifer, is that a trick question? LOL. First of all, I think the size you are talking about knitting is BRILLIANT. If I made this blanket again, I would do it that size too. Maybe some of my knitting pals who are reading this blog post can pop in and answer your question too. My GUESS would be about 20-25 balls of yarn. Of course, I could be wrong, I’ve been wrong before. LOL. It truly is determined by how big the balls are (snicker) and the yarn weight. You could buy a bit and see how far it takes you… and then determine how much you need from there. Remember to buy the same dye lot though! You don’t want the blanket to be different colours.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  4. Jennifer says:

    i cannot find us 50 25mm 37” circular needles anywhere would a 40” circular needle be okay?

    • It sure would be Jennifer. If you click on the knitting needle photos in my blog post, it will take you to different knitting needle suppliers on etsy and you can pick which size you like. Yippeeeee.

      Lynne xx

  5. minisha says:

    just a quick question… this is my first knitting project!! do you knit and then purl 4 stitches or knit and then purl 4 rows??

    • Hi Minisha,

      You knit 4 stitches, purl 4 stitches, knit 4 stitches, purl 4 stitches … to the end of the row.

      Then, when you start the next row you do it again. Just keep repeating the pattern.

      Here’s the thing tho… if your last 4 stitches are 4 knit stitches, when you start the next row.. you start with 4 purl stitches.

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  6. Betsy Burch says:

    I love this pattern.

  7. Betsy Burch says:

    I love this chunky blanket that uses size 50 circular needles. I’ve never heard of that size. I doubt that they carry them here. Have you any suggestions? Thank you. Betsy Burch

  8. Julie flores says:

    I love your blog and knitty Poweress! I am making chunky blankets or hats for Christmas gifts this year. No more retail hell!! (Except of course for delicious and cheap yarn!)
    Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas and life!

    • You are most welcome Julie!

      Oh my gosh, you are soooooooo on the mark with avoiding the malls at Christmas. Erhhhmergerd.

      It is time to slow it down and ahhhhh it out with knitting. It makes for a much more enjoyable Christmas. Handmade with love is where it’s at.

      Lynne xx

  9. Kristen says:

    You made me laugh and this pattern may keep me knitting! Just learned and love it but tried a pattern that was too hard and I’ve started it and trashed it ten times in ten yarns ugh

  10. Emma says:

    Hi Lynne!
    Sending you lots of love from across the pond in a not so sunny England :)
    I found your blog while I was looking for an easy pattern to get me started after my lovely Nan taught me to knit again recently.
    I’m so excited to try your blanket pattern. I’m going to make it for my little boy’s room which we will be decorating soon as we’ll be moving him out of the nursery.
    Just one quick question, what method did you use for changing yarn with three strands? Ithe rest I’ve figured out but my Nan is a bit old school so hasn’t knitted with multiple strands before and I wondered which way was best!!
    Thanks for any advice you can give me, and thanks for the wonderful blog entry. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Emma xx

    • Hi Emma,

      I don’t really have a method. LOL. I’m a pretty simple knitter.

      I just lay my three balls of yarn out on my lap or chair and hold all three strands together and KNIT :)

      I try to keep the balls of yarn a bit away from each other so they don’t become a tangled hot mess, but other than that.. it is oh so simple.

      Happy knitting!
      Lynne xx

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  13. Sheetal Jayara says:

    Hi,

    Chunky blanket has been on my to do list for aggggggggeeeessssss… was never sure about how much yarn I would need so your blog definitely helped. Just wanted to check you used 12 balls ( Oh ma did I say that word too ..hehe) but actually it is 12×3 = 36 balls ( Oh no I said it again ;)) that you use coz of 3 strands?

    Thanks in advance and thanks for the blog with photos

    Sheetal

    • Hi Sheetal,

      I used 12 balls teehee … actually I think I ended up using 18 balls because I wanted to make it a bit longer too.

      Because the balls were quite large LOL… chunky wool, large ball.. it went a long way.

      Oh, I hope that helps.

      Lynne xx

  14. Anna says:

    I love the blanket you made, but as I started making my own, I found that there isn’t as profound of a difference between my knitted sections and purled sections as there are in your pictures. I used the exact same needles, and tripled my yarn like you suggested, and you can tell there is a little difference if you’re looking for it, but it isn’t nearly as profound as yours is. Do you have any suggestions as to why that is? Also, it’d be awesome if you could put up some videos of you actually working on the project next time. That could help :)

    • Donna Walden says:

      I think I know what your problem is because I just experienced the same. If you end the row with 4knit stitches you must begin the next row with 4 purl stitches to continue the pattern. this gives the defined rows as in the photo… hope this helps!

    • Hi Anna,

      Sorry that I didn’t answer earlier, I just saw your comment today. Yes, Donna is right… if you end the row in 4 knit stitches, you begin the next row with 4 purl stitches.

      Thank you for pointing out the problem. I just updated the blog post so others aren’t confused too.

      Happy knitting! Let me know how it goes!

      Lynne xx

  15. Jeanette says:

    Gorgeous blanket. Looks super easy too! I can’t wait to get started on it for a friend. However, I’ve been to several different stores and I cannot find those needles anywhere! What brand are yours?
    Thanks!

  16. Susie says:

    Love your blog! Love the blanket! Like you, I just knit through it all. So much cheaper than therapy and the sessions lasts so much longer. LOL!! Keep doing what you’re doing. Off to see more of your blog.

    P.S. So sorry to read of your pet. It did make me teary.

    Susie

    • Hi Susie,

      Isn’t it just the best?! Knitting just seems to make everything better. Ahhhhhh.

      Thanks for the pet love. Oh, that was a tough one to get through. It’s still sad thinking about Oliver. I think I might have to knit another blanket :)

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  17. yan says:

    Hi,
    Found your website thru knitting. Saw your chunky knitted blanket & would love to make it. I’ve been looking for the 37″ circular needles & the biggest I can get is 29″. Will that be ok?
    Thanking you in advance.

    Yan

  18. kelly says:

    hey um… i tried researching, but what did you mean by the 3-4 strands of yarn?
    do you knit with all of them on?
    i’m going for something really chunky, so i suppose that would make sense, but just wanted to make sure.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Sorry for the late reply. I had a quick look at this chunky wool blanket blog post today and realized that I missed a bunch of comments without reply.

      Rude of me. LOL. Sorry ’bout that.

      Yes, I knit with 3 strands at a time. I updated the blog post to be more clear and added links for the knitting needles and yarn. Phew.

      Basically, you work with 3 balls of yarn. Pick up all three strands, and knit/purl just like you would if you had one strand. It just makes it extra chunky.

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne

  19. Gena Paul says:

    Hi Lynne…I’m a beginner and really eager to start this blanket!

    Just one quick question…I’m in Northern Ireland, and I can get the size 50 circular needle, but the only length I can get is 31″ (as opposed to the 37″ length that you suggest we need). Can you tell me what problems I might run into with a shorter cable?

    Sorry if it’s a silly question…blame it on my inexperience. Thanks Lynne!

    • yan says:

      Hi,
      Found your website thru knitting. Saw your chunky knitted blanket & would love to make it. I’ve been looking for the 37″ circular needles & the biggest I can get is 29″. Will that be ok?
      Thanking you in advance.

      Yan

    • Hi Gena

      You are in Northern Ireland?!! OH my goodness, can I come live with you? Wool heaven.

      Yes I think you will be okay with that length. I found I had lots of room left on my circulars. Maybe even a bit too much room.. so your size should be just fine.

      If you double check back at my blog post, you can see that I have updated it with links in Etsy for the circular needles too.

      If you need a knitting buddy, just give me a ring. I’ll hop a plane :)

      Lynne xx

  20. Charisse Wollbrinck says:

    Lynn I’m wondering if you used 3 strands of a bulky yarn for this blanket or 3 strands of something else to create a bulky yarn?

  21. Angela says:

    Knitting blanket is quite hard, but it’s adorable.

  22. Sarah says:

    Beautiful blanket! I’m very new to knitting and would like to make this! So forgive my ignorance but what was the length of each of your balls (hehe). Seriously though, I’m shopping around and different types come in different lengths so I need to know how much to buy! Thanks!!

    • Ohhh Sarah, I’m not sure what the length of my balls are. LOL. The good news is that sooooo many stores will accept a refund for the wool/yarn if you buy too much. I generally buy extra because I want the yarn all in the same die lot. I just return what I don’t use. I hope that helps :)

      Lynne xx

  23. Dana Ruprecht says:

    The photos in this post are absolutely beautiful! And I can’t wait to make this blanket! I love knitting, but am not proficient yet, so a nice, easy pattern like this is perfect for me. This is my first time visiting your blog… can’t wait to read more. I’m inspired!

  24. Nancy says:

    Hi Lynne,
    You are so funny! Had a good laugh reading your blog. Love the look of your chunky blanket. Have been looking for a pattern to make a camouflage blanket for my grandson who is planning on joining Marines next year after he graduates h.s. Wonder if anyone has a pattern that would work with camouflage yarn. Thanks.

    • Hi Nancy

      That sounds like a beautiful idea!! I wonder if you could use the exact same pattern that I have in my blog post, and then use multicoloured yarns to create it? You could knit it in browns and greens etc. That could be ohhhh so gorgeous!

      Lynne xx

    • Ann Gay says:

      YOU CAN BUY THE CAMOUFLAGE YARN AT HOBBY LOBBY IN THE “I LOVE THIS YARN”. I MADE MY NEPHEW ONE AND HE LOVED IT.

      ANN

  25. Victoria says:

    Hi I am struggling with the knit 4 purl 4 – every row I seem to create new stitches – what am I doing wrong? It goes wrong on the purl stitch

    • Keith says:

      The only thing I can think of is to make sure that you bring the yarn over to the front before you start the purl stitch. I haven’t been knitting for very long, but I remember when I first started I kept adding new stitches because I wasn’t keeping track of the knit/purls and moving to yarn to the right position. Hope that helps!

      -Keith

      PS – Going to get the size 50 today and making this blanket for my sister for her new apartment! Thanks for the quick and easy pattern!

    • Jordana says:

      I’ve just started this project and I’m having this same problem. This is my first knitting project so a bit daunting. I can’t seem to find anything online that can explain where I’m going wrong here. I think it’s the fact that I’m double knitting it’s just harder to see where the stitch is to pick up. I don’t know how to resolve this. Victoria did you work out where you were going wrong? Someone please help! I’m stuck!

  26. Dawn Snyder says:

    I LOVE YOUR PATTERN FOR THE CHUNKY BLANKET, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE A LITTLE LARGER, 64″W X 80″L USING YOUR PATTERN HOW MANY BALLS OF YARN DO YOU THINK I WOULD NEED? AS TOU CAN TELL IM NOT MUCH OF A KNITTER HA HA, THANK YOU

    • Oh gosh Dawn,

      I’m not sure exactly how many you would need. I’m not much of a knitter either. LOL. That’s why this pattern is so easy.

      Maybe some of my other blog readers will be able to give you a hand with some ideas.

      xx

  27. Anne daniels says:

    I bought all the supplies and I’ve started but it’s super loose and not tight like your picture. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi Anne

      Good question! I’m not sure. Maybe some of my other pro knitters out there that follow my blog … can help answer your question.

      My two guesses would be :

      * Your yarn may not be chunky enough or you are only using 1-2 strands of yarn instead of 3-4 strands.

      * You are a very loose knitter and you may need to use smaller sized needles.

      Hmmm. That is my guess.

      I hope that helps (or maybe it may depress you) LOL.

      Lynne xx

  28. Casey Mahoney says:

    My dear young lady
    You are a very positive force and I wish you lived next door.
    I have 3 grown daughters about your age and I know you would fit right in with the family.
    My oldest daughter went thru the cancer thing last year and she is strong and healthy today. As I hope you are as well.
    So enjoy the web.
    Casey

    • Hi Casey

      You have 3 grown daughters? Are they 12 years old? Ha! That would be me :)

      Okay, I’m 12 years old in my head.

      CONGRATS to your daughter for her cancer journey !!!! Fantastic !! Yes, my hubby is doing well too.. always on a journey to giving cancer a good run for the money. Kicking cancer in the butt is quite a challenge. xx

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  29. Marisa Lentz says:

    Thanks for the pattern can hardly wait to start it. Great project when watching TV no counting. Thanks again.

  30. Janelle says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I loved your website/blog. I am wanting to knit a large blanket for a queen size bed and I thought I would make a loom using nails and wood – what do you think. I’m not a great knitter – in fact, not a knitter at all (hard to say) but good on a loom.

    What do you think – do you think it would work. I love what you have done and sorry about the dog. I would cry in the shower as well.

    • Hi Janelle,

      If you have a look on the blog, a few comments down from your comment, you will see that someone else asked a similar question and a fellow knitter helped answer it.

      So very cool !! I love it when that happens.

      I have never used a loom, so I’m afraid I’m no so helpful in that department. I think anything goes though, and it would be worth a try!

      happy looming :)

      Lynne xx

  31. cindy james says:

    I knit and crochet and 3 years age my mom passed and I was knitting a scarf still cant finish it and july 12 my dad passed and I did finish the blanket I was working on for my friends son hope he does not see tear stains as it took my dad a week to say good bye to us and three days before that my dog died so I know where you are coming from but my bucket of tears has not tipped yet and my friend said when it does she hopes I have knit needles in hands with cotton wash cloth on them lol but I love the thick blanket pattern and will pass to my sister who is a beginner and looking for easy stuff to learn stitches in hospital I hated to here opps help I think I dropped a stitch lol everyone says how do you do all er waiting ? I say send me whats six hours of knitting or chrocheting with out kids saying mom I need that’s how I get all my stuff done thanks for listening

    • Awwwh Cindy,

      Your bucket of tears has not tipped yet? … you just grabbed a hold of my heart when you said that.

      You can knit your way through anything. You are right, knitting in a hospital, knit knit knit… it really does make the time pass quickly and fills your heart a bit too.

      Big love to you!
      Lynne xx

  32. Mary says:

    Just looked at the chunky afghan you posted. Love it’s simplicity! Looking foward to reading more on your blog.

  33. Leslie Fehr says:

    If you do a search on Amazon.com for size 50 circular knitting needles, you will find several kinds available. Pricing is good — from $12.99 US to $31.99 US – and they will ship to Canada. And, there is a mail order for the bulky yarn also — Knitpicks.com – they sell the bulky yarn at a great price in the “ready to dye” section. Both places have great customer service. I’ve ordered from them for years.

  34. sally says:

    beautiful blanket do you think this could be done on a knitting loom

    • Hey Sally,

      That’s a good question AND I have no idea. LOL.

      I have never owned a knitting loom. Maybe one of my bloggy readers will see your question and do a better job of answering it.

      So sorry I couldn’t help.

      Cheers
      Lynne x

      • Sharon Gail Tillman says:

        Hey Sally, You can knit chunky yarn on a loom . It is called a Bulky Knitting Machine. There are several brands.. Try searching for “knitting machines” on the web. I haven’t used one for several years since I retired and closed my shop. I sold knitting machines, yarns, books, etc and also taught how to use them. Any ?’s Sharon

  35. Boo says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I’ve just found your Blog and am loving all the great reads and resources. The sign up gift is awesome. Thanks so much for that.

    I love the blanket knit too. I haven’t knitted in years, the old eyes aren’t what they used to be but this looks chunky enough for even my poor eyesight to manage.

    Re your question. I am especially interested in a great blog series. Although I’ve had my own blog for a good number of years I feel the need to ‘refresh’ it and breath some new life into it.

    Also, even though I’ve been blogging for my business for a long time, I really feel like I still know nothing about blogging since I just churn out the same stuff week after week so I’m hopeful your awesome fresh approach to things will help me move it along.
    Fingers crossed.

    • Fantastic questions and beautiful comment… and somehow I missed it until this month. My bad.

      It’s summer, where do the days go? LOL.

      Great point about churning out content. It is soooooo important to not just churn it out, isn’t it? Wait until you see what I have coming for bloggers. It’s EPIC !!!

      PS. If you search through the “how to have a kickass blog” in the upper right hand section of my bloggy, you will be able to find some faboosh stuff in there too that could really help you !

      Big blog love to you !
      Lynne xx

  36. Rona says:

    I am new to blogs and knitting :) just 1 question (n sorry for being a bit thick here) but how do you know when you finish a row when using circular needles?

    • Hi Rona,

      Circular needles are great for creating circular things LOL, but you can also use them to create straight things like a blanket.

      With the blanket, you don’t join your stitches at the ends. You will know that you are at the end of your row, because the stitches aren’t joined.

      Essentially, it is just like knitting on straight needles…and the circular needle is just holding all your stitches in a row.

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne

  37. Lovely soft wool blanket!
    congratulaions for your work

  38. Jennifer says:

    Where in the world does one find a 50″ circular needle?

    • Hello Jennifer,

      I bought mine for $12 at Romni Wools, Toronto, Ontario Canada.

      Here is the info that they sent me:

      Those are the Knitters Pride Basix needles. They are the best deal I have
      ever seen. We have some in stock now and I will be ordering more in the
      near future. Thank you. jonathon@romniwools.com

      Hope that helps !
      Lynne

  39. Angela Lupo says:

    Hi,

    I want to make this gorgeous throw for my daughter.. I would like to buy the yarn that you used for the sample pattern. Also Is it possible to knit this on straight needles?

    • Hello Angela,

      I bought the yarn at a local store in Toronto, Ontario and was very happy with it. You can pretty much use any style of chunky yarn with or without wool in it. I bet you will LOVE it.

      Yes, it is possible to knit this on straight needles, but could be a bit more difficult to handle. The circular needles make it quite easy to hold.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  40. Gloria Rodriguez says:

    I love the simple instructions. Most try to stretch them out I want them straight forward not crazy junk in it just go.

  41. Sue Heggie says:

    Came for the knitting pattern and got so much more! Love some help. with blog. New to it and struggling with making photos look cool. Just gave up the day job, on the basis that work is overrated and needed more time to knit, read, make tiles, write poetry, and sit in the winter sun.
    http://Www.fluffygeorge.co.nz

    • Hello Sue,
      So happy to meet you too !

      Did you subscribe to the blog and get the free ebook? It is a photo app ebook, and the ideas in the book will help you to create gorgeous photos.

      If you don’t have a smart phone, there are great ways online too.

      I love love love PICMONKEY.com ! It is super easy to use and there’s lots of coolio fonts, ideas, layouts etc. There is no program to download and it all feels very easy to navigate.

      Hope that helps !
      Lynne xx

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  43. Laura says:

    Love this!!!

  44. Ann says:

    Loved this. Great reading & very easy to follow

  45. Nancy says:

    I love the chunky wool blanket, but it is impossible to find size circular needles without paying a fortune, I am on low income and a 78 years old. I have stright size 50 needles but cannot afford the circular ones. I think I could knit this pattern on my needles I have , I did a beautiful queen size blanket for my daughter on 35 size needles and it turned out beautiful, yes it was a bit of a struggle but we made it, My daughter never got to use it because my granddaughter was in college in Oswego, New York and took it to college with her, It sure was warm and she needed it. I made it the summer and had to have part of it on my lap so I know it was warm. Thanks for your site, its a great one.

    • Hello Nancy

      I agree, they seem expensive online ( I started searching them AFTER I published the blog post LOL, because I bought mine in Toronto Ont. at a retail store called Romni Wool )

      I contacted the retail store and they sell them for $12 Cdn.

      I bet you could do the blanket on your straight needles tho. They wouldn’t be as easy to handle, but I’m sure they’d do the trick :)

      Happy knitting :) xx

      Lynne

  46. Tanya smith says:

    ummm- for me I am looking forward to the first two. How to blog like a rock star and DIY projects to keep me sane (sort of like knitting is for you!!) BTW- we have the same ikea couch with the same slipcover (I alternate with dark grey) AND I have the same old fashioned chair (which I painted a bright blue)- so there!

  47. This is such a chic look for the home – I love it!

  48. Nancy says:

    Lynne,

    I love this blanket, but think it might be too “holey” for a child. I don’t want them sticking fingers,then hands through it! I want it to take them up to college. Could I use a smaller needle, maybe around 20 or 25? Then, how many balls (your word, not mine) would I need? I want to use Cascade Superwash 128. Would I still triple it? I hate changing a pattern, but this one may be too loose for kids…

    Thanks for any advice you can offer…

    p.s. I had an Oliver too (:

    • Good point Nancy, young children would probably poke their fingers through it. Yes,you could probably use a smaller needle, it would just take longer and you would need to cast on more stitches etc. Haha about the balls :)I haven’t used cascade superwash, so I’m afraid I won’t be much help to you on that one.

      You had an Oliver too?! Sad face. Big sad face :( but happy that we had an Oliver in our lives :) <- Happy face LOL.

  49. Maureen Crane-Luff says:

    I have another question i forgot. why is the yarn size NOT mentioned anymore on wool. Sometimes you cannot get the same wool so have to substitute other wool. Is there any way of measuring thickness of wool like with needles.
    It used to be 8ply 12 ply 3ply etc. Some are too expensive. Is there a system based on needle size.?
    Moz

    • Silly me, I called you Maureen instead of Moz !

      I luuuuurve the name Moz. Where’d that name come from? Do tell.

      Oh la la, I wish I knew the answer to your question. There are so many lovely knitting peeps on this blog, maybe they can answer for you.

      Have a beauty day !

      Lynne xx

  50. Maureen Crane-Luff says:

    Love reading your blog (mistakes and all) I also cry in the shower. That way you get it all out at once don’t you. I love Suits. one of my favourite shows of all time. I am going to knit your blanket for my friend who has Parkinsons and lost everything in the floods we had a few years back. wish me luck!
    Moz

    • Helloooo Maureen,

      Thanks for the bloggy love !

      SUITS is d’bomb dot com! LOVE that show too !!

      The blanket as a gift for your friend… well, that sounds just simply beautiful !

      xx

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  52. Melanie Periard says:

    Hi Lynne,

    My question is when I start my first row I’ll knit four purl four until the end. (Finished by knit four) The second row would start by knitting or purling ?

    Thank you !

    Mel

  53. Michelle McPherson says:

    Look forward to reading this some more! I’m a new knitter and so am slightly obsessed at the min,:0)

    • A knitting obsession is a good one to have. You can knit your way across the country :) xx

      Happy knitting !

      Lynne xx

    • Michelle McPherson says:

      Hello again,

      I have a wee question?

      But first, sorry to hear about your pooch. The reason I was looking for a blanket pattern is for my furry chum so I was sad to read you had lost yours, :(.

      My question, the etsy needles come in 32″ or40″ length. You said that you used 37″ but you could get away with shorter but also that you wished you had made it wider. Which length do you think would work best? Thanks, like I said I’m a newbie!,xx

      • Hi Michelle,

        I think the 32″ circular would be big enough, because with the 37″ there was extra space on the needles (a lot) and it just sort of made it loopy. It twirled around all the time, with all kinds of extra space.

        That may have been the long way of saying that shorter needles are coolio too. LOL.

        Big love to your poochie, and thanks for sending the love too. xxo

  54. Janie Schisler says:

    You are too funny and I just bumped into this blog by accident … But it will be a habit now. I like knitting too! Socks are on my bucket list this year and this beautiful throw. Ty for your info– and very sorry about your four footed friend. Animal lova here too!
    Janie

  55. Susan Daly says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I found your site through all free knitting. Thank you, you are an inspiration. I retired my knitting needles about 7 years ago when I got sick and diagnosed with Lyme disease. My brain now has a difficult time figuring things out. (Heavy sigh…..). This blanket should be easy for me to pick them up again! I do have a question regarding the yarn, you mentioned 12-18 balls, how many ounces or yards or grams are each ball? If I add more stitches to make it wider how much more yarn would I need to buy?
    Thank you so much, completely enjoy your blog, and sense of humor.
    Blessings, Sue

    • Hello Susan

      Great idea… this pattern/knitting is super easy and so very enjoyable to knit.

      I’m not sure what the weight of the wool is (there is a photo of it in the blog post with the yarn details). You would be pretty safe with any chunky yarn.

      If you had 18 balls, and added extra stitches, I think that would be more than enough.

      Blessings right back atcha,

      Lynne xx

  56. Sal says:

    Lynne……..I think you’re obsessed with balls!!! :)
    I definitely love hearing about your eazy peazy projects. One just needs to keep the hands busy you know otherwise you’re either constantly eating CRAP or alternatively indulging in liquid fermented grapes. My one arm is much more developed than the other arm and I could say its from darts….but then I’d be lying!

  57. Kim says:

    Do you know where to find size 50 US needles in the round? I went to hobby lobby and Joanne fabrics in my town and they do not have it and the pics on amazon look deceiving. Thanks kim

  58. P J Hatmaker says:

    Hi Lynne, I don’t read any blog but yours. I’m a born and raised Southern Belle (caps are appropriate). I’ve loved Canadians since I went up north the 1st time at 17 (I still mourn John Candy.) I was sad to see that you are so sad. I wish that I could be sad with you. I love your home and photos. I’ve been knitting since I was a kid too and I love your afghan pattern. I’m afraid its a bit warm here already to begin an afghan so I’ll file this pattern away for October. I enjoy reading anything you feel like writing about so I don’t have anything productive for you. Just sending positive thoughts your ways.

    • Awwwwh, thanks so very much !

      I just adored your comment. I already feel better !!

      THANK YOU for reading the blog, and I’m with ya… I miss John Candy too. What a great guy !!

      We have a friend who knew him, and said he was AWESOME in real life too. So sweet to hear !

      Big Canuck love from me to you !

      xx

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  60. Sue Firestone says:

    Lynne, anxious to get my needles (from Amazon) and start my blanket, know it will be yummy for the cool evenings in Northern Arizona. Thanks so much. Sue

  61. Jackie Nelson says:

    Thank you for sharing. This I can do! Can’t wait to get to the yarn store and get started. Have a blessed day.

  62. Karly Drake-Lusby says:

    I saw your gorgeous throw on allfreeknitting.com and fell in love right away. I found birch needles in a 50 w/ a 40 in loop on
    Etsy, the shop is Loopy Mango! A little more spendy than plastic needles but I have a hard time if I’m not using wood!

    I really liked what I saw and signed up; you’re only my 2nd blog subscription!

    If you lived in my town we’d be friends! I guess the ether will have to do.

    Looking forward to more of your wonderful, creative and oft times irreverent writing.

    Cheers from Sisters, Oregon!

    Shalomaste (Jewish Buddhist ;)

  63. Laura says:

    I have 4 kids, ages ranging from 22 yrs old to 16 yrs old… I’m learning to knit and they all want a blanket made by their mom (scarves are done already)…. This is the PERFECT pattern!!!!!! I know they are going to love it. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

    More beginners and easy patterns will be GRRRREAT!!! :)

  64. Mickey says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I love your blanket pattern and it looks super easy. Here it comes…BUT ~ where in the world can I get size 50 circular needles?!

    Mickey

    BTW this is the first time I’ve read your blog and I have to say I found you to be very funny! My kind of person…a wino with a potty mouth! :-D

    • Mickey says:

      Big thump on the head with a “Duh!” I just read through many of the comments and found I wasn’t the lone ranger when it came to asking where to find such large needles. I’ll check out Etsy and Romni Wool in Toronto ~ wonder if they’d ship to Colorado?
      Mickey

    • Laura says:

      After looking for a while, I found mines in a Hobby Lobby store. They are very hard to find. You may have to order them online… It’s not a very popular size so not too many stores have them.

      • Hi Laura,

        That’s cool ! I checked out the hobby lobby store online and the price seems great, but I only saw the straight needles. Do they sell them in circular too?

        Thanks for letting me know !

        Cheers!
        Lynne

  65. Barbara says:

    I love the chunky blanket and plan to make it as a housewarming gift to myself for my new apartment in Canada. Love your blog. Thanks for such inspiration. Very special.

    • Hi Barbara !

      You have a new apartment in Canada? Wooohoooo !! Where in Canada do you live? I rarely meet fellow Canucks :) We are a rare breed, you know. LOL.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

    • Barbara says:

      Hey Lynne, I make my main home in a cozy apartment on the 7th floor overlooking parts of Vancouver and Granville Island. I was born in Vancouver (also a rarity I think). I moved to my 7th floor suite in January and other than new flooring and paint, have yet to decorate. That chunky blanket will make my day in two ways (1) give me a sense of feel good about myself when I have made it (I am new to knitting ) and (2) give me joy to see something beautiful every time I open my door and see it on a chair or over the sofa. I could go on and on. I am happy to have found you. Barb

  66. Sue Firestone says:

    Love the pattern for the Chunky Blanket, anxious to make the blanket for my granddaughters wedding, just need to know where I can get the needles for the project, can find the circ. needles, just not in the right size. Help!!!!! Thanks, Sue

  67. Peggy says:

    Thank you for the Chunky Blanket pattern, and the story of Oliver, I buried my beloved dog Ivy last week, and I so needed to hear your story. I am also trying to knit my way through it, so thank you, really.

  68. linda says:

    I lost my job about 2 years ago. I defined myself as a mother and teacher. I will always be a mother. But to loose a job after 39 years without a word in advance was a hard blow. I started to knit. Scarves are all around my house. I wanted to knit a blanket for a while and this is easy. Thanks

    • Hey Linda,

      Wow, that must have been a HUGE blow. I can’t even imagine the adjustment to get through a time like that!!

      Remember this …

      When one door closes another one opens :)

      You rock out loud !!

      Big love !!
      Lynne xx

  69. Debbie says:

    I was wondering if when you put the needle size if you could also include the size it would be in Canada it would make it easer to find the needles. Thank you
    Have a great day

    • Hi Debbie,

      Wanna know something crazy? I’m CANADIAN too :)

      I bought the needles in a Canadian store LOL but they are in US size. Where in Canada are you?

      I bought my needles from Romni Wool in Toronto.

      Cheers!
      Lynne xx

  70. Sallie says:

    I happened upon your blog from a pattern on all free knitting and I just wanted to say hello and that you are SO refreshing! the last few minutes spent here reading have been the most enjoyable of my day! thank you! peace and love!

  71. ELAINE says:

    My husband and I are dog lovers, too. We know how you feel. !I love your pattern and I will be making a blanket starting tomorrow,I am new to this stuff and this is the first comment I have ever written, Keep up the good work,Lynne.

  72. carol says:

    I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE your pattern for your chunky triple strand knit afghan. It is SO VERY SIMPLE and sounds like a joy to knit. However, before I can start it, I have a question for ya. Where did you find your gorgeous bamboo circular needles for it? They look so comforwtable to use and easy to handle. Once I find those I can get started. BTW, I LOVEEE your crazy attitude and sense of humor. Keep it up, it really makes your articles POP.

    • Awwwh Thanks soooo much Carol !!

      You have me inspired ! Woot woot !

      I bought my knitting needles at a retail store in Toronto called Romni Wool.

      I have seen them for sale through artists on etsy too.

      Good luck and have a blast knitting. It is super easy and super gorgy gorgeous when it’s done :)

      Lynne xx

  73. Margo says:

    Love this pattern. So easy and great for a beginner.
    Many thanks, Margo

  74. Linda Woolverton says:

    I recently started knitting lessons. I am almost 60 and figured it was time to start on my bucket list. At same time I started a new stressful job. Knitting has helped me leave my work at work and relax at home. I am going to try your blanket as soon as I finish my current project. I plan on ordering the needles today. Thanks!

    • Great Linda !!

      Are you ordering your needles online?

      I bought mine at a retail store in Toronto, but a few people have asked me where to buy the needles online.

      If you know a good spot, will you write back and let them know with a link?

      Thanks a bunch !!

      Lynne xx

  75. Annette McKane says:

    I love this blanklet going to make one today for a wedding shower for my niece this Saturday – I got a week! I really enjoyed your blog!

  76. ansa mocke says:

    I would like more bkanket patterns easy once do not want to tress with knitting enjoy it to much

  77. val says:

    you had me at the wine in bed prt..i am there with a cab/merlot..then stress free knitting is so good..just write..i love your humor AND GE0RGE CLOONEY…..RICHARD GERE also too’

  78. Michelle says:

    Love the blanket. Might just be next on my list to create! Such an easy pattern I cannot wait to find a great deal on some lovely yarn

  79. Leslie says:

    Hi Lynne: love this blanket, started today. I am using 3 strands put together. Any tricks for how to roll them into one skein? It seems to get pretty twisted! Please help! Love all your ideas! Thanks, Leslie

    • Hey Leslie,

      Once you get rolling <- ha, excuse the pun … it really isn’t so bad at all.

      I just tried to keep the balls separate from each other as they unwound and it was all good.

      Wooohoooo ! Happy knitting !

      Lynne xx

    • Cindy says:

      Leslie,

      Put each ball – I said it – in a separate ziplock bag and almost zip it shut. That should do it.

      OR if knitting at home, you could use three bowls, vases, you get the idea,, to keep them separate yet together. Have fun!

  80. Antoinette says:

    You are a hoot! Thanks for making me laugh. My mother-in-law just called and you just lifted my spirits.

  81. laura says:

    I like the fun way you explain how to do… I like it.
    Thanks
    Laura

  82. Vivian says:

    I like the simplicity of the blanket. I purchased a wooden pair of size 50 straight needles. Sorry about your dog.

    • Hi Vivian

      Oh la la, size 50 straight needles. They sound super cool. Do you feel like you are holding two broomsticks? :)

      I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. Come back and let me know !

      Big hug,
      Lynne

  83. Kathy says:

    Just found your site. Beautiful blanket! I lost my “Baby” a year ago and I feel your pain to my core….. The lost was too much for me to bear for about 3 months…. There was not enough liquor or pills for a long, long time…. Let the love of friends and family carry you to your next breath; somehow, I don’t know how, things will get better. I’ll keep you in my prayers..
    K

    • You are so sweet Kathy,

      Thank you. I feel much better already. You are so right tho, my pals really carried me through it all.

      PS. I consider my bloggy peeps my pals. :) THANK YOU.

      xx

  84. Sheila says:

    Love everything here! Lynn you are awesomely inspireing! Going to the knit shop now, then the market for “grape” juice.

  85. Mary Haver says:

    Loved your chunky wool blanket pattern — i’m still a beginner and I can do that one! Thank you for sharing! :)

  86. Peggy Ward says:

    Whoa!!! Did I write this post while I was sleeping? I didn’t? I could have, recent events in my life have been “unsettling” to say the least. I drank wine. Made my favorite “Everyday Chocolate Cake” from Smitten Kitchen (great food blog) watched all the seasons of Chuck, Warehouse 13, Downton Abbey, anything removed from real life, then turned to my knitting needles. 5 cowls, 1 set mittens, slippers, and several Christmas tree ornaments later. . . I started feeling better and better. Creating something is often a cure. . .

    • Ohhhh Geesh Peggy,

      We might be knitty sista’s :) Woot woot !!

      I read your comment, and thought.. I wanna do all that too ! Ha !

      Drank wine – Check
      Smitten Kitchen – Check
      Downton Abbey – Check
      Knitting needles – Check

      We might be cured :)

      xx

  87. Maryanne Winder says:

    I have 4 file cabinets full of knitting patterns. I have 2 HUGE closets full of yarn. You know how it gets when you have the perfect yarn, or the perfect pattern and they just don’t go together? So, for the past 2 days I have been trying to find the perfect patterns to match these perfect yarns and then I saw your blog. I’m going to knit this cozy blanket and forget all about the stress I’ve been going through these past 2 days. Thanks, I needed that!!! Seriously, I mean it!!!! Oh, my blanket will be yellow and 50/50 wool/acrylic. I have 30 balls of this yarn and it’s taking up too much space anyway. Don’t even ask why I bought 30 balls of this yarn. Sometimes, Ebay calls out my name!

  88. roxanne esler says:

    I love your style! You remind me of a friend I could hang out with to knit and chug an adult beverage with if the mood struck.

  89. karen says:

    Lynne, this is great and will work w straight needles. I dislike circular, so look for ways to do on straight,too.BUT I think the pattern has to be multiple of 8.. not 4. if I used 44, for ex, I,would start and end w 4 knitted stitches.,to,stay in pattern, next,row would need to start,w purl set. .I’m a math and knitting geeky grandma! Kayjay

    • Hmmm, good point Karen. I made mine with 40 stitches and it worked out evenly at 4 knit, 4 purl.

      I like starting my rows in knit all the time.

      Super cool that you are a math and knitting geeky. Lurve it !

      Lynne xx

  90. Helen Coker says:

    Just found your site. Love that bulky white blanket . Being a grandma and having to slow down abit (which I hate) but I do love to knit and create projects that people love to receive. Thanks. Keep the patterns coming.

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  92. Molly says:

    Love your style! I’m a dogma, too…and yes, you made me cry.
    Where do you get size 50 circular needles??? The largest I’ve been able to find is size 15.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Molly,

      Oh the loss of a pooch is so sad :(. Sorry I made ‘ya cry.

      Size 50 needles : I bought mine at Romni Wool in Toronto, Ontario. I would contact them and see if they ship. The needles were super duper to knit with. They had such a nice feel to them, and they weren’t loud and metal sounding (if that makes any sense) Ha.

      I think they are made from bamboo.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

    • Leslie says:

      I ordered mine on Ebay!

  93. Karen says:

    Seriously one of the funniest/most entertaining posts I’ve read in a long time..
    I’m a quarter way through a throw to go on my daughter’s bed.. but you know what?
    It’s all your fault too….
    But I’m putting my needles down.. yep I am..
    And I going to use 4 strands of the same wool I have been using with BIG needles and I’m gonna knit her a chunky blanket instead.. Lol..

    Hugs,
    Karen.xx

  94. Deanna says:

    I find you easy to read and I love your blanket pattern.
    I may start blogging again…
    Thanks!

  95. Alison says:

    What a fun, informative and truly uplifting blog!! Thank you for sharing your way with words and pictures. So pleased to have discovered this :)

  96. Diana says:

    I love your blog, I am going to make this blanket but not in wool for two reasons. 1) I.m allergic to wool 2) I live in South Florida.. It hasn’t snowed here since 197? as a mater of fact it only ever snowed here in 197? (looked like chicken feathers falling from the sky). Sorry I know it’s been a rough winter for everyone up north from us. The truth is I miss the seasons, and there are so many wonderful looking yarns that I can’t even touch. i did make a felted purse as a gift one time. i wound knit till I couldn’t stand it any longer and them stop for a week or more and then knit again and stop. I’m not going through that again. Count me as another new fan

    • Hi Diana !

      I remember that time that the weather was cray-cray in Florida and all the oranges froze on the trees. Errrmergerd.

      I hear ‘ya about the wool. I do love it (when it’s soft) and super durable .. and it’s GREAT for felting :)

      Have you seen the felted purse patterns out there? GORGEOUS.

      PS. you had me laughing with the chicken feathers from the sky. Ha!

      Lynne xx

  97. Barb Butler says:

    I just found this site and oh my goodness! I laughed hard enough to get shushed by my children I am enjoying everything I read here.

    • Ohhhhh Barb

      I think your kids could totally hang out with mine. Ha!

      I laugh out loud at some of the fun COMMENTS and the convo’s that happen after a blog post… and my kids shush me. Hahahahaaa.

      Cheers!
      Lynne xx

  98. Jennifer says:

    Can this blanket be knitted with straight needles, I don’t like circular

    • That’s a good question Jennifer,

      I haven’t knitted it on straight needles yet, but I see that someone else left a comment in this thread and said YES, you can.

      Woot woot !!

      Lynne xx

  99. Kim T says:

    I just happened upon your site and boy am I happy I did! It made my day with all of its happiness. Thanks for sharing your gift, Lynne!

    • It’s an absolute pleasure Kim !

      Knitting the blanket was a real chill pill to do :) and I lurve sharing with other gals on the bloggy!

      Thanks for leaving a beautiful comment.

      Cheers!
      Lynne xx

  100. candace says:

    This is my first time reading your blog. You are a HOOT!!! Love your sense of humor. Your easy breezy way of getting your point across. Keep it coming, Lynne…love it!!

  101. Joanne says:

    Great Site.
    Beautiful Pattern.

  102. Reba mcdonald says:

    I like to knit and I an looking for an easy blanket pattern to knit for an adult using to colors.

  103. Sheila says:

    Thank you for such a fun pattern and easy to follow instructions my mom is after me to get back to knitting so I can teach my girls since they are parents now themselves. I was looking for an easy pattern and yours was the first one that popped up! Thank you so much for making it a fun project again! I’d also be interested in your series on setting up your own blog, and I’ve signed up for your newsletter!

  104. Michele says:

    As I sit here with. A glass of three buck chuck from TJ’s, I was perusing the new patterns on the allfreeknitting email link. I saw the blanket, and though am a knitter who can read a pattern (for the most part)…and usually follow it, I love easy patterns that are mindless and can be done while watching movies or chatting with hubby. This one will be my next three easy ones (for us and our kids…the grands will have to wait and fight over the one I make for the parents!). I just wanted to say that you made me laugh out loud (I refuse to use “lol”, as it drives me crazy) and I signed up for the blog before I even got to the pattern. I’m looking forward to following you. Thanks for sharing!
    ….a new fan

    • Michele !

      You had me at three buck chuck. I dunno what that is, but I think we could be besties.

      I luuuurve Tar-jay. I’m Canadian, and it is new to us to even have Target stores here. Yup. Gospel truth. Imagine that? We had to wait for it.

      Wait for it. Waaaaait for it. Got it.

      Thanks for signing up to the bloggy! It’s puurty fun around here :)

      Lynne xx

  105. Ooooooooo yea, I never get tired of talking about or looking at George Clooney. Years ago I thought Clint Eastwood was a hunk, but, sorry to say Clint, but George really has you beat as far as hunKiness goes. Yea George, you can eat cookies in my bed any time, day or night. But I guess you wouldn’t be interested cause you have a new girlfriend now…… DARN!!!!!! N

  106. Norma Hunt says:

    Awesome Blog sweetie! I am going to join, cant wait to make this blankie for me, mind you I will havta share cause my girls just insist spoilt brats Maggie dog and Zadie gal are so sweet and soft, I cant bear to let their hair go long and shaggie or I would save get it spun and knit!!!

    now I could make them one super durable in supersave or something .inorder to be durable and I can mend and not freak out when they chew holes.
    Looking forward to more great stuff!!!

  107. barbara says:

    When you say you have used 12 balls of yarn you are using 3 at a time correct? Can you use three different colors together or do you recommend all one color?

    • Hi Barbara,

      That’s correct. I ended up using 15 balls in total, and I used three balls at a time.

      I used one colour, and held the three strings of yarn together, just like you would hold one string when knitting.

      You could use more than one colour at a time if you were looking for a variegated pattern. I was trying to keep it simple. LOL.

      Happy knitting !
      Lynne xx

      • Leslie says:

        Hi Lynne: I absolutely love your ideas, your blog and all your creativity. I have tons of yarn, but not necessarily chunky. My question is: in order to get the blanket to look as thick as your’s do the individual yarns have to be chunky? If I put 5 different thinner yarns together, would that work. Thanks, can’t wait to make this!! All the best, Leslie

  108. Hey Lynne, thanks for this. I foresee some major knitting required in my near future, think I’ll go shopping and be prepared. So I’m following you by rss feed ‘cuz I don’t read my email but I want your phone appy thingy so I signed up by email too. :)

  109. candocanda says:

    tip – when planning your adult size afghan/blanket you generally need between 1800 and 2000 yards of yarn……to get the best bang for your buck (yep expressions are the salt of life) …. calculating yardage is closer to reality than the size/weight of the yarn…..

  110. Tammy M says:

    Hey Lynne!!

    I’m soooo excited about trying to knit that Gorgeous throw!! I’ve never knitted a day in my life, but I’ve been wanting to learn how to for some time now!! Thanks for the push!! ;)

    I’d LOVE to see more of your Fandantabulous DIY ideas on your blog! They’re always fab & so much fun to do!!

    Thanks so much for All you do! You’re absolutely beYOUtiful!!

    • Ahhhhh Tammy,

      That is so flipping sweet for you to say all that beYOUtiful stuff.

      *SMOOCH*

      I hope you pick up the knitting needles and go for it. It’s über relaxing and the rewards are HUGE.

      {{excuse the pun}}

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  111. cynthia says:

    You know, I see photos of these warm, chunky beauties on Pinterest and around, and I always think: I could do that. But I don’t. But this fall, I swear I will. And I’ll post the photos to prove it. Why next fall? Because I am over – over, done, through, finished – with winter in every way imaginable. Here’s the tale of my longing for some discomfort: http://thesolitarycook.wordpress.com

    P.S. thanks for the inspiration!

    • Cynthia !

      Your post NAILED IT. Ohhh my, if we have to wear one more turtleneck… Yikes !!!!

      I now have a wicked craving for pasta and broccoli and all that awesome gorgeousness in your recipe. Thanks for sharing it !! DROOL.

      May winter just be o.v.e.r.

      Kisses

  112. Barbie says:

    Breaking Bad “de-stressed” you! LOLOL No kidding? I watched the whole series with my teeth clenched! True story! …..while I exercised!!! I was glad when it was over because I kept having nightmares of a scary guy with silver teeth chasing me down! I loved/hated it. No more blood for me though! ha!
    I’d love to try your chunky blanket and I was very very tempted to start a new project but I have to finish my MILLION other started ones first! I’m braiding a rug at the moment and hooking another! Then I have to finish upholstering another chair, and then painting a bedroom over, then finishing curtains, then sewing up the bottom of the two pillows I made for the couch, then make cushions for the mudroom cubbies…..and …..and…..and……it just goes on.

    • Soooooo true Barbie !

      Well… I had to take breaks from BREAKING BAD too.

      We recently installed apple TV and started using netflix.. so I might have just been overjoyed with the fact that I could watch back to back episodes of anything LOL !

      Are you doing a braided rug with sheets torn in strips? That is a fun one !

      I had to re-read what kind of hooking you were doing. Ha !

      After I read your ‘to do’ list, I came to conclusion that you shouldn’t do any of it.. and just relax with netflix :)

      xx

  113. Sally A. says:

    Hi Lynne!

    Love all your ideas. I myself am partial to the DIY’s befores and afters. AND I LOVE that you posted the knitting tutorial! I am a beginner and I think I can manage it. Just have to brush up on how to purl.

    Thank you!

    P.S. Your blanket is amazeballs. tee hee.

  114. I don’t know how to knit…my mom was a fabulous knitter…somehow it didn’t wear off…which is weird because all of her other traits (sewing, telling it as it is, being honest, fending for yourself, cooking) did…guess you can’t have it all…and I guess I can’t have George Clooney (but a girl can dream…would rather dream about George Clooney than knitting…sorry…)
    I like the DIY stuff – mostly because I get a kick out of what inspires others…how to do cool things with your blog too… basically anything else you want to write about…I would probably read it…ok – gotta go…out of wine… :)

    • That’s great to know Amy !! … I like mixing things up on the blog, so maybe variety is the spice of life after all :)

      Whaaaaaa? The knitting gene didn’t rub off? No worries, you can cook … hellooooooo, come to my house and cook dinner for me.

      I’ll knit you a blanket while you’re cooking :)

      deal? deal. xx

  115. Linda says:

    Lynne,
    Nice blankie, i need to get the needles that big that are circular…
    I love your DIY stuff, house stuff and travel!!! I love it all…and if you do a post filled with pics of George, I’m gonna love that too…
    Xo Linda

    • Good point Linda,

      I hear good ‘ol George is in Italy. I think I better do a girls road trip to Italy to really find out for sure (and snap some shots for the bloggy).

      Ha !! xx

  116. Rachel says:

    Love everything about your blog..DIY, travel are so interesting to me. Now you got me thinking about knitting–I used to know how to knit, have to dig, deep into the mind to remember–I once knit a pair of gloves–the thumb was on the wrong side and further down the glove–they were a real piece of art…this blanket looks soooo comfy so maybe I will give it a try–doesn’t seem that I could mess it up as badly as the gloves :)

    • Hi Rachel !

      Ohhh it is soooo relaxing ! Funny enough, I did some knitting a couple of years ago for a friend at PMH. She had breast cancer, and so I knit her some itty bitty titties.

      I found the pattern via the Toronto Star. It was epic !!

      A blanket is waaaaaay easy compared to gloves & titties (LOL).

      PS I mailed your phone cases today !!!!!
      xxoxxoxo

  117. Sandra Brooks says:

    love love love your all white rooms…do you freak when someone (probably you lol) sits on that beautiful white sofa with a big glass of red wine…especially after that 3rd…or 4th (you again??!!) glass??

    • Want to know something funny Sandra? I don’t freak (although it would make sense that I would LOL).

      My sofa cover is washable. Whew.

      I also have matching stools in the kitchen with WHITE covers. I bought extra slip covers (they were $10 bucks !!) for emergencies… It would be tragic enough to spill the wine, why wreck stuff too? LOL.

      Here’s the blog post about that one :

      http://www.lynneknowlton.com/fabulous-kitchen-ideas/

      Oh la la !!

      xx

  118. 2doghouse says:

    I LOVE the way you write! It’s so “free”. I also love all your DIY projects. I fell in love with the barn door and had the furnace thermostat moved for that reason. One of these days…

    • Wooohoooo !

      Now that’s ambitious. You moved the furnace thermostat?! I need to learn how to do that.

      Don’t you just wish you had a magic wand and the prep work for DIY’s would just HAPPEN with the wave of your wand? Ahhhh.

      That would be EPIC. Someone needs to invent that wand :)

      • 2doghouse says:

        I didn’t move the thermostat – my furnace guy did that. The first time I asked “no, can’t be done, it’s in the perfect place”. Asked again because I reallllly want a barn door (small version) for the bathroom. It got moved to opposite wall and now I had a big hole to fill which wasn’t too bad… BUT scraped a bit of the wall paint and it came off in page size pieces. Did the whole hallway. Previous owner had painted latex over oil with no primer. So the barn door will wait for a while. My brother suggested a sliding closet door painted to look like a barn door. (Home Depot has a pocket door assembly which could be added to the wall but there wouldn’t be a “barn door”) I have a lot of Erika Oller greeting cards from years ago (love them!) in cheap Dollarama clip frames which will be added to the door, with mirror clips maybe, haven’t thought it through yet. Lots of ideas and sometimes they even WORK! hahaha

  119. Hi lynne, I’m not sure I can knit but it would be fun to try so thanks for that inspiration!

    As for your bloggy to be honest, I kind of like the element of surprise I get here. Ya never know what we’ll find here at Design the Life… but travel stuff, blog stuff and design stuff is all fantastic! Thank you :)

    • Thanks Love !

      I like that too. It’s fun to mix it up :).. because it all relates to designing the life we want to live…

      Hopefully, that will mean that none of us will get bored.

      PS. I mailed out your new phone case today !!!!!!!

  120. Suzann says:

    Lynne – I love it all! DIY, Travel, photo tricks – all of it!! You inspire me – I’m turning 50 next week and want to recreate my life….midlife crisis? Maybe. But it’s time to Design the Life I Want to Live!! Suzann

    • You go girl !!! Keep designing the life you want to live !

      I’ll be turning 50 this year too, so I hear ya sista :)))) xx

      Now.. if we can only do the DIY’s while travelling and sipping mojito’s with umbrella flopping on the sides of our glasses :)

  121. Hi Lynne,

    I want you to come to Florida and be my new best friend because I love you!!! No, you’re busy. Ok then. I like diy stuff. Not that I have a whole lot of time to do any because I’m always playing with seashells…..but I might someday.

    It’s funny you say George Clooney because I used to tell my husband George is the only man I would leave him for. Are you a Scorpio?

    I love everything you do on your blog and you always make me laugh so I will keep following you….so don’t stop!

    XOXOXOXO

    Denise

    • Laugh out loud Denise !

      I think our husbands might have heard the same GEORGE comments from each of us. Hahaha!

      Nah, I’m not a scorpio, but I’m on the cusp ( I think) with my bday on Oct 21. I’m a Libra… so well balanced. Teehee. xx

  122. Nanci Robison says:

    I am so sorry for your loss…Oliver is a family member and it is oh so hard. You deserve to cry.. And my heart breaks for you!
    I must say you are such an inspiration to me on how you handle it all and keep on going.
    Thanks for the blanket pattern…my next project for sure… Must find size 50 needles and will check in the area. (Columbus Oh), or on line.
    I really enjoy every aspect of your blog! You are so creative…photos..LOVE….
    DyI projects ..Love….. Sharing of your life..love!
    Thank you for all that you do….and keep know you have my support in all that you do! I going to go knit now! It does mend the soul.

    • Hi Nanci,

      So true, isn’t it? Knitting mends the soul. I think I could have knit my way to China by now. Ha!

      There is something that is just ooooooh so soothing about knitting AND we can watch Netflix at the same time. Talk about multi-taskers :) xx

  123. Vicki Ross says:

    Lynne, this post is PERFECT for what Axully.com stands for…any creative activity that makes you feel better. Painting, stitching, reading, etc. I firmly believe that doing SOMETHING just for you is healing. Just wanted you to know that I’ll be sharing this post on the blog http://axully.com/axully-blog/

    Hope you’ll share!
    xxoo
    vicki

    • Ahhhhh thanks Vicki,

      I’m going to wrap myself in my blankie and celebrate AND you think I joke. LOL.

      The blanket is fantastic for creativity and relaxing … all at once.

      Thanks for sharing the bloggy post :) Lynne

    • Vicki Ross says:

      It’s live! Hope I referenced you enough…don’t want to take ANY credit for your work! Anytime you want to write a guest post for Axully.com, let me know :) wicki

  124. Lisa says:

    I forgot how zen-like knitting is and now I have the handkering to go down to the cobwebbed filled basement and find my supplies again! Rough patch? Apply knitting and wait. And when do we get to check out your new downright freaking awesome sauce unique book? *excited*

  125. Wendi miller says:

    DIY! DIY! DIY! <—- See, I'm so excited about your DIY posts that you inspired me to CHANT!

  126. Liberty says:

    I lovelovelove your blog in general, but the DIY stuff is how I landed here. (The humor keeps me coming back.) I wanna know how to make my house pretty and *intentional* like your house seems to be.

    • Hey, that’s a good point Liberty !

      I’d love to do more DIY posts and how to make a home feel pretty but not stuffy. I love a comfy cozy home that feels like a perfectly worn gorgeous sweater. Still fashionable, but understated.

      Wait. I just made it sound more complicated than it is. LOL.

      I could write posts with quick little things that I do to really make a house a home. I have TONS and it would be a hoot to share them.

      I’m inspired ! Thanks xx

  127. Lin N says:

    My favourite stuff is the DYI and Travel stuff. I have picked up some good tips from yer blog-ee stuff. I only blog my travels. I truly appreciate how much of your authentic self you put into your blog…it’s as you would say, ‘Epic’. So we should go now and have a glass of wine with George. Pick me up will ya….I live on Protection Island, Nanaimo, BC where our weather is waaaaaay nicer. LOL

    • Oh, you can say that again, Lin. I bet you have green grass right now. I can see snowbanks, muck, dirty snowmen (wait, that sounded weird), and squirrels running around our treehouse. They have been banging on the windows to get in.

      Canadian winter entertainment at its finest.

      xx

  128. Lisa says:

    listen, this whole speaking straight to my wee little grinch-like heart needs to stop. Barely have the tears wrung out of my sweater from last week and now I find myself compelled to begin knitting?! I must hazard out in -21 degrees and get circular knitting needles.
    Definitely appreciate the batookuss out of this post, no way will my knitting be all sweet like yours. I experienced epic failure with all things string related (other than cats cradle) at an impressionable age.
    I’ll check back, on a very regular rotation, to be certain you not all girlfriend sweet n sassy. ;)

    • You have a way with words Lisa,

      I want to play cats cradle with you. Couldn’t you just do that for hours and hours? Awesome sauce, right there !

      It is flipping cold out, isn’t it? I’d go out and shop for more wool, but it goes against my strict hibernation policy this time of year.

      xxoo

  129. Becca says:

    Love your blog even though you made me cry. Maybe more because you did. More DIY, home, decor, humour, travel, bloggy inspiration, please. As long as your personality is part of it, it’ll be da bomb.

    Love the blanket, too. Get out the time machine! We need to start it 3 months ago so this winter can be cozy warm. I wonder if George Clooney knits. Maybe he’d like lessons. I could totally offer myself up to teach some private knitting lessons.

    • Great idea Becca,

      Oh, and I think you might need a teaching assistant when you pop over to Georgie Porgie Puddin and Pies house.

      Right ? Right.

      * Yes, my hand is waving frantically in the air *

      I volunteer, I volunteer.

  130. SusanR says:

    Knitting rocks! I always feel like “Little House on the Prarie” girl when I knit. Love crochet too! Just bought lovely, soft, 100% cotton yarn to make a baby blanket. Jeez, I can’t believe I still have friends young enough to have babies! I spend a lot of time these days working with an eraser on my address book…(get it???? Eraser, address book….)

    • Hahahaaa Yes, I totally get it Susan,

      It gets awkward after a while, with all that eraser residue all over your book:) Been there. Done that. LOL.

      OhhhEmmmGeeeeh, thanks for the Little House in the Prairie reminder. Gawd, I loved that show. Except Michael Landon cried too many times. He could cry at the drop of a hat, couldn’t he?

      …. Much like me, last week ….

      Big love, my friend xx

  131. Laurie says:

    The KickAss Blogger stuff would float my boat…

    p.s. Sorry about Oliver.

    • Ahhhh it would Laurie?

      It’ll float your boat? AND butter your bread? Yeaaaaaah !!!

      It’ll be faboosh. I hope to make it on to the 6 o’clock news. haha. Jokes.

      I’m famous ~ In my own head.

      Lynne xx
      PS. thanks for the kind words about Ollie. We miss that beautiful furry boy.

  132. Pete Walker says:

    Brilliant. Splendiferous. Galactic. Universal. Wait, “universal”??? WTF?

    Well, “Galactic” is good, and universes are bigger than galaxies, so,,,universal should be better, right? Oh wait, Americans do that “bigger is better” thing, not Canadians. Sorry. Plus it sounds like “amalgamated”. Something you’d call a plumbing supply house if you had one.

    Anyway, all those cool adjectives apply. As usual. That is all.

    Except I’m going to start a blog called Adjective Consultants now. There’ll be e-books and everything. Just as soon as I find someone to teach me how.

    • I think you are on to something Pete :)

      Adjective Consultants has a nice ring. Hahaha.

      Ebooks : Erhmergerd. I had no idea that they were so flipping easy to do ~once you have the right tools. <–emphasis on the right tools. Like anything.

      Hammer meets nail. Bam. It’s built.

      You better be signing up for my blogging series this year Mister. Yeah. Yeah. I know you will.

      PS. I’ll be in LA in late March/ Early April. You around?

  133. Sandra Brooks says:

    I am awaiting your HOW TO BLOG paid 6 part series with bated breath! b/g – I’ll be 60 later this year, just moved out to the country (CGIT – City Girl In Training), renovated a workshop over the garage, and am about to follow my creative passions full-time (Twisted Twig Design Studio). Can’t think of a better guide than YOU! Bring it on girlfriend!!

    • Dang Sandra,

      I still wish we were neighbours. You do all my favourite things and you how to do cool things with twigs. Marry me, marry me now. Ha !

      I’m pretty excited about the blogging series. It would be sooooo coolio to help others grow their sites ~ so they have some fun along the way too. Life is too short for anything else :)

      It’ll be amazeballs. xx

      Now if only we could blog and play with twigs at the same time. #DreamLife

  134. Craig says:

    Knit…. I’ll put it on my bucket list, behind tap…. Gotta go…

  135. Tigersmom says:

    I adore the chunky knit blanket. I’ve been wanting one since I pinned one on Pinterest and now you tell me I can make my own! Of course, I’ll have to learn how to knit first, but that’s a minor obstacle.

    I’m partial to DIY, like to vacation vicariously, and am uber-grateful for the info I got from you on free photo editing apps.

    • Awwwwh that is all good stuff,

      Except the ‘you don’t know how to knit part’ LOL. I think you should come to my treehouse this summer and I could teach you :)

      That would cover EVERYTHING. You could see my house DIY’s, vacation in the tree fort, learn to knit and take photos with your new photo app skills :)

      Deal? Deal. xx

  136. AwesomelyOZ says:

    How about you knit a blanket FOR ME and Ill give you hugs? loL. I have no idea what knit 4 purl 4 means lol I’m not a knitter or seamstress.. nothing. Beautiful blankets Lynne! Have a great weekend and hope your family is doing well! -Iva

    • Thanks Iva !

      Aren’t you glad I didn’t make you cry on this blog post? LOL.

      PS. I never turn down {{ hugs }} seems like a fair trade to me :)

      • Dominique says:

        Lynn,
        First I hated y ou last week, and I barely finished your post. I hated you because your post made me realize that my dog Laima will someday go and j oin Oliver and I don’t want to ever think of THAT.

        Now I’m gonna make you hate ME lol. I live with George Clooney!

        well…
        at
        least
        my
        and
        his
        haidresser
        says
        he
        looks
        like
        George.
        ‘cept
        he doesn’t really. He is better, way better than George.

        I love everything you do and the variety is what makes your blog so great. So i vote for a bit of everything – sprinkles each week…kinda like a never ending party.

        Thanks (and I didn’t really hate you, just the thought of loose my dog…or anyone I love…)

      • AwesomelyOZ says:

        Thank you for not making me cry lol :) Ha hugs are always available and always free :) <3 -Iva

    • Dominique says:

      AwesomelyOz- You can knit 4 purl 4 – I know, ’cause I can knit 4 purl 4…At least I now can, since chirstmas I now can LOL. I got a “learn to knit” book and needles and I learned. It’s so easiosh-easy it’s sikening- Not saying all knitting is easiosh..but knit 4 purl 4 is easiost. i’m gonna do the blanket next fall (if we get a summer) and if winter doesn’t end then I’ll knit the blanket after I finish the hat that will match the leg warmers I made for my dd after chrismas.
      You tube knitting an dget needles!
      But you should still give Lynn hugs.

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