Knit A Chunky Wool Blanket.
It Will Keep You From Unravelling …
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BOOM. Awesome sauce. Knit. Purl. Make magic.
I also just published a brand new chunky wool blanket pattern here. The pattern is a bit more difficult (it even has tassels!!) and it is d’bomb diggity too!!
On with the show! Yay!!
Would you luuuurve 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.
Note to beginner knitters: If you are super duper duper duper new to knitting, I have an additional wee video on how to do a basic knit and purl stitch directly on youtube right here too.
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 ladies did. I was wrong. No surprise there. 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?
MEN 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.
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. I cried a sad river. You know its bad when you bawl in the shower. When our family dog died … well, it just tipped me over the Thelma and Louise cliff.
I made you cry too with that blog post, didn’t I? Sorry ’bout that.
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 f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
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.
Do you know how to knit ? My Mom taught me how to knit when I was a kid, last week. I’m a 12 year old hiding inside a 102 year old. Really though, it’s no biggie. The knitting pattern I’m going to share with you is basic. Really super duper basic. Don’t sweat bullets worrying that this might be rocket science. It’s not.
Want a short cut to the pattern? Click on the photo below for a downloadable version:
Here’s what you need to know
You need to know how to do two kinds of stitches to make this chunky wool blanket pattern. Yup. Two. Totally manageable, right?
Lather, rinse, repeat. Told ya. EASY, breezy beautiful you.
Wool vs. Acrylic
Now let’s chitty chatty and talk wacky about wool vs acrylic. Whaaaaa? How to decide?
Pick out whatever yarn tickles your fancy. I looked for soft chunky yarns in soft soothing colours. Some are knit blends of cotton, acrylics and wool. The type of wool matters, peeps. Wool is faboosh if it’s not the itchy wool, don’tcha think? You never want to make a torture chamber blanket.
After searching for forever and a day, I recently found the ultimate soft wool on Etsy. Pop over and see it here on Etsy. Note: You will need 8 skeins of wool for this pattern annnnnnnd it’s drop dead gorgeous. Guaranteed. You will need the 200 gram weight/size skein.
Note: When you make this blanket with this merino wool, you only need to double the strands rather than triple strands. The merino wool was thick enough to get away with only having to double it. Woot woot! More on that triple strand thing in a sec.
~ Yarns ~
CHUNKY WOOL BLANKET
I went for the softy-feely-kinda-yarn when I bought my yarn. I have knit a few of these blankets now, and each style of yarn yields a different style of blanket. There are so many options with wool, acrylic, cotton, blends. Gah.
The crappy part about wool is that it can eventually get little balls on it as it wears. Like any fabulous wool sweater, it happens. The crappy part about acrylic is that it’s crappy. Acrylic doesn’t look as good and it definitely isn’t as warm.
I promise to never say balls, ever again. Girl Guides honour.
Except maybe here. <– funny blog post on making Grapevine balls *snicker*
Saving $$$? Save your moola and skip wool blends if you are saving up for a
nice bottle of French wine pony.
Other options for yarn can be the ones listed below from Amazon. You could definitely buy a pony with the money you save.
These yarn calculations are only an estimate. The finished look of your blanket will be determined by your choice of double strand or triple strand. With a double strand, it will be more airy and light. With a triple strand, it will be thicker and chunkier.
You will need to calculate how many skeins/balls of yarn to buy based on the size of your throw and how much yardage there is per ball.
You need to purchase 1500 yards of yarn. Each yarn will have different weights/yardage, so you will need to do a bit of math. EEkk. Sip. Calculate. Sip.
- Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn, Silver Grey (you will need 10 balls )
150 yds X 10 balls = 1500 yards
2. Wool-Ease thick and quick yarn, Oatmeal (you will need 15 balls )
100 yds x 15 balls= 1500 yards
3. Merino Wool on Etsy (you need 8 skeins in 200g size) <— and it’s flipping GORGEOUS !!!! It’s my fave by a looooooooong shot.
4. Lion Brand Yarn 822-223D Alpine Wool Yarn, Oatmeal (17 balls )
85 yds per ball x 17 = 1500 yards
If you are searching on Amazon, search the words ‘chunky yarn’ and you will see a whole range of gorgeous options at a great price.
Triple strand Knitting
When using acrylic yarn, I tripled the yarn as I knit. Yup. Triple.
Basically, hold three strands of yarn together and knit your blanket just like you would if you were using one strand. That is what makes your blanket chunky. The three strands combine to make one big thick strand. You can see this method in the video at the top of the blog post.
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 your best bet.
I tripled mine when I used yarns from the Amazon links above. I doubled mine when I used the merino wool from Etsy.
Yarn : You will need about 1500 yards of yarn, regardless of the type of yarn that you knit with. I used the 200 gram size of ball.
Needles : Size 50 US circular needles. ( you can buy the circular knitting needles from me, myself and I ) I adore the knitting needles. A D O R E.
Why circular needles?
Circular needles are compact, light and versatile. You can use them for anything from scarves to big throws, blankets or rugs. It’s a fantastic compact alternative to straight knitting needles. The big needles make everything knit so much faster! It also means that the weight of the blanket is resting on your lap in the circular section of the needles rather than you having to hold the weight in your hands with straight needles.
Guess whaaaa? I sell the knitting needles via my blog. They are bundled up by me, and sent to you with lurve. I take a whole lotta care in wrapping up the knitting needles. Probably too much. Ha! I love gift wrapping them for you!
You're welcome. You should kiss me now.
Cast on 40 stitches (or more to make it wider)
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.
Finished size of blanket is 40 inches wide by 65 inches long
NOTE: if you finish a row in 4 purl stitches, then you must begin the next row with 4 knit stitches. This creates a rib pattern. Whatever stitch you end a row with, begin the next row with the opposite stitch.
Got it? Got it. xx Need to have it emailed to you, so you can save it or print it? Here’s the free downloadable pattern.
You’re so special 🙂 Now, invite me over. Let’s celebrate with some
liquid fermented grapes antioxidants aka WINE!
The finished blanket is 40 inches wide and 65 inches long. I used 12-18 balls of yarn to make the 65 inch length. I lost count. On my next blanket project, I think I will cast on more than 40 stitches and make it a bit wider. For example, possibly 52 stitches (or more) instead of 40 stitches wide.
Whatever number you decide to cast on, just remember to make it divisible by 4.
4 knit, 4 purl… and keep calm and keep on knitting'
K4, P4, K4, P4
When you get to the end of the row, turn your project around and start the next row with the opposite 4 stitches. If you ended with 4 purl stitches, start the next row with 4 knit stitches.
This whole thaaaang is a fast knit.
I didn’t calculate how long it took me, because that would have added stress to my stress free knitting.
Want the other knit blanket pattern blog post link? Here it is here! <– another free chunky wool blanket pattern. An easy knit, with tassels too. PS. Here’s the free tassel DIY tutorial. You got this!
PS. Let’s get this knitty party started. Talk to me. Tell me about your knitting prowess…