How to Knit A Chunky Wool Blanket
Knit. It will keep you from unravelling
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Get ready to happy dance. Gangnam Style. People are still doing that, no? Is that over ? My latest chunky knit patterns are so pretty! Let’s celebrate *drinks vodka from flask in desk drawer. People are still doing that, no? Is that over?
Would you luuuurve to knit a chunky wool blanket? Good. Me too. I knew I liked you.
I like to party. and by party, I mean knit
Knitting is cool
It’s called knitting because unwind in knitty paradise was taken.
Knit. It will keep you from unravelling.
For a limited time only, this new CLARA chunky knit blanket pattern is fahhhhhreeee !!!!
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’ve cried a lot of sad rivers. You know its bad when you bawl in the shower. We have been swinging at cancer like a Southern church lady swings her purse ever since I wrote this blog post about Michaels terminal cancer.
I made you cry too with that blog post too, didn’t I? Sorry ’bout that. Me too.
I feel better. You ?
How do I get outta my funks?
I watch six straight hours of Netflix and top it off with a movie, popcorn and liquid fermented grapes. 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.
Q U I C K & E A S Y
Yup. Two. Totally manageable, right?
Lather, rinse, repeat. Told ya. EASY, breezy beautiful you.
W H A T K I N D O F Y A R N ??
I recently went for this soft-feely-kinda-wool. You can see photos of it in the kit photos at the bottom of the blog post. It’s gorgy gorgeous !!
There are so many options to shop for …..with wool, acrylic, cotton, blends. Gah. Some of the photos of the blanket in this blog post were done with acrylic yarn (and they looked good for about 15 minutes) I have come to love wool wayyyy more than acrylic blends.
The crappy part about wool is that you can look like a fur ball when knitting. 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 did learn a hawt tip about wool tho! If you put your finished blanket on AIR DRY in your dryer, it helps to take the loose fluffy hairs off. For the win. Yay! Loving wool a million times over.
Saving $$$? Save your moola and skip wool if you are saving up for a
nice bottle of French wine pony. You could definitely buy a sweet bottle of wine with the money you save, but remember that an acrylic blanket will not wear as long, or be as warm or durable.
I love love love love this wool because it makes the prettiest blankets of all time.
H O W T O C A L C U L A T E Y A R N
These yarn calculations are only an estimate. The finished look of your blanket will be determined by your knitting gauge and type of yarn you use. I used love love love this wool for all my calculations.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses their stitch count
For double strand knitting with 100 g wool // 50 meters long, your knit gauge will equal approx 165 square inches per ball of wool. Therefore, for every 330 square inches of finished knitting, it takes 2 balls of yarn.
Each yarn will have different weights/yardage, so you will need to do a bit of math. EEkk. Sip. Calculate. Sip.
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 the yarn is your best bet. I doubled mine when I used the this wool. I make all my chunky wool blankets in the same brand of wool, using the same knitting needles and knit in a double strand method for an extra warm chunky blanket. That way, I can reuse the knitting needles all the time, and I love the variety of knitting with cream, soft blue and with black.
The 100% Peruvian wool is so soft and creamy. LURVE it. <— I SCREAMED THAT!
S U P P L I E S :
W O O L : You’ll need approx 12 balls for the small blanket pattern, 14 for the medium and 18 balls for the large blanket pattern.
N E E D L E S : I absolutely love these circular knitting needles and use them for all my chunky wool blanket patterns.
F I N I S H E D S I Z E :
Small : 32″ x 50″
Medium : 40″ x 50″
Large : 48″ x 60″
This is the pattern I used to create the blanket… here’s a wee sampling of the ahhhhmazing pattern. For a limited time, you can have this pattern for free by signing up to my newsletter. Easy peasy.
C I R C U L A R N E E D L E S A R E T H E B O M B D I G G I T Y :
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. This chunky knit blanket pattern is basic. Really super duper basic / beginner level knitting. Don’t sweat bullets worrying that this might be rocket science. It’s not.
You can use these circular knitting needles for anything from scarves to big throws, blankets or rugs. They are 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. Easy. Breezy. Awesome.
i knit. what’s your superpower?
Guess whaaaa? The knitting needles 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!
Y O U R ‘ E W E L C O M E. Y O U S H O U L D K I S S M E N O W.
The only difference with making a blanket with circular needles is that you are NOT connecting the ends. Normally, circular needles are made for making things like hats etc. With a blanket, of course, you don’t need it to be a King Kong hat, you want a flat blanket. No need to connect anything. The excess cord is simply holding the blanket for you. Got it? Got it. xx
Being a good knitter is 3% talent and 97% not being distracted by the internet
Knitters gonna knit. You’re so special. 🙂 Now, invite me over. Let’s celebrate with some
liquid fermented grapes antioxidants aka WINE!
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 to put tassels on your blanket? Here’s a free tassel DIY tutorial. You got this!
PS. Let’s get this knitty party started. Talk to me. Tell me about your knitting prowess…
Guessssss whaaaaaa? !! There’s a new knit collection in my blog shop !! You’ll find the wool, pattern, knitting needles ..the whole enchilada. So good. So so so good. Check it out here.
Make your own chunky knit blanket with this kit. Everything you need is in one spot. The wool, knitting needles, beautiful instantly downloadable pattern and awesome swag. Gift wrapped. Delivered to your door. Gorgy gorgeous.
Knitting forever. housework whenever.
Big love and happy knitting !!
HAPPY KNITTING !!!
I knit. what’s your superpower?