DIY Chunky Knit Blanket | How to Knit by Hand

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I have another crafty project for you today, bringing in those cosy vibes once again. Today I am trying my hand (pun intended) at hand knitting and how to make a DIY chunky knit blanket.

We are going big, mahoosive, to be in fact for this week’s project. Not only this but something to bring in the cosy vibes and keep you warm this coming colder season. That’s right we are making a DIY chunky knit blanket today, using a massive ball of wool.

To make this, you do not need experience with knitting as this project is super easy to master. For one, there are no knitting needles involved, you only need your hands. For two, the yarn used is a ginormous ball that is thick and chunky, making it easy to work with. I am terrible at knitting, I can’t get my head around the stitching with the needles. So, if I can make this, then so can you!

DIY chunky knit blanket completed on a bed

Giant Chunky Yarn

The yarn used to make this DIY chunky knit blanket is a very large ball of chunky yarn. The one I am using is by Woolly Mahoosive and is an acrylic yarn in light teal colour. This type of yarn is synthetic and made from some form of plastic. This means that although still unspun in appearance and similar looking to Merino wool, it is slightly more durable and cheaper in price. What’s more, you can wash on a delicate cycle and dry flat. This means that the blanket is durable and usable.

Giant ball of acrylic chunky wool from Woolly Mahoosive

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

Making this chunky knit blanket is super easy and can take no time at all. Especially once you get into your stride with creating the loops and stitches.
As the blanket is going to be quite large, a 4kg ball will get you approximately a blanket measuring 148cm x 148cm, you are going to need a large workspace. You can make this on the floor, over a table or like I did, on the end of the bed. Just be mindful of your posture when completing this, as you will be doing a lot of bending forward. I would recommend taking regular breaks so that you do not injure or strain yourself.

DIY chunky knit blanket complete

You can make the blanket within several hours once you get going with it. I spread the time out over two days. If you are wanting to split the time, then I would recommend you make sure you have a finished row of stitches, so when you come back it is easier to get re-started.

To make this blanket slightly different, I will show you how to create a cable knit ribbed look, to give it that extra definition and cosy feeling. I thought it made the blanket look different from the standard chunky knit blanket. If you don’t want this look, then I will show you how to achieve the standard chunky blanket.

DIY Chunky knit blanket complete

This blanket will pair great with DIY Pillowcases and DIY Pom-Pom Cushions too!

So, if this has piqued your interest, then let’s get crafting a DIY chunky knit blanket!

What You Need:

As I mentioned, you do not need a lot of items to make this chunky knit blanket. All you need is the following:

Step 1 – Prepare Wool

Before creating the blanket, it is important to prep the wool. As it is in a massive ball, you need to unravel it slightly. Unravelling reduces the tension and stretch in the working yarn, and makes creating the stitches easier. Carefully unravel the ball, until you have a decent amount. Be careful when doing this, as the unspun wool is delicate. If pulled too hard, the wool will break.

Fiant wool unwound fromt he ball

If you find that some of the wool looks straggly, or coming apart, you can gently comb this with your fingers, gently pulling any knots out and smoothing the wool back together. There may also be some small pieces of plastic within the wool, which can be gently pulled out.

Close up of the giant chunky unspun wool

Step 2 – Create Casting Stitches

To make a start on the blanket, create an initial row of stitches. This is known as casting stitches or casting on (even though not using knitting needles).

First form the initial loop, which is a slip knot. With the end of the wool, create a loop, crossing over the working end of the wool on top of the loop, and facing the way you will be working. Then pull the working end of the wool through this loop to create a loop and tighten until you have a small but decent size loop. Place the tail end away and lay the working end of the wool in the direction you will be creating the row and stitches.

Next, it is time to create the casting stitches. Place your hand through the new loop, and pull the working yarn through this loop to create another loop. Then, place your hand through this loop and create a new one through it with the working yarn. Keep going until you have created 26 stitches. The original slip knot loop is counted as a stitch. Make sure the loops are equal in size and tension. You can make them loose or tight (but not too tight) depending on what look you like. Keep this in mind when creating the remaining stitches, as this can alter the look of the blanket, and can cause it to misshape if the tension and loop sizes vary.

Step 3 – Create rows of stitching

Once you get to the end of the casting on stitches, then it is time to work your way back along this row to the other side. Creating the rows will take you from left to right until you reach the end.

First, take the working yarn, and place it in the direction you are going. This will help when creating the loops as well as helping with the tension.
On the last loop made in the casting stitches, place your hand through, and pull the working yarn up, creating a new loop. Don’t try to pull the whole of the working yarn through, create a loop with it. Continue in this fashion on each of the casting loops originally made. This should give you a row of loops facing upwards, rather than a plaited look that the casting stitches have.

You should now have the basis of creating the blanket, and be able to create the remaining rows of stitches.

Creating a loop of the first row of stitches

Step 3 – Create Design within the Chunky Knit Blanket

After the first row, again move the working yarn in the direction you will be working. Now, you can create the same stitch along each of the rows, or you can create the cable knit look, of raised stitching. This is known as a purl stitch.

In the first loop, place your hand/fingers through and bring the working yarn through into a new loop. You will bring the yarn from the back of the loop to the front. Repeat this for the next loop.

Pulling the yarn through a loop from the back

For the next two loops, we are going to create the loop slightly different, and complete the purl stitch. Place the working yarn at the front of the third loop, and then create a loop bringing this through from the front to the back. Repeat for the next loop by bringing front to back.

Pulling yarn from the front to the back of the loop

Keep repeating these stitches two at a time until you reach the end of the row. Then move the working yarn in the direction you are going, and repeat the same process of two loops from behind and two loops from the front. The stitches should line up with the previous row.

If you don’t want the cable knit look, then simply keep with the initial stitch of bringing the loop from the back to the front for all of the loops.

Keep creating rows until you have the desired size, or until you have enough wool for one final row of stitches. If you make any mistakes, then it is really easy to rectify these. All you have to do is gently pull the working yarn, and this will begin to unravel the loops. Unravel until you reach the mistake and then restart creating the loops.

DIY chunky knit blanket part way compelte

Step 4 – Cast off and Complete Blanket

To cast off and complete the blanket, we need to create similar stitches to that first initial row. This will give a nice decorative edge to the blanket, and make sure that it does not unravel. It is important to make sure that you have enough wool to complete this. If you find that you run short, all you have to do is unravel the final row of stitches by gently pulling the working yarn.

Again, place the working yarn in the direction you are working. Then place your hand through the first two loops, and bring the working yarn through the two loops to create a new loop. This will be a slightly larger loop than the previous loops. Then, place your hand through this new loop and the next loop on the row, bringing the working yarn through these two loops and creating a new one. Keep going until you get to the end of this row.

In the final loop bring the working yarn through and create a slip knot, like the first original loop. Tighten this and all should be secure together. Any tail of the wool can then be intertwined down the side or back through the rows already made. Just follow the shape and tuck/wrap this in. As the wool is so chunky, it will blend in well. Don’t forget to do this with the first tail made too.

Finishing slip knot of the knit blanket

Then the DIY chunky knit blanket is complete and ready to keep you cosy and snuggly!

Completed DIY chunky knit blanket on a bed
Completed DIY chunky knit blanket
Completed DIY chunky knit blanket

What do you think of the DIY chunky knit blanket? Will you be making your own to keep cosy? What colour would you make yours? Let me know in the comments below!

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket – Mistakes

If you find that you have dropped stitches after the whole blanket is made, don’t fret. You can take the dropped stitch and wrap this around the ones next to it. Like wrapping the tail ends of the wool, as the wool is chunky this will blend in.

Also remember there are two sides to the blanket, which means if you have gone wrong, you can potentially hide this. I lost concentration at one point and completed the wrong stitches for the raised area in one part, and it shows on one side only. Therefore, this side is now the underneath side, and won’t’ be seen, essentially hiding it.

If it has gone wrong, then it may be best to unravel the blanket and start again. All you have to do is gently pull that working yarn and it will begin to unravel. You can also undo the end slip knot, if you have reached this point, and begin the unravelling process. Just be mindful that the wool can be delicate when doing this.

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket – Video

Here is the video version of this post. It may be useful to watch this for the process, as sometimes pictures don’t fully capture the movement. Don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up if you have enjoyed it, and don’t forget to subscribe too! There are lots of my creative antics over on YouTube too!

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26 thoughts on “DIY Chunky Knit Blanket | How to Knit by Hand

    1. Aww, thank you. It is very cosy, especially when the temperature drops! The only thing with it is it is quite heavy when fully made up, but that just adds to the cosiness!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

  1. I always look at these in shops because they look so cosy and yet such a statement but I’ve never been able to find one that is the right size and colour. I can’t believe how easy these are (or look) to make, with the winter nights coming in this looks like a perfect project! I’m going to see if I can get the yarn in the right colour for me and give it a go.

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Once you get started, they come together really quickly. You can make this in a day or two (depending on how fast you are).
      Glad it has inspired you, and hope you have been able to make your own!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you like it. So worth the time to make it!
      Hope you’re having a great weekend and week ahead!
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww thank you, I am glad that you like it. I much prefer hand knitting, I can’t get my head around knitting needles
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It is definitely a great activity to pass time, just pop a film on, or music and you are away.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Such chunky yarn! I find ‘normal’ knitting difficult to do, so arm knitting was the way forward haha!
      Glad you like it 🙂
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

  2. This looks oh so plush and warm – I made a hand knit chunky blanket a couple years ago and it so was so easy to make as you mentioned! Thanks for sharing these easy to follow instructions.

    1. Oh, it is so cosy, especially now that it is colder. Yeah, so much easier than you first think, isn’t it?
      Glad you like it and thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

  3. I am loving that this does not require needles and has such an elegant, versatile look and cozy feel, perfect for the chilly months beginning now. The color you have chosen is perfect too! 🙂

    1. Oh, i just can’t get the hang of knitting with needles, so was so happy when I found this type of knitting!
      It is so cosy (but heavy), especially at this time of year. The colour is lovely, isn’t it? There is so many to choose from!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww, thank you! I thought it would be more complex to make, but it is really easy, once you get started.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, I am the same, I just can’t get my head around regular knitting…maybe because the loops are bigger with chunky yarn?
      I hope your niece is enjoying learning! Knitting is growing in popularity again, isn’t it? (Hello Tom Daley!)
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. They are so cosy, aren’t they? The colour is so lush, I was toying with the idea of blush pink, but I am so glad I went with this one.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Aimsy xoxo

  4. I have seen these for sale but they are so expensive! Thank you for sharing this DIY, I think it looks so snuggly and cute that if I was making it as a gift, I’d have to make 2 otherwise I wouldn’t want to give it up! I’m happy that it’s something that I can make rather than buy, and I think it would be a fun craft for Christmas! Em x

    1. Oh, they are so expensive! If you make with Merino wool rather than acrylic, then it pushes the price up to make as well. Oh, definitely would have to make 2 if making for a gift, once you make it, it is too cosy not to keep for yourself! Definitely a great craft for this time of year!
      Glad you like it!
      Aimsy xoxo

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