I have been lusting over beautifully knitted chunky blankets for a while, the kind that drapes over your sofa or acts as a bedspread for that perfect instagram shot. I kept getting disappointed with the very high cost of a pre made one so thought why not just make my own. I cannot express how excited I am to share this step by step guide with you. They make for a cosy knit blanket and interior decor for your home.
Chunky knit blankets can be purchased from a range of craft makers on Etsy at a very high price due to the cost of the merino wool. The merino wool fibre is extremely fine, making a smooth soft fabric that’s luxurious and silky on the skin, meaning it doesn’t itch like the synthetic wool blends. The fibre lasts longer and requires less washing.
There are so many chunky knit tutorials on Pinterest that I decided to use a simple video tutorial. I have documented the following step by step guide whilst providing you with my thoughts and feedback as I create the hand knitted blanket for the first time.
Read on to find out how to make your own chunky knit blanket using just your hands!
I found this giant ‘super bulky’ pure un-spun merino yarn online from Wool Couture in a blush pink and bought 2kg (4.4lb) . I was extremely excited whilst opening the packaging and totally forgot to photograph how enormous 2kg worth of merino looked like! For now, you’ll have to deal with the photograph I took towards the finishing stages.
To begin, you will need:
2kg (4.4lb) un-spun merino wool to make approx 30×50 inch blanket
The first thing you will need is a clean work surface. I used a clean cloth spread over the dinning table to avoid any dust or dirt entering the merino wool. To begin unravel an adequate amount of your merino wool. This provides you with enough working wool that will not tug away or tear whilst knitting.
STEP TWO – CASTING ON
Next make a loop near the end of your wool making sure that the small end of your yarn remains underneath the loop and your working yarn (yarn attached to your ball of wool) stays over the top. Place your hand inside the loop and grasp your working yarn, now pull it through. This is your slip knot and counts as your first cast on stitch.
I can’t stop starring at the cotton candy yarn! Looks more edible in real life!
For your second stitch, put your left hand through the first stitch from the top and pull your working yarn through. For a consistent knitted blanket, make sure that your second stitch is the same size as the first. Repeat this by inserting your left hand through your second stitch and pull through the stitch. This is called a row of stitch which looks like a chain. Repeat for a total of 14 times (the linked video tutorial mentions doing this 13 times, I wanted an even number). Continue to unravel a decent amount of yarn as you cast on to avoid tearing and disappointment!
After a chain of 14 stitches, you are now ready for your second row, this is where the fun begins! Leave the first stitch (your slip knot). *Hint*always leave your first stitch on each row to allow for your next row of knitting whilst making your blanket. I made a mini mistake on my first row and left the last stitch out instead of the first (the visuals on the linked video were a little confusing, I’m guessing they flipped her first chain of stitches around). Next place your working yarn diagonally above your first row of stitches. Create a small hole inside your last stitch, place your hand inside this loop, pinch the working yarn and pull through. Repeat this method by moving towards the left across your chain of stitches until you reach the final stitch. Pull through each loop, repeat 14 times.
Once you arrive at the end of your second row you are now ready to move across the right of your stitches, repeat the same method from step four and continue knitting from left to right, right to left 24 times in total until you have enough wool to cast off.
*hint*you can measure across your last row of knitting with your yarn, make sure the remaining yarn is slightly longer than your final knitted row.
STEP SIX – CASTING OFF
With your left hand grab the first and second stitch together with your working yarn in the middle and towards the back. Next pull your working yarn through the two stitches. Insert your left hand into the pulled stitch, add another stitch. You should now have two stitches in your hands, pull your working yarn through and keep repeating (you should have one stitch made from two stitches, then one stitch made from two etc) until you have one stitch left. Insert your left hand into your very last stitch and use your right hand to pull your working yarn through. Tighten this to create a firm knot. Cut off any access yarn. You now have a completed blanket!
What do you think of this hand knitted blanket? Will you give it a go? Let me know in the comments below.