Easy Chunky Hand-Knitted Blanket in One Hour

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About: Army Vet. I love learning & being creative.

This project is quick, easy and affordable! In this Instructable, I will share with you the steps it takes to make a beautiful blanket or throw, in about an hour. I made mine out of chenille yarn and it only took 3 skeins. I will explain the details of the yarn in the next step.

First, have you ever heard of arm-knitting? It's a craft and somewhat of a fad that I have seen online quite a lot. I had two issues with it. I had an issue understanding how to cast on the stitches, in order to knit with my arms. And, I also have a problem with pain in my shoulder, so that method was out of the question. This method that I will share with you is called hand-knitting and it can be done on a flat surface, the floor or table. Another issue I had when I first started research on making a chunky blanket, was the cost of the yarn. Many people make theirs out of some type of chunky wool, which is beautiful - but it ends up costing at least a hundred dollars for the yarn, if not more. This blanket that I made only cost $18!

If you're stopping by, I just want to say thank you! I haven't posted on here in a very long time and for that I am sorry. I miss Instructables immensely. If anyone wants to chat in the comments, I will be around! If you have any questions at all, please ask!

Step 1: Supplies Needed for Chunky Hand-Knit Blanket

For this blanket, I wanted to use yarn that is very soft and thick. I purchased 3 skeins of this yarn from my local Walmart for $5.88 each. They sell it in a variety of nice colors. Unfortunately, the store doesn't currently sell it online. I recommend buying one extra skein, just in case it is needed, as amounts vary based on stitch size. Or, you can buy several more if you want a larger blanket. These 3 skeins of yarn made me a throw that ended up being 30 inches wide by 50 inches long. It does stretch a bit though and when I re-measured it, it was closer to 60 inches long.

  • 3-4 skeins of Mainstays Chenille Chunky Yarn 8 oz.
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • a needle and thread (totally optional, used to reinforce areas where you are tying on new pieces of yarn)

Step 2: Slip Knot to Start

First, tie a knot at the very end of the piece of yarn you are working with. You can see that in the first image. Secure it tightly, but be careful not to break the yarn. Once it's tight, you can trim off the excess yarn or leave it as it is, as you can clean it up at the very end of the project.

Now, you will need to create one simple slip knot. Start by taking the yarn, and creating a loose loop. Then, hold that in your hand, while reaching for the working yarn, to pull that through the yarn in your hands, to create a slip knot.

If it's difficult to understand, I will have a video demonstration of this step as well.

Step 3: First Row - Create 16 Stitch Chain

For the first row, you will need to create 16 stitches. Take your first slip knot and reach some of your fingers through it to grab the working yarn and create a loop (a stitch). Please try not to make the stitches too tight. If you see the chain I created in the last images, I feel now that I made them a tiny bit too tight. Feel free to create them a little bit more loose.Then, take the chain and flip it over vertically so its back side is facing up. Short video demonstration available in this step as well.

Step 4: The First Full Row After the Chain - Creating a Braided Bottom

In the last step, you flipped the chain over vertically so the backside would be facing up. You will see on the far right side that there is a loop from the chain you created. Just take that loop and angle it upwards, before you begin making the first row.

Now, look for the little bump in the middle. You will put your finger underneath that bump and reach for the working yarn, pulling it through and creating a loop. Try to make the loop lay flat and continue on with the rest of them, until you reach the end. You will see that the bottom of the piece is braided when you create it this way. It creates a beautiful effect.

A video clip is available here so you can really see how to do this step.

Step 5: Next Row & Subsequent Ones - Important Thing to Remember

You will do all of the following rows in this same way. There is just one important step to remember. Always skip the first stitch in each row. It doesn't matter if the stitch direction is going left-to-right or right-to-left. If you are on a brand new row, skip the first stitch and begin working in the 2nd loop. By doing this, you will be creating a beautiful braided affect along the edges.

For each stitch, you just put your hand through a loop, grab the working yarn and pull it into the loop to create another loop. These loops can be quite loose or tight. It is up to you. I made mine a bit loose, and this created a blanket a bit larger than the standard measurement of 30 x 50 inches. I only used 3 skeins of yarn to make it. I recommend trying to keep the loops on the side, tighter rather than looser. Otherwise the braided edges will look a bit sloppy or possibly a little too loose.

Keep working row by row until you have the desired length. It takes very little time to create this blanket. I will share some tips in the next step, about how to tie onto a piece of yarn with a new piece of yarn.

Step 6: Tips on Joining New Yarn

There are a few ways to go about attaching or joining with new yarn. You will use at least 3 skeins of yarn, and will need to attach new yarn to the piece as you go along. For me personally, I did a lot of research and tried to learn from some experts in this field. I found two recommended methods.

The way I attached a new piece, was very simple. When I got close to running out of yarn, I pulled out a new ball of yarn and took the end of it to the end of the working piece I was running out of. I then tied those two together into a very basic knot - kind of like tying your shoes, but into a knot. I tightened it as much as possible, then trimmed the ends off. With using chenille yarn, this is very unnoticeable when all is finished.

If you want to be extra careful, you could then take out a needle and thread (of similar color to your yarn) and create several stitches through that very knot. If I were to make these blankets to sell them, I would most definitely do that. I would never want it to accidentally come apart, especially if someone purchased it or I gave it as a gift. If that happens to you and you made your own blanket without the thread reinforcement, you should just be able to use some excess yarn (as long as it wasn't super tightly knitted) and re-knot it where the knot came out. It should be totally fine.

The second method is not the one I used. This method involves beginning a new row with your new yarn, and weaving the ends of your old yarn into the back side of the piece.

Step 7: Finishing Off the Hank Knitted Blanket

Finishing off the blanket is easier than you might think! Take two loops into your hand, then take the working yarn and pull it through those loops, creating another loop. Now take that new loop into your hand and grab the loop next to it so you have two loops again. Then pull the working yarn through those loops to create another loop. Keep doing this until you reach the end. Then, you will pull the final piece of yarn through the final loop, creating a small, unnoticeable knot. Then, take the end of the yarn and trim it so it is a bit shorter and tie a knot at the end. Then, weave this through the back of the fabric to blend it into the rest of the piece. You could also, optionally, take that needle and thread out and sew it inconspicuously to the blanket you made. But, that is not necessary. You are now done!

Step 8: Full Video of How to Create the Hand Knitted Chenille Blanket

Here are some final images of the blanket. Next time, I plan on making the stitches a bit tighter. But, even with this level of looseness, I love it. It is a super warm, cozy blanket. It only took less than an hour to make and about $18! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Full video, showing how to make it from start-to-finish, is here!

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MarietteM4

6 weeks ago

How well does this wash? I think the chunky Merino wool blankets are practically unwashable (at least in a washing machine), and they never really look as good after being washed.

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HollyMannMarietteM4

Reply 6 weeks ago

Great queation! I will try to test this out with the cat bed I made (basically a smaller version of this one) and I will take some before and after images and let you know how it looks, washes, etc. :)

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MarietteM4HollyMann

Reply 6 weeks ago

Great, thanks! I have high hopes for this yarn over Merino wool.

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HollyMannMarietteM4

Reply 4 weeks ago

Mariette, I am so sorry for such a late reply. I did wash it and after taking it out of the washing machine, it felt nearly dry already (very slightly damp). So, I laid it out flat and every few hours, would flip it over. Anyway, this particular mini blanket (cat blanket I made) wasn't done super tight. It looked very slightly off, or different, after washing it. I noticed it wasn't drastic though, as my other large blanket that was loosely hand knitted, looks kinda similar. Also, nothing else major happened - no tied off ends came loose. So, I basically used my hands to check if any areas were tighter or looser than normal, and tried to kind of readjust things a bit while still damp. Hope that makes sense. It wasn't ruined or anything. I am so sorry I don't have the after image. I was in a huge hurry and I gave it to a relative as a gift for her kitty. I wouldn't have given it to her if it looked super weird though. So I hope that helps a little. I really hope if and when you wash yours, that it stays put and looks good still. I have a feeling, especially if it's a larger blanket, that once it settles down and is used more after being washed, it may look better and better. It's hard to explain, but where it looked a bit off, was where some areas were just a bit tighter than others. I was able to fix it though.

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MarietteM4HollyMann

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the followup, Holly! Yeah, it seems like kind of "wet blocking" it on a flat surface should hopefully take care of things. This certainly sounds better than Merino wool literally "felting" after being washed.

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irmwrites

6 weeks ago

Hey, thank you for posting this! I literally woke up this morning wishing I had a comfy small blanket I could throw around my shoulders for morning meditation, but I didn’t want to knit something that would take forever (I’m a very beginner knitter), and this Instructable showed up in my inbox. Very excited to make this happen.

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HollyMannirmwrites

Reply 6 weeks ago

You are welcome! I hope you can get the yarn and make a beautiful blanket. At Walmart, the stores also sell a white or ivory chenille yarn and it is so beautiful..even nicer than this color. I hope you make one. The yarn and the blanket are so incredibly soft and cozy. Morning meditation sounds so nice. :) Thanks for the comment.

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VKBakes

6 weeks ago

I really need to make this for my bedroom!

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HollyMannVKBakes

Reply 6 weeks ago

Please do! I love these blankets. They are so soft.

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ValJam

6 weeks ago

Thank you! I went out to Walmart and found this same yarn and made a blanket using your instructions which are far and away the best on the internet, thank you! The blanket is surprisingly warm and cozy!

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HollyMannValJam

Reply 6 weeks ago

ValJam, thank you so much for the comment!!! I love hearing that you made a blanket! This yarn really is so soft and nice. I am so glad the instructable was useful! Thank you!

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HollyMannstudleylee

Reply 7 weeks ago

Lee, thank you!!! So great to see your comment! It's been ages!

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studleyleestudleylee

Reply 7 weeks ago

Work has kept me busy. Sometime I hope do more instructables. good to see you back!

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jessyratfink

8 weeks ago

I have been wanting to do this foreverrrrrr

It turned out beautiful! :D

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HollyMannjessyratfink

Reply 8 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Jessy! So great to see your comment! I hope you make one of these someday! I it is so fast and easy. I just made my cat a little mini one!

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HollyMannPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Penolopy!!! :) It is SO soft. I bought more of the yarn too - thinking of making some chunky scarves from it. Where I live, it is so cold!

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Penolopy BulnickHollyMann

Reply 2 months ago

Oooh, a scarf/infinity scarf/cowl or whatnot made from this would be the best! I need a Walmart (with this yarn in stock) nearby :P