Warm up this winter with a gorgeous chunky hand-knit blanket using loop-it yarn! This easy technique is perfect for beginners and only takes a few hours to complete on a weekend.
Plus, the chunky yarn makes this blanket extra cozy and irresistible. They also make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, and more!
So grab your favorite colors of loop-it yarn and a pair of scissors to get started on your new handmade blanket today!
I couldn’t wait to share this hand-knit blanket tutorial with you! You’ve probably seen these beauties all over Pinterest but weren’t quite sure if you could make your own.
Well, I’m happy to tell you that not only can you make your own, but it’s super simple too!
Another great thing about this blanket is you don’t need knitting needles. This loop-it yarn is made for finger knitting. And, let me tell you it is slightly addictive. 😃
Basically, you pull one loop through another to “knit” the yarn into a blanket. Let me get to the details so you can learn how to make your own.
Supplies Needed for Chunky Loop Hand-Knit Blanket
- Loop-it Yarn
- Fabric Scissors
- Bobby Pin
How much yarn do I need for a loop blanket?
If you’re using the loop it yarn as I did, you’ll need 6-7 skeins which will make about a 50x60inch throw blanket. Be sure to grab the yarn when it’s on sale so you get the best price!
What yarn is best for a chunky hand-knit blanket?
- Loop it yarn 100% polyester is my choice for its softness, tight-knit stitches, and built-in loops for beginners like me.
- Soft Chunky Chenille yarn is oh so cozy and has larger spacing between stitches; however, you must create your own loops.
- Merino Wool yarn is very luxurious looking but expensive, non-washable, and snags easily.
- Tube Yarn gives a modern look, is washable and super soft but pricey and heavyweight.
Any of these large yarns will work for making a chunky blanket. It’s truly up to your budget and personal preference.
How long does it take to make a loop yarn blanket?
That depends on what size chunky knit blanket you decide to make. I made a fairly simple finger knit blanket with 6 skeins of the loop it yarn and it took me about 5 or 6 hours with a couple of breaks.
How to make a chunky knit blanket step by step
Start by counting out your row of loops. This will determine the size of your blanket.
There are so many beautiful colors of loop-it yarn available. I went with warm and neutral shades. I’m thinking of making another one for spring in soft pastel shades. Wouldn’t that be pretty?
Once you have your loops counted out, use a bobby pin to mark the end of the loop yarn row. Trust me when I say this is a timesaver!
Next up, use your fabric scissors to snip the first two loops on the end to create an end piece for tying off. This is so much easier than knitting with needles.
Get started by making a slip knot. This will be your first stitch. This is done by just tucking the upper loop in through the lower loop.
Then pull the loop through to complete a hand-knit stitch. You want to pull it tight, but not too tight.
This type of yarn is made for finger looping so it is super easy to work with.
Once you get the first couple of rows completed, the rest will be a breeze! You’re hand knitting! Can you believe it is this easy?
I’m thinking of trying out arm knitting next. It seems like another good hand knitting technique for beginners. If it’s this easy, I may get hooked on making blankets of all kinds for all occasions.
Repeat the looping process until you run out of the loop it yarn.
Cut a single loop to reveal a strand that you can use to tie on the new skein of the loop it yarn. Do the same to the end of the new skein of yarn.
Now you want to tie off the loop it yarn where the two ends meet.
How to finish a chunky hand-knit loop yarn blanket
Once the blanket is complete; you’ll want to create a finished edge look across the top of the blanket. This really makes a difference, especially if you are gifting your blanket.
Ending the blanket is also called casting off or binding off the end of the finger knit blanket. It’s really easy to do.
Take each loop and thread it through the next across all four edges to reveal a simple pattern shown below.
Once you get the end of the row, snip the last loop at the corner and weave the yarn back through the back of the blanket to bury it into the pattern.
As a finishing touch; you’ll also want to trim the end pieces on the back of your chunky blanket where the end of one skein met the start of another.
Tuck any loops that were accidentally missed into the adjacent yarn to blend them in as well. (No one will know and it will be our little secret.)
This will make the blanket finished on both sides and looks professional.
Chunky Loop Hand-Knit Blanket
That’s all there is to it. Your beautiful hand-knit blanket is ready to adorn your sofa or bed. There really is nothing quite like curling up with one of these knit blankets on a chilly day.
While this chunky blanket would make a thoughtful gift idea, it might be hard to give away. You will definitely want to make one for yourself too. Do you know someone with a baby on the way? This would make a perfect baby blanket. Soft pastel colors would be lovely!
If you want to see the exact step-by-step process, be sure to check out this video tutorial below over on my YouTube Channel!
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Chunky knit blankets are warm and comforting, and there’s nothing quite like curling up with one of these cozy handmade gems, a cup of hot tea, and a good book on a chilly winter day.
Now that you have your gorgeous blanket made, you want to take care of it. Here are some tips to ensure you can enjoy this beauty for years to come!
How to Keep Your Blanket Clean
- Your chunky knit blanket should only be cleaned every 3 months. Too much washing can actually damage the blanket.
- You can also spot clean your blanket. Use a drop of dishwashing liquid, let it set on the spot for about 10 minutes, then blot it away with a paper towel or cloth. After washing, lay it flat to dry.
Tips for Cleaning a Chunky Knit Blanket
- Do not wash in hot water or use bleach on a hot setting. This may cause the blanket to discolor, shrink or unravel.
- The proper way to clean a chunky knit blanket depends on the type of yarn used. If you use the same loop-it yarn that I used, it can be washed in the washing machine in cold or warm water. Dry it on low heat.
- If you use 100 percent wool, a cold water hand-wash is best. You can lay it flat to dry.
- A roving blanket, or very delicate wool, will need to be dry cleaned. You don’t want to take a chance by machine washing.
I hope you enjoyed this hand-knit blanket. Let me know if you make your own by leaving a comment below.
Chunky Hand-Knit Blanket
- Fabric Scissors
- Loop-it Yarn
- Bobby Pin
- Start by counting out your row of loops.
- Once you have your row lined up, use a bobby pin to mark the end of the loop yarn row.
- Use your fabric scissors to snip the loop to create an end piece for tying.
- Tie off the loop yarn where the two ends meet.
- Pull the loop through to complete a hand-knit stitch.
- Repeat this same process of cutting each end and looping the yarn.
- Tuck the upper loop through the lower loop.
- Trim the end pieces on the back of your chunky blanket.