How to Make a Hand Knit Chunky Blanket- Handmade gift series

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Do you love to get handmade gifts? You- can make this beautiful hand-knit chunky blanket in just a few hours.

It’s that time of year again when the chilly weather starts to creep in, and you start thinking about all the warm and cozy things you can do to prepare. One excellent option is to make a hand-knit chunky blanket! Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also add a touch of style and personality to your home. Plus, it’s a project you can finish in a few short hours and makes the most luxurious gift. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make a beautiful hand-knit chunky blanket using just a few basic techniques. So get ready to snuggle up with something special!

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How to make a Hand-knit chunky blanket
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What you need to make your Hand-Knit Chunky Blanket

For a blanket that measures 47″ wide x 66″ long, you will need eight skeins of chunky chenille yarn.

Two willing and able hands.

Beginning Steps to make your blanket

Step 1

First, you want to create a slip knot leaving a tail at least 8″ long.

Step 2

Second, we will create a chain stitch starting with the first loop you made with the slip knot.

You want to have 29 stitches in your chain stitch.

Start by putting three fingers through the first loop and then pulling the loose yarn through the loop to create your second loop.

It is essential not to make your loops too large or too small. This can take some practice. I use the three-finger rule. You only want to be able to get three fingers in the loop. Continue this process until you have 28 stitches and a loop at the very end.

If you need help tieing a slip knot, watch my Youtube video below.

If you need help creating a chain stitch, watch my Youtube video below.

Continuing with our steps by step instructions for our Chunky knit blanket

It is time to turn around and return in the other direction.

You will ALWAYS LEAVE THE LAST LOOP ON THE END. ( #1)

Now take your yarn and come from underneath. and come up where you see the open spot ( where there is a black X in the middle image)

Continue this pattern, making sure to keep your loops all the same size all the way across.

Don’t forget you always want to leave the end loop-free and create a new one each time you start a new row.

You will now need to continue this process until you have finished about 6.5 skeins of yarn.

I suggest you count your loops at the end of each row so you do not miss a loop. You always want to have 29 loops. Watch the video below. I find it much easier to watch the directions than read them myself.

Chunky knit blanket tutorial
Creating the second row of your finger knit chunky blanket
Creating the second row of your finger knit chunky blanket


Watch the Tutorial here on YouTube.

I am finishing off your hand-knitted chunky blanket.

For the final row at the top of your blanket, you will grab the end loop and one additional loop and pull the yarn strand through the two loops. Continue this process to the very end.

You should be left with one loop and the end strand of your yarn. Put the end strand through the loop and tie in a knot. ( again, watch the video, and it will all make sense) When your a finished, weave the end of the tie-off piece into the blanket.

Lastly, we are going to use the last skein to add fringe.

Cut serval pieces of yarn that are 12″ each. Fold each piece in half and slip the looped end through the loops on the short end of the blanket.

Once you have added all the fringe pieces, lay the blanket flat on a table and trim your fringe so it is all the same length.

Finishing off a hand knit chunky blanket
finishing edge of the
adding fringe to the end of  a chunky knit blanket

Once you have finished, you can simply enjoy or give your blanket as a gift. I think I have made about 10 of these so far for gifts.

Chunky knit blanket on the couch.

Finished chunky knit blanket

This chunky knit blanket would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list. It’s simple to make, and you can customize it with any color or pattern of yarn. If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to follow my blog. I’ll be posting new ideas and tutorials all season long!

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Check my three creative friends’ blog posts for more great handmade gift ideas.

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Amy at Amy Sadler Designs

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12 Comments

  1. Kim says:

    Love your hand knitted throw, Wendy! What a special gift! I just might have to make one this year! I’d love to feature your post this Saturday in my weekend roundup!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you Kim, that is so kind of you. I really need to get back to my round ups, but there is just so much going on. My head is spinning. I hope you are able to enjoy some of the holiday season without being too busy.

  2. Kim Waldorf says:

    Believe it or not, I love to crochet and have never made one of these! You have definitely given me the motivation to make one for the holidays! Sharing on my Mitten Moments this week! Happy Holidays, Wendy!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you Kim, they are so fun and super easy…. You can complete one in about 4 hours. Happy hand knitting. Thank you for sharing I really need to get back to my sharing from the she shed…. I have not done one is such a long time. You too are inspiring me.

  3. Regina Jenkins says:

    I love this. I made need to “phone a friend” in the process!

  4. These are so fun to make!! I’ve made them before and even for a non-yarn person like me, I could do it!! Perfect gift idea! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  5. Renae says:

    This is awesome. Perfect for anyone on your list. Happiest of holidays to you.

  6. Wendy
    I’ve always wanted to make one but never have. You’ve inspired me.

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