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Big Knit Blanket

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By Elaine Elliott

Making a big knit blanket is a fun and easy craft even for those who have never knitted before. There is no need for previous knitting skills or knowledge to weave a cozy chunky blanket like this one.

 Do you have extra yarn leftover?
You can also use giant yarn to make scarfs, sweaters, rugs, and pillows. The ideas are never ending!

 

Benefits to Knitting with Chunky Yarn:

-   No tools or needles necessary

-   No knitting experience required

-   Crafts can be finished in one day

-   Directions are easy to follow

-   Your craft will look larger than life!

 

Here are some tips and steps to get you started.

 

  1. First, you’ll need to find the right yarn for your craft project. Arm knitting yarn is sometimes labeled as “arm knit yarn,” “jumbo yarn,” “giant yarn,” or “chunky yarn.” Popular materials include wool, merino wool, and cotton. These yarns can be found at craft stores or online at Etsy and Amazon.
  2. Now that you have your yarn, it’s time to begin hand knitting! To get started, you’ll want to make a slip knot at the end of your yarn. You can put this slip knot on your wrist and knit the blanket using your arm if you want.
  3. Once you have your first loop, you’ll keep feeding through more loops using your hand to make a continuous chain.
  4. The first chain you make will be the width of the blanket. You’ll want to keep the knots pretty loose because once you decide on the width, you’ll start feeding more yarn through these chain openings.
  5. For easy navigation, place the thread of yarn at the top of your chain. Using this as the visual, you now feed the yarn through each circle (or loop) on the chain and make a new loop coming out of each circle. These will look just like your first slip knot. You can loosen the circles for better routing. It can always be snugged and tightened later!
  6. Note: when you start feeding through the yarn through these loops, do not feed it through the initial slip knot you started with (leave that one to the side or on your wrist).
  7. These new loops will be the foundation for a new row of stitches.
  8. Tip: To make a fluffy and cozy looking blanket, keep the loops pretty loose while knitting. To make a denser blanket that almost looks like a rug, keep the loops and knots pretty tight.
  9. Using these new loops, you’ll start to pull the yarn through each loop to make a new one and so on and so forth. Eventually, these rows of loops start to look like a knitted blanket.

 

For more assistance, view this chunky blanket knitting video or this arm knitting tutorial. Both weavers use slightly different techniques to get the same big cozy blanket result.

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