The long awaited chunky knit blanket is finally here! Ya’ll these past few weeks have been crazy. From the house inspection, to preschool drop-off and pick-up, to taking my dad to PT appointments, to horseback riding lessons, to post office runs. And on top of all of that, Kyle has been leaving for work at 5:30 am and not getting home until like 8 pm.. I have been driving what seems like most of my weeks and when I’m not driving I’m a referee for my stir-crazy-napless children.. It makes creating content kinda tricky. I am hoping that this week I can get things back under control and get into some sort of a routine again.. Until the holidays hit, and closing on the house, and…. you get the point.
Anywho, on with the post! These chunky knit blankets are all the rage right now in stores and online. They are gorgeous, cozy, hygge inspiring additions to your living room or bedrooms. What a great gift for the book lover, who could cozy up next to a fire with a big blanket and good book. Or the decor junky, they look so pretty draped over the side of a couch, over a blanket ladder, or on the edge of a bed. But the price tag on these blankets is steep. They retail, typically for over $60! I’m going to show you how to make these super simple blankets for a fraction of the cost.
I got the yarn at Hobby Lobby. Be patient when buying the yarn and you can get a really good deal. Originally, it is $19.99 for a skein of this yarn but if you use the 40% off coupon OR wait until the yarn is on sale (which happens every few weeks) you can spend under $30 for one of these giant chunky blankets! The yarn I used is kinda fragile, because it is not wound very tight, so you need to be gentle when “knitting” with it. If it happens to break, its not a huge deal, you can tie it back together and continue with your stitches. You can’t really see the boo-boo when you’re finished. As far as washing goes, I would not advise putting it in the washing machine, it is a very loosely knit blanket and I fear it would tear it apart. If it needs to be washed, I would hand wash it in the sink very gently and hang to dry.
I attached a photo I took of the process here, but it will be much easier to understand the concept by watching the video tutorial I made over on my Instagram page. But, I promise you, if I can do it with three kids running all over the place, working in three different places, and a giant lap dog that just wants to cuddle, you can do it too! Basically the first row is all slipknots, after that, you just loop the live yarn through the slip knots back and forth the whole way up until you have the entire blanket! When you want to add the second skein of yarn, just tie it gently to the original strand and keep going! The last part is too loop the last row onto themselves the whole way down to the end with the left over long piece of yarn and then tie it off! You can also, re-thread the left over strand back down the row and stab it into itself so it’s nice and secure.
I know some of you were very excited to see this post and I’m so glad to hear that! I hope you enjoy it as much as you expected too and that it is simple enough for you to follow along and try for your own homemade holiday!
Until next time,