An easy Bulky Knit Blanket Free Pattern that uses three strands of yarn held together to quickly knit up an afghan/blanket.
I have been seeing these chunky big knits all over the internet but most of them require a nice thick merino wool or some kind of wool roving. I wasn’t sure what I really needed, but meanwhile I had just bought a whole bunch of Hometown USA (not sponsored!) yarn online at a great sale. So, I thought to myself, why not try knitting a big bulky blanket with what I already own? It sure would make my husband happy if I didn’t go out and buy more yarn, ha!
I did end up needing a bigger knitting needle- I bought this Knitter’s Pride US 5o size needle on amazon.com and thanks to the joys of Amazon Prime I had the needle in just 2 days and was ready to knit!
I wanted to make a lap blanket that was warm and cuddly and measured about 48 by 58 inches in size. After making a gauge swatch, I figured out I needed about 40 stitches and casted them on.
I used a basic ribbing pattern of K2 P2. Now even though I am using a a circular knitting needle, I am not knitting in the round. The circular needle just has more space to accommodate all the stitches I need. A regular straight pointed needle would not be able to hold all the 40 stitches.
If you aren’t comfortable knitting with a circular needle- an easier option would be to knit smaller rectangles that when joined would make the desired sized afghan like I did in my Easy Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern: 4 strands of yarn
Oh, I forgot to mention the most important part- you need to use 3 strands of yarn, from 3 different skeins of yarn held together as one to knit this blanket. So while counting your stitches, like seen below, each single stitch is made up of 3 loops of yarn. This is what creates the thick stitches with just regular yarn that you can buy at the craft store. I love how those big stitches look in the ribbing!
Multi strand knitting is something I do very often and I have many other blanket blog posts where I explain how I do this, like the: The HandKnit Color Blocked Afghan or the Knit Multi Colored Blanket or the Yarn stash busting projects: The 10 day quick knit
I also have video explaining in in this blog post: Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern
The entire project is knit with three strands of yarn held together as one (a triple strand if you may) to create the bulky stitches
- Cast on 40 stitches on the circular needle.
- Row 1: *K2, P2* repeat till end of row.
- Repeat Row 1 till desired length (my blanket measures about 58 inches)
- Create uneven stripes by changing yarn color when desired.
- Bind off loosely maintaining the ribbing pattern and tuck in stray yarn ends.
I ended up using about 12 skeins of yarn. Though I did end up with a lot of leftover cream and orange skeins. If you were to make this entire blanket in one color, I think you would need about 9 to 12 skeins of the yarn.
This blanket ended up being an unique, one of kind, colorful blanket that makes me smile on cold grey rainy day. Also, this blanket is a bit stretchy thanks to the ribbing and oh so very soft to snuggle under.
If you wish to make this blanket wider- simply increase the number of stitches you cast on, making sure that your total number of stitches is a multiple of 4 to maintain the ribbing pattern.
I initially had planned to make this a nice solid single grey colored blanket (and I still think this pattern would great in a single solid color)- and hence used the hashtag #bulkygreyblanket while sharing it’s progress on my instagram page. But after a few rows, I knew that I wanted this blanket to be colorful not just one solid grey color. Hence entered the pink, orange and white colored uneven stripes.
I love scoring yarn on amazon.com and I bought a couple of these skeins of Hometown USA yarn for less than $2 a skein last year. Make sure to follow my FACEBOOK page here where I share yarn sales that make me happy.
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