An easy Bulky Knit Blanket Free Pattern that uses three strands of yarn held together to quickly knit up an afghan/blanket.
Here is the story behind this Bulky knit blanket free pattern. I’ve 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!
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Supplies you will need to make this blanket:
I did end up needing a bigger knitting needle- I bought this Knitter’s Pride US 50 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! This is the biggest sized knitting needle I own now!
To create the stripe pattern I used 4 different colors of the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn. This is a No 6-Super Bulky: Bulky, Roving Yarn; with5-Ounce (140 g), 81 yd (74 m). The colors I used are Honolulu Pink, Atlanta Apricot, Dallas Grey and Houston Cream. Click below.
How to make this blanket:
The idea I had was 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.
This blanket is knit entirely in 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. If you have never tried it before, no worries. I have many other blanket blog posts where I explain how I do this. Check out The HandKnit Color Blocked Afghan and Knit Multi Colored Blanket and Yarn stash busting projects: The 10 day quick knit
I also have video explaining it in this blog post: Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern
Here is a pattern to follow along:
Now back to our Bulky Knit Blanket pattern. Well there is not much to the pattern really, simply K2 P2 till the end of each row. Repeat till desired length is achieved.
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 skeins of the yarn.
A look at the finished blanket:
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. Just make 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. 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.
NOTES FOR THIS BULKY KNIT BLANKET:
- Knitting with three strands of yarn means when it comes to weaving in the ends, you have three time as many ends. I just use a large crochet hook and weave each strand of yarn individually. I also try to fold the strands over and weave as I knit the next row to avoid all the hassle of weaving in.
- The stripe pattern for this blanket was completely random. I just changed the colors as and when I felt it was time. But you can use a Random Stripe Generator to create an uneven stripe pattern for you.
- Variation: To make this into a single colored blanket my rough estimate would be that you’ll need only 9 skeins of yarn. If anyone does make a single colored blanket from this blanket I would love to hear and see your results too!
- This blanket is quite chunky. It is a stunner and everyone who visits my house comments on how beautiful this bulky knit blanket is. It keeps you really warm, but it is a bit heavy- it’s definitely not a light weight blanket.