DIY Chunky Knit Blanket – Under $50

If you’re on Pinterest at all, then you’ve probably seen photos of these types of blankets making their rounds on everyone’s home decor boards. They’re the huge, impossibly chunky and fluffy blankets that I’ve been dying to get my hands on!

The first time I saw one, I scoured the internet to find one. They’re just so cozy and unique looking! However, everywhere I found them for sale, they were at least $100. I mean, I liked them, but not THAT much. So, I decided to figure out how to make one for a bit cheaper!

I realize that $40-something isn’t pocket change, but in comparison to $100+, I was pretty happy it was where we landed. Plus, I made it myself, so there’s a wonderful extra layer of satisfaction!

All that being said, it took me less than an hour to create this guy. I just threw a show up on Netflix and worked away! You can (and I did) make this blanket using only two things: the yarn, and your arms. If you have a disability that doesn’t allow you to use your arms as the “needles,” I’ve seen similar tutorials where they use PVC pipes instead! You anchor them somewhere, and work from there. 🙂

Now…let’s get on to the DIY!

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 Skeins of Lion Brand Free Spirit Yarn. I recommend purchasing this from Michael’s so you can get at least 40% off on one of them…or if you’re a bit sneaky, you can get 40% off both if you do two different transactions.

& That’s it!

Casting On

The end will be considered the tail, and the part attached to the ball will be considered the working yarn.

  1. First, make a slip knot. To do this, pick up the yarn about 12 inches from the end. Make a loop by bringing the working yarn over the tail.
  2. Pull the working yarn through the loop. (Pictured above)
  3. Slip over your hand and tighten.
  4. Pick up the working yarn and twist it so there’s another loop.
  5. Pull that over your hand and place it next to your slip know. Tighten.
  6. Repeat until you have 14 stitches on your arm.


I know people learn in many different ways, so I’ve linked a video tutorial here for people who are more audio/visual learners. Don’t be discouraged! It sounds a lot more complicated than it is – it’s really just pulling loops through each other.

  1. Start by holding the working yarn in the hand your stitches are on.
  2. With the opposite hand, grab the first stitch and pull it over your hand, still holding the working yarn.
  3. You should now have a loop of the working yarn – slide it onto your opposite hand.
  4. Pick up the working yarn again, and repeat until you’ve finished your row!
  5. Once your row is completed, repeat the same steps again with the opposite hands.
  6. Continue until you’re ready to cast off! You will need to bring your second skein of yarn in at some point. To do this, simply take the beginning of the next skein and place it in your hand as if it’s the working yarn. You will weave in these ends later!

Casting Off

  1. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of yarn to cast off! I’ve decided for this part to link a tutorial here that explains casting off in depth, simply because the pictures I took for this were a little confusing to follow.
  2. Once you’re done, weave in the ends!

Voila! Your beautiful blanket is complete. If you decide to make one yourself, send me photos! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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