Thick yarn making quick projects is a trend lately. Who doesn’t enjoy a quick project now and then? With the holidays right around the corner it is time to start thinking about how we will accomplish all that we want and thick yarn is a great answer. Today I want to share with you 10 Things that you can create with super bulky yarn.
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Red Heart yarn recently released a brand new #7 super bulky weight yarn called Irresistible. Irresistible is 90% acrylic and 10% wool. Coming in 21 colors you are sure to find something that will match what you are envisioning.
This mega-thick yarn is the perfect choice for trendy fashion and home decor projects. A simple search on Pinterest will reveal many pattern options. See my list of 10 Things to do with Super Bulky yarn below and start your next project search today.
10 Things to do With Super Bulky Yarn:
- Arm Knitting
- Finger Crochet
- Floor Pouf
- Granny Square Sweater
- Holiday Decorations
Before you get started with Super Bulky Yarn:
Before you get started on your first ball of super bulky yarn you should consider that you will need to get a few additional tools.
To accommodate the thick yarn you will need a large hook or needles. When using the Red Heart Irresistible yarn it is suggested that you use a set of US 50 (25mm) knitting needles or a size Q (15mm) crochet hook.
Along with the larger needles and hooks you will need to purchase a set of finishing needles that will accommodate the yarn as well. Susan Bates has a great set that I love where the eye runs the whole length of the needle allowing the yarn to easily pass through. If you purchase the set from Susan Bates (on the Red Heart website) you will get a set of 5 needles to use on a variety of yarns from thin to very thick yarn.
We must also take into consideration how we will finish off the projects. Unlike using thinner yarn it is much easier for the ends to come out of a bulky weight yarn. In order to combat this I suggest that you split the yarn as you weave it in. This will help it stick to itself and stay in place. One of the great things about Red Heart’s Irresistible super bulky yarn is that it is 10% wool. This means that it will felt to itself to make a more secure finishing of your project.
Why these are the perfect projects for Super Bulky Yarn:
Let’s start off with blankets. Who doesn’t love a handmade warm blanket on their couch for those chilly winter days? You can make blankets out of any thickness of yarn but using a super bulky yarn will show off the stitches and work up quickly for any deadlines that you have.
Lately while I have been out shopping I have noticed that there are a lot of bulky weight knit options in the store. Looking closer at those blankets I noticed that they are using roving, which will end up piling with use and washing. I believe that you are much better off making your own handmade version. Irresistible is the perfect option for blankets, since it slightly spun to help keep it all together.
Arm knitting and finger crochet are both projects that you can share with your children. These techniques allow beginners to see how the stitches are formed on a large scale and see how things are working, perfect to show the fundamentals of the craft.
You won’t need any special needles or hooks to use the yarn if you go this route. Arm knitting and figure crochet use what you already have to create the projects. There are many tutorials online if you have never tried these techniques before.
Personally I like using arm knitting and finger crochet to make scarves and cowls. Since they are rectangles it is quite easy to get the finished project that you want. You will go through the same motions to make your piece but will use your arms or fingers instead of needles or hooks. Don’t forget that you can make cowls and scarves the traditional way using hooks and needs as well with this super bulky yarn.
Pillows and baskets are home decor projects that you can make with small amounts of yarn. Blankets will take a larger amount of yarn to make the size that you want. Covering a pillow will allow you to get the look of the bulky yarn but with less of a commitment.
Don’t forget about the floor poufs that we are all seeing around. These are a great room accessory. If you have a child going off to college it would be the perfect addition to their dorm room to add a little personality. Another quick project is making a storage basket. Whip up a new basket for each of your projects that you are working on or as the perfect way to package a gift.
Along with seeing may projects with bulky weight yarn I have seen many of the blanket sweaters. These are typically made from granny squares but can be made in others forms. For beginners blanket sweaters are great because there is no shaping required. If you can make a granny square motif you can make a sweater.
To finish off my 10 ideas I wanted to call out holiday decoration. For those of you that have big plans for the holidays that don’t seem to pan out super bulky yarn helps to change that. Using bulky yarn allows you to work faster and you can create things for your home or your children.
Make your kids food items for their kitchen.If you take some of the super bulky yarn you can turn yourself into a WIP or a basket of yarn! Let your creativity flow and enjoy making a costume for yourself or your children.
Gauge for Super Bulky Projects:
One last reminder before you start your first project, gauge is still important! Designers give the information for a gauge swatch so that you can match it before you start your project. This information will tell you if your project will match the size the designer set forth in the pattern. If you don’t check gauge first you could end up with a project that is much larger or smaller than you planned. Just remember that one stitch in a super bulky is MUCH larger than a stitch in worsted weight. If you are off even just one stitch to the inch you could end up with many extra inches at the end.
Start your Super Bulky Project Today:
Thank you for joining me in discovering what to do with super bulky yarn. Start searching today for your next project and be sure to give Red Heart Irresistible a try.