How to Make a Chunky Knit Blanket

A chunky knit blanket is the perfect piece to make this time of year. It’s so cozy as it grows quickly on your lap. Then, of course, it is cozy to use throughout the winter. This free bulky knit blanket pattern also makes a great handmade gift for others this holiday season. So, learn how to make a chunky knit blanket right now!

2 images of a cream colored chunky knit blanket: one showing blanket folded in half, side edge of blanket, crossed stitch pattern, and end tassels, the other - showing blanket opened flat and draped over a blue couch with grey cushion. Marly Bird

About This Chunky Knit Blanket

Use 2 knitting needle sizes and a simple crossed-stitch technique to create this fascinating knit blanket. Combine that rich cross-stitch texture and design with a simple garter stitch. This creates a warm, cozy, even cushy knit afghan. You’ll use Bernat Blanket yarn, one of our favorite super chunky yarn options. That’s how to make a chunky knit blanket really quickly. It gives you instant gratification. And you still have time left in the season to make one or two for holiday gifts.

The criss-cross stripes have an intriguing effect. They look almost like modern knit cables, but not quite. It looks a bit like lace, but lace worked in a super chunky yarn. The result is a really beautiful design that’s fairly easy to knit up.

Bulky and Beautiful Bernat Blanket Yarn

This chunky knit blanket uses Bernat Blanket yarn. That’s a super bulky yarn. Using a standard yarn weight chart, that’s a #6 yarn weight. It’s great for chunky knits. Obviously, they named this a “blanket yarn” for a reason, right? Working this yarn with a large crochet hook or larger knitting needles is exactly how to make a chunky knit blanket. You want quick makes at this time of year.

This is a Chenille-Style Yarn

It’s soft, the kind of yarn you truly want against your skin. And yet, you can machine wash and dry this durable yarn. Therefore, you can gift this chunky knit blanket to almost anyone. They don’t have to worry about hand-washing this handmade gift. Instead, they can use it, wash it, and enjoy it easily.

Buy An O’Go Yarn Donut

Bernat Blanket Yarn is also one of the yarn options now in the O’Go Yarn format. So, you can buy it in the regular yarn ball, or you can choose Bernat Blanket O’Go Yarn instead. The latter offers great options for color play. The yarn comes in lots of colors. You can work it in two ways. First, from one end to the other, for a self-striping blanket. Alternatively, you can easily separate the yarn colors and work them in the order that you want. This is a fun way to personalize the design of this super chunky knit blanket if you don’t want to stick with the original white design.

Top it Off with Tassels

Make this knit blanket a little fancy with tassels. They’re fun to make in this soft, bulky yarn. Moreover, they had that touch of handmade chic to the style of the blanket itself. Of course, if you don’t like tassels, you can always opt to leave them off. However, we think they work well with this design.

Get This Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern

This is a free knit blanket pattern from Yarnspirations. Get it here or click on the image below:

Image link to Bernat Criss-Cross Stripes Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern, showing image of folded cream colored knit blanket.

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