If you’re cold and looking for something warm to do with your hands, we’ve got the answer: knit or crochet with super bulky and jumbo yarns. These are great to work with when you want to make something quickly. Alternatively, if you just need that cozy feel of plush comfort, then these yarns will do the trick. But which super bulky and jumbo weight yarns are the best? Here are some to try.
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What Are Super Bulky and Jumbo Weight Yarns?
There are a variety of different yarn weights. When you find really thick yarn, yarn that’s practically roving, then you’re probably looking at a #6 super bulky yarn or even a #7 jumbo yarn. These are the kinds of yarns that you can work up with your fingers and arms. Alternatively, you can use huge crochet hook or knitting needles to craft this yarn into something amazing.
Not sure what to make? Check out the article we have on 10+ Things to Do With Super Bulky Yarn. Those ideas work for Jumbo Yarn as well. Alternatively, here are 26 knit and crochet patterns that use these yarns.
Top 10 Super Bulky Yarn
You should use your luxury yarns and this just might be one of them. It’s made from 100% extra fine merino wool so it’s luscious to the touch.
I used this yarn for my Crochet Beginner Shells Blanket. It shows off the shell shape nicely thanks to the thickness. And it works up quickly into a blanket which is nice for beginners who want to see their hard work pay off.
We used Caron Swirl Cakes for this year’s Game Day Mystery Make-Along. (The Make-along part might be complete but the knit and crochet versions are still there, free for you to use!) That particular yarn is a #5 bulky weight, but it has this beautiful cousin yarn: Caron Chunky Cakes which is the #6 super bulky version.
This is a chenille-style yarn. That makes it a perfect choice for making a really comfy blanket. There’s also regular Bernat Blanket Yarn (not stripes), which is one of those yarns that give you a lot of bang for your buck.
If you want to make a bold statement, then you should choose a bold yarn. That’s one reason I chose Bernat Softee Chunky for my VOTE sweater knitting pattern. (By the way, you can adapt it to read something other than “vote” if you prefer.)
This roving-style yarn is 80% acrylic, 20% wool, which is a perfect ratio when you’re working with super bulky and jumbo yarns. I used this when designing my Ebb and Flow Chunky Knit Hat free pattern. This comes in child and adult sizes. And there is a step-by-step video tutorial to accompany the written pattern.
I used this yarn for one of the patterns in my Two-Hour Neckwear book, which you can get through Leisure Arts. When you want to make cowls and scarves that work up fast, super bulky and jumbo yarns are the perfect option.
I also used this super bulky yarn for one of the projects in the aforementioned Two-Hour Neckwear book. This is a fun one because it has a metallic thread that runs through it, making it a shimmery super bulky yarn.
This yarn is so unique. It’s brushed and heathered. The blend is 54% Acrylic, 28% Wool, 18% Polyester. And unlike many of the yarns on this list, you don’t have to hand wash this one. Good choice.
Are you looking for an easy-care self-striping super bulky weight yarn? Look no further – it’s right here!
Top 10 Jumbo Yarns
The super bulky yarns are great. But do you want to go even bigger? If so, then try these 10 jumbo yarns on for size,
As soon as I first got my hands on this yarn, I used it to design the Perfect Bulky Knit Hat Pattern for Beginners. It works up so fast and easily. Before you know it, you have a cozy hat to wear. This yarn is 80% acrylic and 20% wool; the wool will make it easy to felt the ends together so you can hide them which can sometimes be challenging when working with super bulky and jumbo yarns.
You’ll quickly discover that I love using bulky yarns to make quick hats. In this case, I used Red Heart Grande Yarn for the knit version of my Chunky Snowboarder Hat free pattern. I also used it when I designed my Chunky Monkey Crochet Messy Bun Hat free pattern.
Like Collage, this is a wool blend (22%) which is ideal in a jumbo yarn.
Up above I mentioned a couple of super bulky yarns that I used for my book Two Hour Neckwear. While I also used this jumbo yarn for the Bow Cowl pattern in that book.
This yarn is 90% acrylic and 10% wool. It’s fast and easy to work with plus it comes in a wide range of different colors. I’ve done a video tutorial for how to use this yarn to knit a super bulky blanket.
This yarn is so unique and fun to work with. Learn more about Loop-It here. Use it to make my Puffy Seed Stitch Cowl and Puffy Seed Stitch Scarf – no tools required. Or check out my video for how to use this yarn to make a mermaid tail blanket.
This is another option if you’re looping for a jumbo yarn that comes with preformed loops. It’s a blend of 20% wool, 54% acrylic, 24% nylon and 2% polyester. It’s sort of an upgraded version of the original Bernat Alize Blanket EZ yarn, which is 100% polyester (and still available – in lots of great solid colors.)
Most faux fur yarn is made of fairly thin weight. However, Red Heart Fur is a jumbo weight yarn. Make yourself a boa, a furry jacket, or a beautiful rug.
What makes this yarn different is that it’s tubular. It’s literally shaped into bouncy, stretchy tubes rather than a traditional ply. If you’re looking for something fun to play with, try this one.
If you enjoy the Bernat Blanket and Bernat Blanket Stripes super bulky weight yarns, then you’ll probably like the jumbo weight version: Bernat Blanket Extra.
Have you ever thought about working with a yarn that itself is made of little pom poms? Maybe you didn’t think of it first, but it’s here, and it’s a lot of fun to play with.
And there you have it! The 20 best super bulky and jumbo yarns to keep you wrapped up in warmth as you craft your way into coziness.