It’s that time of year when working with super bulky yarn and even jumbo weight yarn makes a lot of sense. If you’re cold and looking for something warm to do with your hands, then these yarns are perfect. These are great to work with when you want to make something quickly. Obviously, quick makes are great during the holidays. Alternatively, if you just need that cozy feel of plush comfort, then these super chunky yarn options will do the trick. But which super bulky and jumbo weight yarns are the best? Here are twenty to try.
Note: This post has been updated. Originally written in 2020, some of the yarns were discontinued. Moreover, there are some great new super chunky wool options that have come out since then. So even if you saw this post last year, you might want to look again!
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What Is Super Bulky Yarn and Jumbo Weight Yarns?
There are a variety of different yarn weights. See our yarn weight chart, which includes recommended yarns for all 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. This is the kind of super chunky yarn that you can use for arm knitting or finger crochet. Alternatively, you can use huge crochet hooks 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
Before we dig into the list of the best super bulky yarn choices, I want to mention that O’Go Yarn has Bernat Blanket as an option. You’ll see the regular Bernat Blanket yarn plus its striped version mentioned as a great choice below. In the O’Go Yarn format, you get 300 grams, which is 220 yards of yarn, in one donut. Therefore, if you’re looking for affordable super chunky yarn that offers fun ways to play with color, then make sure to check it out.
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. Thus super chunky wool is truly a treat to work with. Whether you make a super chunky knit blanket or a simple crochet cowl, it will feel so cozy.
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 chunky wool and even jumbo weight 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 is a super chunky wool 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 super chunky 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 super chunky yarn 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. Note: This jumbo yarn is being discontinued so the link will take you to the clearance page where you can get what’s left.
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 using this yarn.
I shared this yarn in the roundup last year. It’s a really unique yarn that’s great for finger knitting. However, it’s been discontinued since then. I decided to keep it in this year’s roundup because you can still find some on clearance. So, it’s worth getting your hands on this if it’s the kind of super bulky yarn you’d like to give a go. Below see an alternative super chunky yarn substitute for this one:
This is a unique yarn that comes pre-looped. Therefore, it’s great for finger knitting. 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.)
Note: this yarn is an excellent yarn substitute for Loop-It Yarn, if you become unable to get Loop-It over time. 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 type of yarn to make a mermaid tail blanket.
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.
Here’s another faux yarn option in jumbo weight. They offer fun colorways from “chinchilla” and “mink” (to look like real fur without the harm to animals) to funkier options like “pink poodle” and “zebra”. This super chunky yarn is machine wash and dry. Therefore it’s great for everything from making a faux fur stole to super chunky knit blanket.
If you enjoy the Bernat Blanket and Bernat Blanket Stripes super bulky yarn weights, then you’ll probably also like the jumbo yarn 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 yarn and jumbo yarn options to keep you wrapped up in warmth as you craft your way into coziness.