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How to Make a Chunky Knit Blanket • The Budget Decorator

So have you seen those amazing super chunky knit blankets in all the high end stores? They are full of big texture and modern elegance, and are amazingly cool in any room! It’s a hot trend started by crafts people on Etsy, and massively went crazy in the style world. But, they are waaaayyyy expensive. We’re talking hundreds of dollars folks. Here’s the thing… would you have ever guessed that you can make these giant knitting projects? Even if you are not a knitter, and with no tools? And for less than $40? It’s called arm knitting, it’s hot, and it’s EASY. These tutorials will walk you through it visually, and we included some resources on where to get the super chunky yarn used in these amazing chunky throw blankets. We included tutorials from several different bloggers because they all have a different take and different tips. We suggest looking through them all, then pick the tutorial and blogger that resonates with you. Then go for it! Learn how to make a chunky knit blanket for yourself or as a gift!




How to Make a Chunky Knit Blanket

DIY Knit Blanket

Our first photo below is from ‘Made Up Style‘. This blogger from the UK uses wool yarn in her blanket.


Arm Knit Blanket DIY

Learn how to make a chunky knit blanket from Aniko at ‘A Place of My Taste‘. She has a full video tutorial, and she also writes down the step by step, so if you need reminding along the way, it’s right there for you. Love the color she chose! And I love the yarn she used because it’s affordable, but really textural. It’s called Premier Jazz Couture, and we used it in blush ourselves to make a Christmas gift that is loved. Daily. Unfortunately, you can’t find the blush anymore, but our next choice is the light gray. You can find that yarn at Amazon.


Chunky Throw Tutorial

Love of Home‘ has a tutorial for the most affordable of these projects at about $30, and she uses a yarn you can easily find at Micheals. Her arm knit throw DIY is perfect for beginners, and she did this in about an hour and a half!


Arm Knit Throw Blanket

Simply Maggie‘ can show you how to arm knit a blanket in less than 45 minutes! She has one of the first, and still best arm knitting videos out there. If you are ready to get a little fancier, learn how to arm knit a basket weave from her while you are there. (The blue one, below.) Look at that texture!


This one from ‘Simply Maggie‘ is a basketweave stitch!


Chunky Yarn Blanket Pattern

The DIY Mommy‘ used the video tutorial above from ‘Simply Maggie’ to create an arm knit blanket in less than an hour! You have to go check out the yarn she found to use…. It’s really interesting as you read these tutorials to discover how you can customize the look with yarn choices and colors of these chunky throw blankets.


Chunky Knit Tips

So now that you have the basic technique down, ‘Flax & Twine‘ has 6 ways to make your arm knitting tighter so that you can get a professional look to your project. Also good basic tips on yarn, technique, etc…


Wool Giant Yarn Pattern

This last one is for those of you who want to go all out with high quality wool, (she has a resource for you!) which is gorgeous but definitely much more expensive. (Still not as expensive as buying one!) Make a chunky arm knit throw from ‘Happy Happy Nester‘.


Where to Buy a Chunky Knit Throw

So these are incredible, but if you don’t want to DIY this, but just have to have one (and it fits your budget) you can buy them! We found out fav online at ‘Nickel N Co.’. Beautiful with Australian wool! It is over $500, but look at it! It’s amazing!


I will be making one of these easy chunky throw blankets myself, in white or grey I think, we will update with photos when it’s done. So excited about this project, I’ve wanted one of these for awhile! Let us know in comments if you make one, and how it turned out! Update :  We made one in blush! Will be posting photos soon! Our daughter LOVES it!

This has become one of our most popular posts for a reason! Love the great texture and luxe feel of these arm knit chunky throw blankets, but don’t wanna try these? Ok, we have had some feedback that some people want to just buy one of these cool blankets instead of make them. Gotcha. Here is our pick for a cool chunky knit throw blanket (we love the blush and the gray!) that you can buy for less than $100, at Bed, Bath & Beyond! Or, you can check out handmade ones from artists at ‘Ebay‘. Still, under $100!

You might also like our post on How to Make a Perfect Hotel Style Bed, or our post – Hygge Decor : Cozy DIY Projects for Fall & Winter on our sister site – OhMeOhMy! And don’t forget to join our Home & Garden DIY Facebook group and our Pinterest page so you see right away when we post new ideas and advice!

Image Credits: Made Up Style, A Place of My Taste, Love of Home, Simply Maggie, Simply Maggie, The DIY Mommy, Flax & Twine, Happy Happy Nester, Nickel N. Co.





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