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Easy Chunky Hand-Knitted Blanket in One Hour
I wanted to use very soft and thick yarn for this blanket. I purchased 3 strawberries of this yarn from my local Walmart for $ 5.88. They sell it in a variety of beautiful colors. Sorry, the store is not currently selling online. I recommend buying an extra skein if needed, as the quantities vary according to the stitch size. Or you can buy a few more if you want a larger blanket. These 3 strand strawberries gave me a shot that was 30 inches wide and 50 inches long. It still stretches a little, and when I remeasured it, it was 60 inches tall.
- 3-4 hanks Mainstays Chenille Chunky Yarn 8 oz.
- measuring tape
- a needle and thread (entirely optional, used to reinforce the areas where you tie new pieces of thread)
Step 2: Full Video Tutorial
For those who prefer a full video tutorial, it is here! Please subscribe to my youtube channel here as well (it’s called Life&DIY) & not the other one. I post on this one weekly!
Step 3: Slip Knot to Start
First, tie a knot at the very end of the piece of yarn you are working with. You can see this in the first picture. Secure it tightly, but be careful not to break the thread. Once it gets tight, you can cut off the excess thread or leave it as is because you can clean it at the very end of the project.
Now, you will need to create a simple slip knot. Start by taking the thread and creating a loose loop. Then hold it in hand as you reach for the working thread, pull this through the thread in your hands, form a slip knot.
I’ll also get a video demonstration of this step if it’s hard to understand.
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[For those who prefer things in a video format, I have put the entire video in this step, as well as in the very last step. I now post to this youtube channel weekly.]
Step 4: First Row – Create 16 Stitch Chain
For the first row you will need to create 16 stitches. Grab your first floating knot and reach for some of your fingers to grab the working thread and form a loop (a stitch). Please try not to make the seams too tight. If you see the chain I created in the last images, I feel like I’m making them a little too tight now. Feel free to loosen a little, then take the chain and turn it vertically with the back side up. This step also includes a short video demonstration.
Step 5: The First Full Row After the Chain – Creating a Braided Bottom
In the last step, you turned the chain vertically so the back was facing up. On the far right, you will see a loop from the chain you created. Just take this loop and tilt it up before you start building the first row.
Now look at the little ledge in the middle. You will put your finger under this fist and reach the working thread, pull it and form a loop. Try to lay the loop straight and continue with the rest until you reach the end. When you create it this way, you will see that the bottom of the piece is braided. It creates a nice effect.
A video clip is available here so you can really see how to do this step.
Step 6: Next Row & Subsequent Ones – Important Thing to Remember
You will do all the lines below in the same way. There is an important step to remember. Always skip the first stitch in each row. It doesn’t matter whether the sewing direction goes from left to right or right to left. If you are in a new row, skip the first stitch and start working on the 2nd loop. By doing this, you will have a beautiful braided effect along the edges.
For each stitch, pass your hand through a loop, grab the working thread and pull it into the loop to create another loop. These loops can be quite loose or tight. It depens on you. I loosened mine a little and this created a blanket slightly larger than the standard size of 30 x 50 inches. I only used 3 skeins of thread to do this. I recommend trying to keep the rings tighter rather than looser. Otherwise, the braided edges will look a little sloppy or possibly a little too loose.
Continue working sequentially until you get the desired length. It takes very little time to create this blanket. In the next step, I’ll share some tips on how to bind a new piece of thread to a piece of thread.
Step 7: Tips on Joining New Yarn
There are several ways to fasten or join the new thread. You will use at least 3 notches of thread and as you progress you will need to add new thread to the piece. I personally did a lot of research for myself and tried to learn from some experts in this field. I found two suggested methods.
The way I added a new piece was very simple. As the thread was running out, I pulled out a new ball of yarn and held it until the end of the thread I was about to run out. Then I tied these two together in a very simple knot – like tying your shoes, but in a knot. Tighten as much as possible, then cut the ends. When using chenille yarn this is not very noticeable when everything is done.
If you want to be more careful, you can take out a needle and thread (similar in color to your thread) and create a few stitches from this knot. If I sold these blankets I would definitely do. I would never want it to break apart by accident, especially if someone bought it or gave it as a gift. If this happens to you and you’ve made your own blanket without the thread reinforcement, you should be able to use a little extra thread (unless it’s super tightly knitted) and re-knot where the knot came off. It should be completely fine.
The second method is not the method I use. This method involves starting a new row with your new thread and weaving the ends of your old thread into the back of the piece.
Step 8: Finishing Off the Hank Knitted Blanket
Finishing the blanket is easier than you think! Take two loops in your hand, then take the working thread and thread through them to form another loop. Now take this new loop in your hand and grasp the loop next to it so you have two loops again. Then pull the working thread through these loops to create another loop. Keep doing this until you reach the end. You will then pull the last piece of yarn through the last loop, forming a small, unnoticeable knot. Then take the end of the thread and cut it a little shorter and tie a knot at the end. Then knit this from the back of the fabric and blend it into the rest of the piece. You can also optionally remove that needle, remove the thread and sew it into the blanket you made without being inconspicuous. However, this is not required. You are done now!
Step 9: Full Video of How to Create the Hand Knitted Chenille Blanket
Here are some recent images of the blanket. Next time I plan to make the seams a little tighter. However, even with this level of looseness, I love it. A super warm comfortable blanket. It only took less than an hour to make, and it’s about $ 18! If you have any questions, please feel free!
The full video showing how to do it from start to finish is here! It’s a completely up-to-date video that I post to my new youtube channel that I post weekly.