Stay Warm With This DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

Large soft blanketThe temperature outside is falling and there is no denying that blanket season is here. Chunky knit blankets have become a viral trend online, and for good reason, because they are easy to knit and so comfortable to curl up with. We recently learned how to make a chunky blanket from Country Living, and wanted to share the steps with you to keep you warm on those cold winter nights!

The History

You might be wondering what this chunky knit blanket craze is that has been burning up the internet. We traced the origins of the craze to the Danish cultural tradition of Hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” Hygge is an all-encompassing word used to describe the element of Danish living that embodies all things cozy, comfortable, and content. The Danish consider the hygge lifestyle to be an integral part of their lives and daily routine. Do you enjoy curling up with a great book on a cold rainy night with a hot cup of cocoa in front of the fireplace? If you said yes, then you understand the concept of Hygge.

The oversized chunky knit blanket embodies the spirit of Hygge and making one for your home is a great activity resulting in the coziest outcome ever. You could buy one online, but it will cost hundreds of dollars, and where’s the fun in that?

The Supplies

To get started you will need the following supplies for a 50” by 84” blanket:    

  • Giganto Blanket Pattern 
  • 1 ½” PVC tubing – 8 feet 
  • Duct Tape 
  • 7-pound, slightly-felted, unspun, non-super wash wool roving

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The Directions

Cut your PVC into two 4-foot sections and tape each end closed using duct tape. Treat each section as an oversize knitting needle and make 28 stitches. Do a knit 2, pearl 2 stitch like you would do on regular size needles until you complete the pattern. If you are familiar with knitting, you can complete one blanket in around four hours. If you need more detailed directions, visit Laura Birek’s YouTube channel for her series of very helpful video tutorials. Laura is the seamstress credited with starting the craze.

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