No matter the season, there's no denying the fact that snuggling inside with a warm blanket beats going to work or running errands any day. Toss a good book, and maybe even a glass of wine, into the mix, and you're practically in staycation paradise. But there's another key ingredient to this dreamy scene that would really take things up a majorly cozy notch—a chunky knit blanket.
You probably know the exact style well, considering hygge-holics alike have been obsessing over it lately—and with very good reason. Not only does each massive throw keep wearers as snug as possible, but the large stitches also give them a downright adorable edge over the rest of your blanket collection. Plus, you can stash them anywhere, from your your living room couch to the end of your bed.
Laura Birek, the blogger behind Nocturnal Knits, initially popularized the knit blanket trend, and comfort fanatics quickly latched on. After spilling the instructions in her video tutorial, fellow blanket-obsessors followed suit and began sharing their own—which means that you can also easily hop on the chunky knit bandwagon too. Rather than buying one from Etsy that can cost upwards of $600, take matters (literally!) into your own hands—or arms. Most of the tutorials out there teach you a basic arm-knitting technique while some use giant circular knitting needles for the same cuddle-worthy finished product.
If you're looking for your next DIY home project, this is the perfect weekend activity that only requires one person and less than an hour—for both beginners and experienced knitters alike. Check out some of the videos below that feature several different methods to create the chunky knit blanket of your dreams.
1. Unravel your yarn as the very first step.
Per video poster Bella Coco's instruction, this preliminary measure means your yarn won't tear while you're working. She unspooled her own giant ball on her bed, which also provided plenty of space to sit down and hand-crochet the blanket itself.
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2. Non-knitting or crocheting experts, make your own in three easy steps.
No experience needed to make this chunky throw the old fashioned way—with your hands! Youtuber Lily Ardor quickly breaks down the braid-style process in this guided tutorial.
3. You can use your arms to knit—no needles required!
Simply Maggie uses Premier Yarns Couture Jazz yarn (and her own arms!) to whip up this beautiful blanket in just 45 minutes.
4. Add rows of colors for a more creative creation.
In another needle-free method, Do It on a Dime assembled her materials on a budget (just $35!) and got to work DIYing this multicolored blanket with a friend. She recommends counting the stitches after every row to make sure you're still at the original number—and to have a Hallmark movie playing in the background!
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5. Make sure to measure the yarn before you cast on.
CraftSanity makes creating a merino wool infinity scarf seem like a cinch in this tutorial taken at the Becozi headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Tip: Work on a flat surface covered in terry cloth, which won't cling to the yarn.
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6. The 4-by-5-foot blanket takes about 45 minutes and requires about eight pounds of yarn.
YouTuber Elise Berns breaks down the arm-knitting technique in a way that's super easy to understand. Her adorable dog sleeping soundly at her side is just a bonus!
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7. Instead of arm knitting, you can also try using U.S. size 70 (40mm) giant circular knitting needles.
Once again, Becozi provides clear instructions on this alternative to arm-knitting.
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8. You'll be an arm-knitting pro in no time after this simple-to-follow tutorial.
Visual learners will appreciate the way the steps for this unique braid blanket are shot.
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