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Everything you need to know about chunky yarn crochet blanket patterns
Chunky yarn crochet blankets are always on trend in fall and winter. Find them in the trendiest home stores but making your own allows you to get the exact color and yarn texture you want plus it is a fraction of the price.
We crocheters like to make our own things anyway, we’d never DREAM of buying a crochet blanket, right? Creating a chunky crochet blanket can be so satisfying!
What is the best stitch for a chunky yarn crochet blanket?
There are a few crochet stitches that work well for chunky yarn crochet blankets.
The herringbone stitch looks gorgeous when made with thick yarn. The bulky yarn texture makes the stitch shine. I find it is a stitch that is easier to work with thicker yarn and a large hook too.
Ribbed stitches are a go-to for thick blankets because of the classic look. There are different ways to work stitches to create a ribbed look. Post stitches and back loop only can all give a great textured rib look to your blanket.
How much yarn do I need to crochet a chunky blanket
I created this chart as a guideline to determine the yardage to make a super bulky yarn blanket based on size. The stitch you use will cause some variance as some “eat” more yarn than others.
Keep in mind you will need regular breaks when working with thick yarn like this. The stitches require more arm and shoulder movements, even the way you hold the hook may be quite different than how you hold more standard sized crochet hooks.
Super bulky yarn blankets can get VERY heavy so keep that in mind when you’re picking a size. I am talking POUNDS heavy. Chenille yarn is considerably lighter than ply or roving style yarns but the stitches can be difficult to see when working with chenille.
I have a post on how to work well with bulky yarns.
What size crochet hook do I need for chunky yarn?
To keep a nice level of flexibility and drape in your chunky blanket you will go up 2-3 hook sizes larger than the label recommends, likely a size 11-14 mm hook based on the yarn you’re using. Most super bulky yarns will have a size 8 or 9 mm hook on the label. You may need to go 4 sizes larger based on the stitch as well. The pattern designer will advise of the right hook size.
Chunky yarn crochet blanket patterns
Herringbone stitch chunky crochet blanket
As seen above, this beautiful soft herringbone stitch blanket from MJ’s off-the-hook designs is a free pattern that uses a super bulky yarn called Tuff Puff. You will need a 15.5 or 16mm crochet hook to work the herringbone stitch and get the right drape for your chunky yarn crochet blanket.
Click the image to see the free chunky yarn herringbone crochet blanket pattern.
Cozy cabin ribbed crochet blanket pattern
Beginner-friendly simple chunk yarn crochet blanket
This pattern uses single crochet, slip stitches and back loop-only stitches to create the texture. Shown it is made with Wool ease from Lion Brand and a 9 mm crochet hook. Wool ease is easy to work with and is incredibly warm so this super bulky yarn blanket will keep you toasty when curled up by the fire or binging Netflix shows on a dreary winter’s day.
See the free pattern on Easy Crochet
Alpine stitch chunky crochet blanket
This pattern uses chenille yarn and an easy alpine stitch that works up fast. The free pattern on Yarnspirations will have you ready to go with Bernat velvet plus yarn and a 10 mm crochet hook.
You can use other yarns if you don’t like the look of chenille yarn just keep in mind you may need a larger hook to get the flexibility you’d like in your blanket. Chenille yarn is more flexible than some of the other yarns mentioned in this post. It’s also lighter in weight than ply yarn or bulky roving yarn.