Fly through a snuggly blanket project with one of these five fast and free blanket knitting patterns
To me, few knitting projects are as satisfying as blankets. They’re especially enjoyable in progress on a cold winter’s day!
The downside to the delight of the blanket is that knitting one can take an awfully long time. The process of knitting some larger blanket patterns can require a couple of months’ work. If you’re knitting to create a gift or for charity, that length of time can feel agonizing.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you use big, chunky needles and thick, bulky yarn, you can create a beautiful, cuddly blanket for anyone in half the time.
Below you’ll find a collection of free knitting patterns that use big needles and bulky yarn. You’ll also find links to enable you to order both big needles and/or bulky yarn.
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Free Blanket Knitting Patterns
Eleventh Hour Blanket: This Purl Soho Bee pattern was developed in the same design as their Eleventh-Hour Scarf. This is not only thick and snuggly, but quick, too.
Sutter’s Mill Throw: This Lion Brand pattern has beautiful cables that give it class and elegance.
Six-Hour Afghan: Want to knit something even faster than in 11 hours? How about six hours? The Lion Brand Six-Hour Afghan knits up in a flash, thanks in part to size 50 (!) needles.
Basketweave Afghan: Another Lion Brand blanket pattern that features a lovely basketweave pattern. I made this blanket myself once, and it turned out beautifully.
(Note: the prices that appear below the titles of the Lion Brand patterns are for purchasing the yarn recommended for that pattern. Scroll down a little, and you’ll find a button for downloading the pattern for free.)
A Blanket for Seriously Cold People: Billed as a “baby blanket for humans” and undoubtedly owning the best name for a blanket pattern ever, this afghan is super-stretchy and super-snuggly.
Look here for fun-to-knit patterns for chunky throws!
Big Chunky Knitting Needles
Courtesy of Lion Brand: In this collection you’ll find a large assortment of knitting needles, including the biggest sizes from 15 to 50!
Bulky and Super Bulky Yarn
Lion Brand Super Bulky yarns: These include perennial favorites like Wool-Ease, Homespun, Heartland, and Hometown in addition to new options like Ice Cream Deluxe and Mandala Thick & Quick. These are all fantastic, durable yet soft, and beautiful yarn choices.
Knit Picks: Knit Picks’ bulky and super bulky yarn options include beautiful washable choices like Brava, Chroma Twist, Mighty Stitch, and Wool of the Andes Superwash.
Bernat Yarns: Bernat Baby Blanket, Bernat Softee Chunky, Bernat Blanket: Bernat is a blanket-knitting staple, and these are some of their most scrumptious thick yarns. Baby Blanket comes in soft pastels. Softee Chunky offers colors from all over the rainbow, as well as neutrals. And Blanket offers solids and vareigated colors in a sumptuous chenille-like texture.
Ready to dive into blanket knitting? Thanks to these free blanket knitting patterns, along with the yarn and needles you need, you’ll be creating blankets everyone loves in a hurry!