Whatever time of year it is, we love the weight, comfort and softness of a hand-knitted throw. This chunky knit blanket pattern by Caroline Birkett was originally published as part of the supplement that came with Simply Knitting magazine issue 171. We love its mix of classic lace style with a band up-to-date mustard border, in a colour way that would work with any home. But you can easily switch yarn colours to make it match your decor, too.
Our chunky knit blanket pattern uses Rico Essentials Big yarn, which knits up in no time for the speediest of home knits! This yarn is available in a choice of six colours. S0 you could be able to find a shade that works for you. But you can always substitute in other chunky yarns if you prefer. Take a look at our best chunky yarns article to see what other chunky yarn we rate at the moment.
The blanket shows off a beautiful fern lace rib pattern. Knitting lace blankets can be pretty daunting but these days, with the dawn of chunky-knit patterns, they are far more doable, and fabulously quick, too! Add a bright modern border to Caroline’s beautiful chunky knit blanket pattern, and bring your homeware bang up to date. If you are working your first ever chunky knit blanket pattern and would prefer a more simple project, check out our how to make a chunky knit blanket for a more beginner-friendly post. Or to brush up on your lace knitting ready for this chunky knit blanket patterns, see our lace knitting guide. If you have not worked the intarsia method before, see our Intarsia knitting article.
Chunky knit blanket pattern materials
- Rico, Essentials Big yarn (50% wool, 50% acrylic, 50g/48m) Buy from Lovecrafts
2 balls of Yarn A Saffron (32)
14 balls of Yarn B Light Grey (22)
- A 7mm circular needle, 100cm long
Chunky knit blanket pattern tension
Yarn used knits as super chunky to this tension: 11 sts and 15 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over garter st using 7mm needles; 1 rep of Fern Lace Rib (20 sts) measures 16cm.
To learn more about tension and why it is important, see our article on knitting tension squares
Chunky knit blanket pattern measurements
118cm (461/2in) wide x 100cm (391/4in) long
Fern lace rib pattern
The Fern Lace Rib pattern creates a natural rippled effect at the top and bottom of the blanket.
Row 1 *K3tog, K4, yo, K1, yo, P2, yo, K1, yo, K4, sk2po, P2; rep from * 5 more times, k3tog, K4, yo, K1, yo, P2, yo, K1, yo, K4, sk2po.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 *P8, K2; rep to last 8 sts before border P8.
Row 3 *K3tog, K3, yo, K1, yo, K1, P2, K1, yo, K1, yo, K3, sk2po, P2; rep from * 5 more times, k3tog, K3, yo, K1, yo, K1, P2, K1, yo, K1, yo, K3, sk2po.
Row 5 *K3tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, P2, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, sk2po, P2; rep from * 5 more times, k3tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, P2, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, sk2po.
Row 7 *K3tog, K1, yo, K1, yo, K3, P2, K3, yo, K1, yo, K1, sk2po, P2; rep from * 5 more times, k3tog, K1, yo, K1, yo, K3, P2, K3, yo, K1, yo, K1, sk2po.
Row 9 *K3tog, yo, K1, yo, K4, P2, K4, yo, K1, yo, sk2po, P2; rep from * 5 more times, k3tog, yo, K1, yo, K4, P2, K4, yo, K1, yo, sk2po.
Chunky knit blanket pattern chart
Chunky knit blanket pattern
Cast on 146 sts using 7mm needles and Yarn A.
Knit 7 rows.
From now on the first and last 4 sts will be worked in Yarn A, and the sts in between worked in Yarn B. Use the intarsia method, using a different ball of Yarn A for each end, twisting the yarns where they meet Yarn B.
Set up row (WS) K4B, P to last 4 sts in Yarn A, K4B.
Row 1 K4B, work Row 1 of Fern Lace Rib pattern to last 4 sts, K4B.
Row 2 K4B, work Row 1 of Fern Lace Rib pattern to last 4 sts, K4B.
Last 2 rows set pattern placement for garter stitch edges and Fern Lace Rib pattern.
Cont to work in patterns as set, working through Rows 1-10 of Fern Lace Rib pattern until Blanket measures approx. 100cm from cast-on edge, finishing on a Row 10.
Break Yarn B and continue in Yarn A.
Knit 6 rows.
To make up the chunky knit blanket pattern
Weave in your loose ends and gently block to measurements, following any yarn care instructions on the ball band.
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Caroline is a knit designer extraordinaire, with her patterns widely published own books and magazines, with an interest in papercraft and cross stitch, too