How to Create an Affordable Chunky Knit Throw

learn how to arm knit a gorgeous chunky knit throw with the design twins

In this post, we’re teaching you how to knit a chunky blanket right here and right now. We’ll take you step-by-step and hold your hand along the way, don’t worry. Let’s get started!

cream colored chunky knit blanket draped over chair with blue vase

Have you ever swooned over a photo like this one? Chunky knit blankets are so luxurious and cozy looking. But that price. I know. Trust me, I lusted after every Chunky Knit Throw I saw but at $240-$400 I didn’t think I would ever be able to afford one. Plus, I didn’t know the first thing about knitting so slowly I stopped dreaming. However, when my blogger-extraordinaire-turned-bestie Janine of Happy Happy Nester asked me if I wanted to join her in an arm-knitting project to make our own chunky knit throw, it took me all of five seconds to say yes. Arm Knitting turned out to be a great affordable option.

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Let’s Make a Chunky Knit Throw

In this post I will share with you all the steps we took to make this dream a reality. I will share all the details you need to know, including:

  • Where to get the arm knitting yarn.
  • How much chunky knit blanket yarn to buy.
  • What video we used to learn how to arm knit with giant chunky yarn. Note: No attempt will be made to teach you how to do it because, honestly, I’m not that great at it yet. I will leave that to the experts and link you to the video we used to learn it ourselves.
  • All the details about my experience. The good, bad and the kind of ugly of creating a large knit blanket.
  • What they don’t mentioned in any of the video tutorials.
  • What problems we encountered and how we fixed them.

You’ll learn from two total knitting novices what to do and what NOT do.

By the end I hope you will have the knowledge, courage and confidence to take on this fun but challenging project –even (and especially if) you have never knit before.

Learning to arm knit is more fun with a friend

Supplies You’ll Need to Create Your Chunky Knit Throw:

Chunky Yarn for Arm Knitting: 8-9 skeins chunky synthetic yarn (color, Milk)

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Note: I bought 11 skeins as recommended by the video tutorial. However, I only used 8 1/2 skeins to make the same size blanket she made in the video. It’s probably because my stitches may have been a bit bigger (looser). My blanket size is 60″ x 28″. But my recommendation is that you probably don’t need to buy 11. You will probably be fine with between 8 or 9 skins instead.

If you want to use real merino wool see our second arm knitting blanket blog post, Arm Knitting Made Easy where you’ll find more pointers, great resources, and our savings coupon code.

How to Prepare for Chunky Knit Arm Knitting

  • Eat before you start.
  • Go to the bathroom.
  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt.
  • Recruit a friend.

Arm knitting process with chunky knit yarn looped around both arms


Creating Your Chunky Knit Yarn Blanket: How to Arm Knit a Blanket

Janine and I had both researched this question ahead of time and found the video by Simply Maggie “How to Arm Knit a Blanket in 45 Minutes with Simply Maggie” to be the easiest and best resource for learning how to create a chunky knit throw. This is the video we used.

The Hard Part of Arm Knitting

The hardest part for Janine and me was definitely casting on. We must have watched this part of the video 30 times. And we each had to start over 3 or 4 times. So, right off the bat what I’m trying to say is, stick with it and don’t get discouraged. Good thing we had each other to encourage one another otherwise I’m not sure we would have made it past this point. The title “45 Minute Blanket” really threw us off; especially since it had been an hour and we were still working on casting on our first stitch. Anyway, my point is, keep going.  It will get better, I promise.

The Easier Part of Arm Knitting

The easier part was definitely the knitting back and forth.  This technique is so much easier than the casting on part that it almost feels like you don’t even have to pay attention. Warning: KEEP PAYING ATTENTION. As we got going and things started to seem easy, we started chatting. All of a sudden, oops, I looked down at my hands and I had no idea what I was doing. I had missed a step and wasn’t sure how to back up without just ripping out everything. With some care I managed to carry on, but I did end up with one small “oops” in the middle of my blanket. Lesson learned? Be careful to not get distracted. Even though this part is easier, if you lose your train of thought you could end up with a not-so perfect blanket like me.

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Arm knitting process with chunky knit yarn looped onto both arms


Questions You Might Have About Chunky Knit Arm-Knitting

(We had these questions before we began.)

1. It says “45 Minute Blanket” But is it REALLY going to take 45 minutes?

Ok, we KNEW it was going to take longer. We had never knit before and had no idea what we were doing. However, we didn’t expect it to take quite so long. If you don’t have to LEARN the process, it might take 45 minutes. That being said, here is the truth. And if you have never knit before this is what you might expect to experience as well.

  • It took us about an hour to learn how to cast on and even longer to complete our first row on our arm.
  • Then it took us another 30 minutes or so to learn how to knit from one arm to another. We eventually started to get into our “groove” and speed up a bit.
  • My total time spent? Five hours. This is the reality.

Chunky Knit Arm Knitting: Another Reality Check

Janine actually took hers apart and started over. If you are a perfectionist like Janine, you may feel the need to re-do your first attempt as well. (I am still considering the same.)  The good news? The second time she made it, it took her about three hours. That’s a pretty good learning curve. You can see how, with a little practice, you could eventually get it down to one hour. Take away? Janine is more of a perfectionist than I am.

beautiful cream colored arm knit blanket creates luxurious bed

2. What if you get interrupted or have to go the bathroom?

If possible, it is a good idea to plan enough time and prepare to knit the blanket all at once. This means eating and going to the bathroom before you start. However, if something unexpected comes up or you have to use the bathroom there is good news. You CAN take the blanket off your arms. Just slip the loops off one by one and lay it very carefully down so that all the loops are intact. Then you carefully reverse the process to put it back on. Just be very careful when putting each loop back on that you don’t pull too much because it will pull out the next loop. If you do this slowly and meticulously you should have no problems.

3. Do you need long arms to do this?

No, I am only 5′ 2″ and my arms are very short. It really doesn’t matter. Once you get the hang of it you can see how the stitches can really bunch up together and fit tightly in a small amount of space.

beautiful arm knit blanket is the perfect addition to beautiful bed

4. What chunky knit blanket pattern did you use?

  • Cast on 18 stitches using the “long tail” (or “M”)  cast on method
  • Knit 31 rows
  • Bind off
  • Weave in the ends

beautiful arm knit blanket is the perfect addition to beautiful bed

5. What if I make a mistake in my chunky knit blanket?

My suggestion is don’t do what I did and try to ignore the mistake and keep going. Instead you should go backwards and take out the stitches from that row until you can start fresh at the beginning of a row. I was so panicked that I would lose everything and wouldn’t know how/where to start again that I just kept going. The result is that I have a “boo-boo” in the middle which is pretty noticeable. I didn’t realize that you could go back to the beginning of the row to re-group. Now I know.

6. How tightly should you knit my arm knit blanket?

This is a tough one to answer because you have to weigh your priorities. Do you want a tightly woven blanket, or do you want to have a comfortable experience? If you knit too tightly each time you get towards the end of your row you are going to have to push the stitches up your arm and they will likely squeeze your arms uncomfortably. My suggestion is to resist the urge to knit tightly at the beginning of the row because it really isn’t worth it. What matters is that each stitch is the SAME SIZE. You want your blanket to look uniform so this is what you should keep in mind.

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How to Survive the Chunky Knit Arm Knitting Process:

Before we started, we were somewhat concerned about how we would survive having the blanket attached to our arms for the duration of the knitting process, however long that would take. We weren’t sure we’d be able to eat or go to the bathroom. Making sure we had eaten enough, we made one last bathroom run. We tried to start early in the day because we were worried about not being able to finish.  All of these things helped allow us the time we needed to make it through the rather lengthy learning process. However, as I explained above, we were happy to learn that you could take the stitches off and take breaks if and when necessary.

I hope that reading through our experience has helped you understand what to expect if you decide to tackle this process as a first timer. Even if you don’t have any prior knitting experience (like Janine and me) you shouldn’t let that stop you. And for under $70 you can own your own chunky yarn blanket/throw and feel proud to say that you made it.

A Final Note on Chunky Knit Wool Arm Knitting

I am so grateful to my sweet and fearless friend Janine who invited me to tackle this fun project with her. Without her encouragement I never would have discovered arm knitting as a great affordable option.

If you want more help getting started head on over to Janine’s beginner’s arm knitting blog post. Her chunky knit throw turned out absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for visiting. Please let me know if you have more questions or comment below to share your experiences.

If you’re ready for the next step check out my second arm knitting experience where I share our discount coupon for merino wool and additional pointers to make sure your chunky knit arm knitting projects turn out amazing every time.

And lastly, GOOD LUCK!

jodie & julie

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  1. Janine says:

    What a great post! It is so informative and helpful. Your writing is spot on! Thanks so much for all your encouragement, I think if we made another one I won’t be so stressed and just maybe I could do a bit of chatting! Next one is at my house! We will knit in my dark home! ?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aww, Janine, You are so sweet! I should have written about how much we laughed! That was really the best part! Even if our blankets hadn’t turned out it still would have been time well spent with you my sweet friend! And thank you for your generous words. Can’t wait until the next one….I have some ideas….xoxo Jodie

  2. Lucy says:

    Yeah! That was so helpful! I may get my bestie in on this and give it a try! Thanks sweety!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Lucy, I love to hear that! If you have 1/2 as much fun as Janine and I did you will be happy you tried this. Even when we weren’t sure what our blankets were going to turn out looking like we were belly laughing and concentrating in equal intervals! Have fun and thanks so much for visiting us! xoxo Jodie & Julie

  3. Annie says:

    Your blanket is gorgeous! I would love to try this. What type of yarn did you use and where did you buy it from?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Andrya, Thank you so much! Take a look at the post above where I have listed the yarn I used (under “supplies”) and a direct link to the website where you can buy it on-line. Good luck! xoxo Jodie

  4. Hi Jodie & Julie,
    This is Olivia from Instagram… Reinvented Collection. I don’t even know how I show up on there. Oy vey. LOL.

    I think this is the coolest project ever!!! I’m so glad you were able to take breaks to run to the ladies room. Nothing is worse than being immersed in a project and unable to stop.

    Imperfections make things unique and beautiful. At least I think so.

    If you would like to join Thursday Favorite Things link party, we would love to have you. Each of our co-hosts chooses our own features every week. I would love a chance to feature your new blog.

    I think Happy Happy Nester might join us from time to time or maybe I join her link party. Oh it all can get a bit muddled. Ha ha.

    Great job! Beautiful blog design too!


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Olivia, You are so sweet!! Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad you came over to visit us on the blog…and that you liked the post on arm-knitting! It really was a fun project! And yes, I’ve decided, at least for now to NOT re-knit it. I am looking forward to knitting another one, however…and looking forward to making it better than the first! Thanks for the invite to your pinterest group! We’d absolutely LOVE to join you! xoxo Jodie & Julie

  5. Betty P. says:


    Thank you for this informative step by step look at how you and Janine created the beautiful arm knit blankets. Your tips are great! I can’t wait to try making one with my daughter.


    Betty – MaddiebellaHome

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Betty!!! I’ve been calling you Maddie! Oh my word, and you didn’t even correct me! I’m horrified (and I have no emojis to show it haha!) Well, my humblest apologies, darling! That being said, let me just say that Jodie and I are thrilled and grateful to have you over here visiting our blog. You are endearing yourself to us even more, and we just can’t thank you enough. We hope you will share your project with us so we can see, and of course as Jodie mentioned, feel free to DM or comment to us any questions that might come up as you make your way through the knitting project. We hope you will come back often and visit us here. In the meantime, we wish you joy and success! Lovingly, Julie & Jodie

  6. Ana says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My oldest daughter wants one of these SO badly. Although I think I will buy her a lap throw from a seasoned blanket maker I found on IG (my daughter is worth it, and they are running a special right now) I do think this will be a project I try out with her to make a few Christmas gifts! This blog will certainly help us with this endeavor! Thank you!! You two are awesome, I have always wished I had a sister and the two of you are such a great example of sisterly love! I have 3 daughters now, so I don’t get a sister, but my girls will have them 🙂 All the best to you both and keep up the great work!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Ana, What a beautiful and generous reply. We are so happy that you made it here to our blog and we hope you will sign up and visit us often. Jodie and Janine had so much fun creating their blankets. I edited the post and I’m dying to put my new knowledge into action. Our mom is a knitter extrodinaire, and she is excited to try this new technique as well. A sister is indeed a special blessing, but 3 daughters are an amazing gift as well. I’m sure it brings you much joy to know that you have given them each other. We wish you many blessings, with love, Julie & Jodie

  7. Rachel Ruth says:

    This is great! I’ve made the arm-knit scarves before and love the idea of the blankets but never thought I could take on the task. You’ve inspired me! Thank you for the helpful (& extremely informative) tips & tricks!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Rachel, Well, you are so welcome. Yes, you CAN do it! If Janine and I can tackle it and come out the other side having had ZERO experience combined, then by all means, go for it! We have just ordered more yarn and are getting ready for our second go at it. So excited to see our improvement. Please let us know you you fare. Thank you again for your kind reply. Blessings, Jodie & Julie

  8. Lynne says:

    Thank you for sharing your honest experience! I have wanted to try it, but have been reluctant. You have inspired me to give it a try. This might be the perfect project for a snow day or cold winter day..

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Lynn, I’m so very glad you are inspired to try this. I was completely honest in this post. My hope is that armed with reality you will be fully prepared for what is involved. Also, having made a few mistakes, by sharing them I hope to arm you against making the same ones! Please let me know how it goes. Your feedback could help me provide even better information to include in this post. Good luck and God Bless, Jodie

  9. Beckie Biedebach says:

    Hi – I just looked through your site and found the arm knitting post so I will follow up with the video and see if I can make one, I am already a knitter so hoping it won’t be too difficult !

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Dear Beckie, Thank you again for your sweet reply. If you are already a knitter you will have no trouble. Janine and I had never knit before and with some effort we were able to succeed. It’s a lot of fun, and the resulting blankets are amazing. You could have a little arm knitting party with your friends! Please keep us posted…we want to hear about all your arm knitting adventures. We hope you will sign up for our blog (if you haven’t already) so you don’t miss any of the fun. With blessings and gratitude, Jodie & Julie

  10. Melanie says:

    March Madness. I’ve always wanted to do this! It looks so cozy even when knitting one!

  11. Martha Skinner says:

    What brand of yarn and how many skeins did you use?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Martha,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to visit our blog and for your question!!! The answer is provided in the post above under “supplies” but I know the post is long and it’s easy to miss the details!!

      8-9 skeins Premier Yarn Couture Jazz (color, Milk) $6.99 each from Premier Yarns.

      This is a more affordable option as it is using synthetic yarn. See our second arm-knitting post for details using Merino wool.

      I hope that is helpful!

      Jodie & Julie

  12. Lavonne says:

    How did you join one skein to the next skein?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Lavonne, for this project I used one piece…it was all connected. It’s all explained in the post. They were not separate skeins. There is a method to join skeins, but I’ve never done it. I believe it’s called “felting” but I’m not sure. I would google this to find out. Hope that helps. Blessings, Jodie & Julie

  13. Jean says:

    Table knitting is a whole lot easier and faster!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Oh, thank you for the input! We will have to try that someday. Hope you enjoyed this post.
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  14. Deborah Smith says:

    How to I get the “ Arm Knitting Cheat Sheet”? I could not get it til download.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      You should be able to just click on the graphic and it will give you an option to input your email where we can send the cheat sheet. Does that make sense? Let us know if you’re still having troubles.
      Jodie & Julie

  15. Pamela Young says:

    Certainly going to try the arm chair knitting Afghan! Looks so Relaxing!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Yay! So glad you’re going to give it a try. Once you get the initial hang of it, it definitely is relaxing. Stick with it and enjoy. Let us know how it goes. All the best, Jodie & Julie

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