Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern

I’m so thrilled to share this fabulous Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern with you! I could not have been happier with how this luscious, lofty throw turned out. Don’t you absolutely want to just dive in!  If you love it, there are three options to have it: the pattern, the kit, or on a limited basis, the blanket made just for you! Huge bonus for holiday giving – it takes only 2 hours to make!

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern

Generously sized at 54″ by 42″,  this throw will become anyone and everyone’s favorite blanket . . . on the couch in front of a movie, in bed on lazy Sunday mornings, or across your lap at soccer games! I adore the basket weave pattern which provides gorgeous texture to the piece.

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern. Kits and blankets available too!

Yes, I promise it’s true, you can actually make this throw in under 2 hours! There are kits available in the shop, which have everything you need, including teaching you how to arm knit!  No need to muss or trouble with size 50 needles – no needles required!

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern. Kits and blankets available too!

If you just flat out just want it the way it is. I have a limited number of blankets available for sale that are custom made by me.  There is a beautiful selection of colors to choose from. These won’t last long, so if you’re dying to wrap this around your shoulders, act quickly!

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern. Kits and blankets available too!

I honestly can’t describe how soft and cushy this blanket is. I wish you could touch it through your computer!

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern. Kits and blankets available too!

Happy Friday! I hope you have a cozy weekend stretched out in front of you!

Chunky Arm Knit Blanket Pattern. Kits and blankets available too!

For more fabulous Arm Knitting projects, check out my book, Knitting Without Needles.

  1. Stunning! Absolutely !
    warm greetings from Poland 🙂

    • Thanks so much Magdalena! I’m so glad you like it!

  2. Monique Stam

    Snuggly and pretty! Very inviting!

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  4. AnSc

    Hi! Wondering what brand of yarn you user these? This pattern is exactly what I was looking for.

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  6. Krissi

    Hi! is the pattern for the basket weave blanket also in your book?

    • Hi Krissi,
      The book includes a gorgeous cable knit blanket. This basket weave blanket is a stand alone pattern.

  7. Mere

    This is fantastic! I was looking to make a blanket for my mom for Christmas – and this is beautiful. I would love the pattern – but it seems none of the links work – is there another place to get it? Thanks – and great photos!

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  10. Amanda Smith

    I am relatively new to arm knitting & love this pattern! Is there any way one could make a scarf using this pattern?

    • Hi Amanda! You absolutely can! Search “cowl” or “scarf” on my blog and a few tutorials will pop up!
      Thanks! Anne

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  12. Kali

    How do you keep your stitches so tight? I did this pattern and I feel like my whole blanket is so loose.

    • Hi Kali,
      I’m so sorry you’re having trouble. If you want to get your arm knitting to be tighter, here are my recommendations:
      The first thing that is important is to keep your hands close together as you knit. Do you pull your arms apart when you’re actually making the stitch? Sometimes you can grab the working yarn close to your hand and then pull your arms apart from each other as you are making the stitch or as you go to get the working yarn for the next stitch. Try to grab the working yarn close to the last stitch you made, but also keep your hands/wrists/arms close together as you pull the new stitch.

      The next thing to think about is that the last stitch you made won’t actually lock down tight, but the one you made just before it can tighten. So as you arm knit, think about tightening the prior stitch to the one you’re currently knitting so that it is snug to your wrist. Each time, concentrate on tightening the one before the one you just made by snugging up the working yarn.

      Lastly, you can always manually tighten your arm knit stitches by starting at the second from the beginning stitch on the stitches you’ve just made (close to your elbow). If you’ve been orienting the stitches correctly (not everyone does this), you can pull the working yarn snug against your arm from the leg of the stitch that is behind your arm. Pull on that, then move to the next stitch and pull on the back leg of that one. Continue to tighten each stitch against your arm as you move towards the stitch closest to your hand. As you tighten, the excess yarn will come with you towards the working yarn at your hand.

      Email me if you have any other questions.

  13. Mal

    Do you use 4 strands of yarn? I love the look and would be a cheaper option than using wool roving!

    • Hi Mal! So This yarn isn’t roving, but is a super bulky single-ply yarn. Yes, I use 4 strands at the same time! If you want something less expensive, you can try local craft stores like Joann’s and Michael’s. If you use their Jumbo (size 7) yarns, you can probably use 3 strands, but you’ll need more skeins because they are shorter in length. Or, you could do five strands of their size 6 yarns which tend to be thinner, like Lion Brand Thick & Quick.

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  15. Jo-Anna

    This is beyond gorgeous! I have some big chunky yarn just waiting to be used, and I think it needs to turn into this! So so lovely!

    • Thanks so much, Jo-Anna! You will love your new blanket!

  16. Natalie

    Love this pattern! Just have a quick question: how long does the tail need to be to cast on? The pattern doesn’t specify.

    • Hi Natalie,
      I’m so glad you like it! My general rule of thumb is about 1 yard for 10 stitches. I would leave about 2.5 yards for the tail! Thanks for your comment!

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  18. Kerry

    Absolutely gorgeous!! In fact… I learned to knit because I saw a picture of this blanket and I just knew I had to make one. (I figured that learning to knit on needles first would be a good idea before trying arm knitting. I’m a beginner, but I think I’m ready to tackle this project!)
    You mentioned that you used four strands of the Cascade Magnum at the same time for this blanket, and I’m wondering, if I purchase the kit, does it come with enough yarn to replicate this? It says eight skeins… but I wasn’t sure if that was single strand, or four. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project! Love the charcoal grey too!

    • Hi Kerry! Thanks so much for you comment! I actually find learning to arm knit is easier than traditional knitting, but that’s awesome that you’re learning both!!

      The kit comes with the exact amount of yarn you need to replicate the blanket. It is 8 skeins, you knit with 4 strands at a time.
      Warmly, Anne

  19. Aml

    from where did u get the yarn and the niddles pls 🙂
    great work btw

  20. Trevor

    I have tried to do the arm knitting but can’t quite get it, is there any suggested size of knitting needles to use instead?

    • I’m so sorry you’re struggling with the arm knitting. Try clicking on the arm knitting video in the sidebar. That could really help. This pattern is not for needles.

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  22. Tiffany

    Will I be able to make this for a king size bed?

    • HI Tiffany,
      You can make this for a king sized bed though I would suggest making it in two parts and seaming it together. If you want a King Sized Blanket that can be one piece, I recommend trying my Hand Crochet Blanket. You don’t have to carry all the stitches on your arm all at once so its much easier to handle!

      • Sherri


        I would also like to make a king-sized blanket. Do you have the pattern for a Hand Crochet or Chunky Arm Knit blanket pattern?

        • I don’t have a specific pattern for a King Sized blanket. It’s very easy to do a king size blanket in hand crochet because you only have one loop on your hand at a time. You just follow the pattern I have for the hand crochet blanket and add width and length as desired for you bed cover. I don’t recommend doing a king size blanket in arm knitting – it’s just too many stitches to have on your arm at a time. It’s better to do that in two pieces. You can do my existing blanket pattern twice and add length as desired. Then, seam the pieces together. Let me know if you have any questions! warmly, Anne

  23. How do i get a tutorial on how to make these? I have never knit anything in my life before. I have two left thumbs.

  24. kate

    Hi can you please tell how many yards of wool you would recommend

    • Hi – my pattern calls for about 1,000 yards of yarn, using four strands at the same time (so 4×250 yard lengths). Have fun!

  25. Adge

    Hi – I am finally getting the hang of arm knitting. I ordered the basketweave pattern and understand the skeins but I don’t understand how you neatly get the yarn to come apart from the skeins as they are tied with this kit. Can you adivse?

    • Hi! So, the yarn needs to be unwound from the skeins into balls, otherwise, you’ll have lots of problems arm knitting without tangled yarn. I will email you a PDF about how. Anne

  26. kathy shumate

    How many yards of yarn for a Kings size bed

    • HI kathy,
      If you want to do a King Size blanket you pretty much need to do it in two panels and stitch it together. You could try hand crochet blanket as an option as that way all the stitches don’t need to be on your arms (

      Re: knitting yardage: My blanket is 36×46” which makes the total area of my blanket 2,268 square inches.

      You want an area of (86×86) or 7,396 square inches.

      That’s 226% bigger (7,396 less 2,268, divided by 2,268)

      Multiplying that by my required yardage to make the blanket using 4 strands at a time 984 yards, you get to 2,225 yards required for a king sized blanket. Using four strands at a time, that’s 556 yards of length to make the blanket, but you need four strands that length. If you did it with 3 strands, you would need less in total. Does that make sense? You would likely need about 18 skeins (123 yards each) if you are using 4 at a time. I know that’s a lot, but a king sized blanket is HUGE.

      Hopefully this helps you!

  27. Amanda Lynn

    Two Questions:

    1) Do I need to roll my yarn to balls if I am buying normal skeins of yarn say from Walmart (not in a hank)
    2) How many stitches would you cast on to make a queen size or a little smaller?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Amanda,
      1) You do not need to roll yarn into balls if it arrives that way, such as from craft stores.
      2) See my calculation in the comment above. This will also work to calculate for a queen size. Just replace the desired area with the area of your desired blanket size. If this doesn’t make sense, let me know!
      Thanks, Anne

      • Amanda Lynn

        The yarn I want to use has the following information:
        • Ball Size: 300g, 234 meters / 258 yards
        • Care: Machine wash and dry
        • Gauge: 6 – Super Bulky
        • Knitting Gauge: 8 sts and 13 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. 11) knitting needle
        • Crochet Gauge: 7 sc and 8 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. L/11) crochet hook

        Do you think the 8 balls will be enough if I just go off of the pattern I purchased from you using 4 strands at a time?
        Thank you 🙂

        • Hi Amanda, First, that’s a larg ball size. If you follow my pattern, you could get away with 4 balls. But, you may, , with that size yarn, try 5 balls at one time. I love my blankets to be really dense. Good luck! and let me know how it goes!

  28. Judy

    Love the blanket but have no desire to arm knit! Can the same directions be used to knit it on needles?

    • Hi Judy, Thanks for leaving a comment. THe same directions cannot be used because with arm knitting you never turn your work around. Every other row of the directions would be flipped for traditional knitting. BUT, you aren’t the first person to ask for a traditional pattern for this beautiful blanket! It’s on my list!! Warmly, Anne

  29. Sue

    I love this! Could you tell me how many balls of wool I would need to make this blanket? Also do you send to the uk? Regards sue

  30. Lydell Lockett

    I would like to learn how to make one myself. I need more information on where I can aquire the supplies needed.

  31. Holly Cornish

    Beautiful arm knit blankets! But I have a question for you… Do they make an alternative to wool? I am deathly allergic to wool but would love one of these!

    • Hi Holly,
      There are some other choices. Loopy Mango makes a fabulous Super Bulky cotton yarn. Alternatively, you could do 100% acrylic yarn which you can find at your local craft store.

  32. Tia Whipple

    How much yarn is needed to create that size of blanket? I’m attempting to make it but want to have all the yarn needed! Thank you!!

    • Hi Tia,
      I usually use 8 skeins of Cascade Magnum, knitting with 4 strands at a time. It’s 984 yards in all, but divided by the 4 strands, you come closer to 250 yards in length for the blanket (times 4 strands). Let me know if you have any other questions.

  33. Lisa Geller


    Great blanket! I have been wanting to try arm knitting with one of those SUPER chunky yarns. How do you think your blanket would look using that? Basically, instead of using 4 strands as your pattern calls for (I don’t love knitting with multiple balls of yarn at once), it would be with 1 huge strand. Do you think it would still look good?


    • Hi Lisa,
      It would look incredible with the SUPER chunky yarns! I would definitely try it. I’ve arm knit with a bunch of those yarns. Sometimes 1 strand is best and sometimes I think things look better with two. The best thing is just to try it! You can search my blog for “Basket” and you’ll see a good sample.
      Thanks, Anne

  34. Bobbi Berner

    I just bought the pattern basketweave arm knit large blanket. However, the downloaded PDF was not readable. It was nothing more than symbols. Can I please get another copy sent to my email? Thank you

    • Hi Bobbi, I just sent it to your email address. Let me know if you have any further trouble.
      Thanks, Anne

  35. pam

    How much yarn would I need for …50……by….70 throw?

  36. Robbye Clements

    Where do you get the yarn?

  37. Ken

    I’m curious; since you’re using 4 strands at a time, could one use 2, or 4 (or, I suppose even 3) different colors of yarn all at once, combining 1 or 2 strands of each color? And, how would that look?

    • Hi Ken, Absolutely! I have had people use 4 different colors. I like to use a range of a similar color so it looks tweedy. I am not as big of a fan of widely contrasting colors, though some people have done that to great effect!

  38. Jessica

    How many yards of yarn do you need to make a full or queen size blanket?

    • Hi Jessica,
      I don’t recommend making a queen size blanket arm knitting. It’s too many stitches on your arm at a time. I do recommend hand crocheting a queen size. It all depends on the kind of yarn you’re using for how much you need. Email me at flaxandtwine (at) gmail and I’ll be happy to help you further!


    I love the way this looks…I would love to learn how to do this….I am a hands on person. .any books on HOW TO….and where to buy the chunky merino wool…

  40. Wendy

    Where can I find this yarn? I would like to make these afgans.


  42. Lisa Geller

    How does the cascade magnum yarn work up? Does it felt and pill easily? I arm knitted a beautiful blanket a few weeks ago and spent so much money on wool – and it already looks terrible! Is the cascade durable and practical enough to use as a throw or would the blanket only be good for decoration?

    • Hi Lisa, The cascade magnum does pill a little and felt a little, but certainly not as much as roving does. We use ours all the time. If you want a durable superbulky wool that is good for arm knitting that won’t pill much, I recommend this super bulky yarn from Brown Sheep: It has a strong twist to it even though its single-ply. It wears really well.

  43. Bonnie Slenk

    I just bought the download of the pattern and I cannot find it?.

    • Hi Bonnie! I’m sorry you’re having trouble. It should have been emailed to you. Email me at flaxandtwine (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll email you a copy of it directly!
      Thanks, Anne

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