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I absolutely love the look of big chunky knit blankets. They’re so squishy and classy looking! Being a crocheter, I didn’t think making a knit blanket would be in my wheelhouse, but then Bernat released their new Alize Blanket EZ yarn!
This yarn is so amazing. It is made up of a ton of little loops, and all you have to do to make a knit blanket is loop the loops together! It’s so simple, it would be a great project for even your littlest of creatives!
For my blanket, I used 6 skeins of Bernat Alize Blanket EZ yarn in the color Cream. I made it 75 loops wide and 63 rows long. The finished dimensions are 63″ long and 55″ wide (about 5ft by 4.5ft).
I have put together a quick tutorial showing you how to make your own giant knit blanket.
Starting your blanket
Start by cutting a few loops apart at the beginning of your skein. To do this just snip the loop apart at the base of the loop. This will give you a “tail” you can sew in at the end.
Unravel your yarn a bit and laying out your desired amount of loops. For this tutorial, I will be using 10 loops.
Lay your working yarn in the direction your row will be going (back down the 10 loops I just laid out).
Push the 11th loop through the center of the 10th loop and pull through.
Continue going down your row of working yarn, pushing the loops through the loops on your starting row until you have 10 loops pushed through.
Make sure not to twist your loops on your starting row before pushing a new loop through.
After you finish row two, lay your working yarn out back down the row to prepare for row 3. You will be looking at the “right side” of your blanket the entire time you’re working on it, you will not need to flip your work.
Begin looping back down your blanket.
Continue looping your rows until you get to where you run out of yarn and need to attach a new skein.
- Be careful not to skip a loop on your working yarn. I, unfortunately, did this on my blanket. Just keep checking the back of your work every so often and make sure there are no loose loops just hanging out.
- Keep an eye on your last loop of each row. I’ve found the sides of your work will tend to curl in and it’s easy to miss the very last loop in your row. Before you start your next row just feel to make sure you got the last loop.
- If you do mess up, you can easily hold your piece and pull your working yarn to unloop pretty quickly.
- If you find a mistake (like a twisted loop) you can unloop just that column, fix the mistake, then re-loop that column.
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Attaching a new skein
Attaching a new skein is super simple. Cut a few loops off the end of your first skein (to leave a tail for sewing in), then cut a few loops off the beginning of your new skein (just like you did at the beginning of your first skein).
Lay the new skein right next to the first one and begin looping where you left off.
- When you attach a new skein, knot your tails together so there’s not a giant hole for you to work around.
Ending your blanket
When you are finished with your last row, leave a tail by cutting open some loops.
At the beginning of your last row (the side that doesn’t have the tail), start looping your loops into each other down the length of the row. This will give your edge a braided effect.
Once you get to the last loop, pull your tail up through the last loop (as if it were another loop), then sew in all your loose tails.
Sewing in tails
I tried to do this with my tapestry needle but found it much easier to just use a crochet hook. Just kinda hide your tail through the stitches. This yarn is very forgiving since its so fluffy so you really can’t mess up on this part ????.
Then you’re all finished! I hope you guys love this yarn as much as I do! I am obsessed with the look of chunky knitted blankets and I love I can make my own without having to learn a new craft and purchase a bunch of new tools.
- Super easy to use
- Great quality
- Your finished piece is beautiful and soft
- Projects work up really quick
- Sides seem to curl into each other
- Some loops look a little funky (everything can’t be perfect)
- The yarn is a little pricey (thank you coupons)
Overall I love this yarn. I plan on making lots of these blankets as Christmas presents this year! If you guys make a blanket using the new Bernat Alieze Blanket EZ yarn, tag me! I would love to see your creation and hear about your experience using this yarn!