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Easy Chunky Hand-Knitted Blanket

I’ve been MIA from posting for months, and it’s mainly because I’ve been so sick! Morning sickness has kicked my butt the past few months, but I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. It’s about time, as I’m just about halfway!

If you missed the announcement, yes, we’re having a BABY GIRL in May!!!! We are so incredibly excited for this new chapter of our lives! We’ve already started gathering things to decorate the nursery and baby essentials, along with some darling baby clothes. Boy, am I in trouble having a girl! The clothes and shoes are to die for!!! (I may need to pick up a second job just to fund our little one’s wardrobe, haha.)

Anyway, enough about me, and back to why you’re here in the first place!

I LOVE the giant crocheted blankets that you see all over Pinterest and other social media outlets. My sister had mentioned a year or so ago that she really wanted one, and I searched online for them as a Christmas or birthday gift for her. I was astounded at the prices of the larger sizes, which is what I wanted to give her. $300 for a blanket?! I decided to forget the idea completely, until I stumbled across a friend’s tutorial this fall.

It didn’t sound or look that difficult in her video, so I decided to take the chance and try to make one for my sister myself. Here’s the video I watched and based my blanket off of: Chunky Hand-Knit Blanket Tutorial.

I made my blanket much bigger than the one in the video, so I used more yarn than the video calls for. The only place I was able to find the yarn was at Michael’s. I used eight skeins of the Bernat Blanket Big Stitch ‘N Win Yarn in Sky, found on their website here.

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The yarn is a bit expensive, but Michael’s always seems to have coupons on their app or running in the store, so it ended up costing me about $80, plus 3-4 hours of hand-crocheting time. I definitely would stick with this same yarn, because it is incredibly soft!

My blankets ended up being about 7 feet long and 5 1/2 feet wide, which is  a perfect size for cozying up on the couch and sharing with another person.

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I loved how this blanket turned out so much, that I ended up making two of them as Christmas gifts: one for my mom, and one for my sister! These are so simple to make, and they make the perfect gift!

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