Introduction: Chunky Knit Blanket

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This is a straightforward step by step guide to knitting a chunky blanket with PVC pipes as kitting needles. These instructions will explain how to transform PVC pipes into knitting needles and how to use those knitting needles to make a blanket. This project should take about three-four weeks to complete.

Materials needed

  • PVC pipe: 1-¼” wide, 1’5” long (x2)
  • Poster board
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Premier Couture Jazz Yarn
    • Note: I used about 12 balls of yarn for a 4’ X 6’ sized blanket.

Step 1: Making the PVC Pipe Needles

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  1. Obtain PVC pipe: 1-¼” size (x2)
  2. Cut two pieces of duct tape in a square (about 2” x 2”) and connect them sticky side to sticky side
  3. Tape duct tape to one end of the PVC pipe and use this as the butt of the needles so that the yarn will not fall off
  4. Obtain the poster board
  5. Cut a circle out of the poster board with a diameter of about 4 1/4" (x2)
  6. Cut a triangle with about a 70 degree angle out of the circles
  7. Fold the poster board from the two ends of the triangle to form a cone with a diameter of 2"
  8. Tape the poster board to the opposite side of the butt end of the needle to form a needle head with duct tape

Step 2: Cast On

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  1. Tie a simple double knot on one needle, not too tight
  2. Hold the needle with the first knot in your dominant hand
  3. Hold the working yarn (the yarn from the ball of yarn) in your non-dominant hand
  4. Drape the working yarn behind your thumb and into your palm, this will create a loop in the yarn
  5. Place the needle under the yarn across your palm
  6. Pull your thumb out from the needle and pull the loop tightly by pulling on the working yarn
  7. Repeat steps 1-5 30 times.
    • Note: you can do more or less stitches, depending on how wide you would like your blanket

Step 3: Knit Your First Row

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  1. With your empty needle in your dominant hand, push the head of the needle from the bottom of the first stitch through so the right needle sits behind the left needle
  2. The working yarn should lie in the back of the needles
  3. Wrap the working yarn around the right needle counterclockwise, this will put the yarn in between the two needles
  4. Move the right needle to a position where it is over the hole made by the left needle
  5. Poke the right needle through the left hold to the front of the left needle.
    • Note: Make sure to do this slowly so that the loop does not fall off the needle
  6. Pull off the old stitch by holding the left needle with your left hand and bringing the right needle and your new knit stitch up and off the head of the needle
  7. Knit each stitch until you have knitted all of the stitches on the needle
  8. Switch needles from your left hand to your right hand so that the empty needle is in your right hand
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 until the blanket is about 6’ long

Step 4: Casting Off

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  1. Knit two stitches normally
  2. Take the bottom stitch in your hand
  3. Lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch and off of the needle, keeping the top stitch on the needle
  4. Repeat this process until there is only one stitch left on the right needle
  5. Slip the needle out of the last loop, but keep the loop intact
  6. Cut the yarn, leaving about 6 inches at the end Put the cut end of the yarn and pull it tight

Step 5: Finished Product!

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Congratulations! You now have a finished chunky blanket to warm you up during those cold days! Enjoy!


mrsmerwin (author)2017-10-27

You could have made a more solid point for the needles by sharpening the end of a dowel rod.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-10-27

That looks great. Homemade blankets are perfect for gifts for small children it is always more personal.

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