Introduction: Chunky Knit Blanket

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. These instructions will provide proper information for people who have beginner/intermediate level knitting experience. Some of the steps are similar to traditional needles, except you will use your hands. 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

  1. Cut two pieces of duct tape in a square (about 2” x 2”) and connect them sticky side to sticky side
  2. 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
  3. Cut a circle out of the poster board with a diameter of about 4 1/4" (x2)
  4. Cut a triangle with about a 70 degree angle out of the circles
  5. Fold the poster board from the two ends of the triangle to form a cone with a diameter of 2"
  6. 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

  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

  1. With your right-hand needle, push the head of the needle into the first stitch from the bottom to the top
  2. The working yarn should lie in the back of the needles (in the space between the needles and table).
  3. Wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle counterclockwise.
  4. Move the right needle down, with the stitches staying in place
  5. Pull the second stitch on the right-hand needle over the first stitch on the right-hand needle
    • Note: Make sure to do this slowly so that the first stitch remains on the needle
  6. Knit each stitch as instructed above until you have knitted all of the stitches on the needle
  7. Switch needles from your left hand to your right hand so that the empty needle is in your right hand
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 until the blanket is about 6’ long

Step 4: Casting Off

  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 last stitch off of the needle, but keep the stitch in tact.
  6. Cut the yarn, leaving about 6 inches at the end
  7. Knot off the cut end of the yarn as close to the blanket as you can and pull it tight. You can double knot it for more security.

Step 5: Finished Product!

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