How to Crochet a Chunky Blanket (5 Sizes)

Are you looking for a quick beginner-friendly and super bulky crochet blanket pattern? If so, this blanket pattern may be the one you are looking for.

It’s an easy design that works up fast, also a free pattern and uses simple stitches, which is perfect when you are first learning how to crochet a blanket. So, if you are a beginner, then you have found a great blanket to start your journey with.

Scroll on down to find the free pattern for a chunky crochet blanket and get started today.

Super bulky crochet blanket pattern
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How to Crochet a Chunky Blanket

Crocheting a chunky blanket is as easy as using some bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. This blanket pattern in particular uses a simple stitch and super bulky weight yarn to make it chunky.

Each blanket pattern may be different when working with chunky yarn. The example steps above are just one of the patterns you may come across to crochet a blanket with bulky or super bulky yarn.

Chunky Crochet Throw Pattern

The Yarn

I finished my blanket up in just a few days because of my favorite bulky yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick! It is an 80% acrylic and 20% wool blend super bulky #6 weight yarn.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 6 – Super Bulky yarn.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

Fiber: Acrylic (80%), Wool (20%)
Yardage: 106 yards (87 in prints/stripes, 92 in metallic)
Hook: 9 mm (M/N-13)
Substitute: Lion Brand Hometown USA

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I made the entire chunky blanket using the color Hudson Bay, which is one of my favorite colors that Lion Brand makes! If you want a thick crochet blanket, then this is the yarn to use.

Do you want to use a substitute yarn? Try Hometown USA yarn, which is also from Lionbrand as a wool-free yarn alternative.

chunky crochet afghan blanket pattern

You can also use this yarn to make my chunky chevron blanket pattern as well if you are looking for more cozy blanket projects.

The Crochet Stitches

This blanket is made with simple crochet stitches, which is perfect for beginner crocheters! It uses just a Half Double Crochet or as sometimes abbreviated the hdc stitch.

Take a look at the explanations of the crochet stitches to get a deeper understanding of them before you start your blanket.

Half Double Crochet (hdc):

  • YO (yarn over) insert hook from front to back of the designated stitch, YO the hook and pick up a loop. 
  • YO the hook and pull back through all three loops on the hook.

Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: hdc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →

The ribbed rows are formed by crocheting in the back loop of a stitch.

Working in the Back Loop (bl):

  • Insert the hook through the bl only of each stitch, rather than under both loops of the stitch. 
  • Complete the stitch as usual.

Once you get a hang of the stitches, you will see that this blanket is an easy crochet pattern to crochet over a weekend or a few days!

Video Tutorial (HDC in crochet)

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How to Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial
Chunky Crochet Throw Blanket

This chunky blanket crochet pattern is one of those patterns that once you get the first few rows in, you are good to let your mind go and crochet!

I have to admit that I sat in front of the TV with my pajamas, coffee, and Netflix for about two evenings while working on this! But who doesn’t love to crochet & Netflix binge? 

Chunky Crochet Baby Blanket

Like most of my blanket designs, this one works up fast, uses basic stitches, and will have you warm in no time because you will finish it that quickly! Enjoy!

Easy Crochet Chunky Blanket Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Materials

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • HDCBL = half double crochet back loop
  • ST = stitch
  • STS = stitches

Gauge

  • 4 inches = 8 sts x 4 rows

Notes

  • The blanket will be worked in HDC (Half Double Crochets) in the Back Loop (BL) of each row!
  • written in standard US terms

Sizes

  • Baby – 520 yards of yarn
  • Twin – 1180 yards of yarn
  • Full/Queen – 1,920 yards of yarn
  • King – 2,430 yards of yarn
Chunky Yarn Blanket Crochet Pattern

Chunky Blanket Pattern in 5 Sizes

Baby Blanket Pattern: (36” x 36”)

  • Foundation Row: Ch 74 
  • Row 1: in the third ch from the hook hdc, hdc into every ch across, turn. (72)
  • Row 2: ch 2, starting in the first st hdcbl, hdcbl in every st across, turn. (72)
  • Row 3-36: repeat row 2. (72)
  • Finishing: Fasten off and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.

Twin Blanket Pattern: (39” x 75”)

  • Foundation Row: Ch 80 
  • Row 1: in the third ch from the hook hdc, hdc into every ch across, turn. (78)
  • Row 2: ch 2, starting in the first st hdcbl, hdcbl in every st across, turn. (78)
  • Row 3-75: repeat row 2. (78)
  • Finishing: Fasten off and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.

Full/ Queen Blanket Pattern: (60” x 80”)

  • Foundation Row: Ch 122
  • Row 1: in the third ch from the hook hdc, hdc into every ch across, turn. (120)
  • Row 2: ch 2, starting in the first st hdcbl, hdcbl in every st across, turn. (120)
  • Row 3-80: repeat row 2. (120)
  • Finishing: Fasten off and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.

King Blanket Pattern: (76” x 80”)

  • Foundation Row: Ch 154
  • Row 1: in the third ch from the hook hdc, hdc into every ch across, turn. (152)
  • Row 2: ch 2, starting in the first st hdcbl, hdcbl in every st across, turn. (152)
  • Row 3-80: repeat row 2. (152)
  • Finishing: Fasten off and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.

That’s it! The chunky yarn blanket is now complete. This really is a quick and easy chunky crochet blanket pattern free of all the fuss of confusing stitches.

I hope you enjoyed this simple chunky blanket design!

Do you want more free crochet patterns like this? Try my reader favorite Alissa Throw or the new beginner-friendly Double Crochet Blanket. I promise you will be toasty warm for Fall and winter!

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83 Comments

  1. Hi. I just started this blanket and noticed that your instructions for row 3-75 for example, you have repeat row 2. If you only repeat row 2, you won’t get the ribs. Should it not say to repeat rows 1 and 2?

    1. Hi Annette,

      You’d repeat row 2 for the rest of the pattern.

      In row 2 you are working in the back loop of each stitch, so for every row after you are also working in the back loop, which creates the ribbed look of the blanket.

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

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  3. This is my first attempt at crocheting a blanket. Although my blanket is beautiful, it didn’t have the ribbed rows. What did I do wrong? I know that it’s somewhere in how I started the second row. I’m so dyslexic that maybe I misunderstood the directions? I watched the video several times and can’t see where I made the mistake. I want to do 3 more blankets. So is like to figure it out.

  4. Hi. I am very nΓ©e to crocheting. Thank you for the pattern and the sizing information. I used the multi color yarn β€œDusk” to do the Full size. There is a section of about 7 rows that are wonky in size or shape. Do you recommend blocking? If so what method?

  5. Hi Krista!

    I’m getting ready to make 2 of these for my grown children for Christmas in the twin size. Wouldn’t you end up with 79 stitches at the end of row one if you started in the second, of 80 chains, from the hook?

    Thank you for sharing this great chunky pattern! My yarn should arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to start! For my daughter I’m using the Coney Island colorway and for my son, the Bedrock of WET&Q

    1. You are right! It should have read start in the third chain from the hook. πŸ™‚ I fixed it in the pattern. The two colorways you picked are perfect! I hope you enjoy the pattern.

      Krista

  6. Hi Krista,

    If I wanted to make this blanket with Bernat Blanket Yarn, would you recommend going up a hook size? I know that they’re both #6, but the Bernat is SO fluffy.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi! You could definitely try the same hook size or go up one and see what works best for you. I’ve used a 9 mm and 12 mm hook for Bernat and liked them both. πŸ™‚

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  7. Hi Krista, I’m about to order the yarn I need to make this blanket, can’t wait! I just have one question. I’m relatively new to crocheting, and I have 8mm and 10mm hooks but not a 9mm. If I were to use my 10mm, would it make that much of a difference? Or would you recommend getting myself a 9?

    1. Hi Kara,
      You could use the 8 mm or the 10 mm and try to get the gauge that is listed in the pattern. That way the blanket size you crochet will match up perfectly with what is shown when you are done!

      Happy crocheting,

      Krista

  8. Did the instructions get removed? All I see are the materials and abbreviations. There are no instructions. ☹ I’ve looked up and down the page twice.

    1. Hi Summer,
      They are there. πŸ™‚ If you are on mobile there is a read more button that will load the rest of the page once it is clicked.

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  9. Hi Krista,

    I have the same question as Lori, but didn’t see a response. Are the rows created length wise or width wise? I want the rows/ribs to go down my blanket length wise…. so does that mean I should do my initial chains to the length I want rather than the width?

    Thanks!
    Jordan

  10. Krista, thank you for sharing this lovely pattern. I used two strands of Big Twist Heather Blue, that I bought at Joann’s , to make a throw blanket to cuddle under on cold winter nights. The pattern was easy, β€œmind-less” and quick.

  11. Thanks for doing the different sizes to make, and how many stitches to start with my maths is terrible I can see me making this for next winter as it is nearly summer here.
    Anne

  12. Hi Krista,

    This pattern or look is exactly what I’ve been wanting to work on. But do the rows end up lengthwise on the long side of the blanket or across the short side? I really the the look on the long side.

    Lori

  13. Hi Krista,
    Thanks so much for your reply. I am doing the blanket in a Q hook and it looks fabulous….except…I am about 25 rows in and it all looks great except my initial chain row and first row..I seem to have crocheted much looser at the beginning and when I lay the blanket on the table the rest of it is in beautiful consistent rows, but the start looks so loose and wobbly. If I was keeping it, it wouldn’t be a problem but it is a gift. Wondering if you have any suggestions as this really doesn’t seem to be a blanket that would suit an edging where I might be able to hide it, and I would have no idea how to remove a row from the start of a project. Thanks

  14. Hi Krista,
    I am wondering how you chose your hook size. I am contemplating using a larger hook but I am new to crochet so I’m not sure if that is a good idea. I would like to complete it by Christmas and I want it to have that big chunky look that is so in right now. I would welcome your thoughts.
    Thanks
    Cindy

  15. Hello. Thank you for such a beautiful pattern. I was looking for something that would work up quickly. I am however stumped and hoping you can enlighten me. For the baby blanket chaining 72+2 would actually make 74 chains total. If I hdc in the 2nd ch from hook that would give me 72 sts at the end of the row however the pattern says I should have 70 sts at the end of each row. What am I doing wrong? Ive worked it over and over and still come up with 72 sts. Please help my confusion! Thank you so much!

  16. I need help! I have started this 4 times and can’t figure out what I am doing wrong. Please tell me how to start row 2 β€” do you start in the second chain stitch from the hook and how many HD’s do you end up with (not counting the 2 chains that start the row)? Thanks for your help.

  17. I just finished this blanket in a queen size and love it so much!!!! I used 20 skeins of the 5 oz Hudson Bay. And I actually realized after the fact that I had 121 HDC on my first row and ended up with 81 rows just to finish off that last skein of yarn. So I ended up with 1740 yards in mine but I didn’t check my gauge because all I wanted was a big comfy blanket. Anyways I love it so much, thank you for the pattern! I have already got my sister to order yarn for her own queen size and I just ordered more yarn in a color scheme that my husband would agree with. Thank you!

  18. I bought 12 skeins for a twin sized, my gauge was slightly off so I added 10 st to the chain to make it 40″ wide. 4 skeins in and I can already tell I will need to buy at least 3 more to complete it to full length. Maybe I’m a tight crocheter but it seems the pattern may be an understimate. I still like the project though, it’s great to work on during movies.

  19. I thought it was perfect to find the pattern on your page. My friend’s cat loves the blanket and I’ve made two more since.

    Wishing you a very happy week. Sarah πŸ™‚ x

  20. This looks like a fun project! I have a ton of bernat blanket yarn. Do you think this work be a good pattern for it? Thanks so much!

  21. Hello Krista, thank you very much for this lovely pattern. I’ve made a small square for a cat that our friend has recently rescued. I live in the UK and was really pleased to find the yarn you recommend and it was great to work with. Best wishes, Sarah.

  22. Hi! I’m a beginner to crochet and looking to start my first blanket. I love the look of your finished product but I do gave a question about the pattern. In row one what does the plus 2 mean? I’ve been searching the Internet for quite some time and I can’t find anything

  23. Hi Krista, made your blanket in hdcbl and received rave comments!! However, I did give you full credit. I would like to make
    This blanket in a size 4 medium. What alterations do I gave to make to the patterm?
    Thanks so much
    Marianne

    1. Hi Steffany,
      You could, but it would not turn out as big or as thick. You could try holding two strands of worsted weight together to make it comparable.

      Hope this helps!
      Krista

  24. Been working on a kingsize version of this using 2 aran weight and 1 whatever-weight coloured yarn threads, and I’m almost done! 3 months of work on and off, usually breaks because I’ve decided to only use yarns from my local charity shop, so sometimes have to wait for new stock.
    But omg it’s become the most beautiful, squishy, hard-wearing blanket ever, I’m so proud of it. Love the ribbing this pattern gives, so thank you very much!

  25. Could you perhaps list how many skeins of yarn to purchase for the different sizes of blankets? I might have to tackle this project next while my sewing machine is broken ☺️

  26. I am using Big Twist Denim Blue with a K hook to make a shrug.
    I’ve been crocheting for a long time, but I never got past the beginner stage. This pattern is so easy but it makes me look like a pro!
    Thanks, Krista, love your Facebook posts!

  27. I’m a beginner crocheter, self-taught from videos and instructional websites, and I’ve been searching for a repetitive pattern to practice my basic skills, but still turn out a beautiful looking blanket. I think this will be the perfect one! Thank you for the inspiration, I look forward to starting this project.

  28. I LOVE THE EASY PATTERNS!!!!! Going to the store tomorrow to buy the yarn. CAN’T WAIT TO START. THANK YOU !!!! GERI

  29. Hi Krista, beautiful pattern……I’m attempting it now! Question though: when I start row 2 in the 2nd chain from the hook and do 78 hdc’s I end up with one chain left at the end of the row. I’ve done that twice now….what am I doing wrong? I definitely did 78 chains + 2 for the foundation row and checked to make sure I was starting row 2 in the 2nd chain from the hook. Any idea what the heck I’m doing wrong?! Thanks!!
    Susan

  30. This is gorgeous!! What a coincidence. Today I just started looking for a thick blanket pattern to make for my next project! Guess I know which one I’ll make. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern. L.

  31. What size did you make in the pictures? I already have 5 skeins of this yarn and have been looking for a pattern to make a throw blanket like this.

  32. Beautiful. This is also a great yarn. Seems like this would be more sturdy and would not fray as easily than the roving blankets that are out.

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