If you’ve taken a stroll through any trendy home goods store lately you may have noticed that big chunky knits (and crochet!) are having a moment. And who could blame them? Cozy soft blankets and pillows are the perfect items to fend off winter.
For those of us who like to knit or crochet for fun this is great news, since chunky yarns knit up really fast and there are hundreds of yarns and colors to choose from. It’s a great excuse to learn something new. Whether you’ve never touched needles before, or you’re looking to try out a tricky technique, here are six free patterns for chunky knit home goods…
This pattern uses basic knit and purl stitches, plus a few increase and decrease stitches. I like patterns like this because they’re interesting enough to keep you from getting bored but not so challenging you’ll be cursing the whole way. Get the pattern on the Knit Picks website.
A blanket for seriously cold people
This monster blanket is knit in super bulky yarn and uses just two basic stitches, knit and purl. The great thing about this design is it’s super easy to make it bigger, smaller, chunkier, or daintier to suit your preferences. The pattern is available as a free PDF from Ravelry (you’ll need an account but it’s free to sign up).
Puff Daddy Ottoman
You can knit your own furniture! I have visions of knitting tons of these and having my living room be a magical land of brightly colored bulbous seating. The pattern is also dead simple — it uses garter stitch, so it’s just knit knit knit all the way without purling. Cheap duvets are used to stuff the puffs so if you’re looking for an excuse to replace your sad deflated duvet and recycle the old one, you’re welcome. Find the pattern on Pickles.
If you need more baskets for your baskets moments, make your own! Round, rectangular, big, small, whatever you want. These guys are crochet, rather than knit, as crochet fabric tends to have a more stable structure than knits. Cotton yarns are excellent for baskets, and you may want to work in a slightly smaller gauge than the yarn usually calls for in order to get a nice tight fabric. Baskets can also be lined with cardboard or plastic canvas to give them a little more structure. Find the pattern for the round basket on Crochet in Color and the rectangular one can be found on Yarnspirations.
Twisted Taffy pillow and throw
Break out your cable knitting skills with this super-chunky throw and pillow combo. If you’ve never tried cables before this is a great first cable pattern, the large stitches make it easier to manipulate the fabric. You could also make it into a bedspread by making it larger, or make a super sized throw by following the pattern as-is in a thicker yarn. Choose a lighter color yarn for this pattern, as cables tend to get lost in dark or busy colors. You can find the pattern on the Red Heart website.
If you’re someone who lives in an area where it doesn’t get very cold, or where it’s currently summer, consider cuddling up with this super cute cactus instead. It’s the perfect plant for notorious black thumbs like myself. That’s right, I killed a cactus. Rather than subject more innocent plants to my poor gardening skills, I think I’ll fill my pots with these guys instead. You can find the pattern on Mary J Handmade. (Note: the website is in Italian but both Italian and English versions of the pattern are available.)
Tips and Tricks:
Want to try out some of these patterns but feeling intimidated?
When it comes to deciding what to use…
You can either use a super chunky yarn like Lion Brand Thick and Quick or hold multiple strands of your favorite yarn together to get a similar thickness. If you want really clear stitch definition look for single-ply chunky yarns like Bernat Roving or Cascade Yarns Magnum. To go REALLY big you can try arm knitting knitting with actual roving (unspun fiber), available at specialty fiber shops.
If you can’t find a pattern that’s quite what you had in mind, make your own!
Find a stitch pattern you like, cast on about 30 stitches, and knit a 4″ long sample (called a swatch). Use thinner yarns / fewer strands for a more delicate look, or thicker yarns / more strands if you want to go super chunky. You can use this swatch to calculate how many stitches you’d need to make a throw, pillow cover, etc.
What are your favorite chunky knit patters or home goods?