In today’s post: Learn how to finger knit a chunky cable knit blanket using loop yarn.
Hey all, I have waxed lyrical before about my love for loop yarn. It’s a suuuuper clever craft supply that makes it easy for anyone to knit…without having to actually learn how to knit. It’s a crazy soft, machine washable yarn that has loops pre-sewn into it so you don’t need knitting needles or crochet hooks or the least bit of skill to work it up into a pretty blanket. But I’ve said all this before (and if you’re a repeat reader you might even be tired of hearing about it).
But hey, I have officially made the prettiest thing yet with loop yarn! BEHOLD MY CREATION: the CHUNKY cable knit blanket:
Anyone else getting the idea that I’m pretty proud of this here blankie? 😂
Now, I’ve made a cable knit blanket from loop yarn before, and I love it, but this one is better! It has a chunky, oversized cable knit texture that looks like a giant sweater in blanket form. Seriously, the fact that you can get this sort of texture without even knowing how to knit is pretty amazing!
How to Finger Knit with Loop Yarn
If you’ve never worked with loop yarn before, I recommend you pop over to this post: Everything You Need to Know about Loop Yarn
In that post you’ll find:
- an overview of the different brands of loop yarn
- the three most common stitches
- you how to start/end a blanket
- what to do when you need to add a new ball of yarn.
Chunky Cable Knit Blanket Details
The way this blanket is worked up to create the large cable knit texture means it doesn’t end up as wide as the other loop yarn blankets I’ve made. This blanket is narrower than the average throw size – mine is about 39 inches wide by 60 inches long. So it works better as a lap blanket to be used while sitting on the couch than a giant blanket to cuddle up under. But that’s ok, because it’s so BEAUTIFUL that I’m just as happy to look at it as use it 😂 . However, if you’d like a standard size throw (50 inches wide by 60 inches long) you could adjust the pattern by starting with 72 loops instead of 58.
For a 39×60 inch blanket, you will need 4 balls of the Bernat Alize Blanket EZ yarn (which is my favorite loop yarn). Or, if you are using Red Heart or Lion Brand loop yarn, you’ll need 8 balls. If you choose to make your blanket wider you will need more yarn.
How to Make a Cable Knit Blanket VIDEO
This blanket was made using a free pattern from Yarnspirations (click the link to get the pattern). Because I think these patterns are really hard to read if you don’t know how to knit already, I’ve made a video that will walk you through the process. Remember, to learn the basics of looping, click here for the beginner’s guide to loop yarn.
And that is everything you need to know to make your own gorgeous cable knit texture blanket!