The Ultimate Arm Knitting Question!
How much yarn do I need for a specific sized chunky knit blanket?
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To make things SUPER easy for you I’ve put together a chart that should answer all your questions. However I must stress that this is a general guideline.
Everyone’s arms are different sizes and wool roving itself is different thicknesses which will result in slight differences from blanket to blanket.
But all this being said here is the
Here are some pictures of a few of the sizes mentioned.
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Can you tell me how many skeins of Bernat size 7 chunky yarn it would take to make a 50 x 60 blanket? I am trying to figure out how to charge for a blanket of that size but can’t figure out how many skeins I need.
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First-time knitter here: I’m looking at Mainstays Chenille Chunky yarn on Walmart’s website, and it doesn’t list the weight of the yarn. I know that if I buy 8 pieces, I have around 250 yards of yarn. I was planning on making a blanket, between large and extra-large blanket by knitting on the floor. Do you know if your chart will help me or is the yarn I’m looking at too light?
Thanks for your help!
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I want to make the 50 inch by 70 inch blanket, how many stitches do I cast on and how many rows do I knit? I’m using Premier Couture Jazz yarn, size 7.
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Hi I’m in the UK and want to make a medium or large blanket. I get the bit about arm length, stitches and rows etc but what I’m unsure of is which thickness wool to buy. Is there a number of thickness or is it called super chunky? And where is the best place to buy from as we don’t have a Michaels here, I usually use Amazon.co.uk
Looking at doing a QUEEN SIZE blanket with what ever is the easiest . Can anyone direct me to a menu of what I would need?? Eg two arms X of Blank Blank Yarn measureing BLANK
The link to the video for the heart blanket is unavailable could you post a new one?
Hi Kristina, I’ve just fixed the link to the arm knitted heart blanket so hopefully it’s working now. Sorry for taking so long to respond, it’s been one of those insanely busy months.
I have 70 yards to make a blanket. How big would that end up?
I’m looking to make a big blanket roughly 5’x6′ feet using big bulky yarn. How many skeins will I need to buy and how many stitches do I make for the cast on to start?
Hi Erryn, You’ll need roughly 200 meters (which is about 200 yards) of super chunky yarn. I have no idea how many skeins that would be, you’ll have to see what kind of yarn you want and calculate that yourself. You’ll need to do a chain cast on as long as you want the width of the blanket. So in your case, you need to keep putting stitches on until the chain is 5 feet long. I hope that helps!
I am going to arm knit a queen size blanket aprox. 80×90 with Red Heart Irresistible Yarn. Each skein is 29 yards. How many skeins do you think I will need and how many stitches will I need to cast on?
Hi Annie, you’ll need roughly 400 yards of yarn, so that would be about 14 skeins if you’re going to make it with a single strand of yarn. If you want it to be a thicker blanket you’ll need to double the yarn as you need with it and in that case you’d need double what I’ve just written. Keep in mind everyone’s stitches are a different size so you might need more or less 400 yards depending on the size of your stitches. I hope that helps!
Thank you so much Stacy
Hello we are cery new to knitting and hoping to get started with arm knitting. We currently have 162 yards at jumo 7 yarn by loops and threads free spirit.
Can someone give me an approximate size of a blanket this will give me with that yarn length? Im wondering if we need to get another skein of 54 yards at 35 ounces.
All help is greatly appreciated! Thanks somuch
It’s always safer to have more yarn than less so you can make your stitches tighter if you wish. 162 yards will give you roughly a 50″ x 70″ blanket, but this size varies greatly depending on how tight or loose you knit your stitches. Hope that helps! Stacy
Hi, I bought Loops and Threads bulky yarn from micheals (54 yards to a bundle/ ball). I was just wondering what size blanket I could make from that and how many loops to a row? Or if I should buy another one?
Hi Julia 54 yards will be roughly enough to make a 30″ x 30″ baby blanket (it might end up bigger, it just depends on how big or small you make your loops), for a blanket that size I usually cast on about 10, but again it varies greatly with how big or small you make your loops.
I am going to make Lego pattern in crochet for a medium blanket, how much woollen yarn is required
Generally speaking a crochet blanket uses almost double the amount of yarn a knitted one would, so whatever size you see above on the chart you’ll need to add almost double that.
I assume for 30” it would be 10 loops?
Hi KR sorry for the late reply, You’ll need to cast on a chain until you have 30″ of chain and then put the loops in the dashes on the back of that chain. 10 loops might be perfect but it all depends on the size of your arm.
Hello, I have purchased the same ‘loops and threads’ yarn (54 yards/ 2.2 lbs) from Micheals. I am attempting to make a baby blanket. That should suffice the amount for a baby blanket yes? But I am trying to figure out how many rows of loops I will need? Thank you!
I’ve never done anything like this before. I had been looking at the chunky Loops and Threads at Michaels previously but I see that you said I need two strands at a time. If I do that, won’t I need 348y for a large blanket given that I’m using twice as many strands? At $35 a pop, this would put the blanket at over $200 with a discount. They are 54 yds a piece so that means I’d need 7 of them. I’m just trying to determine the right amount so I don’t over/under buy.
It sounds like you have the calculations right. Keep in mind that because everyone’s arms are different sizes, you might still need more or less to make the blanket the size you want. But for a general calculation you have it right.
Celina. Kg make no sence to me. I need oz
Hello! I am glad to have found this page butni also have a question about how. Iarge a blanket i can make with the yarn i have. I have 27 hanks of Bernat Sophia Knit or Knot which, at 7.5 yards/hank comes put to around 200 yards total, measuring length. While the label says its a size 6, with 200 yards i should have enough to make a decent sized blanket according to your chart.
Somehow, it just soesnt add up in my head and wanted to verify my calculations (lol) before I knot and hand knit all this discontinued irreplaceable yarn! ?
Thank you for any help
Hi Carlyn, YES! You should definitely have enough for a decent sized blanket. And I’d love to see the results when your finished. I’m not farmilar with Bernat Sophia Knit yarn. You’re welcome to share it in my group on facebook called “Arm Knitting and Crocheting.”
Happy Arm Knitting,
Phew! Well, as it turned out, i had 22 hanks of 7.5 yards each, so I decided to start with 20 stitches since the yarn was so huge.
Btw: while the yarn is technically labelled a #6, the core is only complete when woven with the plied of the yarn, and unravels like crazy given the slightest chance. The Bernat Sophia Knit or Knot yarn is actually about the same size as Hobby Lobby’s Eternal Bliss, but the yarn is simply shorter by a half inch, or so.
Anyway, with what I had, I turned out a fabulously lush, fluffy giant stitch blanket about 48″x 70″ which is a perfect size for snoozing on the couch with mom and dad, or to top my granddaughters new “big girl bed.”
Turns out, if you keep the stitches CONSISTENT, and even, there is no need to use 2 strands. Also, I found i had to take care to tidy the stitches as i went and not leave any “loopiness” on the backside (uses up yarn, too).
I solved the knotting issue with super bulky henille yarns, as well – this blanket has ZERO knots to ruin a snuggle, and i even washed and dried the finished blanket several times to test the joins. (The yarn label says cold water hand wash, lay flat to dry, but you KNOW that if it’s a baby’s blankie there isnt gonna be time for all that impractical mess, lol!)
After all, the blanket is for a 2 year old. ♡
Next comes about 10 boxes of random Himalaya hanks, for which the yarn is a actually a woven mesh. I would be happy to trade super bulky chenille yarn tips for just ONE good solve on how to connect this crazy discontinued stuff!!! I have enough for 3 blankets (Go, Stacy’s Chart!) So im 1/4 of the way done with xmas with those!!!
Thanks again, Stacy! I would never have got this project done without your chart!!!
PS. I have pics, but have no idea how to add them to a message board post like this (since i dont have them stashed online, I guess?)
What an adventure you’ve had! Don’t worry about the pics. Hard copies are difficult to get online unless you have a scanner or digital camera to take pictures with. If you ever do get them online you can just send them to my facebook page. I’d love to share them with other arm knitters to encourage them using different types of yarn.
Sounds like your well on your way to finishing Christmas gifts! I’m glad my chart helped. I haven’t any other tips to give since I’ve never used this type of yarn, but it sounds like your managing quite well.
Happy Arm Knitting,
This is me again, wandering along on the tail end of some beautifully discounted sunshine-colored yarn crocheted into a crib blank or for my newest granddaughter!!
I wanted to say Thanks yet again since I would be LOST without your chart, even for my newest adventures!! It’s crazy, but crocheting by hand takes dang near twice the amount of yarn (if I dramatize! Lol! Truly, it adds another bunch of yarn but it is MUCH easier to keep it all consistent and the pattern seems much easier, to me.
I really gotta get you some pics since your chart is my most referred link and I have yet to figure a blankie without it and I have many kinds of yarns invested in all those snuggly bankets!!!
Yay, Stacy!!! You are a Truly Majestic treasure trove of relevant info!!! Thank you SO very much!!!!
Hey there I am a bit confused how many kg or meters I should use. I would like to make a large blanket 70”x80” and I am looking on eBay the description says 250g a ball and 45m chunky wool yarn so how many of those would I need as it seems I need more if I go by the kg than by the metres what do you think. Thanks for your help.
I wanted to try arm knitting a blanket, but I’m a beginner. I bought Chunky Boho Loop & Threads Yarn (31 yds, 220g) , its super bulky(6). Do you think I would be able to make a chunky blanket without too many holes? (I’m not even sure if I am making sense, I am really a novice and just wanted to try something new).
Hi Mara, You’ll need to buy quite a few more skeins to make a blanket 31 yards won’t be enough, and if it’s super bulky 6 you should knit with 2 or 3 strands at a time so the holes will be smaller. If you have big arms you can lay your work out on the floor and pull the loops through instead of keeping them on your arms, this way you have more control over the size of the stitches and can make the holes smaller.
I hope that was helpful!
Happy Arm Knitting,
Hi Stacey I have four 250 g of hand knitting wool how much more will I need for a bed or large blanket
Is it wool roving or yarn that has been spun? This makes a big difference because usually spun yarn has to be knitted with several strands at a time for the bulk. If you already have 4 x 250g (1 kg) you’ll need about 3 kgs more for a large blanket (if you’re using wool roving), if you’re using super bulky yarn you’ll need to know how many meters in length it is and follow the chart from above. I hope that helped!
If making a 40X60 blanket and yarn comes in size 250 g, how many do I need to buy
Hi Linda, Are you buying regular yarn or wool roving yarn? If it’s wool roving, Generally 250 grams is about 10 meters long so you can do the calculations from the above chart, but if you’re talking about 250 g of regular yarn usually wherever your buying it from should say the length. I hope that helped.
How many stitches to cast on for a 72×96
Arm knitted blanket
You’ll probably need between 25 to 30, but it greatly depends on the size of your arms and you may need more. Start by chaining 25, then measure how long your chain, the length of your chain determines how wide your blanket will be, and obviously how many rows you knit will determine the length. I hope that was helpful!
Happy Arm Knitting,
Thank you Stacy yes this helps as I’ve never knitted anything in my life this will be an experience of a lifetime?
So how many skeins/balls of Chuncky yarn for a medium blanket? I don’t understand the whole lbs & cm.
Hi Cindy, skeins and balls all have different lengths of yarn in them. You’ll need 120 meters of yarn or 131 yards of yarn. I hope that helped!
Happy Arm Knitting,
This chart seems HORRIBLY off. 174 yards of yarn for a medium blanket???? but 8.8lbs? am I missing something?
Hi Julie, The weight in the chart is for using wool roving which is massively bulky like no other yarn on the planet so the chart is actually right. If you’re using regular synthetic yarn or chunky chenille or something like that, don’t go by the weight, just use the length in the chart. I hope that helps 🙂
Thank you im going to be ising chinille and was wondering about the length!! So excitrd thank you so much ?
What size of knitting needles do you use for the chunky chenille yarn?
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