As the holidays approach, you want to get close with your family and loved ones, and there’s nothing quite like cuddling up into a homemade knitted Christmas blanket. What’s especially inviting about this type of blanket is that the yarn used is generally thick and chunky for that added cozy effect.
If you’re thinking of making a Christmas blanket for yourself or as a gift, you may be wondering how much yarn to buy. You don’t want to underestimate the amount of yarn you’ll need, as this may hinder your project; however, you don’t want to overbuy if you’re sticking to a specific budget. This guide should help you buy the correct amount of yarn to complete your Christmas blanket knitting project.
Estimating the Right Amount
To find the right amount of yarn, you’ll need to understand how yarn is measured. For the most part, you can buy a single length of yarn by weight. Look for descriptions like “bulky” or “jumbo” – then you’ll know which yarns are thickest.
Online sellers will generally measure the weight of yarn according to pounds or kilograms, and how long the yard is by volume. Instead of purchasing various small balls of chunky yarn, your best bet is to order a large amount by weight for larger items. That way, the yarn can be packaged as one ball, which is easier for knitting continuously, and you won’t have to worry about joining ends.
Where Do I Find Yarn?
You can find yarn at a local specialty shop, or you can order conveniently online. What’s also beneficial about ordering online is that there is a variety of style and thickness options you can choose that may not be available in person. Find a company that has a fantastic online collection of yarn and patterns with tested, pre-set amounts to purchase, and brands like Red Heart and Bernat.
A General Guideline for Blankets
When you find the yarn that will work best for your project, it’s always a good idea to order slightly more than you would expect. For general guidelines, consider the following amounts:
- Small blanket – 4 pounds of yarn (28” x 52”)
- Twin bed blanket – 8 pounds of yarn (39” x 75”)
- Queen bed blanket – 14 pounds of yarn (60” x 80”)
- King bed blanket – 18 pounds of yarn (76” x 80”)
If you aren’t using these standard sizes, then get in touch with the yarn company and ask if they can help estimate how much you’ll need for your Christmas blanket. They are experts at knowing what is going to work and what will be an asset to your project.
Knitting a Christmas blanket is a fun project you can take up before or during the holidays and can be tackled by people with all levels of experience. Buying the right amount of thick or chunky yarn is essential to any project, so you’ll want to have accurate measurements. Buying yarn online is an excellent choice as you can get creative with colors, textures, and some companies even have patterns or ideas that can create innovation for your winter knitting projects.