One of the great things about receiving Yarn Club each month is that you don’t know whats arriving until you open the box. Sometimes, it might be your favourite base, but other months the base might be something you have never tried before or a weight that you wouldn’t normally reach for. Trying different yarns in this way can really push you to projects you wouldn’t have chosen or to discovering a new favourite!
Yarn club for February was one of those months where I knew people may not have reached for this yarn before – a chunky weight yarn, its often overlooked in favour of thinner weights where more yardage can make it feel like you get more yarn for your money. But chunky is a favourite of mine – partly because it works up so quickly so for me that means I am more likely to use it -which actually makes it much better value for money. I can make a hat or gloves in just a few hours, and I have even crocheted a shawl in the time it took to watch one film. Its also a great yarn to use for last minute gifts for this exact reason! Because chunky weight yarn turns itself from skein to finished item so quickly I think its also a great weight for a beginner, or child – my children love knitting and finishing something quickly really helps them to keep their interest. And we all love having a finished object done and ready to be enjoyed don’t we?
But it can be hard to know how to get the best from those 100 metres. So here are some of my favourite knitting patterns for chunky yarn, most just take one skein. ( Don’t worry if you crochet, Ill be back soon with my favourite crochet patterns too!)
These really lovely mitts take just 100g of yarn, and are a perfect project for a beginner as they are simple stitches, and Eden Cottage Yarns have great patterns so you know you can rely on them to be well written and easy to follow.
I absolutely love this chunky knitted hat, it uses just one skein of yarn, and works up really quickly. Although the author is open that the pattern hasn’t had rigorous testing, for a quick pattern like this I don’t mind taking the risk and actually knitted this hat last year as a gift – and it worked out just fine for me!
Chunky socks are one of my favourite Christmas gifts – I know Christmas is past but if you want to get organized for next year or just want warm toes for now, these socks are perfect. You will need two skeins, but they are a quick knit and I also loved knitting them as practice for getting the hang of sock making before switching to a finer yarn.
This knitted collar is a really simple ‘pattern’ which is really just a recipe – but I love the finished item, a cosy collar to tuck under a coat. It is a great beginner knit too, or a quick, mindless project. I think this would be easy to resize for a child too, and is great for those who don’t like bulky scarf ends, or if you have a beautiful button or two in your stash to show off.
Many people think that you need 4 ply yarn to make a shawl – however, if you love shawls then its still possible to knit a shawl from just one skein of chunky yarn – my favorite pattern designer for chunky yarns is Taiga Hillard, and this shawl is one of her gorgeous designs. I think if you are a fan of shawls its interesting to make them in different weights to make a comparison to see how the yarn weight effects the finished item.
There are so many possibilities with just 100g of chunky weight yarn, if you love casting on and off again in just a few hours then do try some of these patterns. There are more ideas on my Pinterest board for chunky weight patterns which you can find here. Let me know which one you choose, just use the #devonsunyarns on Instagram or show us in the Devon Sun Yarnies Facebook group.