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Archive for November 28th, 2011


Winter Trend: Modern Meets Chunky Stitches

November 28th, 2011

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This is a guest post from Jen Geigley. She’s a graphic designer, knitter, blogger, and maker. She documents her crafting and life at heyjenrenee.com

chunky yarnSimple definitely doesn’t have to be boring, and there’s no need for chunky to be frumpy. Chic, modern chunky knits are everywhere this season. Bulky scarves, hats, cowls and shawls are quick to knit up and there are so many ways to wear them. Adding a chunky accessory over a sweater or dress not only keeps you cozy but adds that extra dramatic touch. Tuck a chunky cowl under your favorite peacoat or layer it over the top of a jacket for an extra pop of color. I find that keeping the stitch pattern simple only accentuates the appeal of the bulky yarn, making the stitch definition really stand out. I truly love a sea of super chunky stockinette!

Here is a roundup of my most favorite Lion Brand patterns that call for chunky or super bulky yarn. Any of these projects would be perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Since they’re quick to make, you’ll most likely have time to make more than one! The best part? Most of these projects are ideal for beginners. Some patterns suggest a different yarn than what I’ve used, but that’s what makes bulky knitting even more fun – experiment and I’m sure you too will find yourself loving the results.

Cowls and Hat

Left to right: Basic Cowl using Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend in Ballpoint Blue, Time Out Cowl using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Citron, Fireworks Hat using Wool-Ease Chunky in Deep Rose

Cowl, Scarf, and Mitts

Openwork Crocheted Cowl using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Charcoal, Two-Hour Knit Scarf using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Eggplant (with added fringe), Learn to Knit Cuff using Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend in Spring Green

Cowls and Scarf

Chili Pepper Cowl using Quick & Cozy in Paprika, GAP-tastic Cowl (designed by me) using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Cobalt, Triangle Scarf using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Linen (with added fringe)

What are your favorite chunky yarns? Let us know in the comments!