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How to Knit a Chunky Blanket in Bubble Stitch

Learn how to knit a Chunky Blanket in Bubble Stitch with this beautiful texture. Design your own three-dimensional cozy afghan with custom color changes.

This blanket quickly knits up with super bulky weight yarn. Choose among 6 different sizes from a tiny lovey to the largest twin bedspread.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorials below. You may also purchase my ad-free printable pdf pattern in my Studio Knit Pattern Shop.

Knitted Bubble Stitch Blanket in pink and white yarn colors on a couch and felt flowers on the wall.
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Knitted Blanket Construction

  • Bottom-Up: The knitted blanket is created from the bottom up and knitted flat from the cast-on edge.
  • Shape: A square/rectangular shape.
  • Texture Design: The blanket is bordered in Garter Stitch with the body in Bubble Stitch.
  • Not Reversible: This is not a reversible pattern, because the pattern is visible only on the right side of your work.
  • Stitch Repeats: The texture is created with a 12-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern that easily lies flat.
Chunky baby blanket in blue and white yarn colors on couch.

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Yarn – Super Bulky Weight #6
Feel free to use any fiber and colors of your choice. My Blanket sample pictured was knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. This yarn blend has the feel, warmth, and softness of wool with the easy care and washability of acrylic. Plymouth Yarn’s Encore Mega is another good choice for this project.

Samples pictured have been knit in Lion Brand colors:

Knitting Needles

  • Circular Knitting Needles Size 11 US (8.0 mm).
  • We are using a smaller size of knitting needle than the yarn recommends so that we may knit a tighter weave for the bubble texture to pop.
  • Although we are knitting a flat piece, the length of a circular needle is ideal to easily hold all of your stitches.
  • Select your blanket size first (see 6 sizes below) to determine the needle length required.

Knitting Tools

Knitting supplies of circular knitting needles, scissors, a tapestry needle, and Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn.

Knitting Techniques

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Chunky bubble stitch blanket in pink and white yarn colors displayed on rustic ladder.

6 Blanket Sizes with Yarn Amounts

Knitting Gauge in Bubble Stitch Pattern (blocked)
8 sts x 16 rows = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm)

Select a blanket size to determine the amount of yarn you’ll need, as well as help you know how many stitches to cast on your needle.

Lovey: 12 x 12 inches (31 x 31 cm)
Cast On: 27 Stitches
3 pattern repeats • 6 bubble rows
Yarn: 57 – 62 yards; 91 – 99 g
1 ball at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 16” or longer

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Baby Stroller: 18 x 25 inches (46 x 64 cm)
Cast On: 39 Stitches
7.5 pattern repeats • 15 bubble rows
(Note: End after Row 6)
Yarn: 178 – 200 yards; 286 – 321 g
2 balls at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 24” or longer

Pictured example color changes alternate every 6 rows.
(Note: End after Row 6)

Knitted Chunky Blanket in Baby Stroller size with blue and white yarn colors.

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Receiving: 35 x 35 inches (89 x 89 cm)
Cast On: 75 Stitches
11 pattern repeats • 22 bubble rows
Yarn: 489 – 540 yards; 784 – 866 g
6 balls at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 36” or longer

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Lapghan: 35 x 46 inches (89 x 117 cm)
Cast On: 75 Stitches
15 pattern repeats • 30 bubble rows
Yarn: 654 – 720 yards; 1049 – 1154 g
7 balls at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 36” or longer

In this example, the color changes alternate every 36 rows.

Afghan Blanket knitted in Bubble Stitch with pink and cream color yarn.

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Throw: 40 x 60 inches (102 x 153 cm)
Cast On: 87 Stitches
20 pattern repeats • 40 bubble rows
Yarn: 995 – 1100 yards; 1597 – 1763 g
11 balls at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 48” or longer

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Twin Bed: 70 x 90 inches (178 – 229 cm)
Cast On: 151 Stitches
30 pattern repeats • 60 bubble rows
Yarn: 2557 – 2820 yards; 4101 – 4520 g
27 balls at 106 yds each
Circular Needle: 11 US, 60” or longer


Chunky Blanket Knitting Instructions

Step 1: Cast On

Cast On the number of stitches for your selected blanket size onto your needle with the long-tail method. (see 6 blanket size selections above)

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Step 2: Lower Border Rows

Knit 5 rows in the Garter Stitch.
Rows 1 – 5: * Knit All *

Cast On stitches onto a circular needle and garter stitch border for Bubble Blanket.

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Step 3: Knit Bubble Stitch Blanket Pattern

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): K4, * Purl All *, K4
  2. Row 2 (right side): K4, * Knit All *, K4
  3. Row 3: K4, * Purl All *, K4
  4. Row 4: K4, * Knit All *, K4
  5. Row 5: K4, * Purl All *, K4
    Change Yarn Color Before Row 6
  6. Row 6: K4, * K3, K4B *, last 7 stitches K7
  7. Row 7: K4, * Purl All *, K4
  8. Row 8: K4, * Knit All *, K4
  9. Row 9: K4, * Purl All *, K4
  10. Row 10: K4, * Knit All *, K4
  11. Row 11: K4, * Purl All *, K4
    Change Yarn Color Before Row 12
  12. Row 12: K5, * K4B, K3 *, last 6 stitches K4B, K5

Repeat Rows 1 – 12 until your blanket size is the length you selected.

Knitting Chart of the Bubble Stitch Blanket.
Knitting process of the bubble stitch in blue and cream color on a circular needle.

Step 4: Upper Border Rows

Knit 5 rows in the Garter Stitch.
Rows 1 – 5: * Knit All *
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Step 5: Cast Off All Stitches

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Step 6: Finishing

• Cut your yarn;
• Wet Block, if desired;
• Weave in all ends.

Chunky bubble stitch blanket displayed on rustic ladder.

Bubble Stitch Project Ideas

You can create this texture into a wide variety of creative fashion projects like scarves, hats, blankets, and pillows.


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