Washing a knitted or crocheted blanket is sometimes a simple matter of tossing it in the washing machine and then allowing it to air dry. Other times, you need to hand wash the item. Here are some tips on how to take care of a chunky knit blanket regardless of the fiber.
The washing method you choose depends on the type of yarn used to make the blanket. Although machine-washing works well for acrylics, cotton and polyester, hand-washing is the safest method when the fiber is unknown, or for specialty fibers such as wool, silk, rayon or mohair.
Here are some of the best oversized yarns for chunky knit blankets with some tips to care for them as well.
Can I Wash My Chunky Knit Blanket?
Yes and no. Depending on the type of yarn you use, you may be able to machine wash your blanket. But if you are using the loop and threads yarn, you will want to wash your blanket by hand.
Some of the chunky yarns are definitely machine washable, so just check their labels to make sure. My favorite chunky yarn is by premier yarns, called jazz couture, it’s so soft and doesn’t shed like most chunky yarns do. It’s the softest and easiest to work with too. I love using chunky knit blankets as throws so I don’t have to wash them super often.
Here’s What to do With Your Chunky Knit Blanket:
- Soak your blanket in cold water mixed with wool wash for approximately 30 minutes. This allows the water to fully soak into the fibers.
- If it’s required by your wool wash, rinse.
- Drain the water from your blanket or scarf by gently lifting it and letting the water run out of it. It’s important to avoid squeezing or wringing it at this stage because this can damage the delicate fibers of the yarn.
- Spread out some towels and lay your chunky blanket or scarf flat on it. Place more towels over the top of your blanket or scarf and roll it all up to remove the excess water.
- Take your blanket or scarf out of the towels and lie it flat in a warm place that is out of direct sunlight.
- Leave your blanket or scarf to dry. You may need to turn it to ensure it dries completely, and if necessary, use a fan or heater.
Know Your Chunky Knit Blanket
Attempt to determine what type of yarn the blanket is made from. If you made the blanket, simply check the care instructions on your yarn.
If not, ask the person who made it what kind of yarn was used. If this is not possible, you can attempt to determine what type of yarn you have based on its look and feel.
Cutting away and burning a small piece of the blanket, such as a single tassel, can also tell you what type of material it is.
- Cotton yarns feel smoother and stiffer than wool or acrylic, which have tiny scales that give them their “fuzzy” feeling. Cotton feels cool to the touch, while wool and acrylic retain heat. When burned, cotton produces a fine ash and smells like burning leaves.
- Wool feels somewhat rough and itchy. It holds heat and smells similar to a wet dog when dampened. It smells like burning hair when touched by flame and leaves a hard, crumbly ash behind.
- Acrylic feels much like wool but has no smell when it is damp. It flares up with a hot flame and melts as it burns, producing black smoke with an acrid, chemical odor. Acrylic leaves a melted bead instead of ash.
- Polyester yarn burns very quickly and produces black smoke with a sweet smell. It leaves behind balls instead of ash and burns very slowly.
How to take care of a chunky knit blanket
Machine Washing Your Chunky Knit Blanket
If your blanket is made of acrylic, polyester or cotton, place it in a large lingerie bag for protection and drop it in the washing machine.
Add a dash of mild detergent to the washing machine and turn it on, selecting either the delicate or permanent-press cycle. Wash dark colors together in case the yarn bleeds.
Lay out a tarp or shower curtain in a safe place, and then place a clean white sheet on top of it. Reshape the blanket and lay it flat on the sheet to dry for 24 hours.
Hand-Washing Your Chunky Knit Blanket
Fill your bathtub or a large basin with cool water. Add a pinch of mild detergent and agitate the water to create suds.
Place the blanket in the water and swish it gently back and forth to work the suds into the fibers. Let the blanket soak for 15 minutes.
Drain the tub and refill it. Gently swish the clear water through the blanket. Drain, refill and repeat until the suds are gone. Press out as much of the excess water as you can by squeezing the blanket without wringing it.
Carefully lift the blanket from the tub and wrap it in clean, white bath towels. Roll the blanket in the towels, and squeeze to remove more water. Do not wring the blanket.
Spread a plastic sheet or shower curtain on the floor where no one will disturb it. Carefully lay the blanket over the plastic sheet, smoothing it into its original shape. Leave the blanket to dry for 24 hours. If the blanket is still damp, place a fresh sheet under it. You can speed the drying process by running a fan near the blanket.
Whether you purchase it or make it yourself- there is nothing more luxurious and relaxing than a chunky knit blanket. Don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing fruit infused glass of water while you are caring for your blanket. And treat yourself to our favorite homemade chocolate popcorn while snuggling into your chunky knit blanket an enjoying a good movie.
Using a chunky knit blanket as a throw may require washing it less often. That’s my favorite way to use a chunky knit blanket. Do you own a chunky knit blanket and if so how do you take care of it?
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This is such a wonderful resource to have for anyone who owns a chunky nit blanket. I love knitted blankets! but don’t own any right now. When I do? I will be using your tips to keep it safe 🙂
I’m so glad to hear that! It’ll be here waiting for you!
My sister-in-law has lots of these blankets. I will pass this info to her.
Great idea! I hope she finds them helpful!
I love my knitted blankets. They are so cozy and warm. Great ideas!
You’re very welcome!
I didn’t know there were so many options to these blankets. Anything without any funny smell is great for me. Love chunky blankets.
This is so good to know! I got together with friends to make chunky blankets and we were all talking about how nervous we were to wash them.
It can be a nervous step but with these tips there is no need to worry!
I am glad to know all these things, now I know how to take care of my knit blankets. Thank you!
This is such good information to know. With proper care tips like these ones you shared, our chunky knit blankets will last a long time.
It truly is the key to keeping knit blankets as good as new!
I love chunky yarn blankets but had no idea they require such attention. Great you shared this before I made one!
Glad I can help!
Washing is such an important part of knitted blankets. I pick the yarn and stitches I will use for my blankets with how they will be washed in mind.
I consider the wash to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest part of making/having knit blankets! The wash can determine the quality and preservation of the knit.
This is great because after spending all those hours of knitting, knowing how to take care of it is important.
It truly is!
These are some great tips on how I can take care of my special blankets! They are the best and so comfy and cozy.
They are incredibly cozy and so cute!