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diy a knitted throw pillow + blanket with loopy yarn [no knitting!]

It's officially cozy season, and more time inside means its time to get making with cozy diys — even better projects that you can make on the couch while snuggled up with your favorite warm drink and Netflix series.

I'm bringing you two DIY projects — a throw blanket and diy knit pillowcase — that you can make super easily NO KNITTING required!

THIS POST IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOANN FABRICS

Check out the step-by-step tutorial below and don't forget to pin this post for later.

Something about cold weather makes me want to curl up on the couch and knit a cozy throw — except that I hate knitting.

It's one of those things thats always been frustrating for me, because I can never seem to get the tension right, the loops even, and it takes a while to have a finished project.

I can't count how many half-finished knitting projects I've started around here.

BUT...

I've officially found a way to knit without knitting, and it's so exciting. I grabbed some blanket-EZ yarn from Joann Fabrics.

Which is essentially a string of yarn with loops all along it — perfect and evenly shaped loops that is — that can help you make projects with a knitted texture SUPER easily.

I used this magically cozy yarn to whip up both a throw pillow and throw blanket while snuggled up on the couch and I'm breaking down exactly how you can make them too!

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project 01 // project 02 // pin this post // shopping links

proj 01: loopy knit blanket


Making a blanket with the Blanket-EZ yarn is (surprise) super easy.

By looping one row of loops through the next — back and forth — you can create rows that form a knitted pattern and give you a fully-finished blanket in no time.

You can also experiment with looping the loops different ways to create the look of different stitches — for example, twisting the bottom loop before pulling the top loop through.

p.s. check out the step by step tutorial below for exactly how to make it + links for the specific colors i used.

proj 02:  no-knit knit pillowcase


I love the look of a cozy knit pillow, so I decided to use the blanket-ez yarn to knit a pillowcase right onto the pillow for a custom fit.

I started with some down pillow inserts and looped the yarn to create the pillowcase — using the same method as the blanket except this time I went around the pillow instead of back and forth.

The texture turned out amazing, this pillow is so soft and adds so much cozy contrast to my grey velvet couch.

Plus it was such a fun project to knock out — so easy and so such a quick diy!

p.s. check out the step by step tutorial below for exactly how to make it + links for the specific colors i used.

easy diy loopy yarn blanket + throw pillow

easy diy loopy yarn blanket + throw pillow

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

PILLOWCASE

it's easiest to loop the blanket together while it's on the pillow — start on one side in the middle towards the bottom. Lay the yarn across the middle of the pillow, loops facing up, and gently wrap it around to the other side, making sure that it's not pulled too tightly.

wrap all the way around, turning the pillow as you go until you have a double string of thread, wrapped loosely. Start where the yarn begins, loop the top loop through the bottom loop and pull upwards.

continue around the pillow, looping the top loop from the bottom and pulling upwards until you reach the top of the pillow.

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To connect the yarn at the top, bring the two sides together and loop the loops from one side through the other, leaving just one row of loops. Starting on one side, loop one loop through the next to create a chain, until you reach the end, leaving just one loop.

Cut the loop into two pieces, loop one end of the cut yarn back through the loop, then tie both ends together.

BLANKET

Lay the yarn out in a line — loops facing up — extending the length that you want the blanket to be. At the end, loop the yarn back towards the beginning end of the yarn, laying it flat.

Start where the yarn is folded over, loop the top loop through the bottom loop and pull upwards. Continue along until all the top loops on the line are looped through the bottom loops. Continue back the other direction, looping the yarn back and forth, creating a new row each time you finish a row of loops.

When you get to the end, start on one side, loop one loop through the next to create a chain, until you reach the end, leaving just one loop.

Cut the loop into two pieces, loop one end of the cut yarn back through the loop, then tie both ends together.

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I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

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