The best chunky yarn for knitting, weaving, crocheting, etc.

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If you love to knit but are always short on time, make bulky yarn your material of choice. These are faster to work with than lightweight worsted yarns, simply because they take up a lot of space. When shopping, look for yarns rated 5 on the standard yarn weight system, or if you want super bulky yarns, go for 6. Super chunky yarns can even be “knitted” with your arms alone. Start your next giant project with our picks below, which cover a range of textile types.

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1. Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn

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Soft and easy to work with, this 100% acrylic yarn can be purchased alone or in packs of six and is priced appropriately for high-volume knitters. Each skein offers approximately 108 yards of number 6 yarn. The colors are pretty and there are 41 colors to choose from, so you can create very colorful projects using materials of matching consistency. The bits resist splitting and are not frizzy, and the finished pieces can be thrown in the wash without losing their structure or luster.

Buy: Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn

2. Patons Classic Wool Roving

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This bulky yarn number 5 is made from 100% wool that is well spun and easy to felt. It is relatively thick and stiff and can create super hot pieces that won’t itch. Each skein has 120 yards of yarn and you can choose from 14 unique colors, from frosted plum to cherry red. Note that crocheting and knitting presents a slight challenge, as the yarn is not tightly spun and separates quickly. However, it shows stitch definitions very well and can be manipulated to create interesting textures.

Buy: Patons Classic Wool Roving

3. Zituop Super Chunky Yarn

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This yarn looks like extruded marshmallow and it’s also satisfyingly squishy. Each strand is made from soft, lightweight cotton spun in a 25mm diameter tube, with a polyester filling to make it extra thick. Although it doesn’t provide much warmth, it’s what you need for fluffy, puffy projects – baby blankets, pet beds, etc. – that you can knit in less than an hour, without knitting needles. Each roll comes with 20 meters (22 yards) of yarn; 12 neutral or pastel color zones available.

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Buy: Zituop Super Chunky Yarn

4. Knit Tuff Puff Super Bulky Yarn

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This number 6 yarn instantly attracts with its rich, vibrant colors, available in 11 distinct options such as eggplant, pomegranate and snickerdoodle. But it also gets high-end honors because the merino and highland wool is sustainably sourced from Uruguay, Argentina and Peru from farmers who don’t practice mulesing, which harms the animals. It’s also incredibly soft with negligible scratching and the dye is consistent on every 44 yard skein. Each strand retains its structure as you work, so you don’t have to worry about fraying or, worse, breaking.

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Buy: Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky Wool

5. Lion Brand I Wanna Make a Blankie Yarn

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The only chenille option on our list, this yarn is dyed so each skein features a variety of shades in the same color family. Fuzzy and well-weighted, it’s perfect for making blankets, and each chunky skein comes with just enough – 437 yards – to make a regular-sized knit throw. Super cozy and warm, it’s also a great option for making multiple scarves and hats.

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Buy: Lion Brand I Wanna Make a Blankie Yarn

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