December 19: Mega Knits

failMega knits are all the rage! Super-chunky blankets are making their rounds again on Pinterest. We get asked about these all the time. Here’s the deal. Super bulky single-ply yarn THAT thick will shed and pill like crazy. And it will cost a small fortune. Considering I sell $400 vicuña without batting an eye, I am all about luxury yarns. But these super mega yarns are ridiculous.
For a decent wool (that will still shed and look like poo) it would take 2 skeins at minimum of $50 a skein to knit something that would fit tightly around your neck. By my best guesstimation, a tiny baby blankETTE would be $500, a small lap throw $1,200-$1,500, and a throw size would be around $2,500 . . . for something that is going to pill, shed, and look like a matted animal in no time.
I just can’t in good conscious sell that to anyone. Some Pinterest ideas are just doomed to #fail!
You can still mega knit, and get nice results. You just have to take the size down a notch, or two…

Blue Sky BulkyBlue Sky Bulky
Blue Sky’s BULKY is our go-to yarn for mega knitting. Available in a rainbow of colors, this alpaca/merino blend is soft and springy. $14.50, 100gm/45yds
If you have the itch to make a mega blanket, check out this Bayport Throw pattern. It is a complimentary pattern courtesy of Blue Sky Fibers. Knit with double strands of BULKY on a size 36 in a 1×1 rib so that the edges won’t roll. You can also make it in stockinette stitch, if you don’t mind the rolling edges.
If you’d like something even chunkier, try three, or four, or more strands together with these biggies!
Blue Sky has great patterns for garments, accessories and kids for BULKY:

Berroco MacroBerroco Macro
Another great mega bulky is MACRO from Berroco. This single-ply blend of wool, alpaca and acrylic is packaged in mega-hanks with lots of yardage! $21, 250gm/112yds.
This mega chunky throw is a free pattern from Berroco and only takes 4 hanks of MACRO! Click here to download the pattern.
Berroco has several other free patterns featuring MACRO. Click on the pics below to get the patterns.
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More designs are featured in Berroco’s Macro collection booklet:
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But wait . . . there’s more!
Two more free patterns! Click on the pics above for your pattern download.

And today is another double giveaway day!
We’re giving away the yarn to make both of these projects. Simply comment with with color of BULKY and MACRO you’d like to win. Click on the yarn names to see the colors. We’ll pick two lucky winners, you have until midnight.


  • Heidi

    19.12.2017 at 02:35 Reply

    Bulky #1221/Boysenberry
    Macro #6739/Saxifrage

  • Patrizia

    19.12.2017 at 04:49 Reply

    Bulky in Silver MInk
    Macro in Mackerel
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer Walker

    19.12.2017 at 08:36 Reply

    Bulky – Azalea
    Macro – Great Auk

  • Tammy Adamson

    19.12.2017 at 08:51 Reply

    Macro – Great Auk

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    19.12.2017 at 09:05 Reply

    Bulky- lynx
    Macro- Caribou

  • Clarissa coble

    19.12.2017 at 09:10 Reply

    Bulky in Atlantis and macro in campion.

  • Sheri Blaylock

    19.12.2017 at 09:15 Reply

    I love Polar Night in the Macro and Atlantis in the Bulky!

  • Sheri Blaylock

    19.12.2017 at 09:18 Reply

    Keely, What is the hat pattern at the very top of the blog? I want to make it! Thanks!

  • Stephanie Miller

    19.12.2017 at 09:37 Reply

    Love a chunky quick knit!
    Bulky Gray Wolf
    Macro Bramble

  • Brandie Ferguson

    19.12.2017 at 09:50 Reply

    Bulky Pluto
    Macro- Polar night

  • Patricia Riden

    19.12.2017 at 10:29 Reply

    Blue sky – Atlantis
    Berocco – Bramble

  • Mary

    19.12.2017 at 10:39 Reply

    Bulky Azalea
    Macro Mackerel

  • Tammy D.

    19.12.2017 at 11:54 Reply

    Macro- Great Auk

    • knorthup

      20.12.2017 at 08:23 Reply

      Congratulations Tammy! You’re the winner of 2 skeins of Bulky. I have your prize aside for you. Please pick it up by January 31, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Jenna

    19.12.2017 at 14:03 Reply

    Bulky seaweed. Macro saxifrage. Thanks!

  • Nicole Acuna

    19.12.2017 at 14:52 Reply

    Clariet and Saxifrage! These are so pretty

  • Edwyna Honderich

    19.12.2017 at 15:21 Reply


  • Stacey

    19.12.2017 at 15:42 Reply

    Bulky boysenberry
    Macro Caribou

  • Machelle

    19.12.2017 at 17:29 Reply


  • Teresa

    19.12.2017 at 17:48 Reply

    Bulky Grasshopper
    Macro Mackerel

    • knorthup

      20.12.2017 at 08:24 Reply

      Congratulations Teresa! You’re the winner of a skein of Macro. I have your prize aside for you. Please pick it up by January 31, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Beth Seeliger

    19.12.2017 at 18:01 Reply

    Macro -Mackerel
    Bulky -Frost

  • Cari Deen

    19.12.2017 at 18:20 Reply

    I like the bulky in polar bear and the macro in saxifrage.

  • Vicky Marshall

    19.12.2017 at 18:32 Reply

    Bulky in Lynx
    Macro in Caribou

  • Renee

    19.12.2017 at 18:50 Reply

    Bulky: Gray Wolf
    Macro: Mackerel

  • Sarah Bailey

    19.12.2017 at 22:49 Reply

    Thanks for the low down on super mega yarns. I was tempted to try them out before!
    Bulky – Jasmine
    Macro – Saxifrage

  • Paula Jones

    19.12.2017 at 23:23 Reply

    Bulky Seaweed, Macro Artic Poppy

  • Betty

    19.12.2017 at 23:33 Reply

    Bulky #1219/Atlantis
    Macro #6736/Mackerel

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