9 Bulky Knitting Patterns for Winter

There's no better way to warm up during the winter than cozying up to a handmade knit. When looking for ultimate comfort, we like to use thick, bulky yarns. So we compiled a list of nine patterns for you to try with needles sizes US 10 and up. These projects are quick and easy...perfect for holiday gift giving. Six of the patterns use the Cocoknits Method, meaning you'll get the warmth of a plush knit with a tailored look, easily customizable to your ideal fit. If you're unfamiliar with the Cocoknits Method, you can learn more here. Now, get ready to welcome in the cool weather with these chunky knits!


Our Favorite Bulky Knitting Patterns



Juniper is our newest Cocoknits Method pattern, and soon to become one of your favorites. It's an unbelievably soft, wrap-style vest inspired as an eco-friendly alternative to a poly fleece vest. It can be worn open or you can add a cord to overlap the fronts and tie it closed. You could make an I-Cord or you could try this fun alternative with this tutorial by Julie "How to Make a Twisted Cord with a Kitchen Mixer." For this project we used Woolfolk Flette Bulky in Brick Red. This textured yarn is created with the finest 100% Ultimate Merino Wool. It's fun, sustainably sourced, and super soft. We also knit a version with Big Bad Wool Baby Yeti - see our pattern page below for pictures of that one!

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Lucia is such a quick knit - you'll be able to finish it in a few cozy evenings by the fire! It's Cocoknits Method, and the neckline is integrated right into the pattern so no going back and picking up to finish. We have two versions included in the pattern. The one shown here is Version A. It has a longer length and a full turtleneck. If you're looking for something a little lighter, our Version B is cropped with short sleeves. We knit this pattern four times with four different yarns! You can see those versions and Version B on our pattern page by following the link below. The yarn shown here is Knit Collage Sister in Driftwood. This dreamy thick-and-thin yarn is handspun and filled with character. Best of all, it comes from a woman-run company led by our friend Amy Small, who inspired our Jumbo Stitch Markers and Jumbo Stitch Stoppers

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Oftentimes super-bulky yarn can have you feeling like you're swimming in your knits. That's not the case with Amy! The Cocoknits Method tailoring and cropped style allow for a fit that's comfortable to move around in, making it perfect for everyday activities. With fewer than 2 stitches per inch, you'll be done with this knit in no time. And because this pattern is a beautiful blank canvas, it's perfect for your own creative modifications. Knit with the same Knit Collage Sister yarn as Lucia, but in Jaipur Rose, we named this one after Knit Collage's owner - Amy Small!

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Foggy Morning Wrap

Say goodbye to chilly sunrises with the warm Foggy Morning Wrap. This 2x2 ribbed wrap can be worn over any top and fits nicely under a coat. It uses a provisional CO and short rows so it stays in place and rests comfortably on your shoulders. It's a great project to use up less-than-sweater quantity of yarn that you have in your stash. This pattern is also easily adapted for different gauges and sizes. It's knit in one of our favorite farm yarns: Sheep Dreams in Oatmeal, the mixture of 50/50 Shetland and Alpaca fibers will keep you warm on the coolest of days. 

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Emma A

The next three sweaters are all different versions of the same pattern, Emma. We often recommend this as an introduction to the Cocoknits Method. It's simple, timeless, and each version gives you options to make it your own. These patterns are exclusively available in the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. This book teaches you everything you need to know to complete a Cocoknits Method Sweater. It also includes 8 Cocoknits Method patterns, in-depth instructions, tips, and techniques by Julie. 

Emma A features an open neckline and waist shaping which prevent it from becoming too boxy, despite the yarn's thickness. We used Malabrigo Chunky in Black in this picture, but we also knit this pattern in four other yarns. See those versions on the pattern page with the link below. 

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Emma B

Our next version of this pattern, Emma B, has a more laidback sweatshirt feel with a boatneck. We adore the detail of simple stockinette in thick yarn. In the pattern we give directions to knit this either short or long sleeved, with bulky or thinner yarn for an open-gauge look; so you can really make it your own! See the variations we knit and different yarn recommendations by visiting the pattern page with the link below. 

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Emma C

Emma C is the cardigan version of this pattern. It's a fast knit that will quickly become an everyday go-to when you need to bundle up. It has a long line of rib running down the sleeves for an interesting textural detail, and fabric-lined pockets prevent bulk in the hip area. Experiment with color and the perfect length for both the sleeves and the body. This version was knit in the bulky but light-as-air Techno yarn from Blue Sky Fibers. The unique tube construction makes the final knit fabric warm without any heaviness. We have three other yarn options for you to scope out on the pattern page below. 

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Little Lamb

Your little one will look as adorable as a Little Lamb wrapped in this fuzzy sweater. It’s knit raglan style, so it’s top-down and seamless. The wrap cardigan construction allows plenty of room to grow, so it will fit longer as they get bigger. It can be secured with fabric or I-cord ties, perfect for easy on-and-off. Designed in fuzzy and soft yarns, this cozy cardigan will bring a big smile to your little one’s face. It’s a great present for any baby or toddler in your life, sized from 6 months to 4 years. This version was knit with Big Bad Wool Baby Yeti, the hypoallergenic 85% Baby Alpaca mixed with the cozy 15% Fine Merino Wool is the perfect yarn for sensitive baby skin. 

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Rag Doily Rug

For our final pattern, you get to make your yarn! That's right, for this DIY we're adding a modern twist on a traditional doily pattern. Knitted with recycled rag yarn it moves from a delicate table-top accessory to a chunky floor covering. Learn how to make your yarn with this tutorial "How to Make Yarn from Rags, Sheets, or Bags." Once your yarn is complete it's a super quick knit...with very fun results! We like to place one of these by the side of our bed for a cozy landing on a chilly morning. Oh, did we mention this is a free knitting pattern? Enjoy!

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