Yarn comes in many varieties, a popular kind being chunky yarn. Several different types of yarn are referred to as chunky yarn. While it can be used to refer to any yarn of larger than usual size, chunky yarn is most commonly used to describe thick, soft fibre. Chunky yarn of this type is popular because it is large enough to easily knit with without using needles. Instead, you can wrap it over your arms and knit with your hands. There are several DIY patterns available for making different things from the yarn. It is most commonly used to make blankets with a distinct, thickly-woven style. Simple clothing items like beanies are also options, although due to the limitations of the hand knitting technique and large yarn size, fitted clothing is not simple or easy to make. Conventional yarn, however, is sized to be used with knitting needles and can be made into just about any clothing item imagniable.
Chunky Yarn Materials
Chunky yarn is made from several different materials. The most common for the arm knitting style of chunky yarn is a wool made from acrylic microfibres. These synthetic threads are woven together to produce a very lightweight but high-volume yarn that is easy to clean and is water resistant. It is often silky and cool to the touch, but fluffy and fuzzy variants are available. It is inexpensive, with enough yarn to knit a full-size blanket costing only a few dollars. Wool from sheep is used for the conventional style chunky yarn as well as alpaca wool. Cashmere is rarer and is a high-quality alternative. Cotton is also used, and is a sturdy and breathable material, but can be difficult to knit with due to its elasticity.
Chunky Yarn Colours
Yarn is available in almost any colour. Due to the difference in material however, different types of yarn can have different tones and lustres. Acrylic yarns are quite shiny and hold bold bright colours well. Natural yarns are also available in bright colours, but lack the shininess of acrylic, instead having a softer, warmer tone. Some wool yarns are coloured to bring out the natural tones or are not coloured at all. This can enhance a rustic, hand-woven look. Cotton yarns can be dyed a wide range of colours quite easily, but can sometimes leak colour, so ensure it is washed correctly.