Chunky Icelandic Crochet Blanket Pattern – Mama In A Stitch

Do you like lounging under a handmade blanket? Learn how to use the lemon peel stitch to make an adorable chunky crochet blanket that can stand the daily wear and tear. Check out the free pattern and photos below. Or, feel free to purchase the new Lion Brand set or the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Etsy.

Today I want to share with you a pattern for a crochet blanket that my family has enjoyed in our living room for a long time now. This is the main blanket we use for cozy evenings on the couch. At this point, it has been washed and cuddled a few times, and you wouldn’t even know it because it holds up so well!

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you may remember when I first posted this chunky Icelandic blanket. I love him for many reasons. It works super fast and is incredibly convenient. Plus, this may be personal preference, but the color is my all-time favorite.

As if that’s not enough for one blanket, it’s an easy crochet pattern that anyone can do. And the texture is amazing! I made it a lapghan size, so it’s easy to throw on a chair or on our legs on those chilly nights without being too bulky or taking up too much storage space.

No matter how you look at it, I don’t really see any downsides to this chunky crochet blanket. 🙂

As usual in my projects, the pattern is made with super simple crochet stitches, so it’s beginner friendly. You can find the easy free pattern as well as some images below to help you along the way.

Using a lemon peel stitch in a chunky crochet blanket

Creamy white crochet blanket on a white rug with horns

I had to name this blanket “Icelandic” because the color reminds me of winter white, and the blanket is warm enough for the coldest days.

But don’t confuse the name of the blanket with the name of the stitch you used to make. Actually, it’s a funny story. I had no idea how to stitch this until someone on Instagram mentioned that it’s called “lemon peel”.

This piqued my curiosity, so I searched for it on YouTube. In fact, this blanket is worked entirely in lemon peel stitch.

If you’ve never finished lemon peel before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The texture is incredibly comfortable, and one of the easiest stitches I’ve ever done. I’ll give the full details below but all you have to do is literally alternate single and double crochet stitches. Even if you’re a beginner, these stitches are totally doable without overwhelming you.

Also, since I used a hook that’s a little bigger than the yarn calls for, the end product is a chunky crochet blanket with a really nice drape that emphasizes the desired thick texture I was going for.

Chunky Crochet Blanket Free Pattern

Chunky crochet blanket sizing notes

This blanket is 36 x 40 which makes it a cute and compact blanket or toddler blanket. I’ve been to the lapghan size lately because I think it’s a nice size for a small space.

However, I plan to continue working on this blanket to make it bigger. You can make this blanket as big or as small as you like for your home!

As far as I can tell, if you chain an even number of stitches, you can simply adjust the chain length to a smaller or larger size. Then follow the pattern and crochet as your heart desires. Obviously, for a full afghan, you’ll need to buy more strands!

I made Blanket Sizing Reference Page that you can see here So you know how long to make your initial string depending on the blanket you want.

Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern

Items You’ll Need to Make a Chunky Crochet Blanket

Crochet hook and thick and fast yarn
I think I purchased Michaels from Thick & Quick in Fisherman when I originally made this blanket

Project skill level

easy +

Shortcuts / Skills Required

sc – single crochet

Capital – double hook

the chapter – series


Approximately 6 stitches and 6 rows per 4 inches


Labgan: Approx 36″ x 40″

Chunky crochet blanket on a chair

Cozy Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

You mentioned that this style comes together quickly. If you didn’t believe me before, prepare to be amazed at how easy this style is!

  • 58 . series
  • grade 1 Sc in the second ch of the hook, sc in every cross st, first ch
  • Class 2 sc in first 2 stitches, *dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Repeat from * through. Sc in the last stitch, ch. 1, turn.
  • grade 3 sc in 1st stitch, *dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Repeat from * across row, ch. 1, turn.
  • grade 4 Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is about 36 degrees wide (or until desired length)
Crochet Blanket Lessons Series
Start with a basic string
Add a row to a crochet blanket
Simply single crochet first row
Single crochet blanket
Now I’m working a row of single crochet, then double crochet stitches. This is single crochet.
Double crochet crochet blanket
After a single crochet, you make a double crochet stitch.

Spinning Notes

Lion Brand has launched its new Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Bonus package. Each skein holds the equivalent of two original skeins. This means less texture at the ends, which is a huge plus in my book!

You can find these reward packages on the Lion Brand website, on the Michaels website, and in Michaels stores as well.

I think this would be a wonderful and thoughtful gift for just about anyone. It would be really nice to add some pom-poms to the corner to make it more fun. You can even add some tassels if you’d like.

Here is a visual so you know what to look for:

Lion Wool - Thick & Fast Yarns

questions and answers

Check out some of the frequently asked questions I get from readers to help you learn more about crochet!

What is the best crochet stitch for a chunky blanket?

When it comes to crochet, there are plenty of stitches that look great when used in a chunky blanket. I personally love this lemon peel stitch – isn’t it cool?

But there are many other eye-catching crochet stitches, too. Here are some examples along with project examples so you can see how each stitch looks like a blanket:

What is the best yarn to use for thick blankets?

skeins of white yarn

The best types of thread to use are thick, soft and voluminous threads. You can find them in any variant called “huge,” “super bulky,” or “jumbo.”

And when it comes to which brands to use, I personally love Lion because their strands are high quality and feel incredible.

Let me know if you think you might make one. Feel free to share your photos with me on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @mamainastitch!

This blanket runs fast and is squishy and warm so it was a very fun project for me. What types of blankets do you enjoy making? I’d love to hear any of your thoughts on this project or any of your other comprehensive projects in the comments below!

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Chunky Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

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