What Is Chunky Weight Yarn? – All Your Questions Answered

By Jodie Morgan

| Updated:

While chunky weight isn’t an official yarn weight classified by the Craft Yarn Council, I get lots of questions about it. So here goes.

Chunky Weight Feat Img

Frustrated Teacher Quits In Disgust, Sells The Farm, Moves The Family Halfway Across The World And… Starts Knitting

See what I did next...

This post is part of my series of articles explaining everything about the topic of yarn weights and the types of yarn size.

Table Of Contents

What Is Chunky Yarn?

Chunky yarn is a thicker yarn than what you’d find in worsted weight or DK.

  • AKA – Bulky yarn, bulky yarns, bulky weight yarns, bulky weight yarn
  • Weight Category – 5
  • Wraps Per Inch (WPI) – 6 – 9(2)
  • Knitting Recommended Gauge Range Equaling 12 – 15 stitches over 4 inches
  • It’s thicker than lace, fingering, fine, light, and medium yarn
  • It’s thinner than super bulky and jumbo yarn

Note: It’s not to be confused with super chunky yarn, which is also known as super bulky yarns. Here is a video tutorial by Hannah from Knit With Hannah on what this weight of yarn is. 

This excellent breakdown of this subject will help you!

Chunky Weight Key Facts

Chunky Weight Facts

What Weight Number Is Chunky Yarn?

Chunky yarns (bulky weight yarn) are weight number 5.(1)

What’s It Made From?

It’s made from the same materials as other yarns, including cotton (sometimes organic), wool yarn (sometimes merino), acrylic, polyester yarn, alpaca, mohair, silk, or cashmere.

Why Use It?

The beauty of this yarn is it works up quickly. It’s great for beginners as it’s easy to see your stitches and you can finish a project in no time. Since it’s thick, it’s easy to create something that’s warm.

Here is a video tutorial by Jenny from Crochet Now TV on how to make chunky yarns. 

This excellent breakdown of this subject will help you!

What If It’s Held Double?

If you hold two strands of these items together, it becomes like a super chunky yarn, creating an even bigger fiber.

Pin For Later

Chunky Weight Pin

Uses For This Yarn

Here are ideas for what to make: a blanket, baby blankets, hats, accessories like scarves, cozy cowls, ponchos, amigurumi dolls & animals, baskets, rugs, doorstops, and throws.

Patterns To Try

Here are great free patterns for knitters using this yarn. They’re divided by skill level to make it easier for you. Hope you find a wonderful project to do next!




What Knitting Needles To Use

  • US Needle Size – 9 – 11
  • For those of you in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand – 5.5 – 8mm

Note: The above are guidelines only. Always swatch before starting a project.


If you’ve run out of this yarn or can’t find it, here’s what to use instead.

  • Try holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together

My previous article is bulky weight yarn and next up in the series is what is super bulky weight yarn.

FAQS About Chunky Weight Yarn

How Do You Spot Chunky Yarn At Craft Stores?

Look for the number 5 on the yarn label. Want recommendations on where to buy these yarn weights? See Lion Brand or Knit Picks. They both have many products in all shades for purchase, and should ship to your country. Sometimes they have things like less popular colors on sale.

Or try these yarn brands: Tahki Yarns, Ella Rae, Sirdar, or Berroco.

How Popular Is Chunky Yarn?

While there’s no hard data on this, a quick scan of popular knitting patterns on Ravelry shows it’s one of the most used.

How Much Chunky Yarn For A Blanket?

This depends on the size of your blanket and the gauge of your knitting. I recommend 4–6 skeins for a throw blanket.

How Much Chunky Yarn For A Sweater?

Again, this depends on the size of your sweater and your gauge. I would say 3-6 skeins for an adult sized sweater.

How Much Chunky Fiber For A Scarf?

For a chunky scarf, you’ll need 1-2 skeins of chunky-weight.

Is Bulky Weight And Chunky Weight Yarn The Same?

Yes, they are often the same thickness.

Is Super Chunky The Same As Chunky?

No, Super chunky (aka super bulky yarn) is a bigger, thicker yarn weight.

Why Is The Chunky Yarn Weight So Expensive?

Chunky yarn is expensive because it is thicker, it takes more material to make one skein. The manufacturing process is different for this weight yarn, which can also add to the cost.

Is Merino Wool Used For Chunky Yarns?

Yes, merino wool is used for chunky yarn. It’s one of the more common fibers, though they’re often at a high price.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have questions, leave them in the comments. Happy knitting or crocheting.


  1. “Standard Yarn Weight System | Welcome to the Craft Yarn Council.” n.d. Accessed October 7, 2022. https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/yarn-weight-system.
  2. “How to Measure Wraps Per Inch (WPI) – the Craft Yarn Council.” n.d. Accessed October 7, 2022. https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/how-measure-wraps-inch-wpi.

About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder)

jodie@knitlikegranny.com | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

Crunchbase | LinkedIn | MuckRack | Ravelry | Twitter

Frustrated Teacher Quits In Disgust, Sells The Farm, Moves The Family Halfway Across The World And… Starts Knitting

See what I did next...

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.