Loop Yarns Product Review and FREE Blanket Pattern [Knitflix Throw]

Loop Yarn

Catch up on the latest binge-worthy series while staying super cozy under the new Knitflix Throw, a chunky blanket with a twist!

Have you been curious about the latest loop yarns that are hitting craft store shelves this season? I had a chance to try two of them – Big Twist’s Loopity Loops and Bernat Alize’s Blanket E-Z, both available at JOANN Stores. Are they worth the hype? Maybe. Are they really as easy to use as everyone says? Definitely. Will I really want to get rid of my needles and hooks? Hold on one second! I’ll answer all these questions and more, along with a tutorial and free pattern so you can try these yarns yourself.

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Right around this time every year, new yarns make their way into my local crafts stores and onto the sites of my favorite yarn companies. last year, we saw the introduction of gradient cakes, super saturated solids, and all-in-one skeins. Fall 2018 looks to be all about texture and ease. Lately, I’ve seen lots of super chunky blanket yarns and yarns that mimic velvet or velour. Another popular novelty yarn hitting the shelves are loop yarns, marketed toward hobbyist, kids, and beginners who want to get the look and experience of knitting without the hassle of pesky needles.

If you’ve set foot in JOANN store recently, I’m sure you’ve seen these yarns. They rolled out slowly in August and September, but now they’re everywhere. In short, the length of yarn is made from continuous loops. You can push these loops through each other to make a fabric that looks and acts similar to knitting. Since each loop already exists, there’s no need for knitting needles. The only tools you need are your hands and a set of scissors. Easy peasy!

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Depending on what you’re planning to make, there’s likely a shade of loop yarn within the Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ line that you’ll love. As a whole, the Loopity Loops collection of colors leans toward baby decor and design. There are lots of pastel colors and a few brights. I’m most drawn to the Tangerine and Peach, but Seafoam is a close third.

Blanket EZ leans more toward the rustic home decor side of color. The whole palette is pretty neutral and features solids as well as variegated options. I’m more a fan of solids myself, but I’d give the Warm Clay colorway a try. If these yarns last past this season, I’d love to see more options for the solid colored yarns or even a self-striping option.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Like any new product, working with loop yarns takes some getting used to. A little practice goes a long way and I was able to finish my first Knitflix Throw in two days. Working with the loop yarns is actually pretty fun, especially since I’m not primarily a knitter. You don’t even have to turn your work, which I love. And techniques like changing colors and binding off is super easy. I made a blanket for my first project, but I could see this yarn being used for plenty other home decor applications. Oh, and it’s kitty approved, says Mr. Peanut Butter.

Once I got going with the Knitflix Throw, the stitching got really addictive and I couldn’t put it down. I barely had to look at my hands! I was able to finish the second season of Ozark (a must-watch!), get caught up on Kimmy Schmidt (let’s be honest – we only watch it for Titus’ parts), and sob through Sierra Burgess is a Loser (spoiler alert – she is far from a loser). What are some of your favorite Netflix programs to watch while making all the things? Let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for a new series.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

If you’re thinking about trying out loop yarns, I made this quick YouTube video. Here’s what it covers:

  • Basic info about loop yarns
  • Color cards for Bernat Alize Blanket EZ and Big Twist Loopity Loops
  • My candid review of loop yarns
  • Basic techniques like:
    • Starting your project
    • The knit stitch
    • The purl stitch
    • Adding a ball of yarn or changing colors
    • Casting off your project
    • Weaving in your ends


Knitflix Throw Blanket Pattern

FINISHED SIZE: 65″ X 40″

MATERIALS:

Big Twist Loopity Loops in the color Light Gray (6 balls)

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Step 1: Start with 65 loops as your base.

Step 2: Knit each stitch across for 3 rows. Do not turn work between rows. This is the wrong side of the work.

Step 3: Turn work so the right side is facing.

Step 4: Purl 5, knit 55, and purl 5 across your row. Repeat to 70 total rows (including the rows from Step 2). Do not turn work between rows.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Step 5: Turn work so the wrong side is facing.

Step 6: Knit each stitch across for 3 rows.

Step 7. Bind off.

Step 8. Weave in all ends.

So, do you think you’ll be trying loop yarns? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! And don’t forget to share progress pictures of your Knitflix Throw with me on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #KnitflixThrow for a chance to be featured on my feed. Special thanks to my friends at JOANN for sponsoring this post. I’m headed back to the couch for a little more knitflix and chill. Catch you next time!

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

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    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi love! The tutorial doesn’t follow the Knitflix pattern exactly, but it does cover all of the techniques used. It should be helpful, and you can always email if you get stuck 🙂

  1. AvatarKim says

    Toni,
    What side is the right side and the wrong side? I watched your tutorial on how to make loopity loops but you never said which side is right or wrong.

        • Toni L.Toni L. says

          Hi Rebecca! Yes, you will turn your work at the end of the knit rows. Let me know if you have other questions 🙂

        • AvatarDew says

          LLPhi Toni,
          Love ur technique and I had bought some of the loop it. I got so fast I missed so much
          Had to pull it out. But the way u showed it. I will have to try again
          I’m on Instagram following u because of Nicki home crafts. Love ur work
          So easy now that is it working it I think I can do it again. Thank u again

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Sandra! Knitting and purling are both techniques used in traditional knitting. When using the loop yarns, you can mimic the knit and purl techniques to create fabric that looks like knitting. Both techniques are explained in the video. Thanks for your question!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      I’m not 100% sure, as I haven’t made one yet, but I’d guess 3-4 balls would make a perfectly sized baby blanket. There may be tutorials and patterns JOANN.com too.

      • AvatarLois says

        Hi Stephanie and Toni,
        I am just completing my first loopity yarn Afghan from your tutorial, I am making it a little longer for my niece going to college her bed there is twin xl (80 inches long), and I’m using 8 balls.

  2. AvatarEllen says

    Hi Toni! I was in a crafts store today and could not pass up the impossibly soft loop yarn (on sale, too!). I wanted to use it to make a blanket for my grandson and didn’t know how to do it. Your super clear how-to video was the perfect answer to my quest for instruction! I love that you included both the knit and the pearl stitches, and showed how to bind off as well. So helpful! Just want to say thank you so much for showing me how. I can’t wait to get started, and now I know how to do it. Thanks again!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by to share those kind words. The loop yarns are so fun and I hope you enjoy making your blanket. Be sure to come by and let us know 🙂

  3. AvatarGinny Smith says

    Hello from Texas, Toni.
    I understand the tutorial for the base of the throw but would you tell me how you added the border around it? I don’t seem to be seeing that part or else I’m very confused (user error entirety possibly)!!
    Thanks in advance,
    Ginny

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Ginny! The border is worked with the blanket. If you follow the pattern steps just as written in the blog post, it’ll come out like the photo. Super easy once you get going. Let me know if you have more questions 🙂

  4. AvatarDaniel R says

    This is my new fun craft! I love the softness of the yarn and the therapy the finger knitting provides. I have completed one project so far and have materials for 3 more Christmas projects. So far I am using the knit stitch primarily, but I definitely am going to try some others. I have twisted the loop on my second project, but I want to do the cables and the crossovers. I have yet to use a specific pattern. The videos are helpful in showing how to get started and do the basic project. Now I want to get “fancy.” Having never knitted, I wonder what regular knit stitches can be completed successfully with the loop yarns.

    • AvatarC.Giesbrecht says

      Hello there!
      I have 2 blankets done, and a 3rd almost done.
      The first one that I finished is made with ‘Red Heart Loop-It’ Yarn.
      The second one that I finished is made with
      ‘Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ’ Yarn.
      The third one that I am currently working on, and is almost complete, is made with ‘Loops &Threads Loops’ Yarn.
      I was wondering if you knew whether or not I can combine the Bernat Loops yarn on the SAME blanket as the Loops&Threads Loops yarn? Would there be any issues with that?

      • Toni L.Toni L. says

        Hi! I’m so excited to hear that you’re making all these blankets. I bet they’re so cuddly. I would imagine it would be fine to mix these yarns. I would first check that they are the same thickness and the same fiber content. If so, you should be all set!

        • AvatarG from Cali says

          Hello Miss Toni…
          I’m new to this and don’t quite understand what ‘turn your work’ means. Please forgive my ignorance.
          I’d like to use the ‘knit,purl’ for a border in a different color. Is that possible ??

          • Toni L.Toni L. says

            To turn your work is to flip your work over so you can work on the opposite side. And sure, using a different color for the border would be lovely 🙂

  5. AvatarChelsea Schillace Bohren says

    Hello! I’m looking to make a blanket large enough for a king sized bed. I have 18 skeins in total. How many little loops should I create the first row with? Dimensions for a king are a 76×80. I would like the blanket to hang off of the sides a decent amount. Any help is much appreciated

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for your question. The loops yarn keeps gauge very nicely, so you can lay the yarn out and measure to exactly the size you want. I make my king blankets to be 108″ x 90″ so they hang well and I can snuggle under them. Hope that helps! And good luck with your blanket 🙂

  6. AvatarHannah says

    Is there a way to change yarn not on the sides? Mine got a tangle and then broke in the middle and I’d like to salvage it without having to start back at the end.

    Thanks!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Absolutely! Simple pull up the new yarn in the next loop and keep knitting. Be sure to leave one or two loops for weaving in later. You won’t even be able to tell!

  7. AvatarPhylana Ladd says

    Toni, hi! First let me say, I’m THRILLED that I found you!! I’m always wanting to learn new ways of working with yarn, and your video made me really want to try this technique! I’m pretty much of a newbie, but I have done some basic knitting and crocheting.

    On your pattern for the Knitflix (LOVE that name!) blanket, you mention turning everything over after the first couple of rows. I’m confused about that. Why does that need to be done? If I can purl or knit just based on pulling in the loop from the back or the front, why can’t I just do that? I’m sure I’m missing something.

    Thank you!!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Phylana! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I suggest turning your blanket over after the first few rows because I find knit stitches to be easier than purl stitches. It’s my way of cheating to make the bottom and top borders. If you’re A-OK with doing the rows as purl stitches and not turning, go for it! It makes the same effect 🙂 Hope that helps – let me know if I can help with anything else!

  8. AvatarSara Bauer says

    Thanks for your help brought some yarn looked fun and with your help it is . looking forward to following you.

  9. AvatarElla Rose says

    Hi Toni! Is this blanket machine washable? I love the idea of this fun craft but i am not sure whether or not i would be able to machine wash it. Thank you in advance!

  10. AvatarMorgan says

    THANK YOU for posting such a perfect tutorial for these yarns! I have some upcoming travel and wanted something easy to take on the plane without needing needles or hooks. So excited I came across your video and site. I was going to wait to start this while traveling, but it sounds like I may need to try a few fun projects before I leave … 🙂

  11. AvatarMichelle says

    Hi Toni,

    I am brand new to knitting. Actually this will be my first. The video you created was perfect and easy to follow. I am however a bit confused on the directions for the Knitflix throw. I’m not quite understanding the directions.

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Michelle! I’m so glad to hear that you’re trying out the Knitflix Throw! Let me know what’s confusing about the pattern – I’m happy to help!

  12. AvatarLinda says

    Tony,
    I just got some of the loopy yarn on sale of course and was very happy to see your video, you explain anything so nice..I look forward to more of your videos with new products!! I am now going to give it a try, I am a crocheter for over 50 years, I taught my mom to knit many years ago. We both agreed knitting takes too much time, so we crochet most everything. I know if she were alive now, she’d love this new yarn. Thanks again for your videos!!

  13. AvatarHeather C says

    Toni, This is one of the easiest tutorials I’ve ever followed. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to taking a better look at your blog.

  14. AvatarLeesa Dowding says

    Hi Toni, I too have a question about washing a finished project. I love the way this yarn feels and how easy it is to work up. But I am beginning to wonder if I have gone to gung ho with it. I have made 3 blankets with it before washing any of them. The first one I washed on a delicate cycle and it did fine. The second one on a normal wash cycle and the beginning and ending edges pulled and shifted, I had to pull and tug on the the stitches to work them back onto place. And most of my tieoffs pulled out and I had to rework them back in. In saying all of this, is there a better way for tying off and hiding the tails? And I suppose washing on a more gentle cycle would be preferable. I just know that when it comes to baby blankets you just want to wash and go and not worry about what cycle your using.

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Good question, Leesa. My suggestion would be to sew your tails to the blanket with needle and thread if there’s a concern they will unravel. Or have a longer tail to weave in so it’s less likely to work it’s way out. Let me know if that helps!

  15. AvatarPamminAlong says

    Well it may have taken me 9 blankets, 4 hats, and 1 scarf before finding your blog… But I Found You! Like Ellen above I was wandering through JoAnn’s and practically jumped into the bin of super fluffy soft loopy yarn. Who knew?! And on SALE?!?!?!?! Oh Yes, please! Now that I’m done with Christmas gifts (note that it is halfway through January!) I’m looking forward to just making stuff! Thank you so much for the VERY helpful video and instructions. The next blankets/scarves/hats are going to be much more texturally interesting (is texturally a word?!). Be sure to post if you come up with more loop yarn patterns!

  16. AvatarDenise T. says

    Hi Toni!
    I have just come across your blog and Knitflix and am so very pleased that I did!
    This yarn looks amazing! I believe that it has just become available in the UK so I’m thinking about getting some and giving it a go! That’s if I can find room because I’ve got soooo much yarn already but am so slow at making things. I taught myself to crochet through YouTube (still learning!) and I haven’t knitted in probably 30 years – and I wasn’t brilliant at it then! Despite that, I’ve continued to buy lovely yarn with a mind to make something with it…. one day! I’d better get going because I’m not getting any younger!! But, it seems I’m being drawn to yet another yarn and new craft!
    I think I should admit I have a problem……..
    My name is Denise and I’m a yarnaholic!
    Thank you for the video and pattern. I really hope that I make this blanket! x

  17. AvatarDanielle Jones says

    How could you make this a striped blanket? Thanks!
    Also, will this curl like traditional stockinette stitch does?

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      The video tutorial and pattern instructions are in the body of the blog post. And this project will curl just a tiny bit at the corners but nowhere near as badly as traditional stockinette. Hope that helps!

  18. AvatarMarissa says

    Hey! I love this I watched your video but didn’t see anything on how to do the purl stitch…. what’s the difference between purl and knit?

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Marissa! The purl stitch is when you insert the loop from the front to the back of the stitch. The purl stitch is worked on the first 5 and last 5 stitches of the Knitflix Throw 🙂

  19. AvatarDebbie Perkins says

    WoW!!! I love your videos! The demonstrations are easy to follow, and your directions are clear and and easy to follow as well. I’m telling all my friends about your blog and videos.
    With that said, say a little prayer for me. I’ve never attempted anything like this, but after trying a small sample, I am going to attempt to make blankets for all 4 of my granddaughters for next Christmas!
    Keep up the great work!!!!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      You got this, Debbie! It’s just as fun and easy as it looks. I’d love to know how they turn out! Feel free to share them with me on Instagram or in my Facebook group, TLYC Makers!

  20. AvatarJacquelynn Morris says

    Toni, I am so glad I found you! I saw the Lion Brand Off the Hook looped yarn on sale and though I’m not a knitter I wanted to make a comforting blanket for a friend who just lost her husband. We live hundreds of miles apart and I wanted the blanket to be a hug from me whenever she needed one. Everywhere I looked the tutorials assumed a knowledge I don’t have about yarn, knitting, etc., and nothing about how to make a blanket. Then I found your tutorial and you explained it all so well and in a way that I could understand. In the 20 minutes of the tutorial I found myself nodding to your directions and explanations, and by the end I felt confident that this is something I can do. And you also provided the pattern I needed for the blanket for my friend Carlina! You even explain how to add in a new color, which will help me make the blanket using the three colors I chose. When I’m finished I’ll take a photo of the blanket, and when I see Carlina in a couple of weeks I’ll take a photo of her with it, and will share with you. Thank you so much!!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      This comment just touches my heart. I’m always astounded at the impact of crochet. I know your friend will feel all the love and care you put into this special and timely gift. I can’t wait to find out how it turns out and how much she likes it. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  21. AvatarVictoria Lombardo says

    Watch “Dead to Me” &/or Chamber on Netflix! Dying to try these yarns after watching your video.

  22. AvatarCindy Miller says

    Hi Toni,
    Watched your basic video, I’m ready to go! Going to make the Knitflix throw blanket in teal and gray! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Cindy

  23. AvatarHeather says

    Hi, I made a blanket for my daughter with three different colors. It’s very cute but after finishing a few rows of one color I would cut it and weave the end into the blanket but you still see the end sticking through the front of the blanket sometimes because my daughter uses it a lot to cover herself. Anyway, the blanket looks a little messy with little ends sticking out all over the place. How do I avoid that? Am I weaving it wrong?
    Also, how is the best way to wash it? Does it fall apart easily?

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Heather! Great question. The best way to prevent seeing pesky ends would be to weave them in only over the purl bumps on the back of the blanket. Also, weave ends into their like colors. Hope that helps! You should still be able to pull out and reposition your ends on a blanket like this.

  24. AvatarKatie Squires says

    Your video is giving me the confidence to try a knitflix blanket. I’m just a little confused about step 4. How does 5 rows + 55 + 5= 70 rows? I’m sorry, this is probably obvious, but I’m terrified of screwing up.

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi Katie! I’m so excited to hear that you’re going to try it 🙂 I definitely understand the confusion with how that step is written. I’ve just updated it. Let me know if that makes more sense.

  25. AvatarLeAnn says

    Hi Toni,
    Your blanket is gorgeous and I’m really hoping I am going to be able to make this. I have ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis, which keep me from doing alot! However, I love any and all soft comfy blankets because that’s where I spend alot of my time, in bed. Which leads me to my question. I want to make my blanket to fit my queen sized bed, how many skeins do you think I will need? I’m also wanting to make a couple (actually at least 3) baby blankets. I have 3 of my nieces pregnant and due all within a month of each other starting March if next year. How many skeins would I need for a baby blanket? I’m really hoping this is one thing I will a totally be able to accomplish. I have AS(Ankylosing Spondylitis) and arthritis (plus a few more back issues) that really prevent me from doing alot. However, since this is something you can make while kind of kicked back a big and you can stop and restart without it unraveling, I’m hope I can do this. Which is another reason I want one to fit my bed. I spend alot of my time there unfortunately so I love soft comfy blankets for my bed as opposed to throw blankets for couches/chairs. Thank you for any info you can share with me and for the instructions and information you already have above. Wish me luck…

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi LeAnn! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I’m so glad you like the Knitflix throw project 🙂 For a queen-sized blanket, I think 10-12 balls should do the trick. But, when I buy yarn for a project and I’m not sure on yardage, I usually get 2-3 balls more than I think I need. Just keep the receipt and you should be able to return the extra. For the baby blanket, I think 3-4 balls will make a good sized one. Hope that helps! And let me know how things work out 🙂

  26. AvatarAmanda says

    Love your video! It’s to the point and straight forward. Thank you!! I have already made a baby blanket, basket and currently working on a throw blanket. How do you recommend washing the blankets?

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      I’m so glad the videos were helpful! You should be able to wash them according to the label of the yarn you used. I was mine with a normal load in cool water and tumble dry 🙂

  27. AvatarShirley R Baumeister says

    Great video – will be taking my granddaughter shopping & will be doing this together ..
    if successful , will be making Christmas presents.. Thanks so much & stay safe

  28. AvatarAimee R says

    My daughter is in the process of making a blanket however over a fourth of the way in the blanket it’s completely stretched out. If this was typical knitting I would think that she added stitches however she didn’t. I took about 16 rows out fix the problem and redid it for her. The same thing happened. Do you know what is going on? How should I fix? Thank you

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi – I haven’t experienced this and I’m not sure how to fix it. I’m guessing there’s a defect in the yarn and the loops are larger in some places, perhaps?

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