I have a rule of three when I am thinking of designing a new blanket. I need the stitch, the pattern and the yarn all work well together.
I’ll play around with the yarn, making swatches and using different hook sizes, until I decide what I really like. For the color and pattern, I usually sketch on graph paper an initial design so I have an idea of the way I want it to look.
Yarnspirations.com had sent me this yarn a few weeks ago and asked me to design whatever I’d like with this Paton’s Alpaca Blend. The colors were perfect for fall and still had that mid-century modern feel that is so popular right now. I just wanted to make a blanket that would go in that direction.
And I love how it turned out!
So first, you’ll need to know the Spider Stitch. I found this in an older stitch book and did a quick google and crocheters seem to agree that this is the name for this stitch. You can read about it here. I will be explaining more below.
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You’ll need 3 skeins each of Paton’s Alpaca Blend Yarn. I used Birch, Onyx, and Aquamarine
I used a size 9.00 mm M size hook. But test for your own tension. Not too tight, not too loose, but just right.
Size: Finished size is approximately 34 x 36, so it’s a stroller blanket size. But since this is just one stitch, you can adjust to make it any size you’d like, just buy more yarn.
Chain 75, (if you are customizing any uneven number will do.)
ROW 1: In the third chain from the hook, work one SC, one CH, one SC, (this is the spider) then skip one CH, (CH stands for chain.) and work the spider again. (SC-CH-SC). Continue across the whole row. You should have one extra chain at the end. Work a SC into that stitch. CH 2 and turn. (chain 2 will count as your first SC.)
ROW 2: SK (skip) over the first two stitches and find that CH one space. You’ll want to work your spider into that stitch. (SC-CH-SC = Spider.) Continue across this row, working the spider into each chain one space. After you work your last spider into the final chain space, work one SC into the top of the turning chain. (Or just under those chains if you don’t want to mess around.) CH 2 and turn.
ROW 3: Repeat Row 2 until the end.
Here are the color changes that I did:
8 rows of birch, 8 rows of onyx, 2 rows aquamarine, 8 rows onyx, 8 rows birch, 8 rows aquamarine. 2 rows onyx, 8 rows aquamarine, 8 rows birch, 8 rows onyx, 2 rows aquamarine, 8 rows onyx, 8 rows birch.
First, weave in all the ends with a tapestry needle. Pull up a loop in aquamarine, in any stitch, avoid the corners. SC in each stitch around being careful to keep it even. On the ends, I worked one SC in every other stitch. If you want your blanket to turn out straight take the time to do this first round as evenly as possible. You will be so glad you did. I sometimes have to do and undo several times. I like my blankets to not ripple or gather around the edges. Work 3 SC into each corner.
When you get back to the first SC you started, work a slip stitch, chain one and turn. Now work a SC into each one going all the way around. Make sure you work 3 SC into the center stitch of each corner.
Repeat around as many times as you’d like. I did 4 times.
Now weave in all the ends and enjoy! This blanket is machine washable. But I’d lay it out to dry.
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