Once a month, I have the opportunity to design a blanket using yarn from Yarnspirations.com and this month I chose to use Paton’s Alpaca Blend in Birch, Slate and Butternut.
My daughter Annie needed a throw for her freshened up bedroom. (We changed out bedspreads, cleaned and decluttered, nothing too big.) She wanted to trade out her pink ruffles for a more updated neutral look and so we designed a throw for her. I just finished it and I think she likes it! She took it right out of my hands, went to her room and tried it out.
And she looked so cute, I decided to pose her for pictures! I also think this gives you a good idea of the size of the blanket. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just in a flatlay.
As I finished this blanket I do wish I would have made the base chain a bit longer. I was going for 40 inches wide by 60 inches long. It worked out great for the length, but I ended up about 4 inches short on the width. So if you want to adjust, add 14 chains to the base chain for the pattern and buy one extra skein of birch.
(A PDF of this pattern without ads is available on Etsy. Free pattern below).
(Finished Blanket Size 36 x 60)
8 skeins of Paton’s Alpaca Blend in Birch
1 skein of Paton’s Alpaca Blend in Slate
1 skein of Paton’s Alpaca Blend in Butternut
Size J Hook
Chain 92 with Birch
ROW ONE: In the third chain from the hook, work one Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC): (Yarn Over (YO), insert your hook into the chain space, YO and pull through stitch and through the first loop on the hook. YO and pull through remaining two loops left on the hook. Stitch complete.) Work one HHDC in each of the remaining chains. (90)
ROW TWO: CH 2 and turn. In the front loop of the first stitch, work HHDC. Work one HHDC in each front loop across the row. (Working in the front loop requires you to insert your hook up from the bottom of the front loop and then continue to work the herringbone stitch as normal.) (90)
ROW THREE – TEN: Repeat Row 2 with birch. On the tenth row on the last step of the stitch, pull through with Slate. CH 2 and turn.
ROW ELEVEN: Work one row in Slate, at the end of the row, pull through with Birch. CH 2 and turn.
ROWS TWELVE-FOURTEEN: Work the next three rows in Birch, then pull through on the last stitch with Slate. CH 2 and turn at the end of each row.
ROW FIFTEEN: Work one row with Slate. CH 2 and turn.
Repeat putting 3 rows of Birch in between one row of Slate.
Here is the striped pattern for the whole blanket:
*10 rows Birch, 1 row Slate, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Slate, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Slate, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Slate.
10 rows Birch, 1 row Butternut, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Butternut, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Butternut, 3 rows Birch, 1 row Butternut.
After weaving in all the ends. pull up a loop in any corner, ch 2. Work one HHDC per stitch around the entire blanket, working 3 HHDC into each corner space. When returning to the starting corner, work two HHDC and slip stitch to the starting ch 2. CH 2 and turn.
Work the next round in the same manner, into the front loops of each stitch as you did the main blanket. Always work 3 HHDC into each corner space.
Work the border for a total of 5 rounds. Slip stitch into final space and tie off and weave in the ends.
In case you need a little video help to see how the herringbone half is worked, I’ve recorded a short video to help you out. Click on the box below or if it doesn’t load here is the link to Youtube.
I’m loving making throws for my daughters and friends! In case you are looking for another easy throw, that is fast and giftable for Christmas, Graduations, Weddings, anything really, keep scrolling and I’ll post links to the other throws I’ve made.
I just finished this one last week for my daughter’s friend Hillary and we called it the Modern Low Tide Throw.
Then we also have the modern one I made for my daughter Nicolina and called it Modern Modified HDC Throw, simply because it is all half double crochet but worked into the front two loops of the stitch to create a pretty braid across the work:
And one last throw that I loved making for my son and new daughter-in-law for Christmas is this Pom Pom Throw. I loved using blanket yarn for this.
Thank you as always for stopping by the website to see our new crochet projects! Hannah and I are amazed every day at the amount of love we receive from all of you. It’s been so fun to be in the crochet community sharing our makes!
We also love sharing what you make! If you finish a Daisy Farm project, feel free to post a picture to our Facebook wall or use the hashtag #daisyfarmcrafts on Instagram and I will post your picture in my stories. I think sharing your work is a good way to keep you motivated. So if you need that extra push to get something finished, maybe that could help you out. Plus, everyone loves seeing the different color combinations you choose for the different blankets.
Have a wonderful day!