I used a row of cluster stitches followed by a row of single crochet to make this version of a crochet gingham blanket.
I also used *Bernat Bundle up yarn, (which is my new favorite!) and now this gingham blanket feels like a soft flannel hug. I love the matte finish and the lighter weight.
I was able to carry the yarn through the rows and it really didn’t add bulk.
I folded a corner down in the above picture so you can see that the stitch has a two-sided appearance. One side of the cluster stitch looks slightly different than the other.
I used a front and back post double crochet stitch for the border which always makes for a nice blanket finish I think.
Are you brand new to making a gingham blanket? We have lots of tips to get you started in this post here:
Bernat Bundle Up (small ball, 100% polyester, 140 g/4.9 oz, 244 m/267 yds)
4 skeins Sky Blue, 2 skeins Beluga, 2 skeins Dove
Size I/5.5mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 36 in x 38 in
Gauge 3 in = 10 st and 7 rows of pattern
Single Crochet (SC): Insert hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
Cluster (CL): *Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook. Repeat from * one more time into the same stitch, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC): Yarn over, insert your hook around the post of the stitch in the row below from front to back, and back to the front, yarn over and pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook.
Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC): Yarn over, insert your hook around the post of the stitch in the row below from back to front then to the back, yarn over a pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook.
With Beluga, (dark blue) chain 112.
Row 1: DC into the 3rd chain from the hook. (First cluster made, the starting chain and turning chains going forward count as half of the cluster.) CL in each of the next 9 chains. Pull through on the last step of the stitch with Sky Blue. CL in each of the next 10 chains, working over Beluga and carrying it along the row. Pull through with Beluga on last step of last stitch. CL in each of the next 10 chains with Beluga, working over Sky Blue and carrying it along the row. Continue switching colors every 10 chains to the end of the row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 2: Wrap Sky Blue around the end of the row and continue working over and carrying it along as you work SC into each of the first 10 sts. Pull through and change color on the tenth st. to Sky Blue. Work the next 10 SC into each st with Beluga. Continue switching colors every 10 sts to the end of the row. CH 2 and turn.
Row 3: Begin in the first stitch of the row with 1 DC. CL in each of the next 9 sts. Change yarn colors, work 1 CL into each of the next 10 sts. Carry yarn and continue switching colors every 10 stitches. CH 1 and turn.
Rows 4 – 8: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Row 8 will be following Row 2 instructions. On the last SC of row 8, pull through with Sky Blue.
Rows 9 – 16: Repeat row 3 and 2 using Sky Blue and Dove as alternating colors. Work the Sky Blue above the Beluga, and Dove above Sky Blue.
Tip: If you would like to save time weaving in ends, don’t cut Beluga, instead, carry it up the side of the work after finishing row 16 and add in on row 17. You may choose to do this with Dove as well. Sky Blue will be used in every row.
Work the gingham pattern until you have 11 blocks of color high.
Tie off and weave in all ends.
Round 1: Pull up a loop in any corner with Beluga. Ch 1 and SC into that space. Work 1 SC into each st around and 1 SC at the end of each row on the sides of the blanket, work 3 SC into each corner. End with 2 SC into the starting corner and join with a slip stitch to the first SC. Ch 2, do not turn.
Round 2: Continuing in the same direction, work 1 DC into each st, work “DC, CH 1, DC” into each corner, join with a slip stitch to the first DC of the round. Ch 2, do not turn.
Round 3: *Work 1 FPDC around the next DC, and 1 BPDC around the next DC. Repeat from * around except work “DC, CH 1 DC” around each chain space in each corner. Join with a slip stitch to first DC, CH 2, do not turn.
Rounds 4 – 6: Repeat round 3. Join at the end of round 6, tie off and weave in all ends.
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