I didn’t even think this blanket would turn out as amazing as I saw it in my head, and now I want to keep it for myself. But, alas, I made this for my older sister and I’m so thrilled that it will be hers and I know she will love it.
Honestly, if you’ve been making gingham blankets, this one is not very different than that technique. I’m using the griddle stitch and working with two colors in one row and trading off according to the graph I created.
The one thing different than gingham is that this pattern will require the use of the graph to get you started. But once you work through the first blocks, it repeats and I found I didn’t need the graph at all.
I’m rating this as an intermediate project however because of the yarn changes and the alternating stitches. If you are an advanced beginner, please make a practice swatch to get the hang of changing colors frequently.
I did record a video tutorial for this blanket for further help. It will be linked at the end of this post.
Red Heart with Love (100% acrylic, 198 g/7 oz, 338 m/370 yds)
4 skeins Black, 4 skeins Aran
Size J/6.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Click on graph to print:
Finished size 44 in x 60 in
Gauge 4 in = 12 st and 10 rows of pattern
Stitches (US TERMS)
Single Crochet (SC): Insert hook, yarn over (YO) and pull a loop back through, YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
With Aran, chain 141. (Pattern repeat is 20, plus 1.)
Row 1: Reading the graph right to left starting in the bottom right-hand corner marked (1), begin in the second chain from the hook with 1 SC. Work 1 DC into the next chain. *Work 1 SC into the next chain and 1 DC into the next. Repeat from * across the chain making color changes according to the graph. After finishing 40 stitches across, start at stitch 1 and repeat the graph 2 and a half more times. End with 1 repeat of stitches 1 through 20. You will have 7 blocks across. CH 1 and turn.
Tip: Carry the color not being used along the row with you and crochet over it. Always change color in the last step of the stitch and pull through with new color. Give this a little tug before doing so to make sure the carried yarn is laying flat against the row. It is normal to see the color through the work, but make it lay flat and not poke through the stitches.
Row 2: Reading the graph from left to right starting with the row marked 2, begin in the first stitch with *1 SC into the top of the first DC in the row previous. Work 1 DC into the next SC stitch of the row previous. Repeat from * across the row following the color changes in the graph. CH 1 and turn.
Tip: The even rows always are the same color changes as the previous row.
Row 3 through 36: Following the graph and using the griddle stitch throughout, make the color changes as noted. After completing row 36 of the graph, begin with row 1 and repeat.
The blanket is finished when there are 8 blocks high.
Round 1: After making the last block of the graph, with Aran, CH 1 and turn. Work 1 SC into each stitch across the top of the blanket. Work 3 SC into the last stitch and turn to work down the side. Work 1 SC at the end of each row that ends with a SC and work 2 SC into the end of the rows that end with a DC. Work 3 SC into the last stitch of the row and turn to work the bottom/starting row of the blanket. Work 1 SC into each stitch across the bottom. Work 3 SC into the last stitch and turn to work up the final side of the blanket in the same manner as the first side you worked. Join with a slip stitch to the first SC after working 2 SC into the corner, CH 1 and continue in the same direction.
Round 2: Work 1 SC into each SC around, working 3 SC into each corner SC. Join with a slip stitch into the first SC of the round, tie off and weave in all the ends.
Thanks as always for coming by! I hope your blanket turns out amazing and I can’t wait to see what other colors you all decide to do!
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