Hey everyone, Hannah here, I’ve had this blanket idea in my head for a while so I decided last week to finally give it a try! I used the same technique as our gingham blankets of carrying yarn to easily switch colors and I also carried some of the yarn up the side of my work instead of cutting, so if you hate weaving in ends, this may be the blanket for you!
Bernat Softee Baby* yarn (100% acrylic, 140g / 5 oz, 331 meters / 362 yards)
3 skeins Flannel, 1 skein Soft Peach, 1 skein White
Size H/5.00mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 35 in x 38 in, Gauge 4 in = 16 st and 13 rows
HERRINGBONE HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HHDC): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop and pull directly through first loop on hook. Then YO again, and pull through remaining two loops.
DOUBLE CROCHET (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, YO, pull through remaining two loops on your hook.
FRONT AND BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC & BPDC): A front post double crochet means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work a DC. A back post double crochet means you insert your hook from back to front around the post of the next DC and work a DC.
Tips to know before you start:
- Pull through with the new color on the last step of the stitch.
- Lay whichever color you aren’t using along the top of your work and crochet over it as you go.
- To avoid your yarn getting twisted as you carry it along your work, it helps to always keep one color to the front and one color to the back each time you switch colors.
- When turning to a new row, wrap the color not in use around the side of your work and continue to crochet over it as you go.
With Flannel, chain 132. (To make your blanket bigger or smaller, multiply 10 by an odd number, then add 2.)
ROW 1: Starting in the 3rd chain from the hook, work a HHDC in each of the first ten chains. On the 10th stitch, pull through with Soft Peach. Work a HHDC in each of the next ten chains with Soft Peach, carrying the Flannel along the top of your work and crocheting over it as you go. On the 10th stitch, pull through with Flannel. Continue alternating Flannel and Soft Peach every ten stitches, always carrying whichever color you aren’t using along the top of your work and crocheting over it as you go. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 2: Work HHDC into each of the first ten stitches with Flannel (continue carrying Soft Peach from previous row), then work HHDC into each of the next ten stitches with Soft Peach. Continue alternating Flannel and Soft Peach every ten stitches, always carrying whichever color you aren’t using along the top of your work and crocheting over it as you go. On the last stitch of the row, pull through with White, then chain 2 and turn. Do not cut Soft Peach.
ROW 3: Work HHDC into each of the first ten stitches with White (carry Flannel across work from previous row), then work HHDC into each of the next ten stitches with Flannel. Continue alternating White and Flannel every ten stitches, always carrying whichever color you aren’t using along the top of your work and crocheting over it as you go. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 4: Repeat row 3. On the last stitch of the row, pull through with Flannel.
ROWS 5 – 6: Repeat row 2. (At the beginning of row 5, take the Soft Peach yarn that you didn’t cut and bring it up the side of your work and start crocheting over it as you work the first ten Flannel stitches of the row.)
Repeat rows 3 through 6 for the remainder of the blanket, until your blanket measures appx 37 inches or your desired length.
Weave in all ends before beginning border.
ROUND 1: With Flannel, pull up a loop in ending corner and chain 2. Work 3 DCs per 2 rows on the sides of the blanket (or 3 DCs per color section), and 3 DC into each corner space. On the top and and bottom of the blanket, work 1 DC per stitch. When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 DCs around the starting chain 2.
ROUND 2: Continue working in the same direction and work alternating front and back post around each DC. When you reach a corner, work 3 alternating front and back post around the middle DC of the 3 DC that made the corner in the round prior. (In other words, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a FPDC, then work a FPDC, a BPDC, and a FPDC all around that corner post. Then in the next stitch you would continue the alternating pattern, working the opposite of whichever stitch you just used.)
ROUNDS 3 – 4: Continue working in same direction and repeat round 2. Always match your post double crochets so that they are poking out in the same direction as the previous row. When you finish the last round of your border, slip stitch into the starting corner and tie off.
Here is a video if you’d like to see how to work the stitches for this blanket! I also show how I work the stitches for the border at the end of the video.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern, I hope you enjoy making this blanket! When you finish please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see!
*Daisy Farm Crafts is sponsored by Yarnspirations