I’ve loved working with Bernat Velvet yarn ever since it came out last year, but I was really excited when our friends at Yarnspirations sent us some Bernat Baby Velvet yarn to try out…it’s just as soft and amazing as the regular velvet, except it’s a little smaller weight and it’s more washable. Yay!
I decided to use it to make this Crochet Velvet Berries Throw as graduation gift for my sister-in-law who is finished high school this year :). My youngest sister Annie just graduated, too, — it’s crazy how fast my husband and I’s younger siblings are growing up!
For this blanket I decided to use a similar pattern to a hat and scarf my mom made last fall. She used HDC working in the front two loops and a cluster stitch to make a nice striped textured look, and we’d been wanting to use that pattern with a blanket for a while, so I was excited to be able to try it out with this new baby velvet!
After you start this blanket you may notice that the berries are quite subtle and they only really pop out in certain light, so if you want them to be more like polka dot bobbles, you might want to try using a DC5tog cluster bobble stitch instead.
The written pattern is below, but here is some video help in case you are more of a visual learner:
Finished size appx. 38 in x 58 in
4 skeins of Bernat Baby Velvet yarn in Misty Gray
Size H Hook (5.00mm)
Chain 184 (Or chain any even number. I wanted my stripes to run vertically, so I made a really long chain.)
ROW 1: In the third chain from the hook, work a half double crochet (HDC). HDC to the end of the chain. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 2: HDC across the whole row, working in the front two loops only (the chain 2 does not count as your first HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 3: In the first stitch of the row below, work a Berry Cluster (YO, insert your hook, pull up a loop, pull through one loop, YO, insert your hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all five loops.). SC in the next stitch, working in the front two loops only, then work another Berry Cluster. Continue across the row, alternating front two loop SC and Berry Cluster. When you reach the end of the row, chain 2 and turn.
ROW 4: HDC across the whole row, working in the front two loops. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 5 – 6: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat rows 3 – 6 for the remainder of the blanket.
After you reach your desired blanket size, tie off and weave in all your ends with a tapestry needle. After I finished my blanket, I decided to add a front and back post double crochet ribbing border.
ROW 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 3. DC around the entire blanket, working 3 DCs into each corner stitch.
ROW 2: When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 DCs into the corner, then go around the blanket again, this time alternating front and back post double crochet. A front post DC means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work your DC. A back post DC means you insert your hook from the back to the front and work a DC.
When you get to the corners of this row, you will want to continue the pattern of alternating front and back post double crochet, but you will work three stitches around the corner post.
So, for example, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a front post DC, then work a front post DC, a back post DC, and a front post DC 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 (in this example, you would work a back post DC).
I hope that is not too confusing! Just remember that you are always alternating front and back post double crochet around the whole blanket, you just happen to be working three of those stitches around the same post when you are working the corners.
ROWS 3 – 4: When you finish row 2, work 3 alternating front post/back post DCs into the corner you started with and repeat row 2 two more times around the blanket, until you have four rows total. (Or you can go around as many times as you’d like to get your desired border height. I had enough yarn to go around 4 times.) When you reach the corner, you started with, slip stitch into the corner and tie off.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern, I hope you enjoy making this blanket! When you’re finished, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram, we’d love to see!