My mom and I have been wanting to try this Bernat Velvet yarn ever since we first saw it come out and I was really excited when Yarnspirations sent us some to try out a few weeks ago. I did lots of different practice swatches with different stitches until I finally decided I wanted to just keep it simple by using half double crochet working in between the posts.
This stitch is exactly like normal half double crochet (YO, insert your hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all 3 loops), except you are working in between the posts of the stitches below instead of the tops of the stitches below. Here is a short video clip if you want to see how this is done:
(If you have trouble loading the video, you can also view it on YouTube.)
After trying out several different stitches with this velvet yarn, my mom and I both agree that it works best with a tighter stitch and a tighter tension. I tend to be a loose crocheter so when I first started my blanket I noticed that there were some loops popping up from stitches that weren’t in tight, but as soon as I made my tension tighter I didn’t have any problems. If you tend to be a loose crocheter like me, I would definitely recommend going down a hook size.
The yarn is so soft and squishy and I really love how it worked up into a blanket!
(Finished size 31 in. x 41 in.)
2 skeins of Bernat Velvet yarn in Smokey Violet
1 skein of Bernat Velvet yarn in White
Size J or K Hook
Chain 70 (or any multiple of 7) with Smokey Violet.
(Note: Normally when my mom and I use the half double crochet stitch we like to start by going into the third chain from the hook and chaining 2 at the end of each row, but because this yarn is so pliable, I decided to start in the second chain from the hook and only chain 1 at the end of each row. If you’d rather start in the third chain and chain 2 at the end of each row, that is perfectly fine, just be sure to add an extra chain to your base chain so that you will have enough stitches to evenly line up your bobbles.)
ROW 1: In the second chain from the hook, work a half double crochet (HDC). Work a HDC in each chain to the end. Then chain one and turn.
ROW 2-5: Work 4 rows of HDC, working in between the posts of the stitches of the row below (see video demonstration above). Chain one and turn at the end of each row. When you reach the end of the 5th row, pull through with White on the last stitch and cut the Smokey Violet, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later. (There should be three loops on your hook when you pull through with White.) Chain one and turn.
ROW 6: Work 6 HDCs (working in between the posts) and then DC4tog (double crochet 4 together) to make a bobble. You’re going to work the bobble in between the posts, just like the HDCs. Here is how to DC4tog: Yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, now pull through two (2 loops left on hook). YO into the same space as before, pull up a loop, pull through two, (3 loops left on the hook). YO and do it again, (4 loops left) YO, do the same again, (you should have 5 loops on your hook). Now YO and pull through all 5 loops. Stitch is complete.
Work 6 more HDCs, then another bobble. Continue the pattern of 6 HDCs, one bobble until you reach the end of the row, ending with 6 HDCs. On the last stitch, pull through with Smokey Violet and cut the White, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later. Chain one and turn.
ROW 7-11: Work 5 rows of HDC in Smokey Violet (working in between the posts), chaining one and turning at the end of each row. When you reach the end of the 11th row, pull through with White.
ROW 12: Repeat row 6.
Repeat rows 7 through 12 until you reach your desired blanket length.
When the blanket is finished, weave all the ends in with a tapestry needle.
ROW 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 3. DC around the entire blanket, work 3 DCs into each corner stitch.
ROW 2: When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 DCs into that 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. Here is a short video clip to show you how this is done:
(If you have trouble loading the clip, you can also view the video on YouTube)
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).
ROW 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 made it around four times before I ran out of yarn.) When you reach the corner you started with, slip stitch into the corner and tie off.
Thanks so much for coming to see this pattern, I hope you enjoy making this blanket! When you’re finished please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see!