Hello, Hannah here, this super soft and luxurious throw is a simple variation of our Velvet Plus Giant Basketweave Throw pattern! The blanket is made by alternating front and back post double crochet to create some really fun textured lines.
This is only the second blanket we have made with Bernat Velvet Plus yarn, so we are still experimenting, but here are some of our answers to frequently asked questions we’ve had on Instagram that you may want to know before you get started:
Is the blanket heavy?
Yes, it’s definitely heavier than a normal crochet blanket and almost feels like a weighted blanket. It’s definitely a good yarn for winter!
Does the yarn shed?
The yarn did shed a bit while I was making the blanket, but after I finished and wove in all my ends I didn’t notice very much more shedding.
Can you wash the blanket when it’s finished?
The instructions on the label for Bernat Velvet Plus are to hand wash, then tumble dry, however my mom recently washed the Giant Basketweave Throw on a delicate cycle in her non-agitator washing machine and it came out fine.
Does this yarn easily ‘worm’ like some other velvet yarns?
I still did my best to keep my tension nice and tight with this blanket, but I don’t feel like I had to be as vigilant as I have to be when working with the regular velvet or baby velvet yarn – the velvet plus is not as slippery and I didn’t have any problems with worming. That being said, if you start to notice your stitches coming loose after working them, you may want to switch to a smaller hook.
Overall, we love the feel and look of this yarn and love that it works up pretty fast. Thanks to our friends at Yarnspirations for sending us this yarn to try!
12 skeins Bernat Velvet Plus* (100% polyester, 300 g/10.5 oz, 71 m/78 yds)
Size N/P 10.00mm crochet hook, Tapestry Needle, Scissors
Finished size 42 in x 56 in, Gauge 4 inches = 6 post dc stitches and 5 rows
FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC): 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 DC means you yarn over (YO), insert your hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, YO, pull through remaining two loops.
BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (BPDC): A back post DC means you insert your hook from the back to the front and work a DC.
Wide Half Double Crochet: YO, insert hook in between posts of previous row stitches, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops.
Chain 67. (To make your blanket bigger or smaller, multiply any odd number by 3, then add 4.)
ROW 1: Starting in the 4th chain from the hook, work a DC in each chain. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 2: *Work FPDC around each of the first 3 posts, then work BPDC around each of the next 3 posts. Repeat from * to the end of the row. For the last stitch, work a DC underneath the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.
(Tip: your first fpdc to work is around the second post in the row below, not the post that lines up under the turning chain.)
ROW 3: *Work BPDC around each of the first 3 posts, then work FPDC around each of the next 3 posts. Repeat from * to the end of the row. (Your post stitches should be sticking out the same direction as the previous row.) Chain 2 and turn.
Continue alternating rows 2 and 3 for the remainder of the blanket, until your throw measures 56 inches or your desired length. Tie off and weave in all ends with a tapestry needle.
NOTE: Normally when switching to a new skein when I run out of yarn, I just pull through with the new yarn wherever it runs out in the middle of the row, but for this blanket I always made sure to switch to a new skein at the end of the row so that I could knot the two tails together before weaving them into the blanket. This does mean that I had a little bit more leftover yarn than usual, but I’m planning to use the scraps for some more velvet scrunchies…and I think it was worth it to avoid any bulky knots showing up in the middle of my blanket.
Round 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 2. Work wide HDC around the blanket (on the ends insert your hook between the dc posts and on the sides insert your hook into the spaces between each row). Work 3 HDCs into each corner space.
Round 2: When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 HDCs into the corner, then continue working wide HDC in the same direction around the blanket. This time, work 4 HDCs into the corner, two on either side of the middle stitch from the previous round.
Round 3: When you reach the corner you started with, work 4 HDCs into the corner, then continue working wide HDC in the same direction around the blanket. Work 3 HDCs into each corner space. When you reach the starting corner, work 3 HDCs into the corner space, then slip stitch into the next space and tie off.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern, I hope you enjoy making this super cuddly throw! When you’re finished, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see! xo, Hannah
*Daisy Farm Crafts is sponsored by Yarnspirations