I pulled out the giant pom pom maker to finish this Crochet Modern Low Tide Throw in style! Which it needed to be modern and hip for my daughter’s best friend. I love making blankets for “clients” when they can give me a clear vision of what they want it to look like.
We found this inspiration photo from Anthropologie:
And the girls, my daughter and her friend Hillary, told me to go for it! As you know, finding yarn in the exact color and type is usually the most difficult duty of any crochet project. I knew I wanted to work with a chunky size 5 weight yarn to make this project work up fast. (Well, faster than if I was using a smaller thin weight yarn that would take way too long for the amount of willpower I actually have to stay with a project. You know what I’m sayin’)
So shout out to my favorite Bernat Roving! They have a beautiful teal color called Low Tide, hence the name of the throw, and a cream called Rice Paper. Sometimes I will find the yarn I want to use, but then they don’t have a good cream, and by good cream I mean not too yellowy. So I like Bernat Roving for that reason. (I actually wish it came in a white.)
After I find the yarn I’d like to use, then I start playing around with different stitches. I wanted a stitch for this project that wouldn’t show any lines. By that I mean I didn’t want to work into just one loop, I really like working in-between the stitches to eliminate the rope look that can run across a row. That probably makes no sense at all if you are a beginner, but if you’ve been at this awhile, I hope you know what I mean.
Anyway, I decided to use half double crochet and single crochet, one row of each, but, each single crochet is worked in between each half double crochet. Another way to look at it, is that when you work the row of single crochets, you work under all three loops of the half double crochet in the row below. Doing that eliminated the line/rope that I did not want to see across the throw.
However, when I added the Rice Paper (cream) color, I used all half double crochet and skipped making a row of single crochet with the cream, but I did still work in-between the stitches.
Make sure you work a sample swatch to work out your tension! The recommended hook size is an L, but I went up a hook size to an M to make sure it wasn’t too tight. With this thick of yarn, a tight blanket will be even heavier. You want to keep this a bit loose so you get a nice drape to it.
Okay let’s get to the pattern:
(An ad-free PDF of this pattern is available on Etsy. Free pattern below.)
Finish size: Approximately 45 x 60 inches
Bernat Roving in Low Tide 9 skeins
Bernat Roving in Rice Paper 5 skeins (those giant pom poms take up 1 and a half skeins)
Size L or M hook (or bigger if you crochet tight)
4 inch pom pom maker
Chain 90 (any number works, there isn’t a pattern repeat) with Low Tide.
ROW 1: In the second chain from the hook, SC (Single Crochet), SC in each chain across the row. (89 SC)
ROW 2: CH (chain) 2 and turn. HDC in first SC stitch from the hook and in each SC across the row. (89 HDC)
ROW 3: CH 1 and turn. SC underneath all three loops of the HDC. (This also looks like you are working in between each HDC. If you are unclear what this means, watch this video:
ROW 4: CH 2 and turn. HDC in each SC across.
ROW 5 – 10: Repeat rows 3 and 4, alternating one row of SC worked in between the HDC, with one row of HDC. Pull through with Rice Paper on the final HDC.
ROW 11 & 12: CH 2, HDC under all three loops of HDC of the row below. Your last HDC will be in between the turning chain and last HDC. Pull through with Low Tide on last stitch, CH 2 and turn.
ROW 13: Repeat Row 3. (Work SC across the row, always under the 3 loops of the HDC.)
ROW 14-22: continue alternating rows of HDC and SC.
The pattern continues working 10 rows of alternating SC and HDC in Low Tide, with 2 rows of Rice Paper in all HDC. There are 9 sections of Low Tide, separated by 8 rows of Rice Paper.
When you are finished, weave in all ends and attach your pom poms. I use a 4 inch pom pom maker, the largest I could find, and after I wind the Bernat Roving around the maker, I use thin strong cotton string to tie them tight. Don’t use Bernat Roving to secure them. It’s great for puffiness, but not for tightening. It will pull apart. I double wrap the insides of the pom poms with the string and use that to securely attach it to each corner of the blanket.
I left the poms all fluffy and mop head looking and loved it. I’m recommending that you hand wash this if needed. But mine was fresh off the hook and didn’t need any blocking at all! That’s the beauty of Bernat Roving.
I buy my Bernat Roving at Joanns Craft Stores. But you also can order it online from Yarnspirations.com.
I hope you enjoy making this easy modern crochet throw and whoever you gift it to will love it as well! It’s a perfect gift for a high school grad!
Before I go, if you are new to finding Daisy Farm Crafts, hello and welcome! I’m Tiffany, and I started this blog simply as a way to keep track of the patterns I was designing in hopes I’d become a grandma. I have a lot of baby blanket patterns on the site! I also was sharing them on Instagram and found a whole community of crocheters and discovered that they were coming to my site to try the patterns out too!
With the help of my older daughter Hannah, we decided to get serious about designing a prettier place to post all the patterns, so we created this website. (We hired a designer for the layout, but Hannah is the tech behind a lot of what goes on at DFC.)
Then Hannah started practicing the stitches and blankets I was sharing, and now she designs beginner friendly blankets too! It’s been so fun to watch Daisy Farm Crafts grow and have so many of you along the journey with us!
I’m still a hopeful to be grandma in training. You can read more about Hannah’s good attitude about working through infertility under the blog heading. She has a few essays that really put everything about life in perspective. While my mantra when I first starting blogging was “crochet it and they will come,” I really did not expect or even imagine that the whole world would be coming for our patterns. I was thinking grandchild. I am so, so grateful to you all.
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