Modified HDC Half Stripe Crochet Blanket

crochet blanket

One of my friends is going to be a grandma for the first time and her daughter-in-law loved this blanket for the modern nursery she is putting together. I’m referring to the mid-century modern look that is so popular right now. I’ve seen nurseries with black and white and a splash of this mustard-gold color as accents like in the photo below.

This blanket is actually a design that Hannah created about six months ago. So if you’ve been a follower of the farm for a while, it might be recognizable to you. 

I just made a slight adjustment to the size and the stitch. Hannah made more of a throw size, and I wanted this to be for a baby. She also used regular half double crochet, and I changed the stitch to a modified half double crochet or sometimes known as a front two loop half double crochet. (I’ll include a video at the end of this post to show you how to work the stitch, no worries if you don’t know it.)

I’m using Bernat Wool Roving which is a chunky size 5 weight yarn. It’s mostly acrylic with a brushed matte look to it which I think adds to the modern feel of the blanket. Here’s a picture of the finished blanket:

(A PDF of this pattern is available on Etsy.  Free pattern below.)

Materials

(Finished blanket size approximately 32 x 40 inches)

Bernat Roving Wool Rice Paper 4 skeins

Bernat Roving Wool Squashed 4 skeins

Hook: Size K

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Pattern

Chain 40 with Rice paper, then pull through with Squashed and chain 40 more. Chain 2 and turn.

ROW 1: HDC (half double crochet) in the next 40 chains, pull through with Rice Paper before finishing the 40th HDC. HDC in the next 40 chains. CH 2 and turn.

ROW 2-15: MHDC (modified half double crochet or front two loop half double crochet) in the next 40 HDC, pulling through with Rice Paper on the 40th MHDC, MHDC next 40 HDC, CH 2 and turn.

ROW 16-30: Change color at the end of row 15 by pulling through with rice paper on the last step of the MHDC. Work in the same manner as rows 2-15 with new colors.

ROW 31-45: Repeat rows 2-15.

ROW 46-60: Repeat rows 16-30.

ROW 61-75: Repeat rows 2-15.

Tie off and weave in all ends.

I have found that Bernat Roving does not need any blocking at all. The blanket has a nice chunky finish and lays very nice and even. The instructions on the package recommend hand washing and laying flat to dry. I would recommend that as well. I also think this is the type of baby blanket that works well as a crib blanket or car seat blanket-especially on cold winter mornings.

Here is a video tutorial demonstrating how to get this blanket started and how I am working the color changes in the center of the blanket. I also show you the modified HDC stitch. (This is a link to YouTube if the following video does not load for you.)

I wish you much success with this blanket! If you make one, feel free to share a picture with me on my Daisy Farm Crafts Facebook wall or by tagging your picture on Instagram with the hashtag #daisyfarmcrafts. I have started a thing called Sunday Shares up in my Instagram Stories where I share the projects made from Daisy Farm Crafts pattern. It’s so fun to look through all the different blankets that are being made from DFC patterns.

If you are new to finding me here, hello and welcome! I share the blankets I’m making in hopes to become a grandma. My daughter Hannah has started crocheting along with me and it turns out the blankets we made were also being made by so many of you! We developed this website to make it a prettier place for all the patterns.

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Okay, I think that’s about it! I can’t thank you all enough for your love and support as I crochet my way to hopefully become a grandma someday! Hannah has been trying for about 6 years but we are not going to ever give up hope. Mainly because I hear from so many of you who waited even longer than that and eventually it happened. I know in my heart that day will come, just not yet.

All my love,

Tiffany