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Colorblock Stripes Blanket

Colorblock Stripes Blanket

Granny squares are the first crochet motif that many of us learn to make. They’re made entirely of double crochets, so you can focus on the construction and not worry about what stitch is next.

And because you begin in the center with just a few chains, it’s more manageable than a long row of them. Once you understand how and when the corners are made, it’s fun and easy to start playing with color and layout.

Colorblock Stripes Blanket

For the Colorblock Stripes Blanket, we chose 6 colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater: 5 contrast colors and 1 main color. There are five squares of each contrast color. Every square is finished with a round of the main color, which is also used for the final border.

We arranged the colors in rows instead of staggering them for a more modern look. Even in rows you can play with their order. We went formal – blues on one side, greens on the other, and yellow in the middle.

The result is fresh and playful. Perfect for a baby – of any age!

SQUARES AND STRIPES BLANKET

SIZE
One size, 29 inches square.

MATERIALS
Spud & Chloe Sweater, 2 skeins of ice cream (main color), 1 skein each of turtle, grass, firefly, splash and waterslide (contrast colors).
Size G hook

ABBREVIATIONS
ch chain
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
st stitch
ch 1 sp chain 1 space
ch 2 sp chain 2 space

NOTE
Work over ends whenever possible to make finishing easier.

MOTIF PATTERN
Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch3, 2 dc in ring. Ch2, *3dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch2, sl st in top of ch3.

Round 2: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch 2 lp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp.) Ch1, join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch2 sp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch1, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp. Ch1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch1-sp. Ch1.) Join with sl st to top of ch3.

Round 4: rep round 3.

Instructions
Make 5 motifs with each color. Rounds 1-3 are made with the contrast color, round 4 is made in the main color.

Assembly
Using the main color, attach motifs of the same color into strips by holding right sides together and slip stitching through outermost loop on each piece. Then attach strips in the same manner.

Border
With the main color, join yarn in a corner and work 3 rounds of single crochet.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Crochet Hexagon Blanket: Getting Started

I’ve wanted to crochet myself a blanket from the moment I learned to chain. I can picture myself cozy and warm under a crochet blanket of my own making with a cup of coffee and a good book.

The challenge was choosing a stitch pattern or motif and yarn. I love a granny square blanket made with dozens of colors as much as 2 color version of Catherine’s Wheel. I wanted a big blanket that would last, so I wanted to be sure before I started.

PICKING A CROCHET PATTERN

I searched books, magazines, and catalogs, in shops and online for inspiration for the blanket I wanted to make. I considered everything – chevrons, ripples, granny squares, hexagons. I love them all and I’ve swatched a lot of them. But crocheting a blanket is a big undertaking and I could never commit.

Crochet Hexagons

Last week, while I was cleaning my home office, I came across a hexagon I’d crocheted. It was sitting in a basket with a few balls of yarn and a hook. I crocheted another hexagon and then another, each a little different than the last. That was it; I decided I would make my blanket out of hexagons.

CHOOSING A YARN

The next day, I went to the shop and considered every yarn in stock for my project. I wanted a blanket that:

  • was large enough to cover me from head to toe and to wrap all the way around me,
  • would last longer than I’d want it, maybe long enough to pass on,
  • used lots of colors but remained more classic than trendy, and
  • I could finish in a reasonable amount of time.

I found several good options, including Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Ella Rae Classic Wool, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, and Spud & Chloe Sweater. I put one of each on the table and compared them. In the end, I picked Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, because:

  • it’s 100% wool, which is durable,
  • it has a light and airy spin (I can’t believe how light weight my cardigan is) so it won’t make an unreasonably heavy blanket, given the size I’m going for,
  • Shelter comes in gorgeous heathers and tweeds, brights and neutrals, that are classic yet modern, and,
  • it’s worsted weight and it won’t take forever to finish.

A project of this size is expensive no matter which yarn you choose. Because the yarn is used for small motifs, and because of the size of the blanket, I think dye lot is less critical than it would be for most projects. You don’t need to purchase all of the yarn at once. Taking one or two skeins home at a time gives you plenty of yarn to crochet and allows the cost of the yarn to be spread out.

I took home eight of the seventeen colors of Shelter – Fossil, Woodsmoke, Nest, Pumpernickel, Embers, Hayloft, Sap, Tent. I’ll likely use more colors, but these were a good starting point. I wound them up and grabbed an F (4mm) hook.

Crochet Hexagons

HOW TO CROCHET HEXAGONS

There are lots of ways to crochet a hexagon. It’s one of the things I love about crochet – you always have options. After a little more swatching I found one that I really like. Here’s how I’m making the hexagons for my blanket.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch: chain
ch-sp: chain space
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
dc3tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
foll: following

PATTERN
Ch6. Slip stitch through the first ch to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch2, dc2tog into circle – counts as dc3tog. [Ch2, dc3tog into circle] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (6 clusters)

Round 2: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch2, dc2tog into ch-sp – counts as dc3tog. Ch2, dc3tog into same ch-sp. [Ch2, dc3tog, ch2 dc3tog into next ch-sp] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (12 clusters)

Round 3: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc into foll ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp] 5 times. Slip stitch to top of first dc. Fasten off. (18 clusters)

KEEP CROCHETING

At this point, my plan is to make as many hexagons as I can with the yarn I’ve wound. Then I’ll decide how to arrange them and crochet them together.

I’ll post updates as I make progress. Happy crocheting!

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Quadrant Blanket

There’s a lot to like about granny squares. The ever-increasing rounds of double crochet groupings have a beautiful order and symmetry. They’re incredibly versatile – use them for pillows, blankets, bags, vests, skirts. Dozens of small granny squares of one or varying size can be joined; one gigantic granny square can make a bed-sized afghan. And granny squares are the perfect canvas for color play whether carefully planned or completely spontaneous.

A few weeks ago I had the urge to crochet. I went to the Blue Sky Dyed Cotton yarn and starting laying different colors on the table. I didn’t really have anything in mind but as I put colors in and took colors out, the palette and the project came together. The result is a blanket called Quadrant.

Quadrant is a great pattern for new crocheters. You’ll practice making double crochets, changing colors, and making and joining granny squares. And because it’s worsted weight yarn and a size H hook, you can see what you’re doing and the project moves along swiftly.

Blue Sky Dyed Cotton comes in so many beautiful colors, you can create countless combinations. Use brights or pastels for a baby gift; choose muted neutrals or naturals for a house warming gift. Or just pick your favorite colors and keep it on the sofa to throw on your lap when you’re reading, crocheting, or knitting. Quadrant can easily be made bigger, too, just by adding more squares.

Since I hope new crocheters will try this pattern, I wrote out every step. This makes a long pattern that may seem intimidating, but it’s all just one stitch at a time. I hope you’ll give it a go!

QUADRANT

SIZE
approx 31 by 31 inches

MATERIALS
Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton yarn; 1 hank each of: Shell – #606 (A), Raspberry – #637 (B), Honeydew – #602 (C), Pickle – #633 (D), Lemonade – #608 (E), Cumin – #605 (F), Sky – #616 (G), Jasper – #636 (H) and Thistle – #603 (J).

Size H (5.00 mm) hook

GAUGE
19 dc = 4 inches

PATTERN

Square 1
Base chain
With Color A, Ch 4, join with a sl st.

Round 1
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc into ring, *ch 2, 3 dc into ring; repeat from * twice more, ch 2, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 4
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 2x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 2x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 5
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 3x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 3x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 6
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 4x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 4x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 7
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 5x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 5x, sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Join Color B by bringing a loop through any corner ch sp.

Round 8
Ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 6x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 6x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 9
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 7x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 7x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 10
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 8x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 8x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 11
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 9x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 9x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 12
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 10x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 10x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 13
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 11x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 11x, sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Square 2
same as Square 1, beg with color C and end with color D

Square 3
same as Square 1, beg with color E and end with color F

Square 4
same as Square 1, beg with color G and end with color H

Join Squares
Hold Squares 1 and 2 together with right sides facing. Join Color J to corner and attach with slip stitches going through back loops only.

Attach Squares 3 and 4 together in the same manner. Attach Squares 1 and 2 to Squares 3 and 4.

Border
Join Color J to a corner.

Round 1
Ch 3, 2 dc in ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch sp, ( *ch 1, 3 dc in next chain space; repeat from * to next corner, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch sp) 3 times; *ch 1, 3 dc in next chain space; repeat from * to last corner, ch1 and join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2
Repeat round 1. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

I like to machine wash Blue Sky Dyed Cotton on gentle cycle in cold water. Then I machine dry it on low setting for about 5 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes on the no-heat setting. I remove it from the dryer and lay it flat until completely dry.

If you make Quadrant, send a picture. I’d love to see it!