Ocean blanket to crochet
I like metal crotchet needles, but you can use any type you like, even plastic like the ones below.
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I’m not a big detail person especially when it comes to making things. I have a tendency to measure the length I need and move on. I hate to have to count things all the time. (EXAMPLE: Ok, make 1027 single crochets and then turn….) There is some counting necessary in all things we make however, so I do my best to limit the numbers. I have created a stitch that anyone who can crochet can do and I thought I would share it with you.
First--down to the brass tacts (as my father used to say). Here are the details of the blanket I made for this article. You can change things around for size, stitch, color, etc. I just used these items for this particular blanket which resembles the ocean (well a little bit anyway).
**I used a size “H” crochet needle
**I used 3 different colors of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (Imported and Distributed by Coats and Clark, P.O. Box 12229, Greenville, SC 29612, USA, www.coatsandclark.com) in the following colors:
****Spring Green net wt 7 oz, *Delft Blue net wt 7 oz, and a multi-color skein called *Banana Berry net wt 5 oz
**making a pattern of 4 rows of the solid colors and 3 rows of the multi-colored yarn with double crochet in between. I will give directions for the blanket I made but it is easy to adjust for whatever style and color you chose. I used 2 large solid colored skeins (of each color) and 3 of the multi colored to make a blanket 47” X 40”.
1} Starting with one of the solid colors of yarn, make a single crochet chain as long as you want the blanket to be (I was making a baby blanket so I made it large enough to cover my lap [no numbers-sorry]) but it was 40” long.
2} Skip the first two chains and make a double crochet in the third chain. Double crochet two rows of this color.
3} Turn your work and begin the ‘fancy chain’ as follows:
- Chain three single chains (this will be a double crochet and one to turn)
- Make 3 triple crochets in the next 3 chains
- Make 1 double crochet in the next chain
- Make 3 single crochets in the next 3 chains
- Make 1 double crochet in the next chain
- Repeat the pattern for the entire row
- WHEN the next color is added the pattern will appear to flow like a wave
4}Change color to the multi-colored yarn
Follow the pattern above but do the opposite of what you did before (ie:if you did a triple crochet, do a single above it, if you did a single, do a triple, repeat the doubles as is) repeat until row is complete-turn your work
5}Double crochet one row across the length of the blanket, turn your work and then repeat step #3.
6}Change color to the second solid color
Follow step #4 for the first row (using the solid color not the multi) complete the row and turn your work
7}Double crochet two rows of the color, turn your work, and then repeat step #3.
8}Change color to the multi-colored yarn
Follow step #4
9}Double crochet one row, turn your work and then repeat step #3
10}Change color to the first solid color
Follow step #4 with the solid color
11}Repeat the pattern until the blanket is as big as you need it to be.Use the multi colored yarn to make two single crochet rows around the edges to finish off the blanket.
The directions sound complicated, but....
Once you have done a few rows, the pattern will begin to emerge and you will be able to keep it going with just a glance at the previous rows. When the blanket is done, I like to run a row or two of the main color of the blanket all around the blanket to give it a finishing touch. In this pattern I used two single crochets, but you can use a double stitch or even a shell pattern. Hope you all have fun with this pattern. If you have one that is different, please leave a comment below so we can enjoy it as well.
I used what I had on hand to make this one, but you can do almost anything.
You can use
You can mix
You can change your stitch
three different colors
any color combo you like
use the shell stitch
multi with solid
use a double and then triple
fluffy type yarns
or just use a multi
make one row all single and then another all double etc.
© 2011 Cheryl Simonds