Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lazy Day Blanket Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Use this pattern as the perfect excuse to have a 'lazy day' at home! By using basic stitches, this blanket works up fast and easy. It has instructions on how to increase so you can not only make one for your little one, but for yourself, too! 


Materials:
Hook: G-4.0mm
Yarn: Medium Weight (weight 4) Yarn: I love this Yarn! 
1 skein each in these 3 colors: Greybeard, Graymist and Light Yellow



Legend:
Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Gauge: 
4” square in dc = 13 rows and 15 stitches
Please check gauge and adjust accordingly

Notes:
 1. The blanket is worked in rows back and forth in width.
2. When counting stitches, do not count the ch3 as single stitches. You will count the top chain only as a stitch
3. When joining colors, in the last stitch, you will join in the color and pull through the second color in the last ‘pull through’ of the stitch. 
4. You can add more rows to increase the length of the blanket.
5. To adjust length, use the count of 5 and then add 4. (25+4, 50+4…etc).
6. You can use a smaller hook for a tighter stitch wrap, just use the calculation from Note 4 to adjust the width.
7. Specific stitches will be defined within the pattern (cluster..etc).



To begin:
Using first color, chain 150+4 (154)
*Note, you can make longer with the stitch count from Note 4.
Row 1: Turn, Dc in the 4th stitch from the hook, dc 3, *ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next 3 stitches and repeat from the * to the end of the row. You will have 2 stitches remaining. Ch 1, skip one stitch, dc in the last stitch.  Change colors.

Note: In the last dc, remember to change colors as follows:
Yarn over, push through stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through the first two loops on hook. Tie in second color, Yarn over and grab the second color, pull through the last 2 loops. Color change complete.

Row 2: Chain 3, (cluster, ch 3, cluster) in the next stitch, in the next ch-1 space from previous row (cluster, ch3, cluster), repeat from * to the end, dc in the last stitch, and change colors in the last yarn over to complete the row.

How to cluster stitch:
Yarn over, push through the stitch, yarn over and pull loop on hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, push through the SAME stitch, yarn over pull through the first 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through the remaining loops on hook. Cluster complete.
  

Row 3: Ch 3, in the first ch-3 spot from the previous row 3 dc, work 3 dc in each ch-3 space from each row to the end, dc in the last stitch, and change colors in the last yarn over to complete the row.

Row 4: Ch 3, in the third stitch of the row (cluster, ch 3, cluster), * skip 3 stitches and (cluster, ch 3, cluster) in the next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the row, dc in the last stitch, and change colors in the last yarn over to complete the row.

Rows 5-42: Repeat rows 3 and 4. Fasten off. Weave in all ends securely.

Border:
Row 1:  Along the top and bottom edge, dc in each stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) at the corner.  Along the side edges, 2 dc at the end of each row, (dc, ch 1, dc) at the corner.  Slip stitch to beginning dc stitch (change color here)
Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in first stitch, ch 1, skip one stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * placing (sc, ch 2, sc) at each corner turn, repeat from * to complete blanket, sl st to the beginning sc stitch (change color here).
Row 3: Ch 1, * sc in first st, sc in ch 1 space, repeat from *, with a (sc, ch2, sc) at each corner turn. To finish, sl st to beginning sc stitch.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.  
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