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Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL – Border

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Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

I hope you have enjoyed working on this project! I would love to plan another Crochet Along again soon! This has been so much fun, and I have seen so many awesome versions!

When I finished my blanket I felt that I still wanted to add a little something to it. It looks lovely without a border, but I thought a little bit of an edge would make it a bit sturdier all the way around. Because there are a number of different stitches in this pattern, I didn’t want the border to look to fussy. I wanted to keep it simple.

You can add any border to yours that you prefer, but if you’d like to match mine, I’ve shared how below. I’ve also shared how you can keep going with your project if you want to make it longer before adding a border.

To add a border:

For the border I used the moss stitch (sometimes referred to as the granite stitch). If you need help with the moss stitch, click HERE for a tutorial. I did 7 rows of the border pattern. I used one color twice, on the first and last edge row, and each of the others once.

Starting in corner,
R1: 3 sc, *sc in each st across to end of row, 3 sc in corner, sc as evenly as possible down side, repeat from *
R2-4: Moss stitch
*ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 3 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
R5-7: Moss stitch
            *ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 5 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Tada! You have a lovely finished blanket to show off!


Want to keep going?

Do you want to keep going with this blanket, but don’t know where to start?!

Many people have written to me to ask how they could keep going with this project. I shared with you my second blanket, which I decided to make using Caron Cakes Pistachio yarn. I want to make that one long enough to fit from top to bottom on my queen sized bed. The pattern creates a blanket that is approx 60″x40,” which is perfect for a couch, but not for a bed!

In order to keep the distance between the special stitches consistent throughout the pattern, I figured out that I need to start a number of rows into the pattern. To continue on past Week 8 (Row 80): Return to Week 2 and start with Row 18 (the trc row). This will keep your pattern spacing consistent. Now you can continue on to your desired length. If you’d like to do the border rows at the end of your project, it works best to end on an hdc row, so just keep that in mind as you repeat sections of the pattern!

I hope this has helped you make this project truly one of a kind for you! This has been so much fun to create and share! You are all so awesome, and you have created some beautiful work! If you want to share your finished blanket join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group or tag me on Instagram (@couchsurfercrochet).

If you’ve enjoyed this project, please feel free to share!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.

 


 

 

Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 8

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Week 8
Rows 71 – 80

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

 

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.
Week 7 (rows 71 – 80) can be found HERE.

 

I can’t thank you all enough for joining me on this awesome journey! I had never attempted a Crochet Along project of my own before, and everyone has been so encouraging and wonderful about this whole project. After this week, we are all finished with the main body of the blanket. I went one step further with mine and added a small border, but if you don’t want to do that, you can finish this week and show off your finished piece!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

I started a group on Facebook called Couch Surfer Crocheters so people could share their finished pieces, and it has turned into a wonderful community of fiber artists. Lots of people have been sharing their progress in the group, and we’d love to have you!

 

Row 71: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 72: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch), sk 1 st, *dc, ch 1, dc in same st, sk 2 st, repeat from * to next to last st, skip 1 st, dc in last st of row, turn

Row 73:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc and ch sp to end of row, turn

Row 74:  Repeat row 72

Row 75:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 76:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 77:  Repeat Row 76

Row 78:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row

Row 79:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 80: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

I swear my couch is red, not orange like it appears in this photo! It’s quite close the red color in the blanket, and I love the way it looks hanging over the back of my couch! It’s the perfect size to use there.

If you’re looking for a new project to start, check out my Criss Cross Hat Pattern, the Cotton Washcloths, or the Simple Lacy Scarf! Those are all quick projects you can do that don’t take up quite as much time as a full sized blanket!

 

Next week (Monday, July 24th) I will share with you how I did the border rows. Some people have asked about making a longer blanket (to fit the size of a bed). I will also be sharing with you how you can continue to grow your blanket by repeating sections of this pattern to do just that! Thanks for joining me on this Crochet Along! I’d like to do another one in the future, so keep an eye out for that announcement! And check back often, as I’m always posting new patterns and sharing what I’m into in the crochet community!

If you’d like to add a border, or continue to grow your blanket, click HERE!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry. 

 

 

Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 7

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Week 7
Rows 61 – 70

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.

 

I’m so happy that you all have joined me on this project! It has been so much fun to see all of your creativity at work! After this week, we have one more to go! If you want to add a border, there will be 7 additional rows worked around the entire edge of the blanket. I will share how to do that once we complete Week 8!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

Row 61: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 62: Repeat row 61

Row 63: Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 64: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 65:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, *3 dc in next st, skip 2sts, repeat from * to second to last st,  2 dc in the second last st, and then 1dc in the last st (to make a straighter edge)

Row 66: Ch 2, hdc in first 2 st of granny cluster, **3rd hdc goes into the “space” created between clusters.

Row 67:  Repeat row 65

Row 68:  Repeat row 66

Row 69:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 70:  Repeat row 69

Weeks 1 – 7 so far!

Oh my gosh, you guys! Only one more week to go on this awesome project! It’s been such a fun journey with all of you! I would like to create a photo gallery here on my site of all of your completed projects once they are done. It’s so cool to see how one pattern can be recreated in so many different ways! Week 8 will be available on July 18th.

If you haven’t already, join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group to share your work, or share directly with me on Instagram.

On to WEEK 8!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.


Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 6

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Week 6
Rows 51 – 60

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41-50) can be found HERE.

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along! We are now on Week 6! Can you believe we are two-thirds of the way done on this project?!?! When I started this, I never imagined how it would grow and inspire you all to make so many beautiful things! Thank you for joining me!

This week does include both of the more advanced stitches, so if you need a reminder on how to do them, check out the Special Stitches page!

Week 6 progress

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

 

Row 51:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 52:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st, turn
                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Row 53:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 54:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st
                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Row 55:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 56:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 57:   repeat row 56
Row 58:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 59:  ***This is the Treble Ladder row (technically 3 rows to create the look of the ladder)***
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
ch 5 (counts as first tr & ch 1), *sk 1 st, tr, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row (row should end with a tr in the last sc), turn
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
Row 60:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn


Weeks 1 -6 so far!

 

This concludes Week 6! We are now two-thirds of the way done!

This blanket is designed to be a lap blanket (or lapghan), measuring approx 60″ wide and 48″ long. After we finish Week 8 I will share with you how you can repeat sections of this Crochet Along to make your blanket as long as you wish! I’ve decided to make the second blanket I started (in Caron Cakes Pistachio) long enough to fit top to bottom on my queen size bed, so I will be able to go along with you as you grow your project if you choose to!

 

If you haven’t already, join us over in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group, or share your progress with me on Instagram!

On to Week 7!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.


Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 5

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Week 5
Rows 41 – 50

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.

If you’d prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

Row 41: ch 3, dc in each st to end of row, turn

Row 42: repeat row 41

Row 43: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch), sk 1 st, *dc, ch 1, dc in same st, sk 2 st, repeat from * to next to last st, skip 1 st, dc in last st of row, turn

Row 44: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc and ch sp to end of row, turn

Row 45: repeat row 43

Row 46: repeat row 44

Row 47: ch 2, hdc in each st to end of row, turn

Row 48: repeat row 47

Row 49: ch 3, dc in each st to end of row, turn

Row 50: ch 2, hdc in each st to end of row, turn

 

This completes Week 5! Week 6 will be available on Monday, June 19th! Share your progress with me on Instagram (@couchsurfercrochet), or join the Couch Surfer Crocheters group on Facebook and share your work with an awesome group of crocheters!

I’ve had a few people in the group ask me about making one of these blankets using Caron Cakes yarn. I started a second blanket (same size, ch 216), and so far have made it almost through week 4 with three cakes. I would estimate to complete the entire blanket PLUS optional border you would need seven in total.


Thank you for joining along with us! I hope you all are having fun making this blanket with me!

Now on to Week 6!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.
 

 


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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 4

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Week 4
Rows 31-40

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.

 

Welcome back! After this section we are halfway done! You all have been sharing your work in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook page and I am so inspired by your talent and creativity! If you haven’t already, join us there! We have a supportive group of crocheters and we would love to have you!

If you’d prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

 

Row 31:    ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 32:   Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, *3 dc in next st, skip 2sts, repeat from * to second to last st,  2 dc in the second last st, and then 1dc in the last st (to make a straighter edge)

Row 33:   ch 2, hdc in first 2 st of granny cluster, **3rd hdc goes into the “space” created between clusters.

Row 34:   repeat row 32

Row 35:   repeat row 34


Row 36:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 37:   repeat row 36

Row 38:   ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
ch 5 (counts as first tr & ch 1), *sk 1 st, tr, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row (row should end with a tr in the last sc), turn
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
***This is a Treble Ladder row (technically 3 rows to create the look of the ladder)***

Row 39:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 40:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Rows 1 – 40 completed

Week 4 will be available on June 5! Please feel free to share your progress with me on Instagram or Facebook as you go! Happy crocheting!

Now on to Week 5!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry. 

 

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Crochet Along Pictures

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Hello everyone! I am so thrilled by the success of the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along! We are currently through Week 3. Week 4 will go live on Monday, May 22nd.

Today I just wanted to do a quick post to share some of the pictures that have been shared in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group! If you haven’t already, join us over there! We have such an awesome group of talented crocheters!

Theresa shared her two (!) versions of the blanket:

I just love the way she left the lengths of fringe on that multicolored blanket!

Babsie shared her piece so far. Doesn’t it look awesome with all those colors?

Kathy shared her progress. She said she wasn’t enjoying the puff stitches so she repeated rows from Week 1 and Week 2. I love her creativity!

Tina switched it up and is using a heavier weight of yarn to make a thicker blanket!


 

Margaret is using Vanna’s Choice yarns for her blanket. I love those colors together!

I also decided to start a second blanket. For this one, I am using Caron Cakes in Pistachio and I am loving the color changes without having to weave in a ton of loose ends!

I hope these photos have inspired you! If you’d like to share your work so far, join us on Facebook or tag me on Instagram @couchsurfercrochet. See you again on Monday!


Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 3

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Week 3
Rows 21-30

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.

 

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL by Couch Surfer Crochet! I hope you are having fun so far!

This week introduces the “Puff Stitch.” Video instruction for the Puff Stitch can be found HERE.

 

If you prefer to read a chart, they can be found HERE.

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Row 21:    ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 22:   repeat row 21

Row 23:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 24:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st

                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

Row 25:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 26:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st

                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

puff stitch detail

Row 27:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 28:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 29:   repeat row 28

Row 30:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

That finishes the first 3 weeks! Week 4 will be available on May 22nd!

Rows 1 – 30 completed

If you haven’t already, join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group! We have a great group of crocheters there who are so encouraging! We would love to have you! Or you can share your work with me on Instagram!

Now on to Week 4!


 

Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 2

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Week 2
Rows 11-20

 

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.



In the first 10 rows of this pattern I showed you the granny stripe. In this section of 10 rows you will try the “V” stitch and the Treble Ladder stitch! These unique stitches are what gives this blanket it’s wonderful drape and texture! I hope you enjoy this section.

See you again for Week 3!

If you’d prefer to read a chart, click HERE!


Row 11:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 12:  repeat row 11

Row 13:  ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch), sk 1 st, *dc, ch 1, dc in same st, sk 2 st, repeat from * to next to last st, skip 1 st, dc in last st of row, turn

close up of dc row after “V” stitch

Row 14:  ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc and ch sp to end of row, turn

Row 15:  repeat row 13

Row 16:  repeat row 14

Row 17:  ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each st to end of row, turn

Row 18:  repeat row 17

Row 19:  ***This is the Treble Ladder row (technically 3 rows to create the look of the ladder)***
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
ch 5 (counts as first tr & ch 1), *sk 1 st, tr, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row (row should end with a tr in the last sc), turn
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn

close up of Treble Ladder

Row 20: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each st to end of row, turn

 

That completes rows 11-20 for this Crochet Along! Come back every other Monday for the next section! You can share your progress so far right here in the comments, on my Facebook page, or you can join the group on Facebook! I’d love to see your work in progress!

If you are on Instagram and want to share there, please tag me @couchsurfercrochet!

My week 2 progress looks like this…

And both sections together look like this so far…

Now… On to Week 3!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.


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Mixed Stitch CAL-Crochet Charts

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Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL
Crochet Charts

 

Thank you for joining me on the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL! I hope you have lots of fun and make something you will love!

When I was starting this project, I wrote out the pattern and all the steps I took. My notes may make sense to me, but I know some of these stitch variations can be confusing! I had quite a few people request crochet charts to make sense of all this! I jumped at the chance. I love to learn new and interesting ways to share this love I have for crochet!

The chart patterns will be updated every other Monday, at the same time as the written pattern. Hopefully this will make it possible for everyone to join in on this project! I still have a lot to learn making crochet charts so I hope these are helpful to you!

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4


WEEK 5




WEEK 6



WEEK 7


WEEK 8

 


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