Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! I hope you all are doing well. This winter the flu seems to be everywhere, which is just another good excuse to stay inside and crochet! A few weeks ago, I shared an adorable photo of my dog claiming one of my WIPs (works in progress). I had so many requests for the pattern for the blanket I was working on.
I previously shared a few ways to use up your yarn scraps if you have really small amounts of yarn. I wanted to figure out what to do with those “medium” balls of yarn you wind up with after finishing a project.
I came up with the idea for this throw blanket right around Christmas time. Every year I try to make things for my friends and family that I know they will love. Obviously this leads to buying many different colors of yarn to suit each person’s preferences. I always wind up with a bin full of “half-skeins” and bits and bobs too small to make anything on their own. This year I took all of those random yarns and put them in a big duffel bag.
Sometimes I can be a bit picky about color palettes and whether or not they match. This felt creatively freeing because I knew it would be a mishmash of color, so it really didn’t matter where I put each one as I went. I chose to use one primary color for the striping effect, and then I would just pull out a color and go. Black yarn seemed like the best choice because it helped anchor all those crazy colors together, and ultimately made it look really cool when it was finished!
ch : chain
dc : double crochet
tr : treble crochet
Hook size: I/9 (5.5mm)
If you want to make something bigger or smaller using this pattern, be sure your starting chain is a multiple of 10 (+4).
R1: (Using main color) : Ch 174 (170 + 4), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each st to end of row, turn
R2: (Using scrap color) : Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 4 st, ch 1, sk 1, * dc in next 9 st, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to end of row, turn (you should have 5 dc on each end of the row)
R3: (Using main color) : Ch 3, dc in next 4 st, * tr in skipped st in row below, dc in next 9 st, repeat from * to end of row, turn
Repeat rows 2 & 3 to desired length.
Tada! I mean, how easy is that?! It looks blocky and geometric and cool, but it’s a very simple repeating pattern! I did a total of 102 rows. My finished blanket is approx 54″ x 54.” It’s the perfect size to use on the couch.
At either end of the blanket you should have a row done in the main color. To create a small border, do an even row of dc down both edges of the blanket and slip stitch to the other corner. This puts one solid black line around the whole edge of the finished piece. I like the simplicity of that edging since the blanket is so colorful. But I bet it would look great with some kind of decorative edging tying in a few of the colors used! Maybe this edge, or this one?
If you make something with this pattern, I’d love to see it! Join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters group and share there, or find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!