Free crochet blanket pattern

This free blanket pattern is taken from Crochet Red by Laura Zander as part of the Stitch Red campaign, to raise healthy heart awareness amongst women. And it’s the only pattern you need to hook this Valentines.

YOU WILL NEED

Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice (100% Acrylic, 100g/156m)

3 balls of:

Yarn A Burgundy (148)

5 balls of:

Yarn B Cranberry (180)

2 balls of each:

Yarn C Brick (133)

Yarn D Scarlet (113)

a 6mm (US J/10) hook

Tapestry needle

TENSION

12 dc and 12 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over double crochet using a 6mm (J/10) hook.

MEASUREMENTS

Finished blanket measures 109×139.5cm (43x55in)

ABBREVIATIONS

dc3tog (double crochet 3 together) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop, [insert hook into next st and draw up a loop] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops on hook—2 sts decreased.

 

NOTES

1) Afghan is worked in a modular fashion, working new motifs by picking up sts along edges of previous motifs.

Each motif is worked with the same number of sts. Motif is worked from outside edges, decreasing until no sts remain. Last row and edges of rows create a long straight top edge with first row creating remaining 3 outside edges of motif. Next motif is worked along one short edge of previous motif, adding new sts until same number of sts and is worked in same manner as first motif. New motifs are added until first row of motifs has been joined. Second row of motifs is worked along edges of first row. Motifs are joined in rows, beginning at lower right corner and ending at upper left corner.

2) When changing colours, work last step of last st of previous colour with new colour.

THROW

FIRST MOTIF

With Yarn A, ch 55.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 24 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 12 ch, turn. [50 dc]

Row 2 Ch 1, dc in next 11 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 22 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 11 dc, change to Yarn B in last st, turn. [46 dc]

Row 3 Ch 1, dc in next 10 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 20 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 10 dc, turn. [42 dc]

Row 4 Ch 1, dc in next 9 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 18 sc, dc3tog, dc in next 9 sc, turn. [38 dc]

Row 5 Ch 1, dc in next 8 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 16 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 8 sc, turn. [34 dc]

Row 6 Ch 1, dc in next 7 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 14 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 7 dc, change to Yarn C in last st, turn. [30 dc]

Row 7 Ch 1, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 12 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 6 dc, turn. [26 dc]

Row 8 Ch 1, dc in next 5 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 10 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 5 dc, change to Yarn D in last st, turn. [22 dc]

Row 9 Ch 1, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 8 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, turn. [18 dc]

Row 10 Ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 3 dc, turn. [14 dc]

Row 11 Ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 2 dc, turn. [10 dc]

Row 12 Ch 1, dc in next dc, dc3tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc3tog, dc in next dc, turn. [6 dc]

Row 13 Ch 1, skip first dc, dc in next 2 dc, sl st in last st, fasten off.

 

SECOND MOTIF

Holding first motif with first row as the side and lower edges, and last row and row edges as long straight top edge, join Yarn A at lower left corner of first motif, ch 42.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 24 ch, dc3tog, dc 12 sts evenly spaced along short edge of previous motif. [50 dc]

Work rows 2–13 as for first motif.

THIRD, FOURTH, AND FIFTH MOTIFS

Work as for second motif, adding motifs in a row from right to left.

 

SECOND ROW

FIRST HALF MOTIF

Working from right to left, join Yarn A at centre point of first motif of first row, ch 14.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc 12 sts evenly spaced along first half of first motif, turn. [25 dc]

Row 2 Ch 1, dc in next 11 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 11 dc, change to Yarn B in last st, turn. [23 dc]

Row 3 Ch 1, turn, dc in next 10 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 10 dc, turn. [21 dc]

Row 4 Ch 1, dc in next 9 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 9 dc, turn. [19 dc]

Row 5 Ch 1, dc in next 8 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 8 dc, turn. [17 dc]

Row 6 Ch 1, dc in next 7 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 7 dc, change to Yarn C in last st, turn. [15 dc]

Row 7 Ch 1, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 6 dc, turn. [13 dc]

Row 8 Ch 1, dc in next 5 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 5 dc, change to Yarn D in last st, turn. [11 dc]

Row 9 Ch 1, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, turn. [9 dc]

Row 10 Ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 3 dc, turn. [7 dc]

Row 11 Ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 2 dc, turn. [5 dc]

Row 12 Ch 1, dc in next dc, dc3tog, dc in next dc, turn. [3 dc]

Row 13 Ch 1, skip first dc, dc in next dc, sl st in last st, fasten off.

 

SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH MOTIFS

Working from right to left, join Yarn A at centre of next motif, ch 14.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc 24 sts evenly spaced from centre of motif to centre of previous motif, dc3tog, dc 12 sts evenly spaced along short edge of previous motif. [50 dc]

Work rows 2–13 as for first motif.

LAST HALF MOTIF

Row 1 Join Yarn A at first row of last motif on previous row, ch 1, dc 12 sts evenly spaced to centre of last motif, dc3tog, 12 dc evenly spaced along short edge of previous motif. [25 dc]

Work rows 2–13 as for first half motif.

THIRD ROW

First MOTIF

Join Yarn A at last st of first half motif of previous row, ch 14 and fasten off.

Join Yarn A at centre of next motif, ch 14.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc 24 sts evenly spaced along edge to 1 st before first 14-ch just made, dc3tog, dc in next 12 ch, turn. [50 dc]

Work as for first motif.

 

SECOND–FIFTH MOTIFS

Working from right to left, join Yarn A at centre of next motif, ch 14.

Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc3tog, dc 24 sts evenly spaced from centre of motif to centre of previous motif, dc3tog, dc 12 sts evenly spaced along short edge of previous motif. [50 dc]

Work rows 2–13 as for first motif.

Alternate 2nd and 3rd rows until there are 13 motif rows.

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FINISHING

EDGING

Round 1 Join Yarn D in any corner, ch 1, *dc in corner, dc 131 sts evenly spaced along short edge, dc in corner, dc 171 sts evenly spaced along long edge; rep from * once more, slip st in first st. [608 dc]

Round 2 Ch 1, dc in corner st, *(ch 2, dc) in same corner st, [ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in next dc] to corner st; rep from * around, ch 2, slip st in first dc. Fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C and rep round 2, working 3 ch at each corner. Fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn B and rep round 2, working 5 ch at each corner. Fasten off.

Round 5 Join Yarn A and rep round 2, working 7 ch at each corner. Fasten off.

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This stunning blanket pattern is taken from the book Crochet Red by Laura Zander as part of the inspirational Stitch Red campaign, which encourages healthy heart-awareness amongst women,  published by The GMC Group (RRP £12.99). To buy a copy for £9.74*  call 01273 488005 or go to www.thegmcgroup.com and quote code: R4777

*Price does not include p&p: p&p is £2.95 for the first item and £1.95 for each additional item

Closing date: 11th May 2015

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