Change Your Mind Shawl & More

I keep forgetting that I’m trying to revive my blog and post more regularly. But this pandemic has been a whirlwind the last few months, and I took a designing break to give myself permission to just craft for myself. I also took a detour back into sewing, and I’ve been selling and donating cloth face masks. You can shop for them in my Etsy store here.

I did break my designing hiatus to release the Change You Mind Shawl pattern and help raise funds to donate to a charity doing the work to fight police brutality in America. 50% of pattern sales through June 30th will be donated to Campaign Zero. If you are interested in learning more about doing the work of dismantling racism in your own life, a good place to start is with these books on Amazon (affiliate links): Me and White Supremacy or How to Be Antiracist. Here is also a helpful list of ways to actively put your words into actions.

Change Your Mind Shawl was born out of a happy accident because I couldn’t decide on what pattern to create or colors to use. Sometimes momentary indecision can lead to a creative breakthrough. Instead of ripping out my work, I just kept going. It’s rare when I don’t plan out a design beforehand, so it was fun to let the creating happen as I knit. The simple garter stitch makes for a soothing project while the eyelets and color changes add just the right pop of fun.

Change Your Mind Shawl is an elongated triangle shawl that uses 3 colors of fingering weight that fade from dark to light. The fading sections use rows of eyelets to create both a lace pattern and a shift in colors. This shawl is a great way to use 3 special fingering weight yarns from your stash. And if you change your mind about the colors, you can always make another one! Grab your copy of the pattern on Etsy here.

The last thing I want to mention is that I have decided to move my pattern testing group over to Slack instead of Ravelry, due to the redesign that has made Ravelry inaccessible for people with certain disabilities, since the design is highly triggering for migraines, eye strain, seizures, and other health concerns. If you would like to join my new tester group, please follow this invite link here. Slack is an app you can download on your phone that allows users to create private work groups and chat threads to collaborate and work together. It’s also easier to upload and share files and photos, as well as receive notifications. If you are interested in testing knit and crochet patterns for me, I would love to have you join and come say hi in the general chatter thread!

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Simon Says Stashbuster [Free Knitting Pattern]

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As I was getting ready to release my newest pattern, I realized that I don’t currently have any free knitting patterns on my blog. So in an effort to provide some free pattern options for my knitting friends, I decided that the Simon Says Stashbuster will be the first free knitting pattern! As with all my free patterns, you can find an ad-free downloadable pdf version on Ravelry and Etsy for a low cost if you prefer your patterns that way as well.

Download Simon Says Stashbuster on Ravelry here or Etsy here.

Simon says grab your scrap yarn. Simon says grab your knitting needles. Simon Says Stashbuster!

The Simon Says Stashbuster is the second pattern in the Fun & Games Collection for Summer 2019. This fun throw pattern is a great way to use up lots of worsted weight yarn, since knitted blocks are made using two strands of different colored yarn held double, and then all the squares are seamed together. The pattern includes four different patterned, textured squares that use just knit and purl stitches. Beginning knitters just starting out will find this pattern an easy way to try new stitches; advanced knitters will find this a quick way to use up lots of stash. Whatever your skill level, will you play Simon Says Stashbuster?

For other patterns in the Fun and Games Collection, click here. For a beginner book on learning to knit, click here. Or check out this learn to knit kit here.

Simon Says Stashbuster

Size: 43”/109 cm wide by 60”/152 cm long

Gauge: 9 sts and 16 rows in garter st = 4″/10 cm (gauge not essential for this project)

Needles:

  • US size 11 (8.00 mm) straight or circular (long circular is needed for the Edging)
  • My favorite Boye circular interchangeable set on Amazon here.

Yarn:

  • Scrap Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice: approximately 2100 yards/1920 meters; 40 oz/1134 grams
  • Examples of yarn brands used in pictured blanket: Red Heart With Love, Red Heart Soft, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Hobby Libby Crafter’s Secret, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Loops & Threads Impeccable

Notions:

Notes: You will need to make 12 Blocks to match the pattern measurements. Each Block should measure about 13″/ 33 cm by 14″/ 36 cm. If you end up making more Blocks for a bigger blanket, please note that you may need more yarn than suggested. Yarn is held double for each Block, and two different colors are used to create the variegated effect. This is a fun way to play with different color mixing, or you can keep it simple and use just a few colors. When using scrap yarn, try to use the same weight yarn throughout the blanket for consistency. The arrangement of the Blocks for seaming isn’t important as long as you have 3 Blocks across and 4 Blocks tall. For the pictured blanket, I made sure not to have the same pattern Blocks touching each other, but you can arrange your Blocks however you desire.

Abbreviations (US Terms):

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • PU – pick up
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • st, sts – stitches
  • WS – wrong side

Seaming methods tutorial here.

Picking up stitches tutorial here.

Pattern

Block 1: Garter St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

Row 1 (RS): K all sts

Row 2 (WS): K all sts

Rows 3-56: Rep Rows 1-2 (28 garter ridges on the RS)

BO all sts in K st

Block 2: Seed St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 29 sts

Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

Rows 2-52: Rep Row 1 (K the P sts, P the K sts)

BO all sts in K st

Block 3: Waffle St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 31 sts

Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 2. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

Row 2 (WS): *P 1, K 2. Rep from * across to last st, P in last st

Row 3: K all sts

Row 4: P all sts

Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

BO all sts in K st

Block 4: Hurdle St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

Row 1: K all sts

Row 2: K all sts

Row 3: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

Row 4: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

BO all sts in K st

Finishing

Arrange Blocks as desired in rows of 3 Blocks wide by 4 Blocks tall. Seam Blocks together in rows using a single strand of yarn and a yarn needle, then sew the rows together. You can find a link to a tutorial on the different seaming methods here. For the pictured blanket, I used the whipstitch seaming method. Weave in all ends and continue to EDGING.

Edging

Use long circular needles to work the EDGING. Work one side of the throw at a time, picking up sts evenly along each edge so that it doesn’t bunch (too few) or ruffle (too many). Tutorial link for picking up sts here.

Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands of yarn held together, PU and K evenly along top edge of the  blanket. Turn.

Rows 2-8: K all sts. Turn.

After Row 8, BO all sts with RS facing, but keep last BO st on needle.  Turn throw 90 degrees in preparation to PU sts along the next edge.

Rep Rows 1-8 for each side of the throw.

After last edge has been worked, BO final st. Weave in any remaining ends.

Use hashtag #simonsaysstashbuster to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and happy knitting!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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Shine Bright Blanket [Free Crochet Pattern]

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It’s no secret that blankets are one of my favorite types of projects to make. I especially love to give away handmade blankets as gifts. There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a warm blanket that feels like wrapping up in a hug, over and over again. The Shine Bright Blanket is a fast project that is great for a last minute blanket gift. It uses a large hook and yarn held double to help you whip up a blanket over just a few days! The Shine Bright Blanket is also a great option for donation, charity, or even for yourself! Spread love through handmade blankets and shine your light brightly in this world!

Download an ad-free PDF version of the pattern on Ravelry here.

For other knit and crochet patterns, see my designer profile on Ravelry here or visit my Etsy shop here. Learn to crochet with this book here.

Shine Bright Blanket

Size: 45″/114 cm wide by 66″/168 cm long

Gauge:

  • 7 dc and 3.5 rows = 4″/10 cm (plain dc was used for a gauge swatch)
  • Gauge not essential for this project

Hooks:

Yarn:

  • Caron One Pound (100% acrylic; 16 oz/453 grams, 812 yards/742 meters): Soft Pink, 2 skeins; Peach, 2 skeins; Cream, 1 skein
  • Or similar Size 4 medium (Aran) yarn of choice in at least 2 colors for Body (approximately 2400 yards) and one color for Edging (approximately 400 yards)

Notions:

Abbreviations (US Terms):

  • ch, chs – chain, chains
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • Rnd – round
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp, sps – space, spaces
  • st, sts – stitch, stitches
  • WS – wrong side

Notes: You will need to hold two strands of yarn together to work the Body of this blanket with the larger hook. For the pictured sample, I used two solid colors to create a new shade, but you can mix colors in any way you choose! This is a great pattern for using up large amounts of worsted or Aran weight yarn; you will need about 2400 yards for the Body of the blanket. The Edging is worked with a singe strand of yarn in a contrasting neutral color, or color of choice with the smaller hook; you will need about 400 yards for the Edging. Gauge is not essential for this project, but please note that if your gauge is different, you may require more yarn than the suggested amounts. The pattern uses 1 full skein and 1 half skein of each main color for the Body of the blanket, and about 1 half skein of the contrasting color for the Edging of the blanket in the suggested yarn.

Pattern: Body

With larger hook and two strands of yarn held together (1 Peach and 1 Soft Pink or 2 colors of choice), Ch 75

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (73 dc)

Rows 2-4: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across. Turn. (73 dc)

Row 5 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next dc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, 3 dc in last dc. Turn. (73 sts)

Row 6 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first dc, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, work Shell in next sc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, sc in last dc. (73 sts)

Row 7 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last st, 3 dc in last st. Turn. (73 sts)

Row 8 (WS): Rep Row 6. (73 sts)

Row 9 (RS): Ch 3, 1 dc in each st across. Turn. (73 dc)

Rep Rows 2-9 six more times for a total of 7 repeats. Then Rep Rows 2-4 ONCE more.

Fasten off. Continue to EDGING.

Pattern: Edging

Rnd 1: With RS facing, smaller hook and one strand of Edging color yarn, join with sl st in any corner of blanket. Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first corner, sc evenly across first edge of blanket to next corner, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner, sc evenly across next edge of blanket to next corner. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same first st as joining, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 corner sp, hdc in each sc to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc.

Rnd 3: Sl st over to first ch-2 corner sp, *7 dc in ch-2 corner sp, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts.

(7 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts) across edge of blanket to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *(sl st in next dc, ch 2) 6 times, sk sc, sl st in next dc, ch 2. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sl st.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends with a yarn needle.

Use hashtag #shinebrightblanket to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and remember to shine bright!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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Straight Granny Blanket [Free Crochet Pattern]

Over 10 years ago, I published the Straight Granny Blanket Pattern on my blog. It’s seen several different pattern revisions over the years, but I had never had it tested. Which means it had a mistake in it that never got fixed until now, oops! To remedy that, as well as to bring the pattern up to my current standard, I’ve redesigned it slightly with new yarn, and it has been thoroughly tested to ensure accuracy.

The new Straight Granny Blanket Pattern comes with two size options, Infant and Child, as well as information on how to make the pattern whatever size you want. I love how the Mandala Baby yarn adds so much color to these blankets without a bunch of color changes. The pattern also includes a new edging.

As always, the Straight Granny Blanket Pattern is a free pattern on my blog, which you can find below. You can also find a downloadable pdf version in my shops for a low cost on Etsy here and Ravelry here. See below for a list of supplies (affiliate links) and the pattern!

Straight Granny Blanket

  • 3-4 skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Baby Yarn (Rainbow Falls here, Unicorn Cloud here)
  • Boye Ergonomic size I hook (Boye Hook Set)
  • Yarn needle, tape measure, scissors
  • Finished size: Infant, 34 inches wide by 43 inches long; Child, 38 inches wide by 50 inches long (info on how to check gauge here)
  • Level: advanced beginner to intermediate. Must have some knowledge on how to do a border for the Edging portion. (If you are new to crochet, here’s a great book to get started: Learn to Crochet)

Gauge: 13 dc and 8 rows = 4″/10 cm

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch, chs – chain, chains
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rnd/Rnds – round, rounds
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp, sps – space, spaces
  • st, sts – stitch, stitches
  • WS – wrong side

Notes

If you would like your blanket to be bigger, chain a multiple of 4+3 for desired width and repeat the pattern until desired length, ending on a RS row. Make sure to leave yarn ends at least 6 inches long if changing colors for easier weaving in later. Longer ends are easier to secure than shorter ones. Instructions are given for Infant size, with Child size in parentheses. Stitch counts are given as Infant/Child. For the Child size blanket shown in pictures. the white color sequence was cut from the Unicorn Cloud yarn while working.

Body

Ch 123 (143)

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, *ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in next 3 chs. Repeat from * across to last ch, 1 dc in last ch. Turn. (92/104 dc)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1 sp here and throughout), sk first 3 dc, *3 dc in next ch- 1 sp, ch 1, sk next 3 dc. Repeat from * across to last dc, dc in last dc. Turn. (89/101 dc)

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 3 dc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1. Repeat from * across to last ch-1 sp, 3 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc in last dc. Turn. (92/104 dc)

Repeat Rows 2-3 until piece measures 41 (48) inches, ending on a RS row. Do NOT fasten off. Continue on to Edging.

Edging

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around all four edges of blanket, with 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Sl st over to center sc in 3 sc corner group, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same st, sk next 2 sc, (3 dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc) repeat across to next corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in center sc of 3 sc corner group, (3 dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc) repeat across to next corner. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first dc.

Rnd 3: Sl st over to corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, (working in the space between next two sets of 3 dc in previous rnd, 3 dc in each space) across to next corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp, (working in the space between next two sets of 3 dc in previous rnd, 3 dc in each space) across to next corner. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, with 3 sc in each corner ch-2 sp. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Link your project to the Ravelry project page here. Use hashtag #straightgrannyblanket on Instagram, and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep! Happy Crocheting!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2018. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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College Bound: Collegiate Throw [Crochet Pattern]

For Day 3 in this “College Bound” series, I have a new crochet pattern to share with you! The Collegiate Throw is the perfect project to help get your college student into school spirit. Choose your school colors to crochet this giant granny square blanket, perfect for dorm rooms, chilly fall football games, cuddling up with a textbook, or even to help stay warm in a cold classroom.

Download the pattern on Ravelry here and on Etsy here.

The Collegiate Throw pattern includes written instructions for how to make the blanket, special instructions for making a crisp straight square, 4 color sequence ideas, and 2 picture tutorials for special stitches. This crochet pattern has been carefully edited and tested to ensure quality and accuracy.

The pattern also uses one of my favorite blanket yarns, Caron One Pound. You can order this yarn in a variety of colors on Amazon here. Combined with a large crochet hook, this throw works up quickly. You can order a Boye Ergonomic size L hook (as seen in these pictures) on Amazon here. The Collegiate Throw pattern is addicting, and soon you’ll be making one in all your favorite college team colors for every member of your family!

Download your copy of the Collegiate Throw crochet pattern in my Etsy shop here and on Ravelry here. Use the hashtag #collegiatethrow on Instagram to share your projects made using my pattern. I can’t wait to see what color combos you come up with!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Miss Priss Hat

To continue the series from last week of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, I have a pattern you can crochet as a gift: the Miss Priss Hat. This Hat pattern is one that I designed 10 years ago in April 2008, and I have revised and updated the pattern to improve it. New features include all 3 sizes in one pattern, toddler, child, and adult; new recommended yarn; new hook sizes; and a new bow pattern (Southern Style Bow by Southern Day Crochet, which can be found here). The Miss Priss Hat pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

I was also able to partner with Oak Viking Designs to create several custom polymer clay crochet hooks to coordinate with the pattern. These hooks are featured in the pattern, and you can purchase your own custom hook for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift through her shop here. I just love how my colorful glitter hooks turned out, and they are so comfortable to use!

The Miss Priss Hat has a special place in my heart because it was designed for my sister, Heather, as she underwent cancer treatments. This was her favorite hat, and I made her at least 8 in different colors so that she would have many options to wear while she was bald. The hats were soft, washable, and breathable since it was summer in Arizona when she was going through chemo, but her head still got cold. This hat makes a great chemo cap for those going through cancer treatments. Everyone who saw Heather wearing a Miss Priss Hat loved it, and it has been one of my most popular requests in the last decade. Sadly, the above photos are the only ones I have of her wearing her pink Miss Priss hat, but I’ll never forget what she looked like while wearing them. This pattern is dedicated to her memory, Heather Nicole 1987-2009.

Give your mom the gift of handmade this Mother’s Day! Each Miss Priss hat is handmade with lots of love and care. If you purchase the pattern to make your own Miss Priss Hat on Ravelry here or Etsy here, make sure to tag your projects on Instagram with the hashtag #missprisshat and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep!

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Penelope Infinity Scarf

The newly redesigned Penelope Infinity Scarf knitting pattern is now available for sale! Grab your copy on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

Penelope Infinity Scarf is a loop of fun that is a perfect transition piece for Spring, when the weather starts teasing you of warmer days, but it’s still a little chilly. Wrap yourself up with this soft scarf that feels so squishy around your neck! Penelope Infinity Scarf uses one skein of Caron Cakes yarn. Learn how to cable without a cable needle with a picture tutorial included with the pattern.

This cozy infinity scarf is sure to become a staple in your colder weather wardrobe. Download the pattern today!

Comforting Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

Crochet the Comforting Granny Stripe Blanket with your favorite cozy yarn or all your leftover scrap yarns for a fun color explosion! This blanket is a repetitive stitch pattern that works up quickly with Bulky weight yarn and a large hook. Finish this classic crochet blanket and curl up with a good book for a comforting way to chase away the cold!

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful! Pattern previously called “Hermione Granny Stripe” and has now been updated with new name, yarn, and other details as of March 2020!

Download an ad-free version of the blanket on Ravelry here  or on Etsy here for a low cost. Please note that the below pattern contains Amazon affiliate links.

COMFORTING GRANNY STRIPE BLANKET

FINISHED SIZE: 50”/127 cm wide by 62”/157 cm long

GAUGE: 10 dc and 6 rows = 4″/10 cm

HOOK: US Size J Boye Ergonomic crochet hook 6.00mm (Get a full set of Boye Ergonomic crochet hooks here.)

YARN: Lion Brand Homespun (98% acrylic, 2% other fibers; 6 oz/170 grams; 185 yards/169 meters per skein):

-6 skeins in color “Sierra” (MC)

-3 skeins in color “Barks” (CC1)

-3 skeins in color “Fiesta” (CC2)

-3 skeins in color “Pueblo” (CC3)

-3 skeins in color “Corinthian” (CC4)

-Or similar size 5 Bulky yarn in 5 colors: 1110 yards/1014 meters in MC, and 555 yards/507 meters in each of CC1, CC2, CC3, and CC4.

NOTIONS: Tape measure, scissors, yarn needle for weaving in ends

Learn to crochet with this book here.

NOTES: Gauge is not essential for this project, but if you use a different size hook or yarn, you may need more than the suggested amount of yarn. The pattern uses the traditional “Granny Stitch” with NO chains between each 3dc group. This gives the blanket a tighter fabric with smaller gaps. Chain a multiple of 3 + 2 to make your blanket bigger or smaller than pattern. Make sure to leave your ends at least 6″/15 cm long when changing colors to make weaving in ends easier. Also, you can carry the MC up the side and not cut each time since MC is used every 2 rows.

ABBREVIATIONS (US Terms): 

  • CC – contrasting color
  • ch, chs – chain, chains
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • MC – main color
  • Rnd/Rnds –  round, rounds
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp, sps – space, spaces
  • st, sts – stitch, stitches
  • WS – wrong side

PATTERN:
With MC, Ch 125. 
Row 1 (RS):
 Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (124 sc)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing to CC1 in last dc. Turn. (40 3dc groups + 4 dc; 124 dc total)
Row 3 (RS): With CC1, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. (41 3dc groups + 2 dc; 124 dc total)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing to MC in last dc. Turn. (40 3dc groups + 4 dc; 124 dc total)

Color pattern as follow:

  • 2 rows MC
  • 2 rows CC1
  • 2 rows MC
  • 2 rows CC2
  • 2 rows MC
  • 2 rows CC3
  • 2 rows MC
  • 2 rows CC4

Repeat Rows 3-4 following color pattern listed above until Blanket measures 60″/152 cm long or desired length, ending on a RS MC row. For the final row, With MC, Ch 1, sc in every st. Turn. Do NOT fasten off. Continue to Edging.

EDGING:
Rnd 1 (RS):
 Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in first st (this is the first corner), sc in each sc across top row. (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in next corner. Sc evenly around entire blanket, working (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each remaining corner. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same st as joining and each sc around, working 3 hdc in each corner ch-1 sp. Fasten off. Weave in ends with a yarn needle.

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WIP Wednesday: Loggy Squares Blanket

I am slowly making progress on crocheting one of my old patterns in order to update it. I’m loving these bright cheery squares! These colors together make me so happy. 

For a project like this, I would normally wait until all the squares are made to see them together. However I needed to be able to visualize what they would look like in a row as well as take some measurements, so I’ll be assembling them as I go. It will be fun to see this blanket take shape one row at a time. 

Check back soon to see when the Loggy Squares Blanket Pattern goes live. 

Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern

Introducing the newly revised Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern. Knit up all your scrap and leftover yarn into this fun and whimsical blanket. Easy to follow instructions with tips on how to create your own fun Scrappy Squares Blanket.

Available to download from Ravelry here and in my Etsy shop here.

This pattern is great for beginner knitters looking to learn simple increasing and decreasing. These squares are addicting to knit! Download your copy of the pattern today!