If you really gravitate towards projects that are simple and easy to make, this Color Block Throw Blanket the perfect one for you. This blanket is made in color blocks where each block is one skein of yarn. Wherever the yarn ends, even if it’s in the middle of the row, you just attach a new color and keep going. I noticed when using self-striping yarn, one color ends and another begins in the middle of the row, and it looks great. So, this is kind of like homemade self-striping yarn :).
This blanket is made with Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling yarn in steel blue, turquoise, heather, and white using a 4.5mm hook. If you’re using a different size yarn, just adjust the hook size according to the yarn. I used 10 full skeins for the body of the blanket and approx. 4 skeins for the border (half a skein for each color).
Approx. 70″L x 43″W unblocked
15 half double crochet stitches across and 8 rows = 4″
4 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling in Steel Blue (or 740 yards of worsted weight yarn)
4 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling in Turquoise (or 740 yards of worsted weight yarn)
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling in Heather (or 555 yards of worsted weight yarn)
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling in White (or 555 yards of worsted weight yarn)
4.5 mm hook (or preferred hook size corresponding to the yarn’s weight)
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double croche
blo = back loop only
dc = double crochet
slp st(s) = slip stitch / stitches
st/sts = stitch/stitches
Instead of chaining 2 or 3 to begin a row, you’ll just hdc directly in the first stitch. For the double crochet rows, you’ll chain 1, then dc directly into the first stitch. If you prefer to use the chain 2 or 3, then count that as the first hdc/dc and start with hdc/dc in the next st. Each row should have 139 stitches (or the same number of stitches).
Chain 140 (or any even number for desired width), then turn.
Row 1: Sc in each st across, then turn.
Rows 2: Dc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3: *Hdc in the first stitch, hdc blo in the next st.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, ending in a regular hdc. Turn.
Row 4: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve reached your desired length. Change colors after you’ve finished each skein.
Round 1: In the first color, hdc in each st around, placing 3 sts in the corner in each corner st. (Optional: Place a stitch marker in the center stitch of the 3 corner stitches so you know where to put the corner stitches in the subsequent rounds.)
Round 2: In the same color as round 1, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in the center st of the 3 corner sts of the previous round.
Round 3-8: Repeat rounds 1-2, changing color every 2 rows.
Fasten off, weave in ends, and enjoy the blanket you just made.
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