The Marvelous Crochet Blanket:

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I’ve been thinking about the #DecemberMAL for so long I can hardly believe it’s finally time!
It started when Kaelyn of iiiwind said she wanted to make a blanket after school ended for the semester!

I was like “Yes, genius! Let’s all make a blanket!”

I was told very sweetly by other makers that not everyone has a deep desire to make a whole blanket in the last 30 days of the year. So I opened up the choices! One other brave soul made a lapghan that has my texture loving heart swooning, I have 2 makers who designed hats for the MAL, one who designed the CUTEST seasonal coasters, two who very sweetly added textured and amazing scarfs to the list, and one very ambitious lady who made a whole cardigan!

I would not be detoured from my chosen course! And the Marvelous blanket was stitched lovingly and with great anticipation!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that yesterday, this blanket didn’t have a name. I knew it would come to me, I just had to wait! Shout out to my Digital artist for bringing up M words that lead me to the right place!

When I was designing this blanket I wanted to be very careful to play to the strengths of the yarn. Homespun is the acrylic version of a single ply. It’s fluffy and bumpy and can make gorgeous textures. But if you aren’t careful it can be easy to lose stitches or not know where to insert your hook.
I tested hook sizes, stitches, and so many different combinations until I found the stitches that were easiest with this yarn!

I use a much larger hook than recommended to make it easier to see the top loops. The hook actually wants to go into the correct place with this method!

Next, I wanted to be sure the Stitches worked well with the yarn!
I use several methods to accomplish this. Contrast in the stitches that are being worked over each other, good use of spaces and posts, and not to busy. You want to keep it workable and not overload your eyes trying to find the correct loops!

For this Pattern you will need:

1400 yards of level 5 bulky weight yarn.

I used 8 skeins of Homespun: 3 in Black (A), 1 in Lagoon (B), 1 in Forest (C), 1 in Colonial (D), 1 in Waterfall (E), 1 in Hepplewhite (F).

A 9mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Measuring tape
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Blocking mats and needles (optional)

Stitches:

CC = Color Change
Ch = Chain
BpDc = Back post Double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
FpDc = Front Post Double Crochet
Sc = Single crochet
Sc-Blo = Single crochet Back loop only
Dc-Blo = Double crochet Back loop only
Tr-Blo = Treble crochet Back loop only
Tr = Treble crochet
Sk = Skip
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Yo = yarn over

Special St:

B-St = Bobble St:
1: Yo, and insert hook into the St indicated. 
2: Pull up a loop, pull through 2 loops. 
Repeat steps 1 & 2 four more times. 
3: Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook. 
Continue with pattern as indicated.

Gauge:
9 sts by 6 rows in Dc = 4” blocked.

Notes:
If using alternate “Ch 1, Dc” Ch 1 at the beginning of rows does not count as st.
Border is worked with the body of the blanket. Each block is worked in a different St pattern along the same number of Sts, with the border rows remaining consistent along the edges and between sections. 
[ ] indicates repeat.

Begin pattern:

Block 1:

Row 1: With A, F-Dc 96, turn. 96

Row 2-3: With A, Fl-Dc (alternately, Ch 1, Dc) in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Row 4: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, [Dc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 5: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 6: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 7: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 8: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 9: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 10-15: Repeat Rows 7-9 twice. 

Row 16-18: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 2:

Row 19: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Sc in next 2 Sts, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc] across until 6 Sts remain, Sc, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 20: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Tr in next St, 3 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in Sc, Sk 2, Sc in third Tr] across until 9 Sts remain, Sk 2, 3 Tr in Sc, Tr in next St, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 21-28: Repeat Rows 19-20 four times.

Row 29-31: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 3:

Row 32: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr in next St, Dc, [Sc 2, Dc, Tr, Dc] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc 2, Dc, Tr, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 33: With A Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Sc-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 34: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 35-40: Repeat Rows 33 & 34 three times.

Row 41-43: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 4:

Row 44: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr, Sc] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 45: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Ch 1, Sk 1, Sc in the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, turn. 

Row 46: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into Ch Sp] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 47-54: Repeat Rows 45 & 46 four times. 

Row 55: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 56-58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 5:

Row 58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 59: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 5 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across until 10 Sts remain, Dc 5, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 60: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 61: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 10 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 62-65: Repeat Rows 58-61 once.

Row 66: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 67-69: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in all ends securely.

Lightly block to finish measurements. 

You did it!!! Now Squish that gorgeous blanket and make a celebratory beverage!!!

Published by Ila Quinn

I am the Queen of Green, Coffee Beans, and ALL the Stitches Between!!! Cross stitch and crochet with a focus on low stress and high fun!!!

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