Are you ready for a new and unique square blanket crochet pattern?
So, here's the deal... ANYONE can take a simple stitch out of a crochet stitch book, make a large swatch of it, call it a blanket and say they designed it. To me, it's not really designing unless you do something extra. Make it unique to you and change things up a little or a lot.
If you've followed me very long, you know that I am obsessed with blankets. I absolutely LOVE them! I love creating them, crocheting them, wrapping up in them and gifting them! I have a few simple blanket patterns available that use basic stitches and they're nice to have around. When I see them, they seem comfy and useful but don't bring me joy.
I love the challenge of using a variety of stitches that you don't typically see worked together. I want that Ahhh moment when I crochet something amazing. More than that, I want YOU to feel that AHHH moment when you finish crocheting one of my blanket patterns. I want YOU to feel accomplished and feel the joy each time you wrap up in the blanket you made or see the look on a friend's face when they open the gift you made especially for them.
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I've wanted to create a square blanket for quite a while now. I just needed the right yarn/color inspiration and some stitches to speak to me. Months ago, I was strolling the yarn isles at my local JoAnn's store and they had Premier Yarn's Everyday yarn for $2 a skein. I could NOT pass that deal up!!! I filled my cart with some amazing fall colors that I wanted to work and then noticed some baby yarn too. It's been years since I've worked with baby yarn and for this price, I figured I'd bring something to life. I grabbed all the grey, white and pink they had. THIS was going to be adorable no matter how it ended. As I started crocheting my first swatch with these colors, I realized that the pink was a 4ww and not the baby yarn. Darn it! I should have paid attention though I won't complain about another yarn shopping day lol. I set the pink aside for something else and ordered the yellow online. I am thrilled with the change!
The Sunny Day Blanket has been a lot of fun to crochet and I've really enjoyed playing with a bunch of beautiful textured stitches . I hope that you'll have fun crocheting this along with me! This is a great blanket to play with color so grab your stash and make it yours. The original is worked in Premier Everyday Baby Yarn #3 in yellow, grey and white. I'm working a 2nd blanket to crochet with you during this Crochet - A - Long using Premier Everyday Antipilling #4ww Yarn in rainbow colors.
Sunny Day Blanket Details
Skill Level: Intermediate
Terms: US Crochet Terminology
Materials: 2455 total yards Premier Yarns Everyday Baby #3 DK Light or similar
735 yards Grey
742 yards White
978 yards Yellow
Note: Other sizes of yarn may be used though your final size will vary
Finished Size: 53” x 53”
Gauge: Checkpoints given throughout pattern
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
Get ready for a New Corner to Corner style crochet pattern!
When I was young, my grandma was amazing at crochet and always had something in the works. She crocheted an afghan for all of her grandkids with one exception. Me! You see, I learned to crochet when I was 10 years old and crocheted SO many blankets by the time I was 20. One day I asked my grandma when she was going to make me an afghan and my silly grandma kind of laughed and said I could make my own. She wasn't trying to be mean. I think in her mind, she thought I wouldn't need another blanket because I was making so many. Well, I didn't NEED another blanket but I DID want something she crocheted to always have and hold and love and appreciate because of who she is. While we were standing in her living room, she decided I could have an afghan that she had made for a friend (another silly lady!). This friend wouldn't accept the blanket because it was "to nice and so much work." The blanket was placed across my grandma's couch and I happily accepted it as a keepsake.
Spring ahead a few months to our family reunion. For many years, grandma would crochet an afghan to be raffled off at our family reunions to help cover the cost of food for the next year's party. Wouldn't you know it, I WON another afghan in this raffle!! Woot Woot!!! I now have 2 blankets made by grandma. I was so excited because now I could tuck one away for safe keeping and use the 2nd one to snuggle in.
While grandma never submitted any patterns to magazines, she was always tinkering with crochet stitches and coming up with her own creations. The blanket I won in the raffle was worked in a corner to corner style. I asked her for the pattern thinking it would be fun to make another one some day. She giggled and told me there wasn't a pattern because she just made it up as she went. She amazed me! Because of her, I had the courage to test the waters and come up with my own corner to corner style blanket.
Years later, my sister had a baby boy and named him Hunter. His dad likes to hunt a lot and another sister helped paint a fantastic nature scene on the wall in his nursery. This is when I came up with the Camo Afghan crochet pattern. I wanted to make it in the corner to corner style and also wanted it to seem natural in his room. The camo effect wasn't intentional but worked out well for what I wanted.
The Camo Afghan crochet pattern has 2 different versions.
The first (original ~ green or pink) version is worked from right to left and fastened off at the end of each row. Not only is this fun to work in camo colors but would be a PERFECT option for using up scrap yarn stashes, Rainbow colors or temperature blankets!
Instructions for the original version are available to view for FREE by continuing below.
The 2nd version (blue/black) works the colors in 2 rows allowing you to carry the yarn on the edges of the blanket and not have so many ends to weave in. This version is available in the ad free pdf.
The ad free pdf also includes written instructions and a stitch chart for both versions along with a stitch flow chart for Version 2. This is available HERE on my website or continue below for other purchase options.
A Scrumptious new year round throw
When Red Heart Yarns released their new Amore yarn, I HAD to try it. Just feeling the skein in the store made me clear the shelves (and I'm not joking!). Mind you, the shelves weren't very full of this yarn so I had to keep checking for more each time I went to town. It took some time to get the amount of yarn I wanted for a few different designs but the wait was SO worth it! If you haven't tried Red Heart Amore yet, don't wait any longer. It is so soft and flexible and comfy and feels like butter to work with.
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The Wrapped in Ribbon Blanket is great for year round use! Using the Amore yarn, it drapes nicely and is comfy cozy for cool summer evenings. Using other 4ww yarns (as seen below) make this wonderfully warm for winter too.
Crochet Pattern Supplies and Details
New FREE Crochet Pattern Release
Sea Breeze Home Decor Crochet Pattern Collection
You can find the other coordinating Sea Breeze crochet patterns by clicking on the links below:
Sea Breeze Bolster Pillow - This is available to view for free HERE on my blog or as a pdf instant download HERE
Sea Breeze Rectangle Pillow - This pattern is available to view for free HERE on my blog or as a pdf instant download HERE
Sea Breeze Throw - This is available in the June 2017 issue of Crochet World Magazine
Sea Breeze Square Pillow - Continue below to view the pattern for free OR purchase the ad free pdf which also includes the pillow form instructions HERE
Sea Breeze Square Pillow Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Terms: US crochet terminology
Materials: Bernat Satin 4ww yarn or similar
Snow - 200 yards
Sage - 87 yards
Admiral - 93 yards
Optional button (any size) to accessorize by sewing to center of round 24
Hook Size: I/9-5.50mm
Gauge: 13 dc & 7 rows = 4 inches
Finished Size: 12” x 12”
ch - chain, st(s) - stitch(es), sl st - slip stitch, sc - single crochet, dc - double crochet
Shell - (2 dc, sl st around ch-5, 2 dc) in indicated stitch
Herringbone hdc - yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over, pull through stitch and first loop on hook, yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook
Foundation hdc - If you are unfamiliar with foundation chains, these tutorials may help
Photo tutorial: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2014/12/hdc-chainless-foundation.html
Video tutorial: https://www.craftingfriendsdesigns.com/bloggingfun/hdc-foundation-chain-video-tutorial
Have I mentioned how much I love Bolster Pillows lately?
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I don't know why, but I used to not like bolster pillows at all. They just seemed awkward and not big enough. When I started designing my home decor crochet pattern collections a few years ago, I wanted more than just a basic square or rectangle pillow to coordinate with my crocheted afghans so I purchased a few bolster pillow forms on Amazon.
I soon realized I was wrong about bolster pillows! I absolutely love them now and have to keep a tight watch on my own pillow because my girls like to use them too. lol
I like to take them in the car for rides and they're a good shape for the girls to use if they're tired during a long ride. I like that they give more support for my neck when reading in bed and I LOVE the look of them when placed on a couch or bed with the coordinating pillows and throw!
Here's a fun collection of Bolster Pillow Cover Crochet Patterns to check out!
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