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Monday, March 16, 2015

Crochet Plaid Blanket {Free Crochet Pattern}

I really like plaid, so naturally, I wanted to do a plaid crochet project. I made this blanket for my daughter a couple of years ago.

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I had never crocheted in plaid before, and this was a lot of fun to make. I learned a lot too. Like make sure I count my stitches every few rows just to be sure I didn't accidentally add a stitch... this could make things very difficult later on!

When crocheting plaid, you have to do three steps: the net base, the woven in plaid stripes, and the trim.

Net Base
Woven in Stripes: Right Side
Woven in Stripes: Wrong Side
V-Stitch Trim
You can customize your crochet plaid blanket with the colors of your choosing, and with any trim you like. I used a V-stitch trim.

Crochet Plaid Blanket:
With the trim, My finished blanket measured 45"x52".

Supplies:
Crochet hook: I used size I
4 colors of worsted weight yarn: I used Red Heart Super Saver Solids Yarn.
My colors were: A- Dark Orchid B- Claret C- Light Sage D- Coffee



Pattern:
Step 1: The Net Base
(See the color pattern below)
Working with color A, chain (ch) 147
Row 1: Double Crochet (dc) in the 5th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch* repeat across. Turn.
Remaining Rows: Ch 5, *dc in dc, ch 1* across. When you get to the end of the row, dc in 4th ch from previous row. Turn.

Here is the color pattern for the rows:
*AAAAAACDBBBBDC* Repeat the color pattern 6 times, then finish with 6 more rows of color A. Finish off.

Step 2: Woven in Plaid:
Attach yarn to the foundation chain in the first square at the left edge of the first row. Hold the yarn behind work with your left hand and draw a chain through the front. Insert hook in the next hook directly above and draw through another chain. Continue to the top edge, working loosely enough so that the work will lay flat. (Remember to make sure you are always making the next chain directly above the previous one.) Finish off.
Repeat this, always starting in the square next to the one you started in previously.

Use the same color pattern as above:
*AAAAAACDBBBBDC* repeat to end.

Step 3: The Trim:
Attach color A to one corner of the work. Work sc all the way around. I like to hold all of the loose ends close to the work here, thus "weaving" them in with my single crochets.

Now work the trim of  your choosing.

I chose a V-stitch for the trim on my blanket.
To do a V-stitch, you ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc into next st, ch 1, dc in same stitch, skip 2 sts*, repeat *  to * .
For the next row, work your V-stitch in the V-stitch from the previous row.

Here is the color pattern:
CDBDCA

Finish off and weave in all ends.



Happy Crocheting!

6 comments:

  1. Wow! This plaid blanket looks a little complicated. Hehe. Looks really neat though! I heard too on a Crochet/Knitting TV program, that use surface slip stitches help your piece keep it's shape. This would especially be helpful on a heavy blanket.
    I hope you'll be stopping by to share this at our Yarn Fanatic Linky Party - http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/03/yarn-fanatic-linky-party-28.html.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks, Alexandra! It isn't as complicated as you may think. I thought it would be, at first, but when I got going, I was surprised at how much easier it was.
    It is a pretty sturdy blanket, but it still has some give... my daughter can still snuggle up with it.
    I stopped by your party. Have a happy birthday! :)

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  3. Thanks, Alexandra! It isn't as complicated as you may think. I thought it would be, at first, but when I got going, I was surprised at how much easier it was.
    It is a pretty sturdy blanket, but it still has some give... my daughter can still snuggle up with it.
    I stopped by your party. Have a happy birthday! :)

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  4. Love the look of this! Thanks for figuring out such a complex pattern and putting it out there :)

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  5. I love plaid, too! These colors are great together. However, I don't see an amount of how much yarn of each color to buy. Am I just not seeing that? Thank you for the free pattern.

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  6. Sorry I didn't include that info! It's been a long time since I made this, but if memory serves, I am pretty sure I bought 2 skeins of each color.

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