Crochet blanket free pattern

stunning blanket makes a true heirloom project.

MATERIALS

• Red Heart Super Saver, 100% acrylic, 198g/333 m/364yds

Shade: Aran 0313 x 8 balls

• 5.5mm hook

YARN ALTERNATIVES

Any aran weight yarn will work well for this design - you'll need approximately 2,377m/ 2,600yds in total.

TENSION

Work one point-to-point repeat of pattern (14dc and one 3ch-sp) over 5 rows to measure 10cm/4in across, 6.5cm/ 2 1/2in deep.

Work a tension swatch to measure 18.5 x 10 cm/7 1/4 x4in as follows: 32ch. Work as Afghan Body for eight rows - 28dc and one 3ch-sp. Fasten off. 

MEASUREMENTS

Finished blanket measures 123 x 172.5cm/48 1/2 x 68in.

SPECIAL STITCHES

Decrease (uses next four 3ch-sps): *Yoh, insert hook in next 3ch-sp, yoh and pull up a loop, yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * three times more, yoh and draw through all 5 loops on hook.

BLANKET

185ch; place marker in second ch from hook for st placement.

Row 1: Working in back ridges of beginning ch (see diagram), 2dc in second ch from hook, dc in next 5ch, miss next 2ch, dc in next 5ch, 2dc in next ch, *3ch, miss next 3ch, 2dc in next ch, dc in next 5ch, miss next 2ch, dc in next 5ch, 2dc in next ch; repeat from * across - 154dc, 10 3ch-sps.

Row 2: (RS) 1ch, turn; working in blo, 2dc in first dc, dc in next 5dc, miss next 2dc, dc in next 5dc, 2dc in next dc, *3ch, miss next 3ch-sp, 2dc in next dc, dc in next 5dc, miss next 2dc, dc in next 5dc, 2dc in next dc; repeat from * across.

Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark row 2 as right side.

Repeat row 2 until blanket measures approximately 160cm/63in from bottom of point, ending by working a WS row. Do not fasten off.

EDGING

Rnd 1: 1ch, turn; working in both loops, (dc, 3ch) twice in first dc, miss next 2dc, dc in next dc, 3ch, miss next dc, dc in next dc, miss next 2dc, dc in next dc, [(3ch, miss next dc, dc in next dc) twice, (3ch, dc) twice in next 3ch-sp, (3ch, miss next dc, dc in next dc) three times, miss next 2dc, dc in next dc] ten times, 3ch, miss next dc, dc in next dc, 3ch, miss next 2dc, (dc, 3ch) twice in last dc; miss first row, (dc in end of next row, 3ch, miss next row) across; working in free loops (see diagram) and in sps across beginning ch, dc in marked ch, (3ch, miss next ch, dc in next ch) twice, (3ch, dc) twice in nextsp, remove previous marker and place around last 3ch made for st placement, 3ch, [(miss next ch, dc in next ch, 3ch) twice, dc in next sp, 3ch, miss next 2ch, dc in next ch, 3ch, miss next ch, dc in next ch, 3ch, (dc, 3ch) twice in next sp] across to last 6ch, (miss next ch, dc in next ch, 3ch) three times; miss first row, (dc in end of next row, 3ch, miss next row) across; join with si st to first dc. Do not turn.

Rnd 2: (Sl st, 5ch, tr) in first 3ch-sp, (2ch, tr in same sp) three times, decrease (see Special Stitches), [(tr, 2ch, tr) in next 3ch-sp, tr in next 3ch-sp, (2ch, tr in same sp) three times, (tr, 2ch, tr) in next 3ch-sp, decrease] ten times, tr in next 3ch-sp, (2ch, tr in same sp) four times, (tr, 2ch, tr) in each 3ch-sp across to marked 3ch-sp, tr in marked 3ch-sp, (2ch, tr in same sp) three times, remove marker and place around centre 2ch of group just made for st placement, [(tr, 2ch, tr) in next 3ch-sp, decrease, (tr, 2ch, tr) in next 3ch-sp, tr in next 3ch-sp, (2ch, tr in same sp) three times] ten times, (tr, 2ch, tr) in each 3ch-sp across; join with sl st to third ch of beginning 5ch.

Rnd 3: (Sl st, 1ch, dc) in first 2ch-sp, 5ch, (dc, 5ch) twice in next 2ch-sp, [dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch, dc in next two 2ch-sps, 5ch, dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch, (dc, 5ch) twice in next 2ch-sp] 11 times, (dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch) across to marked 2ch-sp, (dc, 5ch) twice in marked 2ch-sp, remove marker, [dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch, dc in next two 2ch-sps, 5ch, dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch, (dc, 5ch) twice in next 2ch-sp] ten times, (dc in next 2ch-sp, 5ch) across; join with si st to first dc.

Rnd 4: Sl st in first 5ch-sp, 1ch, (dc, 4ch, dc in fourth ch from hook, dc) in same sp and in each 5ch-sp around; join with si st to first dc.

Fasten off.