Sometime around the end of 2015 my Mum asked me to make a blanket for a resident at the aged care facility where she works. She is lovely lady who knits, but she can not crochet and asked my Mum if I’d crochet a blanket for her.
Choosing the colours was easy; grey, orange and white to match the wall decals her family have decorated her room with, but choosing the pattern for the blanket was hard as she didn’t have any preference. Eventually I settled on a woven plaid afghan which I had originally seen at my weekly quilting group, a fellow quilter who also loves to crochet brought in a completed blanket to show me. This blanket is super easy to make so if you are new to crochet it’s not a bad place to start.
Firstly you make a mesh base.
Which you then weave lengths of yarn through.
Then tie off the ends to make tassels.
If you’re wanting to make one of your own the instructions are below using UK crochet terms. I forgot to measure the final size of the blanket before I gave it as a gift, but it was the perfect size for a lap or baby blanket.
- 4.25mm Crochet hook
- 2 balls each of grey (A), orange (B) and white (C) acrylic 8ply (Double knit)
Foundation: With A tie a slip knot and chain (ch) 180. To increase the size of the blanket simply increase the number of chain in multiples of 2. It is important to note that the length you are creating now will have the tasseled edge.
Row 1: treble (trb) in the 6th ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip (sk) 1 stitch (st), trb in next st, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2-7: ch 4 (counts as 1st trb and 1 ch), sk 1 st, trb in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, trb in next st, repeat from * to end of row.
Carry on making 7 rows of Row 2 in B and C, then continue cycling through the colours until you reach the desired size. For my blanket I made 5 repeats of the 3 colours.
For the weaving strands measure the blanket and add 70cm, this will leave a decent amount at each end to tie the tassels and then evenly trim to size. If you’ve increased the size of the blanket you will need to increase the lengths of the weaving strands, I would suggest adding an additional ⅔ the length of the mesh base. Working with 3 strands at once threaded through a yarn needle weave under and over from the bottom to the top of the mesh base following the sequence below.
8 x B, 3 x A, 2 x B, 3 x A, 7 x C, 3 x A, 2 x B, 3 x A, 7 x C, 3 x A, 6 x B, 3 x A, 7 x C, 3 x A, 2 x B, 3 x A, 7 x C, 3 x A, 2 x B, 3 x A, 8 x B.
I really love how this blanket turned out and was a little sad to see it go, I’m going to have to make myself one in the future, once I’ve finished all those other projects…
There as so many possibilities with this blanket, my sister has been inspired to make one in yellow, grey and white and there are also some great patterns available for different sporting teams and tartans. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section below.