How to: Make a Scrappy Crocheted Blanket
I can't be the only one who has a giant amount of scrap yarn left over from old projects that is taking up space in my craft room! In this tutorial I will show you how to turn your scrap yarn, into a beautiful blanket. Who doesn't love a good stash busting project!
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First step, organize your yarn, it is much easier to work on your blanket when your yarn is organized. The less time you spend untangling yarn while you are making your blanket the better! A yarn winder is a great tool that every knitter and crocheter should own. If you are looking for a yarn winder, Knit Picks has a great inexpensive option here.
I like to separate my yarn into like colours as well, this will help when I am planning out the colour order I use for my blanket. A helpful hint is if you do not have enough yarn to finish a row, you can use another shade of the same colour to finish off the row. After you finish your blanket you probably won't even notice that you used two different shades in a row!
I like to use neutrals in my scrap blankets because its a good buffer between colours you think might not go together! By doing every other colour as a neutral you can add a cohesive feel to your blanket, even with using scraps! Of course this is just a suggestion, if you prefer to you can use whatever colour pattern you like! Thats what is great about about a scrappy blanket!
This blanket pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but if there is enough interest I can also write up a pattern for bulky weight yarn.
- Approximately 2570 yrds of worsted weight yarn
- J/10 - 6mm crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
- ch - chain
- dc - double crochet
- sl st - slip stitch
- st - stitch
- rep - repeat
- sp - space
- dc clusters - group of 3 double crochets
- ( ) - stitch count
This is a beginner crochet pattern, you will need to know the following techniques: double crochet, slip stitch and working flat in back and forth rows.
Approximately 10 dc sts by 6.5 rows = 4" by 4" square
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a throw sized blanket. Included in the PDF pattern is directions on how to make 16 different sizes! Find the pattern on Etsy, Ravelry, Love Crafts or here on the website!
Throw: approximately 52" or 132 cm wide and 60" or 152 cm in length.
- ch 2 at the beginning of each row counts as a stitch
- this pattern is worked back and forth in rows
- the size does not include the border rows
- adding in two rows of a neutral colour helps beak up the different colours and provides a cohesive feel to this scrappy blanket!
Rainbow Scrappy Blanket Pattern
Row 1: with yarn scrap, dc in third st from hook, dc 2 in same st, *sk 2 chains, dc 3 in next ch, repeat from * until end of row, dc 1 in ch from previous row. (132 sts)
Row 2: with same colour, ch 2 turn, dc 3 in each sp between dc clusters from previous row, end row by dc in top ch from previous row. (132 sts) Fasten off
Row 3: with neutral colour, ch 2, turn, dc 2 in first sp, dc 3 in each sp across. (132 sts)
Row 4: ch 2, turn, 3 dc in each sp across, end row by dc in top ch from previous row (132 sts) Fasten off
Row 5-6: with next colour, repeat rows 3 and 4
Row 7-8: with neutral colour, repeat rows 3 and 4
Rows 9-96: repeat rows 5,6,7 and 8.
Fasten in all ends.
Adding a Border
Adding a border to your scrappy blanket can really make a huge difference in the over all look. Using a neutral colour, like cream, to provide a border helps to ground the blanket. Think of it like adding a frame to a picture!
- Join yarn in space between dc clusters
- Ch 2, dc 2 in first space, dc 3 in remaining spaces until you reach a corner. In each corner dc 3 ch 3 dc 3. Continue until you reach the starting ch 2, join with sl st.
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
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