Spring Throw BlanketA couple of weeks ago I found these yarns on sale at my local craft store, they’re  called Red Heart Aruba Sea and Red Heart Soft White.  I just had to have them, the colors were so pretty and they coordinated perfectly!  The Aruba Sea made me think of soft breezy days on the beach, I loved it!  I picked up several skeins of each even though I had no idea what to do with them.

When I thought about it I could picture a soft throw blanket draped over a white wicker love seat, only trouble was I don’t have a white wicker love seat, I have black leather couches!  But I remembered my daughter in Colorado had just purchased a white leather couch and was using turquoise pillows to accent it.  She also requested a new blanket to go with it.  That’s when I decided a Spring Throw Blanket would be perfect.  The colors would work well in her decor and she could definitely use a warm blanket in the Colorado spring!

I decided that I’d make the Spring Throw Blanket out of Granny Squares.  I find them easier to work with, I hate working big heavy blankets in one piece.  It gets bulky and heavy as you work, you can’t take the work with you, and honestly I get bored working on large blankets.  I tend to finish blankets when I work on it one piece at a time, those I start as on big piece end up becoming small baby blankets.

To make this Spring Throw Blanket I made 12 squares, 6 of each color.  I used one of my favorite techniques, Jacob’s Ladder, which gives a cabled look to the square.  I wanted the blanket to have simple lines so I used a flat slip stitch to join the squares and a very simple border in the Aruba Sea color to finish it off.  I considered using the Soft White, but since my 2 year old grandson will also be using the blanket I figured the less white the better.

Spring Throw BlanketI had made a smaller version of this blanket for my grandson Dion in Atlanta using the colors he picked out.

I wrote out the pattern to share with you.  You can make it any color you want and any size you want.  Each finished square measures 14″x14″.

You can download and print the pdf version of the  pattern for free by clicking here!

 

 

 

For a tutorial on the Jacob’s Ladder technique check out my youtube video.  I’m showing the technique for a pair of leg warmers, but it works the same way on a granny square.


Yarn

1 finished Square measures 14”x14”

Finished blanket measures 46” x 60”

(12 squares, 3×4 squares + border)

 

Supplies:

Hook Size K 6.50mm

2 Skeins Red Heart #4 Worsted Yarn Soft White

3 Skeins Red Heart #4 Worsted Yarn Aruba Sea

 

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

Flat Slip Stitch (joining stitches)

SC = Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

BLSC = Back Loop Single Crochet

Granny Square:

 Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as 1 DC

Chain 5, join to form ring

#1. Ch 3, in the ring work: DC, *ch 7, 2dc, ch2, 2dc,* repeat ** 2x, ch 7, 2 DC, ch 2 join third chain (4 ch 7 spaces and 4 ch 2 spaces, 16 DC)

#2. Sl st back  into ch 2 space, ch 3, DC in space, dc in 3rd ch of row below, DC next st, * ch 7, DC next 2 DC of row below, (2 DC ,ch 2, 2 DC in ch 2space), DC next 2 sts*, repeat ** 2x, ch 7, DC next 2 sts, 2 DC in ch 2 sp, ch 2, join (32 DC)

#3. Ch 3, DC next 3, * ch 7, DC next 4 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 4 sts, * repeat** 2 X, ch. 7, DC next 4 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), join (48 DC)

#4. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, * ch 7, DC next 6 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 6 sts,* repeat ** 2x, ch 7, DC next 6 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 2 sts, join (64 DC) 

#5. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, * ch 7, DC next 8 sts, ( 2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 8 sts,* repeat ** 2x, ch 7, DC next 8 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 4 sts, join (80 DC) 

#6. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, * ch 7, DC next 10 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 10 sts,* repeat ** 2 X, ch 7, DC next 10, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 6 sts, join (96 DC)

#7. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, *ch 7, DC next 12 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 12 sts,* repeat ** 2x, ch 7, DC next 12, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 8 sts, join (112 DC)

#8. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, *ch 7, DC next 14 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 14 sts, * repeat ** 2x, ch 7, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 10, join (128 DC)

At this point your work will not look like a square, but we will pull it into shape in round 9.

#9. Ch 3, DC next 3 sts, *starting from ch 7 in rd 1 weave ch 7 into each other to form a cable , sc in last ch 7 loop at the top of work, DC next 16 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp), DC next 16 sts, **repeat 2x, weave together, DC next 16, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc in ch 2 sp) DC ne t 12 sts, join (144 DC) 

#10. Ch 2, hdc next 22 sts, (2hdc, ch 2, 2hdc in ch 2 sp), *hdc next 37, (2hdc, ch 2, 2hdc in ch 2 sp) * repeat 2x, (2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in ch 2 sp), hdc next 14, join. Fasten off. 

 

Make 12 – 6 of each color

Joining with a Flat Slip Stitch

Make a slip knot on hook.

Spring Throw BlanketWith right sides of 2 squares facing up insert hook into back loop of the corner of first square.

Insert it in the chain of that corner closest to the first DC.  Make a Sl St.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

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Spring Throw BlanketInsert hook in the backloop of the corresponding stitch on the second square also from front to back.  You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Make sure your yarn is ALWAYS on the bottom of the work.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Spring Throw BlanketYarn over and pull thru all 3 loops. You’ve just made a slip st.  Continue on to the end.

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Spring Throw BlanketWhen you reach the end continue on with the stitch on squares 3 &4.  You will be joining the whole column.  Join remaining squares to the column until you have reached the desired length. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Spring Throw BlanketOnce you’ve reached the desired length for the columns fasten off.  Now join the other squares to the column in the same way until you have all the squared joined vertically in columns.  Your horizontal lines will still be unworked.

Now do the same thing to join the horizontal unworked sections.  Make a Chain to cross over the row joints.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

Spring Throw BlanketThis is what the joins will look like from the front.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Throw BlanketThis is what it looks like from the back.

When you have joined all the squares fasten off and weave in ends.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Border:

Rd. 1:  Join yarn to one corner in the Ch 2 space with a Sl St.  Ch 4, SC in same space, BLSC in each stitch across, work (sc, ch2, sc) in the corner ch 2 space, *BLSC in each stitch to next corner, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch 2 space*, Repeat** one time, BLSC in each stitch until you reach the first corner you joined in.  Join with sl st to 2nd. Ch.

 

Rd. 2:  Ch 5, DC in same space, DC in each st across, (DC, Ch 2, DC) in corner, Do the same on for the other 3 sides, join with sl st to 3rd.  ch on ch 5 at the beginning.

Rd. 3:  Ch 4, SC in same spac, SC in each st across, (SC, Ch2, SC) in corner, Do the same for the other 3 sides, join with sl st to 2nd. Ch on beginning ch 4.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

Spring Throw Blanket


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