This is the information originally posted with the picture:
Glad everyone likes it! I have been doing this pattern for years so it’s by memory now. Start with 3 colors. Each "block" is 9 stitches so for however wide you want the blanket, count in 9 to get your foundation (and always make it an uneven number of "blocks) eg: 19 blocks(makes it about 5' long) 19x9=171 stitches then add 4 =175 sc for the foundation row. Row 1-2:Sc, switch to next color Row 3: sc 2 stitches,* front post double crochet(look it up), sc, until you have 5 posts, sc 9, then repeat post pattern(5 posts, 4 sc=9)(9sc), 2 sc (there is 2 sc at each end) Row 4: sc, switch to next color Repeat row 3-4 until you have 7 rows of posts Then switch the pattern to: Row 1: sc 11 stitches, then start pattern Row 4: sc, switch to next c So you will have your "blocks" of (5 posts & 4sc) and (9sc) with 2 sc at each end.
The instructions posted above don't give you the "crossed stitches" look like in the picture. So after playing around a bit, I think I figured it out. Here how I did it:
ROW 1: Foundation single crochet 31 (the design is any multiple of 9 stitches + 4 for the 2sc on each side; is you do chains then a row of sc add 1 more to account for the turning ch-1); ch 1, turn.
ROW 2: Sc in each stitch (31 sc)
ROW 3: Here starts the pattern: Sc in 2 (these are the border stitches – not part of the block design); now you’re going to work what I call a “dc2tog x-st” over the next stitch:
In the picture above I've finished the first 2 rows of sc, turned and worked 2 sc of Row 3. Now we're going to work dc2tog x-st over the next stitch in the current row. The numbers who where we will insert our hook and the order we will do that. So now YO (yarn over) and insert your hook in the space marked #1 and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). YO and pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook). Now YO over and insert your hook in the space marked #2 (you'll cross over the work you just did); YO and pull through. You have 4 loops on your hook now. YO and pull through 2 (3 loops left); YO and pull through all 3 to finish the stitch. Your finished dc2tog x-st should look like the picture below:
Now you will sc in the space marked #3 in the first picture above. Be sure you don't skip more than just one stitch. Continue on working another dc2tog x-st over the next stitch, and then another sc in the following st. Your work should look like this:
Your 5 dc2tog x-sts and the 4 sc between them count as your 9 stitches for this "block" on the blanket. So now you'll work 9 sc for the next "block". (Remember to count that sc after the last dc2tog x-st as #1 of those 9 sc).
You'll then repeat the steps for the 2 styles of "blocks" across the width of your blanket. You should have 2 extra sts at the end for 2 sc as a border. Ch 1 and turn.
This row is just sc straight across; ch 1 and turn. This is what it looks like after I've finished the sc row, changed colors, and done the first 2 sc of the new row:
Now I'm working the same steps as before to do the dc2tog x-sts above the previous ones:
Continue working the blocks until they are however big you want them; and then you'll change to work the dc2tog x-sts over the sc block; and sc's over the dc2tog x-st block:
Some notes - the sc blocks seem to be a bit too short compared to the dc blocks; if I were going to make a blanket using this design, I'd probably either try using esc (extended single crochet instead, or I'd just be sure to make those sc stitches a little taller than normal). I'd also definitely use stitch markers to mark the boundaries of the different blocks until the pattern was well established.
The blues & green sample was make with an E hook and DK yarn; the brown & tan sample was with worsted and an I hook. For a real blanket, I'd probably use a smaller hook to keep the stitches tighter and give them more definition like the original photo. This would make a solid, thick blanket for sure!
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