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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Jenni's Favorite Chunky Throw Blanket


Now that Christmas is over and I've had a couple days to re-coup, I have the time to share this great blanket pattern with you! I gifted 4 of these this year to family & friends, they work up fairly quick and the pattern is very simple. Included in the pattern are a couple different ideas for the border but you can also leave the border off or be creative and come up with your own! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Jenni

(Shown in Silver Steel)

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Without border: 35" x 50"
         With border: 40" x 55"

Supplies:
Bernat Blanket Yarn, 840-880 yards
Size N/P (10 mm) Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO - Back Loop Only
Bpdc - Back Post Double Crochet
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Fpdc - Front Post Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sk - Skip
Sl st - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space

Gauge: Each "V" (created by [dc, ch 1, dc]) should measure approx. 1.25".
Getting gauge is not extremely important for this pattern but it could affect the finished size of the blanket and the amount of yardage you need for the pattern.

Important Notes:
-Joins are made with sl st.
-A group of stitches listed between these brackets [ ] are to all be worked in the same space.


Blanket
Row 1: Ch 84, [dc, ch 1, dc] in 4th ch from hook. *Sk 2, [dc, ch 1, dc] in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have 2 sp remaining. Sk 1, dc in last.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. [dc, ch 1, dc] in each ch 1 sp across. Dc in top of ch 2 at the end of the row.

Repeat row 2 for a total of 57 rows, do not fasten off.


Border Options

Each border starts with a row of sc's around the entire edge of the blanket, do so as follows then move down to your choice of border:

Row 1: After completing row 57, ch 1 and rotate the blanket to the right so you can work along the long edge of the blanket.


(click to enlarge)

Work 2 sc over each dc/ch 2 sp along this side.
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When you reach the corner ch 2 then proceed to work along the next edge working an sc in each sp.
When you reach the next corner ch 2 then proceed to work 2 sc over each dc/ch 2 sp.
Ch 2 at the next corner and work an sc in each space until you reach the final corner, ch 2 & join.

You should have 114 sc along each long side of the blanket and 81 sc along each short side of the blanket. Don't worry if you are a stitch or two off.

Continue below for desired border.



Basic Single Crochet Border
(Shown in Vintage White)

Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sp around, working the following into each ch 2 corner sp: [sc, ch 2, sc].

Fasten off and sew in ends.


BLO Single Crochet Border

(Shown in Taupe)

Row 2-4: In BLO: Ch 1, sc in each sp around, working the following into each ch 2 corner sp: [sc, ch 2, sc].

Fasten off and sew in ends.


Ribbed Border
 
(Shown in Dark Grey)

Row 2-3: Ch 2, *fpdc around next, bpdc around next.* Repeat *to* around, ch 2 at each corner.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sp around, working the following into each ch 2 corner sp: [sc, ch 2, sc].

Fasten off and sew in ends.


57 comments:

  1. Hi Jenni, I love this pattern and want to make for queen size bed what would be my start chain. Thank you Nikjon1

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    1. To make this blanket larger you'll need to add to the original chain in 3 chain increments. I suggest making your chain and laying it across your bed to make sure it will fit, also keep in mind the border will add about 5" to the width and length.

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  2. To make this blanket in baby size, would you then decrease the original chain 3 increments to the desired length? Thank you!

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  3. Hi Jenni Happy New Year !! Love your pattern, just wondering if the yardage you give is including the border?? Thank you! Shelley

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    1. Hi Shelley, Happy New Year to you too! The yardage does include the border, the higher side of the yardage is for the ribbed edge option while the lower side is for the sc options. :)

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    2. Love the pattern and the borders are fantastic. The colors are great.

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  4. Hi Jenni,

    Love the pattern! What would you recommend as a substitute for the blanket yarn you used?

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    1. Hello & Thank you Deke!

      Another Chunky yarn I like to use is Bernat Softee Chunky, it will probably work up a little smaller than the blanket yarn though so you'll want to add to the beginning chain. When you add to the chain just be sure you are adding in multiples of 3.

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    2. Is the blanket supposed to look rippled while completing each additional row until I put the border on?

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    3. This blanket can actually work without a border at all, it shouldn't really look rippled. If you'd like to send me a photo to either my email byjennidesigns@gmail.com or to facebook facebook.com/byjennidesigns I could probably help better.

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    4. I had that ripple problem when making a different afghan pattern with the Bernat Blanket Yarn. I solved it by using a larger crochet hook to do my chain. I used a size Q for the chain row only. Then I switched to a size L for the rest of it. I found that the tension of my chain was tighter than my actual croceting and this solbed that problem.

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  5. So I am in love with this blanket and I can't wait to start making it. However I am fairly new at crocheting and teaching myself to do it and to read patterns.
    Could you possibly clarify for me two things please? It's just about the borders.
    1. Work 2 sc over each dc/ch 2 sp along this side.
    - does this just simply mean put 2 single crochets into the spaces?

    2. working the following into each ch 2 corner sp: [sc, ch 2, sc].
    - do I do a single crichet chain 2 and a single crochet in each corner space?

    I hope I'm not being too much of a pain.

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    1. Not a pain at all! Both of your answers to both of your questions are correct ;)

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  6. hi jenni happy new year. since i am a novice in this field but i love crotched stuff, how do i start for a beginner as myself? should i order online a beginner package? and which site is cheaper to buy from, amazon?

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    1. Are you brand new to Crochet in general? I definitely suggest youtube if you are looking into learning crochet!

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  7. Do you think 2 strands of regular weight yarn would work?

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    1. Hi Connie, 3 strands would probably work up closer to the correct size. I will give a couple rows a try and get back to you later today.

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    2. Sorry Connie, I meant to reply last night! It looks like 3 strands of Red Heart With Love Yarn held together will work perfect with the 10 mm hook!

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  8. Hi sorry. I posted yesterday about the 2 questions. I actually think I understand it now. Thank you!

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    1. I had just replied but glad to hear you figured it out! Good luck & happy crocheting!

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  9. Love the look of this blanket! I too am pretty much a beginner. Is there anyway you could post a demonstration video on YouTube??!!

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    1. Hi, Thanks & Yes, I definitely plan on putting a video together in the near future. :)

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  10. This is my first attempt at a blanket. I figured out the first line. On the second line do you do the (dc ch 1 dc) into every stitch, or into the top of each v, or into the spaces between the v? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Giuli! You should be working the [dc, ch 1, dc] into the top of the V, which is the ch 1 space.

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  11. Great tutorial. How many skeins of yarn did you use?

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  12. How many skeins of yarn did you use for each blanket?

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    1. I apologize, I do not know how many skeins each Big Ball of Bernat Blanket Yarn is. Listed in the pattern however is the yardage needed.

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    2. I have 2 sizes of Bernat Blanket yarn currently. The smaller ball is 108 yards. The larger ball is 220 yards.

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    3. Yes, I used just under 3 big balls for each blanket.

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  13. I love the looks of this but I would want to make a shawl width, about 20-25". What would you suggest for the chain length. I make prayer shawls for our local cancer center.

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    1. Hi, If you are not working the border I'd suggest working the chain in any multiple of 3 until it reaches your 20-25" then add an additional 3 chains.

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  14. good evening and sorry to bother! I am not new to crochet but for some reason I am not connecting the dots here. on the start of the new row, after chain 2 and turn, what space am I inserting the hook to continue the row? you state (DC sp DC) in each chain 1 space across, but i'm not understanding what loop to start in. help please?

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    1. You should be working a [dc, ch 1, dc] over each ch 1 from the previous row.

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  15. Does "dc in the top of ch 2 at the end of each row" simply mean at the end of the row just do a double chain and then repeat "row 2"?? Sorry, I'm pretty new to this

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    1. This means you should double crochet into the top of the ch 2 from the previous row for your last stitch. No need for an apology, thanks for the question! :)

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  16. Hi! I love this pattern. Super easy and super fast.

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  17. Hello! I love this pattern but I want to do it for a baby blanket. Should I change the initial chain? I bought 2 skeins of the bernat baby blanket chunky size. Also did you do a video yet? Thank you
    Jackie

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    1. Hi Jackie, yes you would need to shorten the initial chain. Decrease by any multiple of 3.

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    2. Oops, forgot to add...I do not have a video of this pattern up yet. Sorry about that!

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  18. Jenni....Hi...I absoulutely love this pattern...and am interested in doing the ribbed border...but am confused by it...newbie at crocheting...and patterns baffle me sometimes...Row 1 is sc...2 and 3 are fp and bp dc around...is row 2 just dc? ... and row 3 the fp and bp dc... if not... can you clarify how to do fp and bp dc in row 2??? Thank you...Tina

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    1. Hi Tina, Row 2 begins with a front post double crochet. Then the next stitch should be a back post double crochet. You will be working your stitches around the posts of the sc's in the first row. I hope this helps, if not I will be adding a video tutorial shortly.

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    2. Jenni...thank you for your response! It definitely helps...I wasn't sure if you were supposed to use the single crochets in Row 1 to start bp and fp double crochets...thank you for clarifying this for me! Looking forward to the video tutorial as well! Tina

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  19. Hello! About how long does it take you to work up this pattern? Love it, and can't wait to get started!

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  20. Love this blanket but would love a video tutorial! A little easier to follow, thanks :)

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  22. I just love this blanket, and I enjoyed making it. It worked up very fast. I used the Bernat blanket yarn in vintage white. I used just under 5 packages (balls) of yarn. I finished with a single crochet border. Beautiful.

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  23. Hi Jenni
    Thanks for this lovely pattern. I only have Lion Brand Thick and Easy yarn. Can I use this for this blanket?

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    1. I haven't tried that yarn for this blanket but you sure can give it a try! Just check your gauge and if it ends up working up smaller you might want to make your foundation chain longer and add an additional row or two. To make the foundation chain longer simply add chains in multiples of 3. Good luck Barbara!

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  24. Hi Jenni, great pattern, thanks for sharing. I completed my 3rd big ball, just started my 4th, and I was wondering approximately how much yardage is needed for the boarder....I don't want to have too much left over, maybe I can get a few more rows added. I also would love to show you my finished piece

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    1. Hi Jen! You should need no more than 880 yards total to complete the entire blanket, no matter which border you choose. :)

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  25. Not a newbie to crochet, but need some clarification on what should be worked into the chain 2 spaces in the corners of rows 1 and 2 for the ribbed border. I'm thinking (dc, chain 2, dc), but I keep second guessing myself. 😉

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    1. I am so sorry that I am just now seeing your comment, you are correct. I hope you figured it out and it worked out for you!

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  26. Thank you for the pattern! Just a quick clarification (and it may be because I'm still new to crochet that I'm not getting it, sorry!), in row two (and beyond) of the blanket, when you do the [dc ch 1 dc] sets in the top of each chain space (V) from the row underneath, do you then need any kind of chain between these sets? Or do you work in one then immediately go to the next?

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    1. Thank you for your question! There are no chains between the V's, you work one and then the next immediately.

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