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How To Crochet A Blanket (+ Free Beginner Pattern)

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In this post, you will see how to crochet a blanket + a free beginner pattern.

The benefit of making a crochet blanket is that you can make one over a weekend using super bulky yarn and a 12 mm (US P/16) large crochet hook.

Please scroll down to learn more about how to crochet a blanket as a beginner and view the free crochet pattern.

How to crochet a blanket

Throw Blanket Crochet Pattern

Here is a free pattern for you to try out!

Make a cozy throw to snuggle into during chilly evenings on the sofa.

This throw is a perfect first project for a beginner as it uses simple stitches.

Follow the steps below and make your own super squishy, cozy throw blanket!

Grab your ad-free printable PDF pattern with a condensed version of the pattern and all of the important photographs in my shop here.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern. 
  • Only link to the pattern page if you wish to share this pattern.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner Crocheters)

Gauge

  • 6 Sts / 8 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches. (In pattern)

Measurements/Sizes

  • Length = 60 inches/152 cm
  • Width = 50 inches/127 cm
  • Blanket size = Throw blanket
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The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • 11 Skeins of yarn (106 yds each skein) – Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
  • This is a super bulky yarn/super chunky yarn/14-ply yarn.
  • Total yards needed for the blanket = 1,166 yds.
  • Graphite x 4
  • Grey Marble x 4
  • Fisherman x 3

Hook

Notions

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

You can grab a free list of US and UK crochet terms here.

  • BLO – Back loop only
  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitches
  • SL-ST – Slip stitch

Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern

Time needed: 3 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes

How To Crochet A Blanket

  1. Choose your yarn colors and hook.

    Choose three colors of Yarn for this pattern – Super bulky/super chunky/14-ply yarn and a (US P/16) 12 mm crochet hook.
    I used Lion Brand Wool Eae Thick and Quick in the following colors:
    Yarn A – Graphite
    Yarn B – Grey Marble
    Yarn C – Fisherman Wool ease thick and quick

  2. Create a chain.

    To begin your crochet blanket, with Yarn A, make a slipknot and create a chain (CH). This chain is the foundation row of your project, which you will build on. With your hook and yarn, you will chain 110.How to crochet a blanket step 1

  3. Work the first row.

    For the first row, you will work 1 single crochet (SC) into the 2nd chain (CH) from the hook and in each chain (CH) to the end of the row, and turn the work ready for row 2.How to crochet a blanket step 2

  4. Work Row 2.

    To begin, you will chain (CH) 1 stitch, then create 1 half double crochet (HDC) in each stitch (st) to the end of the row, and turn the work, ready for row 3.How to crochet a blanket step 3

  5. Work Row 3.

    To begin, you will chain (CH) 1 stitch, then work 1 single crochet (SC) in the back loop only (BLO) of each stitch to the end of the row, then turn to continue.How to crochet a blanket step 4

  6. Repeating rows to form the pattern.

    You will now repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have worked 5 rows (8 rows in Yarn A in total – ending on Row 2).How to crochet a blanket step 6

  7. Change Yarn Color – Yarn B.

    Next, you will change the yarn color – to Yarn B and work 8 rows (continuing to repeat rows 2 and 3 only – starting on row 3).How to crochet a blanket step 6

  8. Change Yarn Color – Yarn C.

    Next, you will change the yarn color – to Yarn C and work 8 rows (continuing to repeat rows 2 and 3 only – starting on row 3).How to crochet a blanket step 7

  9. Finishing the blanket

    For a width of 50 inches, you will have 8 stripes in total, ending with Yarn B. You can make this wider by adding more stripes. When you have the correct width, you can finish your blanket by completing a slip stitch (SL-ST) into the final loop, cutting the length of the yarn, and securing it. You can then weave in loose ends using your yarn or tapestry needle. You can add tassels or fringe to the edges of your blanket for a final finishing touch. Wool ease thick and quick crochet blanket

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here…

Shop Your Crochet Blanket Pattern Here…

wearing the crochet blanket

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Be sure to tag me @handylittleme or #handylittleme.

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy crocheting!

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Are Blankets Easy To Crochet?

Yes, blankets can be relatively easy to crochet, especially if you have some experience with basic crochet stitches.

Crocheting a blanket typically involves using a large crochet hook and a bulky or super bulky weight yarn to create a cozy and warm fabric.

Here are some tips to help you crochet a blanket:

  1. Choose a simple stitch pattern: For beginners, it’s best to start with a straightforward stitch pattern like single crochet or double crochet. These stitches are easy to learn and work up quickly.
  2. Select the right yarn and hook: Choose a thick and soft yarn, such as acrylic or a blend with wool. A larger hook size, like a J or K hook, will help you work up the blanket faster.
  3. Gauge swatch: Make a small swatch before starting the blanket to ensure your stitches match the recommended gauge. This step is particularly important if you are following a specific pattern.
  4. Start with a foundation chain: Create a foundation chain of the desired width for your blanket. The length of the chain will determine the width, and you can adjust it to fit your preference.
  5. Work in rows or rounds: Depending on your chosen pattern, you’ll work in rows or rounds. Rows are standard for blankets in a back-and-forth motion, while rounds are used for circular or square blankets.
  6. Consistent tension: Maintain a consistent tension throughout your work to ensure your stitches are uniform. This will help the blanket have an even appearance.
  7. Measure as you go: Periodically measure your blanket to ensure it’s reaching the desired size. This way, you can make any necessary adjustments before it becomes too large or too small.
  8. Finishing touches: Once you’ve reached the desired length, finish off your blanket by weaving in any loose ends and blocking them if necessary. Blocking involves wetting or steaming the blanket to even out the stitches and help it lay flat.

Remember, crocheting a blanket can take some time and patience, but with practice, you’ll improve your skills and create beautiful, cozy blankets.

Don’t be afraid to start with smaller projects to build your confidence before taking on larger blanket projects.

Wool ease thick and quick crochet blanket

Should A Beginner Crochet A Blanket?

While crocheting a blanket can be rewarding, it may not be the ideal starting point for an absolute beginner.

Blankets are often larger and more time-consuming than smaller projects like scarves or hats.

However, if you’re determined and have the patience to learn, you can try it!

Here are a few factors to consider before deciding whether to crochet a blanket as a beginner:

  1. Experience level: If you have never crocheted before, starting with more straightforward projects that allow you to practice and gain confidence in basic stitches and techniques might be beneficial. Working on smaller items can help you develop your skills and understand the fundamentals of crochet before tackling a more extensive project like a blanket.
  2. Time commitment: Crocheting a blanket requires a significant time commitment due to the larger size. It’s essential to consider whether you have the time and dedication to complete such a project. If you’re a beginner, you might find it more satisfying to finish smaller projects relatively quickly and see your progress.
  3. Skill level required: Some blanket patterns can involve more complex stitches or techniques, which might be challenging for a beginner. Choosing a pattern that matches your skill level is recommended, and gradually working your way up to more intricate designs as you become more proficient.

If you’re determined to crochet a blanket as a beginner, consider starting with a simple pattern using basic stitches like single or double crochet.

Opt for a smaller-sized blanket or a baby blanket to make the project more manageable and less time-consuming.

Additionally, you can seek guidance from online tutorials, crochet books, or local crochet groups to assist you throughout the process.

Remember, the most important aspect is to enjoy learning and creating.

With practice and perseverance, you’ll gain the skills necessary to crochet beautiful blankets in the future!

Related Post: 8 Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns

Beginner crochet blanket

How To Crochet A Blanket – Step By Step

Here are some steps to help you plan your first blanket crochet project…

Step 1 – How do I choose a crochet blanket pattern?

Choosing a crochet blanket pattern can be an exciting part of the creative process.

Here are some tips to help you choose a pattern that suits your preferences and skill level:

  1. Consider your skill level: Assess your crochet skill level honestly. If you’re a beginner, look for “easy” or “beginner-friendly patterns.” These patterns typically use basic stitches and have clear instructions. As you gain more experience, you can try more intermediate or advanced patterns.
  2. Think about the style and design: Consider the style and design you prefer for your blanket. Do you like intricate patterns, geometric designs, or simpler motifs? Look for patterns that align with your aesthetic taste and the purpose of the blanket. There are numerous styles, such as solid color blankets, granny squares, ripple patterns, chevron designs, or even more intricate lacework.
  3. Size and dimensions: Decide on the blanket size you want to crochet. Consider whether you want a small lap blanket, a baby blanket, or a large afghan. Ensure the pattern you choose provides instructions for the desired dimensions.
  4. Yarn and color choices: Think about the type of yarn you want to work with and the color scheme you have in mind. Some patterns may recommend specific yarn weights or fiber types. Consider the texture, warmth, and washability of the yarn and the color palette that appeals to you. You can follow the suggested colors in the pattern or customize the color scheme.
  5. Reviews and feedback: Before starting a pattern, look for reviews or feedback from other crocheters who have attempted it. This can give you insights into any potential challenges, errors in the pattern, or tips on modifications. Online crochet communities, forums, and social media platforms can help find reviews and gather opinions.
  6. Pattern instructions and support: Read the pattern instructions or a preview if available. Ensure that the pattern is well-written, clear, and easy to understand. Look for patterns that provide stitch diagrams, step-by-step photos, or video tutorials if you prefer visual aids. Some patterns include additional support or guidance through online resources or contact with the designer.
  7. Personal preferences and enjoyment: Ultimately, choose a pattern that you find visually appealing and enjoyable. Crocheting a blanket can be time-consuming, so selecting a pattern you’re excited about will keep you motivated and engaged throughout the process.

Considering these factors, you can select a crochet blanket pattern that matches your skill level, style preferences, and desired outcome.

Enjoy the process of choosing and creating your beautiful crochet blanket!

crochet blanket close up

Step 2 – How do I choose my yarn and hook?

Choosing the right yarn and hook for your crochet blanket is crucial to achieve the desired texture, drape, and overall look.

Here are some factors to consider when selecting your yarn and hook:

  1. Yarn weight: Yarn comes in various weights, ranging from super fine (lace weight) to super bulky. The yarn’s weight will affect the blanket’s thickness and heaviness. Bulky or super bulky yarns are famous for blankets as they work up quickly. However, depending on the desired outcome and the season you plan to use the blanket, you can choose any weight. Learn everything about the different yarn weights here – Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart).
  2. Fiber content: Yarns are available in a wide range of fiber content, including acrylic, wool, cotton, alpaca, and blends. Each fiber has its properties: warmth, softness, durability, and breathability. Consider the qualities you desire in your blanket, such as warmth, washability, or hypoallergenic properties, and select a yarn that matches those needs. Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers
  3. Texture: Yarns come in different textures, such as smooth, fluffy, or textured. Consider the effect you want to achieve in your blanket. Smooth yarns give a clean and even look, while textured or boucle yarns can add visual interest and depth to the stitches.
  4. Color selection: Choose colors that complement your style and the intended use of the blanket. Consider the room’s color scheme or the person for whom you’re making the blanket. You can use solid colors, variegated yarns, or mix and match different colors to create stripes or patterns.
  5. Hook size: Your crochet hook determines your work’s tension and stitch size. The recommended hook size is often indicated on the yarn label or in the pattern. However, you may need to adjust the hook size based on your tension and the desired drape of your blanket. Experiment with different hook sizes and make a gauge swatch to ensure your stitches are even and the blanket is the desired size.
  6. Comfort and ergonomics: Consider your comfort while crocheting. Choose a hook that feels comfortable to hold and doesn’t strain your hand. Ergonomic hooks with handles or grips can be beneficial if you plan to spend a significant amount of time working on your blanket.

It’s important to note that yarn and hook choices can influence your blanket’s overall appearance and size.

If you’re following a specific pattern, check the yarn and hook recommendations provided.

Consider how the chosen yarn weight and hook size will affect the desired outcome if you’re creating your design.

Ultimately, the choice of yarn and hook is a personal preference.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and explore combinations to find the best one for you and your crochet blanket project.

crochet blanket on sofa

Step 3 – How Do I Start?

To start crocheting a blanket, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a pattern: Select a crochet blanket pattern that matches your skill level and desired style. Look for patterns that provide clear instructions, stitch counts, and any special techniques or stitches required. You can find patterns in books, online resources, or crochet communities.
  2. Gather your materials: Once you have chosen a pattern, gather all the necessary materials. This typically includes the recommended yarn, appropriate crochet hook size, scissors, and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends. Ensure you have enough yarn to complete the blanket, or consider purchasing extra to avoid running out.
  3. Make a gauge swatch (optional): If the pattern specifies a gauge or you want to ensure the correct size, make a small gauge swatch using the recommended hook and yarn. Measure the swatch to check if it matches the pattern’s gauge. Adjust the hook size if needed to achieve the correct tension.
  4. Start with a foundation chain: Begin by creating a foundation chain. The length of the chain will determine the width of your blanket. Follow the pattern instructions for the chain length, or customize it to your desired size. Use the basic chain stitch for this step. Learn how to create a foundation chain here. – How To Start A Crochet Chain
  5. Work the first row: After making the foundation chain, work the first row of stitches according to the pattern. Typically, the pattern will specify the initial stitch to be worked. This could be single crochet (how to single crochet (SC)), double crochet (how to double crochet (dc) for beginners), or any other stitch, depending on the design. Pay attention to the stitch counts and any repeat instructions in the pattern.
  6. Follow the pattern instructions: Continue following the pattern instructions row by row. It will specify the types of stitches, the number of stitches in each row, and any changes or pattern repeats. Read the instructions carefully to ensure accuracy.
  7. Measure and adjust as needed: Periodically measure your blanket to monitor its size. Compare it to the desired dimensions mentioned in the pattern or adjust it according to your preferences. You may need to add or subtract rows to achieve the desired length or width.
  8. Weave in ends: As you crochet, weave in loose ends using a tapestry needle to secure them. This will help keep your work tidy and prevent unraveling. It’s an excellent practice to weave in ends as you go rather than waiting until the end of the project.
  9. Finishing touches: Once you reach the desired size, finish off the blanket as specified in the pattern. This could involve working an edging or border to give the blanket a polished look. Follow the pattern instructions to complete the final steps.

Remember to take breaks when needed and enjoy creating your crochet blanket.

Crocheting a blanket is a substantial project that may require time and patience, so pace yourself and celebrate your progress.

crochet blanket wool ease thick and quick

Step 4 – How do I finish the blanket?

Finishing a crochet blanket involves several steps to ensure your work is complete and looks polished.

Here’s a general guide on how to finish a crochet blanket:

  1. Weave in ends: Start by weaving in all the loose ends of yarn from your blanket. Use a tapestry needle to thread each end through the stitches on the wrong side of the blanket. Weave the ends back and forth to secure them, then trim any excess yarn. This step ensures that your blanket is neat and prevents the ends from unraveling.
  2. Block your blanket (optional): Blocking is a process of wetting or steaming your crochet blanket to shape and even out the stitches. It can help the blanket lay flat and improve its overall appearance. Check the yarn label for instructions on blocking, or use your preferred blocking method. Keep in mind that not all yarns require blocking.
  3. Add an edging or border (optional): Add an edging or border to your blanket for a finished look. Various crochet border patterns are available, from simple to more intricate designs. Choose a border that complements the style and stitches used in your blanket. Follow the pattern instructions or create your border design if desired.
  4. Block the edging (optional): If you added an edging or border, you may want to block it separately from the rest of the blanket. Wet or steam the edging and shape it according to your desired look. This step helps set the stitches and ensure the border lays flat.
  5. Finishing touches: Once your blanket is complete, give it a final inspection to ensure everything is secure and in place. Smooth out any wrinkles or folds and make any necessary adjustments to the stitches or edging.
  6. Wash and care for your blanket: If needed, follow the care instructions for your specific yarn to wash and care for your finished blanket. Some yarns can be machine-washed, while others require handwashing or dry cleaning. Always refer to the yarn label or the recommendations provided by the yarn manufacturer.
  7. Enjoy your blanket: Your crochet blanket is now ready to be enjoyed! Snuggle up in it, give it as a gift, or display it proudly in your home.

Remember that the finishing steps may vary depending on the pattern and your preferences.

Always refer to the pattern instructions for any specific finishing details mentioned.

With these steps, your crochet blanket will be beautifully finished and ready to provide warmth and comfort.

View a really easy beginner crochet blanket pattern here – How to crochet a blanket + free beginner pattern.

You can see more blankets here – 10 Crochet Blanket Patterns To Make For Fall.

crochet blanket and kindle

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