Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

***If you’d like the printable, PDF version of this pattern, click HERE. For the free version scroll down into the post***

So not trying to freak out too much but I FINISHED MY VERY FIRST BLANKET. In over 15 years of crocheting I never, not once, had the desire to complete a blanket. They seemed like way too much time, plus I get bored easy. But I did it. And I’m here to share the pattern with YOU. Hope you like this one, I’m not going to lie I think it’s the dopest blanket in all the land.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

I thought it’d be super cool if I put a spin on the traditional chevron blanket, to make it oversized—and with some trial and error it came to life! I think the chevron aspect is what kept me interested in finishing this blanket… It’s a lil somethin’ special without being over the top.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

I found that after I did a row, I didn’t need to even follow the pattern or count , you just kinda learn where you need to put the increase and decrease stitches. So if you’re wondering, YES this is the perfect project to work on while you watch that new series you’ve been eyeing on Netflix (I watched “In the Dark” while making this).

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

The size of the blanket I made was a “throw” size, measuring about 65”x48”. I did include in the notes section instructions for making different sizes. Plus I think you’ll be really pleased with the feel of this blanket. Especially if you use the yarn I did, Yarn Bee Soft Secret. It’s so unbelievably soft, and that sheen it’s got…. woo-wee!

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

There’s also a tutorial included in the pattern, showing how I made and attached the monstrous tassels. It may or may not involve one of my son’s books. ;)

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

I hope if you’re anything like me, and feel leery of taking on a blanket, that you give this one a try. It’s simple enough to be a beginner blanket, and also has enough texture and interest to not be boring.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

***If you’d like the printable, PDF version of this pattern, click HERE. For the free version scroll down***

Grande Chevron Blanket

What you’ll need:

-2,100 yards of category 4 (worsted) weight yarn, 300 extra yards for big tassels (7-8 skeins of Yarn Bee Soft Secret in color “Mushroom”)
-size k (6.5 mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
-yarn needle
-book, or 6” flat object to make tassel
-hot glue gun
-scissors

Gauge:

15 dc in BLO by 7 rows equals a four inch square

Abbreviations:

ch=chain, dc=double crochet, st(s)=stitch(es), BLO=back loop only, dc3tog=double crochet three together

Notes:

ch’s at the beginning of rows do not count as sts

the pattern for this blanket measures 48” x 65”. You can customize the width by adding or taking away multiples of 80. Each multiple of 80 equals about 16 inches. And to customize the length all you need to do is add or take away rows. Below is a handy chart from Good Knit Kisses to give you the average measurements of each blanket size.

Blanket Sizes - Good Knit Kisses

Pattern:

ch 242

Row 1) work 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, [dc in next 36 ch, 3dctog, 3dctog, dc in next 36 ch, work 3 dc in next two ch] repeat [ ] one time, dc in next 36 ch, dc3tog, dc3tog, dc in next 36 ch, work 3 dc in last ch (240 total sts)

Rows 2-68) *ALL STS WORKED IN BLO: ch 2, turn, work 3 dc in first st, [dc in next 36 sts, dc3tog, dc3tog, dc in next 36 sts, work 3 dc in next two sts] repeat [ ] one time, dc in next 36 sts, dc3tog, dc3tog, dc in next 36 sts, work 3 dc in last st (240 total sts)

finish off, weave in ends

Making and attaching the tassels:

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

To make the jumbo tassels, I grabbed a book of my son’s to wrap yarn around. It measured about 6 inches wide. You could cut a 6” wide piece of cardboard also. I wrapped the yarn around, (not too tight) spanning a couple of inches wide.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

To prevent the tassel from shedding I used hot glue. So every now and then I’d line the top with a thin line of hot glue, then wrap it over it before it cooled. I did it a couple more times each tassel, making sure the hot glue was covered before finishing wrapping the yarn.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Once the tassel was my desired thickness, I cut off the yarn and slid a long piece under, through the middle of the wrapped yarn (like shown in the photo), and tied a knot. You’ll use this piece of yarn to attach the tassel to the blanket.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Then I slid the yarn off the book, and tied the knot tighter on top so it’d be secure.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Then I took another long strand of yarn and tied it around the outside of the tassel, about an inch down. I made sure it was extra tight. Then I wrapped it around the tassel a couple more times and tied another tight knot.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Then to finish the tassel, you will cut the bottom loops, and trim it up to be even.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

I created 7 tassels for the blanket, one for each point on both ends.

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Using the top piece of yarn on the tassel, thread through your yarn needle and sew to each point on the blanket. You’ll pass through the very end of the blanket…

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

Then insert the needle through the top of the tassel. Pass through the blanket and tassel as many times as it takes for a secure join. Once it was secure, I tied a double knot to the other strand of yarn from the tassel then weaved them into the blanket. Repeat for each tassel, then your beautiful blankie is complete!

Chevron Crochet Blanket - Megmade with Love

And cheers to finishing blankets! I hope this one converts you like it did me. You may have to look out for more blanket patterns in the future, because I’m hooked. Hehe pun intended.

Happy hooking,
Meg

Grande Chevron Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Megmade with Love

How to Crochet Around Fabric (Three Different Ways!)

Here recently I was on a baby blanket making spree. One of my friends had a shower, and then another friend asked if I could make a couple for showers she was going to also. And in all honesty, I just didn't want to spend all my time crocheting a full blanket, so I decided to crochet around fleece, because hey, it's nice and quick. 

Now, something I try to live by is "use what ya got"... I am a thrifty gal through and through, so if I don't have a certain tool and product to achieve what I'm wanting to make, then I find a way to do it using what I already have on hand. This was one of those times. I've seen where you can make the holes into your fabric using a skip stitch rotary cutter, but I don't have one. Nor do I see myself using one all that much. So, I thought I'd show you here a couple different ways you can crochet around fabric (the last one is a tutorial provided by an outside source, using the rotary cutter).

Blanket Stitch

So for the first example, I'm going to show you how you can do a simple blanket stitch around the edge of your fabric. This was how I did my first blanket. I will say that this way wasn't exactly my favorite, as working the blanket stitch was pretty time consuming, because of the length of yarn you need to get around the whole blanket without running out and starting a new strand. If you are okay with starting new strands, then maybe that would work for you, I just try to minimize the stray ends. This method does work though, and provides a good foundation for your crochet. If you're looking for a faster way, see the second tutorial in this post below. 

 I gathered a yard of this buffalo print fleece I found at Wal Mart, a size H Hook, yarn needle and worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in Cobalt Blue) 

*I cut my fabric into a 3x3 foot square*

On the topic of yarn length needed to get around the blanket without having to start a new piece: I figured out (the hard way..) that I needed to use a piece of yarn that was three times the perimeter of the blanket. And to measure that I just took my yarn and lined it up with the edge of my blanket times three.

P.S. When getting fabric, make sure its something that won't fray--unless you're okay with seaming it up.

To achieve evenness between the blanket stitches, I used this trick I saw some time back on Pinterest, where you make little marks on your finger how far apart you'd like your stitches. I chose to do mine 1/4 inch apart, and 1/4 inch from the edge. I wouldn't go more than 1/2 inch in between stitches.

Now I will say this: I just eyeballed how far away from the edge I was, but if you don't feel comfortable doing that you could draw a line on your fabric with washable marker along the edge to give you a guide for how far down to insert your needle. I didn't find it too challenging to make the stitches even from the edge. 

To start the blanket stitch you'll need to knot your yarn at the end a couple times, big enough so it won't come through the hole you create with your needle. You'll thread your yarn, and insert your needle from the back and draw it all the way through (this is the bad part of the beginning, such a longgggg strand to pull through.. but it's great for when you're watching a show on Netflix ;).

Then you'll go over the edge, and back through the same spot you just entered in. Pull yarn through.

Then you'll insert the needle sideways through that stitch you just created.

Now for the rest of the stitches you will always insert your needle from the back of the fabric, using your finger as a guide for how far away from the previous stitch.

Once you pull the needle through, tug a bit of yarn through also.

Then you will insert the needle underneath the base of the strand of yarn (see above photo).

When you pull the yarn tight (don't pull too tight, or the edges will ripple!), the above photo indicates how it should look. Then you will continue around until you get to the space before your first stitch you made.

When it comes to the corners, you will follow the above steps, except you will insert your hook into the same hole three times (see photo).

Then you will connect the last and first stitch by inserting your needle sideways into the first stitch. 

Then you will insert the needle into the base of that first stitch from front to back. Then cut your yarn long enough to weave in and tie a knot to the beginning strand. 

To start your crochet border, you will insert your crochet hook into one of the blanket stitches, then draw through your yarn.

Make two chain stitches to begin your crochet stitches. Then you can tie a knot in your yarn end to secure it before weaving it in. Next you can begin to create any border you would prefer. I am going to provide the border pattern I used. I thought this one was super simple and quick. I didn't want anything frilly because I was making the blankets for baby boys. 

So since my blanket stitches were 1/4 inch apart, I single crocheted in every blanket stitch. But if your blanket stitches were further apart, like 1/5 inch I would recommend chaining one between single crochet. 

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So then I single crocheted around the entire blanket, working two single crochet in the corner blanket stitches.

Join to the beginning chain with a sl st.

Then ch 4.

(Skip a st, then dc into the next st, ch 1) Repeat that around your blanket, working two dc + ch 1 into the corner st, then join to 3rd ch with sl st

sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 3, then work a dc into the same sp you sl st into

work 2 dc into the ch 1 spaces around the blanket, working 4 dc into the corner st, join to 3rd ch with sl st.

Then finish off, and weave in ends!

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Seam Ripper Holes

So for the second tutorial, this was hands down my favorite way to prep the fabric for crochet because it was so easy and fast. I show you a couple ways you can make the holes, but ended up doing the latter of the two. I just couldn't get the first method to work as fast as I wanted it to, so I totally recommend doing the second way, using your finger as a guide rather than the marker and tape measure. I decided to put both of them on here though, because I thought maybe someone would prefer to do it the first way.

This first way, I aligned my tape measure about 1/4 inch from the edge, and put dots on my fabric 1/2 inch apart. 

Then using your seam ripper you could slightly push it into the fabric (BEWARE--not too much force!! It can rip through the edge) in each of the marks.

So since that method wasn't 100% my jam, I ended up using my finger as reference for how far apart the holes should go. And to just use the seam ripper as I go. On this blanket, I made them 1/2 inch apart. You can see how I did the ripping in the video below.

*be careful not to poke yourself!!*

For this blanket I also used a 5 mm (H) hook and Caron Simply Soft in Kelly green. This fabric is also at Walmart!

So after all the holes were made then you're ready to start crocheting! Draw your yarn through with your hook..

Then chain 2.

In the above photo I am demonstrating how I knotted up the back: I drew the tail end through the back of the st with my hook, and then tied a knot to secure it.

Then you work your single crochet into the holes. (For this blanket, since the holes were 1/2 inch apart, I chained one in between single crochets, if the holes were closer, at 1/4 inch then I would have just single crocheted around)

Then you continue around single crocheting (plus ch 1, if appropriate) and join to the beginning ch with sl st

*I used basically the same pattern as the first blanket (this one will have a few changes due to having the ch 1 in between the sc, if you just single crocheted around, scroll up and follow the above pattern):

sl st into the ch 1 sp, ch 4

(Skip the sc from previous row, then dc into the next ch 1 sp, ch 1) Repeat that around your blanket, working two dc + ch 1 into the corner st, then join to 3rd ch with sl st

sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 3, then work a dc into the same sp you sl st into

work 2 dc into the ch 1 spaces around the blanket, working 4 dc into the corner st, join to 3rd ch with sl st.

Then finish off, and weave in ends!

Using a Rotary Cutter

I thought I'd offer this resource in case someone has a rotary cutter and would prefer to prep the fabric that way. I found this one over at Repeat Crafter me and it can be found here.

And that, my friend is how you can use what ya got to crochet around fabric. Which I can attest this makes a great baby shower gift-- It's easy, fast and you still get that special "handmade" touch!

Happy making,
Meg