Spring is coming in, and the easy, Primrose and Proper crochet blanket pattern is just the project to help you welcome it! It’s lacy stitch design is feminine and delicate while providing just the right amount of warmth for chilly spring days. Blankets make an enjoyable evening or weekend crochet project and give you a sense of accomplishment when they are complete! Even if you are a beginner this easy crochet blanket pattern is one you’ll be able to figure out quickly. If you’ve made the Primrose and Proper Super Scarf before, you’ll recognize this design as being very similar.
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Since beds, couches and people <3 come in all sizes, I’ve included instructions for adjusting this pattern to be as narrow or wide as you want. Just make sure the starting is worked in a multiple of 3, then add one more chain. The two chains you skip at the beginning count as the first half double crochet stitch of the row. Look in the “additional notes section for a link to a sizing chart that may be helpful.
This blanket pattern introduces what may by a new-to-you technique: working in the 3rd loop of a half double crochet (basically this is working into the “yarn over” of the stitch). If you’ve never tried crocheting in the 3rd loop of a half double crochet stitch, this is an easy skill you’ll pick up quickly because it’s used a lot in this blanket pattern!
I’m including a short tutorial video (demonstrated on my Primrose and Proper dishcloth) that shows exactly how this is done. Keep scrolling down to the “additional Stitches” section for that.
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
prev = previous
Stitching in the “3rd loop” of hdc. After turning, work all stitches for that row in the 3rd loop of the hdc from previous row (it will be in the front). Instructions: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back*, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop. *When working in rows, this loop will be facing you!
Still stuck? Here is a video tutorial that explains how to work in the 3rd loop of a hdc:
See additional Notes section for sizing information
13 stitches in 4″
-Start with 192 stitches (193 chains) for a 5′ wide throw, and 228 stitches (229 chains) for a 6′ wide blanket. 300 stitches (301 chains) will give you a King sized blanket. You can adjust the size of your blanket by making the starting chain number divisible by 3 + 1 (the first two chains of the row count as a stitch). Try a starting chain of 151 for a 4 ft wide blanket for a toddler, or 127 chains for a 40″ baby blanket.
-For a great chart on various afghan sizes, head over here to A Crocheted Simplicity.
-Ch 2, and ch 3 do count as first stitch of row unless otherwise indicated.
-With the previous note in mind, I’ve put turning instructions at the beginning of the row to hopefully make things easier for beginners working this pattern. This keeps the rows all together.
Primrose & Proper Easy Crochet Blanket/Afghan Pattern
Ch 193 (229,301)
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across. (192 [228, 300])
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn, hdc in 3rd loop of next hdc from prev row and in each remaining 3rd loop. Note: final hdc of row will be worked in top of ch-2 from prev row. (192 [228, 300])
Row 3: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn, [sc, ch 2, sc] in 2nd st, *sk 2 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next st; repeat from * across, hdc in top of ch-2 from previous row. (64 bumps [76, 100])
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp , *3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across, work 2 dc in final ch-2 sp, dc in top of ch-2 from prev row. (192 [228, 300])
Row 5: ch 2, turn (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across. (192 [228, 300])
Row 6: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn, hdc in 3rd loop of next hdc from prev row, and in each remaining 3rd loop. Final hdc of row is worked in the top of the ch-2 from prev row. (192 [228, 300])
Repeat rows 3-6 until your blanket is as long (or wide) as you like. Direction doesn’t matter. It’s all personal preference. 😉 When you’re done, move on to the edging.
After finishing your final row 6 repeat, ch 1, turn, and sl st over into 2nd stitch of row, [sc, ch 2, sc] in 2nd stitch, *skip 2 stitches, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next Repeat this pattern around the outside edge of the blanket. When working along the raw edge, you’ll need to eyeball/approximate the spaces. When you get to corners you should have 1 stitch left, sl st into it and start your next [sc, ch 2, sc] group in the first stitch along the edge.
Cut yarn, and weave in ends.
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