A few days ago I was pottering about on Facebook when I noticed a post from a fellow crochet addict saying that Aldi supermarket was running a needle craft promotion for the next week. She posted a photo of loads of lovely squishy yarn. I grabbed my coat and was out of the door in a flash.
For some time now I have wanted to make a heavy blanket for our bed. Both of our boys have chunky blankets that they snuggle underneath on a cold winters night but Geoff and I only have a light weight stash busting scrap blanket.
I decided to create something for us for once. I filled my basket and raced home.
For the first time ever I decided to make a swatch so that I could plan my stitches. It’s a good job that I did because I found that my 10mm hook wasn’t big enough. It produced quite a rigid fabric. It looked amazing but wasn’t ideal for a snuggly blanket.
I reached for my 12mm hook and started again.
I wanted to create something that was simple, heavy and plain in colour with lots of textured. I love all the different textures that can be created through crochet and in this blanket I really wanted to show that off while also creating something that would whip up quickly.
If you follow my blog you will know that my last two projects were quite fiddly and time consuming. They were beautiful but I couldn’t wait to get back to what I know and love (quick fix chunky makes).
There’s not much of a pattern to this one but you are very welcome to have it.
As I mentioned before, the yarn I used was on promotion in Aldi and, as they like to say, “when it’s gone it’s gone”, so I’m afraid that I can’t give you a link to the exact yarn that I used but Deramores stock a wide selection on chunky and super chunky yarns, pop over and check them out, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that you like.
Chunky Rib Blanket, Free Crochet Pattern.
Chunky/super chunky yarn –
Warning!! This pattern is a yarn eater. I used 1,410 metres of yarn because that was all that I had. The finished blanket isn’t big enough to cover a single bed tell about a double so poor ol’ Geoff is out in the cold. 🙁 . Ideally I could have done with buying just over twice the amount of yarn but when I went back to Aldi it was all gone. 🙁
Ch – Chain Stitch
Tr – UK treble crochet (US double crochet) Stitch.
Frtr – UK front raised treble
Brtr – UK back raised treble
Dc – UK double crochet stitch (US Single crochet stitch)
This is a very simple pattern, it’s ideal for beginners. I’m over the moon with how it turned out. I love to run my hands over it, the texture is amazing! 😀
Here goes… Blink and you’ll miss it.
Chain an even amount of stitches.
As I mentioned before, I ran out of yarn. I didn’t have enough to make a full sized blanket so I haven’t mentioned my chain length here. Make your chain slightly longer than the final width you require, the stitches will pull in a little as the texture is created.
Tr into the 4th chain from your hook. Tr to the end of the row. Turn.
Ch 2 (counts as tr throughout) miss the stitch at the base of the chain. *Frtr around the post of the next stitch, brtr around the post of the next stitch**. repeat form * to ** until you reach the turning chain from the previous round. Tr into the top of the turning ch. Turn.
Ignoring the ch2 and final tr stitches, your row should start and end with a frtr, this will insure an even finish when you add the boarder.
Ch 2, *brtr around the post of the frtr from the previous round. Brtr around the next stitch** repeat form * to ** until you reach the turning chain from the previous row. Tr into the top of the turning chain. Turn.
As you look at your work, you should see solid lines of raised and relief stitches working their way up your blanket.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your blanket reaches the required length.
Don’t fasten your yarn off, we will go straight into the boarder (anything to avoid weaving in ends 😉 ).
That’s the main body done.
As with the main body, I have kept the boarder simple.
Working towards the corner. Ch 2, dc into the same space. 2dc into the next stitch to form the corner. Work 1 dc around each treble or turning ch along the side of your work keeping the tension loose. (you will be tempted to add more stitches but, believe me, I’ve tried, they will cause your boarder to ripple).
When you reach the corner work 2 dc’s around the last tr then 2 dc’s into the first stitch on along the foundation chain of your blanket.
Dc into each stitch of the foundation chain until you come to the end of your row. 2dc into the last stitch and 2 dc around the chain that starts the next side.
Repeat side 1.
Dc along the top of your blanket. Join the round with a slip stitch into the ch2 from the start of your round.
Ch2 dc into each stitch of the previous round. Dc 2 into the 2 stitches at each corner. Join with a slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
This is where I finished my blanket. In an ideal world (where I brought enough yarn) this boarder would have continued for another 2 rows.
Maybe I’ll make another one some time so that poor Geoff gets to snuggle underneath it too. But, at the moment there it is. My super snuggly chunky blanket. I hope you enjoy making it as much as i’m enjoying using it.
Let me know how you get on. I’m new to pattern writing so, please feel free to point out and mistakes.
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