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Crochet Blanket Pattern : Noughts and Crosses

The Noughts and Crosses Crochet Blanket Pattern uses a blend of the Inset Mosaic Crochet technique and Alpine Stitch.

crocheted blanket in mosaic and Alpine stitch using colours green, orange, grey and oatmeal

I’ve rated this pattern at an intermediate level because of the colour work and the combined techniques. 

However, if you’re a confident beginner with experience of basic crochet stitches and you’re ready for a challenge, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to crochet this blanket.

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There is no increasing or decreasing with this project.

Mosaic crochet blanket styled so that you can see the full width and length

Alpine Stitch and Mosaic Crochet are worked similarly.

The Alpine Stitch works into a treble 2 rows below.  The mosaic treble stitch works into the double 3 rows below.

Four colours are used in ths pattern; Serpentine (green), Spice (orange), Moonstone (light grey) and Parchment.

Crocheted blanket styled on the arm of a garden sofa

Design Inspiration

My eldest son has a couple of blankets I crocheted for him (one being the Late Summer Sunsets blanket kit). 

Both use DK yarn.  He requested a thicker blanket he could snuggle up in for the autumn/winter.

I bought the yarn with an idea in mind to suit the décor he had at the time – but then he moved and I had to re-think!

I enjoy working the inset mosaic technique. I wanted this to be an integral part of the crochet blanket pattern.

The Alpine stitch has a fabulous texture and worked really well for my snowman gift bag hat.  The technique compliments the mosaic crochet perfectly.

mosaic crochet blanket styled on the arm of a chair

How the pattern is worked

Multiples of 20.

The blanket starts with a block of Alpine Stitch worked in Serpentine and Moonstone.

Inset Mosaic Crochet continues the pattern.  This is worked in Spice and Parchment for the first two ‘legs’ and switches to Serpentine and Parchment for the last two ‘legs.’  This block creates the crosses.

the back of the mosaic crochet blanket showing the loose chains
Back of the inset mosaic crochet showing the loose chains

Three blocks of Alpine Stitch are worked next.  These colours alternate; Spice and Moonstone, Serpentine and Moonstone,  Spice and Moonstone.

Next is two blocks of Inset Mosaic Crochet.  The first block is worked in Serpentine and Parchment, the second in Spice and Parchment.  These blocks create the noughts.

(I initially crocheted one large nought over the two blocks but there was way too much of a neutral colour that didn’t fit with the design.)

The blanket crochet pattern finishes with a block of Alpine Stitch worked in Serpentine and Moonstone.

I’ve used a simple border of double crochet (US single crochet) in Spice.  This blanket doesn’t need anything more intricate and I felt would clash with the overall design.

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Yarn

Serpentine and Moonstone are from the Elements Tweed Aran range which is no longer available.

Yarnsub.com came up with Stylecraft Special Aran as a 99% match.

Spice and Parchment are Stylecraft Special Aran.  This is a good value yarn that is spun to the highest specifications, using the best quality acrylic.

When I was looking for a colour match for Serpentine and Moonstone, I thought Marriner’s Yarns were also a good match. 

Pesto for Serpentine, Mist for Moonstone, Cinnamon for Spice and Ecru for Parchment.

Pattern Notes

Yarn A = Serpentine

Yarn B = Moonstone

Yarn C = Spice

Yarn D = Parchment

  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Chain 2 counts as a stitch (treble).
  • The noughts and crosses are worked in inset mosaic crochet. 
  • The mosaic crochet instructions detail how many stitches or chains need to be worked. For example: 1dc, ch3, sk 2 sts, 5dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, 5dc = 1 double crochet, chain 3, skip 2 stitches, 5 double crochet, chain 10, skip 9 stitches, 5 double crochet
  • All mosaic trebles are worked into the right side of the blanket.
  • The first two rows are worked in double crochet and chains/skipped chains in one colour.
  • The third and fourth rows are worked in a contrasting colour. 
  • The third row is worked with double crochet and a mosaic treble in the row below the skipped stitches
how to work the mosaic treble step 1
Mosaic treble worked into the row below the skipped stitches
how to work the mosaic treble step 2
Make sure the mosaic treble is the same height as the row
mosaic treble complete in front of the chains and skipped stitches in the row below
Mosaic treble made. The chains are on the wrong side of the blanket
  • The fourth row is worked in double crochet.
  • The chains of the mosaic crochet will be loose on the wrong side of the blanket.
  • Colour changes for the mosaic crochet take place on the last stitch pull through of a row.
  • Colour changes for the Alpine Stitch take place at the end of row 3, end of row 5 and end of row 7.
  • For each block, carry the unused yarn up the side of the blanket.  Don’t pull this ‘floating’ yarn too tight as it will bunch up the rows. The floating yarn will be hidden when the border is worked.
  • All front post treble crochets in the Alpine Stitch are worked into the right side of the blanket.
  • Be aware of your tension when working the Alpine stitch.  Make sure you pull up the loop to the same height of the treble crochet in the round to avoid the rows from bunching up.
  • For the Alpine Stitch, the stitch behind the front post treble is not worked into.
  • Read through the pattern carefully before you begin

Level

Intermediate

Materials

  • 1400g Aran/Worsted weight yarn – 400g Elements Tweed in Serpentine; 400g Elements Tweed in Moonstone; 400g Stylecraft Special Aran in Spice; 200g Stylecraft Special Aran in Parchment
  • Crochet Hook 5mm
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitches and Abbreviations

Double Crochet (dc)  /  US Single Crochet

Treble Crochet (tr)  /  US Double Crochet

Mosaic Treble (mtr)  /  Mosaic Double (US):

Work a treble as normal but work it in into the front of the treble of the same colour three rows below the skipped stitches.

Front Post Treble Crochet (fptr)  /  Front Post Double Crochet (US):

Worked around the post of the treble from the previous round or row.

Yarn over, insert hook from front to back (to the right of the stitch to be worked and out again on the left), yarn over and pull through.  Complete the treble in the usual way, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops.  Stitch made.

  • Ch = chain
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Rep = repeat
  • Sk = skip
  • Sp = space
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Measurements

47” / 120cm (W) X 56” / 142.5cm (L)

Tension/Gauge

15 trebles and 7 rows measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4”) using a 5mm hook.

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montage of four photos showing how to work the mosaic treble, the crocheted blanket styled on a sofa

Blanket Crochet Pattern Noughts and Crosses

Instructions

With Yarn A ch146

Alpine Stitch block:

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc to end, turn

Row 2: ch2, tr in next st, tr to end, turn

Row 3: ch1, dc in same st, dc to end, turn

Change to Yarn B on last pull through of dc from row 3

Row 4: ch2, *fptr in the tr 2 rows below, tr in next st, *rep to last 2 sts, fptr in next st, tr in last st, turn

Row 5: rep row 3

Change to Yarn A on the last pull through of dc from row 5

Row 6: ch3, *tr in next st, fptr in the tr 2 rows below, * rep to last 2 sts, tr in last 2 sts, turn

Row 7: rep row 3

Change to Yarn B on the last pull through of dc from row 7

Rows 4 – 7  five times

Change to Yarn C on last pull through of row 27

Inset Mosaic Crochet block

Row 28: ch1, dc to end, turn

Row 29: ch1, dc to end, turn

Change to Yarn D

Row 30: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 2 sts, 5dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, 5dc, *ch2, sk 1 st, 5dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, 5dc, * rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 31: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 3ch-sp, 5dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, 5dc, *ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 5dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, 5dc, * rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 3ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 32: ch1, 1dc, 2mtr, 5dc, 9mtr, 5dc, * 1mtr, 5dc, 9mtr, 5dc, * rep to last 3 sts, 2mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 33: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Row 34: ch1, 1dc, *ch4, sk 3 sts, 5dc, ch8, sk 7 sts, 5dc, * rep to last 4 sts, ch4, sk 3 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 35: ch1, 1dc, *ch4, sk 4ch-sp, ch8, sk 8ch-sp, 5dc, * rep to last 4 sts, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 36: ch1, 1dc, *3mtr, 5dc, 7mtr, 5dc, * rep to last 4 sts, 3mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 37: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Row 38: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 4 sts, 5dc, * ch6, sk 5 sts, 5dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch5, sk 4 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 39: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 5ch-sp, 5dc, *ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 5dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch 5, sk 5ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 40: ch1, 1dc, 4mtr, 5dc, *5mtr, 5dc, * rep to last 5 sts, 4mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 41: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Row 42: ch1, 1dc, ch6, sk 5 sts, 5dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, 5dc, *ch8, sk 7 sts, 5dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, 5dc, * rep to last 6 sts, ch6, sk 5 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 43: ch1, 1dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 5dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, 5dc, *ch8, sk 8ch-sp, 5dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, 5dc, * rep to last 6 sts, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 44: ch1, 1dc, 5mtr, 5dc, 3mtr, 5dc, * 7 mtr, 5dc, 3mtr, 5dc, * rep to last 6 sts, 5mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 45: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Row 46: ch1, 1dc, ch7, sk 6 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 5dc, *ch10, sk 9 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 5dc, * rep to last 7 sts, ch7, sk 6 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 47: ch1, 1dc, ch7, sk 7ch-sp, 5dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 5dc, * ch 10, sk 10ch-sp, 5dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 5dc, * rep to last 7 sts, ch7, sk 7ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 48: ch1, 1dc, 6mtr, 5dc, 1mtr, 5dc, * 9mtr, 5dc, 1mtr, 5dc, * rep to last 7 sts, 6mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 49: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Row 50: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1st, 1dc, ch6, sk 5 sts, 9dc, * ch12, sk 11 sts, 9dc, * rep to last 9 sts, ch6, sk 5 sts, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 51: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 9dc, * ch12, sk 12 ch-sp, 9dc, * rep to last 9 sts, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 52: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 1dc, 5mtr, 9dc, * 11mtr, 9dc, * rep to last 9 sts, 5mtr, 1dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 53: rep row 29

Change to Yarn D

Pattern reverses and colour change to Yarn A and D

Row 54: rep row 46

Row 55: rep row 47

Change to Yarn A

Row 56: rep row 44

Row 57: rep row 45

Change Yarn to D

Row 58: rep row 42

Row 59: rep row 43

Change to Yarn A

Row 60: rep row 40

Row 61: rep row 41

Change to Yarn D

Row 62: rep row 38

Row 63: rep row 39

Change to Yarn A

Row 64: rep row 36

Row 65: rep row 37

Change to Yarn D

Row 66: rep row 34

Row 67: rep row 35

Change to Yarn A

Row 68: rep row 32

Row 69: rep row 33

Change to Yarn D

Row 70: rep row 30

Row 71: rep row 31

Change to Yarn A

Row 72: rep row 28

Row 73: rep row 29

Change to Yarn C

Mosaic Crochet block ends and Alpine Stitch blocks begins

First block is worked with Yarn B and C (see pattern notes for colour changes)

Row 74: rep row 2

Row 75: rep row 3

Row 76: rep row 4

Row 77: rep row 5

Row 78: rep row 6

Row 79: rep row 7

Row 80 –  83: rep row 4 – 7

Row 84 – 87: rep row 4 – 7

Row 88 – 91: rep row 4 – 7

Middle block is worked with Yarn A and B

Row 92 – 95: rep row 4 – 7

Row 96 – 99: rep row 4 -7

Row 100 – 104: rep row 4 – 7

Row 105 – 108: rep row 4 – 7

Row 109 – 112: rep row 4 – 7

Third block is worked with Yarn B and C

Row 113 – 116: rep row 4 – 7

Row 117 – 120: rep row 4 – 7

Row 121 – 124: rep row 4 – 7

Row 125 – 128: rep row 4 – 7

Row 129 – 130: rep row 4 and 5

Change to Yarn A

Row 131 – 132: rep row 3

Change to Yarn D

Alpine Stitch block ends and Mosaic Crochet block begins

Row 133: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 2dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, * 7dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 134: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1ch-sp, 2dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, * 7dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 135: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 2dc, 9mtr, * 7dc, 9mtr, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 136: ch1, 1dc to end, turn

Change to Yarn D

Row 137: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 4dc, ch6, sk 5 sts, *11dc, ch6, sk 5 sts * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, ch2, sk 1st, 1dc, turn

Row 138: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 4dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, *11dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 139: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 4dc, 5mtr, * 11dc, 5mtr, * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 140: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 141: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 5dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, * 13dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, * rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 142: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 5dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, *13dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, * rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 143: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 5dc, 3mtr, *13dc, 3mtr, * rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 144: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 145: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1st, 5dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, * 13dc, ch4, sk 3 sts, *rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 146: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 5dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, * 13dc, ch4, sk 4ch-sp, * rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 147: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 5dc, 3mtr, * 13dc, 3mtr, * rep to last 7 sts, 5dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 148: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 149: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 4dc, ch6, sk 5 sts, * 11dc, ch6, sk 5 sts, * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1 dc, turn

Row 150: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 4dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, * 11dc, ch6, sk 6ch-sp, * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 151: ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1mtr, 4dc, 5mtr, * 11dc, 5mtr, * rep to last 6 sts, 4dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 152: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 153: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 2dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, * 7dc, ch10, sk 9 sts, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 154: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 2dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, * 7dc, ch10, sk 10ch-sp, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 155: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 2dc, 9mtr, * 7dc, 9mtr, * rep to last 4 sts, 2dc, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Colours change to Yarn C and D

Change to Yarn C

Row 156: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 157: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 4 sts, 7 dc, * ch10, sk 9 sts, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch5, sk 4 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 158: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 5ch-sp, 7dc, * ch10, sk 10ch-sp, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch5, sk 5ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 159: ch1, 1dc, 4mtr, 7dc, *9mtr, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, 4mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 160: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 161: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 2 sts, 11dc, *ch6, sk 5 sts, 11dc, * rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 162: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 3ch-sp, 11dc, *ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 11dc, * rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 3-chsp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 163: ch1, 1dc, 2mtr, 11dc, *5mtr, 11dc, * rep to last 3 sts, 2mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 164: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 165: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 13dc, *ch4, sk 3 sts, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts, ch2, sk 1 st, 1dc, turn

Row 166: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 13dc, *ch4, sk 4-chsp, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts, ch2, sk 2-chsp, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 167: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 13dc, * 3mtr, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 168: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 169: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 1 st, 13dc, *ch4, sk 3 sts, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts, ch2, sk 1 st, dc, turn

Row 170: ch1, 1dc, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, 13dc, *ch4, sk ch4-sp, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts, ch2, sk 2ch-sp, dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 171: ch1, 1dc, 1mtr, 13dc, *3mtr, 13dc, * rep to last 2 sts, 1mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 172: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 173: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 2 sts, 11dc, *ch6, sk 5 sts, 11dc, *rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, dc, turn

Row 174: ch1, 1dc, ch3, sk 3ch-sp, 11dc, * ch6, sk 6ch-sp, 11dc *rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 3ch-sp, dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 175: ch1, 1dc, 2mtr, 11dc, * 5mtr, 11dc, * rep to last 3 sts, 2mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 176: rep row 136

Change to Yarn D

Row 177: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 4 sts, 7dc, *ch10, sk 9 sts, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch5, sk 4 sts, 1dc, turn

Row 178: ch1, 1dc, ch5, sk 5ch-sp, 7dc, *ch10, sk 10ch-sp, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, ch5, sk 5ch-sp, 1dc, turn

Change to Yarn C

Row 179: ch1, 1dc, 4mtr, 7dc, *9mtr, 7dc, * rep to last 5 sts, 4mtr, 1dc, turn

Row 180 and 181: rep row 136

Mosaic Crochet block ends and Alpine Stitch block begins

Alpine Stitch block is worked with Yarn and B (see pattern notes for colour changes)

Row 182: rep row 1

Row 183: rep row 2

Row 184: rep row 3

Row 185: rep row 4

Row 186: rep row 5

Row 187: rep row 6

Row 188: rep row 7

Row 189 – 192: rep row 4 – 7

Row 193 – 196: rep row 4 – 7

Row 197 – 200: rep row 4 – 7

Row 197 – 200: rep row 4 – 7

Row 201 – 204: rep row 4 – 7

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Simple Border

With RS facing (the chains from the mosaic crochet will be on the WS), join Yarn C after row 204.

Ch1, * dc in each st along the shorter edge, 4dc in the last st (corner), turn to work the longer edge, work dc evenly to last st, 4dc in last st, * rep to the beginning, sl st to ch1.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Happy crocheting!

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