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Free Crochet Blanket Pattern (Winter Nights)

My crochet blanket pattern is easy and a great introduction to working with the crochet tapestry technique.

Easy to follow, the pattern is suitable for confident beginners and crocheters looking to move on to include different stitches in their crochet projects.

Dog laying on the finished crochet Christmas blanket

I’ve worked the majority of the blanket in half treble crochet (US half double crochet).

The tapestry crochet is worked in 10 rows at the start and 10 rows at the end of the blanket.

If you haven’t changed colour in your projects, you will learn a new technique.

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Design Inspiration

Feeling inspired by my triangle motif blanket pattern, I decided to run with the idea of using triangles in another blanket pattern but this time using the tapestry crochet technique.

As you can see from my draft design below, my original idea did change!

showing outline and jottings for the plan of the crochet Christmas blanket pattern

Apart from the border (which I would change next time), I’m really happy with how it turned out! 

I didn’t change the border this time as I had completed 3 rounds before I could see it wasn’t working quite how I wanted it to … and I didn’t want to frog it. 

I was at that point where I had a new project lined up and wanted to move on.

The triangles represent snow covered trees and the contrasting white rows are snow laden paths through the forest.  The red is the cosying up by an open fire.

How the pattern is worked

The blanket pattern is worked in rows.

There is a central row with rows either side that mirror each other.

The triangles are worked in the first 10 rows and the last 10 rows.

The table below represents when the colours change.

10 rows = Triangle pattern
2 rows = CC
32 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
6 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
32 rows = MC
2 rows = CC
10 rows = Triangle pattern

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Yarn

I used Aran/Worsted yarn from my stash. The fibre is a mix of 25% wool and 75% acrylic. 

The main colour (raspberry) I used 650g and contrasting colour (sherbet) 150g.  Not everyone is a lover of wool but don’t worry, switching it out for 100% acrylic will work just as well.

The Aran yarn gives a lovely weight to this crochet blanket. It’s lovely to snuggle under during winter nights!

Pattern Notes

Ch2 turning chain does not count as a stitch.

Row 10 you will need to carry the contrasting colour across the back of your work and crochet over it as you go.  It will look like the photo below.

carrying the contrasting colour at the back of your work

You will be picking up the contrasting colour as you work the next row.  The photos below show picking up the stitch and working it whilst carrying the contrasting colour at the back of your work.

Change colour where indicated by pulling the new colour through on the last pull through of the stitch you’re working on.

When turning to start a new row, wrap the unused colour round the side of your work and crochet over it with the first stitch. 

The triangle tapestry is crocheted over 10 rows.

You can substitute the wide half treble crochet for a half treble crochet.

Level

Confident beginner

Materials

  • Aran/Worsted yarn with a mix of 25% wool and 75% acrylic.
  • You will need 650g for the main colour and 150g for the contrasting colour. 
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitches and Abbreviations

Wide Half Treble Crochet (whtc) / US Wide Half Double Crochet (whdc) : yarn over, insert hook into the space between the stitches of the previous row, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Images below shows working in the spaces between stitches.

showing the space between stitches where the wide half treble crochet is worked
 drawing of the space where the wide half treble crochet is worked.

Half treble crochet (htc) / US half double crochet (hdc): yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Front post treble crochet (fptc) / US front post double crochet (fpdc) : yarn over, insert hook between stitches to the right of the stitch to be worked and out again on the left.  Yarn over pull and pull up a loop.  Complete the treble crochet in the usual way, by yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops.  Yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Back post treble crochet (bptc) / US back post double crochet (bpdc) : Yarn over, insert hook from the back between stitches to the right of the stitch, push back the post of the stitch so the hook can return to the back on the left side of the stitch.  Yarn over, pull around the stitch so that the loop appears behind, yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops on the hook.  Yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops

Treble Crochet (tr) / US double crochet (dc)

Double crochet (dc) / US single crochet (sc)

  • Ch/s -chains
  • Sp – space
  • Beg – beginning
  • Sl-st slip stitch
  • St/s – stitches
  • Yo – yarn over
  • MC – main colour
  • CC – contrasting colour

Measurements

Finished size is approximately 144cm x 100cm.

crochet blanket in red with white triangles

Crochet Blanket Pattern (Winter Nights)

Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Foundation: Ch 103 with main colour

Row 1 begins the triangle pattern, working into the foundation ch.

Row 1 : Starting in 3rd ch from hook, *work 1 htc with MC, then work htc in next 9 chs with CC.  Repeat from * to the end of the row.  Turn.

Row 2:  With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first space, then with CC, work whcd in next 8 spaces. *with MC, work in each of the next 2 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 8 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to the end of the row. Turn.

Row 3: With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 2 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 7 spaces.  *with MC work in each of the next 3 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 7 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of the row. Turn.

Row 4:  With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 2 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 6 spaces.  *with MC work in each of next 4 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 6 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of the row.  Turn.

Row 5: With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 3 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 5 spaces.  *with MC work in each of next 5 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 5 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 6:  With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 3 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 4 spaces.  *with MC work in each of next 6 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 4 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 7: With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 4 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 3 spaces.  *with MC work in each of next 7 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 3 spaces with your cc.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 8: With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 4 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next 2 spaces.  * with MC work in each of next 8 spaces, then work whdc in each of the next 2 spaces with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 9:  With MC ch2, work a whdc in the first 5 spaces, then with CC, work whdc in next space.  *with MC work in each of next 9 spaces, then work whdc in the next space with your CC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 10: With MC ch2, work whdc in each space across, carry your CC across the back of your work and crochet over it as you go.  At the end of the row, change to CC.  Turn

(You can see the pattern of the triangle with MC sts increasing and CC sts decreasing in each row).

Don’t forget to now wrap the colour you’re not using around the side of your work and crochet over the first st.  You are now carrying the unused colour up the side of your work (also knows as floating yarn).

Row 11 – 12:  With CC ch2, work whdc in each space across with your CC.  Turn

Row 13 – 45: With MC ch2, work whdc in each space across with your MC.  Turn

Row 46 – 47:  Repeat rows 11 and 12

Row 48 – 58: Repeat row 13

Row 59 – 61: Repeat rows 11 and 12

Row 62 – 72: Repeat row 13

Row 72 – 74: Repeat row 11 and 12

Row 75 – 85: Repeat row 13

Row 85 – 90: Repeat row 11

The 6 rows above are the halfway mark.  You’re halfway through 🙂

Repeat the above through rows 91 – 155.

Rows 156 – 166 repeat the triangle pattern but start from row 10 and then backwards.

Border:

For the border I used a round of half treble crochet in MC, then 2 rounds of front post treble crochet in CC followed by a round of half treble crochet in CC, finishing off with a round of double crochet in CC.  Although it looks good, the front post treble crochet stitch just pulls the other rounds over so they are curling up, instead of laying flat.

I would suggest you try:

Round 1: With MC, work 1 tc into each st and 1 tc per row on the sides of the blanket.  For the corner sp, work 2 tc, ch2, 2 tc.

Round 2: With CC, work alternating front post treble crochet and back post treble crochet.

Round 3 – 5 repeat round 2.  Sl st into the corner starting row.

Sew ends in and you’re finished.

Happy crocheting!

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