A Xmas gift to myself…


My HUGE cosy stripy blanket
My HUGE cosy stripy blanket

I’ve been working on this, on and off, for a little while now, but all told, it only really took a couple of weeks to complete and I am really pleased with the end  result.

I present my Cloudy Day Cosy Cuddly Cover!

It’s a blanket. And it’s in the colours I see in the sky when it’s cloudy. I just like alliteration, OK?

Anyway, here’s the crochet pattern I came up with if you fancy making one for yourself.

A close up
A close up

Stripy Blanket
(I used aran yarn and an 8mm hook)

Use three colours of yarn – A, B and C

Sc = single crochet
Dc = Double crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Ch = chain
St = stitch
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp = space
Rpt = repeat

To create the stripes in the blanket, you will crochet 10 rows of colour A, 4 rows of colour B, 10 rows of colour C,  rows of colour B. You will then repeat this pattern till you have the desired width of your blanket, finishing on 10 rows of colour A.

Starting chain:
Using colour A, chain an even number of stitches to the length you desire.

R1:
Sc into 3rd st from hook, ch1. Miss next st. (Sc in next st, ch1). Rpt stitches in parenthesis till you reach the end and sc into last stitch. Ch2 and turn.

R2:
Miss next st. (Sc in next st, ch1). Rpt stitches in parenthesis till you reach the end and sc into last stitch.

R3 – 10:
Rpt R2, but do not ch2 at end of row 10. Instead, change to colour B and ch2.

R11 – 13:
Rpt R2 (in colour B).

R14:
Rpt R2, but do not ch2 at end of row 10. Instead, change to colour C and ch2.

R15 – 23:
Rpt R2 (in colour C).

R24:
Rpt R2, but do not ch2 at end of row 10. Instead, change to colour A and ch2.

Repeat this pattern till you reach the desired width, finishing on 10 rows of colour A (without the ch2 at the end), finish off and weave in all ends.

For the border:
R1:
At any point on the edge of your blanket, using colour C, ch3, then dc in each stitch all the way round. At corners, 2dc, ch3, 2dc.

R2:
Sc in every stitch all the way round the edge. Fasten off and weave in end.

R3:
At any point on the edge of your blanket, using colour B, Ch3, then dc in each stitch all the way round. At corners, 2dc, ch3, 2dc.

R4 – 6:Ch2, hdc in each stitch all the way round. At corners, 2hdc, ch2, 2dc. Join each round with sl st. At end of R6, fasten off and weave in end.

R7:
At any point on the edge of your blanket, using colour A, sc in each stitch all the way round. Close at end with sl st, fasten off, and weave in end.

And that’s it! You now have your cosy striped blanket ready to cuddle up together with your favourite person whenever the temperature dips. Mine is double-bed-sized and big enough for Hubby and Tadpole both to cuddle in with me while we watch a movie together.

Tadpole enjoying our cosy new blanket!
Tadpole enjoying our cosy new blanket!
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