This free crochet pattern is for a lovely afghan made with the block stitch. This blanket is fun to make and so pretty to look at! The violet color of the yarn is so vibrant and a very deep shade of purple. My granddaughter Lauren saw me working on this and immediately declared it looked like a field of grapes and so the name was born! This yarn from Joann’s Big Twist line is an absolute dream — squish factor of 10! It is super soft and huggable! The lime green is a fantastic contrast to the violet color. Frankly, I wasn’t planning on making a blanket but I saw this yarn and it just jumped into the shopping basket….don’t worry – I don’t think my husband believed that story, either. I just had to see what it would look like together and I was not disappointed!
Even though this appears to be a spring time blanket it is begging to be made into team and school colors. I am imaging this in Kansas University Jayhawk blue and red for my father-in-law or Kansas State Wildcat purple and white for my son-in-law. The pattern isn’t too “girly” so I think men would really like this pattern.
I am calling this a lap afghan although the typical size for a lap afghan is approximately 35″ x 40″ and this blanket measures 35″ x 54″. Frankly, I felt I wanted a blanket that would cover me head to toe without being too oppressively large. I think this is just the right size. But I can sometimes be a crochet rebel and don’t always follow the rules! Do what you want and make it the size you like. If you would like to make it wider just add chains in multiples of 3.
I really enjoy the block stitch or as it can sometimes be called the modern or stacked granny. I have designed a couple of other patterns using this stitch the Retro Duster Vest and the Boho Market Bag.
I decided to add fringe after the fact and I am so glad I did! I really think the fringe makes this blanket. So fun and cheerful! For those of you that need instructions on how to add fringe to any project I have included a video tutorial for you below as well as a photo step by step which you can find here.
I also made this blanket in 4 cakes of the Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Go Go Cocoa which is a really beautiful fall colorway in the self-striping cake by Hobby Lobby. I made this one without fringe. Since the cake does all of the color change work for you it works up really quickly and so few ends to weave in. I am going to be a little selfish and keep this one for myself as it fits in my living room decor so well. I don’t know about you all but I cannot even remember making anything for myself — all of my projects leave my house as gifts so this feels like a special treat!
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Gauge: 14 dc = 4”
Finished size approx without fringe: 35″ x 54″
1 skein Big Twist Rainbow Classic Acrylic Yarn Bulky Yarn Color White 11 oz / 615 yds (A)
1 skein Big Twist Rainbow Classic Acrylic Yarn Bulk Yarn Color Lime 11 oz / 615 yds (B)
1 skein Big Twist Rainbow Classic Acrylic Yarn Bulky Yarn Color Violet 11 oz / 615 yds (C)
Notes about pattern: 3 dc stitch referred to as cluster throughout the pattern.
To make the afghan wider add chains in multiples of 3
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
With color A, ch 123
Row 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Switch to color B. Turn (122)
Row 2 ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next st* repeat between * * across to end, sc in last st before ch 3 from previous row, sc in ch 3 from previous row. Switch to color C. Turn (40 ch 3 sp)
Row 3 Ch 3, sk next st, *3 dc in ch 3 sp*, repeat between * * across to end, sk next st, dc in last st. Switch to color A. Turn
Row 4 Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in sp before 1st cluster, *ch 3, sk next 3 st, sc in sp between clusters* repeat between * * across, sc in sp after last cluster, sc in top of ch 3 from previous row. Switch to Color B
Alternate colors repeating rows 3 – 4 until desired length is reached. I repeated these rows to row 136 ending on a color B (row 4) row. Switch to color A. Turn
Row 137 Ch 3, *2 dc in next ch 3 sp, dc in next st* repeat between * * to end, dc in last 2 st. (122)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Using 9 (3 of each color) 8” long strands to make 4” long fringe attach to every other cluster row or as desired. Video tutorial found below.
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