This bulky Puff Stitch Crochet Blanket is a free crochet pattern at Nana’s Crafty Home!
The Ties that Bind Blanket is a gorgeous blanket with beautiful texture and and a fabulous tasseled edge.
Ties that Bind Puff Stitch Blanket Inspiration
My parents celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary this past summer and I wanted to design a blanket that would be a worthy gift for such a momentous and happy occasion. I wanted a stitch that would feel like our family – all of us linked by love. ❤️
My family is large and close. I have 4 younger brothers and 1 sister. Amongst us we have given my parents (so far!) a total of 54 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with another grandchild & 3 great grandchildren on the way! We all live close by and see each other frequently – a loving and close knit family.
The Ties that Bind Blanket features gorgeous large puff stitches that are linked with chains and front post single crochet stitches between. These puff stitches appear bridged together almost “holding hands”.
My border edge was inspired by Every Trick on the Hook’s Magic Carpet Edge which I adapted for this blanket. It really is a gorgeous edging and gives this blanket a very luxurious look.
I added tassels because….you know tassels….⭐️ But, I did feel like a tassel making machine by the time I finished – 26 seemed like so many! Tassels are not the most fun thing to make (at least for me) so I purchased a Clover large tassel maker and it is absolutely fabulous! It made it so much easier and faster. I generally don’t buy all the little gadgets but this thing is a lifesaver if you are making a lot of tassels.
I wanted to choose a yarn that would provide some weight and also be bulkier to close in the holes between the puff stitches. If you decide to make this blanket with a smaller weight yarn you will notice your finished blanket has a completely different look as you will see larger holes between the puffs. Still looks great but definitely a different look and feel to the end blanket.
I have used Lion Brand’s Color Made Easy* for several projects and I love it for so many reasons! I love how soft it is and it works up really well with a nice stitch definition. And with all of the colors available you will be sure to find the perfect match for your own home decor!
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Ties that Bind Bulky Puff Crochet Stitch Blanket free crochet pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Lion Brand Color Made Easy Mineral Yellow (Weight 5/Bulky – 9 oz / 320 yds) (Color A)
(10) Lion Brand Color Made Easy Birch (Weight 5/Bulky – 70 oz / 2470 yds)(Color B)
Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Approximate finished size: 45” wide x 53” tall (not including tassels)
Gauge: 6 dc rows x 11 dc st = 4″
RS = right side
ch(s) = chain(s)
st = stitch
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sp = space
FPsc = front post single crochet (see special stitches section below)
sl st = slip stitch
WS = wrong side
Puff Stitch (puff st): *yo, pull up a loop,* 5 times (11 loops on hook), yo, pull through 10 loops, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops.
Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc): worked around single crochet post from row below: insert hook from front to back around sc post from previous row, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops.
Picot: ch 4, sl st in back bump of 4th ch from hook.
How to make a simple tassel tutorial
Ties that Bind Blanket complete video tutorial
Notes about pattern:
- Border is worked on the ends of the blanket only – not around the entire blanket.
- To resize pattern: because of the difference in multiples between the middle portion of the blanket and the edging, you will need to add/subtract by multiples of 8 to/rom the beginning ch of 111. Ex. Chain 111, 119, 127, etc. Use gauge to determine starting chain for the desired size. With gauge listed above, if I wanted to add an additional 3” to the final width of my blanket I would chain +8 to beginning ch of 111 for a beginning chain of 119.
With Color A, chain 111
Row 1: (RS) 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped chs count as first st), 1 dc in each ch to end. Turn. (109)
Fasten off Color A
Row 2: With Color B, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in next 3 st,* repeat between * * to last 3 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in last 2 st. Turn. (82 st + 27 ch 1 sp)
Row 3: ch 3, *puff st in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next st, FPsc over next st, ch 2, sk next st,* repeat between * * to last ch 1 sp, puff st in last ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next st, 1 sc in last st. Turn. (27 puff st + 26 FPsc)
Row 4: ch 1, *2 sc in ch 2 sp, ch 1,* repeat between * * to ch 3 at beginning of previous row, 2 sc in sp of ch 3. Turn. (108 st)
Row 5: ch 3, *1 FPsc over puff st below, ch 2, 1 puff st in next ch 1 sp, ch 2,* repeat between * * to last puff, 1 FPsc over puff st below, ch 2, 1 sc in last st. Turn. (26 puff st + 27 FPsc)
Row 6: repeat row 4.
Row 7: ch 3, *1 puff st in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 1 FPsc over next puff st below, ch 2,* repeat between * * to last ch 1 sp, puff st in last ch 1 sp, ch 2, 1 sc in last st. Turn.
Row 8 – 130: repeat rows 4 – 7 (ending on row 4).
Fasten off Color B
Row 131: With Color A, ch 3 (counts as first st), 1 dc in each st to last ch 1 sp, 1 dc in ch 1 sp, 1 dc in last 2 st. Turn. (109)
Row 132: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *sk next st, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st, sk next st, 1 sc in next st, sk next st, (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in next st, sk next st, 1 sc in next st,* repeat between * * to last 4 st, sk next st, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st, sk next st, 1 sc in last st. Turn. (82 st + 13 ch 3 sp + 14 ch 1 sp)
Row 133: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in ch 1 sp, *(5 dc, picot, 5 dc) in next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp,* repeat between * * to last ch 3 sp, (5 dc, picot, 5 dc) in last ch 3 sp, 2 sc in last ch 1 sp, 1 sc in last 2 st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
With WS of blanket facing, attach Color A to bottom beginning edge of blanket (unused loops from beginning chain) and repeat rows 132 & 133.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Tassels (make 26)
With Color A, make tassels by using a 4” tall piece of cardboard with 10 wraps of yarn for each tassel.
Cut 3 extra pieces of yarn approximately 10”
Slip yarn off cardboard keeping the circle shape, thread one 10” piece of yarn through the circle and tie a tight knot to secure.
With one of the long pieces of yarn, make a loop over the strands approximately 1/2” from knot tied at top of tassel. Start wrapping 1 end of loop around tassel. Wrap approx 4 wraps then pull end you are wrapping with through loop. Pull end of yarn not pulled through loop until tight. Trim ends. Photos below show how to wrap your tassel: These photos are from my Flower Garden Coasters tassel tutorial but shows you how to wrap your tassel.
Cut through bottom loops to make tassel. Even out ends of tassel to desired length.
Attach 1 tassel into center of each picot on border edge of blanket. Weave in ends.
If you have a close-knit family and you wanted a blanket representative of them, why did you crochet instead of knit? Whatever the reason, the result is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Love it! Unfortunately I don’t knit…?
I can’t wait to make it but if it’s okay with you I want to make it the size of a car seat cover. I have another great-grandson on the way and they live in very cold climate this time of year. Of course I will leave off the tassels.
Absolutely – I would love to see it that size! I am sure it will look amazing. ❤️?