Oh how I love the pattern for this stitch sampler blanket…..it makes me happy! Such a fun pattern to crochet and it really is lovely! Highlighting several different stitches that mimic all of the things I love about winter — snowballs, snow drifts and dripping icicles — as long as I don’t have to drive anywhere, of course!
I know we are finally closing out the winter season and should be looking forward to spring but this can be winter’s last hoorah! This blanket would also be fun made in fun cheerful yarn scraps as a great stash buster. This could be your happy scrappy yarn blanket, too!
Featuring several stitches in a repetitive pattern — spike stitch, faux knit stitch, pom poms and the cluster stitch. The most unusual stitch included in the blanket is the faux knit stitch worked in the row rather than in the round as you would typically see it. I have included a video tutorial for you to see an explanation of stitch placement. The spike stitch even incorporates the faux knit stitch to give it a little extra special “pop”!
After making my Winter Rhapsody blanket I am already planning the stitches for my Summer Rhapsody Blanket coming soon….so many things I could do with a summer themed blanket!
Featuring only 3 skeins of Rainbow Classic yarn which you can find in Joann’s it is a very economical blanket to make. I fell in love with this economical yarn when making the Grapevine Afghan several months ago and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it again. The Rainbow Classic yarn is a 5 weight or bulky yarn. However, any yarn of your choosing would be fine for this project. Just keep in mind a smaller weight yarn would yield a smaller blanket than my final version. I didn’t use all of my skeins and probably could have squeezed out another round of repetition so you could certainly make this larger without purchasing additional yarn. My blanket ended up being a good size at 41″ x 45″.
Pattern Written in US crochet terminology
2 Big Twist Rainbow Classic Serene Blue 22 oz / 1230 yds (A)
1 Big Twist Rainbow Classic White 11 oz / 615 yds (B)
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
sc single crochet
yo yarn over
Approximate finished size: 41” x 45”
Notes about pattern: ch 2 at beginning of each row does not count as stitch
Popcorn: Work 5 dc in same st, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back into first dc of 5 dc group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch.
Cluster stitch: 4 unfinished dc st with final loop pulled through all 5 loops on hook. (yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull through (3 loops on hook), yo pull through 2 of the loops, repeat with next 3 dc st, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Pom Pom: ch 6, cluster st in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, cluster st in 3rd ch from hook, fold clusters together, sl st in same ch as first cluster st.
Row 1: (RS) With Color A: ch 121, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st to end. Turn (119)
Row 2: ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn
Row 3 – 4 repeat row 2.
Row 5: Carrying color B throughout row: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 4 st, *switch to color B and work a popcorn st over color A, switch to color A, dc in next 5 st* repeat between * * to end. Turn (119)
Row 6 – 9 repeat row 2. Switch to Color B at end of row 9.
Row 10 – 11 With color B, ch 2, hdc in same st and in each st to end. Turn
Row 12 (working in third “hidden” loop in front of the usual two loops) ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, *sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st* repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st. Switch to Color A. Turn (119)
Row 13 ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, *dc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st* repeat between * * to last 3 st, sc in last 3 st. Turn
Row 14 ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn.
Row 15 DO NOT work in the “hidden” loop repeat row 12. Switch to Color B.
Row 16 With color B repeat row 13.
Row 17 ch 2, hdc in same st and in each st to the end. Turn.
Row 18 (working in third “hidden” loop in front of the usual two loops) ch 2, hdc in same st and in each st to end. Switch to Color A. Turn
Row 19 – 22 With Color A, ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn. At the end of Row 22 switch to Color B.
Row 23 (spike row) With Color B, ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc spike into row 21 (2 rows below), hdc in next st, *hdc spike into row 22 (1 row below), hdc in next st, hdc spike into row 21, hdc in next st* repeat between * * to end. Switch to Color A. Turn.
Row 24 With Color A, (working in third “hidden” loop in front of the usual two loops) ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn.
25 – 26 ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn.
Repeat Rows 5 – 26 three more times.
Row 93 repeat row 5
Row 94 – 97 ch 2, dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Border:
Attach color B to a corner of the shorter side, ch 1, sc in same st, [*sc in next 5 st, make a pom pom, ch 2, sc in same st at base of pom pom*, repeat between * * to last 5 st, sc in last 5 st, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly down long side of blanket, 3 sc in next corner.] Repeat between [ ] to end, sl st to first st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.