Essential Ribbing Crochet Blanket
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Yarn for this project was provided by Yarnspirations.
I was inspired to make this crochet ribbing blanket based on my experience teaching crochet. When I teach a beginning crochet class, there are always some students that come in overwhelmed by the all the stitches that are out there. It seems daunting. I reassure them that every crochet stitch can be broken down to three actions: yarning over (wrapping yarn around) the hook, pulling the yarn through, and sticking the hook somewhere. All that differs in the myriad of crochet stitches is how many times you do each of those steps and in what order.
Once you’ve mastered the basic chain stitch and double crochet, you can explore the fun world of post stitches. Post stitches are worked just like regular stitches except you insert your hook around a stitch instead of through the top two loops. That one little change brings your crochet a whole new dimension.
Post stitches are used in creating crocheted ribbing. Crocheted ribbing can come in many forms, but the basic version used in this pattern is an essential stitch pattern to add to your crochet repertoire. Even as your crochet skills grow, you’ll come back to this stitch pattern again and again. It’s fun texture adds appeal to any crochet project, and it it’s great for any gender.
This blog post contains the pattern for a twin size blanket, written without abbreviations. This pattern is available in other sizes as a PDF file download.
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Choosing Blanket Yarn
For this blanket, I used Red Heart With Love yarn. It is an acrylic yarn, which means the blanket is machine washable. The solid color skeins have 370 yards of yarn each. A twin size blanket would use around 19 skeins of yarn. For the yardage needed and instructions for other sizes, get the pattern pack.
I chose the Daffodil colorway. It’s a nice, bright yellow. I wanted to highlight the fact that this is a gender-neutral stitch pattern….not overly feminine or masculine. This yarn is available in over 50 colorways so you can always choose the color that you love best.
Customize Your Crochet Blanket
There are so many fun ways to make this blanket unique. Try a variegated yarn instead of a solid color. You can also change colors partway to make it a color block throw.
Essential Ribbing Crochet Blanket Pattern
This pattern is for a twin size blanket. For other sizes purchase the Pattern Pack
This pattern uses the following crochet skills and techniques:
Basic stitches: chain, double crochet
Post stitches: front post stitches, back post stitches
Working in rows
This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Width: 67.75 inches
Length: 90.5 inches
Worsted weight yarn: 7140 yds
Sample shown in Red Heart With Love in #1201 Daffodil
US size I/9 [5.5mm] crochet hook or size need to obtain gauge
Yarn needle, scissors
18 stitches = 4.75 inches; 12 rows = 5 inches long
To make a gauge swatch, chain 29 and follow the pattern until your swatch is at least 6 inches long, then measure.
UNDERSTANDING THE STITCH PATTERN
The ribbing is formed by alternating regular double crochet stitches (worked into the top two loops of a stitch) and post stitches (worked around the post of a stitch). On wrong side rows, you will work back post double crochet stitches; on right side rows, you will work front post double crochet stitches. These stitches create the raised rib.
The stitch count is the same throughout the pattern. When you work a post stitch around a stitch, do NOT work into the top of the stitch you worked around.
The chain-3 at the start of a row counts as the first double crochet stitch of the row. Work the next stitch around the second stitch of the previous row. At the end of a row, you will work your last stitch into the top of the beginning chain-3 from the previous row.
Front post double crochet = yarn over, insert hook from front to back and then to front again around post of indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
View a tutorial video for the front post double crochet.
Back post double crochet = yarn over, insert hook from back to front and then to back again around post of indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
View a tutorial video for the back post double crochet.
Row 1 (RIGHT SIDE): Chain 259, double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook (3 skipped chains count as first double crochet), double crochet in each remaining stitch across, turn. 257 stitches
Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet here and throughout), [back post double crochet around next stitch, double crochet in next stitch] across, turn.
Row 3: Chain 3, [front post double crochet around next stitch, double crochet in next stitch] across, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 an additional 107 times or until blanket measures desired length. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
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