BEST Free Beginner Striped Crochet Blanket Pattern & YouTube

Make this Modern Retro Striped Crochet Blanket Pattern using the Free Pattern and YouTube Video Tutorial! This Free Crochet Throw Pattern is made using Color Theory, a worsted weight acrylic yarn from Lion Brand that will create beautiful color combinations. Designed using basic crochet stitches to create the Almond Ridge Stitch, this blanket crochet pattern is perfect for any skill level, even beginner crocheters! Happy Crocheting!

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Pattern Description 

This Modern Retro Striped Crochet Blanket is written in US Terms using using mostly slip stitches and half double crochet in the back loops only. This technique is what creates the ridges in the almonds. Please watch the video tutorial for help.

When starting this crochet blanket pattern you will work in the back bumps of the chain so that the top of the chain is on the bottom of your first row to make a more finished edge.

Changing colors to create this stripe pattern is easy, use the step by step instructions below and also reference the video tutorial for a step-by-step color changing visual.

The starting chain for this stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 plus 5, but the stitch repeat once working is 8 plus 4. You will ALWAYS have an even number of stitches in this pattern and be working 4 of the same stitches at a time.

This cozy blanket pattern was written for one finished size but can easily be made in different sizes. I have included a “How to Make Any Size Blanket” section below.

This easy striped crochet blanket pattern can have its stripe order easily modified or even made using one color of yarn!

If you would like this to be only a two color blanket, make sure to get the 3 skeins of contrasting color, instead od one of each contrasting color. 

The Modern Retro Throw has a 4 Repeat Row Pattern that is very easy to see after a few rows. 

Different Yarn Colors

I love making Color Edits and for this project I created these options for different colors! 

How to Change Colors in Crochet

  1. To do your color changes you will use the last stitch at the end of the row.
  2. When you get to your last stitch, you will only partially complete the stitch by stopping with your final yarn over before pulling through.
  3. Put your next color over your hook and complete your stitch with both colors.
  4. Let the tails of both colors hang, pick up your new color and continue with the instructions for that row in the stitch pattern.
  5. After you have completed a few stitches and your yarn is secure, cut the old color of the previous row so that you won’t tangle the two colors while working. 
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How to Make Any Size Blanket

To create this crocheted blanket pattern in the right size for your needs you will need:

  • Crochet Hook
  • Yarn
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scale

You can use these instructions to create ANY size blanket using any yarn or hook! If you want to make this blanket in chunky yarn with an oversized hook, these instructions will work! Find a new yarn you love, a dk weight yarn, or any other yarn weight and use these instructions!

  1. Take your crochet hook and yarn and make a swatch by creating a chain using a multiple of 8 plus 5. Make sure this chain is long enough that you can take a few measurements for accuracy, at least 6 inches. If you are using the same recommended hook and yarn in this pattern as I did, follow my gauge instructions below. 
  2. Do at least enough rows to create a square.
  3. Measure and weigh your swatch, then figure out how many stitches and rows you needed to create your swatch.
  4. Take the weight of your swatch and the weight of your skein and divide them. For Example, if you had a 3.5 ounce skein and your swatch was 0.5 ounces divide 3.5 by 0.5 to get 7. That means you can create your swatch 7 times using one skein. 
  5. If your swatch measured 6 inches by 6 inches that means you can create one 6 inch swatch 7 times which would make a blanket 42 inches wide. 
  6. Then if you had 5 skeins you can make 5 sections, 6 inches tall which would make your blanket 30 inches tall. 
  7. So overall if you had 5 skeins of a certain yarn you could make a 42 by 30 inch blanket.

Yarn Substitutes

  • Vanna’s Choice
  • Basic Stitch
  • Heartland

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  • 7.00 mm Crochet Hook
  • 6 Skeins of Color Theory in Canyon [619-132AG] – Color A
  • 1 Skein of Color Theory in Satellite [619-149X] – Color B
  • 1 Skein of Color Theory in Caper    [619-173AE] – Color C
  • 1 Skein of Color Theory in Dijon    [619-170AE] – Color D
  • #4 Worsted Weight Yarn -1476 Yards – Color A
  • 246 yard EACH of Colors B, C and D 


  • 28 sts x 18 rows = 8” x 6” in pattern repeat. Foundation ch 29
  • Multiples of 8+5


  • Throw – 46 by 56 inches – approximate

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch
  • Slip Stitch– sl st
  • Stitch(es) – st(s) 
  • Half Double Crochet – hdc
  • Back Loop Only – blo

Pattern Notes

  • Throw – 46 by 56 inches – approximate, very slinky!
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Designates a repeat.
  • After Row 1 all following Rows are worked in the Back Loop Only (blo) to create the ridges.

Striped Crochet Blanket Pattern

Chain 153
Row 1 – Sl st in the second chain ch from hook, sl st 3, *hdc 4, sl st 4, repeat from * to end. [84 (116, 164) stitches]
Note: Use the back bump of your chain for a more finished edge.
Note: If you start with 4 sl sts on on a row you will end with 4 sl sts on that row, similarly, if you start with 4 hdc on a row you will also end with 4 hdc on that row.
Row 2  Ch 1, turn, *sl st 4 in blo, hdc 4 blo, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, sl st 4 in blo.
Row 3 – Ch 1, turn, * hdc 4 blo, sl st 4 in blo, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, hdc 4 in blo.
Row 4  Ch 1, turn, * hdc 4 blo, sl st 4 in blo, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, hdc 4 in blo.
Row 5 – Ch 1, turn, *sl st 4 in blo, hdc 4 blo, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, sl st 4 in blo.
Row 6 – Ch 1, turn, *sl st 4 in blo, hdc 4 blo, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, sl st 4 in blo.
Rows 7 to 150 – Repeat Rows 3 – 6

First 18 – Color ANext 8  – Color ANext 8 – Color A
Next 4 – Color BNext 4 – Color DNext 4  – Color B
Next 8 – Color ANext 18 – Color ANext 8 – Color A
Next 12 – Color CNext 4 – Color  BNext 4 – Color C
Next 8 – Color A Next 8 – Color AFinal 18 – Color A
Next 4 – Color BNext 12 – Color D

If you loved this free crochet pattern check out some of my other crochet blanket patterns!

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