Knit Look Heirloom Crochet Blanket
Do you love crochet blankets, but sometimes wish they could look knit? I do, and while I can technically knit, I do not want to take the time to polish my skills to make a knit blanket. So, instead I am constantly looking for crochet stitches that look knit! This Free Braided Crochet Blanket Pattern has a similar look to knitting made with only two stitches, the Extended Half Double Crochet and Slip Stitches! Worked in one color using worsted weight yarn, this beautiful afghan is sure to become a modern heirloom crochet blanket in your home!
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Can a Beginner Crochet an Afghan?
If you are just starting to crochet and consider yourself a beginner crocheter, then this Free and Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern is a perfect first blanket for you! This afghan uses worsted weight yarn, sometimes called aran, two simple stitches and one color! The Extended Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch may not be something you are familiar with, but it is a very simple modification of a classic hdc.
How long will it take a beginner to crochet a blanket?
How long it will take a beginner crocheter (or any crocheter) to hand crochet a blanket depends on not just skill but yarn weight, hook size and stitch combination. There are other things to consider as well, but a smaller blanket made with bulky yarn will be faster than a large blanket made with thinner yarn.
For example, this one color worsted weight blanket took me 24 calendar days to design and make. I only crocheted this afghan during nap time and it took me 2 days to get through one skein. Since I made the largest size using 12 skeins then that is 24 working calendar days. If I had to say hours, definitely under 50 since I mostly only used one nap time session or 2 hours a day.
That being said, if you are unsure how long a blanket will take to crochet you can start it and time how long it takes to get through a certain number of rows or a skein. Then multiply it out and you should have a good idea of finish time.
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- 6.00 mm Crochet Hook
- 4 (8, 12) Skeins of Skein Tones
Sample made in [Birch [202-115L]
- #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
740 (1480, 2220) Yards
- 14 sts x 10 rows = 4” x 4” in pattern repeat.
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
- Chain Stitch – ch
- Slip Stitch – sl st
- Stitch(es) – st(s)
- Front Loop Only – flo
- Foundation Half Double Crochet – Fhdc – Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops, (1 foundation double crochet with chain at bottom) *Yarn over, insert hook to bottom of the stitch you just made. It will look like the top or “V” of a stitch. Yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops.
- Stacked Single Crochet Stitch – STSC – insert your hook into the designated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops, *insert your hook into the second vertical bar on the stitch you just created, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull though all loops, repeat from * one more time on EXhdc rows.
- Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch – EXhdc – *yarn over, insert your hook into the designated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull thought all loops, repeat from * to desired st count.
- Baby (Lapghan, Throw) – 36×36 (45×54, 57×68) inches.
- Skill Level: Easy
- * Designates a repeat.
- Be mindful of your tension on sl st rows, if they are to tight they will be hard to work in and can also cause pinching in between rows.
Knit Look Braided Heirloom Crochet Blanket
Row 1 – Fhdc 126 (156, 200)
Row 2 -Ch 1, turn, sl st in FLO across to last st.
Row 3 – Turn, STSC in flo of first st, EXhdc in flo across to last st.
Row 4 to 90 (136, 142) -Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
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