A reassuring warm hug when you need one. As per my husband’s comments: “The extra cozy crochet blanket makes me feel safe.”
To those of you who have successfully completed a crochet blanket, I salute you. I have never been one to commit to the long term endeavors of a crochet blanket. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never lived in a place where I could appreciate snuggling under a handmade blanket.
Whatever the reason, this year I have actually made 2 blankets. Dare I say it, they were fun. Around the start of the Pandemic Crisis, I crocheted the Summer sorbet blanket. After, I found myself with 3 bonus bundles of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the Fisherman color which complimented the balls of Patons Bulky in Vermillion Red that were already in my stash.
These 2 colors reminded me of the Hammonds Candy Canes. It was such an instant image that I knew I had to make an extra cozy crochet blanket with it!
Because of the limited yarn quantities, I went with a rectangle shaped blanket.
Have you worked with LionBrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick before? It’s so soft and when used with a 10 or 12mm hook it creates a really gorgeous fabric.
I managed to score 3 bonus bundles of said yarn for 2.97 at a Michaels sale, I know! It’s unheard of! Since I already had a collection of Bulky and Super Bulky yarns, I knew that pairing these with the Fisherman color would yield an extra cozy crochet blanket.
Not only did I get lucky by scoring so much yarn at a huge discount, but I already had some Bulky Patons wool, Bernat Chunky and Buttercream in my stash. While not all of these yarns have a wool content, they all worked together quite nicely to produce an extra cozy crochet blanket.
Of course, holding the Fisherman color together with the other yarns did help all the yarns play together.
Can I make this extra cozy crochet blanket?
The stitch used in the blanket pattern is very simple. It’s a combination of single crochets and crossed double crochets. Since the stitch is quite simple, let your color combinations rule this design.
If you don’t have enough bulky/super bulky to work this extra cozy crochet blanket, simply use 3-4 strands of worsted held together to substitute 1 strand of the bulky. After all, the idea of this blanket is to use up as much of your stash as possible.
Yes, stash-busting endeavors continue and will probably do so for the foreseeable future. but also, yarn… I mean, have you seen all the bonus bundle colors?
The blanket features a simple design, made interesting by holding 2 strands of bulky/super bulky yarn together. The result is an extra snuggle worthy blanket that will keep you and your loved ones very warm during the winter months.
Even though the dimensions and the instructions provided are for a blanket, feel free to add or subtract repeats for a cozy rug or pillow. Dream it. Make it.
Extra Cozy Crochet Blanket – How To
Materials (As Used in pattern):
3 bonus bundles of Lion Brand Wool-EAse Thick and Quick in Fisherman – 12oz/340g/212yds – 80/20 Acrylic/ Wool Blend. none left over.
4 skeins of Patons Classic Wool Bulky in Vermilion Red – 3.5oz/100g/78yds. 100% wool.
1 skein of Bernat Chunky in Blue
1/2 of Buttercream Cozy in Mustard
scissors and smaller crochet hook to weave in ends.
sl st – slip stitch
Ch – chain
sc – single crochet
cdc – crossed double crochet – Tutorial
1 repeat (2 rows of sc followed by a row of cdc) is 3″ tall. 3.5 sc in 3″
Hold two strands of yarn together throughout the pattern.
Each 78 yds skein will yield 3 repeats.
The blanket, including the border will measure 53″ long and 32″ wide.
I made the first border round suing LionBrand and Buttercream Cozy held together.
Grab your 15mm crochet hook and holding 1 strand of fisherman together with Vermilion Red, Ch33.
Row 1 – 32sc. Ch1 and turn
Row 2 – 32sc. Ch1 and turn
Row 3 – dc, cdc until you have 1 stitch left, dc in last stitch. ch1 and turn
Repeat rows 1-3 5 more times, for a total of 6 repeats.
Once you have completed your 6 repeats switch your Red yarn for your blue yarn and work Rows 1 – 3 (3 times).
Then, switch to your red yarn and repeat rows 1-3 (6 times).
Repeat row 1 to end the blanket rows.
We will start the border at a corner.
Still using 2 strands of yarn and a 15mm hook, attach yarn at a corner and make 2sc.
We will now begin working on the longer side, work 39sc. Then work 3 sc to make the next corner. Work 28sc, corner(3sc), 39sc, (corner3sc) 28 sc. End row with 1sc in the next corner. Sl st to join. Ch1.
R2 – 2sc in the middle sc of the corner, *sc in every sc until you reach the next middle corner stitch, 3sc* repeat from *to*, 1sc in the beginning corner. Sl St to join. Ch1
Once you have completed round 2, repeat it, 2 more times.
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