as-we-go stripey blanket

Here is the finished pattern for the as-we-go stripey blanket that was written up during not your average crochet’s very first crochet along!  I hope you enjoy it!  (Click here for the PDF version that does not include the step-by-step photos; click here for the PDF version that does include the step-by-step photos.)  Please feel free to post any pictures to the Ravelry group page or the new facebook page — I’d love to see!  Here is the finished blanket:



And don’t forget, I’m using US crochet terms! Here’s a handy chart:

crochet terms conversion chart


For my throw sized blanket I used 11 skeins of Stylecraft Special DK (in shades Parchment, Meadow, Fondant, Sherbet, Aspen, Apricot, Candyfloss, Lavender, Aster, Lipstick, and Pale Rose for the border).  It was a close call though, so if you plan on making something larger than a throw I’d definitely get two balls of each color (but you could still just get 1 for the border color).  You can use any colors or indeed any kind of yarn that you would like!

Hook size H/8 (5.00 mm), or whatever hook suits your specific yarn.

Scissors & yarn needle.

foundation chain

Begin by chaining any multiple of 24 (i.e. 96, 120, 144, etc., and don’t chain too tightly!). Then chain 2 more for our turning chains. With my DK weight yarn and my H/8/5mm, I chained 194 total to make my throw about 50″/127cm wide, but you make yours however long you want to! As long as it’s a multiple of 24 plus 2 you’re fine! Double, no, TRIPLE check you have the right number so you don’t have to start over later!  Edit: I should also say that because the 2 turning chains count as your first hdc, you should have an odd number of stitches for every row in your blanket (you will have a multiple of 24 + 1 stitches).  So for example, since I chained 192 + the 2 turning chains that count as 1 stitch, I will have 193 stitches in all of my rows.

row 1

In the 3rd chain from your hook, make 1 hdc:


Make hdcs all the way across, but don’t pull the final loop through the last stitch! Stop at this point:


To finish the row, pull your next color through to finish the stitch. This is how we will finish every row where we change colors:


Ch 3 and turn.

row 2

The turning chains count as your first stitch of the row (and will for all rows to come unless otherwise specified). dc in each stitch across. You can work over your tails for rows like this so that you don’t have to sew them in later:


I like to crochet over the tail for at least 5 inches before snipping the end of it. At the end of this row, pull your next color through, ch 3, and turn.

row 3

Make 1 dc in the 1st stitch:


Skip 2 sts, work 3 dc in next st:


Continue this until the end, making only 2 dc sts in the last st of the row. Pull next color through, ch3, turn.

row 4

Make 3 dc in space between the 3 dc clusters in the row below:


Repeat this pattern until the end. Make 1 dc in the top of the turning chains of the row below:


Change colors. I’m using the same one as row 3. Ch 3, turn.

row 5

Repeat row 3! Then:


Don’t leave your ends unwoven til the very end, or you’ll never want to do them!  I suggest doing them after about every 6 – 8 rows.


row 6

With new color, dc in each st across

row 7

With new color, hdc in each st across


row 8

This will be the Catharine wheel pattern.  DO THESE 4 ROWS LOOSELY OR YOUR BLANKET WILL HAVE UNEVEN EDGES.  YOU CAN DO THIS BY GOING UP A HOOK SIZE FOR THIS BIT IF YOU PREFER.  With new color, ch1; sc in same st:

cal17Skip 3 sts, 7 dc in next st:

cal18Skip 3 sts, sc in next st.  Skip 3 sts, 7 dc in next st.  Continue this shell pattern to end, leaving the last sc unfinished so as to change colors:

cal19row 9

Remember to keep your stitches loose!  With new color, ch 2:

cal20In the next 3 sts, make a dc but do not pull the last loop through any of them yet:

cal21When you have 4 loops on your hook and it looks like this, yo and draw through.  We’ll call this a “cluster” of 4:

cal22Ch 3, sc in top/middle stitch of the bottom shell.  Ch 3, in next 7 sts dc but do not finish stitches, as in the beginning. Yo and draw through to finish the st  (making a “clutster” of 7).  Ch 3, sc in top of shell below.  Continue this pattern until the end.  The last “cluster” will be 4 sts only:


row 10

Remember to keep your stitches loose!  With same color, ch3 and dc 3 in first stitch; sc in the sc below:

cal24In the center space of the next “wheel,” dc 7.  Sc in next sc.  Continue this shell pattern until end:

cal25In the last st, there is only half of a shell to be made, so dc 4 and prepare to change back to the same color as our first row of the Catharine wheels:


row 11

Don’t forget, loose stitches!  Ch 1, sc 1 in same st:

cal27Ch3, make the same “cluster” of 7 dcs as in row 9, ch 3, sc in top of shell.  Continue until end:


Leave the last sc incomplete, as per usual, to change to the next color:

row 12

Back to regular tension.  This is a row of dc, but the tricky part is getting the right number of stitches.  Ch 3 to count as first st:

cal30You can see that stitches 2 and 3 are around the chain below, stitch 4 is in the “eye” of the wheel, stitch 5 is in the stitch right before the next ch 3 space, stitches 6, 7, and 8 are over the next ch 3 space.  Continue this method of 8 stitches until the end.  Keep track by remembering that each sc in the row below signals stitch 1 of the pattern of 8.  Dc in last st:

cal31Before moving on to the next row, count your stitches to make sure you have the same amount as when you started the blanket.

row 13

In new color, hdc in each st across:


row 14

ch 3 and turn with new color, dc across.

row 15

This row begins the star stitch pattern.  I’d recommend choosing a lighter color so that the stitches really show up!  Each time we make the star stitch pattern, the first row of it needs to be on the right side of our work.

ch 3 and turn with new color:


Now we’re going to work into the chains we just made.  In the middle of the 3 chains, insert your hook and pull a loop through.  Then in the bottom chain, insert your hook and pull another loop through.  It’ll look like this:


Now insert your hook through the last st of the previous row (or 1st st of this row) and pull up a loop.  Pull up loops through stitches 2 and 3 as well:


You should have 6 loops on your hook.  Yarn over and draw through all 6.  Ch 1 to close the stitch and form the “eye” of the first star:


Insert hook into the “eye” and draw up a loop.  Insert hook around the last “spoke” of the previous star and draw up a loop:


Pull up a loop from stitch 3 of the bottom row, where we pulled up the last loop of the previous star.  Pull up loops from stitches 4 and 5 as well:


Yarn over and draw through all 6 loops, ch1 to close the star and form the “eye.”  Continue in this same way (pulling up loops through the eye, around the last spoke of previous star, in the same st as the last spoke of the previous star, and in the next 2 stitches, and then chaining 1 to close the star) until the end.


At the end, you should have 1 stitch left.  Make a hdc in it and keep the same color going:


Here’s what the back of your work should look like:


This is why the blanket has a front and a back to it.  Next, ch 2 and turn.

row 16


Make 1 hdc in the “eye” of the last star of the bottom row:


In the next eye and all the rest to follow, make 2 hdc stitches:


At the end of the row, make 1 hdc into the top turning chain you made in the row below, but don’t finish it because we’re done with the star stitch and we’ll change colors now:


Here’s what the front of your blanket should look like after the star stitch rows are done:


Ch 3 with new color and turn.

row 17

This row is a regular dc row except we’re going to make our stitches in between the hdcs of the previous row.  This is so there won’t be a ridge/line between the top of the star pattern and our new row (if you crochet across like normal you’ll see what I mean).  I’m crocheting over my yarn tails here so I don’t have to weave them in later.  Here’s what the first few stitches look like:


Keep crocheting into the spaces between the stitches of the previous row until the end.  Since crocheting into the spaces shifted us over slightly, we’ll have to make what seems like an extra stitch at the end:


If you count, however (which you really should do now), you should have the same number of stitches as your very first row of the blanket.

row 18

With new color, dc across.

rows 19 – 21:

With 2 new colors (or 3 if you prefer), make another section of granny stripes.  When we do granny stripes we also want the first row to be on the right side, and we must do an odd number of granny stripes or we won’t have the same number of stitches across (weird, I know, but the even granny stripe rows just don’t have the same number of stitches).


row 22

With new color, dc across.

row 23

With new color, hdc across.

row 24

With new color, dc across.

row 25

With new color, hdc across.

row 26

We’re going to do 3 rows of 1 color, so I’d recommend starting this row with a color of yarn you have a lot of.  With your chosen new color, dc across.  I’m using my lavender color for this:


row 27

Do not change colors.  This is a row of hdc with bobbles interspaced.  You can space your bobbles however you like, but I’m personally putting 9 hdc stitches in between each bobble.  The bobbles will be a different color, so pick one that goes with your current working yarn.  If you want to space your bobbles like mine, here’s what to do.

ch 2, hdc 8 across.  Leave last stitch unfinished:


Finish the stitch with your bobble color.  Crocheting over the working yarn of your background color, make 1 dc in next st, but do not pull the last loop through:


Make 3 more unfinished dc stitches in the same stitch.  You will have 5 loops on your hook:


Switch to your background color and pull it through all 5 loops of your bobble stitch.  Make a hdc in the next stitch:


Working over your bobble yarn, make 8 more hdcs, leaving the last unfinished.  Repeat the bobble.  Keep doing this until the end!  You will not have 9 stitches of background color at the end (I have 7) but that’s OK — it looks fine, right?

row 28

With the same background color, dc across.  That completes the bobble section!  Aren’t they cute?


row 29

With new color, hdc across:


row 30

With new color, dc across

row 31

For this row and the 3 following rows, the turning chains do NOT count as the first stitch as they have previously been doing.

Change to a color you have a lot of.  Ch 1.  In the first stitch, bring up a loop.  Bring up a loop in the second stitch as well:


Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook:


That counts as our first stitch.  It’s essentially my way of making sc decreases without just skipping a stitch entirely, as some books and patterns recommend.  In the next st, make a hdc.  In the next st, make a dc.  In the next st, make 3 tr.  In the next st, make 1 dc.  In the next st, make 1 hdc:


We’ve made a “mountain!”  Now it’s time to decrease again, only this time we’re going to pull up loops from the next 3 stitches, not 2; yarn over and pull through to finish the st:


In next st, make a hdc (the start of another “mountain”)… Continue this way, making the mountains and decreasing, until the end.  It should look like this:


At the end of the row, you should just have 2 stitches left to work into for your last decrease instead of 3.  We’ll do the same as we did in the beginning and pull up loops from the 2 stitches, preparing the decrease:


row 32

With your next color, finish the decrease of row 31.  Ch 1 (again, this does NOT count as your first stitch like it usually does).  This row is the same process as row 31 only we’re just using sc.  Pull up loops from the first 2 sts:


Yarn over and finish the stitch:


Sc in next 2 sts, then sc 3 in the middle treble of the row below:


Sc in next 2 sts, then make another decrease over the next 3 sts, just like we did in the last row:


Continue this until the end.  It should look like this:


At the end, you will only have 2 sts, left, so do like we did in the last row: pull up loops from last 2 sts, yo, pull through to finish st.  Yes, go ahead and finish the stitch.  We’re not changing colors yet!

row 33

With the same color, repeat row 32, but do not finish the last decrease stitch because we will change colors now:


row 34

With the same color as row 31, ch 3.  This does not count as your first stitch!  Make a tr into the second st.  That counts as your first stitch.  dc in the next st, hdc in the next one:


sc 3 in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st:


Now we’re going to decrease over the next 3 stitches.  Make a treble into each of the 3 stitches but do not pull the last loop through any of them.  When you’ve done that, yarn over and pull through all loops on your hook and it’s a treble decrease:


You’ve got it now; continue until the end.  It will look like this:


At the end, there are only 2 sts left so we will just decrease with 2 unfinished trebles.  Do not finish, we’re changing colors:


row 35

This is a normal row of hdc, so ch 2.  This does count as your first stitch again, so make your first hdc in the top of the dc in the row below:


At the end, remember that the ch 3 of the row below didn’t count as a stitch, so make your last hdc in the top of the treble (but don’t finish, we’ll change colors):


I’d check to make sure you have the correct stitch count at this point.  Should be the same number you started the blanket with.

row 36

Make a normal dc row.

row 37

Make a normal hdc row.


row 38

With new color, dc across.

rows 39 – 41

With new colors, work these three rows in the granny stripe pattern.

row 42

With new color, dc across.

row 43

With new color, hdc across.

row 44

With new color, dc across.  Here’s a picture of the back of the blanket (don’t know why I didn’t get the front):


rows 45 and 46

Make sure row 45 is a right side row.  Do the star stitch the same way you did it before:


row 47

With new color, hdc across.  Remember to crochet between the stitches below like we did above the star stitch last time.  Count your stitches at the end, just to be safe.

row 48

With new color, dc across.

rows 49 – 52

With 2 colors, do the Catharine wheel stitch pattern.  And don’t forget to keep your stitches very loose!  Someone suggested going up a hook size or two for these rows, so you could try that if it’d make you more comfortable.

row 53

With new color, dc across the same way we did after the last Catharine wheels.  Count your stitches when you’re done.

row 54

With new color, dc across:


Here’s the whole thing so far:


row 55

With new color, hdc across.

rows 56-58

Using another color that you have a lot of, repeat the three rows of the bobble pattern.

row 59

With new color, hdc across.

row 60

With new color, dc across.

row 61

With new color, hdc across.

row 62

With new color, dc across.

Here’s all of these rows in a close-up:


And here is the whole blanket:


row 63

With new color, hdc across.

row 64

With new color, dc across.

rows 65-67

Another set of granny stripe rows!  Click here for the original detailed pattern.  Here it is so far:


row 68

With new color, dc across.

row 69

With new color, hdc across.

row 70

With new color, dc across.  Here’s the past few rows:


rows 71-74

Repeat the mirrored chevron pattern.  Click here for the original instructions.  Here’s all 4 rows:


row 75

With new color, hdc across.

row 76

With new color, dc across.

row 77

With new color, hdc across.

row 78

With new color, dc across.  Here’s what it’ll look like:


rows 79 & 80

With new color, work the two rows that make up the star stitch pattern.

row 81

With new color, work hdcs in the spaces between the hdcs of row 80.  Check your stitch count at the end if you think you might be off one or two stitches.

row 82

With new color, dc across.

rows 83-85

With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern.

row 86

With new color, dc across.

Here’s what these 8 rows should look like:


row 87

With new color, hdc across.

rows 88-90

For these 3 rows, do the bobble stitch rows.  Here’s a pic so far:


row 91

With new color, hdc across.

row 92

With new color, dc across.

row 93

With new color, hdc across.

row 94

With new color, dc across.  Here’s a pic:


You get a bit of a spoiler if you can make out the top row.


row 95

With new color, hdc across.

rows 96-99

With 2 new colors, work the Catharine wheel pattern.  Here’s a picture so far:


row 100

With new color, dc across as instructed in the original Catharine wheel instructions.  You might want to count your stitches here, just to be safe.

row 101

With new color, hdc across.

row 102

With new color, dc across.  Here’s the past few rows:


row 103-104

With new color, work the star stitch pattern.

row 105

With new color, hdc across.

row 106

With new color, dc across.

row 107-109

With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern.

row 110

With new color, dc across (sorry about the color quality of this picture):


And here’s a picture of the whole thing:


row 111

With new color, hdc across.

row 112

With new color, dc across.

rows 113-116

Work the chevron pattern.  Here is a closeup of the past few rows:



row 117

With new color, hdc across.

row 118

With new color, dc across.

row 119

With new color, hdc across.

rows 120-122

With 2 colors, repeat the bobble rows.

row 123

With new color, hdc across.

row 124

With new color, dc across.  Here’s a picture of the past few rows:


row 125

With new color, hdc across.

row 126

With new color, dc across.

rows 127-129

With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern.

row 130

With new color, dc across.

row 131

With new color, hdc across.  Fasten off (if you are done with your blanket) and weave in your ends!




notes for those who wish to continue with their blankets

1. Be conscious of your right and wrong sides as you continue.

2. The way I chose the order of the stitch patterns was pretty random except for the bobble rows.  I tried to evenly space the bobble rows from each other, hoping that evenly spaced big bands of color would tie the whole thing together nicely.

3. If you would like to follow a specific pattern, I’d recommend going back, working row 8, and continuing from there.  That would be the first Catharine wheel row.  That should keep the bobble rows evenly spaced and will also keep your right and wrong sides correct.

If you do make a different border, I would recommend that your first row around your blanket be a sc row because that will help give your edges some stability.  Here’s a picture of my completed border:


It’s a pretty simple (but sturdy) sc border with a cute picot edging.  Here’s how I did it:

border row 1

Connect your chosen border color to the bottom left corner of your blanket.  Make 1 sc in each chain loop:


When you reach your corner, make sure you add at least 1 sc so that the corner will turn properly:


When crocheting up/down the sides of your blanket, spacing the stitches can be difficult.  I recommend firstly that you crochet around the entire stitch at the end of each row; it’s much easier than trying to slip your hook into the middle of each and every stitch.  When you come across a row ending/beginning in a sc, make 1 border sc around it.  When it’s a hdc, make 2 border sc around that stitch.  When it’s a dc, also make 2.  When it’s a treble, make 3 stitches around the treble stitch.  Some people prefer to do just 1 stitch around the hdc stitches, but you can experiment and see what works best for you (some people find that just using 1 stitch can make the border too tight or that 2 can make it too loose, depending on the gauge etc.).  In the case of the star stitch, I placed 3 sc on top of it:


When you reach the beginning of your border, slip stitch to close the round, ch1, and begin row 2.

border row 2

Work sc stitches into every stitch of your first border row, remembering to put in extra at the corners.  Close the round and begin row 3 the same way.

border row 3

Work 6 sc stitches.  Here’s where we make the first picot.  Start by chaining 3:


Slip your hook into the first of the 3 chains:


Yarn over and pull through the 2 loops:


Without skipping any stitches, make 6 more sc stitches in the row below.  Make another picot.  Continue making picots every 6 stitches until you come to the end.  Tie off and weave in your ends, and you’re done:



If the edges of your blanket are too uneven for your taste, feel free to wash and block your blanket according to your particular yarn label.  I myself did not do this with my blanket.


At this point my blanket is so large that I couldn’t get a good photo square on, but you can see all of the rows there.


And folded up:


a request

I would like to arrange a permanent page on this blog as a photo gallery with pictures of everyone’s finished blankets.  When you are completely finished, I’d be so grateful if you could take a lovely picture and e-mail it to me at the photo’s full size.  Also, in the email please let me know if you would like for your name to appear with your picture, and what name I should use.  Here is the email address you can use:  davish14 AT winthrop DOT edu


Let’s take a look back at our inspiration picture:

This lovely blanket was made by Julie at Little Woolie, and I must say that I’m a bit embarrassed that my blanket came out so close to hers; despite some efforts I made at the beginning to make them different, they do look so alike, particularly at first glance.  I’m much relieved to say that she is OK with it all, because I did have some pangs of guilt there at the end.  However I’m very happy with my blanket and I really do mean this as a credit to Julie’s lovely work — she is an inspiration in many ways!  Please, however, if you pin that last picture to Pinterest be aware that it is not my blanket or picture and that credit should therefore not be given to me.  If you wish to pin her picture, please go here and do it from her page so that she can get the credit that she deserves.  I’ll appreciate it, and she will too!

223 thoughts on “as-we-go stripey blanket

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    1. Laura

      Wow thank you! Having spent months and months beavering away at my own “little Woolie” inspired blanket, I’m so thrilled to have found your very clear tutorial.. As a beginner crochet’er I’ve made a lot of it up as I go along so I’m very glad to have something a bit more concrete to follow for the last 50 cm!

    2. Megan Longe

      Thank you so much for a wonderful pattern. I had such fun choosing colours and seeing the stitch patterns and colours come together. I used Vinnis Nikkim 100% cotton in a double knit. I worked a total of 200 rows by repeating the bands of stitches.
      I live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

  2. Susan

    WONDERFUL directions! Thank you! One question though… many different colors did you use in your blanket? Okay, I lied. One more question. What brand of yarn did you use and how many skeins of each color? I’m always paranoid that I won’t buy enough and knowing what brand will help me with figuring how many yards I’ll need. ;-)

      1. Janet

        Hannah, I just found this site and I love this blanket. I want to make one in the same colors you used. Could you please post the names of the colors. I would greatly appreciate it. I plan to check in on your site from time to time and use the patterns you post. You are wonderfully creative.

      2. HannahDavis Post author

        Sure! I used Parchment, Meadow, Fondant, Sherbet, Aspen, Apricot, Candyfloss, Lavender, Aster, and Pale Rose for the border. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Rosalie

    Thank you for putting directions all on one page :) I started my own stripey blanket before I found yours online so now I have more inspiration for my rows up to this point I’ve just been making mine up as I go but I like what you’ve done too.

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  6. Lori

    Just love this afghan; turned on to it by a friend at knit shop retreat last weekend. I would like to ask if there is any special rule to follow in regards to number of colors and choosing their sequence. It would seem that the sky is the limit but, I am a bit OCD when it comes to doing things the “best” way. Open to suggestions.

    Thanks, Lori

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  8. linda

    hi, love your blog. do you happen to have the pit bull sweater and scarf instructions somewhere? I have to make that for my niece’s pit bull Millie! thanks so much! am going to do the afghan during winter break. will post a photo when its done.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m afraid I don’t. I believe I just made them up but didn’t write them down. It was very trial and error — I kept having to try the sweater on her as I worked. The scarf was just a short and skinny scarf using dc stitches. I’m sorry I’m not of more help. I can’t wait to see your afghan though!

  9. Sande Barrett Bihlmaier

    Any chance you have these directions without the pictures? I wanted to print them out and it 95 pages with the pictures, then I need to edit all the colons out (that you use when saying it looks like this, or whatever) and put periods in. It would be a lot easier to do the pattern for those of us who don’t need the pictures.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m afraid I don’t — I don’t have any copy of the directions other than what’s on the site. I can certainly make a copy of the directions without the pictures but it would probably be a while. I just moved to another city and I have a lot going on, plus the giveaway I just started. If you’d like to wait, let me know and I will put it on my to-do list!

    2. MsKat

      try the cleanprint extension-it lets you remove pictures, comments, etc, so you get only what you want to get. It is an extension that gets added to your toolbar. I use it all the time, if I didn’t all my patterns, recipes, etc would be volumes long. You can also shrink the text to fit it on fewer pages. It tells you at the top how many pages it is so you can continue removing til you have what you need.

  10. Vivian Brackin

    I lost 3 whole stitches after completing the first star row! How many stars should there be? This is the hardest project I have ever worked on….I keep having to adjust, because of my stitch count getting screwed up. Any suggestions going forward so I am not continuing to jury rig my stitches. I am so frustrated! :-(

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Hmm… Well I can’t tell you how many stars you should have because I don’t know if your blanket is the same number of stitches wide as mine. However, as you continue on, I suggest using removable stitch markers. Try placing one every 20 stitches or so, and then you can more easily check your count. I’m not sure it will work with the Catharine wheels, and I know that the second row of granny stripe is not the same number of stitches (but it’s supposed to be that way). Hopefully that will help!

  11. Vivian Brackin

    I forgot about that, the size of the blanket being different than yours. Your instructions are fantastic, which make it all the more frustrating that I am still making mistakes. That Catherine’s Wheel was a bear. I pulled the whole thing out three times! I went and got some stitch markers, hopefully that will help from here. Thanks!

  12. linz

    Hi love this blanket and the colours. Don’t suppose you kept note of the colours you used and how many balls of each colour? Id like to order the wool! X

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Sure! The list of yarn is here (with photos): And I ordered more yarn than I used — I used 10 full skeins of DK yarn (1 of each color; each skein was 295m and 100g) for the body of the blanket, and I used about half of a skein of a different color for the border of the blanket. It was cutting it close on a couple of colors, so I’d suggest that if you want to make a blanket bigger than a throw size, you might want to order two of each body color. Hope that helps!

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! When you’re done we’d love to see pictures over on the facebook page, or you can e-mail me and I’ll put it up in the gallery of completed blankets from around the world!

  13. oombawkadesign

    I have followed along this year as you created this masterpiece :) I included a link in my most recent round up :) Thank you for such a fabulous design and tutorial – I plan on making this one myself as soon as I can find time! All the best, Rhondda I’ve included it in this post: Free Pattern Friday – Let’s Get Warm! Crochet Blanket Pattern Round Up! Here’s the link:

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  17. Gez

    Wow, wow, wow I absolutely adore your blanket. This is one of the nicest blankets I have ever seen. Thanking you for all your photos and instructions, I would love to have a go, I have found my dream blanket!!! DEFINATELY , not your average crochet. Gez xx

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  27. Kyra

    Thanks for sharing this pattern! I love it already and can’t wait to get started! Going to pick up some yarn tonight– 11 different colors! I’m making it for my daughter :)

  28. karen barley

    This is beautiful and ThAnKyOu so much for sharing!! I will definitely be doing this blanket- double bed size- thought I’d start with 200+ chains. Love your blog and FB page. Will be following! Karen@MixTure43 :o)xx

  29. kate

    So looking forward to trying this. Have found you through instagram #crochetalong2014 ! I am @patchworkrainbow thank you for posting this whole pattern so concisely.

  30. Francis

    Hi Hannah,
    I love this blanket ,and I make this in the new pink colors. Is it possible to translate this free pattern in dutch, if you agree ,I want to give it for free on my crochet website , ( the site is not ready yet) i will translate it for you hooked in style.

    Gretings from Francis Holland

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  32. laurenfinley

    hi im confused over the amount of skeins to use as you have said in an earlier post eleven but only listed ten colours and I really want this as my next project xx

      1. laurenfinley

        thank you =) um also I was wondering could a beginner do this quilt ive never crocheted before but after seeing this quilt I really want to give it a try

      2. HannahDavis Post author

        I would practice by making a plain square first and learning the basic stitches (chain, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet). After you get those down you should be good!

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  34. Mary Ann Parker

    Hello! I’m a crochet and loom knitting addict! Haha!
    Thank you so much!! I have been looking for a pattern just like this in order to push my own boundaries to learn more crochet stitches! This is perfect! Again, Thank you!
    Mary Ann

  35. gina

    I like this pattern but, I had chained 194, and followed the instructions. But by the end of row 3, I was short 1 stitch at the end. I don’t know where I messed up.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m not sure without seeing it. The middle row of the granny stripe isn’t supposed to have the same number as the rest of the rows, but you’re talking about the first row of it so I’m not sure. I’d just add a stitch at the end of a row though instead of starting over.

  36. Isabelle

    I’m busy with two versions (small one’s ;) ) of your blanket, buth can you tell me how long or high is the originel pattern? For the time I will maybe have the courage to make a big one like you did! :)

      1. Isabelle

        I’m enjoying it very much (sorry my english is not so good ;) ) it’s really the most beautiful blanket I ever saw!!!! Thank you for your answer!

  37. Paula Fitzpatrick

    Hello. Can you tell me what size your completed throw is? I want to make a small version as a baby blanket so could work out my stitch numbers by comparing it to yours. Thank you

  38. Woolly & Loopy

    Hi Hannah, I’m wanting to do this gorgeous blanket. I only, so far, have 7 different colours picked out so only 700g of wool. Did you use all of the 900g you stated in the pattern? What would the dimensions be if I made one the same size as yours? Around single bed size? Thanks for your help
    Lou :-)

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  42. Kate

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I’ve got lots of odd balls of yarn that were crying out to be used up and this is exactly where they’ll go. I quite like the idea of so many different stitches as well … will keep me on my toes. It’s a fabulous pattern and I’m thrilled to have found it (and you). :)

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  44. Katrien

    Love this blanket! Am making it right now! One little thing though: when doing the star stitch, you start talking about a front and back of the blanket (and I clearly see what you mean), however when continuing the pattern as described and doing the bobble row, I have my bobbles coming out in the back of the blanket. Did I miss something or is this normal?

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  48. Gina

    Thank you so much for kindly sharing this pattern, it’s so detailed and easy to follow! Am making a doll version ;) to see if I could do it, and I can.

  49. Danielle

    hi I really love youre blanket but could you tell me wat the length and width of youre blanket is wit the amount of wool you used because we aint working with inches in Holland an I cant seem to figure out how it turn out hahah

    greetings danielle

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  51. Fiona Pretorius

    Hi! I’ve just finished making as-we-go-stripey blanket. Thank you so much for the excellent instructions and the inspiration to make this blanket. I love it so much I’m going to make another one and now that my crochet technique has improved – I’m going to be brave and mix it up a bit!

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  54. Shellie Clare

    I am having fun making this blanket for my soon to be born baby but have a question that I should have asked a while ago. When you say to do an hdc or dc but don’t tell us to chain at the end of the row are you expecting us to do one chain or none? I haven’t been chaining unless you tell us to & a couple rows looks a bit pulled tight at the end if that makes sense. Thanks for the lovely pattern!

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  57. chantelle

    Thank you soo much for posting this pattern! Started off with a chain that was too long so it’s taking me longer than planned. I couldn’t bear undoing stitches in the beginning so my finished blanket is going to be huge! Lots of fun though and you’ve shown me loads of new stitches
    Row 59 and counting, thanks :)

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  62. Patricia

    I was able to follow along, easy peasy. I don’t really understand how to read a pattern, but having the photos made it so much easier for me to understand. I wish all projects came this way, I made a baby blanket, 120 stitches across and only did up to row 70. It turned out beautiful. Thank you so much.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m glad it was easy to follow! That was my goal. If you want to send a picture for me to put in the gallery with your name feel free. Here’s my email: davish14 (AT) winthrop (DOT) edu

  63. Kiley

    I’m officially HALFWAY DONE with this blanket and I have had so many people ask if i planned to sell it I’ve actually started limiting who can see my progress pics on Facebook! You’re totally awesome for writing this pattern out! I’m using “crazy colors” (bright blues/greens/pinks/yellows/etc) because that’s what I like, and it’s turning out AMAZING :) Thanks for the pattern!

      1. Kiley

        I finished it!!!! and sent you pictures! I had (as I called them) wonky edges, so I improvised my border… i used a round of sc, then a round of scallop/fans (think the first row of the Wheel pattern if you will) in an different color, then back to sc in the first border color… it might be cheating, but after working so hard i wasn’t about to let those edges look like it wasn’t intentional! and by gosh, they look like i meant to do that now!

      2. HannahDavis Post author

        I’m glad it worked out for you! Thanks for sending the pictures, too — I love seeing them and I’ll put them up in the photo gallery soon!

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  66. Christoph

    Hi, I juft finished the first ‘bubble’ sequence, but the bubles seem to go on the wrong side of the blanket. Any ideas how this is possible? I think I’ll be able to fix this but it’s still weird. Many thanks in advance! Christoph (yes, a man doing crochet :-))

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Mine actually did that a bit too, though I’m not sure why. I just poked them through to the proper side when it happened. Maybe I should have tried a different method of making them, but it was very spontaneous and I don’t think I even made a swatch. I hope it goes well!

      1. Christoph

        Thanks for the fast reply! Next time I’m going to try to use more DC in the bubble. I love your pattern by the way. So much fun doing it! When I’m done I will send you a pic. But that won’t be any time soon because it’s 95 inches wide so it takes a half hour to do one row and it’s going to be a square so… :-) Love! x

  67. Mimi


    so wonderfull!!!! We will made this plaid as a “friendship plaid” :-).

    Can you tell me how long the plaid is?



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  76. Miriam

    Hi Hannah – HELP!!! Just found your blanket and wonderful instructions on Pinterest. I began a similar blanket after seeing Julie’s online. I’ve been working on it for quite awhile and it’s almost finished now. I have a big problem that maybe you can help me with – waves. As a fairly new crocheter I didn’t think to count my stiches and as a result the lengths of my rows differ and my blanket tends to waver in and out. I have no desire to rip out about half the blanket but I do have and inch or so difference from the shortest to the widest rows. Do you have any idea if there is a border I can do that will camoflage this? Thanks so much


    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I don’t blame you for not wanting to rip it back out! I’d do a basic row for the first border row to even it out — you can do sc in the areas that are widest and hdc or dc or even tr in the places that pull in. Then once you do that you can add a more complicated border or whatever you like. Does that help?

      1. Miriam

        Thanks for the advice. The real problem is that because the sides change colors all the time I think it may still be noticeable but I’ll try and I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.

  77. Jeane Law

    A very very thank you for your detailed tutorial! I can’t imagine how much time and efforts you have put in for every detailed steps and pictures, but I know that with every stitch u have done, your thoughts are to share this pattern with everyone. Thank you so much!

  78. grace

    I am only a quarter through my throw and love the colors and different stitches. I do notice my edges are getting increasingly uneven and see that all the different stitches are causing this, especially the Catherine wheel! Even though I did it loosely it still pulled the row in and caused unevenness. I’m going to have to go around the whole edge a couple of times to make this look presentable, or maybe use some free form crochet to help it. It will be beautiful if I can straighten it.

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  80. vech

    Dear Hannah,
    I am (almost) speechless : this is wonderfulissimo !!!!! I’ve been searching through the web for quite a while now to fine a blanket original enough to give me kind of impulse to start. This is the one ! Discovered two days ago, I started the job yesterday. Your directions are extremely helpful and precise enough to understand it all. I thank you VERY much for this and for sure I definitely send you a picture when I am finished.
    Many thanks again !!!!

  81. Joan Rose

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am currently making one and having a little trouble with the star row. At the end of the first stripe of the star, do I close the “eye” before the hdc in the last stitch? Thanks in advance for your answer.

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  83. Doris

    Hello Hannah,
    thank you so much for this pattern! I saw the blanket on the internet on another blog I’m following quite a while ago but never realised there actually is a free pattern on another blog by someone who invented the pattern. I was only today I found your blog which is really lovely. And the pattern is even as a pdf so I can print it and read it easily on the train on my way to work (my most common crochet time)! Thank you so much.
    I finished a ripple blanket last autumn and had only little projects to use up the rests ever since, so now I was searching for a new project and tadaa, here it is thanks to you. I’ll send you a photo once I’m finished (although this might take a while).
    Regards from Germany!

  84. eviesgran

    I’ve loved crocheting the blanket from this pattern. Thank you for sharing it. I still have the border to add but am happy with the 172 rows I have completed. Your picture instructions are wonderfully clear and a great help. I especially love the look of the Catherine wheel pattern although I am concerned some of the single threads in this part may snap with use.

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  86. Michel Serrano

    Can someone tell me if the 9 balls of yarn under materials means 9 balls of each color? Because there are actually 10 colors? TIA for your prompt reply.

  87. Leona

    I’m having so much fun with this pattern!! Look forward to getting home from work to work on it!! Thank you for sharing this… Will post photos when I am done and just posted day 1 on Facebook!!

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  89. adaliza

    That’s a truly beautiful blanket. Love the colours you’ve chosen and so much work in the instructions – thank you so much. I’ve got a blanket-on-the-go along the same lines but much smaller – lap size for chilly toes on winter evenings! With any luck I might finish it sometime this year – no rush! Well done – it’s a work of art – and thank you for popping over to my blog! Always welcome for a chat!

  90. djaktief

    Hi Hannah,

    Two months ago I started with the CAL blanket from the dutch group, but I swited to your side as your pictures ar mor step by step. I am not good at crochet. Normally I sew clothes but I cannot concentrate now due to operations and so I started with this project. I am only at the first wheel and it cost me a lot of sweat and tears. Maybe you never see a whole blanket from me but you inspired me to the first steps thank you very much.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with the wheels! They are really tricky — it took me forever to figure out how to do them myself. But don’t worry — you can skip them and your blanket will turn out fine! I’m glad you’re giving crochet a try, and I hope you’ll enjoy the blanket more without the wheels! :-)

      1. djaktief

        I have a lot of crochet thread and I do not buy any new. I find it a challange to use all the rests to create something new usefull. It reminds me of all the other projects where these threads are the lefovers from. I like the rest I get from the croching and the memories and this motivates me to battle the wheel ;-)

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  92. shmallison

    LOVE this!!! I am a beginner and the instructions are so easy to follow with the pictures!! I got through the star stitch (my favorite so far!) But the row of dc after the star stitch I’m short by like 30+ stitches… any idea what I did wrong? I started with the same amount of stitches that you did, and up until this point they’ve been correct with yours. Not sure if I did something wrong when I did the row of hdc on top of the stars? I’m going to pull it out and try again, maybe I missed something. All in all, excellent tutorial! Would love to see more like this! :)

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Hmm… I’m not sure what’s going on there. If you want to take a picture and email it to me I’ll look and see. My email is davish14(AT)winthrop(DOT)edu

  93. Debra Curtiss

    There is a large discrepancy on the edges of my blanket even after using a larger hook for the required stitches. I hope that the edging and blocking will help this. I am on row 40ish. I am using the same brand of yarn but obviously in different colors.

  94. Kiara

    Thank you so much, I have rarely seen such well written and easy to follow instructions! I can’t wait to go yarn shopping and make my own :)

  95. Astrid Cooper

    Hi Hannah
    I looove this pattern and can’t wait to crochet when I get home :) I am just not sure about the Catharine wheel. I do crochet very loose and I used one size bigger hook, but it pulls inward (sorry my english is horrid) . Hope you understand what I mean, and that you can help me with a solution. Thank you for the great tutorial. xxx

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I know exactly what you mean! The border at the end should help, and washing it and blocking it should help too. If you don’t think that will work you can just leave them out! :-)

      1. Astrid Cooper

        Thank you very much. To leave the wheels out is an option, but I don’t want to! :)
        Hope you have a wonderful day. xxx

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  97. Jenni

    I love this blanket; I’m making it in a crib blanket size. I’ve gotten through the first sequence of stitches and have somehow added on about 10 more stitches than I began with. Here’s my question: should all the rows have the same number of stitches you began with? You said that the second row of the granny stripes shouldn’t, but what about the others? I don’t feel like ripping. I may just sneak in some decreases in a plain row and count from then on, blocking when I’m finished to even it all out. Thanks.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Most of the rows should indeed have the same number of stitches. The first row of the star stitch pattern will not, and I don’t think the Catherine wheels will, either. Hope that helps!

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  101. michelle

    hi – thanks for the pattern – i’m stuck on the star stitch row – so i have an odd number of stitches as it says at the beginning – i have 97 – the pattern says you should have one stitch left at the end of star stitch row – i have 2 – so each star stitch uses 2 (new) stitches except the first one which uses 3 – that means that doing star stitch to the end will use an odd number of stitches and leave me with 2 at the end not 1 – i can’t see where i’m going wrong – can you help please – thanks

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Hmm… I think I know what it might be. Go ahead and put another star stitch at the end to take up those last 2 sts. What I meant was that you should put a hdc where the last spoke of that additional star stitch is, does that make sense? Sorry for the confusion — I hope that helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!

      1. michelle

        oh thank you so much – this really had me baffled – thank you for the quick reply – going to try that row again now ;-) xx

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  104. andreaschultz13

    Dear Hannah, Thank you so much for this pattern. I am a novice crocheter but the colors and variety drew me in- I think this is a PERFECT project for newbies. There are so many different stitches and I get to “practice” them two-three times throughout the pattern- I have already noticed a HUGE improvement in my crocheting skills from the beginning of the project to R84 (which I am on now). Before doing this blanket, I would have never tried a pattern that featured the “fancy” stitches (star stitch, bobble stitch, etc)- Previously, I had limited myself to single or double crochet or granny-style patterns. After I complete this blanket, I don’t believe I will have a fear of ANY stitch!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    P.S. I totally plan to do a second As-We-Go Blanket now that I have the hang of it!!

  105. Ellie

    I am really enjoying making your blanket but I’ve got a bit stuck. Please could you explain row 33? You say ‘repeat row 32′ but what to I do at the top of thepeak? On row 32 you work 3 stitches into the one treble so on row 33 do you work into each of those stitches? Doesn’t that mean you end up with too many stitches?

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! I’m sorry for the confusion — on row 33 you should put your cluster of 3 stitches into the center stitch of the 3 stitches below. Does that make sense? Since you’ll also be decreasing as you did in row 32 your stitch count will remain the same. I hope that helps — if you have any more questions feel free to ask!

      1. Ellie

        Thanks so much for replying, that makes perfect sense, I’m ploughing on full steam ahead and still loving the results :-)

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  107. andreaschultz13

    Hello! I am having a bit of trouble with the border. I commented earlier about how helpful the tutorial has been- especially with me being a fairly new crocheter. However, because I am a novice, many of the beginning stitches of each row are unsteady, messy, etc; therefore, I am having trouble with the border. Is there a tutorial that can help me with this? Is there a simpler way to do the border? I began the sc row but it was still looking wonky so I took that out. Should I continue, do the second row of sc then see how it is shaping up? Should I block it first, then work on the border? Help!! ;) Thanks so much.

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      To make it easier on yourself I’d block it first. That should help. Also, once you get the second row of the border done it really helps stabilize everything. If you have any more questions let me know! Hope that helps!

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  111. suzanne

    I’m a total beginner to crochet but I already up to row 70 of this pattern. thank you so much for sharing it and for the great easy to follow steps. I couldn’t have done this without you. OMG I love crochet!

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  114. Andrea

    Thank you so much for this beautiful tutorial! I am super excited to work on my blanket. I have one question…I am buying one ball of each color for a small blanket. Do I need to save one of the balls for the edging or did you use that color in your stripes also? I have 100gm of each color in DK weight and am going to make a stroller blanket. Thanks so much.

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  116. Regina

    I absolutely love this pattern! Thank you so much for putting it all together so clearly. My question is how did you decide the color rotation? They seem to flow so nicely. no color is to close together. I know I will spend hours overthinking this. Or I will end up doing the colors in the same order over and over. I can’t wait to start 2015 with this new project!

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Thank you! When choosing colors I made sure I had used every color once before repeating any, and then I tried to not run out of any one color by assigning the larger rows evenly to all of the colors, if that makes sense. :)

  117. Pat Bishop

    enjoyed working on this blanket as you never get tired of working with one stitch or color could send pics if you like

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’d love to see your blanket, feel free to email them to me at the email address provided on the pattern page or you can post them on the facebook page and show it to everyone!

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  119. MK Christiansen

    Hello! I’m now making my 2nd stripey blanket with this pattern — what a beautiful blanket! I’ve loved the first one so much. Okay, so here’s my observation: I did the chain foundation just as you did: 192 + 2 = 193 total stitches. When I got to the end of row #12, I looked carefully at how you did the end of that row (the row just above the Cath Wheel, where you have to count your stitches again so carefully. When I copied exactly how you did the end of the row (mirroring your stitch pattern), I ended up with 194 stitches, so I had to reduce by one, removing one of the clump of 3 stitches just before the final DC that sits on the end. Not sure exactly why it turned out that way, but thought I’d let you know. I’m enjoying my 2nd foray into this fun pattern!

    1. HannahDavis Post author

      Hmm… I’m not sure why that would be. Thanks for letting me know — I’ll look back and see if anyone else has had the same problem. I hope you’re enjoying your second blanket!

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  121. thesewingwren

    What a truly fantastic blanket! Super detailed blog instructions, great photo’s too! Thanks for sharing…. I am now going to sort thru my yarn collection to see if I have enough to make a start, good excuse to buy more if I plan to make a biggie!
    Best wishes, many thanks for your inspiration.

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  124. K.

    FABULOUS! Thank you for being so detailed. One of my next projects, so glad to have someone like you online to help. Thank you for taking the time to share!

  125. Cathelijne

    thank you so much for the great pictures and the clear pattern description!!!! 6 weeks work but Wow the result!!!!!

  126. Sonal Shah

    You made me literally cry! I am so appreciative of your hard work not only creating the most beautiful crochet blanket but writing down step by step instructions AND taking photos asking the way! You have a very kind & a generous heart. :)
    I will attempt this project and will let yoy know how it goes. Thank you so much!

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  128. Gulten Ashurst

    Hi Hannah, my son wanted a bed spread and saw your blanket online, send me the link. I started 2 months ago finished last week, I don’t think I enjoyed working on a project this much ever, looks amazing and I am delighted with it, THANK YOU, such good instructions, found it easy to follow, after finishing all different rows I just did what I chose to do.Thank you again.

  129. Cheryl

    Great pattern and gorgeous afghan! I’m making one for my new little one due in July. I didn’t get time to read through all the comments, so I hope I’m not asking a duplicate question, but I’m having trouble with the star stitch rows pulling in, no matter how loosely I try to do them. Would it make sense to go up a hook size on those rows, as well? Or am I doing them wrong?

  130. Cheryl

    Great directions for a gorgeous afghan, thank you so much! I’m making one for my new little one due in July, and my stepson is so jealous and wants one just like it. :) One issue I’m having though… My star stitch rows are pulling in, no matter how I try to loosen them up. Is it a good idea to go up a hook size on these rows, too, or am I doing something wrong?

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