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Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

I'm so excited to be sharing another free crochet blanket pattern with you! If you follow me around on Facebook or Instagram (@FeltedButton) you might have seen some peeks at it or the complete reveal last week here, but I'm happy to share the pattern with you today. Introducing...

Illuminations Blanket
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern by Felted Button

I designed it using a stitch that might be familiar to you because I used it in my Herringbone Pillow here. I call it a herringbone because it has nifty little overlapping "V"s, but is made by a simple US dc with just a change of stitch placement across the row.
 
I made it with the fabulous Scheepjes *Cotton 8. You can read my review of the yarn here. I went a bit "crazy" over the colors of Cotton 8 because they are so brilliant and fun. Soooo, I ended up choosing 32. Fortunately the soft 100% cotton yarn is very affordable. You can get it from Wool Warehouse *here. And they ship internationally.
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern by Felted Button
 
 
So let's get to the pattern. 
 
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
   Yarn: *Scheepjes Cotton 8 in the following color sequence: (Note: If you want fewer colors or to make your blanket slightly larger, there was about 65m/71yds of each color, except for a bit less of those used in the border, left over. The sample blanket's total yarn requirement was about 3400yds/3108m.)
  1. 510
  2. 671
  3. 716
  4. 639
  5. 714
  6. 551
  7. 508
  8. 722
  9. 669
  10. 642
  11. 517
  12. 665
  13. 723
  14. 663
  15. 724
  16. 725
  17. 622
  18. 712
  19. 563
  20. 519
  21. 506
  22. 651
  23. 653
  24. 719
  25. 718
  26. 654
  27. 720
  28. 661
  29. 529
  30. 726
  31. 721
  32. 502 (white in border)

  Hook: 3.5mm (F) hook

Dimensions with border: 44in x 59in (112cm x 150cm)
(Note: If you want to change up your dimensions, you can use the multiple number of 4 + 3. Just chain to your desired width in multiples of 4 and then add 3 more. Work the repeat rows to your desired height.)

Stitch Abbreviations (in US terms):
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sk = skip
ch = chain
sp(s) = space(s)
sl st = slip stitch
rep = repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Cl = 2-dc Cluster (see Special Stitches)


Special Stitches:
 shell--(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in indicated st or sp
• Cl (2-dc Cluster)(yo, insert hook in designated st or sp, yo and draw through, yo, draw through two loops) twice, yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook

 

• half-closed dcbold portion of Cl (above) worked only once

 

• join with sc--with slip knot on hook, insert hook in designated st, yarn over and draw through st, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook
 
Blanket Pattern:
With the first color in sequence, ch 183 (4 X 45 repeats + 3)
Row 1 (RS): shell (see Special Stitches) in 5th ch from hook, (sk next 3 chs, shell in next ch) across to last 2 chs, sk next ch, dc in last ch, turn --45 shells and 2x1 dc
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
This shows the first shell in the 5th ch from the hook. Remember, the shell is made with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc).
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Skip 3 chs before working the next shell in your foundation.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Don't be worried about the "bend" you get in Row 1. There are a lot of stitches there but things pull together after the next row and straighten out.
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), *[working over ch-2 loop of last row, dc in same foundation ch as next shell drawing up long loop to height of working row, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp of same shell, working over ch-2 loop of last row, dc in base of same shell drawing up long loop to height of working row] across, ending with dc in top of turning ch, turn
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
The trickiest part about this whole stitch pattern is the stitch placement. For Row 2 you will be putting your hook first where the red X is shown. This is the same place where your shell from Row 1 was worked. Then work (dc, ch 2, dc) in the ch-2 sp marked by the black X. Finally, working over the previous row again, place another dc in the same place as your first dc of this "shell"--the red X again.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
Let me show you. This is the start of a dc (remember loooong loop) in the red X space of the foundation ch. 
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
First dc done. Now work (dc, ch 2, dc) under the loop (ch-2 sp) marked by the black X.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Now you'll work another dc in the space marked by the red X again.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
And do this to the end of the row. When you have completed working over your last shell, complete a dc in the turning ch.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
And turn your work. On to Row 3...
 
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), [dc in ch-sp of next ch-2 sp on row before last, drawing up long loop to height of working row, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp on last row, dc in same ch-sp on row before last, drawing up long loop to height of working row] across, ending with dc in top of turning ch, turn

 

 

 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Ch 3 (which counts as a dc). Now you will be working over the last row and into Row 1. The loop marked by the red X with the needle inserted is where you will put your hook for the next dc.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
Then work (dc, ch 2, dc) under the ch-2 sp marked by the black X.
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
Now placing another dc where that first dc of the shell went completes the first herringbone "shell".
 
Herringbone Taking Shape Pillow Tutorial by Felted Button
 
So deconstructing the first "shell", notice the placement of each of the stitches. This is essentially what you'll be doing for each row from here on.
 
Repeat Row 3 through the color sequence (1-31). You can decide when to do your color changes. I started by going through each color in the sequence for a single row. Then I repeated the color sequence using each color for two rows, then worked each color in sequence for three rows. I like the "randomness" and scrappy feel this gives, but lots of color changes makes for more ends to weave. Basically each color was worked for a total of six rows if you prefer to try that. And honestly, if I had to do it again, I might remove one of the lighter pinks--or at least separate them in sequence--because in certain lights they just don't provide enough contrast to each other. (Those are colors 25 and 26 above.)
 
By the way, when I changed colors, I brought the new color through on the final yarn-over of the last stitch of the row and fastened off the old before turning and working with the new color. 
 
Final Blanket Row: ch 3 (counts as dc), [dc in ch-sp of next ch-2 sp on row before last, drawing up long loop to height of working row, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp on last row, dc in same ch-sp on row before last, drawing up long loop to height of working row] across, ending with dc in top of turning ch, turn
 
Let's move on to the border--but weave those ends first! (Just breathe and have your favorite treat to celebrate the near completion of your superb creation! It will totally be worth it when you have this super soft, happy blanket!)
 
Border: (Worked in the round with the same side facing throughout. The side facing you will become the right side--it doesn't really matter which you pick.)
 
Rnd 1: with white (32), join with a sl st in the top right blanket corner, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3),  dc in same st as joining, ch 1, sk 1 dc, (dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 dc) rep across to corner, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in corner, (dc in side of next row, ch 1) rep to corner, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in corner, (dc in ch-sp, ch 1, dc in base of herringbone--see Picture below, ch 1) across to corner, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in corner, (dc in side of next row, ch 1) rep to first corner, join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 6, fasten off
 
 
This shows stitch placement of Rnd 1 of the border along the bottom edge (shown worked into the red which was really Row 1) and the blanket edge working into each row along the side.
 
Because I couldn't decide which of the beautiful colors to use, I decided to use more by changing colors along each side of the blanket at the beginning of each corner for Rnds 2 and 4. It's up to you.
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern by Felted Button
 
Rnd 2: with color(s) of choice and working in ch-sps around, join with sl st in any ch- 3 corner sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc in same sp as joining, ch 1, [work first half-closed dc in same ch-3 corner sp, sk next ch-1 sp, work second half-closed dc in next ch-1 sp, complete Cl, ch 1, *working behind last dc made, work first half-closed dc in skipped--or previous--ch-1 sp, work second half-closed dc in next ch-1 sp, complete Cl, ch 1; rep from * across to corner working last "leg" of final Cl in corner ch-sp, ch 1, 5 dc in corner ch-3 sp] rep along other 3 sides omitting final corner, join to top of starting ch-3, fasten off
Let's look at this round more closely because it's a bit tricky until you get the hang of it.
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button
 
Join with a sl st. Then ch 3, which counts as your first dc.
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button
 
Complete 4 more dc in the same corner ch-sp. Then ch 1.
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

Now work a half-closed dc in the same sp by yarning over, inserting your hook in the ch-3 corner sp, yarning over and drawing through a loop. Then yarn over again and draw through 2 loops on your hook. This leaves just 2 loops as shown above--a half-closed dc.


Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

Now skip a ch-1 sp and work your second half-closed dc in the next ch-1 sp. Yarn over and draw through all three loops on your hook...

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

...to close the Cl (marked by the x). Ch 1.

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

Working behind the Cl just worked, work the first half-closed dc (marked by the x above) in the skipped--or previous--ch-1 sp.


Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

Then work the second half-closed dc in the next ch-1 sp. Yarn over and draw through 3 loops to complete that Cl.

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

Ch 1. (These ch-1 sps are where your stitches for the next round will go.)

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button

To give you a little better look at where your stitch goes when you work behind the previous "leg" of the Cl, The black X is the second "leg" of the Cl two stitches before. The blue X is the second "leg" of the previous Cl. Your stitch goes in the same ch-1 sp just before the black X. In essence, your clusters are straddling a ch-1 sp.

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Photo-Tutorial of Border by Felted Button
 
Continue this way to the corner. You finish the corner by working the last leg of the last Cl in the corner ch-sp. (This is where you can change colors, if you want. I just pulled through a new color on the final yarn over of the Cl. Then ch 1 and work 5 dc in the ch-3 corner space with the new color.) Repeat this for the remaining 3 sides, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3 and fasten off.
 
Rnd 3: with white (32), join with sl st in center st of any 5-dc group, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in same st as joining, ch 1, *(dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1) rep across to corner, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in center st of 5-dc group; rep from * around omitting final corner, join to 3rd ch of beginning ch-6, fasten off
 
Rnd 4: rep Rnd 2
 
Rnd 5: with white (32), join with sc (see Special Stitches) in first ch-1 sp to left of any corner, ch 1, *(sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) rep to 5-dc corner group, sk first dc of group, sc in next, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in center dc of group, sc in next dc, ch 1, sk last dc of group; rep from * on each side of blanket, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off
 
Weave in ends and ENJOY!!
 
If you find any errors or have any questions, feel free to message me on Facebook via PM or through Etsy convo. I'm Felted Button everywhere! And feel free to share your projects in my Facebook group here or anywhere using #FeltedButton or #IlluminationsBlanket.
 
I hope you love making this blanket as much as I have and that it "Illuminates" your world. It's the perfect size for me and the perfect weight of blanket for all year-round. Plus, color makes me happy!
 
Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern by Felted Button
 
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