Essential Comfort Blanket Pattern

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The Essential Comfort Blanket Pattern is easy-to-crochet in Bulky Weight Yarn [5] and it is available in 5-different sizes.

The yarn I used to make this blanket was given to me by Yarnspirations (thank you Yarnspirations). It is super softy and warm and makes a lovely blanket.

I will sum up 2020 as a very challenging year. I have often been in need of comfort and solace – and I am sure you have too.

This is one of three blanket patterns I am releasing over the next few weeks. Hopefully, you have time to crochet one of them to use as your own comfort blanket this winter.

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WIP Essential Comfort Blanket

The full written pattern is available in this post, for free. If you would prefer the ad-free PDF version, it includes a stitch diagram and is available from my shop on Ravelry here: Essential Comfort Blanket Pattern PDF

Essential Comfort Blanket - Rhondda Mol

Essential Comfort Blanket

Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart Soft Essentials Yarn. 5 oz (141 g) and 131 yds (120 m). 100% Acrylic. Bulky-Weight Yarn [5]. Machine wash in warm water, gentle cycle. Tumble dry, low.
  • Colors: 2 balls each in Teal (E856-7520), Black (E856-7002), Cream (E856-7103)
  • Hook: 6.50 mm (K). Furls Streamline.
  • Finished Project Yardage: Baby Blanket: 21.9 oz (621 g) / 574 yds
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Sizes

Blanket width approximately baby (receiving, swaddle, throw, queen) 30 (40, 50, 60, 90) inches and 30 (40, 50, 60, 90) inches length, including the edging. Edging measures 2 inches on each side.

Gauge

Approximately 7 rows per 4 inches and 6 crossed half doubles per 4 inches

Edging: 7 rows per 2 inches and (6 sc, 6 ch1sp) per 4 inches

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

beg – beginning

ch/chs – chain/chains

ch1sp – chain 1 space

crossed half doubles – crossed half double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together

R – row or round

rep – repeat

sc – single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st – stitch

yo – yarn over

* to ** – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space AND alternative sizes instructions

Special Stitches

Crossed Half Doubles – see tutorials

Basically this is a hdc2tog worked over 2 stitches, or spaces. I found this stitch used in a vintage booklet I purchased at a local antique shop – from Patons – called First Steps in Crochet by Patons.

When you work the Crossed Half Double (I show you in the tutorial steps below) it is worked over 2 chains or 2 ch1sp like this:

*(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across the row.

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Crossed Half Doubles Tutorial

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

  • stitch multiple is 2 + 1
  • Each hdc2tog (or Crossed Half Doubles) is indicated in the row-end count as “Crossed Half Double”, the hdc stitch at the end of the row and the ch-2 which counts as a hdc are indicated as “hdc”.
  • Carry the unused yarn loosely up the side edge until you need to use it again.
  • When you work into the ch1sp on both sides of the crossed half doubles; you will be working into each ch1sp twice (except the very first ch1sp of the row). The last crossed half double will finish in the space between the turning ch and the last crossed half double on the row below.
  • Color A: Teal, Color B: Black, Color C: Cream
  • Instructions are written for the smallest size, alternative sizes are in parentheses.

Essential Comfort Blanket Pattern Instructions

This blanket is crocheted back and forth in rows. 

Using your 6.50 mm (K) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: With Color A (Teal), ch 79 (111, 149, 167, 251). Sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hdc); *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the last ch, changing to Color B (Black) on the last yo of the stitch; turn. [38 (54, 73, 82, 124) Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R2: With Color B (Black), ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row; you will be working into each ch1sp twice (except for the very first ch1sp of the row). (Yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1. *Yo, insert your hook in the last ch1sp used, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** across to the last crossed half double. Work 1 crossed half double in the last ch1sp used and the space between the last crossed half double and the final hdc. Ch 1, work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing to Color C (Cream) on the last yo of the st; turn. [38 (54, 73, 82, 124) Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R3: With Color C (Cream), ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). (Yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1. *Yo, insert your hook in the last ch1sp used, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** across to the last crossed half double. Work 1 crossed half double in the last ch1sp used and the space between the last crossed half double and the last hdc. Ch 1, work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing to Color A (Teal) on the last yo of the st; turn. [38 (54, 73, 82, 124) Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R4: With Color A (Teal), ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). (Yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1. *Yo, insert your hook in the last ch1sp used, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** across to the last crossed half double. Ch 1, work 1 crossed half double in the last ch1sp and the space between the last crossed half double and the last hdc. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing to Color B (Black) on the last yo of the st; turn. [38 (54, 73, 82, 124) Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R5-R43 (R61, R82, R91, R139): Rep R2-R4. 

Finish off all yarn colors except Color B (Black).

R44 (R62, R83, R92, R140): With Color B (Black), sk the first hdc. Ch 1, *1 sc in the next ch1sp, 1 sc in the top of the next Crossed Half Double**. Rep from * to ** across to the last hdc of the row. Work 1 hdc in the last hdc of the row (top of ch2). Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner. [77 (109, 147, 165, 249) sc plus 2 sc in the corner] 

Rotate your project to continue working around the outside of the blanket.

Work 77 (109, 147, 165, 249) sc evenly across the side edge. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner.

Rotate your project to work across the bottom of the foundation chain. 

Sk the ch below the first hdc (this is the 2 chs skipped at the beginning). 1 sc in each ch across to the end. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner. [77 (109, 147, 165, 249) sc plus 2 sc in the corner]

Rotate your project to work across the side edge. 

Work 77 (109, 147, 165, 249) sc evenly across the side edge. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner. 

[308 (436, 588, 660, 996) sc, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

We will continue working in continuous rounds, around the outside of the blanket to form our edging.

R45 (R63, R84, R93, R141): *1 sc in the next sc, ch 1, sk the next sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the corner ch1sp. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the ch1sp. 

Ch 1, sk the next sc. Rep from * to ** across to the next corner ch1sp. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the ch1sp. 

Ch 1, sk the next sc. Rep from * to ** across to the next corner ch1sp. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the ch1sp. 

Ch 1, sk the next sc. Rep from * to ** across to the next corner ch1sp. Work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the ch1sp. Ch 1 and sl st to the first sc of this row to join, finish off Color B (Black) and weave in ends. [156 (220, 296, 332, 500) sc, 160 (224, 300, 336, 504) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

R46 (R64, R85, R94, R142): Join Color C (Cream) in any corner ch1sp. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc, (1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc) 40 (56, 75, 84, 126) times**. Rep from * to ** 4 times total. Sl st to the first sc to join, finish off Color C (Cream) and weave in ends.  [160 (224, 300, 336, 504) sc, 164 (228, 304, 340, 5308) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

R47 (R65, R86, R95, R143): Join Color A (Teal) in any corner ch1sp. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc, (1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc) 41 (57, 76, 85, 127)times**. Rep from * to ** 4 times total. Sl st to the first sc to join, finish off Color A (Teal) and weave in ends. [164 (228, 304, 340, 508) sc, 168 (232, 308, 344, 512) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

R48 (R66, R87, R96, R144): Join Color B (Black) in any corner ch1sp. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc, (1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc) 42 (58, 77, 86, 128) times**. Rep from * to ** 4 times total. Sl st to the first sc to join, finish off Color B (Black) and weave in ends.  [168 (232, 308, 344, 512) sc, 172 (236, 312, 348, 516) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

R49 (R67, R88, R97, R145): Join Color C (Cream) in any corner ch1sp. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc, (1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc) 43 (59, 78, 87, 129) times**. Rep from * to ** 4 times total. Sl st to the first sc to join, finish off Color C (Cream) and weave in ends. [172 (236, 312, 348, 516) sc, 176 (240, 316, 352, 520) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

R50 (R68, R89, R98, R146): Join Color A (Teal) in any corner ch1sp. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the corner ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc, (1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next sc) 44 (60, 79, 88, 130) times**. Rep from * to ** 4 times total. Sl st to the first sc to join, finish off Color A (Teal) and weave in ends. [176 (240, 316, 352, 520) sc, 180 (244, 320, 356, 524) ch1sp, plus 8 sc and 4 ch1sp in the corners]

Finishing Instructions:

Weave in any remaining ends.

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