Multi Hearts Modern Tapestry Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

I'm not usually a heart person. It's not my style. But my multi hearts blanket is too sweet not to love. And HELLO neons and neutrals?! #thankyousomuch

Below is the tutorial/pattern for this blanket that I hope you will love. If you need any clarification on any of the instructions below, feel free to leave a comment or email me at thefadedpineapple[at]gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


What you'll need:
  • 3+ skeins of I Love this Yarn in Light Gray for the main color (any worsted weight yarn will work, however, you may need more yarn or not as much as what I list here). Start with 3 skeins, you might need a 4th one.
    • Using a yarn ball winder or another manual method (see my tutorial here to wind a center pull yarn ball with your hands) wind 4 bigger double stranded center pull yarn balls and 3 smaller double stranded center pull yarn balls. (TIP: I used a flat food scale to help me make my yarn balls. While this was super helpful it isn't necessary, eyeballing it is just fine!)
  • 4 skeins of I Love this Yarn in Blue Multi for the accent color (SIDENOTE: If you're using a SOLID color from this brand, you shouldn't need more than 2 skeins. The yardage on solid skeins is significantly more than the multi/striped/ombre yarns from this line).
    • Make 3 bigger double stranded center pull yarn balls and 3 smaller double stranded center pull yarn balls.
  • Size US 15 (10mm) crochet hook
  • Something to sort your yarn strands. I use a laundry basket that has holes in it, I found it on clearance at Wal-Mart. I've also seen people using small bins with holes in it, something like this.
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle/tapestry needle (something to weave your ends in)

How to make your blanket bigger. (And final thoughts about this pattern.)

Before the fix.
Turn your blanket so that the WRONG SIDE faces up. Proceed to the directions in the image below.



Row 1: SC in every CHAIN SPACE of this first row. Chain 1 and turn. 
Rows 2-8: Chain 1 and turn, SC in every STITCH (make sure you're not crocheting in to the chain space for the remaining rows) across.
To finish, after you make your last SC, chain one, cut a four inch tail and pull it through and tight to fasten it off. Weave in your tail.

The original HELLO blanket I made, I did add a border but I decoded not to for the second blanket. If you want to add a border, start in the middle of a row (the top or the bottom). SC all the way around your blanket making sure to sc three times in each corner and then slip stitch in to the first SC, tie it off and weave in your tail. When going down the sides of your blanket, make sure you have the same amount of SCs on each side.



Guys, we're done! HOO-FREAKING-RAY. What did you guys think? I mean, besides my mistake oh and the fact that we needed more yarn. Sigh. I still loved making this blanket and I'm already excited for my next one. As always, leave me any questions in the comments and if you post your work in IG please tag me so I can ooh and aah over your bad ass crocheting skills. Insert fist bump emoji.

Until next time,
Rina.







Part 3. And a big fat OOPS.

At last, we've arrived at the final rows over this blanket. Hooray! You're probably realizing now that you'll need another skein of your main color. My apologies. You're probably also realizing that your blanket seems a little short. Insert painful face emoji. After I threw a tantrum for five minutes shouting to the crochet gods, "WHY?! WHY ME?!" I put my thinking cap on and figured out a way to fix this. Which, now I feel silly for aforementioned tantrum. Sigh.

So, I will post part 4 of this blanket this weekend and I promise it's easy and in time we'll all look back at this and we'll laugh. Insert questionable emoji.

Hell...o.


It's May! I love the month of May. First, it's my birthday month. Second, it's Mother's Day month. Lastly, it's basically summer. Eek! Oh, I also (finally) opened my Etsy store. Hooray! Alright, let's get on with party two of this crochetalong.



Before you begin:
You're two main color yarn balls might be totally uneven with one being way bigger than another way. Pay attention to that! For the rows between letters, make sure you're crocheting with the bigger yarn ball. A note on the letter "E", you’re going to carry your main color yarn through the color changes of the letter "E". It doesn’t matter which main color yarn you use, you can even alternate, it doesn’t matter. Let's continue on with the pattern:

Row 30: Chain 1 and turn, SC in next 21 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 3 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 21 stitches

Rows 31: Chain 1 and turn, SC in next 21 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 3 stitches, change color, SC in next 4 stitches, change color, SC in next 21 stitches

Row 32: Repeat row 30

Row 33: Repeat row 31, cut a 4 inch tail of your main color and accent color

Rows 34-37: Chain 1 and turn, SC across and over the 4 inch tails you cut in the previous row

Rows 38-41: Repeat row 11 (in this post)

Row 42: Chain 1 and turn, SC in the next 36 stitches (make sure you crochet over your accent color to carry it to the next color change), before you change colors make sure you pull on your accent color to smooth out any lumps, change color SC in next 4 stitches, change color SC in next 21 stitches

Row 43: Chain 1 and turn, SC in the next 21 stitches, change color SC in next 4 stitches, change color SC i next 36 stitches

Row 44: Repeat row 42

Row 45: Repeat row 43 However, you are going to cut a 4 inch tail of the first main color and then the accent color. You will crochet over these tails in row 46.

Rows 46-49: Repeat row 34-37

Rows 50-57: Repeat row 38-45

I hope everything is going smoothly for you so far. If not, drop a comment below or feel free to shoot me an email thefadedpineapple[at]gmail.com. Have a great week!

Rina



Let's get this party started.

First you'll need to make three double stranded yarn balls (or yarn cakes if you're using a yarn ball winder). I learned to wind a center pull yarn ball using my hands by watching this video. While she only uses one strand, the concept is the same for two strands. Take two of your main color yarn skeins and pulling the center pull string from both skeins start winding your yarn ball. Make two yarn balls from the two main color skeins, trying to make them as evenly sized as possible.

For the accent color, make one large yarn ball. To do this, you'll use both the center pull string and the outer string to make your double stranded center pull yarn ball. This is just as easy as having two skeins it just takes a little longer since you're using both ends of the skein.


ONE: Find the center pull strand and the outer strand and holding on to both ends, pull some slack out. You'll want to keep stopping and pulling more slack (or have someone helping you by pulling the slack out as you wind).
TWO: Anchor the two strands using your pinkie and ring finger. Do not lose track of these strands as this will become your center pull.
THREE: Begin winding around your thumb making sure to switch up the angle as you wind.
FOUR: Keep winding until your yarn ball gets to about the size of a peach, carefully slide the ball off of your thumb keeping the center pull secured by your pinkie and ring finger. Once it's off, continue winding your yarn ball until the entire skein is one big ball.

You should end up with three yarn balls as pictured above.
If you're wondering what we'll be doing with the third main color skein, we'll ultimately be rolling that in to a yarn ball the exact same way we did with the accent color skein we just don't have to do that until a little later on.

Place your three yarn balls in a basket in the same order as pictured above. With the first main color, pull the center pull of the yarn ball through one of the laundry basket holes. If you're not using a laundry basket, disregard this step.

Alright! On to the pattern/chart!


Reading a chart for tapestry crochet is much like reading a cross stitch chart in that each square represents one stitch. (The white squares around this chart are NOT part of the pattern.) My charts are meant to be read beginning from the bottom right corner and moving up. All odd rows are read from right to left and all even rows are read from left to right. If your chart is symmetrical, the direction in which you read it doesn't matter.

When you get to a color change, you finish your stitch with the NEW color. There are a couple of ways to execute a color change. Most crocheters, that I've seen, will carry or float the colors across each row. I don't like the look of "floating" or "carrying" your yarn so if I can avoid it, I will. That is the reason we're working with two main color yarn balls. This video shows how I change colors, I definitely recommend watching it. 

Let's start crocheting!

With your main color, chain 62

Row 1: Sc in the second chain from your hook, and then sc in every stitch across. (61 sc)

Row 2: Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in every stitch across. (61 sc, you should always have 61 sc in each row).

Rows 3-10: Repeat row 2

Row 11: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches. On the 21st stitch, finish this stitch with your accent color (see how to change colors image below). Sc with accent color in next 19 stitches, finish this stitch with the second main color yarn ball and sc in next 21 stitches.



Rows 12-14: Repeat row 11

Row 15: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches, then sc over accent color yarn for the next 7 stitches (see how to carry colors image below). Change to accent color and bring over the main color yarn on the left side of your work, sc in next 4 stitches. Finish the 4th stitch by bringing over the main color strands on the left side of your work (see how to carry colors image below). SC in remaining 29 stitches making sure to crochet over the length of yarn you pulled over as seen in the example above. NOTE: You will use this method for any time colors increase or decrease. You want to think of it as setting your yarn up for upcoming color changes, if that makes sense.


Row 16: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 29 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 4 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 28 stitches.

Row 17: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 28 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 4 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 29 stitches.

Rows 18-21: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 19 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 21 stitches.

Rows 22-25: Repeat row 2

Rows 26-29: Repeat rows 18-21

That's it for part 1! I hope these instructions were clear but if you are struggling with any part, please shoot me an email thefadedpineapple[at]gmail.com and I'll be happy to help.

Over and out.

Get you some.


Alright guys, here's what you'll need to make this blanket:

+3 skeins of medium size 4 worsted yarn (I am using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Menthe)
+1 skein of medium size 4 worsted yarn (Same brand as above in the color Tropical Pink)
+A crochet hook size US N15 - 10 mm (I purchased mine from Joann's and the brand is Susan Bates but I can't find it online. I love this hook!)
+Tapestry or darning needle. I use this one and it works just fine. I like that the tip is angled as it helps me to pick up stitches easily to weave in my tails. If you have a different method to weave in your tails, you may stick with that!
+Plain ol' scissors

OPTIONAL:

+Small laundry basket (if you don't have one, I wouldn't buy one unless you plan on making more tapestry crochet type things. We will only be working with 3 yarn balls at a time so as long as you having something to hold them, that's fine.)
+Yarn ball winder (I would only purchase this if you plan on making more tapestry crochet projects. Otherwise, you can totally use your hands to manually wind a center pull ball.)

Notes:

If you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you, just get something of similar weight and size. The yarn I am using is 7 oz (or 199 grams) and is 355 yards (or 325 meters).

That's it! If you're a crocheter you probably have all of these items and just need some yarn. If that's the case, you should be able to make this blanket for around $16! Let me know if you have any question, otherwise, look out for the post with the first part of the blanket on Sunday!

Crochetalong, crochet along, crochet-along.


I decided to tweak this pattern ever so slightly and thought it would be a great beginner tapestry crochet blanket and perfect for my crochetalong (I still don't know if this should be one or two words or hyphenated, we're just going to stick with one word). Are you excited?! I LOVE this blanket. Here are some details:

+This blanket is crocheted using double stranded yarn.
+It is the perfect chunky, squishy, soft, blanket while still maintaining a lovely drape.
+This works up so quickly!
+I will include options to crochet the heart or the "o" if hearts aren't your thang. I get it. Us heart lovers will judge you silently.
+The dimensions are around 28x31. I can't find my measuring tape at the moment but I promise to post actual dimensions before we begin.
+I will be posting a supplies list on Friday!
+Which, with my yarn suggestions you should be able to make this blanket for around $16!
+ We will officially begin this crochetalong on Monday, April 25th, 2016. WOOT WOOT!

And now I'm off to narrow down my list of one million color combos for this blanket down to one. Sad face.