This is a weird time for everyone. It’s so hard not being able to get together and do our normal activities.
One of the things that has really been helping me through this time is crochet. I know it may seem silly, but focusing on my projects (after my family, of course!) has really helped me keep my sanity.
I’ve never wanted to homeschool my kiddos and this experience has shown me how hard it really is. My hat is off to all the homeschool moms out there! Getting them to do their work can be really hard sometimes (except for my oldest, who loves it!).
I’m so thankful I have my hubs home to help. We split up the two middles and try to keep the two year old entertained so he’s not in everyone’s projects.
I had already been working on this blanket with some amazing yarn provided by We Crochet and being home more allowed me to finish it up sooner than I had anticipated. I loooooove the way it turned out and I hope you do, too!
One of the things I absolutely LOVE about this blanket is the reversible aspect of it – check out the picture at the top of the post!! You can see the side where I did the surface crochet and the back has a wonderful straight line. I love both sides.
The Tartan Plaid Blanket uses surface crochet to give it vertical lines of contrasting colors. It’s super easy, though, and if you can single crochet, you can make this! The video tutorial will walk you through it. 🙂
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Tartan Plaid Blanket
What You’ll Need
Yarn: We Crochet/Knitpicks Yarn Biggo (5 bulky weight), 5 skeins Bare, 2 skeins Icicle Heather, 2 skeins Magnolia Heather
Hook: US Size M (9.0mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors
Gauge: 13 sts and 14 rows = 5″ in sc
Finished Size: Approximately 30″ x 34″
6 rows MC
1 row CC1
1 row CC2
With MC, ch 86 (or any multiple of 8 plus 6).
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next 5 ch; repeat from * to end – 85 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sc, *ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in sc, ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * to end; turn.
Repeat row 2 until desired size, following stripe pattern (the sample shown is 80 rows), then work rows below.
Final block: Repeat row 2 in MC for 6 rows.
Do not fasten off.
Round 1: Join CC1 and work 1 row evenly in sc, working sc, ch 1, sc in each corner. Join with slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Join CC2 and repeat row 1.
Rounds 3-6: Join MC and repeat row 1.
Making the Plaid
Join CC1 in first ch-1 space. Use surface slip st in the ch-1 space of each row to create the vertical line.
Join CC2 in the second ch-1 space. Use surface slip st in the ch-1 space of each row to create the second vertical line.
Repeat for each ch-1 space. See video for help if needed. 🙂
Weave in ends.
That’s it! If you need help, don’t forget to check out the video tutorial and remember, you can always view all of my free crochet patterns here, including more blankets!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern and I’d love to see what you make! You can tag me on Instagram or post to my Facebook page.
I very much wanted to try your tartan plaid blanket pattern. However, and unless I’ve missed something it appears that you have left out how to do the plaid. I could easily figure out the horizontal colour changes on my own, however, I think directions as to how to achieve the vertical might have been helpful.
Not sure what happened there as the surface slip stitch part disappeared from the post after I wrote it! I’ve put it up again and that part is detailed in the video as well.
Hello Ellen, I kindly ask for your permission to try your pattern, but for a scarf. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this pattern! I really like the look of Plaid/Tartan.
I have read through the pattern and it appears quite easy to follow. The idea of surface slip st for the vertical lines makes it so much simpler than carrying the yarn across the back of the blanket. You are very creative!!
Now I just have to complete the projects I have in the queue so I can have fun with this one. 🙂
Love this pattern and really appreciate you sharing the directions to make it..Now to determine what yarn I want to use.. I have a friend that is learning crochet and I think this might be one that she can easily do….Thank you again..