Let’s make a Christmas Blanket with me!

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2 dogs and a crochet blanket

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Notes

The graph for this pattern can only be found in the

( ) and * * can both contain repeat instructions and repeats are in total.

(   ) rep X times indicates the total number of times that sequence will be repeated including the 1st time you work though what is in the brackets.

CH2 at the beginning of Round 1 does not count as a stitch

All bobbles are worked on the wrong side.

To make a bobble stitch: *Yarn over and insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  Repeat *  * 5 times.  You will have 6 loops in total on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.  For this particular blanket please see the next information point on colour changing.

Each bobble is created with a contrast colour.  When finishing the last stitch before the bobble, pull through the contrast colour.  When finishing the bobble instead of pulling through your contrast colour instead, pull through the main colour to create a clean change.

When making each bobble pull the last stitch tighter than the rest to ensure it pops.

There are many ways to work with 2 colours.  Choose one of the following or whatever your prefered method is.  

A:  Work with bobbins, carrying the yarn only when needed. 

B:  Work clean colour changes finishing off each colour change and weaving in the ends. 

C:  Carry the contrast yarn with your main working yarn to reduce the number of ends to weave in and to easily create each bobble.  

I use a mixture of all throughout the pattern.  The B method will result in less colour bleeding as even with tight tension and ensuring the yarn is worked over correctly I can still see the white bleed through so prefer the ‘cleaness’ of B even if it does result in more ends to weave.  

Sections and method I used

Wavy lines, Trees and Stars: A

Snowflakes, Diamonds: B

Bobble line: C

When working your bobble contrasting yarn, move that yarn towards you when finished with it. The side facing you is the wrong side. This will keep the yarn on the correct side to connect with the next bobble rows. 

The bobbles are always worked in contrast yarn and the SC always in the main colour unless otherwise stated.  However, you may want to work some sections of the pattern in just the contrast colour instead of having to change; this is especially relevant for the single bobble lines and the trees.  But always  work the beginning and ending SC of each row in the main colour.  

Any yarn and matching hook can be used.

ble stitch

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Abbreviations – US terms

Chain(s) – CH(S)                                                    

Stitch(es) – ST(S)                                                                     

Space – SP

Skip – SK                                                                  

Repeat – rep                                                                         

Slip Stitch – SL ST

Finish Off – FO                                                       

Single Crochet – SC                                                                     

Double Crochet – DC

Bob – Bobble Stitch 

Bobble Stitch

To make a bobble stitch: *Yarn over and insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  Repeat *  * 5 times.  You will have 6 loops in total on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. 

When working your bobble contrasting yarn, move that yarn towards you when finished with it. The side facing you is the wrong side. This will keep the yarn on the correct side to connect with the next bobble rows. 

Bobbles will always be worked wrong side to pop out on the right side.

 The below video will demonstrate the bobble and show how to do the colour changes for the bobble stitch itself.

How to make a bobble

PART 1

CH 161

Row 1:  DC in 3rd CH from hook and each CH across.  CH1, turn.  (159 DC)

Rows 2-3: SC  in each ST across. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Wavy line

Row 4: SC 9, (Bob, SC 13) rep 10 times. Bob, SC 9. CH1, turn.  (148 SC, 11 Bobbles)

Row 5: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 6: SC 8, (Bob, SC, Bob, SC 11) rep 10 times, Bob, SC , Bob, SC 8. CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles)

Row 7: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 8: SC 7, (Bob, SC 3, Bob, SC 9) rep 10 times, Bob, SC 3, Bob, SC 7.  CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles)

Row 9: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 10:  SC 6, (Bob, SC 5, Bob, SC 7) rep 10 times, Bob, SC 5, Bob, SC 6.  CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles) 

Row 11: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 12: SC 5, (Bob, SC 7, Bob, SC 5) rep 11 times. CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles)

Row 13: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 14: SC 4, (Bob, SC 9, Bob, SC 3) rep 10 times, Bob, SC 9, Bob, SC 4.  CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles)

Row 15: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 16: SC 3, (Bob, SC 11, Bob, SC) rep 10 times, Bob, SC 11, Bob, SC 3.  CH1, turn.  (137 SC, 22 Bobbles)

Row 17: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

Row 18: SC 2, (Bob, SC 13) rep 10 times, Bob, SC 2.  CH1, turn.  (147 SC, 12 Bobbles)

Rows 19 – 23: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC) 

Below is the instructions for the single bobble line that will feature throughout:-

Straight Line

Row 24: SC 4, (Bob, SC) rep 75 times, Bob, SC 4.  CH1, turn. (83 SC, 76 Bobbles)

Rows 25 – 29: SC in each ST. CH1, turn.  (159 SC)

                                                                     

                                                                      Next up…. Christmas trees

Any questions you may have don’t be afraid to ask them in group. There should be plenty of willing helpers in Flo’s Crafty Crochet group to get you the answer you need.

This is not a race either so please feel no pressure, just enjoy it. Thank you for your support as always and have fun with it.

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