1.26.2018

Trio Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Have you got your three Scheepjes Whirls ready and waiting? If so, I've designed a fabulously simple free crochet pattern for you with a mesmerizing result.

Meet the Trio Blanket...


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern from Felted Button (photo courtesy of Sandra Veneman)
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
If you haven't got your hook into any Whirls yet, I suggest you give this magical yarn a try. You can read my thoughts about it here, here and here. This is my third blanket designed with it and two more coming this year! It's simply, well, magical, like I said. Such varied effects can be achieved depending on your color choices and the order you use the three cakes. 

Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern from Felted Button (photo courtesy of Sandra Veneman)
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman.

I also give a few suggestions for cake color combinations in a post here, but don't limit yourself to my ideas--there are more combinations possible than any two hands can make in a lifetime! Go with what feels good to you! The only thing to consider is if two identical colors will meet and you lose a little contrast. (But maybe that is what you are going for--like in my blanket.)


The sample above was made by my amazing tester and friend, Sandra. As you can see with her cakes, she decided to pull the top two (Brambleberry and Blackberry Mint Chip) from the center and the Sherbet Rainbow from the outside. It's those little changes which can really change the effect of your blanket.


Trio Blanket made wtih Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button

With my sample above, made with Minty Black Velvet, Sea Breeze Tease and Green Tea Tipple, I got this "washed" section in the middle that I think is really neat. It also doesn't have much contrast, but that was intentional, so have fun with your color choices!

Now that you've hopefully been inspired to make your own, let's get to the pattern for the TRIO BLANKET! (Written in US crochet terms.)

I used a 3.5mm (E) hook--which I think was perfect for lovely drape. and one cake of each of the 3 colors. The gauge is not super critical here, but mine was 17.5 rows x 22 dc = 4in (10cm) in this stitch pattern.

Let's define which blanket is which:
Sample A: made with Minty Green Velvet (A), Sea Breeze Tease (B), and Green Tea Tipple (C)


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button


Sample B: made with Brambleberry (A), Sherbet Rainbow (B), and Blackberry Mint Chip (C)
Trio Blanket made using 3 Scheepjes Whirls -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman.


Dimensions:
• Sample A Blanket: 33” X 64” (84cm X 162cm)

• Sample B Blanket: 38” X 50” (97cm X 128cm)

If you want to change up your blanket dimensions, the multiple is 6 + 4. That means you will chain any multiple of 6 and then ch 4 more to the width you want. Since you just crochet until the yarn runs out, remember, the wider you make it, the shorter in height it will be.

A couple of notes:
• When changing colors draw the new color through on the final yarn over of the last stitch of the row carrying the yarn loosely up the sides and dropping the old color without cutting the yarn. This is awesome because then you only have 6 ends to weave! Can you see the yarn that has been carried loosely up the side? As long as you don't pull it too tightly, it keeps the edges tidy and is hardly noticeable. Notice the black yarn was "dropped" and the next color in sequence (white) is loosely pulled up on the final draw through of the last stitch of the row.



• All yarn cakes for Sample A were pulled from the center of each cake. The yarn cakes for Sample B were pulled from the center of A and the outside of B and C. Remember, you can decide where to pull from and let your creativity run!

Stitch abbreviations:
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman.
There is only one special stitch. I call it a stacked sc and use it to replace a beginning ch-3 at the start of a row to make a tidier edge. It acts as a dc--just like a ch-3 typically does. Here's how I explain it: 

Stacked sc (counts as dc): insert hook in designated st, yarn over and draw through st, yarn over, draw through both lopos on hook (sc made), insert hook through left leg of sc just made, yarn over and draw through left leg, yarn over, draw through both loops on hook. 


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button

Basically what you have done here is put one sc on top of another sc.


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button

If you want to see the stitch in more detail, I've created a blog post about it and other tidy edge techniques here.The stacked sc is Option #3.

Blanket Pattern:
Sample A was made with a starting ch of 208 (6 X 34 reps + 4); Sample B was made with a starting ch of 244 (6 x 40 + 4)

With A ch a multiple of 6 +4
Foundation Row: hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in next ch, *ch 3, sk next 3, hdc in each of next 3 ch; rep from * across, turn. Drop A, draw B through last loops. (206 sts for Sample A; 242 sts for Sample B)

Row 1: with B, ch 3, sk next 3 hdc, *working over next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 3 skipped ch in foundation ch, ch 3, sk next 3 hdc, rep from * across, sc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop B, draw C through last loops.

Row 2: with C, working over ch-3 sp, stacked sc in first st two rows below, dc in next 2 sts two rows below, *ch 3, sk 3 sts, working over next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 3 skipped sts two rows below; rep from * across, turn. Drop C, draw A through last loops.

Row 3: with A, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, *working over next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 3 skipped dc two rows below, ch 3; rep from * across, sc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop A, draw B through last loops.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 alternating colors A, B, and C until there is insufficient yarn to complete more than the final row.


Final Row: working over ch-3 sp, stacked sc in first st two rows below, dc in next 2 sts two rows below, *hdc in next 3, working over ch-3 sp, dc in next 3 sts two rows below; rep from * across.

Your final row is a repeat of row 2 replacing the dc that work over the ch-3 with a hdc because this gives it a bit straighter edge. If you have enough yarn and want to end your final row as a Row 3 repeat you can most certainly do that in the same way!

Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern by Felted Button
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman.
Easy peasy, huh? This is the kind of blanket you can make while binge watching Netflix or tending to little ones. It's a rhythmic and relaxing pattern, I think, with a result that looks a lot harder than it is. I give credit to the Scheepjes Whirl for that.

I also try to provide nice and tidy, ad-free PDF versions of most of my free patterns for a small fee on Ravelry here, Etsy here, or LoveCrochet here

If you would like to get some Scheepjes Whirl and you use the *affiliate links below it doesn't cost you any more but provides me a small commission which allows me to continue providing free patterns.

Here's where you can get yours...


All of the above places provide international shipping, too! (Sometimes you can get free shipping with a code or an order over a certain amount.)
You can also find them in many local shops throughout Europe. The list is here.

I'm afraid to even mention this, because I might come across as a little obsessed with Whirl, but I've been busy designing a blanket with 4 Whirls. Someone stop me now! Wait. No. Leave me alone with my magical Whirls. ;)

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| On the Board | -- Faith it 'til you make it.

Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- designer of colorful crochet patterns


24 comments:

  1. I love the blankets.....something different for me to try!

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    1. They are simple but unique! If you give it a try--please share on my Facebook page. I love to see what other's do with my patterns and different colors.

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  2. Hi Susan, what a amazing blanket you had made!
    I know the addiction to whirl is unstoppable...
    I don't stop you, please go ahead ;)

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    1. Why, thank you, Jellina! We are both on a bit of a Whirl addiction right now. I love your new scarf design with Whirl. It's stunning!

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    1. Thank you! It's really the yarn doing most of the work!

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  4. This blanket is absolutely fabulous. I love the whirls of colour. Thank you so much for the free tutorial, I really feel like making this! The stitch seems simple too!

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    1. The stitch pattern is very simple and really rhythmic. Since there's no worry about a bazillion ends, you can just happily relax and crochet away. You are most welcome for the pattern, Sandra. I hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Thank you Susan!
    Love the final results of combining 3 cakes. At the moment I'm unable to purchase the cakes. However, when I do, I will purchase them via your links. ;-) It is amazing how you combine colors so well. I wish I had the eye to do so. Well, I mean in crochet and knitting. I have an eye for color in sewing. Somehow, in crochet & knitting it is difficult for me. Nevertheless, I don't worry about it... I have wonderful ladies, like yourself, that will do it for me. LOL. Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks, dear, for using my links. It really is such a help for me to be able to provide free patterns. And I'm happy to assist with color suggestions--it's sort of an obsession for me to arrange colors in my head. At least you have great success with it in your sewing!

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  6. Beautiful!!!!!! like the colours, greetings

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  7. I’m in love with this and waiting for the 4 cake one to turn into my first ever whirls project!

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  8. like jour blanket, first finish my socks

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  9. Thanks for the pattern! I've just starred making it :). Does your PDF have more pictures? I'm a bit confused as to what should be the happening at the start and end of the rows. Should my foundation row end with 3dc? Thank you!

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    1. Your foundation row shoukd end with 3 hdc, since that's where the repeat ends. Does that make sense?

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  10. If I want to make it a bit bigger could I add in a 4th whirl color do you think?

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    1. The colors would certainly work out fine, but the challenge is the odd row repeat keeps you from cutting your yarn. With 4 your carries will be on the wrong side down you'll have to cut the yarn.

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    2. i think only odd numbers will work. gor different colours this would mean 5 and for the 3 colours this would mean 9....

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  11. Thank you for generously sharing this pattern! One question, though - the link pointing to edging techniques only talks about Slip stitching the rough edges. Where can we find the one you mention that includes the stacked SC?

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  12. Thanks for alerting me to this. The link is repaired! I hope it is helpful and you enjoy the pattern.

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  13. It looked like you used one cake to the end and then the next one to the end and then the last one to the end. But reading the pattern you changed colors as you went along. i wonder what it would look like using up each cake after you started it. Thoughts...

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    1. I don't know, but imagine it would be a gentler fade in sections with less illusion. No matter what, this yarn us pretty.

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