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The Lynmouth Blanket

Back in the summer of 2016, I was working with a lot of blanket yarns for my mermaid tail blankets which were popular on my Etsy store. I’m not exaggerating when I say I have tried and tested my own body weight in blanket yarn when experimenting to find something light and cosy for the mermaid tails. But when I stumbled across Bernat Blanket yarn I knew I had to make something of my own with it.

Around the same time I made an offer on my first property and flash-forward almost a year and I am finally settling into my new home. It only made sense for me to use the Bernat Blanket yarn I had been eying up since first viewing my first home to make the first homely item – a sofa throw.

This blanket adds a cute and personal touch to your home and would even make the perfect house warming gift.

This yarn is the cosiest of all the blanket yarns I have tried and is 100% polyester and machine washable. This is classified as a chunky yarn so works up very quickly.

I decided to go with three colours to create my ripples; Cream, grey and a deep red to set it all off. The pattern uses approximately 1300 metres of yarn, which works out to be 7 x 300g balls (2 in each colour and an extra in the red colour I started with).

You may have some leftover yarn and with this I made some One Peak Mountain cushions using the pattern from Erin Beth Designs – available here.

I’ve seen hundreds of variations of ripple/chevron crochet patterns whilst learning to crochet and this is my chunky take on it. This throw uses chain stitches, double crochet, double crochet increases and double crochet decreases only, so if you can master those stitches you can master this blanket in no time.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time to make: Approx 10-12 hours

Please feel free to sell what you make but please reference me and this pattern if you do. Do not sell this pattern or redistribute as your own. If you want to share this pattern, send a link to this page. 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 x 300g (Approx 400 metres) Bernat Blanket yarn in Vintage White
  • 2 x 300g (Appox 400 metres) Bernat Blanket yarn in Dark Grey
  • 3 x 300g (Approx 500 metres) Bernat Blanket yarn in Purple Plum
  • Size 11 (8mm) Crochet Hook
  • Size 13 (9mm) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

  • CH – Chain
  • DC – Double Crochet in the back loop
  • DCinc – Double Crochet increase (2 DC into the same space) in the back loop only
  • DC2tog – Double Crochet two stitches together in the back loop only
  • * – Repeat sequence
  • FO – Fasten off

The Pattern

The pattern consists of 17 stitches to start, multiples of 16 for the body and then an additional 2 stitches at the end. I.e. if you want to adjust the size of this blanket to make a baby blanket or an extra-large blanket then you’ll need a multiple of 16 for the body plus 19 extra stitches.

I wanted my blanket to be large enough to cover my sofa so I chained 99 stitches (5 x 16 + 19) using my size 13 (9mm) crochet hook.

Note: I usually use a size up when creating the original chain in order to keep the first couple of rows from being overly tight.

From there I switched to my Size 11 (8mm) hook and worked as follows:

Row 1:

Note: All stitches are worked in the back loop ONLY

The CH stitches that begin each row DO count as a stitch

DC in 3rd CH for the first row  from hook, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog, DC 5, *2 x DC Inc, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog , DC5 – Repeat from star to last stitch, 1 x DC Inc. CH2 and turn.

Row 2:

DC in the last stitch of the last row (CH 2 + DC count as a DC Inc), DC 5, 2 x DC2tog, DC 5, *2 x DC Inc, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog , DC5 – Repeat from star to last stitch, 1 x DC Inc. CH2 and turn.

To create the Double Crochet Increase, simply DC two stitches into the same space.

To create the Double Crochet decrease,

Loop over and then pull up a loop through the back loop of the next stitch

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (as you would usually do for a DC)

Yarn over again and through the back loop of the next stitch and then yarn over again and pull through another loop (You should now have four loops on your hook):

Yarn over and pull through 2 stitches:

Yarn over and pull through the remaining 3 stitches:

Ta da!

Repeat row 2 until your throw is the desired length and fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Note: I did four repeats of the pattern between each colour change (4 rows of each colour). When tying off a colour and starting a new one place a knot at the beginning/end of the yarn to prevent yarn from fraying.

The Abbreviated Pattern

CH 99 in Size US 13 Hook.

Swap to Size US 11 Hook.

Row 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog, DC 5, *2 x DC Inc, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog , DC5 – Repeat sequence to last stitch, 1 x DC Inc. CH2 and turn.

Row 2: DC in the last stitch of the last row (CH 2 + DC count as a DC Inc), DC 5, 2 x DC2tog, DC 5, *2 x DC Inc, DC 5, 2 x DC2tog , DC5 – Repeat sequence to last stitch, 1 x DC Inc. CH2 and turn.

Repeat Row 2 and change colours every 4 rows.

FO when desired length.

If you make your own Lynmouth blanket with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

3 thoughts on “The Lynmouth Blanket

  1. Hi! I’m a beginner at crochet and discovered your pattern through Reddit. Someone posted a picture of their finished blanket and I immediately knew I wanted to make it! 🙂
    It’s a beautiful blanket and the wool is wonderful. I started making the blanket myself today, but after crocheting all afternoon, I noticed that I’m falling short on stitches on every row. I am now at the second red part and am short about 5 or 6 stitches. Unfortunately I didn’t really notice because of the waves and my inexperience 🙁 I wanted to ask a little more information about the turns. I see you write that you need to chain 2, yet every tutorial about double stitches tells me you need to chain 3 to turn. Is there any reason to that? Your pattern also says to take the 3rd chain after the turn but doing so seems to make the border uneven.. I’m probably doing something wrong there. Could you please help this unexperienced crochet lover? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Nele,

      Thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the confusion with this pattern, it is actually one of the first to go on my blog so I hope you can forgive me for the poor explanations!

      The tutorials in whether to do two or three chains have can differ drastically and the best way I find to gauge it is usually; do your chains match the height of your stitches? For me I find I tend to chain stitch very loosely so for a HDC and DC the two chains seems to be enough but it you find you chain quite tightly and its distorting the edges then you can definitely chain three instead and it won’t alter the pattern whatsoever.

      The description of the pattern is for the first row (of your initial chain) so the third chain from the hook refers to the third chain on the first row and on all over rows it is the last stitch of the last row, sorry that wasn’t made clear I’m amended the pattern now!

      The pattern should work so that you have an even amount of increases to decreases so the stitches of each row remain the same, the CH stitches at the beginning of each row count as a stitch so the CH2 and DC that begin each row count as a DC increase.

      I hope this explains it a little better! Please let me know if you need anymore help.

      Zoe xx

  2. Hi Zoe, I’m happy to report that my blanket is now looking as it should. I unravelled the part I’d already done and started over completely. Thanks a whole bunch for the clarification and adjustments. Everything is super clear now and even a complete starter like me is able to work it out now 🙂 I can’t wait to finish and use it! Been working on it non-stop, am at the fourth red part now. 🙂

    Thanks again, can’t wait to try some of your other stuff!

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