A Cozy Winter Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern

A Cozy Winter Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern
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The Robin Blanket is not a new afghan pattern. It was designed in the early days of Sunflower back in November 2020. However, I have just realised that there is no specific blog post for it to show it off!!

This blanket deserves to be given the spotlight.

I just love my blankets and afghans. In fact my whole family do. I have lost count of how many I have made and gifted …. and then there is the blanket box that is bursting at the seams in my living room and the others that are stashed around the house!

Please tell me it is normal when you crochet to have so many blankets and afghan patterns???!

PDF Patterns

You can purchase the inexpensive pdf version of this pattern, which includes a visual chart of the blanket and when to make your colour changes, in all of the usual places.

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Fun to work up

If you are new to colour changing then this project is a great one to try it out on! You can either carry your yarn all of the way through or you can use bobbins and use a different bobbin for each block. Neither way is wrong.

 

 

Handy hint: when doing a colour change, before you do the last pull through on the stitch before the colour change, drop the yarn you are currently using and use the new colour to pull through. This will keep a nice straight colour change throughout your project.

 

Pattern specifics:

Materials:

  • In #4 worsted weight yarn:
  • Approx 450 yards each of green and cream
  • Approx 900 yards of the brown
  • 6mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge :

Not important for this project as you can amend size by simply adding more blocks and / or rows.
For my blanket each block of colour was 3.25 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall.

Sizing:

Approx. 39’’ wide and 55’’ long

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • tc–triple crochet
  • sc–single crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • ss–slip stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • The hook size is slightly larger than required for the yarn, but it works great and produces a squishy afghan!
  • When changing colour it is best to change colour on the final pull through of the colour block to keep the colour changes neater.

 

Video tutorial for the Triple Crochet

Front post double crochet stitch tutorial (right and left handed):

Are you ready for the pattern?

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Note: each colour block will be 6 rows high so you will need to change colours on every 7th row

 

The Pattern:

 

Chain 133

Row 1: In cream DC in the 4th chain and in the next 9 ch’s *In brown DC in the next 10 ch’s
In cream DC in the next 10 ch’s* Repeat from * to * along

Note: in subsequent repeats of this row you will be working into sts not ch’s.

Row 2: Ch1, turn.
**In cream sc in first st, *tc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from *to* three times, tc in next st.

In brown sc in first st, *tc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to * three times, tc in next st. **

Repeat from ** to ** 5 times. Repeat cream section once more.

Row 3: Repeat row 1

Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat row 1
Row 6: Repeat row 2

 

 

Row 7: You will change colours to brown and green on this row. Ch1, turn
In brown DC in the first and  next 9 st’s *In cream DC in the next 10 sts’s
In brown DC in the next 10 sts’s* Repeat from * to * along

Row 8: Ch1, turn.
**In cream sc in first st, *tc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from *to* three times, tc in next st.
In brown sc in first st, *tc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to * three times, tc in next st. ** Repeat from ** to ** 5 times. Repeat cream section once more.

Row 9: Repeat row 7

Row 10: Repeat row 8

Row 11: Repeat row 7

Row 12: Repeat row 8

 

Rows 13-95: Repeat rows 1-12 seven times

Rows 96-101: Repeat Rows 1-6

 

Border:

Round 1: 

Ch1 and turn your work so you are now working down the side of the blanket. Sc in same stitch and along the side. **There is no right or wrong number of stitches here. You can put 1 stitch in each row or as many as you like to keep the stitches from “gapping”**. (As an example, I found that working 9 stitches into the side of each ‘block’ worked well for me).

In each corner work (sc, ch1, sc) and place a stitch marker in each ch sp . Sc around and SS to join.

Round 2: Ch3, fpdc in each stitch around, including the stitches just before the ch1 sp, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 sp at the corners (the ones with the stitch markers!) Move the stitch marker to the ch1 sp you have just created. Continue this all of the way around. ss to join

Rounds 3-5: Repeat round 2. SS to join.

FO, weave in ends.

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?

You can find me in all of the usual places. My FB Community group is very active and very welcoming! Of course, I would love it if you wanted to sign up to my weekly emails too.

 

You may also like:

Bouquet of Flowers CAL
Friendship Blanket
Robin’s Cables Afghan

 

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