From Crochet Bobble Stitch to Hearts: Exploring Section 8 in Adventure Blanket Free CAL

From Crochet Bobble Stitch to Hearts: Exploring Section 8 in Adventure Blanket Free CAL
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In the Adventure Blanket CAL, my section 8, the Row of Hearts, emerged from my newfound fascination with the crochet bobble stitch. This section was born out of a simple idea that sparked instant excitement—I knew I had to bring it to life.

As I delved into designing the Row of Hearts, I found myself captivated by the process and loving the way it worked up! The concept came together effortlessly, and each stitch was a step closer to realizing the vision. It was a journey filled with joy and creativity, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Join me as we explore the charm and simplicity of this delightful section in the Adventure Blanket CAL.

This free blanket pattern event is a collaboration between myself and Kristine from Ambassador Crochet. We wanted to create a project that was fun, rewarding and absolutely an adventure! Check out the roundup post for the other sections available and how this event works.

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Inspiration behind the design and the Adventure Blanket CAL


The inspiration behind the design of the Row of Hearts section in the Adventure Blanket CAL was a mix of practicality and personal anecdotes. Having enjoyed working with crochet bobble stitch in previous sections of the blanket, I decided to use them again near the top to balance out the visual appeal of the finished blanket.

The idea for the hearts came about naturally. The night before I designed this section, my daughter and I had a fun conversation about Alice in Wonderland, including our impressions of the Queen of Hearts. It was fresh in my mind as I sat down to sketch out the design, so using hearts felt like a fitting and playful choice. And with that, the Row of Hearts section was born—a blend of crochet technique and whimsical inspiration.

Construction of the design

This section in the free CAL for the Adventure Blanket felt like it took no time to work up! I just loved the process of it. In fact I will so far as to say that I think this one is my absolute favourite of all of my sections in this crochet along. And it won’t be the last you see of this design either!

You crochet this one in rows with the crochet bobble stitches being worked on the wrong side rows (check out my video tutorials below). And the crossed double crochets just finish this one off perfectly and help to frame the hearts.

The Yarn

The sirdar country classic worsted yarn in clotted cream was perfect for this section! Despite the colour of the yarn, the texture of the bobble stitches make this a stand out design, even with the most difficult to photograph of yarns.

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Included in the e-book are:

  • all 20 sections featured in the free CAL
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  • Divider section instructions
  • Border instructions
  • a document with a list of all of the video links for each section should you need it.

During the free crochet along the ebook will be $12.99 but the price will increase to $15.99 once the CAL ends on 9th June.

The pattern specifics:

Materials:

Any 4 weight yarn of your choosing – I used approximately 350 yards of Sirdar Country Classic worsted.
5mm hook 
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers optional to mark first or last stitch of the row.

Gauge:

Not important for this project – a relaxed tension will work out just fine! You just have to be happy with how it looks.

However, be sure that you gauge matches your previous sections otherwise you will have to block your project!

Sizing:

My section was approximately 48” wide by 4.75” tall unblocked.

Abbreviations used:

Ch(s)–chain(s)

St(s)–stitch(es)

rep–repeat

BS – Bobble stitch

sc–single crochet

ss–slip stitch

Dc – double crochet

XS – Crossed DC stitch

Fsc – Foundation single crochet

*to* – repeat between the * and *FO—fasten off
YO—yarn over

Other notes:

Written in US terms.
Ch1 start does not count as a st unless stated otherwise.
To amend the length of your strip adjust your starting row by multiples of 15 stitches.
You start this strip on the right side, and end with the wrong side facing you.
The odd numbered rows are the right side of the work.
Bobble stitches are worked on the wrong side rows.

Video tutorials:

I have video tutorials to walk you through the entire Row of Hearts Blanket section, inclusing a step by step on how to work the crochet bobble stitch. I have both right and left handed video tutorials:

Special stitches:

The crochet Bobble Stitch – *Wrap yarn around hook, insert hook into next st, wrap yarn around hook and pull through, wrap yarn around hook and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * 4 more times, wrap yarn around hook and pull through remaining 6 loops on hook

The Pattern:

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Row 1 (if you are starting a new project): Ch 201 and sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (200) OR Fsc 200 (200)

Row 1 (As a blanket strip not being used as the first strip): Ch1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st across (200)

Row 2: CH1, turn, sc in first st and each st across. (200)

Row 3: Ch1, turn, dc in first st, X st across until you have 1 st remaining, dc in last st. (98 X st, 2 dc)

Rows 4 – 5: Rep row 2

Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc in first 9 sts, BS in next st, *sc in next 14 sts, BS in next st,* Rep from * to * until 10 sts remain, sc in last 10 sts (13 BS, 87 sc)

Row 7: Rep row 2.

Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc in first 8 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st,** sc in next 12 sts* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at ** SC in last 9 sts. (26 BS, 174 sc)

Row 9: Rep row 2.

Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc in first 7 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next sc, BS in next st,** sc in next 10 sts* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. SC in last 8 sts. (39 BS, 161 sc)

Row 11: Rep row 2.

Row 12: Ch1, turn, sc in first 6 sts, *BS in next st, sc in st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st ** sc in next 8 sts* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. Sc in last 7 sts. (52 BS, 148 sc)

Row 13: Rep row 2.

Row 14: Ch1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st** sc in next 6 sts* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. SC in last 6 sts. (65 BS, 135 sc)

Row 15: Rep row 2.

Row 16: Ch1, turn, sc in first 4 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st** sc in next 4 sts*. Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. Sc in last 5 sts. (78 BS, 122 sc)

Row 17: Rep row 2.

Row 18: Ch1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st , sc in next 3sts, BS in next st , sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st ** sc in next 2 sts.* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. SC in last 4 sts. (78 BS, 122 sc)

Row 19: Rep row 2.

Row 20: Ch1, turn, sc in first 4 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st, sc in next 5 sts, BS in next st, sc in next st, BS in next st** sc in next 4 sts.* Rep from * to * but on the final rep end at **. SC in last 5 sts. (52 BS, 148 sc)

Row 21: Rep row 2

Row 22: Rep row 2

Row 23: Rep row 3

Row 24: Rep row 2.

FO and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy using the crochet bobble stitch as much as I did for this section! Please share your projects with me or tag my Facebook and Instagram accounts.



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