Mastering Double Treble Crochet in the Adventure Blanket CAL

Mastering Double Treble Crochet in the Adventure Blanket CAL
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Welcome to the Hugs and Kisses section of the Adventure Blanket CAL! With this pattern, we’ll explore the use of double treble crochet stitches (double treble in UK terms) to craft a cozy and charming design. Combining the elegance of double treble crochet with the playful texture of bobble stitches, this section adds a delightful touch to your blanket.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, join us as we break down the process step by step. From setup to mastering the double treble crochet technique, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s dive into the Adventure Blanket CAL Hugs and Kisses section together, creating warmth and comfort one stitch at a time. Grab your yarn and hook, and let’s get started on this crocheting adventure!

The section is 5th section of the free 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

As I sat down to design this section, I wasn’t entirely sure where to start. However, the idea of “hugs and kisses” kept coming back to me, partly inspired by the Paige Collection.

Throughout the Adventure Blanket CAL, I’ve been looking at past designs and stitch combinations for inspiration, aiming to create something bold and visually striking for this larger project.

I remembered a cup cozy design I made about four years ago that used the double treble stitch to make X’s, though I never officially released it to date — Oops, a note to self for this year! So, this section of the blanket became a blend of these two designs, resulting in a unique addition to the Adventure Blanket CAL.

Construction of the design

The base of this adventure blanket section is created using both single crochets and double crochets, with a few chain spaces thrown in there to help you place the double trebles for the X’s.

Handy hint: Placing a stitch marker in each skipped stitch will really help you identify those stitches for the double trebles!

NOTE: You can also use a treble crochet in place of the double treble if you would like to for this section. I created the video below with the double treble crochet. It depends entirely upon your preference.

The Yarn

I used Sirdar Country Classic worsted for the entirely of my blanket. Several skeins of this yarn were sitting in my stash just begging to be used. I used shade Golden (0677) for this section.

It is a gorgeous 50% merino wool 50% acrylic mix that is machine washable but cannot be tumble dried. It comes in a range of elegant and sumptuous colours that are just stunning.

Get the PDF e-book!

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Included in the e-book are:

  • all 20 sections featured in the free CAL
  • 5 BONUS sections – giving you 25 sections in total and over 33,000 possible blanket combinations!
  • Divider section instructions
  • Border instructions
  • a document with a list of all of the video links for each section should you need it (all videos will be included by 20th May 2024).

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

The Hugs and Kisses pattern specifics:

Materials:

Any 4 weight yarn of your choosing – I used approximately 247 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.

Sizing:

Mine was approximately 48” wide by 5” tall unblocked.

Abbreviations used:

Ch(s)–chain(s)

St(s)–stitch(es)

rep—repeat

sk – skip

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Dtr – double treble

BS – Bobble stitch

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

Other notes:

Written in US terms.
Ch1 and ch2 starts do not count as a st unless stated otherwise. Any ch sts within the row do count as sts.
You can work either a double treble crochet or a treble crochet (US Terms) for this pattern – both look great. I used a double treble for my version.
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.

Video tutorials:

I have video tutorials to talk you through this section of the Adventure Blanket.

Special Stitches:

Note: all of these stitches are explained in the video linked above.

Treble Crochet Stitch: YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through to loops on hook. Rep from * twice more. Stitch completed.

Double Treble Crochet Stitch: YO 3 times, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through two loops on hook. Rep from * three times more. Stitch completed.

The 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

HDC into the third loop: YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. Working in rows, it will be on the side facing you). YO and pull through, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on your hook.

The Pattern:

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Row 1 (if you are starting a new project):  Ch 202 and hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across (200)

OR

Fhdc 200 (200)

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

Row 2: CH1, turn, hdc in the third loop in the first st and each stitch across. (200)

Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc in first st and each st across. (200)

Row 4: Rep row 3

Row 5

Note: you may find it beneficial to mark your skipped stitches from row 4 with a stitch marker as you work row 5. This will help you immensely in row 7.

Ch1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, *ch1, sk1, sc in the next 2 sts, ch1, sk1, sc in next 6 sts*. Rep from * to * until you have 3 sts left (you will have just worked the second ch1, sk1 of the repeat), sc in last 3 sts. (200)

Row 6:  Ch2, turn, dc in first st and each st across. (200)

Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, *dtr into the second sk sc from the row below (the second stitch marker), sk1 st, sc in next 2 sts, dtr in the first sk st (this is 2 sts to the right (right handed) or the left (left handed), of the first sk st that you just worked into), sk1, sc in next 6 sts* Rep from * to * until you have 3 sts remaining, sc in last 3 sts. (200)

Row 8: Rep row 3

Row 9: Rep row 3

Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc in first 9 sts, *BS in next st, sc in next 9 sts*. Rep from * to * across until 1 st remains. Sc in last st. (200)

Row 11: Rep row 3

Row 12: Rep row 3

Rows 13-17: Rep rows 5-9

Row 18: Rep row 3

Row 19: Ch1, hdc in first st and each st across (200)

Row 20: Rep row 2

FO and weave in ends.

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