Stay warm with this easy Blooming Afghan crochet pattern
If you are looking for an easy crochet blanket pattern that works up quickly then the Blooming Afghan is for you!
It has an easy 4 row repeat that is easy to remember. So once you have done a couple of repeats you will not need to follow the pattern too closely. I made mine with #5 weight yarn so it worked up super quickly and looks fabulous!
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Inspiration behind the design
I had been wanting to use this James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn in a pattern for a long time. I just adored the colours in the skeins and, having used this yarn for other projects previously, I knew it worked up beautifully.
But I knew that the colour changes in the yarn were fairly quick and so the pattern would either have to be smaller, like a hat or scarf, or be fairly simple so that the yarn did all of the talking.
I decided against the smaller pattern because I wanted to really show off the colours in this yarn, so that narrowed me down to the idea of an easy crochet blanket pattern – something with a little bit of texture, but not enough that it got lost in the colour changes.
And what’s more …. it is a great unisex stitch combo! Whether you are wanting to make an easy crochet blanket pattern for yourself, to gift to a loved one or to donate this holiday season, then the Blooming Afghan is for you!
Doesn’t this stitch combo look great and work so well with the yarn?
Construction of the design
The Blooming Afghan is worked in rows from the bottom up, so it is really easy to make it as long as you would prefer.
The easy four row repeat on this crochet blanket pattern ensures that it will also work up quickly.
Another bonus to this design is that you can literally use any yarn with it – variegated cakes (as I have in my version) solids, use your scraps and make every row or repeat a different colour! And because I have given you the stitch multiple, you can literally use any weight yarn with an appropriate sized hook and adjust your starting chain to suit your requirements.
It is a great pattern to just have some fun with.
I used a #5 weight yarn (chunky in UK weight) for my version of this afghan. It is James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn in shade MC07.
I love working with this yarn. It is fairly thick so makes a really cozy blanket, the colours are beautiful and each skein comes in 200g so there is 312 meters / 341 yards per skein. It is 100% acrylic so you do not have to worry too much about allergies and skin sensitivity. And it is easy to wash and look after.
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Alternate DC: This is a great alternative to the ch3 to start each row as it does not leave a gap between the ch3 and the next st.
To work an ALT DC do not ch1 to start, work a SC immediately into the first st of the row and ch2. (The [SC, ch2] creates a stitch that is the same height as the DC or CH3 start.)
Foundation DC: Foundation stitches give a better finish to your projects.
You can find out video tutorials on how to work these stitches at:
Left-handed – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja- A&t=28s
The easy crochet blanket pattern specifics:
|– Any 5 weight yarn of your choosing I used 4 skeins (341 yds / 312m per skein) of James C Brett Marble Chunky.|
– 6mm (J) hook
– Tapestry Needle
– Stitch Markers (optional)
– Measuring Tape
|Gauge is not important for this project as long as you are consistent.|
My gauge was 13 sts and 8 rows of the repeat in 4”
This pattern is written for 1 size. My afghan was approximately 40” wide and 54” long.
To amend the size you will need add or decrease multiples of 4 to the starting chain or foundation row.
|Ch(s) – chain(s)|
FDC – Foundation Double Crochet (see Special stitches)
Alt DC – Alternate double crochet (see special sts) St(s) – Stitch(es)
Rep – Repeat
SC – Single crochet
Dc—double crochet FO—fasten off YO—yarn over
|• Written in US terms|
• Pattern is reversible.
• Ch’s at the beginning of a row do not count as a st unless stated otherwise.
• Alt DC does count as a st.
The Blooming Afghan Crochet Blanket Pattern:
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Row 1: FDC 120 OR
CH122, DC into fourth CH from hook (CH4 counts as a CH and DC) and DC in each CH across. Turn (120)
Row2: ALT DC in first st, 2DC in next st, *sk next 3 sts, 4dc in next st*, rep from * to * until you have 2 sts left, sk next st, DC in last st. Turn
Row 3: CH1 (does not count) SC in first st and each st across. Turn (120)
Row 4: ALT DC, sk2, 4DC in next st, *SK3 sts, 4DC in next st* Rep from * to * until you have 4 sts left, sk3 sts, 3dc in last st. Turn
Row 5: Alt DC in first st, DC in next st and each st across. Turn (120)
Rows 6 on: Rep rows 2-5 22 times or until your afghan reaches the desired length.
You can add any border you prefer to this one if you would like to add a border.
I found that mine did not need one but working an easy half double crochet border around would work well and not detract from the texture of this design.
To work a hdc border:
Attach yarn to any corner
(note: it may be worth placing a stitch marker in each of the 4 corners at this point):
Round 1: Ch2 (counts as a hdc) work 2hdc in same st,. Place your stitch marker in the second of these three hdc. Work HDC stitches evenly across the first side of your afghan. *In the next corner st work [2hdc, ch2, 2hdc], work an HDC stitches across the next side of your afghan until you reach the next corner. Rep from * twice more. SS to join.
Round 2 on: Rep round 1 but note your Ch2 will become your corner stitch.
I hope you have enjoyed this easy crochet blanket pattern. Don’t forget to tag me on my socials if you make it and share!