A modern, crochet blanket – The Moon Shadow Crochet Blanket – is a free pattern here on the blog. I share lots of extra details below, or if you only want the free pattern scroll down!
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Inspiration & Design
You know that feeling when you absolutely HAVE to make something? Even though it wasn’t what you planned to make next, an idea comes to you and you have to find a pattern or make it yourself?
This was me after watching an episode of How to Get Away With Murder a few weeks ago. I saw a grey, woven look blanket with cream fringe on a character’s sofa. So I immediately wrote in my notebook – make a grey, woven look blanket with cream fringe!
So, off to Google and Pinterest to search for “crochet stitch that looks like it’s woven”. I found the herringbone double crochet stitch and knew right away that it was perfect. Although it looks tricky, it’s just a repeat of a double crochet stitch but with a little added twist.
This modern, stylish blanket throw pattern is perfect for beginners. Like the Glass Pebble Scarf, it’s a one stitch repeat for the entire blanket.
This is a really great project to complete while binge-watching your favourite TV program. The stitch pattern is easy and repetitive. Although this is a throw size blanket, with the chunky yarn, the blanket grows quicker than you would think.
I used the affordable, acrylic / wool mix yarn Stylecraft Life Chunky in the colour Grey with Cream for the tassel fringe.
This yarn is machine washable and comes in twelve different colours. Look at these modern but classic shades. I can definitely see me using this yarn again for another project. I love the shades Charcoal and Rose!
The pattern includes some substitute yarn recommendations or you could use yarnsub.com to help you find an alternative.
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Pattern – Modern Crochet Blanket
A cosy night in isn’t complete unless you’re snuggled under a big, soft blanket!
This simple, modern blanket is crocheted using one simple stitch – the herringbone double crochet. When this stitch is repeated it gives a beautiful woven-look to the fabric.
The project uses a chunky yarn that stitches up quickly without creating a blanket that is too heavy or bulky. The yarn chosen for this project is inexpensive and a classic, good quality acrylic / wool mix.
Perfect for beginners or if you are looking for an easy and modern project.
- Stylecraft Life Chunky – 75% Premium Acrylic / 25% Wool
Bulky 5 (US) / Chunky (UK)
3.5oz / 100g, 162yds / 148m
13 balls in Grey
Amount of grey yarn used 45.5oz / 1,300g, 2,106yds / 1,924m
1 ball in Cream
Amount of cream yarn used 2.8oz / 80g, 130yds / 119m
- Size 7mm crochet hook – my favourite hook brand
- Tapestry needle – I use this so I don’t lose them!
- Measuring tape – I have one like this
- Scissors – I have a pretty pair like these
- Blocking mats (optional) – these make blocking easy
Hayfield Chunky With Wool
James C. Brett Chunky With Merino
King Cole Big Value Poplar Chunky
Blanket size – throw (one size)
Working in stitch pattern with 7mm hook, after washing and blocking swatch:
10 stitches, 6.5 rows to 4″ / 10cm
52in / 132cm wide
64in / 162cm long
Level 1 / Basic
I chose to stitch into the bottom bump of the foundation chain.
Starting chains do not count as stitches.
An issue with the herringbone double crochet is that there can be a large gap between the edge and first stitch. This is due to the fact that the stitches have a natural slant to them. To minimise this we do not use turning chains in this pattern, instead we work a ch 1 at the beginning of each row (this does not count as a stitch).
Another issue with the herringbone double crochet is that the edges will not be completely straight. The ch 1, instead of the usual ch 3 for double crochet, minimises this as does blocking the finished blanket. However, I find the slightly scalloped edging to be a lovely design feature!
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):
Ch – chain
HBdc – herringbone double crochet (see Special Stitches below)
St – stitch
Yo – yarn over
< > – stitch count
Herringbone double crochet (HBdc) yo, insert hook in st, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), slip second st on hook over first st (2 loops on hook), yo and draw through 1 loop on hook (2 loops on hook), yo and draw through 2 remaining loops on hook.
SETUP Ch 130 (129 st + 1 turning ch) in grey.
ROW 1 HBdc in 2nd ch from hook, hbdc in each ch across, turn. <129>
ROW 2 Ch 1, hbdc in first st, hbdc in each st across, turn. <129>
Repeat row two 102 times more (104 rows in total), or until the blanket measures desired length.
FINISHING Weave in ends and block.
TASSELS Cut 260 strands of yarn, each 18in / 46cm long.
The tassels are made of two strands of yarn, 130 tassels are attached to the blanket – 65 each end.
- Take two strands of yarn and fold in half.
- Insert your crochet hook through the first chain stitch at the end of the blanket, from back of work to front.
- Now place the loop of the folded yarn over your hook, grab and pull the loop through the chain stitch to the back of the blanket.
- As you pull the loop through try to keep the ends of the strand even.
- Once the loop is far enough through, pass the ends of the strand through the loop. Pull the ends gently to make a tassel.
- Then pull the loop tighter to make your tassel snug and secure.
Skip a chain stitch and add another tassel. Keep repeating across both ends.
Trim fringe until it is even.