I bought a couple of yarn cakes a while back, intending to make them into a blanket, but wasn't really happy with any pattern ideas I came across and I was more than happy for an excuse to procrastinate any/all blanket making. After tiring of them glaring accusingly at me out of the top of my yarn stash, I decided that the time had come to actually use the yarn cakes. And I'm so glad I did, because the texture on this blanket is incredible. It definitely makes this blanket worth the time it takes.
- 3 skeins of Yarn Bee Sugarwheel in Minted Macaroon (335 yards each; 1065 yards total)
- Less than 1 skein of I Love This Yarn! in Gray Mist
- Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
bean st = bean stitch (see explanation and photo tutorial below)
To make the bean st: Insert the hook into your desired st. Yarn over and pull up a loop. [Yarn over and insert the hook into the same st and pull up a loop] twice. Yarn over and insert the hook into the same st once more and pull up another loop. You should now have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over one last time and pull the yarn through all 6 loops on the hook. Ch 1 to finish off the bean st.
For any visual learners out there, here's a photo tutorial of the first bean st:
Insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook (shown with an arrow).
Row 1: bean st into the 3rd ch from the hook, [skip the next st, then bean st in the next st] across, turn
Row 2: ch 3, bean st into the 2nd st after the turning ch (shown with an arrow), [skip the next st, then bean st in the next st] across, turn
Switch to the accent color yarn. [Sc, ch 2, sc] in the right corner of the last row.
Row 1: sc in each st across the top of the blanket, [sc, ch 2, sc] in the corner, sc evenly down the side of the blanket, [sc, ch 2, sc] in the corner, sc in each st across the bottom of the blanket, [sc, ch 2, sc] in the corner, sc evenly up the side of the blanket, ss to the first sc to join
Rows 2-3: ch 1, sc in each st around, working [sc, ch 2, sc] in each corner, ss to join
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
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