Confession: I don't like crocheting blankets. I guess I'm just impatient, but I get boooooored with making afghans. It always turns into an exercise in willpower...that I almost always lose. I will, however, make an exception for an occasional baby blanket. Partly because I like making gifts for friends and family members who are expecting a new arrival, and partly (okay, mostly) because they're so much smaller than an adult-sized blanket.
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.
This blanket pattern is super simple. No counting, no fuss, just lots and lots of bean stitches, so it's perfect for Netflix crocheting. The bean stitch is a yarn eater, so this blanket is pretty dense. I would definitely recommend keeping it on the small side so that it doesn't get too heavy. But I think it would be a great, snuggly stroller blanket for cold weather. My blanket ended up being about 35" X 32" (unstretched), but you can easily adjust the size if you want something larger.
If you've never used the bean stitch before, don't sweat it. I've got a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you out. You'll be a bean stitch pro in no time. Now on to the pattern for the Legume Lagoon Blanket (I never could resist a pun...)
Edit: You can now find an ad-free printable PDF version on Ravelry.
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).
Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and insert the hook into the same st and pull up a loop.
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.
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
Repeat row 2 until the blanket is your desired length. Fasten off.
For the border:
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.
And there you have a cozy, textured blanket!
I hope you enjoy this pattern. If you have any questions or comments about it, you can reach me in the comments section below, or on social media. And if anyone has interest in an ad-free PDF of this pattern, just let me know and I'll put one together. (Edit: You can now find the printable PDF version on Ravelry.) Happy hooking!
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