Another day, another new crochet pattern! Today I have a baby blanket pattern for you all featuring a gorgeous stitch I came across recently: the triads stitch. This blanket has been the epitome of a quarantine crochet project for me. It's fairly mindless, the stitches are soothing, it's an awesome stress reliever...and I didn't have enough yarn to make it the way I wanted to, so I had to redesign it a several times to make it work with what I had on hand. But the end result is still lovely! I'm so excited to give this one to the new parents-to-be. Can't you just picture a snuggly newborn wrapped up this beauty?
If you've never used the triads stitch before, you definitely need to try it out! The texture on this stitch is incredible. It's a bit of a yarn eater, but it's so worth it. As far as I can tell, the triads stitch was created by Elena Kozhukhar, a talented crocheter with lots of beautifully textured designs. She has a tutorial for the stitch on her site, including a video, pictures, and a chart, so make sure to go check it out and send her some crochet love! The stitch is very similar to the triangle stitch, but with a few important differences that give it a slightly different look. It's more of a puffed stitch with a more defined, taller shape.
I wanted to make sure the blanket had a good drape to it, so I made mine using a light weight (3) yarn and an H hook. My original plan was to keep things super simple and make the entire center of the blanket with the variegated yarn...but I only had 2 skeins and that would require 3. So I frogged back a ways. My plan B was to have 3 large panels of the variegated with some plain gray panels in between...still not enough yarn to pull it off. So I frogged it again. What you see here is plan C: 2 large panels of variegated yarn with a largish panel of gray in between. Success! So I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that this blanket's pretty flexible. You can add as many different stripes as you'd like (and have yarn for). Personally, I'd love to remake this blanket with lots of smaller stripes.. But this version is great too! (And has waaay fewer ends to weave in). You can change things up and personalize it to have any sort of look you'd like. However you use it, the texture will make your blanket a total knockout.
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
fsc = foundation sc
mhdc3tog = modified half double crochet 3 together*
dc = double crochet
*To make the mhdc3tog, yarn over, insert the hook into the first st, and pull up a tall loop. Yarn over, insert the hook into the second st, and pull up a tall loop. Yarn over, insert the hook into the third st and pull up a tall loop. You should now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through first 6 loops, yarn over again and pull through last 2 loops.
For a 30" x 35" baby blanket:
4" = 8.5 triads
4" = 5.5 rows of triads (includes sc rows)
Note: To change the width of the blanket, you can use any odd number of stitches and the pattern should work
Starting with the mint yarn:
Row 1: fsc 121 times, turn (121)
Row 2: ch 4, skip the first st, mhdc3tog, ch 1, *mdhdc3tog with the first st in the same st as the last mhdc3tog, ch 1*, repeat from * to * until one st remains, dc in the last st, turn
Row 3: ch 1, sc in the first st, sc in each ch-1 space and mhdc3tog across, sc in the ch-4 space at the end, then sc in the 3rd ch, turn (121)
Repeat Rows 2-3 until the piece measures 12.5".
Switch to the gray yarn. Repeat Rows 2-3 for 9.5".
Switch back to the mint yarn. Repeat Rows 2-3 for 12.5"
Switch to the gray yarn for the border.
Border Row 1: ch 2, dc across top, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in the corner, dc evenly down the side, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in the corner, dc across the bottom, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in the corner, dc evenly up the side, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in the corner, ss to join
Border Row 2: ch 2, dc across top, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in ch-2 space, dc down the side, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in ch-2 space, dc across the bottom, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in ch-2 space, dc up the side, [dc twice, ch 2, dc twice] in ch-2 space, ss to join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block lightly.
And now you have a lovely little blanket! Hopefully this pattern was easy enough to follow; I had a whole photo tutorial made before I realized that Elena already had one on her site (how I missed it the first time I'll never know), so I didn't end up posting mine since I didn't want to step on any toes. So between the written directions here and the tutorial on her site, I'm hoping that no one is confused. But if you still have any questions about it, please don't hesitate to ask. Trying to get this stitch into written form was surprisingly difficult, so it wouldn't shock me to find that some extra clarification somewhere would be helpful. If you have comments or questions, you can reach me in the comments section below, on social media, or by email. Also, please let me know if there's any interest in a printable PDF version of this pattern and I can put one together.
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