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Published on October 8th, 2016 | by Merion

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Crochet Club: Jenny’s blanket of hugs tutorial

Last week we shared Kate Eastwood’s story about Jenny’s blanket of hugs. This week, Kate shows you how to make your own blanket of hugs in a fabulous free tutorial!

Kate Eastwood's blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

If you loved Jenny’s blanket from last week, you can make one yourself with this easy tutorial!

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

For my squares I used Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK in Candy Pink 30, Fuschia 21, Melon 20 and Red 35. This a DK weight yarn and is 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. I worked with a 3.5mm hook, and each finished square measures approx. W 12cm x  H 11cm. If you’d like to convert to US terminology, you can use our handy conversion chart!

How to make the plain squares:

Crochet Club: Blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

Row 1: Begin by making a chain of 24, and then starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC (SC in US terms). 23 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Crochet Club Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Rows 2 to 24: Continue working rows of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Your 24th row will be a wrong side row.

Row 25: (RS) Work a final row of DC and at the end of the row work 2 DC in to the corner stitch and then continue on around, working a round of DC down the left hand side, along the bottom of the square and up the right hand side. Remember to DC 2 sts in to each corner stitch, to stop the square becoming out of shape.

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you are back at the top right hand corner, join with a sl st, finish off and sew in your ends.

How to make the striped squares:

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Row 1: Begin by making a chain of 24, and then starting in the second chain from the hook, work a row of DC (SC in US terms). 23 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: Work a second row of DC in the same colour. You are now going to join in your second colour by joining it in when working the Ch 1 at the end of the row. Turn.

Crochet club: Blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

Rows 3 and 4: Work two rows of DC in your second colour. At the end of Row 4 rejoin your first colour when working the chain. To save lots of ends just loop your first colour up the side of your work.

Crochet club: blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Continue working in rows of 2 colours, joining in your colours when working the Ch 1 at the end of the row.

Work a total of 24 rows. (WS)

Row 25: (RS) Work a final row of DC and at the end of the row work 2 DC in to the corner stitch and then continue on around, working a round of DC down the left hand side, along the bottom of the square and up the right hand side. Remember to DC 2 sts in to each corner stitch, to stop the square becoming out of shape.

Crochet club: blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you are back at the top right hand corner, join with a sl st, finish off and sew in your ends.

To make the bobbly squares:

Crochet club: Blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

Row 1: Begin by making a chain of 24, and then starting in the second chain from the hook, work a row of DC (SC in US terms). 23 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: Work a second row of DC in the same colour. At the end of the row Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: (This is Bobble Row 1) Work 2 DC. You are now going to make a bobble in to the third stitch… don’t panic! It’s very easy! Start by joining in your second colour, by putting your new yarn over the hook. Now work a TR (DC US Term) but do not pull your yarn through the last loop, leave that loop on the hook. Work 3 more TR all in to the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each TR left on the hook. Nearly there…

Crochet club: blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

You should now have one loop in your main colour and 4 loops in your second colour, all still on your hook. Bring your first colour back up behind the bobble and yarn over. Pull through all 5 loops. Gently pull the yarn that you have just made your bobble in to make sure it is well shaped.

Crochet club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Work the next 5 stitches in DC, in your main colour, keeping your bobble colour lying along the top so that it gets caught in to your DC as you work. You are now going to make a second bobble exactly the same as the first one. Your bobble colour should be right there ready to start again.Continue along the row, working 5 DC between each bobble. After your fourth bobble work 2 DC, Ch 1 and turn. At this point, leaving a tail long enough to sew in, cut your bobble colour.

Crochet club: Blanket of Hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

So, to sum up, the pattern for Bobble Row 1 is DC 2, make a bobble, DC 5, make a bobble, DC 5, make a bobble, DC 5, make a bobble, DC 2. CH 1 and turn.

Rows 4, 5 and 6: DC in your main colour, remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 7: (This is Bobble Row 2) Because the bobbles are staggered across the square Bobble Row 2 is slightly different to Bobble Row 1.

Work 5 DC and make your first bobble in the 6th stitch. Work 5 DC, make your second bobble, work 5 DC work your third bobble, work 5 DC, Ch1 and turn.

Rows 8, 9 and 10: DC in your main colour, remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 11: Repeat Bobble Row 1.

Rows 12, 13 and 14: DC in your main colour, remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 15: Repeat Bobble Row 2.

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

Rows 16, 17 and 18: DC in your main colour, remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 19: Repeat Bobble Row 1
Rows 20, 21 and 22: DC in your main colour, remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 23: Repeat Bobble Row 2.
Row 24: (WS) Work a row of DC in your main colour.
Row 25: (RS) Work your final row of DC, continuing on at the end to do your border of DC all around the square, remembering to work 2 DC in to each corner stitch so that the square keeps its shape. Once you are back at the top right hand corner, join with a Sl St, finish off and sew in your ends.
Crochet club: Blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

You should find that the back of your square is beautifully neat as you worked your bobble colour continuously along the row in between each of your bobbles.

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

And there you have all three patterns!

Crochet club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

To join the squares:

Crochet club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you have completed your squares I found the best way to join them was to lay them out on a flat surface and pin them in place with safety pins. I used a contrasting DK cotton in green for my joining.

To join the pinned squares together, hold the squares you are joining wrong sides together and then work DC through both edges to join the squares securely together.

I found it easiest to do all the horizontal side to side joins first, followed by all the top to bottom joins. This will also give you a neater finish as all of your joining rows of DC will be facing the same direction. Once all your joins have been completed sew in all the ends.

Crochet club Blanket of Hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

To make the bobble edging:

For my first edging round I worked a border of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket in the contrasting joining colour. At the end of the round Sl St to join and finish off your ends.

Crochet club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: With the WS of the blanket facing you, join in your bobble colour and sl st into the next stitch, yo and pull through, yo and pull through, yo and pull through, (3 x times). You will have seven loops on your hook. Yo and pull through all seven loops. Sl st in to the next st, repeat bobble pattern in to the next stitch, sl st, and so on all the way around your blanket. At the end of the round Sl St to join and sew in your ends.

Crochet club Blanket of Hugs

Crochet club: blanket of hugs on the LoveCrochet blog

And you’re all finished!

Crochet Club: Blanket of Hugs by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

 

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




2 Responses to Crochet Club: Jenny’s blanket of hugs tutorial

  1. Tara says:

    I have a question, I have made my first blanket using chunky baby yarn. The blanket is noticeable uneven. How can I fix it without unraveling the whole thing?

    • ann beatty says:

      Maybe try blocking it. You can find some good tutorials on Youtube that show you how.
      Essentially you pin it out to the correct shape and size then either dampen the fabric or lay a dampened towel over it and let it dry. It should help even out any distortions or uneveness.

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