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Published on August 15th, 2015 | by Merion

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Crochet with Kate: Meadow Picnic Blanket!

Our Kate, brilliant blogger at Just Pootling and designer of fabulous tutorials, has created a picnic blanket for you with a dual purpose that will keep little children amused for hours!

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When the sun shines is there anything more perfect than packing up a picnic and heading out for a little al fresco eating? This Meadow Picnic Blanket has to be the ultimate in this year’s must-have picnic accessories, and with its ready made fields and daisies it could even be spread out and used inside should the English weather stay true to form! The blanket is made up of 25 squares.  Each square measures approx. 29cmx29cm and uses one ball of Cascade Pacific Chunky yarn (110m/120 yards).

Crochet with Kate: meadow picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

The finished blanket measures 155cm x 155cm. I used Cascade Yarns Pacific Chunky for my blanket but any chunky yarn would work just as well.

Kate made:

  • 9 x squares in Spring Green (16)
  • 8 x squares in Bronze Green (87)
  • 8 x squares in Forest (50) – all using one ball of Cascade Pacific Chunky per square.

For the border and to sew the squares together she used 4 x Cactus (33).

For the daisies (29 large and 25 small), Kate used 1 ball of Yellow (12) and one ball of White (02)

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

The squares are worked in htr (hdc in US terms) and I used a 6.5mm hook. The second round of the border is worked with a 6mm hook.

To make the square:

CH 31. Working your first stitch in to the second chain from the hook work htr all the way along the row. At the end of the row ch1 and turn. Work row to form a square ending with a RS row.

Crochet with Kate: meadow picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

At the end of this row work 2 dc (sc in US terms) in to the corner st and continue working one round of dc (sc in US terms) all the way around the edge of your square so that all four edges are finished neatly off.

Cut yarn and sew in ends. Make the correct number of squares in the various greens.

Crochet with Kate: meadow picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Once all of your squares are completed lie them out in the colour order that you want them.

Pin the strips of squares together. I worked from bottom to top first and then from right side to left side.

I used Cactus Green to join the squares together by working dc (sc in US terms) all the way along each row.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

The border.

Round 1: Working with a 6.5 mm hook work all the way around the entire edge of the blanket in dc (sc in US terms). To create a blanket stitch effect work your dc (sc) into the second row of stitches down along the top and bottom edges, and two stitches in on the two side edges.

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Once you have worked all the way around the edge your blanket should be looking something like this:

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: Work a round of regular dc (sc) all the way around – sl st the last st into the beginning of the previous round.

Round 3: With the WS of the blanket facing you, sl st into the next sl yo and pull through, yo and pull through, yo and pull through, yo and pull through (4 x times). You will have nine loops on your hook. Yo and pull through all nine 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.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

At the end of the round finish off with a sl st, cut yarn and sew in ends.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

The daisies: I used two different sized daisies for my blanket, a small one and a large one.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Small daisy: make a magic ring, work 5 dc (sc) into the ring and pull the ring closed.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Join in the next colour and *ch 3. Work a further 3 tr (dc in US terms) in to the same st, leaving the final loop of each tr (dc in US) on the hook. Yo and pull yarn through all four loops.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Ch 3 and sl st in to the same st.Work from * to * to repeat petal.

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Work 5 petals in total, finish with a sl st to join, cut yarn and sew in ends.

Join in the next colour, * Ch 3 and then work a further 4 tr (dc in US) in to the same st, leaving the final loop of each tr (dc in US) on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through all 5 loops. Ch 3 sl st in to the same st.

Sl st in to next st. Sl st in to next st and repeat from *

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Make 5 petals in total, sl st to join together, cut yarn and sew in ends.

Place the flowers strategically on the blanket and stitch into place!

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

And you’re ready for a sophisticated meadow picnic!

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Or delight your children and grandchildren with the best EVER farm playmat!

Crochet with Kate: picnic blanket farm background on the LoveCrochet blog

 Don’t forget to look at Kate’s other brilliant tutorials and our Crochet Club posts!

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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 with Kate: Meadow Picnic Blanket!

  1. Fiona McKay says:

    I am beginner to crochet. I decided to try this blanket but can’t get squares to be the same size.

  2. Peachess says:

    OMG….are you kidding me? @ $7.35 per ball for this exact yarn and needing 31 balls total…IF you match the creators gauge exactly…This Picnic Blanket will cost $227.85 to make!!! No way in you know what would I be spending that kind of money to make a picnic Blanket!!! It’s beautiful I will give you that…and that’s exactly why I looked up the yarn info…I thought this would be nice to make. BUT the cost makes me say…PASS!!!!

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