Crochet Club: Paintbox V-Stitch blanket
If you love a winter colour palette of frosty ice shades and neutrals, you will LOVE Kate Eastwood’s Paintbox V-Stitch blanket! Get your hooks out and get warm for winter!
It’s getting to that time of year when you’re not quite ready to put the heating on, but by the evening there’s a very definite autumnal nip in the air, so what could be better than a cosy lap blanket to snuggle under?
This lap-sized V Stitch blanket is made in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran and worked with a 5mm hook, so you’ll have it done in no time at all.
For my blanket I used two balls of Camel 208 ( second from left ) and one ball each of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in, from left to right below, Dark Grey 205, Medium Grey 204, Beige 207, Light Grey 203 and Cream 202.
The finished blanket measures approx. 96cm W x 88cm H. This tutorial uses UK crochet terms, but you can use our handy conversion chart to convert to US terminology.
Begin by working a chain of 124 (multiples of 3 + 4) and then starting in the 5th chain from the hook work 1 TR, 1 CH and 1 TR all in to the same stitch. This makes your first V. *Now skip 2 chains and work a TR, CH and TR in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way along your starting chain. At the end miss 1 chain and end with 1 TR.
At the end of each row you will need to chain 3 and turn. When making the chain 3, join in your next colour.
Now work your second row by starting with a single TR and then working a V stitch ( TR, Ch1, TR ) into each V from the last row. Finish the row with a single TR.
For my blanket I worked one row in each of the colours, so for the first 6 rows you will need to join your new colour in at the turning chain.
To avoid having lots of ends to sew in, I didn’t finish off at the end of each row but left each ball of yarn attached. After your first six rows you will begin to use each colour for the second time.
I found the easiest way to work the colours back in was to take the bottom yarn, so in the picture below that is the dark grey, loop it up the side of your work, chain 3 turn and continue with the next row. If you continue working by taking the bottom colour at the end of each row you will see that this creates its own stripe pattern.
I continued working in the different coloured rows until each ball of yarn was finished.
Finish off and sew in the ends.
For my border I worked a simple picot edging in Camel 208. Begin this by working 2 rounds of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket. Work 3 DC in each corner stitch so that the edging keeps its shape.
For the third round of edging *work a DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then chain 4. Sl St back in to the first chain.* Repeat from * to * all the way around the blanket, Sl St to join at the end of the round, finish off and sew in the ends.
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