I mentioned earlier that I’m involved with two multi-designer crochet-a-longs. Today is the first day of the Mystery Lapghan CAL, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
I’ve teamed up with 29 other crochet designers to share 36 free crochet square patterns for a one-of-a-kind lap blanket! Each pattern will be 6″ (15 cm) square using a medium (worsted/aran) weight yarn and a US Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook. This exciting event was organized by Cylinda Mathews from Crochet Memories and Sheri Weber from The Country Willow.
But, in spite of its name, you don’t have to crochet the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket pattern in rainbow colors. It also makes a great stash buster project! You can change colors at the end of any row. If you do choose to make a scrap yarn version, remember that rows towards the middle use the largest amounts of yarn, so use your small yarn odds and ends at the beginning and end of the project.
6 boxes x 6 boxes in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
BL – back loop only
CA – Color A
CB – Color B
CC – Color C
CD – Color D
CE – Color E
CF – Color F
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
ea – each
rep – repeat
Rnd(s) – Round(s)
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
* Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
+ Rep instructions after plus sign as indicated.
Blanket is crocheted in one piece in rows from corner to corner using a variation of the diagonal box stitch. I’ve included a video tutorial for this stitch at the end of the pattern.
Stitch pattern is reversible, so choose best side as right (front) side before starting to crochet border.
Border is crocheted in the round with right (front) side facing.
To adjust size, continue repeating Row 3 until straight edge reaches your desired length.
With CA, ch 5.
Row 1: Turn, sk 3 (counts as ch-3 sp), dc in next 2 ch. (1 box)
Row 2: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row. (2 boxes)
Increase to center
Row 3: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across. (Increases by 1 box ea row)
Rows 5-8: Rep Row 3 4 times.
Row 9: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CA.
Rows 10-17: Rep Row 3 8 times.
Row 18: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CB.
Rows 19-26: Rep Row 3 8 times.
Row 27: Rep Row 3, changing to CD in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CC.
Rows 28-34: Rep Row 3 7 times.
Row 35: Rep Row 3, changing to CE in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CD.
Rows 36-40: Rep Row 3 5 times.
Row 41: Rep Row 3, changing to CF in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CE.
Rows 42-47: Rep Row 3 6 times.
Decrease to end
Row 48: Turn, sl st in first 2 sts, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sl st in ch-3 sp. (Decreases by 1 box ea row)
Rows 49-53: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CF.
Row 54: Turn, join CE with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
Rows 55-59: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CE.
Row 60: Turn, join CD with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
Rows 61-66: Rep Row 48 6 times. Fasten off CD.
Row 67: Turn, join CC with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
Rows 68-75: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CC.
Row 76: Turn, join CB with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
Rows 77-84: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CB.
Row 85: Turn, join CA with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
Rows 86-93: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CA.
Rnd 1: Join CB with sl st in any corner starting with vertical box, ch 1, sc in same vertical st and in next vertical st, *3 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc), sc in next 2 vertical sts;** rep from * to last st of row, sc again in same st, ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, +4 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc),++ sc in next 2 vertical sts; rep from * to ** to last horizontal st of row, rep from + to ++; ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, ***2 sc in next vertical st, sc in next horizontal st, rep from * to ***, sc in first st, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off CB.
Rnd 2: Join CC with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dcBL in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, rep from * to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off CC.
Rnd 3: Join CF in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in ch-2 sp, scBL in next 3 sts, * (working behind ch-1 sp, dc in next st from Rnd 1), scBL in next st; rep from * to last 2 st before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts] 4 times, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CF.
With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.
On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.
Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 14 (mostly) free crochet patterns for circular blankets. These are a fun way to break up the monotony of square or rectangular blankets. Read on for more details!
All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers.
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Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set, crochet pattern by Marie Segares. Image courtesy of All Craft Media, Ltd.