Stitch Adventure Blanket 46: Border 1

Welcome to Week 46 of the Stitch Adventure Blanket! In this week’s pattern, we will add a single crochet border around our blanket. Tutorials and tips will show you how to crochet evenly over your edges. This section lays the foundation for future borders.

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Stitch Adventure Blanket 46

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

A simple single crochet border lays the foundation for the next parts of the blanket.

The Stitch Adventure Blanket is a mystery crochet along. Unlock the mystery of this crochet sampler blanket, row by row, on Saturdays in 2020.

Finished Sizes

  • To fit the following U.S. mattress sizes: Twin (Twin XL/Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, California King). Mattress sizes are listed below. Finished blanket size will be larger to include borders.
    •  Twin (38″ x 75″/96.5 cm x 190.5 cm),
    • Twin XL/Long Twin (38″ x 80″/96.5 cm x 203 cm),
    • Full (53″ x 75″/134.5 cm x 190.5 cm),
    • Queen (60″ x 80″/152.5 cm x 203 cm),
    • King (76″ x 80″/193 cm x 203 cm), and
    • California King (72″ x 84″/183 cm x 208.5 cm).

Materials

  • Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 201 yd/184 m):
    • Twin: 17 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,330 yards/3,044 meters of any medium weight yarn
    • Twin XL/Long Twin: 18 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,500 yards/3,200.5 meters of any medium weight yarn
    • Full: 24 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 4,810 yards/4,398 meters of any medium weight yarn
    • Queen: 28 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 5,550 yards/5,075 meters of any medium weight yarn
    • King: 35 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 7,030 yards/6,428 meters of any medium weight yarn
    • California King: 37 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 7,400 yards/6,766.5 meters of any medium weight yarn
  • US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 13 dc x 7 rows in double crochet = 4” (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Stitch Adventure Blanket Pattern Notes

  • The Stitch Adventure Blanket is constructed in one piece in rows with borders added in the round. New “clues” will be released on Saturdays during 2020.
  • I am using 5 colors for my version of the blanket: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in 200 Paper White (CA), 241 Dusty Rose (CB), 245 Pale Lilac (CC), 246 Dusty Lilac (CD), and 247 Pansy Purple (CE). This is a “dye lot” yarn, so be sure to get enough of each color you plan to use so that the colors match. If you substitute a “no dye lot” yarn, the dyes are consistent between batches so you can order additional yarn as needed and the colors will match.
  • You can use as many or as few colors as you like for your version. I recommend at least 2 colors to show certain stitch patterns.
  • I change colors in the last yarn over (yo) before the next color is used, usually in the last yo of the row.
    • Stacey Trock has a helpful video tutorial for changing colors in single crochet here.
    • AllFree Crochet has a helpful video tutorial for changing colors in the last double crochet of a row here.
  • Whenever possible, I recommend crocheting over your yarn tails as you work. Sometimes, a stitch pattern will be too lacy to effectively crochet over your yarn tails. In that case, I recommend weaving in ends.
    • Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for crocheting over your yarn tails as you work here.
    • Stitches n Scraps has helpful video and photo tutorials for 3 ways of weaving in ends here. I use the yarn (tapestry) needle method.
  • Because the border will be crocheted in the round over the unworked sides of rows, when changing colors often you can carry your yarn tails up the side of your work. AllFreeCrochet has a helpful video tutorial for carrying your yarn tails up the side of your work here.
  • Stitch multiples for individual stitches vary. However, the blanket rows are crocheted in multiples of 24 stitches, + 2 stitches.
  • Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often.
  • Unless otherwise noted, stitch count remains the same throughout the blanket as your stitch count at the end of Clue 1 Foundation Row – 122 (122, 194, 218, 266, 242 sts).

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CE – Color E
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Notes for Part 46

  • Moogly has a helpful video tutorial for the standing single crochet here.
  • Winding Road Crochet has a helpful video tutorial for crocheting a single crochet border around the side of rows here
  • Border 1 is crocheted in the round with the RS facing up.
  • Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. I recommend using your darkest color so you can crochet over the yarn tails from previous rows as you work. See Stitch Adventure Blanket Pattern Notes (above) for a link to a helpful tutorial. For this section, my Color D is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in 247 Pansy Purple.

How To Crochet Evenly Along the Long Edges of the Blanket

  • Start by folding the blanket in half along the long edge and then folding the blanket in half again (left photo). Place locking stitch markers at each of the folds (blue stitch markers in right photo). When you unfold the blanket, you will have 3 stitch markers along one edge dividing the blanket into 4 quarters of approximately equal length. Position stitch markers on the opposite long edge of the blanket at the opposite end of the same marked rows.
  • Following the instructions for Border Rnd 1 below, crochet from the start of the long edge to the first stitch marker. Generally speaking, you will work as follows:
    • 1 sc into the side of each sc row.
    • 2 sc into the side of each hdc and dc row.
    • 4 sc into the side of each tr or dtr row.
  • For this blanket, you will be working in multiples of 4 sts. As you get to the first stitch marker, count the number of stitches you’ve worked and be sure it is a multiple of 4 sts, adding additional stitches before the marker as necessary.
  • To crochet evenly, you will repeat this same number of stitches between each of the stitch markers along the long edge on both sides. For example, on my Twin Sized blanket, I had 68 sts between each stitch marker (272 sts along the long edge).

Pattern Instructions

Border 1 (worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 2 sts for edge on each side)

  • Border Rnd 1: At end of last Row from Part 45 and with RS facing up, turn to work along long edge, join CE with standing sc (see Notes for Part 46) OR join CE with a sl st to side of row, ch 1, sc in side of same row.
  • Work sc border evenly in multiples of 4 sts along long edge (see Notes for Part 46 for video and How To Crochet Evenly Along Long Edges of Blanket for tips), sc an additional stitch on long edge (multiple of 4 sts, + 1 st for this edge), ch 1, place locking stitch marker in ch-1 sp.
  • Turn to work along foundation chain, sc in underside of each st across foundation row – 122 (122, 194, 218, 266, 242 sts), ch 1, place locking stitch marker in ch-1 sp.
  • Turn to work along long edge, work sc border evenly in multiples of 4 sts, + 2 sts, ch 1, place locking stitch marker in ch-1 sp.
  • Turn to work along last row from Week 45. *2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in next st; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 1, place locking stitch marker in ch-1 sp.
  • Turn to work along first long edge, sc in side of first row, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Each side of the blanket should now have a multiple of 4 sts, + 2 sts, + marked ch-1 sp at each corner. Fasten off CE.
  • All sizes: You have completed Part 46. Your blanket should measure approximately the length of the mattress size you selected (see Finished Sizes). The next sections will add borders to create an overhang. If your blanket is too short, you can add additional repeats of border rows. If your blanket is already longer than your mattress size, consider skipping future border rows as desired.
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