Textures and Tassels Blanket: Part 3 Popcorns and V-Stitch Square

Welcome to Week 3 of the Textures and Tassels Blanket mystery crochet along! This week’s pattern is the Popcorns and V-Stitch Square, a 12″ (30.5 cm) square textured with popcorns stitches, the much loved v-stitch, and single crocheted into the back loop only. This square can also be used as a stand-alone motif or to include in another blanket using 12″ squares.

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Textures and Tassels Blanket 3: Popcorns and V-Stitch Square

V-Stitch Granny Square Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Popcorn stitches, v-stitches, and single crochet stitches worked into the back loop only add lots of texture to this 12” (30.5 cm) square.

The Textures and Tassels Blanket is a mystery crochet along for a throw-sized blanket worked in a combination of motifs and rows. Borders are crocheted in the round and the blanket is finished off with tassels. (Optional, of course, if you don’t like tassels.) New clues will be released on Fridays through December 10, 2021.

Finished Size

  • Throw Blanket.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland yarn (Solids: 100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m; Tweeds: 94% acrylic/6% rayon, 4 oz/113 g, 200 yd/183 m): 14 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,320 yards/3,036 meters in any medium weight yarn.
  • Clover Amour US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size that matches gauge or you prefer using with medium weight yarn.
  • Clover Tassel Maker in Large or Small, or the bundle of both sizes (optional, but very helpful if you plan to finish your blanket with tassels).
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker set (optional, but helpful for marking the front and holding pieces together for seaming).
  • Clover Chibi yarn needle.

Gauge

  • See individual clues for gauge information.

Textures and Tassels Blanket Pattern Notes

  • The Textures and Tassels Blanket Blanket is constructed using a combination of motifs and rows. Borders are crocheted in the round. New “clues” will be released on Fridays during 2021.
  • I am using 3 colors for my version of the blanket: Lion Brand Heartland yarn in 178 Pinnacles (CA), 195 Biscayne (CB), and 350 Mount Rainier Tweed (CC). 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.
  • 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.
  • Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only – Lion Brand has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
  • CA – Color A
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • pop – 3-double crochet popcorn – Dc 3 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first dc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • v-st – v-stitch – (dc, ch 1, dc) in same st or sp. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available here.
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • () Work instructions in parentheses into same stitch or space.

Notes for Part 3

  • Gauge: Motif = 12” (30.5 cm) in pattern.
  • You may find it helpful to mark corner ch-2 sp (especially on Rnds 8, 10-11, and 14) with locking stitch markers. Move up stitch markers each Round.
  • In Rnd 10, pop are worked over ch-1 sp from previous Rnd.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds and sl st joins do not count as a stitches.
  • Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. For this section, my Color A is Lion Brand Heartland yarn in 195 Biscayne.
  • If you decide to change colors within this square, fasten off at the end of a Round. Join new color next Round with sl st to any ch-2 sp and follow pattern for that Round.

Pattern Instructions

Popcorns and V-Stitch Square

  • With CA, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Ch 1, [pop in ring, ch 2] 3 times, pop in ring, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first pop. – 4 sts + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-2 sp, [2 sc in next pop, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, 2 sc in pop, join with sl st to top of first sc. – 16 sts
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in same st [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 24 sts
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in same st *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st,** ch 2; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 8 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *[skip 1 st, v-st in next st, skip 1 st] twice, skip 1 st, v-st in next st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 13 sts (10 dc + 3 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in next 2 sts, [skip 1 st, v-st in next ch-1 sp, skip 1 st] 3 times, dc in next 2 sts,** (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 15 sts (12 dc + 3 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *skip 1 st, v-st in next st, skip 1 st, [skip 1 st, v-st in next ch-1 sp, skip 1 st] 3 times, skip 1 st, v-st in next st, skip 1 st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 19 sts (14 dc + 5 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-2 sp, *scBL in next 3 sts, [scBL in ch-1 sp, scBL in next 2 sts] 5 times, scBL in next st,** (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first sc. – 23 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *[dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st] 11 times, dc in next st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 27 sts (16 dc + 11 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 10: (See Pattern Notes.) Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in next 3 sts, [pop in next skipped st on Rnd 8, sc in next st] 10 times, pop in next skipped st on Rnd 8, sc in next 3 sts,** (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first sc. – 31 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *scBL in next 5 sts, [sc in next pop, scBL in next st] 10 times, sc in next pop, scBL in next 5 sts,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first sc. – 33 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 12: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *skip 1 st, [skip 1 st, v-st in next st, skip 1 st] 11 times, skip 1 st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 37 sts (26 dc + 11 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 13: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *v-st in next st, skip 1 st, [skip 1 st, v-st in next ch-1 sp, skip 1 st] 11 times, skip 1 st, v-st in next st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 43 sts (30 dc + 13 ch-sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 14: Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-2 sp, *skip 2 sts, [sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st] 4 times, [sc in next st, skip ch-1 sp, sc in next st] 5 times, [sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st] 4 times, skip 2 sts,** (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 2 sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first sc. – 38 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • If your square is smaller than 12” (30.5 cm) after Rnd 14, work additional rounds as follows until square reaches 12” (30.5 cm):
    • Ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in each st across to corner ch-2 sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first sc. (Increases by 2 sts on each side with each rep)
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 48”/122 cm) for seaming.
© 2021 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/01/29/textures-and-tassels-blanket-clue-3/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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