Crochet Pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket by Crochetpreneur

Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

A crochet baby blanket is one of my favorite projects to make and gift. I’m so excited to share this surprisingly simple Tunisian crochet pattern as a guest post by Crochetpreneur. Stripes and neutral colors combine to make a bold yet cuddly blanket.

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Pam Grice is the part psychotherapist, part crochet designer, and full-on-cheerleader behind the Crochetpreneur blog where she combines her wisdom as a counselor and experience as a six-figure Etsy artisan to help other makers find the personal and financial freedom that comes from having a successful crochet business. When she’s not coaching, counseling, or crocheting (she loves alliteration), Pam spends her days caring for her newly-toddling grandson. She is an introvert who loves people, an encourager, a solution-finder, and a creative-thinker who spent more time reading encyclopedias and playing with yarn as a child than was probably normal. And, while she never did marry Donny Osmond, she’s thankful to have crafted a life she loves with her husband, Kev, and their two neurotic rescue pups.

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Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur

Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Materials:

  • 1375 yards Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, size (5) bulky (3.5 oz./100g, 149 yds/136 m, 100% acrylic)
    • Color A: 700 yds/ 640 m (5 skeins) I used Champagne White.
    • Color B: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Stormy Grey
    • Color C: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Slate Grey
    • Color D: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Granite Grey
    • Tunisian crochet hook US size M (9.00 mm) with a 24” cord
    • Crochet hook US size L (8.00 mm)
    • Tapestry needle
    • Tape measure
    • Scissors
    • Blocking supplies

Abbreviations:

  • BPDC – back-post double crochet – A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • CH – chain
  • DC – double crochet
  • F(FP) – forward pass – See Special Stitches below.
  • FPDC – front-post double crochet – A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • HDC – half-double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • R(RP) – return pass – See Special Stitches below.
  • SC – single crochet
  • SLST – slip stitch                
  • SP – space                           
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch – See Special Stitches below. A video tutorial is available at the end of this post.
  • YO – yarn over
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Notes:

  • No matter your skill level, read through pattern before beginning your work.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • US Terminology
  • To adjust width: Increase or decrease starting chain by multiples of 4 + 1.
  • To adjust length: Increase or decrease completed rows by multiples of 4.
  • As you begin to work the rows, they will roll. This will be neutralized once we add the border. So, don’t worry about it too much.
  • It’s your choice whether you’d like to cut the yarn when switching colors or carry it along the edge. If you carry it up the piece, be sure to catch all strands as the rows go up and hide them when working the first round of the border.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Gauge:  11 stitches x 9 rows = 4” (10.15 cm) sq.

Finished Measurements:

  • After blocking:
    • Approx. 33” x 43” (83.8 cm x 109.2 cm), before border.
    • Approx. 38” x 48” (96.5 cm x 121.9 cm), finished.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Special Stitches:

Tunisian Simple Stitch

  • Chain the required number of stitches.
  • TSS Foundation Row: With last chain still on the hook, insert hook in the back bump of the second CH from hook, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in the back bump, picking up STS, in each CH across.
  • TSS Return Pass (TSS RP): CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook*; rep from * to * until 1 loop remains on hook.
  • TSS Forward Pass (TSS FP): Insert hook in 2nd vertical bar from hook, YO, pull up loop, *insert hook in next vertical bar, YO, pull up loop*, rep from * to * to last st, put hook through both vertical bars on edge, YO, pull up loop.
  • Complete row with a TSS RP.
  • A video tutorial is available at the end of this post.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Pattern:

  • With Color A and Tunisian crochet hook, CH 93.
  • Row 1F: Skipping the first CH, pull up a loop in the back bump of each CH. (93 loops on hook)
  • 1R: CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops,* rep * to * until 1 loop remains.
  • Row 2F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 2R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 3F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 3R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 4F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 4R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 5F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 5R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 6F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 6R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 7F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 7R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 8F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 8R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Row 9F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 9R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Row 10F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 10R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 11F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 11R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 12F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 12R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 13F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 13R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 14F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 14R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 15F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 15R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 16F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 16R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Rows 17 – 96: Rep rows 9 – 16 ten more times.
  • Bind Off: With A, SLST loosely in each bar across.
  • Finish off.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Border

  • With A and 8.00 mm hook, join with a SLST to the first ST to the left (or, if working left-handed, to the right) of any corner.
  • Round 1: CH1. HDC in same ST. *HDC in each ST along the row. CH3 to create a corner ST. Turn work 90 degrees and work along next edge,* Rep from * to * 3 more times. SLST to beginning HDC to join. You will have 92 STS along short edges, 96 STS along long edges, and a CH-3 at each corner
  • Round 2: CH2 (does not count as a ST, here and throughout), [FPDC in first HDC, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until 3 stitches remain to corner, BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in the corner space], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 3: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * to corner, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 4: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until one ST remains, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 5: CH2,  [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until two STS remain BPDC, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, BPDC, FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Finish off and tuck ends.
  • Wet block and allow to dry.
  • Enjoy!
© 2019 by Pam Grice (Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur) and published with permission by 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 Pam’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:
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