The Big Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket03.Oct.19 / Kirsten Ballering
Big, bigger, biggest! The Big Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket means business: this blanket measures 180 x 205cm (71 x 81in): perfect to wrap around yourself once (or twice), or to huddle under together! The Larksfoot stitches are made with Scheepjes River Washed, resulting in a distinctively toned-down rainbow blanket. And if the Big Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket is too big for you, there's a Little Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket too.
Materials and preparation
- Colour A: 961 Mersey x 3 balls
- Colour B: 944 Nile x 3 balls
- Colour C: 956 Avon x 3 balls
- Colour D: 946 Mississippi x 3 balls
- Colour E: 946 Mekong x 3 balls
- Colour F: 957 Eisack x 3 balls
- Colour G: 942 Steenbras x 3 balls
- Colour H: 949 Yarra x 3 balls
- Colour I: 952 Rhine x 3 balls
- Colour J: 958 Tiber x 3 balls
- Colour K: 955 Po x 3 balls
- Colour L: 962 Narmade x 3 balls
- Colour M: 960 Murray x 3 balls
- Colour N: 959 Ural x 3 balls
- Colou r O: 801 Moonstone x 4 balls
Shop the yarn
You can get the yarn from Scheepjes retailers, such as:
4.0mm (US size G/6).
Blocked and finished blanket measures 180 x 205cm (71 x 81in).
Gauge isn’t critical, but it’s important that you do not use more than 24 grams per 2 rows of each colour.
This version of the Larksfoot stitch is slightly adapted from the original Larksfoot stitch. Instead of working a dropped dc, in each spiked cluster, you’ll be working a dropped dc2tog to give more volume to the stitch.
Check out the pattern on Ravelry too.
- ch: chain
- ch-sp(s): chain space(s)
- crab st: crab stitch. Insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through loops on hook, insert hook in st on the right to the previous stitch, twisting the stitch on itself
- dc: double crochet
- dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together
- hdc: half double crochet
- RS: Right side
- sp: space
- st(s): stitch(es)
- standing dc: standing double crochet. Make a slip knot on your hook, yarn over (hold finger over loops on hook to prevent loops from twisting of your hook), insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook
- WS: Wrong side
With colour A, ch285, turn.
Row 1 (RS) Ch3 (counts as st here and throughout pattern), 1dc in fifth ch from hook, 2dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (3dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 69 times, 4dc, turn. [69 3dc groups, 8 dc, 70 ch-sps]
Row 2 (WS) Ch3, 3dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (3dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 69 times, 4dc, cut yarn, fasten off. [8 dc, 69 3dc groups, 70 ch-sps]
In the next row, we’ll start creating the Larksfoot stitch. The Larksfoot stitch consists of spiked clusters (2 dc and a dropped dc2tog in between), separated from each other by chains.
Row 3 Join colour B with standing dc, 1dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (1dc, 1 dropped dc2tog in ch-sp 2 rows below, 1dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 70 times, 2dc, turn. [70 spiked clusters, 4 dc, 71 ch-sps]
Row 4 Ch3, 1dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (3dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 70 times, 2dc, cut yarn, turn. [70 3dc groups, 4 dc, 71 ch-sps]
Row 5 Join colour C with standing dc, (1dc, 1 dropped dc2tog in ch-sp 2 rows below, 1dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 71 times, 1dc, turn. [71 spiked clusters, 2dc, 70 ch-sps]
Row 6 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.
Rows 3-6 set pattern, two rows for each colour. Repeat Rows 3-6 for colours D through N, and start over with A. You repeat the pattern until you have 6 full rainbow stripes ending with colour N. Your last row will be Row 168. Cut yarn, weave in all ends.
Round 1 (RS) Join colour O with ss in top right corner sp, *(1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in corner sp, 283hdc, (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in corner sp, 2hdc in side of every row to next corner; repeat from * once more, join with ss in first hdc, cut yarn. [285 hdc in short sides, 338 hdc on long side]
Round 2 (RS) Join colour O with ss in top right corner sp, *(1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in same corner sp, 1hdc in each st to next corner sp; repeat from * another 3 times, join with ss in first hdc. Cut yarn. [287 hdc on short sides, 340 hdc on long sides]
Round 3 Repeat Round 2. [289 hdc on short sides, 342 hdc on long sides]
Round 4 Repeat Round 2. [291 hdc on short sides, 344 hdc on long sides]
Round 5 Repeat Round 2, but crochet 1 extra hdc on each long side by working 2hdc in 1 st anywhere on the long side. [293 hdc on short sides, 347 hdc on long sides]
You just made 2 extra stitches in your last round (one on each long side). This is necessary for your final round. You will be working the next round with all coloured leftovers from the body of the blanket. You have 14 colours for the blanket, which will each be used twice. This leaves us with 28 colour sections of 46 stitches each. This means that we’ll need 28 x 46 = 1288 stitches. After Round 5 we'll have 1280 stitches (including the extra 2 sts). But because we'll be working 2 stitches in each corner space in Round 6, you'll end up with 1288 stitches after all.
Round 6 (RS) With colour A join in any st, 46crab st, cut yarn, switch to colour B, 46crab st in colour B, cut yarn, switch to colour C. Continue your way around the blanket following this pattern, working 1crab st in each st and 2 crab sts in any corner sp. Join last st of colour N to first st of colour A with ss, cut yarn, fasten off.
Weave in all ends, block to size.