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The pattern for the Rainbow Sampler crochet blanket is available! If you want to try and incorporate all different kinds of stitches into one blanket, a sampler blanket is the perfect project for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect (a sampler rarely is), and it gives you an opportunity to try about any stitch you like. I like to play with textures, colours and if possible all at the same time. It was the perfect project for me!
This tutorial is not a step-by-step guide, because I made this project as a learning project, and initially it wasn’t the plan to map this out for others. However I tried to write everything out as clear as I remember it. I’ve included the tutorials I’ve used. It’s necessary sometimes to make some adjustments to get everything to fit, or to tinker with the stitches a little bit. Of course you can always skip or replace a row you don’t like. If you are ready for this, just grab a yarn and hook and start!
Size of blanket
The finished blanket measures approximately 1.80 m x 1.80 m (71in x 71in) after blocking.
I used Stylecraft special DK, a 100% acrylic yarn. I chose acrylic because it’s durable and washable, available in many colours and affordable.
I’ve used the following 34 colours, all 1 skein or less, unless otherwise indicated. (total yardage estimate by weight of blanket: 4130 m/4516 yds).
- Bright pink
- Candy floss
- Cloud blue
- Graphite (6 skeins)
- Pale Rose
- Spring green
Retailers for this yarn
Stylecraft Special DK is available from the following retailers, among others:
- Black sheep wools (UK based, worldwide shipping)
- Woolwarehouse (UK based, worldwide shipping)
- Caro’s atelier (Nederlandse webshop)
I used a 6 mm (J) hook. This is larger than recommended on the label, but makes for a more supple blanket in my opinion.
I’ve chosen 240 stitches to start with because it can be divided by many different numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. This means that it will accomodate most different stitches. If you want to adjust the size of the blanket, make sure to choose a number that’s divided by as many numbers as possible too, or consider to improvise with half stitch pattern repeats. I’d recommend choosing a multiple of 8 + 1 turning chain.
Crochet pattern for Rainbow Sampler Crochet Blanket (US terms)
|1||240 chains + 1 turning chain||Graphite|
|6||Bobble stitches||Emperor with Cream hdc’s in between||Purple bobble every 10 stitches, starting at 5th stitch (so in 5th, 15th, 25th…). Tutorial from Tales from Cuckooland|
|10||Granny clusters||Sherbet||Tutorial from Attic24|
|11||Granny Clusters||Cloud blue|
|14||Wave pattern row 1||Citron||Join with ss,*2sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, dc, hdc*, repeat until end of row.|
|15||Wave pattern row 2||Saffron||Join with ss in the top between the ch and the first sc, *2tr, dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, dc*, repeat until end of row.|
|20-23||Bobble stitches||Alternating between Fondant and Candyfloss||Tutorial from Craftstylish|
|27-29||240 hdc||Spring green|
|32||240 hdc||Spring green|
|35||Larksfoot bottom stitch||Saffron||Tutorial from Crochetgeek|
|49-50||Granny Clusters||Pale Rose|
|56||Bobble stitches||Cloud blue|
|60-61||Shell pattern||Lemon||Join with ss in first st, skip 1 stitch, *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in 1 stitch, skip 3 sts; repeat from * to end, sc in last st. Cut yarn.
Start the next row on the Right side of your blanket again (where you started the last row). Join with ss in first sc, (ch3 (counts as dc), ch2, 2dc) in sc, sc in ch2-space of shell from last row, *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in space between shells, sc in ch2-space of shell from last row; repeat from * to end, end with (2dc, ch2, 1dc) in last sc. Cut yarn.
|64||Compensation row||Graphite||*Hdc in every ‘valley’ of a shell, ch1, hdc in every top of a shell, ch1; repeat from * until end.|
|65-66||240 hdc||Graphite||Hdc in every stitch.|
|67||Catherine wheel||Bottle||Tutorial from Haakmaarraak (Catherine cowl)|
|88||Popcorn row||Shrimp||Every 10th stitch is a popcorn, starting at the 5th stitch. Tutorial from Mille makes|
|92||Popcorn row||Lipstick||Every 10th stitch is a popcorn, starting at the 10th stitch.|
|96||Popcorn row||Shrimp||Every 10th stitch is a popcorn, starting at the 5th stitch.|
|99-103||Granny clusters||Alternating between Turquoise and Sherbet|
|108||Bobble stitches||Candy floss|
|111-117||240 hdc||Cream||Between row 112/113, and row 115/116 do a row of surface crochet in Spring green.|
|121||Bobble row||Bottle||Every 10th stitch is a bobble stitch, starting at the 5th stitch.|
|125-128||Shell pattern||Alternating between Emperor and Lavender|
|131-132||Herringbone||Bright pink||Tutorial from Haakmaarraak (Herringbone phone cover)|
|149-150||Bobble stitches||Spring green|
|153||Wave pattern row 1||Raspberry|
|154||Wave pattern row 2||Pale Rose|
|160||240 hdc||Cloud blue|
|162-163||240 hdc||Cloud blue|
|167||240 hdc||Cloud blue|
|170-171||Moss stitch||Lipstick||Tutorial from LookatwhatImade|
Edging of the blanket
For the edging I used Graphite to make a round of hdc around the blanket.
Round 1 I started in the top of the blanket, making 1 hdc in each stitch. Along the sides of the blanket I improvised: when I encountered a dc or similar stitch height I made 2 hdc around that stitch and for shorter stitches such as hdc I made 1 hdc in that row. make 3 hdc in corner stitch, 1hdc in each chain from beginning chain. Continue like this around the blanket and join to first stitch with ss.
Round 2-6 Ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch), 1hdc in each stitch, 3 hdc in each corner stitch (the middle stitch of the 3hdc corner in the previous round). Join with ss to first st. Cut yarn and fasten off.
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