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It took a while, but the crochet pattern for the rainbow sampler blanket is up!
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 – as a sampler it rarely is – and it gives you an opportunity to try about anything 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 fancy. If you can do this, just grab a yarn and hook and start!
Size: The finished blanket measures approximately 1.80 m x 1.80 m (71″ x 71″).
Yarn: I used Stylecraft special DK, a 100% acrylic yarn (available from Deramores or Woolwarehouse). I chose acrylic because of a. the fact that it’s durable and washable and b. it’s a huge blanket with a lot of yarn, so it’s just the more economical option and c. it’s available in lots of colours! I’ve used the following colours, all 1 skein or less, unless otherwise indicated. (total yardage: 4130 m/4516 yds).
- Bright pink
- Candy floss
- Cloud blue
- Graphite (6 skeins)
- Pale Rose
- Spring green
Hook: 6 mm. (J)
Rainbow Sampler pattern
Note: the pattern is in US terms. If you want to make a smaller blanket, just make sure the number of starting chains is a multiple of 8 + 1 turning chain.
|1||241 chains (1 for turning)||Graphite|
|6||Bobble stitches||Emperor with HDCs of Cream in between||Purple bobbles every 10 stitches, starting at 5th stitch. Tutorial from Tales from Cuckooland|
|10||Granny clusters||Sherbet||Tutorial from Attic24|
|11||Granny Clusters||Cloud blue|
|14||Wave pattern row 1||Citron||Join,*2sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, dc, hdc*, repeat until the end.|
|15||Wave pattern row 2||Saffron||Join in the top between the ch and the first sc. *2tr, dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, dc*, repeat untill the end.|
|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||SC in first st,*[2 DC, 2 ch, 2DC in 1 stitch], skip 3*, SC in last st. The next row I started with [1 DC in the last sc of previous round, then 2 ch, 2 DC in the same stitch]. then SC around the 2 ch of the previous round, and make a new shell in the space between the shells of the previous row. Continue making shells until the end of the row, end with a [2DC, 2ch, DC] in the first sc of the first round.|
|64||Compensation row||Graphite||Make a HDC in every ‘valley’ of a shell, ch1, a HDC in every top of a shell, ch1. Repeat untill the end.|
|65-66||240 HDC||Graphite||HDC in every stitch from the previous row|
|67||Catherine wheel||Bottle||Tutorial from Haakmaarraak (Catherine cowl)|
|88||Popcorn row||Shrimp||Every 10th stitch is a bobble stitch, starting at the 5th stitch. Tutorial from Mille makes|
|92||Popcorn row||Every 10th stitch is a bobble, starting at the 10th stitch.|
|96||Popcorn row||Shrimp||Every 10th stitch is a bobble stitch, 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 and 113, and row 115 and 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|
For the edging I just grabbed all my leftover Graphite. First I made a row of HDC’s all around the blanket. The top and bottom are easy, just hdc in each stitch. The sides were a little bit improvised, when I encountered a dc or similar height stitch, I would make 2 hdc’s in the row and if it’s smaller I would make 1. I made 3 HDC’s in every corner.
After that I made 5 more rows of Graphite HDC’s, 1 HDC in every stitch and 3 HDC’s in a corner stitch (the middle stitch of your previously increased 3 HDC corner).
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