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The Little Larksfoot Rainbow blanket is the little sister of the Big Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket. Made with Scheepjes Stone Washed, it’s a happy-go-lucky rainbow blanket in a rhythmical stitch pattern. Measuring 120 x 95cm (47.25 x 37.5in) it’s perfectly suitable as crib or baby blanket.
Scheepjes Stone Washed, 78% cotton, 22% acryl, 50g/130m:
- Colour A: 816 Coral x 1 ball
- Colour B: 823 Carnelian x 1 ball
- Colour C: 835 Rhodochrosite x 1 ball
- Colour D: 836 Tourmaline x 1 ball
- Colour E: 808 Corundum Ruby x 1 ball
- Colour F: 830 Lepolite x 1 ball
- Colour G: 805 Blue Apatite x 1 ball
- Colour H: 813 Amazonite x 1 ball
- Colour I: 815 Green Agate x 1 ball
- Colour J: 825 Malachite x 1 ball
- Colour K: 826 Forsterite x 1 ball
- Colour L: 827 Peridot x 1 ball
- Colour M: 833 Beryl x 1 ball
- Colour N: 809 Yellow Jasper x 1 ball
- Colour O: 801 Moonstone x 2 balls
4.0mm (US size G/6)
Blocked and finished blanket measures 120 x 95cm (47.25 x 37.5in).
Gauge isn’t critical, but it’s important that you do not use more than 12 grams per 2 rows of each colour.
Used stitches and abbreviations (US)
- 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
- hdc2tog: half double crochet 2 stitches together
- RS/WS: Right Side/Wrong 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.
- 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.
- If you’re looking for a larger blanket, try the Big Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket.
With colour A, ch137, 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) 32 times, 4dc, turn. [32 3dc groups, 8 dc, 33 ch-sps]
Row 2 (WS) Ch3, 3dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (3dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 32 times, 4dc, cut yarn, fasten off. [8 dc, 32 3dc groups, 33 ch-sps]
In the next row, we’ll start creating the iconic 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) 33 times, 2dc, turn. [33 spiked clusters, 4 dc, 34 ch-sps]
Row 4 Ch3, 1dc, ch1, skip 1 st, (3dc, ch1, skip 1 st) 33 times, 2dc, cut yarn, turn. [33 3dc groups, 4 dc, 34 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) 34 times, 1dc, turn. [34 spiked clusters, 2dc, 33 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. Repeat for A through N another 2 times, and then Repeat for colours A, B, C and D once more. Your last row will be Row 92. If you want your blanket to be longer, continue until you reach Colour N again. 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, 135hdc, (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in next corner sp, 2hdc in side of every row to next corner; repeat from * once more, join with ss in first hdc, 1ss to corner sp, cut yarn. [137 hdc in short sides, 186 hst 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. [139 hdc on short sides, 188 hdc on long sides]
Round 3 Repeat Round 2. [141 hdc on short sides, 190 hdc on long sides]
Round 4 Repeat Round 2, but decrease on each of the long sides three times by working a hdc2tog, cut yarn. [143 hdc on short sides, 189 hdc on long sides]
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 24 stitches each. This means that we’ll need 28 x 24 = 672 stitches. We ended Round 4 with 664 stitches in total. However, since we’ll be working 2 crab stitches in each corner, you will make 8 extra stitches in Round 5 and you will end up with the precise amount of stitches to complete the colour cycle twice.
Round 5 (RS) With colour A join in any st, 24crab sts, cut yarn, switch to colour B, 24crab 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.