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Raspberry Road Blanket

11.Jun.17 / Kirsten Ballering

The Raspberry road blanket is a great way to show off your yarns. This blanket is worked in the round and this makes the gradient change even more gradual. The incorporated Jacob’s ladders are a fun little addition to the starshape

The pattern for the Raspberry Road Blanket is also available as a print-friendly, styled and advertisement free PDF in the Haak maar Raak shop.

Materials

Scheepjes Whirl (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 225g/1000m)
  • Colour A: 752 Raspberry Rock Road x 1 cake

Where can I buy this yarn?

Scheepjes Whirl is available from the following retailers:

Crochet hook

3.5mm (US size E/4)

Measurements

The blanket measures 104cm in diameter (41in).

Gauge/Tension

9 rows and 19 dc’s measure 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4in) with a 3,5mm hook.

Notes

  • The pattern is worked in the round. This means that you will always work on the right side of the pattern and not the backside.
  • The amount of points in this star shape is 9, as opposed to the usual 12 due to the inclusion of Jacob’s ladders. If this causes your blanket not to lay flat but to curl up, consider adding one or two extra points. You can do so by making more dc’s in the magic ring in Round 1, adjust the repeats of other instructions accordingly.
  • Don’t worry if your blanket doesn’t want to lay flat in the first three or four rounds – that will be fine with blocking. It’s more important that it lays flat after around 7-8 rows, with the Jacob’s ladder laddered up.
  • If you’re running out of yarn early, simply make your last round as Round 38 is described in this pattern. The pattern will work for any round.

Abbreviations

  • beg: beginning
  • ch: chain
  • ch-sp: chain space
  • ch2-space: chain 2 space, the number denotes the amount of stitches in the chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • sc: single crochet
  • ss: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Repeat formats

  • […] Indicates the amount of stitches at the end of a row or round.

Techniques

Please note that the swatch I used for this photo tutorial is slightly different from how your blanket looks. The technique is still the same though. Jacob’s ladders are worked 9 times in total in this blanket, from the loops made in Round 4 until you secure it with a stitch in Round 38.

First, insert your hook through the loop in Round 4 (photo 1). Next, pick up the ch5 from the row above (photo 2). Pull the ch5 through the loop on your hook, this forms a new loop (photo 3). Pick up the ch5 from the row above and pull it through the loop on your hook , continue for all ch5 (photo 4). You will end with a final loop on top of your blanket (photo 5). Secure it with a stitchmarker until you can secure it with a stitch in Round 38.

Crochet pattern

Start with a magic ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (doesn’t count as st), 9dc in ring, close with ss in first dc. [9 dc]

Round 2 Ch3 (doesn’t count as st), 2dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with ss in thirdch of beg-ch. [18 dc]

Round 3 Ch3, *skip next st, (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next st; repeat from * another 7 times, 1dc in base of beg ch3, ch2, join with ss in third ch of beg-ch. [9 ch2-sps]

Round 4 Ss to ch2-sp, (ch3, 1dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-sp, ch5, ss in first ch, *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-sp, ch5, ss in first ch; repeat from * another 7 times, ss in third ch of beg-ch3.

Round 5 Ss to next st, ch3, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-sp, 1dc in next st, ch5, skip next dc, ch5 loop and dc after that, *1dc in next st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-sp, 1dc in next st, ch5, skip next dc, ch5 loop and dc after that; repeat from *another 7 times, join with ss in third ch of beg-ch.

Rounds 6-36 Ss to next st, ch3, *1dc in each st to ch2-sp, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-sp, 1dc in each st to last st before ch5-sp, ch5, skip next dc, ch5 loop and dc after that; repeat from * until end of round, join with ss in third ch of beg-ch.

Round 37 Ss to next st, ch3, *1dc in each st to ch2-sp, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-sp, 1dc in each st to last st before ch5-sp, skip first st on other side of ch5-sp; repeat from * until end of round, join with ss in third ch of beg-ch. Please note that you are not making a ch5-loop in this round!

Now make the Jacob’s ladders.

Round 38 Ch1, 1sc in same st, *1sc in each st to ch2-sp, (2sc, ch1, 2sc) in ch2-sp, 1sc in each st until you reach the final Jacob’s ladder loop. Make a sc through the final Jacob’s ladder loop and the st directly above it to secure the ladder; repeat from * to end, ss to first st.

Fasten off and block to size.

Diagram

Diagram 1

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Replies

Olive Smith
I am a little confused. How do you make a ch5 loop and what do you mean by dc after that? Do you dc in the next st or the sm st as the ch5 loop? It is a beautiful pattern and I can't wait to try it. Already have my yarn. Thank you. September 01, 2020 02:38 - Reply
Kirsten
Hi Olive,

the ch5 loop is made in Round 4 and refers to this instruction: 'ch5, ss in first ch'. You ss in the first ch after making the 5th, thereby creating a closed loop of your chains, much like you would do with a picot or a beginning loop for a granny square for example. You need this loop to anchor your Jacob's ladder when you're actually 'laddering' up the stitches at the end.

In Round 5 and onwards, you skip the last dc, the ch5(-loop) and the first dc on the other side of the chains in the valleys of the pattern. This is to make sure your blanket lies flat later on. The chart illustrates this. In each valley of the pattern (so, where the chain spaces are) you see that the last dc of a row, the chains and the first dc of a row are skipped. This happens every row and in every valley. Does that make sense? September 01, 2020 07:42 - Reply
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