2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry

2021 Blanket – week 9

Whoosh, that has been quite a week!

As those of you who have been following the friendship CAL by Sunflower Cottage Crochet will know, it was my turn on Friday. From the very first time I heard about this project, I was so excited to be involved. 40 squares by some of the top independent crochet designers and I felt so honoured to be part of it. I had everything prepared for Friday – and then at Friday lunch time GMT, the website crashed due to server issues and stayed offline until Saturday morning. After a lot of calls with my provider, it is now finally working with a bit of a work around – phew.

Well, I think that set the mark for my crochet too. I discovered a small mistake in my 2021 blanket and realised, I needed a bit of a work around for that as well. So in this part, I have also included my work around, just in case you also need it. But I think it also illustrated that in life as in crochet, things happen along the way, but so long as you get back on track, everything tends to work out.

2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry
2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry

This week, I  have started to form the blanket into a square shape again. Firstly creating a bridge between the corner pieces and the working around the blanket in full in Ocean.

Materials

Caron Simply Soft – Gold

Caron Simply Soft – Ocean

Caron Simply Soft – Orchid

Caron Simply Soft – Sunshine

5 mm hook

Tapestry needle and sharp scissors

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Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Sunshine
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Orchid
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Gold
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Ocean

Pattern notes

The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link

The blanket is worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each row and you continue working in the same direction as before. 

[Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.]

For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet. Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet. These chains count as the first stitch in the row

2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry
2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry

Special stitches

Bphtr – back post half treble

Ch – chain

Fpdc – front post double treble

Htr – half treble

Tr – treble

Ss – slip stitch

3trcl – 3 treble cluster

5trcl – 5 treble cluster

Start crocheting here:

A small confession: Despite talking a great amount of care, I have found that my corner pieces are slightly misaligned. There should be 5 stitches from the end of Row 11 to the corner of Round 20, but when I have gone back and counted them, I occasionally have 6 stitches. If this has also happened to you, you can “loose” the extra stitches in the following row by skipping 2 stitches instead of 1 where the pattern says “skip stitches” without stating how many stitches to skip. I hope this help you, if your stitch counts are out too.

Working between the corner pieces

Use Sunshine: Dc in the stitch that is three from the end of Row 11 of the corner piece, ch 1, skip the remaining 2 stitches of Row 11, work 5trcl in the stitch on Round 20 where Row 11 joins, ch 1, skip 2, tr, htr, ch 1, skip stitches and work into corner space [htr, ch 2, htr],ch 1, skip 2, htr, tr, ch 1, skip stiches, 5trcl into stitch on Round 20 where it joins Row 11, ch 1, skip 2 stitches on Row 11, dc. Fasten off. Repeat for all four corners.

2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry
2021 Crochet Blanket - free crochet pattern - Crochet Cloudberry

From now we shall be working in rounds over the whole blanket again, so I shall start renumbering the rounds.

Round 1

Use Ocean.

Start in the corner ch-2-sp of Row 11 [htr, ch 2, htr], 28 bphtr, dc, dc in ch-1-sp, fpdc over 5trcl, dc in ch-1-sp, 2 dc, dc in ch-1-sp, dc, dc in ch-1-sp, dc, dc in ch-1-sp, 2dc, dc in ch-1-sp, fpdc over 5trcl, dc in ch-1-sp, 28 bphtr. (74 stitches per side).

Repeat 4 times.

Don’t fasten off the yarn, just yet as we will be continuing in Ocean next week.

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