I loved making Lucy of Attic 24’s cosy stripe blanket and I decided to have a go at turning it into a corner to corner blanket. You can find the pattern for her blanket here. She saw a photograph of the mustard and grey blanket on my Instagram feed and commented: “I love your blanket and am happy for you to write up your c2c version….spread the hooky love!! Xxxxxx.” Then I made the blue blanket to test my pattern and a yarn shop friend also tested the main part of the blanket, though she made it a different size and the border was different. Hers was made in 3 colours so the colours appeared in both types of stripes and also looked very effective. As she knits more than she crochets, I was really pleased that she could follow the pattern. Of course, you can make the blanket any size you like and buy one of Lucy’s colour packs here.
So here goes.
I have written the pattern in UK and US terms like this UK/US, so terms before the slash are UK terms and after the slash are US terms.
Abbreviations (UK and US terms): ch – chain, single crochet, dc – double crochet, tr – treble crochet, sk- skip, ss – slip stitch, st(s) – stitch(es), sp-space, rep –repeat, RS – right side
Yarn : Stylecraft special dk: 100g each of mustard, silver, grey and white or 100g each of lobelia, cloud blue, silver and white
Hooks: 4mm and 3.5mm
Stitch markers: may be helpful to mark corner sts on round 1 of the border
Blanket size: 84 cm x 68 cm / 33 ins x 27 ins approx. Tension is not important
Ch 4 counts as tr/dc plus ch 1 throughout the pattern. Ch3 counts as tr/dc. Ch1 does not count as a st at the beginning of a row.
Make 2 rows in each colour in the following order: grey, mustard, silver, white/ lobelia, silver, cloud blue, white
Start: Using 4mm hook, ch 5 and join with a ss to form a ring
Row 1: ch 4, 3 tr/dc into ring, ch1, 1tr/dc into ring, turn
Row 2: ch 4, 3 tr/dc in 1 ch sp, sk3 tr/dc, 3tr/dc in next 1ch sp, ch1,tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 3: ch 4, tr/dc in 1ch sp, tr/dc in each st to 1ch sp, tr/dc in 1ch sp, ch1, tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 4: ch4, tr/dc in 1ch sp, tr/dc in each st to 1ch sp, 2tr/dc in 1ch sp, ch1, tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 5: ch4, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, sk2 sts,*3tr/dc in next st, sk2 sts*rpt to 1ch sp, 3tr/sp, ch1,tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 6: ch4, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, 3t/dcr between each group of 3tr/dc on previous row, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, ch1, tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Rows 3 to 6 form the pattern. Rpt rows 3 to 6 ten times and rows 3 to 5 once.
Start decreasing at one edge:
Row 46: ch4, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, 3tr/dc between each group of tr/dc on previous row, sk 3tr/dc, tr/dc in 4th of 4ch, turn
Row 47: ch3, sk1 tr/dc, tr/dc in each st across to 1ch sp, tr/dc in 1ch sp, ch1, tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 48: ch4, tr/dc in 1ch sp, tr/dc in each st across to last 2tr/dc, sk2 tr/dc, tr/dc in top of ch3, turn
Row 49: ch3, *sk2 tr/dc, 3tr/dc in next st,* rpt * to * to last 2 sts, sk2 sts, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, ch1, tr/dc in 3rd of 4ch, turn
Row 50: ch4, 3tr/dc in 1ch sp, 3tr/dc between each group of 3tr/dc on previous row to last group of 3tr/dc, sk last 3tr/dc, tr/dc in top of ch3, turn
Rpt rows 47 to 50 twice more.
Decrease at both edges:
Row 59: ch3, sk2 sts, tr/dc in each st to last 2sts, sk last 2sts, tr/dc in top of ch4, turn
Row 60: ch3, sk2 sts, tr/dc in each st to last st, sk last st, tr/dc in top of ch3, turn
Row 61: ch3, *sk2 sts, 3tr/dc in next st*, rpt from * to * to last 2 sts, sk last 2sts, tr/dc in top of ch3, turn
Row 62: ch3, sk first group of 3tr/dc, 3tr/dc between each group of tr/dc on previous row to last group of tr/dc, sk last group of 3tr/dc, tr/dc in top of ch 3
Rpt rows 59 to 62 ten more times. You will finish with ch3, 3tr/dc between each group of tr/dc on previous row, tr/dc in top of ch3, turn
Row 103: ch2, ss in top of ch3, Fasten off and cut yarn. Sew in ends
Position your blanket so that the starting ch5 ring is in the bottom left hand corner if you are crochet right handed. Reverse to the bottom left hand corner if you crochet left handed. This is the RS. All rounds are worked with the RS facing.
Round 1: The centre st of the groups of 3 or 5 dc is the corner st. It may be helpful to mark them with stitch markers. Using a 3.5mm hook and white, start with a slip knot on your hook, working along the bottom edge, 3dc/sc in 5ch sp (corner group made in bottom corner), 3dc/sc around the post of each st or ch3 to row 45, 3dc/sc in top of ch4 on row 45 (corner group made in the other bottom corner), continue up the side of the blanket making 3dc/sc around the post of each st or ch3 to ch2 sp at the top corner, 5dc/sc in ch2 sp (corner group made in top corner), 3dc/sc around each post or ch3 to last post on this edge, 4dc/sc around the last post which is row 59, 5dc/sc in top of tr/dc on row 58 (corner group made in the other top corner), 2dc/sc around each of the next 2 posts which are rows 57 and 58, 3dc/sc around the post of each st or ch3 to last 2 posts which are row 1 and 2, 2dc/sc around each of the last 2 posts, join with ss to first dc/sc.
There should be 137 sts plus the corner sts on each short side and 173 sts plus the corner sts on each long side.
Getting the round 1 right is the trickiest bit of the border. After that it is easier.
Round 2: Using 4mm hook and silver/lobelia start 2 sts to the left of a corner st, *dc/sc, ch1, sk1 st*, rpt from * to * to next corner st, (dc/sc, ch2, dc/sc) in corner st, ch1 sk1 st rpt from * to * to next corner st. Continue working your way around the blanket in this manner and join with a ss to first dc/sc. Fasten off and cut yarn. There should be 88 1ch spaces on each long edge and 69 1ch spaces on each short edge.
Round 3: From this round onward you will be working in the 1ch sps only.
Using gold/silver make a slip knot on your hook and dc/sc in any 1ch sp, ch1, *dc/sc in next 1ch sp, ch1*, rpt from * to * to corner ch2 sp, (dc/sc, ch2, dc/sc, ch1) in corner ch2 sp, rpt the pattern around the blanket joining with a ss to first dc/sc. Fasten off and cut yarn.
Round 4: Using grey/cloud blue, rpt round 3
Round 5: Using white, rpt round 3, do NOT cut yarn.
Round 6: Continue with white, ss to next 1ch sp, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), (dc/sc, ch3, dc/sc) in each 1ch sp around the blanket. Join with a ss to first dc/sc. No additional sts are necessary in the corners.
Cut yarn and sew in ends.
It should be easy to change the size of the blanket. If you want a square blanket, just start the decrease on a row 3 of the pattern and work from row 59 onwards. For a rectangular blanket, start decreasing on a row 6 of the pattern (see row 46) when the shortest edge of the blanket is the required width and decrease at both edges on row 3 of the pattern (see row 59) when you have reached the required length . When making the border, you need to make sure that both long edges and both short edges have the same number of stitches. As long as you put the 3 or 5 dc/sc in the same corners and the 4dc/sc and 2dc/sc around the same posts the stitch count should work out. In any event, as the foundation row for the border needs an odd number of stitches plus the corner stitches, it is easy to fudge!