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Huge Polka Dot Granny Square Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern from yay retro!

So here is it, my first properly written crochet pattern!  I have a real addiction to making circles in crochet at present and wanted to make extra large ones into a blanket. I've had a play about and made this Huge Polka Dot Circle lap blanket or throw. Have a try using the free crochet pattern below and let me know how you get on (do let me know of any hiccups as this is my very first pattern)! 


Buy this ready made blanket here.

yay retro! Huge Polka Dot Granny Square Blanket - a free crochet pattern

 

This pattern uses UK Stitch Abbreviations & DK yarn:

st = stitch

ch = chain = yarn over, pull yarn through stitch on needle

sl st = slip stitch = insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook

hdc = half double crochet = yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull yarn through all 3 loops

tr = treble crochet = yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops, yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

dtr = double treble crochet = 2 yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), *yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops*, repeat * * twice


TO MAKE EACH CIRCLE POLKA DOT in DK yarn


Ch 4 and make into circle /‘sliding loop’ or ‘magical loop’:

ch 3 (counts as 1st dc)

Round 1. 11dc into ring and then you pull the beginning tail - Join with a sl st into the 3rd of initial 3 ch. (12 dc in the ring including ch)

Round 2. ch3 (= 1st dc), 1dc into same st, 2dc into next st, repeat until end, join with sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch (24 st)

Round 3. ch3, 1dc into same st,  1dc into next st, *2dc into next st, 1 dc into next st*, repeat until end. Join with sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch. Break of yarn. (36 st)

Round 4. ch 3, dc into same stitch, dc into next 2 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 2 st* , repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch. (48 st)

Round 5: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 3 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 3 st*, repeat until end, THEN add 2 more stitches in final space before joining with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.  (62 st)


TO SQUARE THE CIRCLE

Round 6. Make your first corner Ch4 counts as dtr, 2 dtr in same stitch, ch2, 3 dtr in next st. *Miss 2 tr, 3tr in next st, miss 2 tr, 3htr in next st, miss 2 tr, 3 htr in next st, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in next st, miss 2 tr 3 dtr in next stitch, ch 2, 3 dtr in next st*, repeat three times. On final row you need to slightly change the missed stitch count to complete. This does not affect the overall look of the blanket….So after the final corner, Miss 2 tr, 3tr in next st, miss 1 tr, 3htr in next st, miss 2 tr, 3 htr in next st, miss 1 tr, 3 tr in next st, miss 1 tr  join with a sl st into 4th ch of initial 4ch.

Now you can use the join as you go method to add further squares or simply stitch them together. You can see how to join-as-you-go by following Bella Coco’s instructions on YouTube here. Remember I am using a variety of stitches in my pattern, but you should get the idea of how to join-as-you-go from this video.

FOR THE BORDER

Round 1. Evenly dc a round, with 3 dc at each corner and ss to join

Round 2 - 5. htr in each stitch with 3 htr at each corner and ss to join

Round 6. htr in back of loops, 3 htr at each corner and ss to join

Round 7. tr in back of loops, 3 tr at each corner and ss to join

Round 8. htr in back of loops, 3 htr at each corner and ss to join

If you decide to make this blanket show me your makes using the #yayretropolkadotcrochetblanket

If you would like to buy this blanket ready made, click here.

Yarn used: Stylecraft Special DK, Wondersoft Merry-go-round Rainbow and other DK from my stash.


Posted in Crochet by yayretro on 13/12/2018

Introducing yay retro! Crochet!

This year I've added a 60's style crochet section to the yay retro! vintage shop. Items are selling well and I will be adding more crochet homewares in 2019.  With crochet being all the rage in the 1960s and 70s it's no wonder vintage lovers are snapping up my handmade items to go in their modern vintage homes.

I choose and also create my own designs which suit the modern Scandi styled home. Choosing the softest yarns and the best vintage inspired colours.  If you would like to see all the crochet both sold and for sale search 'crochet' on the website.



Posted in Crochet by yayretro on 06/12/2018

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