It’s been way too long I know – I’m so sorry! I’m finally ready to start launching my new series of blanket patterns though and I can’t wait. I’ve christened them ‘The Yarn Stash Series’ and they are all yours absolutely free!
Since I began designing I’ve always wanted to create a set of patterns that inspire people to really go for it and experiment with stitches, colours, textures, sizes, yarn weight and hook sizes. This is what I hope the Yarn Stash Series will do. The stitches are all super simple, the yarn can be whatever you fancy, the more the better I say and I’ve used the same size hook (5mm/H) for them all but you can mix it up however you like.
First up, we have the ‘V Stitch Blanket’ – this stitch is so trendy at the moment and gives a beautiful drape V Stitch Blanket – free crochet blanket pattern from HanJan Crochetand texture to any work. You can download the whole PDF here or on Ravelry, LoveCrochet or Craftsy and I’m also going to pop the basic stitch instructions and pictures here for you too.
Click here for your free copy of the PDF:
So, here comes the nitty gritty, how do you actually crochet the V Stitch? It’s a really simple repeat that only needs you to know how to work a chain and a treble (UK) or double (US). From now on, I’ll use UK terms.
Foundation chain: 79 (any multiple of 2+1)
This is how many chains you need to make a pattern repeat like this work – pick any multiple of 2 and then add 1 more and you’re good to go. For the blanket in the pattern I started with a chain of 79 and I got a blanket that is 65cm wide.
Row 1: 2tr in 4th ch from hook, *skip 1, 2tr in next, rep from * to last, tr in last 
If you read crochet patterns out loud they actually sound like gibberish, my husband does it to annoy me sometimes, so I completely get that this probably makes now sense to lots of people. I remember how cross I got with patterns that I couldn’t read but then I also remember the absolute amazement when suddenly I realised I’d taught myself to read what felt like a new language! Amazing!
This first row is setting you up for the whole blanket so take time to make sure you are happy with your count and tension and the rest will be a breeze. What the row actually says if you don’t read gibberish yet is:
Work 2 treble stitches into the 4th chain away from your hook (the first 3 chains then become a stitch in the row), skip the next chain along, work 2 treble stitches into the next chain. Then, it tells you to repeat the instructions from * (the little * tells you where to go back to, a bit like when you read music, but some designers use brackets or other symbols so just check on that before you get going), so that’s all you have to do, keep working: skip 1, 2tr in next, skip 1, 2tr in next, skip 1, 2tr in next…. all the way along to the last chain. To finish the row off you just need to work a treble in that last chain and you’re done.
Here’s what it should look like:
Row 2: ch3 (counts as st) *2tr in between each set of 2tr to create the ‘V’ stitch, repeat from * across to last, tr in last.
This row is slightly less gibberish don’t you think? All you need to do is work 3 chains to start with (this becomes the first stitch in the row) then you work 2 trebles in between each set of 2 trebles that you worked on the row before. Then you have the magic repeat sign again * so do the same over and over until you get to the last stitch, work a treble in the last stitch and you’re done!
Now it should look like this:
Rows 3-60: Repeat Row 2 changing colour at the end of each row or whenever you fancy.
That’s it! All there is to it.
Make sure you pop over to the links at the top to download the PDF as it’s got lots of other little extras for you to enjoy!
I’d love to see any pictures of the blankets you make so make sure you share them with me on Instagram (@hanjancrochet) or on Facebook.
I’m off to get back to my yarn stash and some more stitch tutorials – ripple, sedge and granny block are all coming your way soon!