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The Happy Herringbone Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s no secret that there’s nothing I love more than a simple blanket bursting with colour but with the easiest of stitches to relax and unwind to. For me it’s the ultimate in mindfulness and I just can’t get enough of it. I think for me it’s a relief from the technical and tricky designs that make my head hurt – grading garments and making intricate items for example.

So here we have a super simple free blanket pattern – The Happy Herringbone Blanket. I made it for my little boy as a play mat and he absolutely loves it and often uses it to nap under too. The herringbone stitch is so rarely used and in my opinion is so very beautiful. It gives such a lovely texture but is just as easy as working a htr (hdc US terms) you just have to pull through a loop sooner than you normally do.

The finished blanket measures 71cm by 93cm but is so easy to adapt to any size you’d like. It has two simple edges along the long sides and is finished off with some super chunky tassels.

Free crochet blanket pattern Hannah Cross happy herringbone blanket. Easy beginner crochet pattern

The pattern is here free for everyone to enjoy. You can download a free PDF of the pattern and also find the yarn I used too:

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF PATTERN

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Yarn

I used the wonderful Scheepjes Cahlista to make the blanket as it has the most beautiful drape and weight for blankets, especially if you plan to use them as a playmat too. I’ve already tried and tested ours and it washes brilliantly too so I don’t worry about it going outside and becoming all manner of tent type thing!

It’s 100% natural cotton, aran weight yarn with a rainbow of colours in the range. Scheepjes Cahlista has an optimised twist to reduce splitting whilst maintaining a soft drape.

To make the blanket you will need:
  • 6 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Mercury (074) – Yarn A
  • 3 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Old Lace (130) – Yarn B
  • 3 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Lemonade (403) – Yarn C
  • 3 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Royal Orange (189) – Yarn D
  • 1 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Sage Green (212) – Yarn E
  • 1 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Caramel (506) – Yarn F
  • 1 x Scheepjes Cahlista – Lime Juice (392) – Yarn G

The fabulous folks at Deramores have put together a yarn pack (which also includes the free pattern PDF) so if you fancy it in the colours here then follow the link below:

BUY THE YARN PACK AND GET A FREE PDF OF THE PATTERN HERE!

Tension and Sizing

The finished blanket measures 93cm by 71cm.

10 rows and 12st = 10cm x 10cm

Free crochet blanket pattern Hannah Cross happy herringbone blanket. Easy beginner crochet pattern

Materials

Along with the yarn you will also need:

A 6mm/J crochet hook

Needle

Scissors

Glossary/Abbreviations

ch – chain
st – stitch
ss – slip stitch
sk – skip
rep – repeat
RS – right side

UK stitch terms:

dc – double crochet
HBhtr – Herringbone half treble – Yarn over hook, insert hook through stitch,yarn over, pull back through stitch and straight through the first loop on the hook so that you have two loops left, yarn over and pull through last two loops.

US stitch terms:

sc – single crochet
HBhdc – Herringbone half double crochet – Yarn over hook, insert hook through stitch,yarn over, pull back through stitch and straight through the first loop on the hook so that you have two loops left, yarn over and pull through last two loops.

Notes

The ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Free crochet blanket pattern Hannah Cross happy herringbone blanket. Easy beginner crochet pattern

Pattern

STANDARD UK TERMS:

Foundation chain: Using A, ch76
Row 1: HBhtr in 2nd and each across [75] change to B
Row 2: ch1, HBhtr in each across [75]

STANDARD US TERMS:

Foundation chain: Using A, ch76
Row 1: HBhdc in 2nd and each across [75] change to B
Row 2: ch1, HBhdc in each across [75]

Repeat Row 2 in the following colour sequence:
Row 3: A
Row 4: C
Row 5: A
Row 6: E
Row 7: A
Row 8: D
Row 9: A
Row 10: F
Row 11: A
Row 12: E
Row 13: A

Row 14: B
Row 15: F
Row 16: A
Row 17: C
Row 18: D
Row 19: G
Row 20: E
Row 21: A
Row 22: D
Row 23: B
Row 24: G
Row 25: C
Row 26: A
Row 27: B
Row 28: E
Rows 29-38: A
Rows 39-47: B
Rows 48-56: C
Rows 57-65: D
Row 66: E
Row 67: B
Row 68: A
Row 69: C
Row 70: G
Row 71: B
Row 72: D
Row 73: A
Row 74: E
Row 75: G
Row 76: D
Row 77: C
Row 78: A
Row 79: F
Row 80: B
Row 81: A
Row 82: E
Row 83: A
Row 84: F
Row 85: A
Row 86: D
Row 87: A
Row 88: E
Row 89: A
Row 90: C
Row 91: A
Row 92: B
Row 93: A

Borders: UK TERMS:
Using A work the following along both long edges of the blanket:
Row 1: Join A to side of long edge with RS facing, ch1, dc in side of each row along [93]
Rows 2-6: ch1, dc in each [93]
Sew in all ends.

Borders: US TERMS:
Using A work the following along both long edges of the blanket:
Row 1: Join A to side of long edge with RS facing, ch1, sc in side of each row along [93]
Rows 2-6: ch1, sc in each [93]
Sew in all ends.

Tassels:

Using A, make four 18cm tassels and fasten to each corner of the blanket.

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I’ll be back very soon with some more free patterns including summer makes and of course more blankets! I’m also so proud to announce that I’m on of the team of designers behind this summers Deramores Four Seasons CAL! It’s been such a privilege to work with some amazing other designers and we’d love for you to join in. You can get the free pattern to download below:

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