The possibilities are numerous for crocheting blankets. Work from a pattern from a crochet book or website, or design your own. Creating a custom blanket that fits your style is easy by varying the yarn types, colours and stitch pattern. Pattern types and stitches vary in difficulty, so choose a type that fits your level of crochet ability.
If you are new to crochet, use single-crochet or double-crochet stitches without worrying about an intricate pattern. Once you are intermediate or advanced, the stitch patterns are seemingly limitless. Some options include popcorn stitch, shell stitch, picot stitch, v-stitch, puff stitch and cluster stitch. Another possibility is to vary the stitches, using one stitch for the centre panel of the blanket and a different stitch around the edges or using multiple blocks of different stitches sewn together in a patchwork style.
Using more than one colour for crocheted blankets is another way to customise them. Large stripes of different colours are an easy way to add visual interest to the blanket. Join the new colour of yarn at the end of a row to begin a different coloured stripe. Use many different colours for a more whimsical look. Keep the stripes the same size or vary the width. Using different blocks of colour sewn together will create a colourful patchwork design.
Crochet multiple granny squares and sew them together in a blanket. Granny square motifs can be made in numerous types, ranging from simple, solid-colour motifs to intricate, multicoloured squares. Motif possibilities include shapes such as diamonds, hexagons, pentagons, flowers and pineapples. Colours can be used within granny squares, too, by using different colours for each round or a different colour for the centre design of the granny square.
Blankets can be made in rectangles and squares, which are common. They also can also be made in different shapes. For instance, blankets can be crocheted in rounds, working around a centre circle. This will create a round blanket. Patching hexagons or pentagons together can create a block-like shapes along the sides of the blanket.
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