Crochet for Beginners: Blankets
A blanket is an easy thing for beginners to crochet. Many people will pass up the opportunity to try this craft, because they look at intricate patterns for afghans. These advanced patterns will list many varied stitches, and the beginner will think that crocheting is too hard.
You can crochet a blanket using only one or two stitches.
A crocheted blanket using just one stitch will be thick and heavy. The two-stitch method will produce the blanket faster, and it will be lighter.
Use a large crochet hook, such as a G, H or I. The size is marked on the hook for easy selection. The bigger the hook, the easier it will be to manipulate it to make the stitches. You can use whatever colour of yarn you choose. You can mix and match colours to give this tightly woven blanket an old-fashioned look.
Begin the blanket by making a chain stitch. A chain stitch is simply tying a loop into the yarn, running the crochet hook through the loop and pulling another loop through.
Continue this chain stitching until the chain is as long or wide as you want the blanket to be. When the chain has reached the desired length, you'll need to start back the other way.
To make the second row, place your crochet hook under and through the two stitch loops of the second chain from the crochet hook. Catch the yarn, and draw it through them to make another chain.
Continue inserting your crochet hook through the next loops and making a chain all the way back across.
- Use a large crochet hook, such as a G, H or I.
- The size is marked on the hook for easy selection.
- Continue inserting your crochet hook through the next loops and making a chain all the way back across.
When you have looped and made a chain on the very last stitch, make one more chain. You just finished the second row. Turn the blanket over, and work your single crochet all the way across again.
Continue this simple stitch, going back and forth until the blanket has reached the length you want it to be. If this still sounds complicated to you, take your time and attempt to accomplish the stitches one step at a time. The problem some people have is that they read the instructions all the way through and decide it is too hard to understand. It is easier for beginners to learn to crochet if they take it one stitch at a time.
You can make a crocheted blanket a lot faster by adding a double crochet to your single crochet stitches. Begin the blanket by making three rows of the one-stitch method. When you have added the last stitch to the third row, make three chain stitches before you turn the blanket over. Now you will do a double crochet. Wrap the yarn over the top of the crochet hook one time before you insert it under the loops of the last row. Insert the crochet hook and draw the yarn through the fourth stitch from your hook.
You should have three loops on your crochet hook.
Pull the yarn through two of the loops so that you now have two loops on the crochet hook.
- You can make a crocheted blanket a lot faster by adding a double crochet to your single crochet stitches.
- Pull the yarn through two of the loops so that you now have two loops on the crochet hook.
Put the yarn over the crochet hook and pull it through the other two loops. You have made a double crochet.
Place this double crochet into every stitch going across the blanket. Always chain three and then turn the blanket at the end. This chain three becomes your first double crochet in the next row.
You can continue this double crochet method until the blanket is complete, or you can switch back and forth to the single crochet on rows to create a unique pattern. To switch yarn colours, you just need to tie a different colour on at the end of each row. Hands-on is the best teaching method for beginners to learn how to crochet a blanket.
Donna Thacker has been a writer/photographer for over 15 years. She held the position of associate editor/writer/photographer at Biker Ally Magazine. She currently is a photojournalist for The Biking Life, and has been featured on the front page of The Greenville Advocate, The Hillsboro Journal and The Sorento News. Thacker also designed and published several booklets of historical interest for local organizations.