Hey there! My first project after my little YouTube break is a…. Crochet Blanket! Yay! I’ve got lots of different types of crochet, sewing and quilting projects coming, but today is the Turtle Shell Crochet Blanket!
I want you to remember that with most of my crochet patterns, I want you to get inspired by the yarn that you like from the store.
Here are a few tips when choosing yarn, especially if you are still new to crocheting.
1.Try to avoid a yarn that is textured or dark. It is difficult to see your stitches with very textured or dark yarn.
2.The finer the yarn, the longer your project will take. Finer yarn also produces a drapey feel. Thicker yarn works up really quick, but can be stiffer.
How much yarn should I buy?
The short answer is that it depends. Most people like to deviate from exactly what I do, which is great! You should! But I can just give you estimates – depending on your personal tension, the hook you decide to use can make a big difference.
Generally speaking baby blankets need 2-4 skeins, throw size uses 6-8 and bed size is 10-18. My recommendation is to over buy so you have the same lot number and keep your receipt to return what you don’t use.
Choose a yarn you like based on the tips listed above. Use the hook size recommended on the yarn label.
sc = single crochet. Insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over pull through the 2 loops on hook.
dc= double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops
multiple of 3 + 2. For the peach color blanket, it is an initial chain of 129 + 2 so a total of 131. (This is a great size for a baby and measures 30 x 30). This blanket uses just over 2 skeins, so buy 3 to make sure ;).
Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook. Chain 2, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch and repeat across foundation chain.
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in first sc, 3 dc in each sc across, end with 2 dc in last sc, turn.
Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc and repeat down the row. Make sure there is a sc in the last dc (which is the ch 3 turning chain from previous row)
repeat row 2-3 for the pattern. See the video for demonstration.
Yarn I used
The peach blanket is made with Bernat Blanket Yarn Tiny in the color Tea Rose.
The sample with pink variegated yarn is Red Heart Gumdrop in Cherry.
The white sample is Red Heart with Love in Eggshell.
I would love to know your thoughts on this project! Lot’s more coming your way soon. Not ready to crochet a blanket, this hat is great!