So, just to jump right into it, I noticed the other week that most of our recent projects have been cool-toned–lots of shades of grays and blues. It had to be the season–right?–since winter always seems to go on about a month too long. But now, we’re deep into February and spring is just around the corner. We’ve brought it early here with lots of pretty, soft pastels brought to you in the form of the Candy Stripes Bias Blanket!
This is one of my favorite patterns to date. It’s fun to make and beginner-friendly, perfect for any crocheter looking to learn or practice simple increases and decreases. Read on for the free pattern below!
I made the Candy Stripes Bias Blanket by holding two strands of yarn together–Caron Cotton Cakes and Bernat Softee Baby Cotton. This, in combination with crocheting in the back loops only, creates an extra squishy ribbed fabric that’s so soft and warm. I love how the Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (pictured in the color Cotton) also gives the cake yarn a lovely unified look by having that soft white carried throughout the blanket.
The Candy Stripes Bias Blanket is made by repeating single crochet increase rows, and then halfway through we’ll switch to single crochet decrease rows. In the pattern below, I’ll state at which row I switched to decreases. However, you may find that you’ll want to make a larger throw blanket or even a smaller baby blanket. If you choose to make yours a different size, simply begin your decrease rows as soon as the blanket, measured from the foundation row to the working row along the edge, is the exact width you would like.
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- Caron Cotton Cakes – 2 skeins, pictured in Peach Blossom
- Bernat, Softee Baby Cotton – 4 skeins, pictured in Cotton
- Lion Brand Yarn, Hometown – 1 skein, pictured in New York White (for the pom-poms)
- 4″ square = 12sts and 13 rows
- 36″ x 36″
|blo||Back Loop Only|
|sc2tog||Single Crochet 2 Together|
- The Candy Stripes Bias Blanket is made holding 2 strands of yarn together throughout (one strand of Caron Cotton Cakes, one strand of Bernat Softee Baby Cotton).
- All stitches are worked into the back loop only.
- sc2tog (single crochet 2 together):
- insert hook in st, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook.
(holding 2 strands together) Ch 4
Row 1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, turn. (3sc)
Row 2: Ch1, working in blo (now and throughout), 2sc in first st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in last st, turn. (5sc)
Row 3-82: Ch1, 2sc in first st, 1sc in each st across to last st, 2sc in last st, turn.
The blanket should measure about 36″ from the foundation row to the working row along the edge.
Row 83: Ch1, sc2tog, 1sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn.
Rep Row 83 until 3 sts remain in last row.
Final Row: Ch1, pull up a loop in final 3sts, yo and draw through 4 loops.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
To make the pom poms, you can use what’s left of the skeins used for the blanket, or really any yarn of your choice. My preferred (and the one used in the photos) is Lion Brand’s Hometown yarn in New York White. I used this yarn to make the pom poms for our Glacier Super Scarf as well, and I love how plump and fluffy the finished pom poms turn out with this yarn.
For a photo tutorial on how to make the pom poms, check out our pattern for the Glacier Super Scarf. Near the bottom of the post, you’ll find instructions for making pom poms. If you’d like to use a pom pom maker, the one I use is the Boye Tassel and Pom Pom Maker, and the size used for the pom poms in the photos for the Candy Stripes Bias Blanket is 4.00″ (101.6mm).
Once you’ve trimmed and finished the pom poms, sew them onto each of the four corners to complete the Candy Stripes Bias Blanket.
We’d love to see what you all make and what other color combinations you might try, so be sure to share your photos with us!