Who doesn’t love a warm snuggly crocheted afghan? They make great gifts, and if you crochet a child-sized throw you can whip one up in no time! This One Weekend Half Double Crochet Blanket is your best bet for a quick handmade gift.
This bright blanket was the third of many I made and gifted to students I worked with at an after-school program. The little boy I made it for was thrilled to be getting a custom-made afghan and requested his favorite colors – red, white, and blue. I was happy to find some variegated yarn with all three colors in one skein.
Since this was my first time ever working with this type of multi-colored yarn, I had a bit of a learning curve. Just like when I tried the self-striping yarn, I was surprised at how the colors pooled or didn’t pool as anticipated. I go into that more after the instructions.
These types of one-stitch bulky weight yarn projects are often called one weekend blankets because they work up so quickly. Don’t feel obligated to dedicate an entire Saturday and Sunday to this blanket, however, if you feel like you need to take a little longer. Everyone crochets at their own pace, but know if you need to make a gift on short notice, this timeframe is completely doable. Now let’s get started!
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One Weekend Half Double Crochet Blanket
Finished Blanket Measures approximately 38″ x 56″.
4 Half Double Crochet Stitches = 2 inches
2 Half Double Crochet Rows = 1.5 inches
Row 1: Chain two extra and then turn to half double crochet in the third chain from the end.
Then half double crochet into each chain until you get to the end of all the chain stitches.
Your stitch count should be 72 half double crochets total.
If you’re a beginner crocheter, I advise placing a safety pin or stitch marker in that last stitch to make sure you keep your edges even as you progress.
Rows 2 – 72: For the remaining 71 rows, start each row with a chain two and turn.
Half double crochet into each stitch across.
Once you reach the end of Row 72, chain two from the end and turn.
Half double crochet into each stitch to the end of the row. You should have 72 half double crochet stitches.
In that last, 72nd stitch, add two more half double crochet stitches to form the corner.
The corner should lay flat. If it curls, add one more stitch. If the corner is wavy, decrease by one stitch.
Continue to half double crochet for the next three sides and corners. For the sides, place one half double crochet into each row.
You can add more rows to the border if you have enough yarn left. To do this, when you meet back with the first stitch of the border round, make a slip stitch into it and then chain two, to begin the next border row. The three corner stitches will go in the middle of the previous row’s three corner stitches.
Finish with a slip stitch, tie off, and weave in the ends.
Variegated yarn color pools differently depending on pattern size, stitch used, hook size used, as well as the crocheter’s hook tension.
For the best results, I recommend matching up the color section of the yarn when you join two skeins together as well as making sure the yarn is feeding in the same direction.
If the yarn has three colors for instance, such as red, white, and blue, switching to blue, white, red may change the look of your blanket. Some sections may look more striped and others more randomly spaced. Try to keep the yarn flowing consistently when joining skeins.
That’s it! This One Weekend Half Double Crochet Blanket truly is one of the fastest blankets I’ve ever crocheted. I’m confident you’ll be able to work one up in no time as well.
The speed for this chunky yarn is only one of my favorite things about Bernat Blanket yarn, of course. Children and adults alike find its oh so soft and cuddly chenille texture irresistible. (My cats do, too, lol!)
And like everything should be with kids and families and, it’s completely machine washable. The camo-look afghan I made for my husband out of blanket yarn is the most popular one in my house so it gets washed a lot!
Even if it takes you more than a couple of days to make this Weekend Half Double Crochet Blanket, you’ll be thrilled with how quickly you made such a cozy throw, you’ll want to make more!
If you’d like to try your hand at another super fast crochet blanket project, you should definitely try my Sporty Color Block Crochet Blanket. It uses a couple of different stitches but it is still an easy make and perfect for beginner crocheters.
If you’d like to see all of the different projects I’ve made with this chenille yarn, you definitely need to see my Bernat Blanket Yarn Projects article. You’ll find loads of crochet inspiration and ideas.
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