I love to scroll through Pinterest to find new stitches I haven’t tried before. Typically I start with either the yarn or the pattern as my inspiration but in the case of this Quick Berry Stitch Crochet Blanket, it happened almost simultaneously. I found this gorgeous Bernat Blanket Yarn unexpectedly at Michael’s and knew I wanted to use the Berry Stitch I saw on a pin from Daisy Farm Crafts. I’ve discovered that with this variegated blanket yarn, you have to keep the stitches pretty uniform because any fancy switch-ups in stitches go unnoticed in all of that color changing. That’s what happened with my Camo Look Crochet Blanket, you can hardly tell where I change the stitches. This yarn needed an exaggerated stitch contrasted with the simple single crochet to showcase the beautiful colors.
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Quick Berry Stitch Crochet Blanket
Quick Berry Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
Gauge: One single crochet and 1 berry stitch = 1 inch.
The berry stitch (BS) seemed hard at first, but once I got the rhythm down, it really wasn’t that hard. It’s kind of like a double crochet on steroids. To crochet a berry stitch, yarn over your hook, insert hook into the desired stitch, yarn over, pull it through, yarn over again, and then pull that through just one loop. Now yarn over again, insert your hook into the exact same stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over again, and then pull it through all five loops on the hook. That’s one berry stitch, or as I nicknamed it, the yarn-over-palooza stitch.
Row Pattern: Alternating rows of single crochet and berry stitch/ single crochet.
Chain 79 (or another odd number), chain 1 extra, turn.
Single Crochet all the way across. Chain 1, turn.
*Single crochet into the second stitch from the end.
Berry stitch into the next stitch (see stitch info above) then single crochet into the next stitch.
Repeat the single and berry stitches all the way across. Your last stitch should always be a single crochet.
#Chain 1, turn, and single crochet all the way across. Chain 1, turn.
This is one row group, one row of single crochet and one row of berry stitch/ single crochet. Repeat steps from * to # to complete one. The berry stitches should always bubble out on the same side and should line up vertically.
This blanket has 39 total row groups.
End the blanket with a final, single crochet row.
To make a ruffled edge like I did, double crochet into the last stitch on that last single crochet twice, 2 doubles in one stitch. Continue around the corner of the blanket, putting 2 double crochets into each stitch, all the way around the blanket.
Tie off and weave in the ends.
Finished Blanket measures 41 inches by 45 inches. You can easily make this blanket larger or smaller by changing the number of chains and rows.
I made this Quick Berry Stitch Crochet Blanket for a little girl from my after school program and she absolutely loves it. She walked around wearing it like a fur coat for the rest of the day. I really enjoy making blankets for those kids and I couldn’t come up with all the ideas without Pinterest, that’s for sure! So let’s see what other amazing projects we have in this months Pinterest Challenge.
You can also find loads of other FREE crochet blanket patterns over at All Free Crochet. Just search by stitch or yarn type or scroll through to see all of the gorgeous blankets!
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