As you can see, I’m back from vacation and here to give you the reason why you probably all visit me 😉 : the translation of the popular post explaining how to make the hearts blanket.
I must say I’m quite overwhelmed by all the attention my rainbow heart blanket has been (and still is) receiving on the interweb. I’ve been receiving countless comments, compliments and questions about the pattern. Thank you for that ^_^ !
As I mentioned before, in my Dutch post, I am not the creator of this pattern. The original pattern belongs to Mary Ann Frits and you can find the original instructions here. I found the original hard to understand and it did not contain instructions to make a different size blanket, only a default sized blanket with a 169 staring chain. That’s why I decided to convert the written instructions into a symbolic crochet chart. To be able to do this, I enlisted the help of some lovely ladies on Ravelry and with unified forces we cracked the formula. Sometimes crochet is just like a puzzle 😀
Because not everyone feels comfortable using crochet charts, I also made a picture tutorial to get you going with the pattern. So without further ado, here’s the translation of the original Dutch tutorial!
REMARK: This tutorial is written using US crochet terms. So when I say for example double crochet, this is a UK triple crochet!
To begin your blanket (or whatever) you need to start with a basic chain. For this project you’ll need to crochet a chain of a multiple of 7 chain stitches plus another 8 chains for the beginning and turning.
For example, if you would like 20 full hearts spanning the width of your blanket, like I have in mine, you’ll need to chain
7 x 20 = 140 chain stitches PLUS 8 = 148 chain stitches.
For this tutorial, I’ll make a swatch of 2 full hearts, so we’ll start chaining
(2x7) + 8 = 22 chain stitches.
The beginning needs to be crocheted in your main colour. In my case this is white.
In the above picture I crocheted a chain of 22.
Small tip: I always use a bigger crochet hook for the starting chain than the one I use for the main project. This way I assure that my chain isn’t too tight. For my blanket, I chained with a 5mm hook, while I used a 4mm for the rest of my project.
Okay, let’s continue with the first row, still using your main colour.
DOUBLE CROCHET (=DC) in the 4th chain from the hook, and in each chain until the end. At the last DC, change to your first hearts colour.
For the swatch we now crocheted 19 DC (as we skipped the first 3 chains!)
Using a hearts colour, CHAIN 3 and turn (ch 3 equals one DC).
DC in the first dc, CH 2. Skip the next 5 dc’s;
* in the next dc crochet [2DC, 1CH, 2DC], CH 2, skip next 6 dc’s;
repeat from * until you have 6 dc’s left. In the next dc work [2DC, 1CH, 2DC], CH 2, skip next 5 dc’s, work 2 DC in the 3rd chain of the skipped chains of the previous row. Change back to your main colour with the last DC.
Chain 1 and turn.
SINGLE CROCHET (= SC) in the first dc, CH 1, skip next dc.
Now you’ll need to crochet over the space of 2 chains, IN the skipped dc’s of the PREVIOUS row (so you’l be working OVER the colour, into the main colour): skip first dc, DC in the next 2 skipped dc’s of the previous row;
* CH 2, skip next 2 dc of the WORKING row, SC in ch1-space, CH 2, skip next 2 dc. In the ch2-space, skip in the PREVIOUS row 2 skipped dc’s, DC in the next 2 skipped dc’s of the previous row;
Repeat from * until the last ch2-space. Then crochet another CH and a SC in the top of the beginning 3 chain.
CH 3 and turn.
DC in the next ch1-space and in the next 2 dc’s;
* 2 DC’s in the next ch2-space; DC in the next sc, 2 DC in the next ch2-space, DC in the next 2 dc’s;
Repeat from * until the last 2 dc’s. DC in the ch1-space and in the next sc. Change to a hearts colour with the last DC.
CH 3 and turn.
DC in the first dc, CH 2, skip next 5 dc’s;
* in the next dc crochet [2DC, CH1, 2DC]; CH 2, skip next 6 dc’s;
repeat from * until there are 6 stitches left. In the next stitch crochet [2DC, CH1, 2DC], CH 1, skip next 5 stitches, 2 DC’s in the 3rd chain. Change to main colour with the last DC.
ROW 6 until the end
Repeat rows 3 to 5, until your blanket has the wanted size. Finish with a row 4.
Bind off, weave in all the ends (yep, there are, unfortunately, lots and lost of ends).
For clarification, here’s the schematic representation of the pattern (click to enlarge):
And that’s it! I hope everything is clear enough and enjoy making your own heart blankets!