Around the World Blanket - FREE crochet pattern

Around the World blanket is a nice example of “mindless crochet”. Easy stitches, minimum counting, and self-patterning yarns are doing all job. I think I will be safe to say this pattern is perfect for beginners. Enjoy!
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Materials:


  • Scheepjes Wanderlust (50% acrylic, 100g/232m) x4 balls of Las Vegas (458), Scheepjes Colour Crafter (100% acrylic, 100g/300m) x3 balls of Pollare (2018)
Both yarns are available in local Scheepjes shops or via online retailors: Wool Warehouse* (UK with international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada).

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Measurements: 1m x 1m = 40” x 40” (can be easily adjusted to any size)

Gauge: 21 sc x 18 rows = 10 x 10cm (4 x 4”)
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Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (US crochet terms)


ch chain stitch

dc4tog (double crochet 4 together): *yo, insert hook in indicated st/sp, yo, draw up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps* 4 times in same st/sp, yo, pull through all 5 lps on hook.
sc (single crochet): insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
ss (slip stitch): insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
sp(s) space(s)
[…] [repeat following instructions] as many times as indicated
*…* *repeat following instructions* as many times as indicated

Pattern Notes


Around the World Blanket consists of four squares (two striped and two granny squares), which are joined with “flat zip” method (or any other joining method) and then the border is added.
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INSTRUCTIONS

Copyright LillaBjornCrochet 2018. All rights reserved. This pattern is for unlimited personal use only. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern. The pattern may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited. Shop owners, if you wish to make a kit with yarn using this pattern, please request permission and copyright details from me before offering any kits for sale. Please, read Copyright page for more information.

Striped Square (make two)


  • Striped Square is worked in rows back and forth. The yarn is changed after every two rows on the last yarn over when there are still 2 loops on hook. Don’t cut the yarn and carry it to next rows.
  • Ch1 in the beginning of each row doesn’t count as a st. So first sc of each row is made in last stitch of previous row.
Finished size after blocking: 43 x 43 cm (17” x 17”)

Row 1. With Colour Crafter (CC) ch85, make 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each st to end, change to Wanderlust (W) in final st, turn. (84 sc)
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Row 2. With W. Ch1, 1sc, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st] repeat till end, turn. (43 sc, 42 ch1-sps)
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Row 3. Continue with W. Ch1, 1sc, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat till 1 st left, 1sc in last st (change to CC), turn. (44 sc, 41 ch2-sps)
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Row 4. With CC. Ch1, 1sc, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat till 2 sts left, ch1, skip next st, 1sc in last st, turn. (43 sc, 42 ch1-sps)

Row 5. Continue with CC. Ch1, 1sc, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat till 1 st left, 1sc in last st (change to W), turn. (44 sc, 41 ch2-sps)

Repeat Rows 4-5 (changing yarn after every 2 rows) and make 85 rows in total. Row 85 is made with CC. Change to W in final st, turn.
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Edge


Round 1. With W. Ch2 (counts as ch2-sp in the corner), 1sc, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat till 2 sts left, ch1, skip 1 st, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in last st, turn a quarter and continue along the edge;

[ch1, 1sc in stripe of next color] repeat till next corner (40 sc in total), ch1, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in first foundation ch, turn a quarter and continue along the bottom;

[ch1, skip next foundation ch, 1sc in next foundations ch] repeat till 2 ch left, ch1, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in last foundation ch, turn a quarter and continue along the edge (insert the hook under the floats of yarn);

[ch1, 1sc in stripe of next color] repeat till next corner (40 sc in total), ch1, 1sc in same st where first sc of the round was made, join with ss in first ch2. (43 sc and 42 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in each corner)
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Round 2. Continue with W. [Ch2, 1sc in same sp, *ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp* repeat till 1sc left before the corner, ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next ch2-sp] repeat 4 times in total, join with ss in first ch2-sp. Fasten off. (44 sc and 43 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in each corner)
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Weave in ends, block to measurements.






Granny Square (make two)

Granny Square is worked in rounds. The rounds are joined in the corner. The yarn is changed in joining ss at the end of previous round.

Finished size after blocking: 43 x 43 cm (17” x 17”)

Round 1. With CC. Make magic ring, [ch2, 1sc in magic ring] x4, join with ss in first ch2-sp. (4 sc, 4 ch2-sps)
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Round 2. Continue with CC up to Round 9. [Ch2, 1sc in same sp, ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next ch2-sp] x4, join with ss in first ch2-sp. (2 sc and 1 ch1-sp on each side, ch2-sp in each corner)
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Round 3. [Ch2, 1sc in same sp, *ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp* repeat till corner making last sc in ch2-sp in the corner] x4, join with ss in first ch2-sp. (3 sc and 2 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in each corner)
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Repeat Round 3 to the end of the square changing yarn in the following way:

Rounds 4-8 with CC.
Rounds 9-37 (29 rounds) – begin with W and change colour after every round. Don’t cut the yarn after every round but carry it to the next rounds on the back of your work.
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Round 38-42 (5 rounds) with CC.
Rounds 43-44 (2 rounds) with W. After Round 44: 44 sc and 43 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in each corner. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

Joining


Join squares together using W and the ‘flat zip method’ into a grid of 2 x 2 squares. Feel free to use any other joining method you prefer. More information about joining methods HERE.
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Border


Round 1. With RS facing up attach CC in any ch2-sp in the corner of a large square. Each seam counts as one st.

[Ch2, 1sc in same sp, *ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp* repeat till corner making last sc in ch2-sp in the corner] x4, join with ss in first ch2-sp. (90 sc and 89 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in each corner)
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Repeat Round 1: 4 rounds with CC, 5 rounds with W, 3 rounds with CC, 1 round with W. Don’t fasten off.

Next round. Note: If you are making the blanket in different size, you will have to improvise with stitch count on this round. Make sure you place dc4tog in every corner, and otherwise you might need to skip different number of stitches in the end on each side. 

Ch3 (doesn’t count as st), [1dc4tog in ch2-sp in the corner, ch3, skip 1 st+sp+1 st, 1sc in next sp, ch3, skip next st+sp, *1dc4tog in next st, ch3, skip next sp+st, 1sc in next sc, ch3, skip next sp+st* till corner] x4, join with ss in first dc4tog, fasten off.
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Congratulations!! Your Around the World blanket is now finished!

*You  can purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern in ENGLISH (including all Important Notes, material list, stitch guide, complete instructions and photo tutorial) HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

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Mindless Crochet: 20 fun and easy crochet projects

Summer is here! If I lived by the sea I would spend every single day on the beach. With crochet of course. The music of the waves and crochet would be such a relaxing combination! “Mindless” crochet projects with minimum counting are the best choice for this. I’ve rounded up 20 designs which in my opinion would work great for lazy summer days.

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1. Around the World blanket. This is a brand new design by me. It is finished already and I planned a pattern release for today. But unfortunately I haven’t managed to complete a photo tutorial yet, and release has been moved to the next week. But here is a sneak peek for you (and I am secretly in love with this blanket…) UPDATE: the pattern has been published already!!! Click the link to get it.
Around the World crochet blanket by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

2. Windy Morning Shawlette uses very easy stitch pattern with repetitive increases. Made with light cotton or heavy wool yarn it will become a wonderful accessory for summer or winter.
Windy Morning shawlette FREE crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

3. Cozy Flowers Blanket by Cypress Textiles. Make all the two-round flower motifs at the beach, join when you get home. :)
Cozy Flowers Blanket FREE crochet pattern by Cypress Textiles




4. Trio Blanket by Felted Button. I LOVE it! The pattern uses one simple stitch and all the magic is done by Whirl yarn*.
Trio Blanket FREE crochet pattern by Felted Button

5. Diamond Stitch Blanket by Happy in Red. Looking for a simple baby blanket pattern? This one might be right for you. A nice stash buster.
Diamond Blanket FREE crochet pattern by Happy in Red

6. Crisscross Catona Cushion by Felted Button. A simple way to make a stylish accessory for your home. First you make the stripes and then weave them together and turn into a pillow cover.
Crisscross pillow  FREE crochet pattern by Felted Button

7. Forest Fog Cowl by me. Featuring my handsome husband. :) This cowl is a super fast and easy project. Variegated and solid yarns were used here.. Colors are changed in the end of every two rows, and there are no ends to weave in!
Forest Fog Cowl FREE crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
 
8. Endless Love Skinny Scarf by It's All In A Nutshell. You can easily adjust it to desired width and length. And make a wrap instead of a scarf.
Endless Love Skinny Scarf FREE crochet pattern by It's All In A Nutshell

9. Harlequin Blanket by Haak Maar Raak. Kirsten does amazing job with colors. I had a chance to see this blanket in progress, and this was the first time a touched a crocheted fabric made with Cotton 8 yarn*. So soft. And so well draping!
Harlequin Blanket FREE crochet pattern by Haak Maar Raak

10. Textured Chevron Cushion by Miss Neriss. Be sure to check Nerissa’s blog for a matching blanket pattern.
Textured Chevron Cushion FREE crochet pattern by Miss Neriss

11. Soft Shell Pashmina by Happy in Red. With love to mohair and alpaca. I need something like this in my life. I would choose dark blue and grey for myself. And what are your color favourites?
Soft Shell Pashmina FREE crochet pattern by Happy in Red

12. Riverstone Blanket by Jellina Creations. This blanket is made with mini skeins* of Stonewashed and Riverwashed yarns by Scheepejs, and black shade for framing.
Riverstone blanket FREE crochet pattern by Jellina Creations

13. Rebecca Möbius Scarf by Cypress Textiles. Such an unusual way to use gradient yarn. You will only need one cake of Whirl* (or Woolly Whirl*, or Frosted Whirl*), and will work with outside and inside tails at the same time.
Rebecca Möbius Scarf - FREE crochet pattern by Cypress Textiles

14. Crochet Between the Lines Shawl by CanaDutch. Now that’s my favourite!! Read Between the Lines knitting shawl has become such a great hit. And in response to popularity Tammy designed a crochet version of it. With same yarn and same illusion effect. This pattern is for sale, but it only costs 1 euro on Ravelry.
Crochet Between the Lines Shawl - crochet pattern by CanaDutch

15. Water Lilies Blanket by 50 Shades of 4-ply. This blanket reminds of a crochet art by Sophie Digard. I can’t stop looking at all beautiful color changes of Secret Garden* yarn. And I can only imagine how it feels to touch this blanket, as this yarn contains silk. Making simple squares is always relaxing, but it might be not so relaxing to join them together and weave in ends. But, hey!, it’s a part of it. And in the end you will have a luxory blanket, one of a kind.
Water Lilies Blanket - FREE crochet pattern by 50 Shades of 4-ply

16. Sunrise Shawl by Jellina Creations. Jellina is a true master of constructing and colouring. Jump to her blog to see more creations (and don’t miss FANTASTIC wall hangings made in Tunisian crochet).
Sunrise Shawl - FREE crochet pattern by Jellina Creations

17. Tetris Cowl by New Leaf Designs. A wonderful example of a “mindless” crochet project good for beginners. You make simple stitches, and Stardust yarn* creates a “tetris” patterning.
Tetris Cowl - FREE crochet pattern by New Leaf Designs

18. Feather & Fun Alpaca Shawl by Haak Maar Raak. Alpaca love again! If you haven’t worked with fine yarns before it might take a while before you get the feel and adjust your gauge. But then you can take it to the beach and enjoy the beauty growing (slowly) in your hands.
Feather & Fun Alpaca Shawl - FREE crochet pattern by Haak Maar Raak

19. Skittles Blanket by Felted Button. A simple repetitive stitch pattern with lots of happy colors.
Skittles Blanket - FREE crochet pattern by Felted Button

20. Granny Winter Shawl by Haak Maar Raak. Crochet classics for all ages. Made with fine cotton yarn this shawl will be great not only for winter.
Granny Winter Shawl - FREE crochet pattern by Haak Maar Raak

All designs mentioned in this round-up were created by me and my Blogger friends. And I am safe to say they are top quality. For more inspiration, please, visit this page on Scheepjes website.

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Around the World with Wanderlust

Are you fond of trying new yarns or are you rather stick to a certain type, composition or even a certain weight? I am an absolute introvert when it comes to yarns. I like to use what I know already, and when something new comes to my hands I feel like hiding it to a closet for the “better time”. This is what actually happened to Wanderlust. This yarn was released last year and I got a sample skein from Scheepjes to try it out. I received a Bangkok colorway. The colors were so bright and the color changes were so unexpected. And I simply couldn’t make my head around what I can use it for. One year has passed, and I finally got an idea!
Wanderlust by Scheepjes is 100% soft acrylic variegated yarn - review on www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Well, to be honest I have used Wanderlust for another project which is a top secret yet, but I will publish a reveal soon. It was asking for a bright variegated yarn, and I suddenly remembered about Wanderlust peacefully sleeping in my closet.

Before I tell you more about new (and free) project I am currently working on, here are brief details about Wanderlust.

Wanderlust* is variegated 100% acrylic DK weight yarn by Scheepjes. It is very soft, and has a silky and glossy effect. I like how it is sliding on the hook, and I would recommend using at least 4 mm (G) hook*, or even larger,  together with this yarn. The twist is invisible (it feels like there is no twist at all) and changes of the colors are very gentle: one color runs into another smoothly and without “dead” ends.
Wanderlust by Scheepjes is 100% soft acrylic variegated yarn - review on www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Wanderlust yarn comes in skeins 100g/232m (3.53 ounces/254 yards) and in 19 colorways. Each named after a famous city. You can have a look at a full range of colors and order this yarn in your local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers such as Wool Warehouse* (UK with international shipping), Caro’s atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada).
Linen stitch blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The greatest thing about any variegated yarn is that it’s self-patterning. And Wanderlust is not an exception.  It means you can choose one very simple stitch and enjoy relaxing crochet (or knitting) watching your favourite TV series or listening to a podcast and not being afraid to mess the pattern up.

I’ve had some leftovers of Amsterdam colorway from another project, and I tried them with a simple granny stitch. What do you think? Aren’t the colors gorgeous? Wouldn’t it make a perfect granny blanket?
Granny crochet stitch and variagated yarn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Here are several examples of (free) patterns which use Wanderlust yarn:

1. Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) by Nerissa of Miss Neriss.
2. Merry-go-round Blanket by Esther of It’s All In A Nutshell. Esther used different yarn for her sample, but no doubt this blanket will look perfect with Wanderlust.
3. I Love Herring Bone cowl by Tammy of Canadutch. I know her pattern has been tested already, so please, feel free to contact Tammy and ask her for the pattern ;-)
4. Yoga Cushion by Maria of 50 Shades of 4-ply
Round-up of crochet patterns using Wanderlust yarn by Scheepjes. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Yoga cushion - free crochet pattern by 50 shades of 4ply

And for my own project I decided to combine Wandelust together with Colour Crafter yarn* (also by Scheepjes). In my opinion they fit together perfectly! Not just because they are by the same brand, both acrylic and nearly in the same weight. But also because the shades of each yarn were named after the cities!! With Colour Crafter you can travel about the Netherlands! And with Wanderlust – all around the world. Fun, isn’t it?
Wanderlust by Scheepjes is 100% soft acrylic variegated yarn - review on www.lillabjorncrochet.com

My new project is insanely simple. I wanted to support self-patterning effect of the variegated yarn and make it sing. Linen stitch was the perfect solution for this. I am still not sure how to finalize this project. At this point it’s pretty mindless, and I just follow what the yarns are telling me. But I hope it will turn out nicely…
Linen stitch blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Come to my blog next week and maybe I will have a new pattern for you. ;-) and in a meanwhile please share in comments your thoughts about variegated yarns and which types of the projects are best for them, in your opinion.

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