Furry Squares Blanket: free crochet pattern



The first project in my furry series is here, and I named it a Furry Squares Blanket. My idea was to find a fast and easy way of working with furry yarn in crochet. No wonder that fur is not the easiest material to crochet with as it is hard (or impossible) to see the stitches because of the massive fluff. And an adventure which should give relaxation and joy turns into headache and unravelling. But I have found a way. My new pattern is all about chains and spaces. It is much easier to see and feel them. And a combination with non-fluffy yarn for the border helps to count the rows without a problem. 

The Furry Squares blanket pattern comes in two versions. If you are not confident yet, try a plain option with just one color of the fluffy yarn. Or add stripes. 

And if you want to dive right into the squares and intarsia crochet, it is suggested that you first practice with the non-fluffy yarn to make sure you understand the idea of color changes and stitch placement. 

Hope you enjoy!

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FURRY SQUARES BLANKET pattern

 

Copyright. An original Lilla Björn Crochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2021. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, redistributed, or edited in any way. Translations and video tutorials are not allowed. You can sell your finished products, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you! 

Purchase a ready-to-print and ads-free pdf on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. The file includes all instructions, pattern notes and progress pictures.

Abbreviations (US terms) 

CC contrast color 

ch chain stitch 

lp(s) loop(s) 

rep repeat 

sp(s) space(s) 

st(s) stitch(es) 

yo yarn over the hook 

hdc (half double crochet): yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, yo, pull through all three lps. 

sc (single crochet): insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook. 

Pattern repeats 

[…] rep instruction inside […] as many times as indicated in the pattern. 

*…; rep instruction after * as many times as indicated in the pattern. 

MATERIALS

Colorway 1

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey (CC): 1099 Mid Grey x 3 balls 

Scheepjes Furry Tales 

Yarn A: 978 Cinderella x 3 balls 

Yarn B: 985 Little Pig x 3 balls 

Yarn C: 970 Snow White x 3 balls 

Yarn D: 988 Aladdin x 3 balls

Yarn E: 983 Tinkerbell x 3 balls 

Colorway 2

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey (CC): 1302 Air Force Blue x 3 balls 

Scheepjes Furry Tales 

Yarn A: The Beast x 5 balls 

Yarn B: 977 Beauty x 8 balls 

Yarn C: 978 Cinderella x 3 balls 

Furry Tales yarn is available in your local Scheepjes shops and also via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep wools (UK, international shipping),  Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe), Taemombo (US and Canada).

6 mm crochet hook, stitch markers

Gauge: 23 sts x 17 rows to measure approx. 20 x 20cm/ 8 x 8” with hdc and 6 mm hook  

Measurements: approx. 110 x 150 cm/ 43 ¼ x 59in

PATTERN NOTES

This blanket is worked in intarsia crochet with all 6 colors used for every row. First the bottom band of the blanket is worked with Chunky Monkey. Then the first row of colorful squares is worked. 

Take two boxes and place them on both sides of you. 

To begin, put all balls in the right box. Move working Chunky Monkey ball (CC) to the left box and work the first five stitches. Then drop CC on the back of work, change to the first fur color in the last yarn over (a small float will appear on the working side), move the working fur ball to the left box and crochet the first row of the first square. 

When the row for the first square is finished, drop current yarn on the back side of work, change to the next fur color in the last yarn over, move the new ball to the left box and continue working with the new color. Continue doing the same for all colors moving balls one after another to the left box. 

After you turn work at the end of the row, all yarns will appear on the right side. And again, after changing the colors you will drop them on the back and move the balls from the left box back to the right box (small floats of yarn will again appear at the working side - they will be hidden by the fluff). Turn work after every row alternating clockwise and anticlockwise directions. It will help to keep all yarns untangled. 

TIP: to easily find the beginning and end of each fur square, use stitch markers to mark first and last fur sc on each square and move markers up as you progress. 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson


INSTRUCTIONS for squared blanket 

 

Bottom band

Row 1 (RS and WS are not important for this pattern): With first ball of CC. Ch132, 1hdc in third ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end, turn – 130 sts 

Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1hdc in each st to end, turn. 

Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2. 

Colorful Squares

TIP: For easy row count, mark any hdc on the first row of each row with squares. See the color scheme below for placement of colors 

Row 5: Ch2, 5hdc, change to fur color in last yo (drop CC on the back and move it to the left box), *1sc, ch2, skip 1 st, 1sc, [ch3, skip 2 sts, 1sc] x7 changing to next fur color in last yo of the last sc (drop prev fur color on the back side and move the ball to the left box); rep from * 4 more times changing to second ball of CC in the last color change, 5hdc with CC, turn. 

Row 6: Ch2, 5hdc with CC, change to next fur color in last yo, *1sc in next fur sc, ch2, 1sc in next ch3-sp, [ch3, 1sc in next ch3-sp] x6, ch3, miss next fur sc and ch2-sp, 1sc in last fur sc changing to next fur color; rep from * 4 more times changing to CC in the last color change, 5hdc with CC, turn. 

Rows 7-21: Rep Row 6. Cut all fur yarns leaving approx. 20 cm/8in tail for weaving. For every next row of colorful squares, repeat Row 6 seventeen times. Do not forget to mark the first hdc on the first row for easy counting. When all rows with colorful squares are finished, work a top band. 

 

Top band

Next row: With CC only, ch2, 5hdc, *[1sc in next fur sc, 2sc in next ch3-sp] x7, 1sc in next fur sc, 1sc in next ch2-sp, 1sc in last fur sc; rep from * 4 more times, 5hdc to end, turn – 130 sts 

Then repeat Row 2 from the bottom band three times and fasten off. Weave in all tails. 

LAYOUT

Colorway 1 

Colorway 1

 

INSTRUCTIONS for plain blanket 

Bottom band 

Row 1 (RS and WS are not important for this pattern): With first ball of CC. Ch134, 1hdc in third ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end, turn – 132 sts 

Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1hdc in each st to end, turn. 

Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2. Fur body TIP: For easy row count, mark any hdc on the first row of each row with squares. 

Row 5: Ch2, 5hdc, change to fur yarn in last yo (drop CC on the back and move it to the left box), *1sc, ch2, skip 1 st, 1sc, [ch3, skip 2 sts, 1sc] rep to last 5 sts changing to second ball of CC in last yo, 5hdc to end with CC, turn. 

Row 6: Ch2, 5hdc with CC, change to fur yarn in last yo, *1sc in next fur sc, ch2, 1sc in next ch3-sp, [ch3, 1sc in next sp] rep to last fur sc and ch2-sp, ch3, miss last fur sc and ch2-sp, 1sc in last fur sc changing to CC, 5hdc with CC, turn. 

Repeat Row 6 until desired length of the blanket. Cut fur yarn leaving approx. 20 cm/8in tail for safe weaving. Proceed to top band. 

Photo credit: Loele van den Bergh

Top band 

Next row: With CC only, ch2, 5hdc, *[1sc in next fur sc, 2sc in next ch3-sp] rep to last ch2-sp, 1sc in next fur sc, 1sc in next ch2-sp, 1sc in last fur sc, 5hdc to end, turn – 132 sts 

Then repeat Row 2 from the bottom band three times and fasten off. Weave in all tails. 

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Furry Blanket: reveal



Furry yarn is adorably soft and squishy. I do not know of anyone who would not be happy to climb under such a mountain of cosiness. When touching gentle fluff, we, adults, are becoming kids again. The fluffy yarn provides an anti-stress effect, but working with it (especially, crocheting) can be a headache! 

My furry adventure is nearly finished! The blanket is hot off the hook, and it is only left to write down the pattern. As promised, there will be a super-fast and easy way to work with fluffy yarn. I did my best to create as easy to follow instructions as possible. 

The pattern will come in two versions. 

One is for the squared pattern in intarsia crochet. I have chosen 5 colors of Scheepjes Furry Tales for my own blanket and worked with 7 different skeins at the same time. 

And another version will be a simple and straightforward as-you-go blanket. Either done in one solid color, or in stripes. 

Here is an example of what Loele van den Bergh has made with two colors of Furry Tales: 976 Buttons (10 skeins) and 983 Tinkerbell (5 skeins) (with three skeins of Chunky Monkey 2005 Navy).

My version is more for the kids I guess, with a mix of pink, purple and green (and neutrals). I used three skeins of furry Tales in each of 5 colors: 970 Snow White, 985 Little Pig, 983 Tinkerbell, 978 Cinderella and 988 Aladdin (with three skeins of Chunky Monkey 1099 Mid Grey). 

And Laura Jackson decided to create a calm version with 977 Beauty, 978 Cinderella and 980 The Beast (and three skeins of Chunky Monkey 1302 Air Force Blue). 

Furry Tales yarn is available in your local Scheepjes shops and also via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep wools (UK, international shipping),  Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe), Taemombo (US and Canada).

This blanket will be the first in my “furry series”. In all excitement, I have already started to work on something new! And it is going very well. 

See you soon!

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Labyrinth Blanket make-a-long



Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and today I will tell you a story. Once upon a time (and I seriously do not remember when exactly it happened… a few years ago…) I was checking my Ravelry group for new messages, and there was a comment from someone called @taemombo

Colour Crafter version made by Faye Pike

Laura sounded overly excited about her idea about turning several of my mandala designs into octagons, and joining them together into a blanket. She was talking about mandalas with different stitch counts on the last rounds, and I was not sure how it all was possible. 

Laura did not post any pictures; she was just sharing her thoughts. And I wanted to support her in some way, though I had absolutely no idea and no complete picture of what she was going to do. I also thought the blanket might turn a bit stiff, as I made my own mandalas with cotton yarn and a small hook. I could not imagine them as elements for a blanket. But what I also learned – never say no to a new idea, because in fact you do not know in advance if it works or not. Try and see. 

And Laura tried. 

Colour Crafter version made by Faye Pike

After a few months, her blanket was revealed. And that was a WOW moment. Incredibly beautiful! She used DK yarn and everything turned out to be very drapey. 

The blanket was a combination of my mandalas and patterns from another designer. If I am not mistaken, five patterns were used in total… 

We shared her pictures on Facebook and Instagram, and there was a huge response. Lots of people were asking for a make-a-long to be able to complete the blanket together with co-crocheters, with advice and support. Because there were so many patterns involved, and the entire preparation for such a MAL seemed scary to me, we put this idea to sleep for a while. 

But after last year’s success with Sunny Blanket MAL, we thought that was the right time to come back to Labyrinth Blanket again. And here it is in all its glory! With huge thanks to Laura and Faye Pike for creating gorgeous sample blankets!

Stone Washed version made by Laura Jackson

What is a Labyrinth Blanket and where to find the patterns 

Labyrinth blanket is a combination of three patterns: Labyrinth Mandala, Joana’s Mandala and All Spring Flowers patterns.  

You have two options: either to buy all patterns separately (in case you already own one or both mandala patterns, for example). Or you can purchase a complete bundle of ALL THREE patterns for Labyrinth Blanket at a special price on my website HERE. The bundle includes everything you need to know.

Both mandalas are my older patterns. And they are available as stand-alone patterns in my shops on Ravelry and Etsy: Joana’s Mandala on Etsy, Joana’s Mandala on Ravelry, Labyrinth Mandala on Etsy, Labyrinth Mandala on Ravelry. 

All Spring Flowers sample square (Scheepjes Stone Washed)

And All Spring Flowers pattern is a new one! You can either purchase it as a part of a bundle mentioned above, or as a stand-alone pattern exclusively on my website HERE or Ravelry HERE (in case you don't want to attempt a huge Labyrinth blanket, for example). The pattern includes joining elements (squares, side triangles, corners and border), which will make a beautiful blanket itself. In any size! And you can use up scraps of yarn from your stash for that one. 

Here is an example of what five squares with side triangles can make. I would stitch this square onto a ready pillowcase to make a new cushion for my sofa. Please, note that the pattern does not include exact yarn amounts, as you can make as many joining elements as you wish.

All Spring Flowers sample square (Scheepjes Stone Washed)

By the way, All Spring Flowers pattern also includes a tutorial (together with detailed color key) on how to make a gorgeous baby blanket with a Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed mini colour pack. You will also need 12 x50g balls of Stone Washed or River Washed yarn in one solid color. The wonderful sample you see below was created by Laura, and she chose Crystal Quartz as background color. 

All Spring Flowers baby blanket made by Laura Jackson (Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed mini colour pack and Crystal Quartz for background)

 Look at all those tiny cuties in progress? Aren't they the loveliest little things? I am pretty sure Laura had lots of fun playing with them. And she also wrote a complete recipe for colors, if you would like to re-create her blanket. Or you can combine the colors according to your own taste.
 
Photo credit: Laura Jackson
 

YARN and Materials 

Labyrinth Blanket was designed in one colorway using Scheepjes Stone Washed (luxury version) and Colour Crafter (budget version) yarns. We have tried to choose similar colors so that both versions look almost the same. Please, note that exact yardages will depend on your gauge and style of crochet, and you might need more yarn to complete the blanket.

You can purchase complete yarn packs from Laura at Taemombo yarn shop for US and Canada (you will also receive a complete bundle of all patterns for Labyrinth Blanket from Laura as a gift). Or you can find individual balls of yarn in your local Scheepjes stores and via online retailers: 

Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL, Europe). 

DISCLOSURE: The links marked with * are affiliate. I might be compensated with a tiny amount from purchases made via these links with no extra costs for you. Thank you for support! 

Stone Washed version made by Laura Jackson

Stone Washed version

801 Moonstone x 21 balls 

802 Smokey Quartz x 6 balls 

805 Blue Apatite x 3 balls 

811 Deep Amethyst x 5 balls 

813 Amazonite x 2 balls 

818 Lilac Quartz x 3 balls 

828 Laminar x 4 balls 

Colour Crafter version made by Faye Pike

 Colour Crafter version 

1005 Barneveld x 9 balls 

1067 Hoorn x 2 balls 

1099 Wolvega x 3 balls 

1302 Dokkum x 2 balls 

1432 Heerelen x 2 balls 

1725 Ameland x 2 balls 

1820 Goes x 1 ball 

Finished size (after blocking): 

Stone Washed: approx. 140 cm/55 ¼ in 

Colour Crafter: approx. 160 cm/63in 

Material list: 

~ 3 mm and 3.5 mm hook for Stone Washed 

~ 3.5 mm and 4 mm hook for Colour Crafter 

~ Stitch markers, scissors, blocking tools, yarn needle to weave in ends 

Stone Washed version made by Laura Jackson

 

Make-a-Long 

If you’d like to make Labyrinth Blanket but not sure if you can cope with the patterns on your own, or if you prefer to crochet large projects together with someone, I would like to invite you to my group on Facebook where an informal make-a-long for Labyrinth will be hosted. 

If you are not a member of the group yet, please join it and don’t forget to answer a simple question at the check-out. Without this answer your application will be automatically rejected. 

We will begin on April 30th, 2021, so hopefully you will have enough time to get ready with the yarn and other materials. 

Colour Crafter version made by Faye Pike

There will be no strict dates and no rush. Because you will have all complete patterns at once, you can work at your own path and ask questions when you are stuck with the pattern. I hope this make-a-long will be a very relaxed one, and that it will also give you time to work on other wips at the same time (and I bet you have lots of them now). 

Stone Washed version made by Laura Jackson

I hope this blog post answered all your questions about Labyrinth Blanket make-a-long. See you soon! 

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Happy Easter! (And a small sneak peek from my crochet kitchen)



Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates! This post was planned for Thursday, but somehow, I did not manage to put it together. I have made lots of progress on my new furry blanket in past days (it is almost finished yay!) and cannot wait to share a quick wip today. 


Good news is that my idea worked, and I have found a quite easy and quick way to work with fur yarn. Scheepjes Furry Tales in my case. 

The test has been completed too and both testers (Laura Jackson and Loele van den Bergh) reported it was quick and fun. I am waiting for final pictures from them and will make a huge reveal in a week. 

And so far, I thought it might be interesting for you to have a look at some sneaky peeks from me. The pattern will be written for two blanket versions: one-colored (or stripey) and squared. 

If you are worried you would not manage the intarsia technique with fur, you can try your hand with a plain version. And later when you are confident enough, you can make another blanket with squares. 

I chose five colors for mine: 970 Snow White, 985 Little Pig, 983 Tinkerbell, 978 Cinderella and 988 Aladdin. And Chunky Monkey in mid-grey for the border. 

I am curious to hear your thoughts on this! And hope that full reveal will not disappoint you. 

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Furry Adventure Begins



Do you like snugly fur blankets? I suddenly realized I am in love with that feel of soft furry yarn. It reminds me of hugging my dog. And I love her so much! The first time I tried fur yarn was last year, when Scheepjes Furry Tales were released. I even designed a Baby Bear toy the launch (and later made a bunch of them for my son and his friends). 

Furry yarn and a set of pink Tulip crochet hooks

Furry Cloud Cowl and Rock Star Coat were next projects using Furry Tales, but they are knit. Not a surprise that fur yarn is easier to knit with, than to crochet. The fluff hides the stitches so well, and the only way to crochet is to do that intuitively. 

I made a quick search online and found several recommendations about how to crochet with fur. It is advised to find stitches with the fingers which in my opinion does not always give the best result, as it is easy to miss a stitch or two. 

15 balls of fur yarn in different colors: pink, white, purple, grey and green

Another advice is to spray fur with water and to crochet with wet yarn, what I personally do not like. Because stitches do not slide on the hook, and crochet takes lots of efforts. 

I could not stop thinking about this “problem” and I felt there should be a much easier way to use fur yarn in crochet. 

A combination of colors which math together perfectly: pale pink, dusty green, grey and purple

Right now, I am working on a new secret project which will come out later this year. I chose Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes, and thought like fur could be a nice detail too. And suddenly, it clicked! The eureka moment! 

I came up with a stitch pattern which was super easy to crochet with furry yarn! Well, of course I could not wait for months to introduce my kind of method to you. And so I decided to test it on another project, which could be released soon. 

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey and Furry Tales yarns for the best match

I do not have much to show you yet, except of the gorgeous Furry Tales yarn. I needed five colors, and just look how perfectly they go together. 

Look at this unbelievably beautiful pink! 

Gorgeous pale pink fur for crochet

Scheepjes Furry Tales yarn comes in 22 shades. Decent, stylish, bright, playful and colors your kids will love for sure. Like a unicorn fur. How cool is it? 

Shade card for Scheepjes Furry Tales yarn

I am going to work more on my blanket in coming days and hope to share a wip with you next Friday. But in a meanwhile you can check Furry Tales yarn in your local Scheepjes shop, or via online retailers: 

Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping)

Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe)

Taemombo (US & Canada)

Which colors do you like? Which of them match your interior design perfectly? 

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