Winter can’t seem to make up its mind this year in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Regardless, this free crochet pattern for the Midwinter Blanket is sure to make the coldest winter nights more cozy!
Only a few days ago I was bundling up the kids before they headed outside because of a -35 degree Celsius wind chill. Today we were splashing through puddles and rain outside as the temperatures crept up to a near balmy 4 degrees Celsius! Tomorrow we will be bundled up again bracing the wind and snow. See what I mean? Winter just can’t make up it’s mind!
Bulky Weight Yarn:
As the midwinter settles in every, year I find myself gravitating to bulkier weight, soft and cozy, wool blend yarns such at the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick by Lion Brand. I love its texture, is softness and the array of colours.
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If your curious about other super bulky weight yarn blankets I’ve done in more earthy tones, you may consider checking out the The Winter Cottage Throw – A Free Pattern or the Ripple in Time Throw – A Free Crochet Pattern. Both are just as warm!
For my blanket this year I selected a timeless colour. The clean lines and subtle texture of this blanket give it a modern look. I am in love with fringe and tassels at the moment when it comes to my throw blankets around the home. But the fringe that I have added here to mine is completely optional.
This is an easy level blanket. It only features two stitches (a half double crochet and a slip stitch) and it is worked as one piece. It uses seven bonus bundles of the Lion Brand Thick and Quick and then an eighth ball if you choose to add the fringe.
Doesn’t it just look so cozy?
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Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 10 sts x 11 rows of pattern = 4 inches
Finished Size: 50 x 54 inches
Yarn: 8 balls Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® by Lion Brand® (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 12 oz, 340 g; Approx. 223 yds, 204 m). Super Bulky (6). Colour: Fisherman. One ball is dedicated to the fringe.
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Hook: Size N/P (10 mm) Hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn Needle.
Optional: Add fringe or tassels to the shorter ends.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Blo – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rpt – Repeat
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
– Pattern is written in American English terms.
– Pattern is worked in row
– Do not turn unless stated otherwise.
– Ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a st.
– Weave in ends as needed.
The Midwinter Blanket:
Row 1: Hdc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; ch 1, Turn. (119 sts)
Rows 2-4: Working in the blo, sl st in each st across; ch 1, turn. (119 sts)
Row 5: Working in the blo, hdc in the first st and in each st across; ch 1, turn. (119 sts)
Repeat rows 2-5 until work from the beginning measures approximately 54 inches (or desired length!) and fasten off, weave in ends.
Optional – Cut lengths of yarn approximately 13 inches long and use to create a fringe. For my fringe, I used two-three pieces of yarn per tassel and spaced them skipping one st in between each.
I love the texture and fringe on the end, absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing!
Wow, this looks SO cozy!!!!!!! The stitching is so clever too, it looks like cables! Excellent work! Thank you so much for this post/pattern!!!
Beautiful blanket! I like the pattern, it is a wonderful project to work on while watching TV. Thank you!
Those fringes give the blanket a perfect finish. Such a lovely project.
Thank you so much 🙂 although I know they are not for everyone, I love a fringe on my Throw blankets!
Karen Sorenson says
I can’t hear you in the video
Can you make it louder
Thanks for letting me know – I will see what I can do
Karen Sorenson says
Thank you I can hear it now!
Thank you for responding so quickly!
You’re welcome 🙂
Ann Fritz says
I’m afraid the yardage of the balls of yarn is listed incorrectly. It says 121 yards and should read 221, I think. Can you double check? Thanks.
You are correct 🙂 thank you for letting me know!
Gloria Pankow says
Love this! Can you use any other type of yarn or does it need to be bulky?
You can use any yarn, you’ll just want to change the number of stitches in your starting chain. No particular multiple is stitches is needed, just chain until you reach the desired length for the width of the blanket
Gloria Pankow says
Love this! Can you use other yarn other than bulky for this blanket?
Candice Bellows says
My edges have gone wonky, so I’d like to add a border to this blanket. Do you have a recommendation?
I would recommend a simple single crochet or half double crochet edging 🙂
Candice Bellows says
Thanks. It turned out beautiful! Can’t figure out how to attach a picture, or I would. 🙂
So glad to hear! Feel free to post to the Rich Textures Crochet Community Facebook group 🙂 I’d love to see!
I’m only finding this yarn being sold in 6oz skeins. Where did you find 12 oz skeins? Just want to be sure I’m buying enough yarn 🙂
I found mine at Michaels in Canada (it’s on sale today I believe5$ off 🙂 ) – look for the Bonus Bundles. This is the link to it on the Lion Brand website: http://www.lionbrand.com/wool-ease-thick-quick-yarn-bonus-bundle.html
Do you think I can modify to make prayer shawl? Maybe chain 60 instead of 120 and use four skeins. Do you think this would work?
I love this so much. I’ve bought all my expensive yarn but I can not stop my blanket from curling. What am I doing wrong? I’ve tried loose and tight and it’s still happening! Thanks 🙂
Never mind. My slip stitches needed to be waaayyyy looser. It’s now looking great!
Would you know how much yard I would need to make a baby blanket in this pattern? It is beautiful!
Hi, is it pretty simple to change yarn color with this pattern?
Hi! I am all set to make this beautiful blanket but just want to check one detail…is it correct that at the end of the HDC rows you only ch1? I have always ch 2 for hdc.
Yes, I only chain 1 and the chain 1 does not count as a stitch
Do you have a spot where I can see the blanket as made by others? I love to see the range of colors that people use.
Just curious. It says not to turn unless told you, but it says to turn after every row. Am I wrong or misreading the pattern?