Crochet Along: What You Need

crochet along yarn

There was lots of interest last week when I suggested a CrochetAlong! Yay! Some of you are already quite experienced with crochet and others are keen to have a try.

So here’s the plan:

We will start with a simple crochet blanket using the same stitch in every row. The beauty of a simple blanket is that you can make all the choices to suit your needs or budget. This type of blanket will work with any type of yarn and can be any size you wish.

Next week I will show you the basics and get you started, then each week I’ll be back to show you my blanket progress and have a linky for you to share your progress. We can also share on Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, if that’s where you like to hang out. Let’s use the hashtag #CrochetAlong so we can all find each other – we might even find some others doing a crochet along! See all the ASWC Contributors’ social media links on our Contributors page.

There were a number of readers who want to do a chevron or ripple blanket  I’m just concerned that the ripple will be a little tricky for readers who haven’t done much crochet before, so I’m going to plan to do another ripple blanket when we finish this one. If you want to start a ripple blanket now though, feel free to join in with our linky each week and share your progress. We’d love to have you still.

What You Need:

Yarn – the biggest choice for your blanket is the yarn. I am using the three colours above and I have bought 5 balls of each colour. These are 8ply acrylic yarn called Marvel by Moda Vera and I bought mine at Spotlight. They are 100g balls. I’m sticking with three colours for this blanket to keep my life simple, but you could easily incorporate as many colours as you like. 8ply is a fairly standard weight of yarn that should come in lots of different colours, but it is smart to stick with the same type of yarn for the whole blanket. If you use different types or weights of yarn, some stitches may be smaller or larger making the overall blanket less uniform. I have taken some pictures of yarn from my stash with some other colour combinations below but the possibilities are really endless so use your imagination!

How much yarn to get: this is hard to judge if you haven’t decided on the size of your blanket. To give you a guide, when I made my rainbow blanket I use 18 x 50g balls of 8 ply yarn and it’s finished size is 188cm x 107cm. I have bought 15 x 100g balls of yarn this time, hoping to make a single bed size blanket.

Crochet Hook – The size of your hook will depend a little on your yarn. I will use a size 4.5 or 5 hook for this 8ply yarn. If you use thicker yarn, like the Patons Inca I’m using for another blanket, I’d suggest a size 6 hook – check out this blanket over at The Crafty Mummy. If you decide to use a fine baby yarn, then you will need a smaller hook. To check that your hook is the right size, just crochet a few rows of the blanket and see if you like it. You can easily switch to a different size hook or unravel and start again.

One more thing to think about:

How big do you want your blanket to be? Do you want it to go on a particular bed or couch? Are you going to make it for a particular person?

yarn color combo 1  yarn color combo 2
yarn color combo 3   yarn color combo 4

Tonya Grant (288 Posts)

Tonya is the voice behind TheCraftyMummy.com. She dabbles in lots of different crafts – patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet and sewing. She also writes about blogging and social media.


Comments

  1. I’m thinking another lounge blanket as I’ve bought some wool/alpaca blend 8ply and think this will be perfect to snuggle up on the couch with when it’s finished.

  2. Hi Tonya,

    I was inspired by your post to start my ripple blanket. I initially purchased the moda vera marvel from spotlight but when I felt it I then thought it mightn’t be nice and soft when I’ve finished. I then went out and bought some panda soft acrylic from Lincraft in the same colours. Do you think they’ll be a significant difference in the final feel of the blanket when its finished?

    I’ve not embarked on a crochet blanket journey or made anything bigger than a beanie or headband as of yet.

    • Hi Maddie,
      I have found the acrylic yarns feel softer than the wool ones, but different brands can be quite different, so I’d go with whichever you prefer the feel of. They may not be significantly different but you want to be happy with the results.
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  3. I want a lounge blanket too I have a lot of wool so I want to use it up

  4. A lounge blanket sounds good to me too Tonya. I’ve got so many crocheted blankets but if I do one in the colours I want for the living room, it should be good.

    Anne xx
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  5. I’m excited and I’m in. Already have my wool , Instagram here http://instagram.com/p/cqezA6SH59/ – one of each of the red and cream, two of the navy but the Bendigo Woollen Mills balls are equivalent to 4 100gm balls, so hoping equivalent to 16 100 gram balls is enough.
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  6. Can’t wait to play along and get some more done on my ripple – but yes, I agree, for beginners, a ripple can be tricky (heck, I still have times I have to frog a couple of repeats when I miscount!). With my plodding pace I’ll likely be still going when you start the ripple as well!
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  7. I am in, but I’ve only just ordered my yarn… I’ll be working with Deborah Norville, Everyday Soft Worsted in Cornflower, Navy, and Cappuccino. It’s an aran weight/10 ply, on Ravelry they recommend between a 5.5 and 6.5 hook, any thoughts?

  8. I’m doing mine in black, heather gray, and teal/aqua to match my daughter & son-in-law’s bedroom. It should be ready for Christmas. 🙂 oh, and I am using a size J/6mm hook for nice big stitches.

  9. Lorna Smith says:

    Would like some help how much wool would I need to make a kingsize blanket

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