Monday, July 18, 2011

PATTERN: Equalizer Blanket

First of all, you need to know how to crochet a solid square:

Abbreviations:
American English: DC = double crochet
[British English: TR = treble crochet]
This pattern is in American English terms, the British terms are in [brackets].

An important note about corners:
I've used a DK weight yarn. This is lighter than a worsted weight yarn, so I created my corners by crocheting two DC [TR] + two chains + two DC [TR] into the corner space. If you find that your work is bunching or curling, it is possibly because your yarn is heavier or your tension is tighter. One way you can correct this is by only crocheting one DC [TR] into your corner spaces, i.e. one DC [TR] + two chains + one DC [TR] into the corner space.


Bright Colours
Start by chaining 4, then join with a slip stitch.
Round 1: 
Chain 3 (counts as the first DC [TR]), do 2 DC [TR] into the ring. Chain 2, 3 DC [TR], chain 2, 3 DC [TR], chain 2, 3 DC [TR], chain 2 and join to the third chain of your first 'fake' DC [TR] - like this:


Round 2:
Chain 1, do 1 DC [TR] in the same stitch below. Crochet 1 DC [TR] in next two stitches, *in corner space crochet 2 DC [TR] + 2 ch + 2 DC [TR], then crochet 1 DC [TR] in the next three stitches.** Repeat from * to ** twice more. Join with slip stitch to the top of the first DC [TR].




Round 3:
Chain 1, do 1 DC [TR] in the same stitch below. Crochet 1 DC [TR] in next four stitches, *in corner space crochet 2 DC [TR] + 2 ch + 2 DC [TR], then crochet 1 DC [TR] in the next seven stitches.** Repeat from * to ** twice more. Join with slip stitch to the top of the first DC [TR].

Round 4:
Chain 1, do 1 DC [TR] in the same stitch below. Crochet 1 DC [TR] in next six stitches, *in corner space crochet 2 DC [TR] + 2 ch + 2 DC [TR], then crochet 1 DC [TR] in the next eleven stitches.** Repeat from * to ** twice more. Join with slip stitch to the top of the first DC [TR].

Change to BLACK
Round 5:
Chain 1, do 1 DC [TR] in the same stitch below. Crochet 1 DC [TR] in next eight stitches, *in corner space crochet 2 DC [TR] + 2 ch + 2 DC [TR], then crochet 1 DC [TR] in the next fifteen stitches.** Repeat from * to ** twice more. Join with slip stitch to the top of the first DC [TR].

Round 6:
Chain 1, do 1 DC [TR] in the same stitch below. Crochet 1 DC [TR] in next ten stitches, *in corner space crochet 2 DC [TR] + 2 ch + 2 DC [TR], then crochet 1 DC [TR] in the next nineteen stitches.** Repeat from * to ** twice more. Join with slip stitch to the top of the first DC [TR].

Chain two, yank tightly. Leave a long tail for joining, and cut yarn.


Now, the bad news...


(Yarn needed is given as an approximate amount. I was virtuously using scraps, so these amounts are approximate and represent the maximum amount I used.)

You need to crochet:
  • 9 turquoise squares* (75g yarn)
  • 17 green squares (150g yarn)
  • 14 yellow squares (120g yarn)
  • 11 orange squares (100g yarn)
  • 6 red squares (50g yarn)
  • 51 black squares + edging on other squares (1100g yarn)
* If you want to make a slightly longer blanket, crochet 18 turquoise squares, not 9!

Lay your squares out as per the diagram above and sew them together. I edged the blanket with a round of DC [TR] in black, then a round of SC [DC] in a contrasting colour (I used turquoise) and finished it off with another round of DC [TR] in black.




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10 comments:

Beverooni said...

I saw this on Ravelry this morning. SOOOOO awesome!

RugbyMad said...

Awesome!

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

Gorgeous blanket Mrs. Gingerbread!

Paul & Carla said...

I love this very cool blanket! Black and brights — fabulous!

Trisha Guinn said...

Oh goodness! I just commented on your Ribbon Blanket, and I can't believe that you made a blanket even more awesome than that one! I have so many friends at my college who are music majors... again, are you opposed to the product being sold if we give you credit for the pattern? :)

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hi Trisha: no, I don't mind you selling the blanket (if made by you by hand and not mass-produced for the commercial market, that is!) but, yes, I would appreciate it if you credited me as the designer. Thank you for the compliments and I hope you find lots of music majors that reeeeeeally need an equalizer blanket :-))

Trisha Guinn said...

Awesome! Thank you so much! :D

Pellaz said...

I love this blanket! I started making it and I'm having some issues with the squares (I think?). It seems where I join into the the first DC to end the row, a bit of a gap forms. What could I be doing wrong?
Here is a picture.

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m127/ejs9191/photo.jpg

You can see the gaps going up on the upper left.

I'm fairly new to crochet so any help would be appreciated.

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Pellaz,
As far as I can see (and it's difficult to make out the black stitches), you have the same number of stitches on three sides, but on the side where you start the round, you have fewer stitches. Based on what I can see in the photo, the gap comes as a result of skipping stitches: you do a DC and then skip over two stitches in the row below, probably because it's a bit more difficult to wriggle the hook through the top of these stitches, and then continue into the top of the next clearly defined stitch! You have to be tough, though, and poke the hook through, so you have the same number of stitches across this side as you do across the others. Does that make sense, I wonder?

Pellaz said...

Yes! Thank you! That clears things up...Now I can get started!