The “Michelle” Blanket
By: Christine Longe
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If you are looking for a lovely gift for a little girl, or yourself, that works up easily, feels so nice and is so pretty, you will like the “Michelle Blanket”. It is made using the beautiful “Suzette” stitch (which I have used for cowls, scarves, and hats.) But it is perfect for a blanket. And that could be a baby blanket, child’s blanket (this one) or one for an adult, to snuggle up with on a cold winter night!
You will notice that the color blocks are not equal in size. That was purposeful and not totally planned. How can that be? Well, in this case, I wanted to have different sized blocks, but instead of planning them out, I just used colors of Vanna’s choice yarns from my stash. Some were new skeins and some were leftovers from previous projects. So, this is a “stash-busting” project, too!! :). Now it doesn’t have to be that. You can totally plan out if you would like each block to be the same number of rows or they can be purposefully different. But, in this case, I let my yarn dictate to me the size of my blocks. When I ran out of a color, I moved on to the next!!
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Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
Size: One Size
– 7 skeins #4 weight Vanna’s Choice yarn. ( 3.5 oz., 170 yards) Your choice of colors depending on what you have. The colors I had were:
– Color 1: Silver Blue
– Color 2: Fern
– Color 3: Lemon
– Color 4: Pink
– Color 5: White
– Color 6: Dusty Green
– Color 7: Dusty Purple
– Crochet Hook, Size I/5.50 mm. (I have recently invested in a gorgeous and super comfortable Wooden Hook from Furls Crochet. I love it! And they have all kinds of hooks made of various materials….beautiful and a joy to work with!)
– Yarn Needle (Used for working in loose yarn ends.)
Gauge: 5 sc/dc clusters = 4 inches square
(I crochet pretty loosely. If you crochet tighter, you may want to
adjust to a larger hook to get your desired size.)
Finished Size: 42 inches x 42 inches (Square)
Stitches Used in the Pattern:
– sl st = slip stitch
– ch = chain
– sc = single crochet
– dc = double crochet
– sc/dc cluster = single crochet/double crochet cluster
**This pattern uses the “Suzette Stitch”. It is also called the “Thicket Stitch”. To make it, you must chain a “multiple of 2”. So if you would like a wider or narrower cowl, just adjust to more or less chains in a multiple of 2.
Click HERE to view my YouTube video tutorial on the “Suzette” Stitch.
- With “I” Hook and using Color 1, Ch 106 stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 1: Sc in first stitch, dc in same first stitch. (This forms what I refer to as a cluster.). *Sk 1 st. Sc and dc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to end of row. The last cluster of sc, dc will be in the last stitch of the row. Ch 1. (106 st – 54 clusters.)
Row 2: *Skip first stitch (which is a dc). Sc in second stitch (which is a sc), dc in same stitch.* Repeat from * to * to end of the row. Ch 1. Turn. (106 st – 54 clusters)
Row 3 – 18: Repeat Row 2.
Row 19 – 27: Change to Color 2: Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
Row 28 – 43: Change to Color 3. Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
Row 44 – 53: Change to Color 4. Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
Row 54 – 70: Change to Color 5. Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
Row 71 – 80: Change to Color 6. Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
Row 81 – 89: Change to Color 7. Repeat Row 2. (106 st)
This blanket does not have a border. So, fasten off yarn at this point and weave in ends.
Once you make one of these, I think you will want to make more. It’s easy to make and feels so nice. Enjoy!!
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