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9/11/12

Crochet With Me: Bobble Blanket


It is the perfect time of the year to start a crocheted blanket! Fall is about to start and winter will be here soon too. I started this multi-colored bobble blanket after seeing Katy showing off her bobble stitch on Instagram. I immediately had to know what these kitschy little colorful balls were and how to make them. I am in love! I think they look like little pom poms and seeing my multi-colored blanket grow has brought me so much joy! I got a few requests on Instagram for a pattern so I decided to share my progress and invite you to join me. So come on in and crochet with me!


You will need:
Worsted weight acrylic yarn in different colors
Crochet hook I/5.50MM
Yarn needle
Scissors


I made up this pattern so bear with me if I goofed up somewhere! You may be more experienced than me so feel free to improve on my directions if you decide to make a blanket. The basic idea of this blanket is to bobble stitch and single crochet all the way across with a row of single crochets in between. To make your bobble offset rather than stacked on top of each other, add an extra single crochet on both ends of every other bobble stitch row. So you will have one less bobble in every other row. Confused? Feel free to comment me with questions and I will do my best to help. You can also watch this video to learn how to bobble stitch. My bobble stitch includes a single crochet in the next stitch to finish it, like in the video.

Pattern:
Chain 187 (or any odd number depending on desired width)
Row 1: In the second chain from the hook, bobble crochet (dc5tog) all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 2: In the second chain from the hook, single crochet in both loops all the way across. Bind off. Leave a tail to weave in later.

Row 3: Using a new color, slip knot onto the hook and put the hook in the last loop of row 2 and pull through. Chain 1. Turn. In the second chain from the hook, single crochet. Bobble crochet (dc5tog) until there is 1 stitch left. Single crochet in the last stitch. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 4: In the second chain from the hook, single crochet in both loops all the way across. Bind off. Leave a tail to weave in later.

Row 5: Using a new color, slip knot onto the hook and put the hook in the last loop of row 4 and pull through. Chain 1. Turn. Bobble crochet (dc5tog) all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 6: Repeat rows 2 through 5 until your blanket is big enough! In your final row, you will skip the last step of  "chain 1 and turn" and bind off instead. You can also start and end with a row of single crochet but I liked how it looked like the bobbles were floating and it's just how I ended up doing it.
Weave in all your ends.

Tips:
I am a tight hooker! I try to always make my loops the same size as the diameter of my hook, so that it is snug but big enough to get my hook back through my work. This means that I pull on my yarn a little when it is on the hook. This takes practice! For the dc5tog, I crocheted a little more looser and pulled up a bit and crocheted tighter as I got to the last double crochets in the bobble stitch. If your bobbles look too loose, practice being a tight hooker on making a bobble potholder first by scaling down the pattern.


I haven't used the same color twice yet and have been alternating between warm and cold hues. I have a big yarn stash from when I used to make owl amigurumi. Plus I have thrifted some bright colors and received some donations from a friend's stash. I will eventually start repeating my color pattern. You can make your own color pattern or use up your stash like me!


The blanket is very thick and lush!


I am waiting until I am finished to weave in my ends.


I hope you enjoyed my progress so far! I added a link up to this post so you can share if you started a bobble blanket too. I would love to see!

- Rachele
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