Easy Beginner Striped Tunisian Crochet Blanket Free Pattern

How to Crochet an Easy Beginner Tunisian Striped Blanket

Hi guys! Happy New Year. I hope you’re having a great year so far. New years come with new goals, and new things to try. So if you’re new to Tunisian crochet, then you’re in the right place! Introducing the Wrapped in Stripes Blanket – a beginner Tunisian striped blanket.

Tunisian crochet is the perfect blend of knitting and crocheting. Like crochet, you use one hook, but all of the stitches are held on your hook, like knitting.

This blanket uses the Tunisian Simple Stitch – the most basic Tunisian stitch. This stitch is the equivalent of a single crochet in traditional crochet. The Tunisian Simple Stitch makes a uniform texture with vertical bars on the front, and creates a knitted purl look on the back.

The beauty of this blanket comes from it’s simplicity. So no matter what colours you choose, your blanket is going to look amazing because the simple stitch pattern lets the yarn shine.

Honey Cream Purple Navy Striped Tunisian Crochet Blanket for Beginners with Pom Pom Border

Why Should I Crochet this Blanket?

If you’re new Tunisian crochet, welcome! This is a great pattern to start with because you can learn and master some basic skills with this project:

  • You’ll learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch – this stitch is the foundation of all Tunisian crochet stitches, and it’s versatile, so you can use it for your future projects!

  • You’ll learn how to change colour and carry your yarn up the side of your project as you crochet.

  • You’ll practice and improve your tension, and learn how to work with a Tunisian hook and cord.

  • It’s relaxing, which makes it a great project to crochet while watching TV or listening to a podcast/audiobook.

  • Changing up the colours every other row keeps things interesting, so you won’t get bored as you watch your blanket grow.

  • You can use any worsted weight yarn from your stash, and easily customize the size of your blanket using the customization instructions below.

  • If you don’t have any worsted weight yarn on hand, you can use a different weight, change up the hook size, and follow the customization instructions below.

  • There are step-by-step pictures included below, along with video tutorials to help you!

  • You might have fun, so what do you have to lose?

The First Step:

Before making your starting chain and working with 100+ stitches, I recommend making a small gauge swatch to get a feel for how to use the hook, and learn how to make the Tunisian simple stitch.

It’s easy once you get the hang of it, but every new skill takes some practice. If you make a swatch, you can learn on a small scale, and work out all of the kinks before starting your blanket!

I recommend these two videos to start:

  1. Working with a Tunisian crochet hook and cord
  2. Rows 1 – 4
Striped Tunisian Crochet Blanket for Beginners

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Easy Beginner Tunisian Striped Blanket with Pom Pom Border Free Crochet Pattern

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Materials:

*Note: You’ll need to attach a cord to your tunisian crochet hook, so that all of the stitches (width of the blanket) will fit. A 48” interchangeable cord should be long enough to hold the stitches for any blanket size included in the pattern.

Yarn:

This is a scrap-buster blanket, so I used a variety of worsted weight 4 yarn from my stash. You can use any medium 4 worsted / aran weight yarn (use a variety of brands, or pick colours from the same brand). 

Choose a main colour, secondary colour, and as many contrasting colours as you’d like. In this pattern, Colour A is the main colour, Colour C is the secondary colour, and Colours B, D, E, F, and G are contrasting colours.

  • Vanna’s Choice, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd / 155 m, 99 g / 3.5 oz) – Honey (A) 

  • Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd / 212 m, 142 g / 5 oz) – Ivory (B), Dark Gray (G)   

  • Bernat Premium, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd / 329 m, 198 g / 7 oz) – Navy (C), Baby Lilac (D), Sage Mist (E)

  • Brava Worsted, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 218 yd / 199 m, 100 g / 3.5 oz) – Clarity (F)

Yardage/Number of Skeins:

  • Colour A (Main Colour): 1280 yds / 1170 m 
  • Colour B: 161 yds / 147 m 
  • Colour C (Secondary Colour): 376 yds / 344 m
  • Colour D: 161 yds / 147 m 
  • Colour E: 161 yds / 147 m
  • Colour F: 81 yds / 74 m
  • Colour G: 81 yds / 74 m
  • Total: 2301 yds / 2104 m

The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Wrapped in Stripes Tunisian Crochet Blanket includes video tutorials and sizing instructions for 8 blanket sizes (Small Baby, Large Baby, Lapghan, Small Throw, Medium Throw, Large Throw, Queen, and King).


Abbreviations:

  • YO – yarn over
  • FP – forward pass
  • RP – return pass
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sk – skip 
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Ch – chain – see tutorial below
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Pom-Pom – see tutorial below
  • Tss – tunisian simple stitch – see tutorial below
  • Lst – last st – see tutorial below

Gauge: Approximately 13 sts x 10 rows in 4” x 4”

Before making your starting chain and working with 100+ stitches, I recommend making a small gauge swatch to get a feel for how to use the hook, and learn how to make the Tunisian simple stitch. 

  • If your gauge is too small (4” = more than 13 sts or 10 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. 
  • If your gauge is too big (4” = less than 13 sts or 10 rows), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurements:

The Tunisian Striped Crochet Blanket is a Small Throw size that measures 50″ wide by 65″ long (including the border). To create your own custom sized blanket, you can find instructions below.

  • Size: Small Throw
  • Width: 50″
  • Length: 65″
  • Border Thickness: 2″

Customize the Size of Your Blanket:

If you’d like to make your Tunisian striped blanket smaller or larger than the original pattern, or you’d like to use a different weight yarn, then this section is for you! To create a custom size, follow the instructions below.

Width: The width of the blanket is determined by the starting ch. Ch any number until satisfied with the width of the blanket. 

Length: The length is determined by the number of rows. Continue to repeat Row 2’s (FP) and (RP), while following the colour chart, until satisfied with the length. The blanket should always end with a 3 Row Colour Stripe Section for symmetry. Ex. Rows 1 – 14 is a 3 row colour stripe section that ends with Colour A.

Boho Scrap Yarn Tunisian Striped Blanket Pattern with Pom Pom Border

Stitch Tutorials:

Here you’ll find a photo tutorial for changing colour, and making a chain 1, a Tunisian Simple Stitch, and a Last Stitch.

Chain 1 (Ch 1): 

On the RP, we start with a ch 1: YO and pull through 1 loop on the hook.

Tunisian Simple Stitch Tutorial - Row 1 Forward Pass

Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS):

Insert hook underneath the vertical bar of the st, YO, and draw up a loop.

Tunisian Simple Stitch Tutorial - Vertical Bars

Last Stitch of FP (Lst): 

In the last st of the FP, tilt your work, so the left side of the blanket is facing you, and you can see 2 loops. Insert hook under both loops, YO, and draw up a loop.

Changing Colour Tutorial: 

Colours changes always happen in the final pull through of a RP, when there are two loops remaining. 

At the end of the RP Row: Before the final pull through, when there are two loops remaining, drop the current colour. Loop the new colour over your finger (leaving a long tail for weaving in your ends later), and pick it up with your hook. Pull the new colour through the remaining 2 loops on the hook to complete the st and change colour.

Video Tutorials:

Pattern:

Notes:

  • Each row is made up of a forward pass (FP) and a return pass (RP). A FP adds loops onto the hook to start each stitch, and a return pass removes loops from the hook to complete each stitch.

  • Yarn is carried up the side of each panel, to minimize the number of ends to weave in. So do not fasten off of a colour, unless you no longer need it for a section. 

  • It’s normal for the top and bottom of the Tunisian striped blanket to curl – adding a border and blocking the blanket will fix this.
Using a 6.5mm tunisian crochet hook: 

With Colour A, ch 150

Row 1 (FP): Starting in the second ch from hook, [insert hook in the back bump of ch, YO, and pull up a loop] in each ch across. <150 sts>

Row 1 (RP): Ch 1, [YO and pull through 2 loops on hook] across. <150 sts>

Row 2 (FP): Sk the first vertical bar, Tss across until last st, Lst.

Row 2 (RP): Ch 1, [YO and pull through 2 loops on hook] across. <150 Tss>

Rows 3 – 154: Repeat Row 2 (FP) and (RP), while following the colour chart below.

Colour Chart:

Rows 1 – 2: A 
Rows 3 – 4: B 
Rows 5 – 6: A
Rows 7 – 8: B 
Rows 9 – 10: A 
Rows 11 – 12: B

Rows 13 – 14: A
Rows 15 – 16: C
Rows 17 – 18: A
Rows 19 – 20: C

Rows 21 – 22: A
Rows 23 – 24: D
Rows 25 – 26: A
Rows 27 – 28: D
Rows 29 – 30: A
Rows 31 – 32: D

Rows 33 – 34: A
Rows 35 – 36: C
Rows 37 – 38: A
Rows 39 – 40: C

Rows 41 – 42: A
Rows 43 – 44: E
Rows 45 – 46: A
Rows 47 – 48: E
Rows 49 – 50: A
Rows 51 – 52: E

Rows 53 – 54: A
Rows 55 – 56: C 
Rows 57 – 58: A 
Rows 59 – 60: C

Rows 61 – 62: A 
Rows 63 – 64: F
Rows 65 – 66: A 
Rows 67 – 68: F 
Rows 69 – 70: A 
Rows 71 – 72: F

Rows 73 – 74: A 
Rows 75 – 76: C 
Rows 77 – 78: A
Rows 79 – 80: C 

Rows 81 – 82: A 
Rows 83 – 84: G 
Rows 85 – 86: A 
Rows 87 – 88: G 
Rows 89 – 90: A
Rows 91 – 92: G 

Rows 93 – 94: A
Rows 95 – 96: C
Rows 97 – 98: A 
Rows 99 – 100: C 

Rows 101 – 102: A 
Rows 103 – 104: B 
Rows 105 – 106: A 
Rows 107 – 108: B 
Rows 109 – 110: A 
Rows 111 – 112: B 

Rows 113 – 114: A 
Rows 115 – 116: C 
Rows 117 – 118: A 
Rows 119 – 120: C 

Rows 121 – 122: A 
Rows 123 – 124: D 
Rows 125 – 126: A 
Rows 127 – 128: D 
Rows 129 – 130: A 
Rows 131 – 132: D 

Rows 133 – 134: A 
Rows 135 – 136: C 
Rows 137 – 138: A 
Rows 139 – 140: C 

Rows 141 – 142: A 
Rows 143 – 144: E
Rows 145 – 146: A 
Rows 147 – 148: E 
Rows 149 – 150: A 
Rows 151 – 152: E
Rows 153 – 154: A

Fasten Off:

Before we start the border, we have to fasten off, in order to finish the top-edge of the blanket.

With Colour A, sk the first vertical bar, [insert hook underneath next vertical bar, YO, pull through the bar and loop on the hook – this makes a sl st] across.


Border: 

  • In Rnd 1, when working across the top and bottom of the blanket, each sc is worked through a st/ch and the matching back loop 1 row below – this stops the blanket from curling (see tutorial below)
  • For the final pom-pom st, you may have to sk more or less than 3 sts. 
  • The stitch count is shown in <>, but you can use it as an approximation.

Using a 6.0mm crochet hook: 

Rnd 1: 

  • Left Side: With Colour A, ch 1, sc into the side of each row across until last row, 3 sc in last row. Rotate the blanket to work along the next side.  

  • Bottom: Sc – going through the bottom the ch and the matching back loop 1 row below – across until last ch, 3 sc in last ch. Rotate the blanket to work along the next side.  

  • Right Side: Sc into the side of each row across until last row, 3 sc in last row. Rotate the blanket to work along the next side.  

  • Top: Sc – going through the top of the st and the matching back loop 1 row below – across until last st, 3 sc in last st. Sl st into the first sc of the rnd to join. <612 sc>

Rnd 1 – Top & Bottom Tutorial: 

To stop the blanket from curling along the top and bottom, we make each sc through a st/ch and the matching back loop 1 row below. 

  • Step 1: Insert hook into indicated st/ch. (Picture 1)
  • Step 2: Tilt your work, so you can see the back side of the blanket. Find the matching back loop 1 row below. Insert hook into this loop. (Picture 2 & 3)
  • Step 3: YO and draw up a loop, pulling through the loop and the st/ch – there should be 2 loops on the hook. (Picture 4)
  • Step 4: YO and pull through both loops to make a sc. (Picture 5 & 6)
  • Step 5: Repeat Steps 1 – 4 across the top and bottom of the blanket. 

Rnd 2: Starting in the first sc, [ch 6, make a pom pom, ch 3, sk 3 sc, sl st into next sc] around. The last sl st will be worked into the first ch of the first pom-pom to join the rnd. <154 pom-pom>

Pom-Pom Tutorial: 

A pom-pom is made up of 2 poms (top and bottom) that are folded over top of each other to make a double thick, circular stitch. 

  • Step 1: YO, insert hook into third ch from hook, YO, draw up a loop there should be 3 loops on the hook. (Pictures 1, 2 & 3)

  • Step 2: YO and pull through the first 2 loops. (Pictures 3 & 4)

  • Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 – 2, 2 more times in same ch. There should be 4 loops on the hook. (Picture 5)

  • Step 4: YO and pull through all 4 loops. The first half of the pom-pom is done! (Picture 6)

  • Step 5: Ch 3, then repeat Steps 1 – 4 to make the second half of the pom-pom. (Picture 7, 8 & 9)

  • Step 6: Pull the second pom over the first pom, so one is sitting on top of the other. (Picture 10)

  • Step 7: Sl st into the side of the ch where you placed the first pom, to close the stitch. (Picture 11)

Blocking the Blanket: 

It’s normal for Tunisian crochet to curl up along the top and bottom of the blanket. To fix this, we are going to block our work.

Blocking is the process of wetting a piece of crochet to make the ends and rows straight. To block this blanket, you will need a steamer/spray bottle, straight pins, and a blocking mat / foam.  

Block your Tunisian striped blanket by stretching it out (vertically and horizontally) and placing straight pins along each side of the blanket to hold it in place. You can also place pins at the bottom of each pom-pom (shown in the picture). Spray the blanket with water, or use a steamer, making sure to stay at least 2” away from the fabric. Let the blanket dry completely before unpinning it.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this striped Tunisian Crochet blanket pattern, please reach out to me. I am happy to help! Send me an email through my contact page.

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End Notes:  

Congratulations! You just finished your first Tunisian Striped Blanket. I hope you and your family enjoy snuggling up in it, for years to come. If you’d like to make more crochet blankets, explore some patterns by clicking on the button below:

Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this Tunisian striped blanket pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).

I hope you have an amazing day, and happy crocheting!

Love, Dayna

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