Rainbow Weighted Crochet Blanket Pattern for Beginners

How to Crochet an Easy Weighted Rainbow Blanket

Hi everyone! What better way to start the New Year than with a stash-busting project. The theme of the blog for January 2021 is New Years Resolutions. Specifically, 3 New Years Resolutions that I make every year: using up my yarn stash, saving money on craft/crochet supplies, and taking care of my mental health. So you’ll be seeing a few patterns and posts around these topics because I think it’s important to try to keep our New Years Resolutions, long after the first two weeks of January.

This easy weighted blanket hits all 3 resolutions above:

  1. Use up your yarn stash: Check! This is a great stash-buster blanket that uses 3 strands of yarn held together.
  2. Save money on crochet supplies: Check! What better way to save money than by using yarn you already have?
  3. Taking Care of your Mental Health: Check! The blanket making process is great for your mental health because it’s easy, and the half double crochet is soothing to work. You’ll get a chance to play with colour, and feel a sense of pride when your blanket is complete. Once you’re done, you can use this blanket to help you with any feelings of anxiety or depression. This blanket has a bit of weight to it, so you’ll feel some pressure on your body when you lay underneath it. This pressure feels like a hug, and helps your body relax and decompress.

I am participating in Cosy Rosie UK’s New Years Resolution Blog Hop on January 4, 2021 in GMT time. On this day only, you can download a free PDF of the Easy Weighted Rainbow Crochet Blanket on Ravelry. If you’re new to blog-hopping (like me!) it can seem a little confusing. I’ll walk you through the process below, so you can get your free pattern without any hassle!

Step 1: Click on the button below to be taken to Cosy Rosie UK’s blog. Here you’ll find the free download code under the heading, “How to get your FREE crochet pattern.” While you’re on this page, take a look through the other patterns involved in the Blog Hop. Each day from January 1 – 21st, a new crochet pattern will be available for free.

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Step 2: Come back to this post, and click on the button below to be taken to the Easy Weighted Rainbow Crochet Blanket Pattern on Ravelry!

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Step 3: Before clicking on “Add to Cart”, consider saving the patterns to your favourites. This is a nice (and free!) way to give back to designers because it helps get their pattern seen on Ravelry. Thank you!

Now click on the add to cart button.

Easy Weighted Rainbow Crochet Blanket Pattern on Ravelry

Step 4: Click on the “use a coupon code” at the bottom of the screen. A textbox will appear where you can type in the free pattern code found on Cosy Rosie UK’s blog. Click the “apply” button to apply the coupon code to your cart. The total should read “FREE” before you click on the checkout button.

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Step 5: The pattern is now in your Ravelry library and can be downloaded anytime. Click on the download link provided to download your pattern instantly, and get started.

Please let me know if you have any trouble downloading the pattern. I’m happy to help!

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I hope you enjoy your free PDF pattern. If you missed the blog hop, don’t fret. You can find the free pattern for this easy weighted rainbow crochet blanket below!

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Hi guys! Welcome to my first blog post about this easy weighted crochet blanket. Isn’t she beautiful? In this post, we are going to talk about the process of making your own crochet weighted blanket using scrap yarn.

Handmade blankets often get a bad rep for being repetitive, boring, lengthy, and yarn guzzlers; especially crocheted blankets. There are times when I agree with every one of these statements. Some blankets take a long time to finish, especially when you have to sew 1000 granny squares together. Blankets can also be boring and repetitive when you are working one or two stitches, 16,000 times. Blankets are no joke; they require a lot of time, and yarn, which can be draining on both our bank accounts and our souls! I understand the negativity towards blankets, but I hope this blanket will change your mind.

Rainbow Scrap Yarn Crochet Blanket
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of this pattern on Ravelry HERE. This PDF includes the complete blanket making process, pattern, and photo tutorials, so you can follow along on paper, highlight and make notes. It is a total of 9 pages including the cover page.

As fiber artists, or yarnies, we have probably accumulated a lot of yarn over time. And chances are, that while we have been trying our best to work away at this stash, we can’t use it up as quickly as we would like. I started this blanket in the hopes of using up more than half of my yarn supply. Did it happen? No. Why? I have TOO much yarn hahaha. So, I realized that I am going to have make a couple more of these blankets, before I reach my goal. That is okay by me.

The best part of this weighted blanket, and the part that will keep you excited and motivated to finish it, is creating your own colour combinations! In order to use as much yarn as possible, I crocheted with 3 Strands of yarn.

Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s gather our supplies.

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Crochet Weighted Rainbow Blanket Pinterest Pin

What you will need for this project:

  • Lots of yarn! (This project will help you use up some of your yarn stash)
  • *A 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 OR 10.0 mm crochet hook
  • *1 – 5 yarn needles (depending on how many you misplace during this project – I always lose mine!)
  • Patience, motivation, and a bit of creativity!

Yarn Choice for this Crochet Weighted Blanket

  • For this blanket, I used every medium 4 worsted weight yarn that I had in my stash! I was determined to use what I had, and use as much of it as I could. At the time, my yarn stash consisted of a few skeins of Bernat Premium, Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, and I Love This Yarn Solids and I Love This Yarn Prints. I also had random bits of yarn from my nana’s collection, as well as from thrift stores.
  • You can mix different fibers, like acrylic and wool, as long as they are in the same weight category. Just make sure to check the washing instructions on your wool blend because it might be more delicate than an acrylic yarn; wash your blanket according these instructions.

Colour Combinations

3 Balls of Yarn Blue, Orange and Red

Before I started crocheting, I got organized! I pulled out all of my yarn bins, and picked out the skeins that I wanted to use for this project. I wanted to use as much yarn as possible, so I decided to crochet with 3 strands at a time.
When choosing my colours, I just had fun and let myself be creative. Sometimes, like in the picture above, I had two similar colours (burnt orange and burgundy), and used a third colour to make it pop (light blue). Other times, I used 3 shades of the same colour to make a ball; this happened with most of the green, blue, and purple sections of the blanket because I had so many different shades in these colours.

To roll your own 3-stranded yarn balls, take a strand of yarn from each colour, and lay it on your hand (Picture A). Wrap the yarn around your hand, about 10 times (Picture B), and slip it off, while holding the center (Picture C) – this protects the yarn from getting tangled. To secure the ball, continue wrapping the yarn in different directions (Picture D), until you run out of yarn OR you are satisfied with the size of your ball.

Blending Colours as you Crochet

This weighted blanket is really colourful; and that can seem overwhelming to the eye.

3 Skeins of Red and Yellow Yarn

To make the colour transition more fluid as you switch between each 3-stranded ball of yarn, try to blend your colours.

To blend some of the colours in my blanket, I would use 1 or 2 colours from the previous combination, and then slip in a different 3rd colour.

The picture to the right, shows the colour burgundy, red, and yellow. I chose these colours because my last combination was burgundy, burnt orange, and blue. So, the colour burgundy is seen in both combinations; red is a similar colour to burnt orange, so it blends better; and yellow is my new 3rd colour.

Making a Rainbow with Yarn

To make this a true rainbow blanket, I worked in sections, moving from red, to orange, to yellow, to green, to blue. Each section had different shades of that particular colour (red, orange, yellow, green or blue), but it also had highlight colours thrown in to provide some contrast. These highlight colours were often the 3rd strand of yarn that was mixed with two other shades.

  • Red Section Highlight Colours: Purple, Pink, Orange, Blue and Brown.
  • Orange Section Highlight Colours: Yellow, Blue, Brown, and Red.
  • Yellow Section Highlight Colours: Orange, Light Purple, and White.
  • Green Section Highlight Colours: Yellow and Blue.
  • Blue Section Highlight Colours: Green, Purple and Gray.

This weighted crochet blanket is all about having fun and experimenting with color. So if you don’t like how a certain color combination is turning out, you can always unravel your stitches and try a different combination!

Beginner Crochet Pillow Single Crochet

Changing Colour Technique

Here is a photo tutorial, along with a few written instructions, to show you how I change colours throughout the blanket.
When I get to the end of my yarn ball, or I’m ready to change colour, I “pretend” to make my last half double crochet stitch with my current yarn choice. I have 3 loops on my hook (A), and I would normally yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Instead, I drop the yarn, pick up my new colour combination (grey) (B), and pull it through the 3 loops on my hook (C and D). Now I’m able to crochet with my new colour combination (E), and I can either crochet over my ends or weave them in at the end of the project.

Weight of the Blanket & Choosing your Crochet Hook

One last note before we get to the pattern. This blanket is crocheted with 3-strands of yarn, which means that it is considered a super-bulky weight blanket.

How to Crochet an Easy Weighted Rainbow Blanket Tutorial

I find that the best crochet hooks to use for super bulky weight yarn vary between a 7.0mm, 8.0mm, 9.0mm or 10.0mm. If you work with a 7.0mm crochet hook, your stitches are tighter and more compact, than if you use a 10.0mm. What does this have to do with the weight of the blanket? The tighter and more compact your stitches are, the more rigid and inflexible your blanket becomes. This means that your blanket will weigh more than a blanket with looser and more flexible stitches.

Before you begin to crochet this blanket, you have to choose a crochet hook. I worked my blanket with an 8.0mm crochet hook, and the stitches were very tight. My finished blanket weighs about 5 -7 pounds, and its the perfect weight to throw on top of your duvet or comforter while you sleep. The extra bit of weight that this blanket offers, keeps me calm and grounded during the night; so I don’t end up having a restless sleep. If you decide to crochet with a larger hook, your blanket will be looser, and may not weigh as much.

Weighted Crochet Blanket Measurements:

This blanket measures 60″ wide by 76″ long.

Customizing the Size of Your Blanket:

This blanket is worked lengthwise, so your starting chain determines the length of your blanket. When you crochet more rows, your blanket becomes wider.

  • Changing the Length: To make your blanket shorter, chain less; to make your blanket longer, chain more.
  • Changing the Width: To make your blanket less wide, work fewer rows; to make your blanket wider, work more rows.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • St – stitch
  • Hdc – hdc

Pattern:

Notes:

  • The beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch
  • To get straight edges along your blanket, make your last hdc in the ch-2 of the previous row, instead of in the last hdc of the previous row.

Ch 172

Row 1: Make a half double crochet (hdc) in the 3rd chain (ch) from the hook. Then make a hdc in each ch across to the end of the row. Turn your work. (170 hdc)

  • Row 2: Ch 2, make a hdc in the 1st stitch (st) of the row, and in each st across to the end of the row. Turn your work.(170 hdc)
  • Row 3 – 105: Repeat Row 2.
Half Double Crochet Weighted Blanket Pattern

Fasten off, and weave in your ends with a yarn needle!

And You’re Done!

You have finished your first rainbow weighted crochet blanket. Congratulations! I hope you made a nice dent in your yarn stash, and had fun playing with colour. I can’t wait to see all of your creations. Comment below to tell me about your blanket making experience, or tag me on Instagram @ThisPixieCreates, so I can see your beautiful blankets.

Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on this blog.

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

Mountain Mama Crochet Blanket Pattern

If you loved this project, and are looking for a new blanket to try, I think you’ll like The Mountain Mama. This blanket has tons of texture, created with simple stitches that are repeated throughout the pattern. It uses a large crochet hook and bulky weight yarn, so you will be finished in no time at all.

Love, Dayna

8 thoughts on “How to Crochet an Easy Weighted Rainbow Blanket”

  1. This was so easy. I choose a 10 hook and I didn’t roll my yarns together before hand (no patience at the moment), but I did run three strand of differing shades and blended in one new color ever few rows to change the coloring as the rainbow progressed. It was so calming to work. I’m about half way finished and already planning the next one. The weight is amazing. It feels like a quilt. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Terri,

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this blanket! I definitely feel you with the patience; I started rolling balls of yarn when I first started my blanket, and then gave up haha. I can’t wait to see your finished rainbow blanket. 🙂

      I hope you have an awesome day!

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

  2. I can’t wait to try this blanket! The look and weight of it sounds perfect. I just hope I can combine colors as well as you did. Your color choices are terrific!

    1. Hi Anna,

      I’m so glad you like this blanket! I hope you have fun playing with colour. I questioned my colour choices a lot when I was making this blanket, but somehow, it all came together in the end. I’m sure the colours you choose will look amazing. Can’t wait to see how your blanket turns out. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Great question! To make this a toddler size, chain until you’re happy with the length, then add an extra 2 chains to your length. I’m guessing that toddler blankets are anywhere between 45′ – 60″ in length. Also, to keep your rows straight when turning, I work the final half double crochet of the row into the beginning chain 2 of the previous row, instead of into the last stitch of the previous row. I hope this makes sense!

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

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