Cozy Crochet Quilted Squares Blanket

The Cottage Quilt Blanket Crochet-along (CAL) Part 1

Hi guys! I’m so excited to have you here for my first crochet-along. A crochet-along (CAL) is a large project, broken down into parts, that crocheters work on at the same time and pace. The Cottage Quilt Blanket is a 3-part crochet-along that will run from November 28th – December 19th. Each week, starting today, I will be sharing a new part of the pattern.

If you’d like to participate in the crochet-along, and have the chance to win a prize (more details below), join my Crochet-along Facebook page here. The Crochet-along Facebook page will be a place to share your progress, ask questions, and encourage fellow crocheters as they crochet along with you. If you choose to share your progress on Instagram, please use the hashtag #cottagequiltblanketcal.

Join as You Go Crochet Squares Blanket
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Prize for the Crochet-along Blanket

At the end of the crochet-along, there will be a prize – $30 sent to your PayPal e-mail that you can use to buy yarn for your next project; along with your choice of 3 crochet patterns from my shop! I’m hoping to get a few other designers to contribute a pattern or two, but for now, this is the current prize. A winner will be announced on December 20th! To enter for a chance to win, post a picture of your finished Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket. Progress pictures will also be accepted for the prize. I can’t wait to see all of your creations!

About the Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket

Let’s talk about the blanket! The Cottage Quilt Crochet-along blanket has a few features that make it unique:

  • This blanket uses the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only stitch to create a ridged pattern across the squares. This results in the wrong side of the work being full of texture, and the right side having minimal texture. Since this blanket is reversible, you can flip flop between the two sides, depending on your mood. It’s hard to choose which side I love more, but I gravitate towards the right side (minimal).
  • The second unique feature of this blanket is the direction of the squares. This blanket alternates between horizontal and vertical striped squares. See the image below! The alternating stitch directions create more visual interest, and make it fun to crochet!
  • I saved the best for last. Normally when you crochet a blanket full of squares, you crochet each square separately and sew them all together at the end. Not this blanket. The Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket is crocheted one square at a time, and requires no seaming. Each square is worked on top (or beside) the other, and is joined with slip stitches. This method is a bit more challenging then crocheting each square separately, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it. Not only will this save you time, but it’ll also save you from having to sew a million squares together.

Materials: 

Yarn Choice: 

I’m so excited to see what colours you put together to make this blanket your own!

Alternative Bulky Weight Yarn Options:

Color Made Easy is great yarn to work with, but it’s nice to have options:

  1. A great alternative to this yarn is Hue + Me Yarn. This yarn is a bulky weight 5 that comes in 18 different colours, and all of them are beautiful. Lion Brand just restocked this yarn, but I’ve heard it goes quickly!
  2. Another great alternative is Red Heart Soft Essentials. This yarn is a bulky weight 5 that is incredibly soft, has a nice sheen to it, and comes in 20 different colours.
  3. If you have a lot of worsted weight yarn in your stash, you can crochet with 2 strands held together to make a bulky weight yarn substitute!

Can I make this Blanket with Worsted/Aran Weight (Medium 4) Yarn?

The answer is absolutely! When I was taking progress pictures, I worked on a smaller crochet-along blanket sample using Medium 4 Worsted Weight Yarn. I found that a 6.0mm crochet hook gave me the best results. Your finished squares will measure: Horizontal (6″ wide x 6.5″ long), Vertical (6.5″ wide x 5″ long). Since I haven’t worked the entire blanket in this type of yarn, I cannot tell you exactly how much yarn you’ll require, but I can say that you will have more squares in your blanket. If you like the look of a 5 square x 9 square blanket, you can make your squares larger with the instructions below.

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Quilted Squares Crochet Blanket

Abbreviations: 

  • Ch – chain           
  • Hk – hook  
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sl st – slip stitch 
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Rs – right side
  • Ws – wrong side

Gauge: Approximately 9 stitches x 7 rows in 4″ x 4″ 

  • Ch 10
  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn. (9 hdc)
  • Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (9 hdc)
  • Row 3 – 6: Repeat Row 2. (9 hdc)
  • Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (9 sc) 

Half Double Crochet in the 3rd Loop Only Method/Video Tutorial: 

The half double crochet stitch is a unique stitch because it has a 3rd loop. Crocheting in the 3rd loop creates a knit-like appearance that is just so pretty. You can crochet this stitch in the round with ease, but it requires a bit more work to crochet it in a row. I’ve included a video tutorial for crocheting the 3rd loop only in a row. I hope it helps!

Half Double Crochet in 3rd Loop Only Method

Pattern Measurements:

Squares:

  • Horizontal Squares: 8.25″ wide x 8.75″ long
  • Vertical Squares: 8.75″ wide x 7.25″ long

Blanket:

  • Width (without border): 47″
  • Width (with border): 49.5″
  • Length (without border): 74″
  • Length (with border): 76.5″

Customize the Size of your Crochet-along Blanket:

There are three ways to customize the size of your blanket: changing the size of the squares, changing the width, and changing the length.

Changing the Size of Your Squares:

Square #1 (horizontal) will determine the size of your squares.

  • To change the width of square #1, chain until you are happy with the width, and add one more chain.
  • Then continue to follow the pattern for Square #1 and repeat Row 2-3 until you are happy with the length of your square.
  • Keep track of the number of stitches in Row 1 (width) and the number of rows worked (length).

Square #2 (vertical):
Square #1 determines the size and dimensions of Square #2.

  • Chain the number of rows worked in Square #1, and add one more chain.
  • Continue to follow the pattern for Square #2, and repeat Row 2-3 until you’ve joined the entire square. The number of rows in Square #2 should be the same as the number stitches in Row 1 of Square #1. For example, if Square #1 is 20 stitches wide, then you will have to work 20 rows in Square #2.

Square #3 (horizontal):
Square #3 will have the same dimensions as Square #1.

Changing the Length of Your Blanket:

This blanket is worked lengthwise in columns. Each column is made up of 9 squares for a total length of 76.5″ (including the border). The first column will determine the length of your blanket. To make your blanket longer, crochet more than 9 squares; and to make your blanket shorter, crochet less than 9 squares.

Changing the Width of Your Blanket:

The width of your blanket depends on the number of columns you choose to crochet. The patterns calls for crocheting 5 columns for a total width of 49.5″ (including the border). To make your blanket wider, crochet more columns; and to make your blanket less wide, crochet fewer columns.

Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket

Part 1 of the Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket:

Part 1 of the CAL is about making the first column of the blanket. This blanket is worked length-wise in columns, which means that your first column will determine the length of your blanket. In this pattern, each column is made up of 9 squares that alternate between horizontal and vertical striped stitches. I’ve included a diagram of the first column below with colour changing instructions. If you would like to make your blanket shorter/longer, there are instructions above to help you!

Column 1 Colour Chart for Crochet Along

Video Tutorials:

Pattern: 

Notes:

  1. The beginning chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  2. Each square is joined and crocheted as you go, which means you will not have to sew the squares together at the end.
  3. If you are unfamiliar with the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only method, there is a video tutorial here to help you.  
  4. Odd numbered rows are considered the right side of the work, while even numbered rows are considered the wrong side of the work.
  5. Your squares will not be perfectly straight, but this can be fixed by blocking your work at the end of the blanket!
  6. If you need more of a visual for attaching Square 2 to Square 1, or attaching Square 3 to Square 2, there are video tutorials linked above to help you!
  7. When you join Square 2 to Square 1, you should have 1 slip stitch in each stitch of Square 1 (22 slip stitches in total).
  8. Each new square should be worked on top of the previous square.
  9. It’s normal for Square #2 to appear larger than Square #1 and #3. The squares will even out when you add more columns to your blanket; and blocking helps a lot too!
  10. Always begin each square on the RIGHT side of your blanket.

Square # 1 (Horizontal):

With Colour A:

Ch 23

Row 1 (Rs): Hdc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn. (22 hdc)

First Row of Quilted Squares Blanket

Row 2 (Ws): Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop only in each st across. Turn. (22 hdc)

Row of Hdc in 3rd Loop Only

Row 3 (Rs): Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (22 hdc) 

Row 3 of Cottage Squares Blanket

Row 4 – 18: Repeat Row 2 – 3. You should end on Row 2.

Fasten off and change colours. 

Square #2 (Vertical):  

*Turn your work, so the right side is facing you.

With Colour B:

Ch 19 

Join as You Go Crochet Squares

Row 1 (Rs): Hdc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Sl st into the 1st st of Square #1 to join. Make a second sl st into the next st of Square #1. Turn. (18 hdc)

Row 2 (Ws): Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop only in each st across. Turn. (18 hdc)

Row 3 (Rs): Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Sl st into the next st of Square #1 to join. Make a second sl st into the next st of Square #1. Turn. (18 hdc) 

Row 4 – 22: Repeat Row 2 – 3. Row 22 should start with a sl st into the last st of Square #1. 

Fasten off!

Square #3 (Horizontal):

*Turn your work, so the right side is facing you.

With Colour C:

Fasten on at the top of the first row of square #2.

Row 1 (Rs): Ch 1, hdc into the top of each row of square #2. Turn. (22 hdc)

Row 2 (Ws): Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop only, in each st across. Turn. (22 hdc)

Row 3 (Rs): Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (22 hdc)

Row 4 – 18: Repeat Row 2 – 3.

Fasten off and change colours.

3rd Join as You Go Square

Square #4 – #9:

Repeat Square #2 – #3, making sure to follow the colour chart instructions above. Each new square should be worked on top of the previous square.

Fasten off and weave in the ends!

End Notes:

Congratulations! You just finished Part 1 of the Cottage Quilt Crochet-along. You now have one column of your blanket done! Next Saturday, I will be sharing how to start column 2 and 3 of your blanket! If you would like to share some progress pictures, please feel free to share them in the Crochet-along Facebook Page. However, if you prefer to share on Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #cottagequiltblanketcal or tag me @thispixiecreates. I can’t wait to see your creations!

Questions?

If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please reach out in the Crochet-along Facebook Page or through my Contact page. I will be more than happy to help you!

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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).

As always, thank you guys so much for following along with me! I love seeing what you create with my patterns, so please tag me (@thispixiecreates) in any posts you share. You are also welcome to post pictures or questions in our Facebook community page!

I hope you all have an amazing day!

Love, Dayna

2 thoughts on “The Cottage Quilt Blanket Crochet-along (CAL) Part 1”

  1. Looks fun to me! I’ll be double stranding bc I have to save my coveted LB Color Made Easy for a cardigan…love that yarn!

    1. Hahaha I completely understand – it’s so hard to find this yarn nowadays, so save your stash! Double stranding should work great. I can’t wait to see how your blanket turns out. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

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