Crochet Moss Stitch Blanket Pattern Retro Inspired

How to Crochet the Disco Queen Blanket (Day 5)

Hi guys! It is Day 5 of the 365 day blog challenge, and I am so excited to be sharing a new crochet blanket with you. I challenged myself to publish 1 blog post every day for 365 days, and the topics include crochet, crafting, and goals. If this is something that interests you, you can read more posts here. In today’s post we are learning how to crochet the Disco Queen Blanket – a blanket made entirely of moss stitch diamonds and triangles. If you love the moss stitch, and are looking for a fun colour work blanket, this is the perfect crochet project for you. You can find the free pattern below.


Crochet Moss Stitch Retro Diamond Blanket Pattern
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Inspiration for this Blanket:

I LOVE the moss stitch. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the stitch, or how it can make even the most unseemly yarn look great. Whatever the reason, I can’t get enough of the moss stitch. I find myself coming back to this stitch, trying to find new ways to imagine it. It was a random September day, when I sat down to watch Chocolat (starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and take a crochet break. I had the urge to crochet moss stitch squares, so I just went with it. I found some colours that I liked, and went to town. At first, I loved the blanket, but I started to question the colours and the yarn choice. So I set it aside to think on. Weeks went by before I found the perfect yarn while browsing Michaels. From there, I tried different colour combinations and placements, before I fell in love with this design. It reminds me of Fall, retro style crochet (60’s and 70’s), and going back to school, all wrapped in one blanket. I hope you love it as much as I do.


About this Blanket:

Here are a couple of things you should know before starting this blanket!

  • This pattern uses the Moss Stitch (a.k.a the linen stitch, granite stitch, and woven stitch). This stitch is a combination of single crochet and chain spaces that is so fun and soothing to work. Warning: This stitch can become addicting haha!
  • This blanket is made of moss stitch diamonds and triangles that are joined as you crochet the final round/row of each motif (Rnd/Row 12).
  • The free pattern below includes instructions for one blanket size (43″ wide by 62″ long), as well as instructions to customize the size of your blanket.
  • The ad-free printable PDF includes instructions for 6 different blanket sizes ranging from Baby to King, and a few extra features (video tutorials for each motif and the join as you go method, colour chart, tally chart, and blanket diagrams/yardage calculations for each blanket size.)
  • This pattern has been tech edited.
  • The Disco Queen Crochet Blanket pattern is designed to be an intermediate level crochet pattern, however, advanced beginners are welcome to try this pattern.

*Continue scrolling down for the free version on the blog with ads.*


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Free Pattern: Keep scrolling down for the free pattern on the blog with ads.

Printable PDF: You can purchase an Ad-Free Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE or Ravelry HERE. This 21 page PDF is beautifully formatted and ready to print! It includes the complete pattern with instructions for 6 different blanket sizes (yardage, number of motifs, and a blanket layout diagram); colour chart; tally chart; step-by-step pictures, and a video tutorial for each motif and the join as you go method.

Materials: 

  • 5.5 mm crochet hook 
  • Scissors 
  • Yarn Needle
  • Steamer / Spray Bottle / Iron (with Steam setting) 
  • Straight Pins 
  • Blocking Mat / Carpet / Foam
  • Lion Brand Heartland, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 251 yd / 230 m, 142 g / 5 oz) – Colours: Grand Canyon (A), Badlands (B), Yosemite (C), Joshua Tree (D) 

Yardage/Number of Skeins:

  • Colour A – 1680 yds (7 skeins) 
  • Colour B – 600 yds (3 skeins) 
  • Colour C – 565 yds (3 skeins) 
  • Colour D – 560 yds (3 skeins)
  • Total Yardage – 3405 yds 

Alternative Yarn Options:

Lion Brand Heartland is a regular worsted/aran weight yarn that is on the thinner end of the spectrum. It has a bit of a sheen to it, and each colour is mixed with similar tones and shades to give it a twisted heathered look. You can use any worsted/aran weight yarn for this project, but here are a few alternative yarn options that are similar in weight, to get you thinking:


Abbreviations: 

  • Ch – chain
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sp – space
  • Sk – skip
  • Yo – yarn over
  • MR – magic ring 
  • Sl st – slip stitch 
  • Sc – single crochet 
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side
  • [ ] – repeat instructions inside brackets

Gauge/Pattern Measurements: 

Gauge is not very important because the blanket is crocheted in small diamond and triangle motifs that are joined as you go. 

  • Diamond: 7.5” wide by 7.5” long. 
  • Triangle: 3.75” in height and 7.5” for the base. 
  • Right-Angled (Corner-to-Corner) Triangle: 3.75” in height and 7.5” for the base. 

Blanket Measurements (43” x 62”):

  • The Disco Queen Small Throw Size measures 43″ wide x 62″ long (including a border). Here is a breakdown of the number of motifs needed to make this blanket, along with a diagram to show you the layout of the shapes:
Number of Diamonds: 75 
  • Colour Combos 1, 6, 8 (Make 7 of each)
  • Colour Combos 2 – 5, 7, 9 – 12 (Make 6 of each)
Number of Triangles: 25
  • Colour Combo 7 (Make 3) 
  • Colour Combo 1 – 6, 8 – 12 (Make 2 of each)
Number of Right-Angled Triangles:
  • Colour Combo 1 (Make 2)
Disco Queen Crochet Blanket Diagram Layout
  • The numbers in the blanket diagram above represent the colour combos, and where they are placed in the original pattern. 
  • “Colour Combos 1 – 11 (Make 3 of each)”, means you need to make 3 diamonds in Colour Combo 1, 3 diamonds in Colour Combo 2, 3 diamonds in Colour Combo 3, etc.

Colour Chart for the Disco Queen Blanket

The diamonds and triangles follow the same colour combos, but the diamonds are worked in Rnds, while the triangles are worked in Rows. Reference the section above to determine the number of each colour combo needed for the different motifs.

Disco Queen Blanket Colour Chart1
Disco Queen Blanket Colour Chart2

Customize the Size of Your Blanket: 

To create a custom sized blanket that suits you and your loved ones, make any number of diamonds, and join them as you go. Then, add triangles around the edge of the blanket to create a rectangular blanket.

Retro Crochet Moss Stitch Diamond Afghan Pattern

Changing Colour Tutorial: 

At the end of Rnd 6 (Diamonds):

Before making the final sl st to close Rnd 6, drop the current colour, and pick up the new colour (to make the join more secure, make a slip knot with the new colour and place it on the hook). Pull the new colour through the st and the loop on the hook, to complete the sl st and change colours! Do not cut the old colour; keep it attached to your work because it is needed for Rnd 9.

At the end of Rnd 8 (Diamonds):

Before making the final sl st to close Rnd 8, drop the current colour, leave at least a 5” tail, and trim it off; we will no longer need this colour. Pick up the colour strand from Rnds 1 – 6, and pull it through the st and the loop on the hook, to complete the sl st and change colours!

At the end of Rows 6 and 8 (Triangles): 

Before completing the final sc, drop the current colour, and pick up the new colour (to make the join more secure, make a slip knot with the new colour and place it on the hook). Pull the new colour through the remaining 2 loops on the hook to close the sc.


Pattern Notes: 

  1. The beginning ch of each rnd does NOT count as a st.
  2. After Rnd 1, each rnd starts in the corner ch-1 sp. 
  3. There are 12 different colour combinations for the diamonds/triangles. Each colour combo can be found in the colour chart above.
  4. Aside from the first motif, each motif is attached to the blanket using the join as you go method. This join is done on the last Rnd/Row of each motif. Reference the join as you go method below.
  5. To change colours between rows/rnds, complete the final yo of the last st of each row with the new colour. Pattern is written with the assumption that the last st before a colour change will be worked this way.
  6. Yarn is not carried throughout this pattern. After joining the new colour, drop the old colour. If you need it for future rnds, leave it, and pick it up for these rnds. If you no longer need the colour, leave a tail, and cut the strand. 

Diamond (Make 75):

Make a MR. 

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, [sc, ch 1] 4 times in MR. Join last ch 1 to first sc with a sl st. Turn. <4 sc, 4 ch-1 sps>

*Tip: You can use a stitch marker (or safety pin) to mark the corner ch-1 sps, so they are easier to spot in each rnd.

Rnd 2 (WS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp, [(sc, ch 1 add marker, sc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, (sc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp of the rnd to complete the first corner. Join with a sl st. Turn. <8 sc, 8 ch-1 sps> 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in corner ch-1 sp] 3 times, (sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp to first corner, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st. Turn. <12 sc, 12 ch-1 sps> 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp, {[sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in corner ch-1 sp} 3 times, (sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp to first corner, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st. Turn. <16 sc, 16 ch-1 sps> 

Moss Stitch Square Pattern

Rnds 5 – 12: Repeat Rnd 4. Rnd 12 should have 48 sc.

Fasten off.

Remember that for all colour combos, there is a colour change at the end of Rnd 4, Rnd 6, and Rnd 8. For Colour Combos 4 – 12, there is an additional colour change at the end of Rnd 10 (see colour chart).


Triangle (Make 25):

Make a MR. 

Row 1 (RS): Ch 2 (counts as a sc and ch 1), sc, [ch 1, sc] 2 times in MR. Turn. <4 sc, 3 ch-1 sp>

*Tip: You can use a stitch marker (or safety pin) to mark the center ch-1 sp, so that it’s easier to spot in each row.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. <3 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp>

Row 3 (RS): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. <4 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp>

Row 4 (WS): Ch 2, sc in first ch- 1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the center ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the last ch-sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. <5 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp>

Rows 5  – 12: Repeat Row 4. Row 12 should have 13 sc.

Fasten off.

Remember that for all colour combos, there is a colour change at the end of Row 4, Row 6, and Row 8. For Colour Combos 4 – 12, there is an additional colour change at the end of Row 10 (see colour chart).


Right Angled Triangle Corner-to-Corner (Make 2):

Make a MR. 

Row 1 (RS): Ch 2 (counts as a sc and ch 1), sc in MR. Turn. <2 sc, 1 ch-1 sp>

*Tip: You can use a stitch marker (or safety pin) to mark the beginning ch 2, so that it’s easier to identify the “last ch-1 sp” on the next row.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp. Turn. <3 sc, 2 ch-1 sp>

Row 3 (RS): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-1 sp. Turn. <4 sc, 3 ch-1 sp> 

Corner to Corner Moss Stitch

Row 4 (WS): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-1 sp.  Turn. <5 sc, 4 ch-1 sp>

Remember that for all colour combos, there is a colour change at the end of Row 4, Row 6, and Row 8. For Colour Combos 4 – 12, there is an additional colour change at the end of Row 10 (see colour chart).

Row 5 (RS): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until last ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-1 sp.  Turn. <6 sc, 5 ch-1 sp>

Rows 6  – 12: Repeat Row 5. Fasten off after Row 12.


Join As You Go Method – See Video Tutorial HERE!

  • The join as you go method is done on the last row/rnd of each triangle and diamond motif, so that they are attached as you crochet. This method ensures that there is no sewing required at the end of the project. 

Diamonds: 

  • Step 1: Complete one side of the diamond (ie. Ch 1, sc in first corner ch-1 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until corner ch-1 sp). Then sc in the next corner ch-1 sp. 
  • The next side of the diamond will be joined to another shape.  
  • Step 2: Line up the side of the diamond with the other shape. Make a sl st into the corner ch-1 sp of the other shape (this counts as the ch 1 in the diamond corner). Then sc in the corner ch-1 sp of the diamond (this is the same corner ch-1 sp that the first sc was worked into in Step 1)
  • Step 3: Make 1 sl st into the next ch-1 sp of the other shape, followed by 1 sc in the matching ch-1 sp of the diamond. Each sl st counts as the ch 1 that is normally worked in between each sc. 
  • Step 4: Repeat Step 3 all the way across the side of the two shapes until the next corner ch-1 sp. 
  • Step 5: To complete and join the last corner of the diamond, sc in the diamond’s corner ch-1 sp; sl st into the corner ch-1 sp of the other shape.
  • Step 6 (Joining to 1 Shape): If the diamond is only being joined to 1 shape, then make a second sc into the diamond’s corner ch-1 sp, and continue on with Rnd 12 as normal. 
  • Step 6 (Joining to More than 1 Shape): If there is another shape (or 2) that the diamond needs to be joined to, repeat Steps 2 – 5 until all shapes are joined. When all shapes are joined, make a second sc into the diamond’s corner ch-1 sp. If there is still 1 side remaining for Rnd 12, crochet the final side as normal. If Rnd 12 is complete, fasten off. 

Triangles: 

  • Step 1: When joining the triangles, start Row 12 with a ch 1.  
  • Step 2: Line up the side of the triangle with the side of the other shape.  
  • Step 3: Make a sl st into the corner ch-1 sp of the other shape (this counts as the ch 1 in the triangle corner). Then sc in the corner ch-1 sp of the triangle (this is the same corner ch-1 sp that the first ch 1 was worked into in Step 1)
  • Step 4: Make 1 sl st into the next ch-1 sp of the other shape, followed by 1 sc in the matching ch-1 sp of the triangle. Each sl st counts as the ch 1 that is normally worked in between each sc. 
  • Step 5: Repeat Step 4 all the way across the side of the two shapes until the next corner ch-1 sp. 
  • Step 6: To complete and join the last corner of the triangle, sc in the triangle’s corner ch-1 sp; sl st into the corner ch-1 sp of the other shape. 
  • Step 7 (Joining to 1 Shape): If there is only one side to join, then make a second sc into the triangle’s corner ch-1 sp, and continue on with Row 12 as normal. 
  • Step 7 (Joining to More than 1 Shape): If there is another shape that the triangle needs to be joined to, repeat Steps 2 – 6. When all sides are joined, make a second sc into the triangle’s corner ch-1 sp. Fasten off.

Border: 

Notes:
  • The beginning ch 1 of each round does not count as a st.
  • The border adds approximately 0.75″ to the length and width of the blanket.
  • Do not block your work before starting the border. The blocking process will happen after the border.
  • Rnd 1 is worked into the top of each row. There should be approximately 25 sc in each triangle, and 13 sc in each right-angled triangle. 

Rnd 1 (RS): Make sure that the RS is facing you. With Colour A, make a slip knot on the hook. Insert hook into the top-right corner of the blanket. Fasten on with a sl st.

Ch 1, sc in first st/row, [sc in each st/row across until corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner] 4 times. Join the last st to the first st with a sl st to close the rnd. Turn.  

Rnds 2 – 3: Ch 1, [sc in each st across until next corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner] 4 times. Join with a sl st. Turn. Fasten off. Weave in your ends with a yarn needle!


Blocking the Disco Queen Blanket

Blocking is an optional step, but it can give your blanket a professional and polished look. The Disco Queen Blanket is made up of diamonds and triangles that are joined together, so our blanket might not be perfectly straight. And that’s okay, but we can try to make this better in the blocking process.

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 / iron (with steam setting), straight pins, and a blocking mat / carpet / foam.  Block your work by stretching out the blanket (vertically and horizontally), and placing straight pins along each side of the blanket to hold it in place. Spray the blanket with water, use a steamer, or an iron on steam setting. Let the blanket sit for a few hours or overnight to retain its shape. Unpin it, and your blanket is complete.


Questions?

If you have any questions about the Disco Queen crochet blanket pattern, please reach out to me. I am happy to help! Simply comment below, or send me an e-mail through my contact page.

End Notes:  

Yay! You just made your first Disco Queen Blanket. I hope your family, friends, and loved ones use and love this blanket for years to come.

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

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This wraps up Day 5 of the 365 Day Challenge. I hope you enjoy making your Disco Queen Blanket as much as I did! Please tag me on Instagram @thispixiecreates, or on Facebook because I would love to see how your blankets turn out. Have a wonderful day, and happy crocheting!

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Love, Dayna

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