Half Double Crochet Color Work Fall in Love Crochet Blanket Pattern

How to Crochet the Fall in Love Blanket

Hi guys! Are you looking for a fun and easy crochet colour work blanket? Introducing the Fall in Love Blanket! This beginner friendly pattern is the perfect project for you. It’s reminiscent of a traditional granny stripe blanket, but made modern by the colour blocks and stripes.

Unlike the traditional granny stripe blanket, this blanket is made of half double crochet clusters without any chains worked in between; this creates tighter stitches and smaller holes for a thick, warm blanket.

The free pattern below, shows you how to crochet a lapghan size, but instructions are provided to make a custom size.

If you prefer to have the math (yardage, stitch counts, row counts, and colour chart) already done for you, the ad-free printable PDF includes 5 additional sizes (Baby, Throw, Full, Queen, and King). The PDF also includes photo tutorials and video tutorials for extra support. I hope you enjoy making this blanket as much as I did!

Quick and Easy Beginner Colour Block and Stripe Crochet Blanket
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Crochet Skill Level: Easy / Beginner

This pattern is considered an easy level crochet pattern because it uses one basic stitch (half double crochet) throughout the blanket.


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Materials: 

Yarn / Yardage:

Lion Brand Jeans Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 246yd/225 m, 3.5 oz/100g) 

  • Colour A – Brand New (690 yds – 3 Skeins)
  • Colour B – Top Stitch (630 yds – 3 Skeins)
  • Colour C – Vintage (510 yds – 3 Skeins)
  • Colour D – Faded (530 yds – 3 Skeins)
  • Total Yards: 2360 yds

*Yarn Note: You can use ANY medium 4 (worsted/aran) weight yarn as a substitute.

Inspiration for this Blanket:

The inspiration for the Fall in Love Blanket, came from my friend Janice who fell in love with the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. She suggested that I make a blanket version because she prefers crocheting blankets to scarves – same Janice, same.

Crochet Tube Scarf using Lion Brand Jeans Yarn

When I made the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf, I fell in love with the beautiful colour work stripes and blocks, but couldn’t figure out how to turn it into a blanket. So I scraped the idea. Janice gave me the push I needed to bring this design to life. She even came up with the name “Fall in Love” because the colours reminded her of the Fall season. Thank you for giving me the inspiration and motivation to create this blanket, Janice!

Special Thank You to My Mom:

A huge, special thank you goes out to my mom. I was feeling bogged down with all of my blanket projects, so my mom offered to help me crochet one. I brought the yarn, showed her how to work a few rows, gave her the colour chart, and she was off!

It can be hard to let go of control, and put trust in another person. BUT, I trust my mom, and I knew she would do an amazing job. Mom, thank you for bringing this blanket to life; I am beyond grateful for your help, love, and support. I love you!

Oh, just in case anyone is concerned about unfair labour, my mom was paid for her time and skills. It was very professional, I promise! She will be taking on a few more projects in 2023, so stay tuned for her beautiful stitching!

Fall in Love Crochet Blanket Pattern - Free

Abbreviations: 

  • YO – yarn over
  • Ch – chain
  • Sp – space
  • First sp – see tutorial
  • Last sp – see tutorial
  • Sk – skip
  • St – stitch
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • CL(s) – cluster(s)
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side

Gauge: Approximately 6 CL x 12 rows in 4″ x 4”

  • 6 CL means 12 hdc sts
  • If your gauge is too small, try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. If your gauge is too big, try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurements:

The Fall in Love Blanket is a lapghan sized blanket that measures approx. 45″ wide x 54″ long, including the border. The border adds 3.5″ to the length and width of the blanket.

Customizing the Size of Your Fall in Love Blanket:

If a lapghan isn’t what you had in mind, here is how you can create your own custom blanket:  

  • Width: Your initial chain determines the width of your blanket. Chain an odd number until satisfied with the width. 
  • Length: To customize the length of the blanket, continue to repeat Row 2, while following the colour changing instructions. The blanket should end with a solid colour block. 

*The Ad-free Printable PDF has sizing instructions for 6 blanket sizes (baby, lapghan, throw, full, queen, and king), along with the number of yards, colour chart, stitch and row counts, and border instructions. It also includes step-by-step pictures, photo and video tutorials (Row 1 – 3, changing colour, carrying yarn, and the border) for extra support.


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Special Stitches:

  • Cluster (CL): 2 hdc in same ch or sp. 
  • Space (Sp): A space refers to the gap between each cluster. 
  • First sp: The first sp refers to the gap between the hdc and the first CL of the previous row. 
  • Last sp: The last sp refers to the gap between the last CL and the last hdc of the previous row. 

How to Change Colour:

Colour changes happen at the end of each row. To change colour, complete the final YO of the last st of each row with the new colour. If you’d prefer a visual, there is a photo tutorial for how to do this HERE.

Pattern: 

Notes: 

  • The beginning ch 2 of each row counts as a hdc st.
  • CL are 2 hdc sts worked in the same sp.
  • Yarn can be carried throughout this pattern to minimize the number of ends to weave in. After joining the new colour, crochet over top of the old colour to carry it through. If you no longer need the colour, leave a tail, and cut the strand.
  • To change colour, 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. There is a tutorial for how to do this HERE.
  • Odd numbered rows are considered the RS and even numbered rows are considered the WS. 
  • St counts are given at the end of each row in <>. 

With Colour A, Ch 125

Row 1 (RS): CL in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs count as a hdc), [sk 1 ch, CL in next ch] until 2 chs remain. Sk 1 ch, hdc in last ch. Turn. <61 CL,  2 hdc> 

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), CL in first sp, and in each sp across until last sp, hdc in last sp. Turn.<61 CL,  2 hdc>

Rows 3 – 151: Repeat Row 2, while following the colour changes below.  

The blanket alternates between a solid colour block of 25 rows, followed by a 2 stripe colour block of 17 rows.  If a colour is no longer needed, leave a tail and cut the strand. At the end of the blanket, fasten off and weave in ends before proceeding to the border instructions. 

Rows 1 – 25: Colour A

Rows 26 – 42: Alternate between Colour B & C – this striped colour block starts and ends with Colour B

Rows 43 – 67: Colour D 

Rows 68 – 84: Alternate between Colour A & B – this striped colour block starts and ends with Colour A

Rows 85 – 109: Colour C  

Rows 110 – 126: Alternate between Colour D & A – this striped colour block starts and ends with Colour D

Rows 127 – 151: Colour B

Border:

Turn your work, so the RS is facing you. In the top right corner, in the space between the ch-2 and the first CL, fasten on with Colour A. 

Rnd 1: 

  • Top: With Colour A, ch 1, hdc in sp, CL in each sp across until last sp, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in last sp (this is a corner). Rotate the blanket to work along the left side. 
  • Left Side: Crochet into the top of the rows. Sk first row, [CL in next row (even numbered row), sk next row] across; (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the bottom of the first starting ch. Rotate the blanket to work along the bottom. 
  • Bottom: Crochet along the bottom of the starting ch. Each CL will be worked into the bottom of a CL st from Row 1. Sk 1 ch, [CL in next ch, sk 1 ch] across; (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the beginning ch-2 of Row 1. Rotate the blanket to work along the right side. 
  • Right Side: Crochet into the top of the rows. [CL in next row (even numbered row), sk next row] across; (hdc, ch 2) in the last sp to complete the first corner. Join with a sl st. Turn.

Rnd 2:

With Colour D, fasten on in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, hdc in corner ch-2 sp, [CL in each sp across until next ch-2 sp, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, CL in each sp across until first corner ch-2 sp, (hdc, ch 2) in ch-2 sp to complete the first corner. Join with a sl st. Turn. 

Rnds 3 – 5:

Repeat Rnd 2, while following the colour changes below. 

  • Rnd 3: Colour C
  • Rnd 4: Colour B
  • Rnd 5: Colour A 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Blocking the Fall in Love Blanket: 

Blocking is the process of wetting a crochet piece 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.  My preferred method is a steamer. 

Block your work by stretching out the blanket (vertically and horizontally), and placing 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, making sure to keep the steamer/iron at least 2 inches away from the material, so it doesn’t burn. 

Gently press the water or steam into the blanket with your hands, so the fabric absorbs it. Let the blanket dry completely before unpinning it!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Fall in Love Blanket, please reach out to me. I am happy to help! Send me an e-mail through my contact page.

End Notes:  

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

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I hope you enjoy making your Fall in Love 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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