For the Love of Texture Crochet Blanket Pattern

How to Crochet the For the Love of Texture Afghan

Hi guys! I am so excited to be sharing a new blanket pattern with you. It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve posted about a blanket, so it’s nice to switch things up, and bring some balance back to the blog. This textured crochet afghan is made using the single crochet, half double crochet, and puff stitch to create tons of texture. There is also some fun colour work to hold your interest as you crochet. Whose ready to get started?

For the Love of Texture Crochet Blanket by This Pixie Creates
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE! or Ravelry HERE! This PDF includes the complete pattern, instructions for 10 blanket sizes (Baby to California King), and step-by-step pictures, so you can follow along on paper, highlight and make notes. It is a total of 12 pages including the cover page.

Inspiration for this Textured Crochet Afghan

I started working on this textured crochet afghan over a year and a half ago, and I didn’t have an end goal in mind when I crocheted the first panel. I just played around with some stitches until I liked what I saw. I was able to finish the first three panels of the blanket before I got busy with other things; life always gets in the way of our crochet time, doesn’t it? Anyway, this blanket got put on the back burner and thrown in the closet, until I re-discovered it during quarantine. While the isolation hasn’t been great, I have to admit that it’s given me plenty of time to crochet.


Materials:

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My Yarn Choice

  • Colour A: Vanna’s Choice Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd/ 155 m, 3.5 oz/ 99 g) – Linen (4 skeins – approx 570 yards used)
  • Colour B: Vanna’s Choice Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd/ 155 m, 3.5 oz/ 99 g) – Honey (4 skeins – approx 580 yards used)
  • Colour C: Caron One Pound Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 812 yd/ 742 m, 454g/ 16 oz) – Denim (1 skein – approx 480 yards used)
  • Colour D: Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd/ 329 m, 7 oz/ 198 g) – White (1 skein – approx 330 yards used)
Close Up of the For the Love of Texture Crochet Blanket

Pattern Measurements

This blanket measures 45″ x 53″, which is a little short for most throws (I sadly ran out of yarn). You can easily make this blanket longer by using the adjustment instructions below. The length and width of this blanket make it a nice size for a lapghan or a small throw.

  • Width: 45”
  • Length: 53”

Customizing the Size of Your Blanket

Width: The width of your blanket is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 138, but if you’d like to customize the width of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be a multiple of 10 + 8.

Length: To make your blanket shorter/longer than the original pattern, continue to repeat Rows 7 – 18, until you are satisfied with the length of your blanket. Then finish the blanket with Rows 115 – 123.


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For the Love of Texture Crochet Afghan Pinterest Pin

The Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial

I’ve included a photo tutorial below, to guide you through the steps of making a puff stitch. However, if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to an excellent tutorial by ExpressionsFiberArts.

In my crochet textured afghan, I experimented with the size of the puff stitches to figure out which one I liked best. On the left, you’ll see the puff stitch created by repeating step 2, two more times. On the right, you’ll see the puff stitch created by repeating step 2, three more times. The more times you repeat step 2, the larger your puff stitch will be.

  • Step 1: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the stitch.
The Puff Stitch Step-by-Step Pictures
  • Step 2: Yarn over and draw up a loop – you should have 3 loops on your hook.
Puff Stitch Tutorial Crochet
  • Step 3: Repeat Step 2, two (or three) more times – you should have 7 (or 9) loops on your hook.
The Puff Stitch Easy Crochet Tutorial
  • Step 4: Yarn over and pull through the first 6 (or 8) loops on your hook- you should have 2 loops remaining on your hook.
Crochet the Puff Stitch
  • Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops to close the stitch.
How to Make a Puff Stitch


The Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch – Video Tutorial

The Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch

The crossed half double crochet stitch looks like an “X” because one half double crochet is worked over the other. To make this stitch, skip the first stitch and work one half double crochet in the next stitch. Then, go back to the stitch you skipped, and work one half double crochet in that stitch from behind. This technique is a little different than what you might be used to, but it creates a really pretty faux cable look. If you prefer to see a visual, here is a link to a Youtube Tutorial that will familiarize you with this technique.



Changing Colour Technique

This textured crochet afghan changes colour at the end of each panel, and throughout Row 8. Whether you are changing colour at the end of the row or mid-way through a row, the technique is the same. You will always be changing colours before you complete the final stitch in a given colour. For example, in Row 8, you will be working single crochets in white, and puff stitches in a different colour. The pattern tells you to make 4 single crochets between each puff stitch.

  • Before you close the last single crochet (pulling through the two loops on your hook), drop the white yarn.
Changing Technique
  • Pick up the new colour (green) and pull it through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. You’ve closed the single crochet and changed colours!
Pull the Yarn through to Change Color

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Hk – hook
  • Ch – chain
  • Sk – skip
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • PS – puff stitch
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side

Gauge Swatch (4” x 4”): 

The final swatch should measure 4” x 4” unblocked. The beginning ch 2 does not count as a stitch.

  • Ch 14
  • Row 1: Hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. <12 hdc>
  • Rows 2-3: Ch 2, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. <2 hdc + 5 crossed hdc pairs>
  • Rows 4-6: Hdc in each st across. <12 hdc>
  • Rows 7-8: Repeat Rows 2-3.
  • Row 9: Repeat Row 4. 

Trouble with Gauge? 

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.


Colour Chart:

Colour Chart for the Love of Texture Afghan

Video Tutorial Links:


Pattern:

Notes:

  • Work the last stitch of each row in the beginning chain of the previous row, to create a straighter edge.
  • A colour chart is provided above to show when to change colour throughout the blanket.
  • If you’d like a refresher on changing colour, there is a photo tutorial above to help you!
  • The beginning chain of each row does NOT count as a stitch.
  • The crossed half double crochets in Rows 4 – 5 are worked differently than what you might be used to. Please watch the video for how to do this stitch, before starting these rows!
  • In Row 8, you will be working with two colours. All of the sc sts are worked with Colour D and all of the PS sts are worked in the panel colour (Colour A, B, or C). There is a tutorial for changing colour above. 
  • When crocheting row 8, make sure to carry the yarn through the row, to create seamless colour changes. There is a video tutorial for Row 8 here
  • Odd numbered rows are considered the RS, while even numbered rows are considered the WS.

Ch 138 (or a multiple of 10 + 8)

Panel #1:

Row 1 (RS): Hdc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across. Turn. (136 hdc).

Row of Half Double Crochet

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (136 hdc).

Two Rows of Half Double Crochet

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. (2 hdc + 67 crossed hdc pairs)

The Crossed Half Double Crochet Row

Row 5: Repeat Row 4.

Two Rows of Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitches

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

First Panel of the For the Love of Texture Afghan

Panel #2:

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (136 sc)

Textured Crochet Pattern

Row 8: (Remember to change colors for the puff stitch, see notes below) Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, [PS in next st, sc in next 4 sts] 26 times; PS in next st, sc in last 2 sts. Turn. (27 PS + 109 sc)

Begin working your first set of single crochets in Colour D (white) and change colour before you finish your last single crochet (Picture 1 & 2). With your new colour (green), work a puff stitch in the next stitch (Picture 3). When there are two loops remaining on your hook, drop your new colour, and pull Colour D through the 2 loops on your hook to close the puff stitch (Picture 4 & 5). Now work the next set of single crochets with Colour D (Picture 6). Make sure to carry your yarn through as you crochet, so that you can easily make these colour changes (shown in Picture 6). Here is a video tutorial for this technique, if you need more of a visual.

Row 9: Repeat Row 7. (Sc row)

Puff Stitch Texture Swatch

Row 10: Repeat Row 2. (Hdc row)

Row of Half Double Crochet Stitches

Rows 11 – 12: Repeat Row 4. (Hdc cross row)

Crochet Blanket Swatch Pattern

Rows 13 – 15: Repeat Row 2. (Hdc row)

Blanket Swatch

Rows 16 – 17: Repeat Row 4. (Hdc cross row)

For the Love of Texture Afghan Progress Picture

Row 18: Repeat Row 2. (Hdc row)

Crochet Textured Afghan Free Pattern

Panel #3 – 10:
Repeat Rows 7 – 18 while following the color chart above.

To make a longer blanket, continue to repeat Rows 7 – 18 in your desired colors, until satisfied with the length. Then finish the blanket with Panel #11.


Panel # 11 (End): This panel is different!
Row 115 – 123: Repeat Rows 7 – 15.

Crochet Stripes and Texture

Fasten off and weave in ends!


And You’re Done!

Congratulations! You’ve finished making your first textured crochet afghan. I hope that you enjoyed making this as much as I did. If you loved this pattern, please share it, so that others can make it too!

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Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification, please feel free to send me a message through the “Contact” section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!

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).

Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful textured crochet afghans. I hope your families treasure these blankets for years to come.

Love, Dayna
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26 thoughts on “How to Crochet the For the Love of Texture Afghan”

  1. Hi Dayna, I have just found you and this beautiful blanket you have created. I’ve crocheted since being a child but stopped for ooh years. Now a grandmother I have taken it up again, first shawls and blankets and now I’m making heirloom blankets for my children. I’ve shown this to my eldest hoping she’d love it and the colours as I do, she does but said yes but greens pink and purples! Shame. Anyway I’m going to look up some wool and colours and see what I can find that’ll look good together. I’m in the uk so will need to change stitches according. Any tips greatly appreciated. Very best wishes. Susan

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thank you for the sweet message! I’m so glad you love this blanket and are making it for your daughter. I imagine that the greens, purples and pinks that you choose will work up beautifully. I looked up the UK terms for each stitch to make it a little easier for you. In the pattern, single crochet (sc) in US terms refers to the double crochet (dc) in UK terms; the half double crochet (hdc) is the half treble (htr); skip means “miss”; gauge refers to tension; yarn over means yarn over hook; and the puff stitch is still the puff stitch. I’ve included a photo tutorial of the puff stitch in the post, so I hope that is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions as you work through the pattern because I’m happy to help. I can’t wait to see how your blanket turns out!

      Sincerely, Dayna

  2. Andrea Louis-Visser

    Dear Dana, it has been my intention to make comments for a long time. So today is the day. I love, love, love your website!!! And here’s why… Your instructions are thorough, complete with pictures and descriptions that are all very clear, and complete. 👍 It is clean, beautiful and uncluttered. Most of all, I love all your patterns and yarn choices. (Thank you for suggesting alternatives.) You are the top of my list of favorites. 💖
    I have an open wall in my kitchen that will be covered with original art from my daughter, other artists, and myself. I have completed one wall hanging and intend to use one of yours next. Haven’t decided yet.
    Thank you for your beautiful work and your precious creative spirit! 🧚‍♀️🪡🕸🐚🌈

    1. Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this sweet comment. It made my day! I’m so happy to be on your list of favourites (woohoo!), and I’m so glad you love my patterns, as well as my website. It means a lot to hear that my instructions are complete and clear because that is the one thing I strive for. I hope that whatever wall hanging you choose to make, you’ll enjoy making it – and I can’t wait to see it.

      Thank you again for being so sweet; it means a lot to me!! 🙂 <3

      Have a great rest of your day!

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

      1. Dana … I love this blanket and want to make it for my SIL. We live in Florida and was wondering is this a heavy blanket? Also he’s 6’3” so how much more yarn do you think I would need to lengthen it?
        One last question, I tend to crochet loose. Someone told me to go down a size in the needle. What do you think? Thx for your time. Happy Thanksgiving!

        1. Hi Keri,

          I’m so glad you reached out! This blanket is a bit heavy because of the puff stitches and crossed half double crochets (these stitches tend to add a bit more thickness to the blanket). It’s a nice blanket to have on when the air conditioner is running haha. 🙂

          Since you crochet a little looser, I would suggest trying the gauge swatch (it’s a small 4” x 4” square). If you notice that your square turns out larger, I would go down a hook size to compensate.

          I know your son in law is tall, so I did a rough calculation of how much yarn you will need. For my blanket of 49”, I used about 1700 yards, so if you were to make yours 77” long (enough to cover him with a couple inches to spare), it might be around 2671 or 2700 yards.

          I hope this helps, and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

          Sincerely,
          Dayna

        2. Someone gave me a whole huge trash bag of bulky wool yarn in an off white color that is dying to be made into an Afghan. I’m thinking about trying this pattern out. It’s going to be my first Afghan and large project, but I’ve worked all these stitches before. Hopefully it will turn out nice, even just being one color. I wanted something with texture and interest because I won’t be using color to draw the eye. Wish me luck!

  3. Love your site! Thank you for sharing these beautiful patterns and for keeping me busy…lol . I can’t wait to get started. Thank again!!

      1. Someone gave me a whole huge trash bag of bulky wool yarn in an off white color that is dying to be made into an Afghan. I’m thinking about trying this pattern out. It’s going to be my first Afghan and large project, but I’ve worked all these stitches before. Hopefully it will turn out nice, even just being one color. I wanted something with texture and interest because I won’t be using color to draw the eye. Wish me luck!

  4. I have a bunch of premier parfait (chenille size 5) yarn. Would I be able to use it for this throw? I am wanting to make a baby blanket of that matters.

    1. Hi Heather,

      The pattern uses a medium 4 worsted weight yarn, but you can use the Premier Parfait. Since it’s a bulky weight yarn, the stitches will be larger, so you’ll want to read the instructions for customizing the length and width of your blanket – this will help you make a baby blanket size. You’ll also have to change your hook size accordingly, (maybe a 7.0mm?) or whatever hook size is recommended to use with this yarn. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

  5. This is a beautiful blanket. I have been searching for “just the right pattern” for my husband. I’ve looked at a thousand easy but this is it. It have 15 skeins of LB Heartland ready to go. They’ve just been waiting for a pattern to speak to me.

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  8. Hi there, I always crochet a blanket for my kids when they graduate high school. My daughter has picked this pattern. I have 3 colors (plum, gray and cream). The color chart is throwing me off. It has colors a b, c ,and d. I did the first six rows with the cream, but not sure what color I use for row 7. Is it still cream? Sorry, kinda used to just Chevron type patterns.
    Kelly C

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for asking! I used white as my fourth colour (Colour D) to break up the 3 blocks of colour and make the puff stitches pop. If you just want to use 3 colours, then Rows 7 – 9 will be done in your panel colour (cream). Just remember that for Row 8, you’ll be using cream for the single crochets and your next panel colour (gray?) for the puff stitches. I hope this helps! 🙂

      1. I am planning on making this lovely blanket for my youngest son, his is 24. It will be for a Queen size bed and TRI colored. How many skeins of yarn do you think I will need and how many stitches in my starting chain?

  9. Such a beautiful, fun pattern. I made this for my husband’s grandfather using essentially the same colors you did (the beige, pumpkin, and navy – my husband just liked them so much that he just asked for those). It worked up fast and looks so lovely.

  10. Hi Dayna,
    I purchased this lovely pattern around a month or so ago, and it is my very first big crochet project, as I am a beginner. As such, I am stuck on row 7… Do I tie off color A, and cut the yarn but leave a tail to weave in later? How do I bring in the next color at the beginning of the row? Do I follow the same instructions as for row 8? Sorry so many questions, but I am bound and determined to complete this project, as I know it will boost my confidence to take on future patterns of interest. Thank you! You are very talented and a very good instructor. Keep it up! Thanks again! ❤️

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