Hi guys! I hope you are ready for something cozy and full of texture because this blanket checks all the boxes. My inspiration for this blanket came from an earlier pattern, the For the Love of Texture Afghan. I wanted to design a similar blanket, using different stitches and techniques, so crocheters of all levels can have fun learning new skills, and experimenting with colour choice and placement. This pattern uses a solid, neutral colour to highlight each stitch, and give off a modern boho vibe. However, I encourage you to take this pattern and make it your own. Add some colour to your bobbles; make each row repeat a different colour; change colour at the end of each row; or do whatever makes your heart happy. I can’t wait to see what you create with this Loops and Bobbles Crochet Blanket pattern. Whose ready to get started? You can find the free pattern below.
About this Blanket:
Here are a couple of things you should know before starting this blanket!
- The Loops and Bobbles crochet blanket pattern uses the following stitches: single crochet, half double crochet, half double crochet in the 3rd loop only, long double crochet, half double crochet loop stitch, modified bobble stitch, and the reverse single crochet (a.k.a crab stitch).
- The free pattern below includes instructions for one blanket size (42.5″ wide by 54″ long), as well as instructions to customize the size of your blanket.
- The inexpensive PDF pattern includes instructions for 9 different blanket sizes ranging from Baby to California King, along with the number of yards needed to make each size, and a few extra features (row cheat sheet, video tutorial for the border, and Rows 1 – 18).
- This pattern has been tech edited.
- The Loops and Bobbles Crochet Blanket pattern is designed to be an intermediate level crochet pattern, however, advanced beginners are welcome to try this pattern. There are video tutorials for each special stitch to help you!
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- *6.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- 6 skeins of Bernat Premium Medium 4 Worsted Weight Yarn (100% acrylic, 360 yd / 329 m, 7 oz / 198 g) – Parchment
(Approx. 1945 yards used)
If you have been following along with my blog, you probably know I love using inexpensive, but good quality acrylic yarn. For this reason, Bernat Premium is one of my favourite yarns. There are tons of colours to choose from, it’s soft and durable, and each skein comes with 360 yards or 329 meters, which means that 1 skein goes a long way in a crochet project. This yarn has been $3.97 CAD + tax at Walmart for the past 6 years. They have just raised the prices to $4.77 CAD + tax, but even with the $0.80 increase, it’s still a good deal.
I recommend buying this yarn from Walmart if possible because it is marked at $9.99 USD on Yarnspirations; so please save yourself some money if you choose to use this yarn!
Story Time about my Love of the Colourway Parchment:
At the end of 2019, I started using Bernat Premium in the colour Parchment, for another crochet blanket that I still haven’t finished (haha). There is a sneak peek of the blanket on the left; it’s almost done and ready for you guys! Sadly, I didn’t buy enough yarn to finish the project, and when the pandemic hit, yarn was scarce, especially in this colorway.
When it became safe to travel again, I made trips to different Walmart’s within a 150km radius of my home. I looked everywhere I could to find this yarn, but I came up empty handed.
About a month ago, I was browsing through my local Walmart and noticed that they restocked this colourway. They had 11 skeins of yarn, so I didn’t hesistate. I grabbed them all! I love this colourway so much because it’s the perfect off white. It has a beige-y purple/pink undertone, instead of the classic creamy yellow undertone. So this yarn pairs well with any colour!
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Ad-Free Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE or Ravelry HERE. This 13 page PDF is beautifully formatted and ready to print! It includes the complete pattern with instructions for 9 different blanket sizes, along with the number of yards needed for each size; photo tutorials for each stitch, step-by-step pictures, a row cheat sheet so you do not have to flip back and forth between the pages, and a complete video tutorial for Rows 1 – 18, and the border.
Alternative Yarn Options:
Bernat Premium is a regular worsted/aran weight yarn that is on the thicker end of the spectrum. You can use any worsted/aran weight yarn for this project, as long as it meets the gauge. Here are a few of my favourite alternative yarn options that are extremely similar in weight, feel, and will help you meet the gauge.
- Craft Smart Value Solids Yarn Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 354 yd / 324 m, 198 g / 7 oz)
- I Love this Yarn Solids Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 355 yd / 324 m, 198 g / 7 oz)
- *Vanna’s Choice Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd / 155 m, 3.5 oz / 99 g)
- Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek, Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd / 212 m, 142 g / 5 oz)
- Ch – chain
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- YO – yarn over
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- *Long-dc – long double crochet
- *HdcLoop – half double crochet loop stitch
- *mBob – modified bobble stitch
- RS – right side
- WS – wrong side
- Rnd – round
- [ ] – repeat instructions inside brackets
Gauge Swatch (4” x 4”):
The final swatch should measure approx. 4” x 4” unblocked. The beginning ch does not count as a st.
- Ch 14
- Row 1: Hdc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across. Turn. (12 hdc)
- Rows 2 – 7: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (12 hdc)
- This blanket measures 42.5″ wide x 54″ long. To customize the size of your blanket (make it longer/shorter/wider/less wide) follow the instructions below.
Customize the Size of Your Blanket:
To create a custom sized Loops and Bobbles crochet blanket that suits you and your loved ones, here are the instructions:
- Width: To customize the width of the blanket, chain a multiple of 10 + 1. Ex. 10 x 16 = 160 + 1 = 161 chains.
- Length: To customize the length of the blanket, repeat Rows 9 – 24, until satisfied with the length of the blanket. Every repeat adds approx. 7” to the length of the blanket.
Special Stitch: Modified Bobble Stitch (MBOB) – Video Tutorial
Normally, bobble stitches are made by double crocheting 5 stitches together, all in one stitch. To make the bobble stitch more pronounced, we will triple crochet 5 stitches together. The key to this stitch is yarning over twice before inserting the hook into the stitch, and only drawing through two loops before starting the next stitch!
- YO twice and insert your hook into the indicated stitch (A, B).
- YO and draw up a loop (C).
- Step 3: YO and pull through only two loops on your hook (D, E, F).
- Repeat Steps 1 – 3, four more times, in the same st. You should have 11 loops on your hook (H). YO and pull through all 11 loops on your hook (H, I, J).
The Long Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Video Tutorial
The long double crochet is exactly what it sounds like: a long double crochet stitch. Tension is very important for this stitch because you want to be consistent with how much you pull to extend the stitch. The more consistent you are, the straighter your stitches will be.
- YO and insert the hook into the indicated stitch. YO and draw up a loop.
- Once you’ve drawn up a loop, pull upwards to extend it as far as you can (1-2″) – there should be 3 loops on the hook.
- YO and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook – there should be 2 loops remaining.
- YO and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.
Video Tutorials for Each Stitch:
- Long-dc Stitch
- Modified Bobble (mBOB)
- Hdc Loop Stitch
- Hdc in 3rd Loop Only
- Reverse Sc (Crab Stitch) Border
- The beginning ch of each row does NOT count as a st.
- Odd numbered rows are considered the right side, while even numbered rows are considered the wrong side.
- There is a video tutorial for each stitch linked above under “Video Tutorials”.
Ch 121 (or a multiple of 10 + 1)
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in third ch from hook (skipped chs count as beginning ch 2), and in each ch across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, hdc in first st, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 3 (RS): Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, mBob in next st, [sc in next 9 sts, mBob in next st] 11 times, sc in last 4 sts. Turn. (12 mBob, 107 sc)
Tip: Crochet the mbob sts with loose tension to create larger/fuller bobbles.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (119 sc)
Rows 6 – 7: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 8: Ch 2, hdc in first st, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 9: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Rows 10 – 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 12: Ch 2, hdcLoop in each st across. Turn. (119 hdcLoop)
Note: These sts look like a hdc in the front, and a loop stitch in the back.
Row 13: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 14: Ch 2, hdc in first st, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 15: Ch 2, long-dc in each st across. Turn. (119 long-dc)
Row 16: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (119 sc)
Row 17: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 18: Ch 2, hdc in first st, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 19: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 20: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, mBob in next st, [sc in next 9 sts, mBob in next st] 11 times, sc in last 4 sts. Turn. (12 mBob, 107 sc)
Tip: Crochet the mbob sts with loose tension to create larger/fuller bobbles.
Row 21: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (119 sc)
Rows 22 – 23: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (119 hdc)
Row 24: Ch 2, hdc in first st, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across until 1 st remains, hdc in last st. Turn. (119 hdc)
Repeat Rows 9 – 24, 6 times.
*Continue onto the border WITHOUT fastening off.
Border & Video Tutorial:
The border is worked in the round along the outer edges of the blanket. Make sure that the blanket is facing the right side (RS), before starting the border.
- The beginning ch of each rnd does not count as a st.
- Tip: The first rnd of the border sets the tone for the remaining rnds. Try to be consistent with placing sc sts along the right & left side of the blanket. In larger rows like the long-dc, you might need to work 2 sc, instead of 1. You can also work 3 sc per two rows of hdc.
- The goal of Rnd 1 is to have your blanket lie flat and straight; not wavy (too many sts in the border) or tight/bunched up (not enough sts in the border).
- After Rnd 1, each rnd increases by 8 sts.
- Do NOT turn at the end of each rnd.
- Ch 1, sc in first st, and in each st across. In the last st, make 3 sc (this is the corner). Rotate to work along the left side of the blanket.
- Sc in each row/st of the blanket. Make 3 sc in the last row (this is the corner). Rotate to work along the bottom row of the blanket.
- Sc in each st across. Make 3 sc in the last st of the row (this is the corner). Rotate to work along the right side of the blanket.
- Sc in each row across. Make 2 sc in the last row (this is the corner).
- To join, sl st into the first st of the rnd.
Rnds 2 – 3:
- Ch 2, hdc in each st around, and make 3 hdc in each corner st. Join with a sl st.
- Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around.
Note: To end the round, remove your hook from the final sc, insert the hook into the first sc of the rnd, then place the loop from the final sc back on your hook, and pull it through the first sc to make a sl st.
Fasten off and weave in ends!
Blocking the Loops and Bobbles Crochet Blanket:
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.
If you have any questions about the Loops and Bobbles 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.
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