Mountain Mama Crochet Blanket Pattern

How to Crochet the Mountain Mama Textured Blanket

Hi guys! In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make one of the easiest textured crochet blankets in existence: The Mountain Mama. This blanket has tons of texture, created with simple stitches that are repeated throughout the pattern. It uses 5 basic crochet stitches, along with a large crochet hook and bulky weight yarn. This is the perfect blanket to make while sitting in front of the TV, binge watching your favourite show on Netflix/Prime/Hulu/Disney+, with a hot beverage by your side. Let’s get started!

Crochet Blanket for Beginners Free Pattern
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE! or Ravelry HERE! The PDF version is a 12 page pattern with pictures, a colour chart, and instructions to make this blanket in 6 sizes (lapghan, small, medium, and large throw, queen and king size). The pattern includes the number of yards needed to make each size blanket in either a single colour or 3 colours.

What are the 5 Basic Stitches?

I’m glad you asked! This blanket alternates between the following 5 stitches (links to a video tutorial for each stitch provided):

  1. Single Crochet
  2. Extended Single Crochet
  3. Half Double Crochet
  4. Double Crochet
  5. Triple Crochet

This is an easy textured crochet blanket, so it is a great way for beginners to master a few basic crochet stitches; however, just because it’s easy, does not mean it’s boring. Crocheters of any level will love this blanket because the alternating stitches keep it interesting; the bulky weight yarn helps it work up quickly; and the colour combinations are endless.

Inspiration for this Textured Crochet Blanket:

When I first met Logan, I told him I liked to crochet. His response was, “So, if things go well, I might be able to get a blanket?”. Almost two years later, I made him a blanket. His only request was that it be a one-of-a-kind design, so I wasn’t allowed to use someone else’s pattern. This blanket was created with an open-stitch design for functionality. I wanted it to keep him warm during the winter, but be airy enough for him to use during the summer. If you notice, the length of the blanket is 85″ long. This was done on purpose, so he would have lots of room to snuggle underneath and tuck in his feet.

Lion Brand Color Made Easy Crochet Blanket

About this Textured Crochet Blanket:

  • The Mountain Mama blanket is worked length-wise, meaning that your starting chain is the length of your blanket (this will never change). As you crochet each row, your blanket becomes wider. Therefore, make sure that you are happy with the length of your chain before you begin.
  • This blanket can be worked in a single colour, a triple colour combination, or a free-style mode. Colour instructions will be given for the triple colour blanket.

Materials:

  • *9.0mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • *Yarn Needle
  • Single Colour: Approximately 2650 yards of Bulky Weight Yarn
  • Tri Colour: Approx. 2231 yards of Colour A, 345 yards of Colour B, and 74 yards of Colour C (Bulky Weight Yarn)

Yarn:

This pattern was originally designed with Lion Brand Color Made Easy, but it has been discontinued. You can still purchase some on Amazon, but it is expensive. Please see the list of alternative options below. 

Single Colour Blanket: Lion Brand Color Made Easy Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 247yd / 226 m, 7 oz / 200g) – Millennial 11 Skeins

Triple Colour Blanket: Lion Brand Color Made Easy Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 247yd / 226 m, 7 oz / 200g) Colour A – Huckleberry 9 Skeins, Colour B – Kombucha 2 Skeins,  Colour C – Birch 1 Skein

Alternative Yarn Options:

Color Made Easy is great yarn to work with, but it has been discontinued. Here are a few alternative options to help you. Each yarn listed below is similar in weight and feel to Color Made Easy, while being budget-friendly.

  1. Red Heart Soft Essentials Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 131 yd / 121 m, 5 oz / 141g) 

    A great alternative yarn 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. I used about 12 balls of this yarn in the color way Greyhound to make a last minute blanket for Christmas. The beauty of the Mountain Mama is that it works up quickly, so you can get it done in no time at all. I was able to whip up this blanket in 4 days, and my in-laws loved it!

  2. We Crochet’s Brava Bulky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Premium Acrylic, 136 yd / 120 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g) 

    Brava Bulky is a great budget friendly yarn that is similar in weight and feel to Color Made Easy. It’s priced at $2.99/skein, and comes in 29 colour options. I hope you find 1 or 2 colours that you love!

  3. Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 149 yd / 136 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g) 

    Paint Box Simply Chunky yarn is another budget friendly yarn option. It is regularly priced at $3.00/skein, but it is currently on sale for $2.25 (07/22/21). It comes in 50 different colours, so there is something for everyone.

  4. Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Chunky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Low Pill Acrylic, 211 yd / 193 m, 5 oz / 142 g)

    Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek is one of my favourite yarns to use because has very low pill, which means that it does not get fuzz and pill after long-term use and washes. It is regularly priced at $4.99/skein, but it goes on sale every other week for $3.49/skein. There are only 12 colour options available, but I hope you find one that speaks to you!

  5. Premier Basix Chunky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 117 yd / 107 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g) 

    I have not tried Premier Basix Chunky, but I have heard good things. After looking at pictures, this yarn seems like a great alternative to Color Made Easy in weight. It is priced at $2.59/skein and has 38 colour options available.
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Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sp – space
  • Sk – skip
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Esc – Extended Single Crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Tc – triple crochet
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.

Gauge: Approximately 6 sts x 10 rows in 4” x 4”

  • The final swatch should measure 4” x 4” unblocked. The beginning ch 2 does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch 13 
  • Row 1: Sc in third ch from hook (skipped chs count as a beg ch 2), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn. (6 sc) 
  • Row 2: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the space between the first sc and beg ch-2 of Row 1. Turn. (6 sc)
  • Rows 3 – 10: Repeat Row 2. 

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Pattern Measurements

This blanket measures 49.5″ wide x 85″ long.

Customize the Size of Your Textured Crochet Blanket

Length:

  • Your length is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 241, but if you’d like to customize the length of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be a multiple of 2 + 1 (an odd number).

Width:

  • Your blanket is worked length-wise, which means you have control over the width of your blanket. To make your blanket wider, stop after Row 82, and repeat Rows 36 – 82 until you are happy with the width. Then finish the blanket with Row 83 – 87.
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Colour Chart:

Colour Chart for the Mountain Mama Blanket

Pattern:

Notes:

  • The pattern is written with colour instructions for the Triple Colour Blanket. If you choose to make this blanket in a single colour, ignore the colour changes and do not fasten off until the end.
  • The beginning chain of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
  • After Row 1, each stitch is worked into the ch-sps.

With Colour A

Ch 227 (or chain multiples of 2 + 1) 

Row 1: Sc in third ch from hook (skipped chs count as a beg ch 2), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn. (113 sc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Moss Stitch Crochet Blanket

With Colour C:

Row 2: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the space between the first sc and beg ch-2 of Row 1. Turn. (113 sc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Moss Stitch Crochet Row 2

With Colour A:

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour B:

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour A:

Row 5: Repeat Row 2.

Moss Stitch Crochet Row 5

Row 6: Ch 2, dc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a dc in the space between the first sc and beg ch-2 of Row 5. Turn. (113 dc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Double Crochet and Single Crochet Blanket Pattern

Rows 7 – 10: Repeat Row 6. (DC Row)

Easy Crochet Blanket Swatch

Rows 11 – 12: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Crochet Blanket Progress Picture

Row 13: Repeat Row 6. (DC Row)

Row 14: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Row 15: Ch 2, hdc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a hdc in the space between the first sc and beg ch-2 of Row 14. Turn. (113 hdc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Rows 16 – 18: Repeat Row 15. (HDC Row)

Mountain Mama Blanket Progress Pictures

Row 19: Ch 2, esc in first ch-1 sp,  [ch 1, sk 1 st, esc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be an esc in the space between the first hdc and beg ch-2 of Row 18. Turn. (113 esc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Rows 20 – 22: Repeat Row 19. (ESC Row)

How to Crochet an Easy Blanket for Beginners

Rows 23 – 26: Repeat Row 15. (HDC Row)

Crochet Blanket Step by Step Picture

Row 27: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Row 28: Repeat Row 6. (DC Row)

Rows 29 – 30: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Rows 31 – 35: Repeat Row 6. (DC Row)

Row 36: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

With Colour B:

Row 37: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour A:

Row 38: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour B: 

Row 39: Ch 2, tc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, tc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be an esc in the space between the first hdc and beg ch-2 of Row 18. Turn. (113 tc + 113 ch-1 sp)

Triple Crochet Stitch

Row 40: Repeat Row 39. (TC Row)

Row 41: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

With Colour C:

Row 42: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

With Colour C:

Rows 43 – 45: Repeat Row 15. (HDC Row)

With Colour C:

Row 46: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

With Colour B:

Row 47: Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Rows 48 – 49: Repeat Row 39. (TC Row)  

Row 50: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Row 51: With Colour B,  Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Row 52: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2. (SC Row)

Rows 53 – 82: Repeat Rows 6 – 35.

*To make the blanket wider, repeat Rows 36 – 82 until you are happy with the width, and finish the blanket with Rows 83 – 87.

Row 83: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour B:

Row 84: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour A:

Row 85: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour C:

Row 86: Repeat Row 2.

With Colour A:

Row 87: Repeat Row 2.

Tie off and weave in your ends with a yarn needle!

Optional Step:

Block your work (to make the rows straight) by stretching out the blanket vertically, and placing straight pins along each end of the blanket to hold it in place. With a spray bottle, steamer, or iron with a steam setting, spray/steam the blanket with water. Once the blanket is dry to the touch, unpin it, and it is ready to use.

End Notes:

Congratulations! You just made your first Mountain Mama Blanket! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can curl up under this beauty while you work on other projects.

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

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 ).

Questions?

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

Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Love, Dayna
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14 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Mountain Mama Textured Blanket”

  1. Kristyn karen Helander

    Do you have the directions for a single color? I went through and tried to take out the color change direction but I’m not sure I got it right.

    1. Hi Kristyn,

      Thank you for reaching out! The pattern is the same for both a single colour blanket and a triple colour blanket. For a single colour blanket, you just continue working each row in a single colour, instead of fastening off and changing colour. Have you worked every row from Row 1 – Row 84? Why do you think you didn’t get it right?

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

      1. Kristyn karen Helander

        I am starting it tomorrow. I meant I edited the pattern to remove the color changes. Which rows are the repeat?

        1. Hi Kristyn,

          I’m sorry for the late reply, but I didn’t see your comment right away. I really appreciate your comment because I realized there were mistakes in the pattern. Everything is corrected, but I’ve included the pattern without the colour changes below:

          Ch 260 (or chain multiples of 2)

          Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk (this counts as a ch 1 and a sc), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn. (130 sc + 130 ch-1 sp)

          Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the beg ch-1 of Row 1. Turn. (130 sc + 130 ch-1 sp)

          Row 3 -5: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 6: Ch 3, dc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a dc in beg ch-1 of Row 5. Turn. (130 dc + 130 ch-1sp)

          Row 7 – 10: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 11 – 12: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 13: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 14: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 15: Ch 2, hdc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a hdc in beg ch-1 of Row 14. Turn. (130 hdc + 130 ch-1 sp)

          Row 16 – 18: Repeat Row 15.

          Row 19: Ch 2, esc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, esc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be an esc in beg ch-2 of Row 18. Turn. (130 esc + 130 ch-1 sp)

          Row 20 – 22: Repeat Row 19.

          Row 23 – 26: Repeat Row 15.

          Row 27: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 28: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 29 – 30: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 31 – 35: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 36 – 38: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 39: Ch 4, tc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, tc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a tc in beg ch-1 of Row 38. Turn. (130 tc + 130 ch-1 sp)

          Row 40: Repeat Row 39.

          Row 41 – 43: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 44 – 45: Repeat Row 39.

          Row 46 – 48: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 49 – 53: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 54 – 55: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 56: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 57: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 58 – 61: Repeat Row 15.

          Row 62 – 65: Repeat Row 19.

          Row 66 – 69: Repeat Row 15.

          Row 70: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 71: Repeat Row 6.

          Row 72 – 73: Repeat Row 2.

          Row 74 – 78: Repeat Row 6.

          *If you would like to make your blanket wider, stop here. Repeat Row 36 – 78 until you are happy with the width, and finish the blanket with Row 79 – 83.

          Row 79 – 83: Repeat Row 2.

          Tie off and weave in your ends with a yarn needle!

  2. I stumbled onto your blog while falling down a iPhone rabbit hole the other night and so glad I did! First, I’m Dayna with “y” too and second, I love to crochet and have bookmarked 3 of your blanket patterns (including this beauty). You have an incredible eye for color and your combinations are gorgeous! That’s the hardest part of crocheting for me, deciding on the colors to use before starting a project. Anyway, love your stuff, keep it up! (Side note, I clicked your “Red Heart Soft Essentials” link in the above post and it didn’t work. I don’t want you to miss out on your affiliate links $!)

    1. Hi Dayna!!

      First, thank you for the sweet message; it made my day!

      Second, it’s always nice to meet a fellow Dayna, especially one that spells her name with a “y”. It’s rare! I’m so glad you stumbled on my blog and like some of my blankets. Colour choice is the hardest part for me too, so I feel you there. Also, thank you so much for noticing that my affiliate link didn’t work. I really appreciate it because I wouldn’t have known otherwise. I just fixed it!

      I hope you enjoy making the Mountain Mama Blanket, and please let me know if you have any questions as you work through it! 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

  3. Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I’m making it for a Christmas gift in a single color and it’s beautiful! This is my first attempt at a blanket and I’ve never blocked before.. can you explain how it’s pinned for spraying? I’m not sure where to set it up! Thanks

    1. Hi Jackie,

      I’m so glad you like the blanket. It’ll make a great Christmas gift for a lucky person. To block your blanket, you can lay it flat on some foam mats (the kind you find in a kindergarten class reading area), on the carpet (I do this!), on Styrofoam, or on a surface that you can stick pins into. Once you’ve laid it out flat, use straight pins to hold your blanket in place, making sure that all of the sides are straight and the blanket is stretched out evenly. You can now spray it with water and let it dry overnight, before removing the pins; or you can steam it with a garment steamer/iron (on steam setting), before removing the pins. I found a Youtube video on the 3 blocking methods (wet blocking, steam blocking, and spray blocking) by Hooked on Robin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Hfu0byjxs. If you skip to 9:16 the video will start. This tutorial is done on a small square, but you’ll use the same technique on your large blanket. I hope this helps! 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

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