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Crochet Casserole C2C Blanket
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A casserole is a great way to use up leftovers and create a new and tasty meal. Well, Crochet Casserole is my endearing name for a project made up of leftover yarns. Last week, I needed a quick baby gift. I didn’t have much notice or time to get it done, so I needed something quick, with the yarns I had on hand. I found 4 skeins of yarn, in various stages of completeness and combined them to make this pretty C2C blanket (C2C = corner to corner). Worked with a 5.5 or 6.0 mm hook, it was done in no time!
Most of the yarn I had was Red Heart Super Saver, left over from my Blue Hawaiian Baby Blanket and Eve’s Reversible Tote Bag and I had a bit of Caron Cakes left over from my Dragonfly Poncho too. I decided to work these colors into bold stripes of either 4 or 8 rows each, but you could really do this anyway you like – you could even do every row in a different color which would really be a great stash buster. And, while it’s best to use the same weight yarn, as long as they are close it should work (you may have to play with different hook sizes to make it work).
For the main part of the blanket I used a very basic C2C technique. I have written out the pattern below, but if you have trouble with it, my friend Rhondda, from Oombawka Design Crochet has a great tutorial HERE.
For the border, I wanted something quick and simple to let the pretty woven look of the C2C stand out. I did a couple of rounds of basic single and double crochet and then a couple of rounds with a 3 double crochet cluster and finally finished with some simple single crochet.
Easy right? I think so, but also quite effective I think and pretty too! Fold it up nicely and tie a ribbon around it for gift giving, who wouldn’t love it?
Red Heart Super Saver is a good yarn to use for baby items because it is sturdy, easy to wash, acrylic (to avoid allergy issues) and comes in a very large range of colors as well as stripes and ombres! The yarn is pleasant to work with and runs smoothly through the hand and hook.
Size: 30” x 30”
Gauge: Not very important for this project, however, I got approximately 14 sts = 4”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
tr = treble crochet
C2C technique tutorial HERE
- Pattern written in US terms.
- Weave ends as you work.
- Fasten off at color changes.
- Stitch count is at end of row/round in ( )
- Ch1 at beginning of row/round does not count as stitch.
- Repeat instructions in [ ] in same stitch or repeat as indicated.
These instructions will result in a square blanket approximately 30” square. If you would like to increase or decrease the size of the blanket, increase or decrease the number of repeats in Rows 3 and 29.
You can make color changes wherever you like. If you’d like to duplicate the look I achieved, the breakdown is as follows:
Blanket Rows 1 to 8 = Color 1
Blanket Rows 9 to 12 = Color 2
Blanket Rows 13 to 20 = Color 3
Blanket Rows 21 to 24 = Color 4
Blanket Rows 25 to 32 = Color 1
Blanket Rows 33 to 36 = Color 2
Blanket Rows 37 to 44 = Color 3
Blanket Rows 45 to 48 = Color 4
Blanket Rows 49 to 56 = Color 1
Border Rounds 1 to 3 = Color 2
Border Round 4 = Color 4
Border Round 5 = Color 3
Border Rounds 6 and 7 = Color 1
Row 1: Ch5, dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 2 chs = first shell group made
Row 2: Ch5, turn, dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 2 chs, sl st in ch2 space, ch2, 3 dc around same ch2 space. (2 shell groups)
Row 3: Ch5, turn, dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 2 ch, [sl st in ch2 space, ch2, 3 dc around same ch2 space] 2 times. (3 shell groups)
Row 4 to Row 28: Repeat Row 3 increasing the repeat (shell group number in red) by one for each row. (28 shell groups after last repeat)
Row 29 (decrease): Turn, sl st in each dc, sl st in ch2 space, [ch2, 3 dc in same ch2 space, sl st in next ch2 space] 26 times. (27 shell groups)
Row 30 to Row 56: Repeat Row 29 decreasing the repeat (shell group number in red) by one for each row until there is only 1 shell group. Fasten off.
Round 1: Join in any corner, ch1, [3sc in corner, sc 70 evenly to next corner] repeat to end, join with sl st to first sc. Sl st into corner st. (284)
Rounds 2 and 3: Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same st, dc in each st to next corner, [3dc in corner, dc in each st to next corner] repeat to end, join with sl st to top of beginning ch3. Sl st into corner st. (300)
Round 4: Ch3, [2dc, ch3, 3dc] in same st, [skip 2, 3dc in next st] repeat until there are two sts left before next corner, *[3dc, ch3, 3dc] in next corner, [skip 2, 3dc in next st] repeat until there are two sts left before next corner*; repeat between * to end, join to first st. Sl st into corner ch3 space. (24 groups of 3dc on each side + 4 corners)
Round 5: Ch3, [dc, 3tr, 2dc] in same st, working in the space between each group of 3dc in previous round, [3dc in each space to next corner], *[2dc, 3tr, 2dc] in corner ch space, 3dc in each space to next corner*; repeat between * to end, join to first st. Sl st into center of corner.
Round 6: Ch1, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner] repeat to end, join to first st. Sl st to center of corner.
Round 7: Ch1, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner] repeat to end, join to first st. Fasten off.
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