Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket Tutorial

The Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket crochet pattern is a big hit! It’s easy to memorize, works with any yarn, in any colors, and includes directions for almost every possible size. It’s also the stitch pattern used in the Mesmerizing Messenger Bag. And now, by request, there’s also a video tutorial!

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket Tutorial
Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket Tutorial Video

There’s a full photo tutorial and written directions for the Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket pattern page, so I won’t repeat them here. And between the two, this is a pattern everyone should be able to make! It’s just the same two rows, in any size you like – simply start with a chain that’s a multiple of 4 plus 2.  For a washcloth, start with 30, for blankets made with worsted weight yarn and an 5.5mm hook, try these:

Sizes: (yardage totals approximate)
Preemie/Lovie (20″ x 20″) – Ch 70; 64 rows; 420 yds
Small Baby Blanket (30″ x 30″) – Ch 110; 96 rows; 950 yds
Standard Baby Blanket (36″ x 36″) – Ch 130; 116 rows; 1350 yds
Afghan/Throw (48″ x 68″) – Ch 174; 216 rows; 3350 yds
Twin Blanket (66″ x 90″) – Ch 238; 288 rows; 6237 yds
Queen Blanket (90″ x 100″) – Ch 326; 320 rows; 9250 yds
King/Cal. King (110″ x 100″) – Ch 398; 320 rows; 11,550 yds

If you’re using 2 or 3 colors of yarn, carrying the yarn up the sides as shown is a real time saver – just crochet right over them when you make the border! Of course, this makes a great scrap-ghan too – with the requisite ends to weave in. Either way, I think you’ll love the end result – in any size!

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    • 2

      Tamara Kelly says

      Sorry! It had the wrong publish date on it and I didn’t realize – it’s up and running now! Sorry for the delay!

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    Lynn says

    Clicking on the video gives me the message: This video is private. When I try to click to watch it on YouTube it says: This video is unavailable. I’ll go and save the written directions, but a video would sure be helpful! :-)

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Sorry! It had the wrong publish date on it and I didn’t realize – it’s up and running now! Sorry for the delay!

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    Gudrun Schindler says

    Would you be willing to tell what brand yarn and which colors you used for those two blankets pictured above?
    I don’t have “a stash” and will have to order yarn, and I really like those color combinations.

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    Kiki says

    Thank you for a beautiful pattern, and one of the best tutorial videos I’ve ever seen. I just love this pattern, and plan to make a couple of them for family, and maybe some small baby blankets for Project Linus as well. Again, thank you!!

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    Rebecca says

    Thank you for the pattern and the video. I am making the afghan size for my 9 year old grandson. The video was very informative. Thank you again.

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    Mary Cast says

    Thanks so much for the videos. Your afghans rock! I have made the Blackberry stripe and love it. I wanted to give this one a try as a gift. I really appreciate the help.

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    Anne-Pia Hansen says

    Hei Tamara Kelly

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, I’ve had trouble figuring out the pattern for a while. When I saw you had made ​​a tutorial I tried again, an hope that I get the pattern of it this time because I really like it and think it´s very beautiful.

    Would it be possible and okay that I translated your pattern to Danish and uploaded it on my blog, I will of course mention that I have it from you, and put a link to your blog?

    Best regards
    Anne-Pia Hansen

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Dee, and thank you! A scarf would be easy enough – just make it narrow and long. And a rectangular wrap style shawl would be easy too! A triangular scarf would take a little more math to figure out the increases and decreases, but it could be done!

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    Lori Johnson says

    Thank you thank you thank you for the video for the leaping stripes and blocks pattern. I’m a visual learner and starting any new pattern takes me quite a while to figure it out. Because of the video I jumped right into it. I love this pattern and plan to make it my “go to” baby blanket.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Cindy! Somewhere between these, in a multiple of 4 plus 2, though you’ll want to make a gauge swatch to see where yours falls.
      Afghan/Throw (48″ x 68″) – Ch 174; 216 rows; 3350 yds
      Twin Blanket (66″ x 90″) – Ch 238; 288 rows; 6237 yds

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    Lorraine says

    I am a beginner at this and your tutorial was so clear I am confident to try this. Can you also show how to crochet the border. I am not sure where to make the first row of SC. Also do you just keep the yarn you’re using and continue to the side with the SC?

    Thanks so much.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Lorraine! Crocheting a border is pretty easy once you’ve seen it done, but hard to demonstrate because exactly where you put the stitches is up to you! You can make the border with whichever color you make the last row with, just continuing on with it, or you can join a new color and work it with that one. Usually it’s easiest to work the first section of the border across the top, or last row you made, just crocheting across the row as usual, but with sc sts. Then you work an extra stitch or two in the corner stitch, and crochet down the side, then across the bottom/foundation chain, then up the other side, and done! I demonstrate it in this video: http://www.mooglyblog.com/working-into-the-edge/ One tip, I find it’s usually best, when working into the sides of the rows, to work 2 sc around dc sts, and 1 sc into the sc sts. But that can be too many, or too few, depending on your own gauge, so if it’s rippling use less, and if it’s pulling together use more. :)

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    Charlotte Dean says

    I’m obsessed with this blanket right now. Currently on my hook as we speak! Love it very much and so easy to carry the yarn at the end instead of trimming off every row. Will definitely be highlighting this on my blog!

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