There are brand new babies in the extended family, and that means a new crochet blanket pattern! So I gathered together soft cotton and a beautiful overlapping blocks pattern to create the Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket. The colors seem to move up and down the blanket in a fun zigzag pattern, and the overlapping boxes create a yummy rhythmic pattern to crochet. One row just leaps over the other – and I love the way it looks!
The Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blankets that I made up are preemie sized, to fit our new arrivals – about 20″ x 20″. This is also the perfect size for adding an amigurumi head to make a sweet crochet lovie! If you like the pattern but want it bigger, I’ve included sizing information for making a standard baby blanket, afghan, and queen size blanket as well! So be sure to check the sizing info for the specifics, and then follow the generalized instructions below. I’ve included a photo tutorial that starts with a chain of just 18 – but it’s enough to show how the stitch pattern comes together.
The blankets I made use 3 colors each. With this number I was able to carry the colors up along one side of the blanket, and cover them with the border. If you use more than 3 colors, you’ll probably want to cut and weave in the ends after each row (which may use a bit more yarn). The stitches used are beginner stitches, and as soon as you’ve made the first few rows the rest is a breeze!
Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket
- US – I, 5.5mm hook
- Worsted weight yarn, equal amounts in 2 or more colors – for amounts see below
(Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Pistache, White, and Pink or Aqua shown in finished blankets; Lily Sugar’n Cream shown in tutorial photos)
- Video tutorial for this pattern is available HERE
- Dansk Tæppe med hoppende striber og blokke, af Camilla Herløw Søgaard (PDF)
- Nederlandse Deken Van Verspringende Strepen en Blokken, door Elke Wellens van Het Haakbeest (PDF)
Sizes: (yardage totals approximate)
Memorial Blanket/Afghan Square (12″ x 12″) – Ch 42; 38 rows; 160 yds
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
Row 1: With first color ch to length desired (see list above). Dc in the 4th ch from hook, then dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch. Repeat from * until last ch remains, dc in the last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. Ch 2, skip next 2 sts. *Working over the chains and into the unworked foundation chains below, dc in each of the next two foundation chs. (The chains from Row 1 are enclosed within these dc sts.) Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in the last st (top of ch 3), finishing the st with second color. Drop first color (cut if using more than 3 colors). Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts.** Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at ** with last st remaining. Sc in the last st. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. Ch 2, skip next 2 sts. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts. Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in the last st, finishing the st with the next color. Drop last color (cut if using more than 3 colors). Turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, switching colors every 2 rows, through the next to last row indicated in the Sizes chart above (ending on a Row 3 repeat). Then go to the last row instructions below.
Last Row (even # row): Ch 1, sc in the 1st 3 sts. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts. Sc in the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in last st. Break yarn and weave in ends.
Border: I did a simple border of two rows of sc, working 3 sc in each corner. You can do the same if you like this look, or do something fancier if desired!
Easy enough, eh? I hope you find the size you need here – if there’s a blanket width you’re looking for that’s not here just let me know and I’ll add it to the chart. The Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket was a lot of fun for me to crochet (even making two in a row) and I hope you enjoy it just as much! If you spot any errors please let me know – for the free patterns YOU are the testers! And if you liked it, let me know too – I love to read your comments!
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