The Big Bloom Blanket is cozy, casual, and creates a simple, modern floral afghan with an easy to memorize repeat! And it’s a free crochet pattern featuring Caron Simply Soft, here on Moogly!
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A favorite stitch pattern
The Big Bloom Blanket features a stitch pattern that I used on some holiday patterns in the past – and it’s a reader request!
However, I’ve updated it this round, making it even easier to crochet, and adding more texture, with fewer color changes. This makes this pattern a great one to relax with, and gives it a great floral look!
Caron Simply Soft Means So Many Looks
I used Caron Simply Soft to design the Big Bloom Blanket because it’s soft, affordable, and comes in such a huge variety of colors! While I went with a denim-inspired look, you can create all sorts of looks with your own color choices!
And so many Sizes!
While I designed the Big Bloom Blanket to use just 2 skeins each of 3 colors of Caron Simply Soft, this pattern can keep growing as long as you keep crocheting! It’s also a great scrapghan pattern – be sure to read the Notes below for more sizing info!
Big Bloom Blanket
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US – I, 5.5mm – Clover Amour
1525 yds Caron Simply Soft (“4″/Medium/Worsted/UK 10-12 ply; 100% acrylic)
A: Saturday Blue Jeans Ombre – 2 skeins, 475 yds
B: Dark Country Blue – 2 skeins, 600 yds
C: Grey Heather – 2 skeins, 450 yds
Gauge: 14 sts x 8 rows = 4″/10cm in dc
Size: 48″ diameter (see Notes for further sizing info)
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CSDC – Chainless Starting Double Crochet
Want a bigger blanket? Repeat Rnds 6-11 as many times as desired, finishing the second to last color with a Rnd 10 rep, then go to the instructions for Rnd 47-49.
Want to make a scrapghan? Change colors as needed when you change rounds, and work the new color as back post stitches for random color and texture!
If you prefer not to use the CSDC, you can ch 3 or use your preferred dc substitute.
The first time working Rnd 6, you will work a dc in each sl st. In the repeats of Rnd 6, that dc will be worked into a dc st.
Rnd 1: With first color, make a magic circle, CSDC and 11 dc in the circle; join with sl st to CSDC. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: (CSDC, dc) in the first st, 2 dc in each rem st around; join to CSDC. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: CSDC in first st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, join to CSDC. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: (CSDC, dc) in first st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join to CSDC. (48 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), skip first st, dc in next st, pm (place marker), 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st, ch 2, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 2**, sl st in next st, ch 2; rep from * around finishing last rep at **, join to first st of previous rnd (or join to sl st that joined previous rnd, whichever is easier) and break yarn. (48 dc, 12 sl st)
Rnd 6: With next color, join with bpdc around marked st, *2 bpdc around next st, bpdc around each rem st to next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp, dc in next st, sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 2,** bpdc around next st; rep from * around finishing last rep at **, join to first bpdc. (72 dc)
Rnd 7: CSDC in first st, *dc in each st until 2 sts rem before next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp, dc in next st, sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 2; rep from * around, join to CSDC. (84 dc)
Rnd 8: CSDC in first st, *2 dc in next st, dc in each rem st to next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp, dc in next st, sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 2,** dc in next st; rep from * around finishing last rep at **, join to CSDC. (96 dc)
Rnd 9 and 10: Rep Rnd 7 (108 sts) and Rnd 8 (120 dc)
Rnd 11: CSDC in first st, pm, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp, dc in next st, sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 2; rep from * around, join to CSDC and break yarn. (120 dc)
Rnd 12 – 41: Rep Rnd 6 – 11, cycling through colors. (420 dc)
Rnd 42 – 46: Rep Rnd 6 – 10, pm in CSDC of Rnd 10. (480 dc)
Rnd 47: With last color, join with bpsc around marked st, *bpsc around each st to next ch-2 sp, skip the ch-2, 2 dc in next st, skip the next ch-2; rep from * around, join to first bpsc. (492 sts)
Rnd 48: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join. (492 hdc)
Rnd 49: Ch 1, twisted sc in each st around; join and break yarn. (492 sts)
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I’m thinking about using this as a temperature blanket, 1 row per week?? Not sure?? Michelle
Oh that would be perfect! ♥
R6 is missing the initial * (I’m guessing it should be in front of the “2bpdc around next st”
Thank you Rita, I’ve corrected it!
How would you start the new color rounds if you are not changing colors?
I just want to mention one problem with the written instructions above . The DC counts jumped up at round 6, I think. I’m following the video and it has 5 DC’s per petal, and that would be 60, not 72. This throws the counts off that are noted for rounds 6-11.
Hi Amanda! You are forgetting to count the dc between the sl sts. 🙂
LOVE IT!! great to use left skeins from other projects. Great for charity afghans too!!
Thank you for haring!!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Thank you so much! ♥