The free Bunches of Bobbles Blanket pattern makes a gorgeous crochet baby blanket – or throw, afghan, or bedspread! It’s modern, unisex, and features a unique border you’ll want to apply to future projects too!
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The Bunches of Bobbles Blanket features tons of texture, and it’s made with Red Heart Bunches of Hugs. This is a great, soft, and affordable worsted weight acrylic yarn that is Oeko-Tex Certified to be 100% safe for use against baby’s delicate skin!
I really enjoyed making this blanket – and coming up with a border design that would compliment the 3D aspect of the bobbles, without distracting from them – and I think I’ve hit the mark! While I made this blanket baby sized, I’ve included the stitch count below along with a note on how to create your own custom size!
Bunches of Bobbles Blanket
US-J, 6.0mm Furls Streamline Hook
1500 yds Red Heart Bunches of Hugs (100% Acrylic; Medium/Worsted/UK: 10-12 ply; Solids- 948yds/868m; Prints- 678yds/620m; Solids- 14oz/397g; Prints- 10oz/284g)
Color A: Rain (1 ball or 500 yds in size shown)
Color B: Capri (1 ball or 500 yds in size shown)
Color C: Magical (1 ball or 500 yds in size shown)
Gauge: 12 sts x 9 rows (sc row to sc row) = 4″/10cm in pattern
Size Shown: 39″ x 39″ including border
Border Width: 2.5″
Stitch Multiple: Mult of 6, +5, plus 1 for the tch
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
FP Bobble (Front Post Bobble): Yo and insert hook around post of next stitch from front to back, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops remain on hook), [yo and insert hook around post of same stitch from front to back, working just under previous stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops] 3 times (5 loops remain on hook), yo and pull through all 5 loops to finish the stitch.
To make this blanket in a custom size, you can use the gauge and stitch count listed above to plan a new width/length. Alternately (and easier), you can use the Long Chain Method to chain a width slightly longer than desired, and then work the first row across according to the stitch multiple needed, continuing to the desired length.
If preferred, substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet for the Ch 3 at the beginning of the even numbered rows.
Cycle through each of the 3 colors in order, A through C, repeating to the end. Carry the colors along the side and you’ll only have 6 ends to weave in for the whole blanket! See the Carrying Yarn Along the Side Tutorial for more info on this technique.
Row 1: With first color, ch 102, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in each remaining ch across; turn. (101 sc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st across; change to next color when finishing last st, turn. (101 dc)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first 5 sts, *FP Bobble around next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * across, turn. (85 sc, 16 FP Bobbles)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, changing to next color as directed.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, *FP Bobble around next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * until 3 sts remain, FP Bobble around the next st, sc in the last 2 sts, turn. (84 sc, 17 FP Bobbles)
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, changing to next color as directed.
Row 7 – 78: Repeat Rows 3 – 6.
Row 79: Repeat Row 3.
Row 80: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (101 sc) Continue with this color for the border or change colors if desired.
Border Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around blanket, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner; join.
Border Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in each remaining st around, working (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each corner ch-2 sp; join.
Border Rnd 3: Ch 3, FLO dc in each remaining st around, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner ch-1 sp; join and break yarn.
Border Rnd 4: Insert hook in the st closest to where the next color is attached and the unused BLO of the st below, yo with the next color and pull up a loop, ch 1, sc through the same st and BLO, *sc in next st and BLO of the st below; rep from * around working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner ch-1 sp; join.
Border Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in each remaining st around, working (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each corner ch-1 sp; join.
Border Rnd 6: Repeat Border Rnd 3.
Border Rnd 7: With next color, repeat Border Rnd 4.
Border Rnd 8: Ch 2, twisted dc in each st around, working (twisted dc, ch 1, twisted dc) in each corner ch-1 sp; join and break yarn. Weave in ends.
And that’s how to crochet the Bunches of Bobbles Blanket! I hope you enjoy this beautiful, bold, bobbly free crochet blanket pattern!
If you make the Bunches of Bobbles Blanket I’d love to see a photo. So if you share it on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog – and happy crocheting!
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