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 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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