Spring weather has its ups and downs, but there’s something about a warm Spring Rain, and the way the bright spots of color seem to shine. And that’s what inspired the Spring Rain Lapghan!
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Big, Fast Yarn!
The Spring Rain Lapghan was designed with Red Heart Collage yarn – it was my first time using it, and I loved it! It’s one of the new Jumbo weight yarns, and that means this free crochet blanket pattern worked up super fast!
I called it the Spring Rain Lapghan because the grey yarn reminded me of a stormy day – and then there are the bright Easter-y pops of color here and there, a little drenched but shining through. Of course, you can use any colors you like!
The Spring Rain Lapghan is a great size for cozying up in your favorite chair, or for babies and toddlers, or for use with a wheelchair. But I’ve also included the stitch multiple below so you can create your own custom size!
Spring Rain Lapghan
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US -P/Q, 15 mm hook – Furls Crochet Hook
475 yds Red Heart Collage (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 7-Jumbo/UK: 16+ ply; 55 yds/50 m; 5 oz/141 g)
Color A: Ragg (7 balls)
Color B: Circus (2 balls)
Gauge: 6 sts x 3 rows = 4″/10cm in dc
Size: 34″ wide x 42″ long
Stitch Multiple: Multiple of 6, +1, plus turning chain
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Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)
This blanket is sized for a lapgahn/wheelchair/toddler blanket. To make it in other sizes, see the stitch multiple listed above.
If preferred, substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet for the “Ch 3 (counts as first dc)” when it appears in the pattern.
If you are not changing colors, do not break yarn, and do turn after every row.
Row 1 (RS): With Color A, FDC 43; turn. (43 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each rem st across; turn. (43 sts)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across; turn and break Color A. (8 sc, 7 dc)
Row 5: With Color B, join with dc in first st, 2 dc in same st, ch 1, skip next dc, *(2 dc, hdc, 2 dc) in next sc, ch 1, skip next dc; rep from * across, 3 dc in last sc; do NOT turn, break Color B. (30 dc)
Row 6: With Color A, join with sc in top of first dc, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc 2 rows below enclosing ch-1 of previous row, ch 2, skip 2 dc, hdc in next hdc; rep from * across finishing last rep with sc instead of hdc; turn. (7 dc, 6 hdc, 2sc)
Row 7: Ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across; turn. (43 sts)
Row 8 – 31: Repeat Rows 2 -7.
Row 32 and 33: Repeat Row 2.
Adding the Border
Border Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each st across Row 33, ch 2, *sc evenly along side of blanket working 2 sc in the side of each dc row and 1 sc in the side of each sc row, ch 2,** sc across base of foundation chain, ch 2, rep * to **, join to first sc of round and break Color A.
Border Round 2: With Color B, join with sc in last corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same ch-2 sp, skip next st, [*working in BLO, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st, skip next st; rep from * to next corner ch-2 sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp, skip next st] 4 times, finishing last rep at **, join to first sc of round and break yarn. Weave in ends.
The Spring Rain Lapghan is the perfect weekend project – cuddly and soft and warm and fast! I hope you love it as much as I do.
If you do make your own Spring Rain Lapghan, 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!
The Fine Print
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Beautiful blanket! I love this yarn. Expensive though.
Great use of the yarn! Love how you have pops of color throughout and how the yarn makes them all different. Great job as usual!!
Thank you so much! 😀
Great work, Tamara! Your patterns rock!
Thank you so much! 😀
I’m allergic to wool. Can you recommend an alternative yarn to make this great lapghan?
Thank you Meridee, I’m so glad you like it! This is a pretty unique yarn, so the closest recommendation I have is Mixology Solids and Prints: http://www.redheart.com/yarn/mixology-solids?utm_source=moogly&utm_medium=blog&utm_content=post
Sherry L Zook
I’d love to change this pattern to make a shawl/wrap for rainy days. Beautiful.
I don’t like to use the FDC, so to do it the ‘old fashioned’ way of chaining and then doing a row of dc, would I use the multiple of 6+1? Or do I need to add another chain ? Thank you!
Hi Diane! You’d want to add one more chain for the turning chains. 🙂
LOVE your patterns!! What would happen if instead of breaking the yarn each time you just carried it along one side? Could that work and still look nice? Thank you!
Hi Jennifer! Thank you! 😀 You would need to reverse the direction of one of the CA rows and work a hefty border, but it should work! 🙂
Great pattern, are you able to provide a graph for this pattern? Some of us prefer them, I find it easier to follow pattern.
Yes, the chart is at the tutorial: https://www.mooglyblog.com/spring-rain-lapghan-tutorial/ 🙂
Hi, this is beautiful! I am confused about the part at the end of row 5 where it says do not turn…where are you starting row 6 in that case?
Thank you so much Amy! Have you watched the video tutorial? https://www.mooglyblog.com/spring-rain-lapghan-tutorial/ 🙂
No I was just going by the written pattern, but ok when I have a chance, thank you!
I think it’ll be easier to explain with the visuals. 🙂
Tamara, I’m late to the party, but Herrschners has a crazy sale on 3 packs of Collage. Unfortunately, this means that I’d end up with the wrong quantities per your above list/sizing. Would it work out to swap rows 1 & 2 to color B to start & in the ending bit to make up the difference, or 3 rows would be needed to balance to not get caught short with 6 of A and 3 of B? Thanks 😀
Hi Stephanie! It’s hard to say for sure, but you could try!
Hello, I’m not sure how to figure the stitch multiple to make it longer. Pls let me know. Thank you. Lisa
Hi Lisa! The stitch multiple is 6, +1, (plus turning chain if not using foundation sts).
So to make things easy, just add however many multiples of 6 (so 6, 12, 18, 24, etc) to the listed starting row of 43.
Love this and you are great at explaining everything, you don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be!
I will make a shawl version!
♥ Thank you so much!
I’m confused. If I were to not do the FDC and decided to do a chain instead and I do the 6+1+1, so I would do 144+1+1 equaling 146, to do an afghan, what would my first row be? Do I make a double crochet 2 stitches from the hook or one space from the hook. How many double crochets would make my first row
Hi Heidi! Your first row would be 145 double crochets. So you could chain 146 and skip one chain, or chain 147 and skip 2 chains, or you can chain 147 and skip 3 chains and count that as your first dc. The main thing is to have 145 dc sts.