The St. Nicholas Throw is my last blanket pattern for 2017 - and it has a whole list of reasons why it's earned that name!
Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls.
Why St Nicholas?
The St. Nicholas Blanket is, of course, a bit Christmas-y in beautiful Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Fisherman and Cranberry. But it's also very fast to crochet - so you can deliver it in the "nick" of time!
And it's also a nod to my brother, Nicholas, who passed away several years ago. I'm not claiming he was a saint (he was my little brother after all!) - but he did love Christmas, and I'd like to think he'd love this bold, cozy blanket as well.
St. Nicholas Throw
US-P, 15 mm hook - Furls Crochet
675 yds Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (“6″/ Super Bulky/ UK 14-16 ply; 106 yds/97 m; 6oz)
Color A: Fisherman (4 balls)
Color B: Cranberry (3 balls)
Gauge: 6 sts (including chs) x 3 rows = 4" / 10 cm in pattern
Size: 42" wide x 50" long
Stitch Multiple: mult of 2 - This means you can start with a chain that's any multiple of 2 to create this blanket in your own custom size!
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
If desired, substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet for the "ch 3 (counts as 1st dc)" at the beginning of the even-numbered rows - see linked tutorial above.
If desired, substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet and ch 1 for the "ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1) at the beginning of the odd-numbered rows (starting with Row 3).
If desired, substitute a Standing Double Crochet instead of joining with a sl st and ch 3 to begin each new color (Rows 7, 13, 19, 25, and 31) - see linked tutorial above.
Row 1: With Color A, ch 62, dc in 6th ch from hook (skipped 5 chs count as dc, ch 1, sk 1), *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across; turn. (30 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog in first and second dc, *ch 1, dc2tog in same dc as second half of previous st and next dc; rep from * across finishing last rep in top of last dc (2nd skipped ch), dc in same st, turn. (29 dc2tog)
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1), *dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, dc in last st (top of ch 3), turn. (30 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog in first and second dc, *ch 1, dc2tog in same dc as second half of previous st and next dc; rep from * across finishing last rep in top of last dc (2nd skipped ch), dc in same st, turn. (29 dc2tog)
Row 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4, break Color A.
Row 7: With Color B, sl st join to 1st st and ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1), *dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, dc in last st (top of ch 3), turn. (30 dc)
Row 8: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 9 - 12: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 twice, break Color B.
Rows 13 - 18: With Color A, repeat Rows 7 - 12.
Rows 19 - 24: With Color B, repeat Rows 7 - 12.
Rows 25 - 30: With Color A, repeat Rows 7 - 12.
Rows 31 - 36: With Color B, repeat Rows 7 - 12, do not break yarn or turn.
Continuing with Color B, turn blanket 90 degrees to crochet along the side, ch 1, sc evenly around blanket switching colors as needed to match the rows, and working ch-2 at each corner; join to 1st sc and break yarn.
I hope you enjoy making the free St. Nicholas Throw crochet pattern - and share your photos (after the holidays if it's a surprise of course!) - you can tag me on Twitter and Instagram @mooglyblog, or share on the Moogly Facebook page! Or send in your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org! I love to see what you've made!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2017, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern.