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Merry-go-Round – Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Do you sometimes long for a crochet blanket pattern that you can work on when in company or watching television? A project that does not require you to count stitches, change color, remember the stitch pattern or anything else that would require you to think about what you are doing? If so, I have just the design for you! My new, free Merry-go-Round blanket pattern using double crochet stitches.


The yarn that I am using is Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Colour. This is a thick and warm sock yarn containing 20% wool, 40% acrylic and 40% nylon. The yarn has a gradual color gradient which makes for very interesting color effects on any project. There are 5 colors to choose from and they are all available from Wool Warehouse or your local Scheepjes stockist.


You will need at least 5 balls of Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Colour, depending on your gauge, hook size and how large you want your blanket to be. As an indication, I obtained the following sizes using a 4mm hook:

  • with 5 balls – 65cm x 95cm
  • with 8 balls – 90cm x 120cm
  • with 10 balls – 110cm x 140cm

I used color 968, which is a playful rainbow colorway, but this blanket will look lovely in any of the other shades also. The color changing yarn is continuously drawing you in and wanting you to know which color is next.

***Update: Video***

I have made a short video showing the steps involved to make my Merry-go-Round blanket. I show the first 3 rounds as well as the crab stitch edge.


The pattern is in US crochet terms. If you are more comfortable with UK crochet terms, please see this conversion table for the most common terms.


To make this blanket you first make a rectangular center and from there it goes round, and round and round again till you run out of yarn or your blanket is big enough; which ever comes first.

Round 1

ch4 (does not count as a stitch), 50fdc, ch2, 3dc in the bottom of last fdc worked (this makes the short side of the rectangle), ch2, 1dc in same stitch (this is in the bottom of the last fdc worked), 1dc in each of next 49 st (this is the bottom of the fdc stitches and makes the long edge of the rectangle), ch2, 3dc in ch4-space.

This makes a rectangle with the following stitch count: 50dc, 3dc, 50dc, 3dc.

Round 2

(2dc, ch2, 1dc) in same ch4-space as the last 3dc’s of Round 1, 1dc in next 50 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 3 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 50 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 5 st.

This makes a rectangle with the following stitch count: 53dc, 7dc, 54dc, 7dc. Don’t worry that there is 1 stitch difference between the long sides of the rectangle. You won’t notice this anymore after a few rounds.

Round 3 and further

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in the next ch2-space, 1dc in each st till the next ch2-space. *
Repeat from * to * 3 more times.

Last round

When your blanket is large enough or you are almost out of yarn, work your last round using crab stitches to make a nice edge.

For the final corner when repeating Round 3 do not work a full corner, but only work 1dc in the last ch2-space. Work a crab stitch in each st and 2 crab stitches in a ch2-space all the way round. When you get back to your starting point, work 1 crab stitch in the ch2-space containing the last dc worked, 1 crab stitch around the post of the last dc worked, and close with a ss in the first crab stitch.

This has been a fun and relaxing project for when I wanted something that needed very little concentration on my part. I believe this to be the perfect crochet-TV project. I would love to see your blanket, please feel free share your work on my Facebook or Instagram, or tag me with #itsallinanutshell so I can find it.

With love,


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24 thoughts on “Merry-go-Round – Free Crochet Blanket Pattern”

    1. No, I can’t tell you exactly because it depends on your tension and the yarn and hook size you use.
      Because you want a rug that is 12cm wider than it is long, the number of foundation dc stitches must be 12cm long. Then your rug will maintain this difference between the width and the length. Then continue till it is the right size.


  1. Looks beautiful but I’m not getting the foundation dc. I hear you saying “the back of the chain”, so is it the horizontal yarn behind the chain loop?
    Also, where is the link you refer to showing the fdc in slower motion?
    Thanks so much.


      1. Thank you so much for your video on fdc! I know understand for the first time how to do it! My hand is recouping from an accident but as soon as I’m able to pick up a hook I’m going to try it. It’s making me nuts not to be able to crochet but I must listen to my doctor.


  2. I’m on row/round 12, and so far the edges are curling a lot, especially the longer two sides. Also, the shorter two sides seem flared out, that is, if I match up the width of the short side with the middle of the piece, the ends are wider. Will this all even out as it grows? Thanks for advice.


    1. I have the same issue. Loosened my tention and changed the dc2,ch2,dc2 to dc1,ch2,dc1. could also happen I am thinking if we are using a different yarn


  3. Hello, Esther. Thank you for working out the crochet continuous rectangle pattern!😊Ever since I encountered the crochet continuous square patterns by Dedri Uys, I’ve been struggling to figure out how to make a continuous rectangle, but wasn’t satisfied with any of my attempts. Your continuous rectangle is the pattern of my dreams.😉 Btw, I have had success with continuous triangle, hexagon and octagon patterns, which, like the continuous square and rectangle, are also nice for ombré or self-striping yarns.
    During life in the time of coronavirus, I’m awfully glad that I can Keep Calm and Crochet On.
    Stay safe,

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  4. Thank you Esther for a genious patternI I’ve just made a small sample to get the hang of it. It’s easy yet beautiful, especially if the yarn has its own color play. I’m using a cotton yarn “Jeans Crazy” by YarnArt with 3/5 hook.
    For this Corona time it’s the perfect easy crochet (to have as a rest from a challenging mandala that I’m doing).


  5. Can you advise me how to block this blanket please. It goes in at the sides. Thank you.


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