To Learn Crochet, or not To Learn Crochet……is a very silly question! EVERYONE should learn to crochet. It’s relaxing, fun to do, great for making beautiful gifts, and just all round wholesome to do. With the new TLC Blanket, everyone can learn to crochet. With easy, step-by-step video tutorials for both left and right crafters, detailed written instructions, and a lot of tips along the way, everyone can experience a bit of TLC time with the TLC Blanket. After all, we all need to have some Tender Loving Care from time to time, and crochet time is TLC time. In this post you find everything you need to know to learn to crochet.
- Add TLC Blanket to your Ravelry library
- Full PDF pattern containing all 8 parts plus links to all the videos (pre-order your pattern now, full pattern will be released on 1 July 2020)
- All RIGHT HANDED Video tutorials in one YouTube playlist
- All LEFT HANDED Video tutorials in one YouTube playlist
- Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn (100g/107m)
- 5.0mm (US size H/8) and 6.5mm (US size K/10.5) hook
- Find help in my It’s all in a Nutshell Facebook Group
- Nederlandse vertaling HIER
- Social Media #TLCBlanket
The final blanket is about 130cm x 100cm / 52in x 40in.
If you want to make the blanket longer, add a multiple of 24 stitches to the base chain in Row 1. So add 24, 48, 72, 96, etc stitches to make it wider. Each repeat will add about 20cm to the length of the blanket. Adding extra stitches to the blanket means that in parts 5 and 7 you will have to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern to get the pattern to work out correctly. These adjustments are addressed in the notes of that part. To make the blanket wider, simply repeat any of the stitch patterns in this project.
As such gauge is not critical in this project. What is important is that you learn to make the stitches correctly, working to gauge will come later. In the tips and tricks I will explain what working to gauge means, and how tension and gauge are related.
This project is aimed at beginners, at those that have never crochet before and would love to learn. However, if you are a more experienced crocheter, you might enjoy this project too because it’s a quick make and easy to do in between your more challenging projects.
Yarn amounts and materials
I have selected 3 beautiful colorways from the wide range of Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn. Chunky Monkey is an Aran weight, 100% premium acrylic yarn with 107m on each 100g ball. I have named the colorways Kaleidoscope, Marine and Meadow. Kaleidoscope is a fun, rainbow colorway, Marine is a calm blue colorway, and Meadow is a relaxing pink/purple colorway. Each colorway consists of 6 colors of Scheepjes Chunky Monkey.
- Color A – 7 x Jasmine (1218)
- Color B – 2 x Bubblegum (2006)
- Color C – 2 x Coral (1132)
- Color D – 2 x Lemon (1263)
- Color E – 2 x Emerald (2014)
- Color F – 2 x Ultramarine (2011)
- Color A – 7 x Cream (1005)
- Color B – 2 x Baby Blue (1034)
- Color C – 2 x Aqua (1422)
- Color D – 2 x Air Force Blue (1302)
- Color E – 2 x Deep Turquoise (2012)
- Color F – 2 x Teal (1829)
- Color A – 7 x White (1001)
- Color B – 2 x Blush (1130)
- Color C – 2 x Rose (1241)
- Color D – 2 x Amethyst (1432)
- Color E – 2 x Iris (1277)
- Color F – 2 x Mulberry (2009)
Other supplies that you will need are
Many stores (will soon) have kits available in the colors I selected, such as Wool Warehouse (UK/Int) who have kits for the Kaleidoscope, Marine and Meadow colorways. Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and Creahuys 41 (NL) also have kits available, but you are also more than welcome to choose your own colors. If you purchase your yarn after clicking on one of the links on my blog you support my work, because I receive a small commission from the store based on your purchase.
We will make our TLC Blanket during the summer holiday weeks. The pattern for TLC Blanket is divided into 8 parts; in each part you learn a new skill or technique. The free, written patterns are available in English US Terms from the following links. Note: not all parts are published yet, I will update the links as they become available.
- Tips and Tricks 1 : Crochet hooks and how to hold your hook
- Tips and Tricks 2 : Yarn weights and how to hold your yarn
- Tips and Tricks 3 : Keep track of your yarn colors and organize your yarn
- Tips and Tricks 4 : Keep your used balls tidy by wrapping your yarn wrappers
- Tips and Tricks 5 : Attach a new ball of yarn halfway through a round
- Tips and Tricks 6 : Crochet stitch anatomy
- Tips and Tricks 7 : Gauge, tension & how to influence them with the golden loop
- Tips and Tricks 8 : Crochet abbreviations & difference between US / UK terms
- Tips and Tricks 9 : Crochet stitches and techniques guide
- Tips and Tricks 10 : Blocking crochet items
- Tips and Tricks 11 : Why does a granny square center turn?
- Tips and Tricks 12 : How to speak crochet slang
- Part 1 : Essential stitches (chain, single, double, treble)
- Part 2 : Combining stitches and colors
- Part 3 : Granny stitches
- Part 4 : Squares
- Part 5 : Joining squares to the blanket
- Part 6 : Front and Back post stitches
- Part 7 : Popcorns
- Part 8 : Working with two colors & border
There will be free video tutorials available to help you every step of the way. I will release these videos on my YouTube channel when I release the free patterns. The video’s are available in English US Terms, and in both left handed and right handed versions.
I hope that by watching the videos you will see how to make the stitches and that most of your questions will be answered. However, if you need any extra help. I am available in my Facebook group It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts. Also if you would like to show us your blanket, my Facebook group is a great place to do so.
If you would like to share your blankets, use the hashtag #TLCBlanket or #itsallinanutshell to help me find it on Facebook or Instagram. You can also share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts Facebook group or tag me in one of your posts.
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