Crochet, crochet fundamentals, Free pattern

TLC Blanket – Part 1

In this first part of TLC Blanket you learn the most fundamental stitches in crochet. If you know how to make chains, single, half double, and double crochet stitches, you can already work many patterns. Part 1 of TLC Blanket is completely devoted to learning the most fundamental stitches.

Resources

Materials

TLC Blanket is available in 3 beautiful colorways from the wide range of Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn. Each blanket is made using 6 colors, a 5.0mm and a 6.5mm hook. Find all information about yarn amounts and other other supplies HERE.

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey is available from many Scheepjes retailers, including Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU). 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.


Learning Objectives Part 1

In part 1 of the pattern you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. You will learn the most basic patterns and skills needed to be able to crochet. You will learn

  • to make a slip knot and put the slipknot on your hook
  • to make chain stitches to make a base chain
  • to make single crochet stitches in a base chain
  • to make half double crochet stitches
  • to make double crochet stitches
  • to make treble crochet stitches
  • to make a turning/starting chain stitch which does not replace a stitch
  • to make a turning/starting chain stitch to replace a stitch
  • to fasten off a row
  • to attach a new color
  • to work away yarn tails
  • to turn your work and have different sides of your work facing
  • to work in a row-based pattern
  • to change hook size

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US terms.
ch chain
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
sc single crochet
ss slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)
tr treble crochet
RS Right side of work
WS Wrong side of work

Notes and Tips Part 1

  • When working the base chain in row 1, mark every 10th stitch of the base chain with a stitch marker to help you count the stitches.
  • After you have worked about 3 to 4 rows, place a stitch maker on the right side of your work. This will help you to remember which side is the right side of your work.
  • Instructions given in italics are extra tips and notes.
  • The information given in the square brackets [ ] is the stitch count for that pattern row.
  • Each color has a letter associated with it. Depending on which colorway you are using you will have a different color. You can find which color is which letter for each colorway HERE.
  • Ch1 or ch2 at the beginning of a row do not count as a stitch.

Video Tutorials Part 1

To help you as much as possible, I have made full video tutorials showing as much as possible of every step involved in making your TLC Blanket. The videos are available in a LEFT HANDED version and a RIGHT HANDED version.


Pattern Part 1

Row 1 With Color A and 6.5mm hook, ch146.
[146 ch]

Row 2 (RS) Change to 5mm hook, skip the first ch from hook (does not count as st here and throughout), 1sc in next ch to end. Turn. Remove the stitch markers.
[145 sc]

Row 3 (WS) Ch1, 1sc in first st, 1sc in next st to end. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 sc]

Row 4 (RS) Attach Color B in first st with ss, ch2 (does not count as st here and throughout), 1hdc in first st, 1hdc in next st to end. Turn. [145 hdc]

Row 5 (WS) Ch2, 1hdc in first st, 1hdc in next st to end. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 hdc]

Row 6 (RS) Attach Color F in first st with ss, ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1dc in next st to end. Turn.
[145 dc]

Row 7 (WS) Ch3, 1dc in next st to end, the last dc will be in the ch3 from Row 6. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 dc]

Row 8 (RS) Attach Color C in first st with ss, ch4 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in next st to end, the last tr will be in the ch3 from Row 7. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 tr]

Row 9 (WS) Attach Color A in first st with ss, ch1, 1sc in first st, 1sc in next st to end, the last sc will be in the starting chain from Row 8. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 sc]

Row 10 (RS) Attach Color D in first st with ss, ch2, 1hdc in first st, 1hdc in next st to end. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 hdc]

Row 11 (WS) Attach Color E in first st with ss, ch3, 1dc in next st to end. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 dc]

Row 12 (RS) Attach Color A in first st with ss, ch1, 1sc in first st, 1sc in next st to end, the last sc will be in the starting ch3 from Row 11. Turn.
[145 sc]

Row 13 (WS) Ch1, 1sc in first st, 1sc in next st to end. Fasten off. Turn.
[145 sc]

Finishing Part 1

Work away all yarn tails. The blanket is now 13cm wide and 125cm long.


#TLCBlanket

If you would like to share your blankets, use the hashtag #TLCBlanket or #itsallinanutshell to help me find it on Facebook or Instagram. 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.

Happy yarn in rainbow colors always brings a smile to my face. You have learned a lot this week and I hope it brought a smile to your face too. In this first part you learned all the stitch essentials involved with crochet. See you next week for part 2 when we start combining stitches and colors to make patterns.

With love,
Esther

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