Spectrum C2C Ombre Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Here you find the free crochet pattern for my Spectrum corner-to-corner crochet blanket with an ombre colorway.  Due to the double strand this project works up fast and the final result is a very warm blanket. This project is perfect for stash busting if you have half-balls of yarn left from other projects.

Spectrum C2C blanket 1

Materials

You will need 18 colors of Scheepjes Color Crafter; one ball of every color except for Wolvega for which you need 3 balls. One 100g ball of Color Crafter contains 300 meter of yarn. You can buy this yarn which is available in over 90 colors from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist. For the Spectrum blanket you will need the following:

  • Color A: Vlissingen (1723) – 25m
  • Color B: Coevorden (1823) – 50m
  • Color C: Nijmegen (1712) – 90m
  • Color D: Delfzijl (1822) – 125m
  • Color E: Assen (1065) – 165m
  • Color F: Enschede (1824) – 205m
  • Color G: Alphen (1722) – 240m
  • Color H: Dokkum (1302) – 285m
  • Color I: Amstelveen (1277) – 285m
  • Color J: Wolvega (1099) – 675m
  • Color K: Sint Niklaas (2019) – 250m
  • Color L: Zandvoort (1218) – 225m
  • Color M: Hasselt (2010) – 205m
  • Color N: Ermelo (1710) – 180m
  • Color O: Venlo (1080) – 145m
  • Color P: Sittard (1130) – 90m
  • Color Q: Den Bosch (1241) – 50m
  • Color R: Luik (2006) – 30m

You will also need a 6.5mm crochet hook and a needle to work away yarn tails.

Final Measurements

The final size of your blanket will depend on your gauge and personal style of crochet. If you follow my gauge and blocking your blanket will be approximately 135cm x 155cm when finished. This is a comfortable lapghan for use in a comfy couch.

Abbreviations

Please note that US Crochet Terminology is used for this pattern. If you are more familiar with UK terms, please use this conversion chart as needed.

  • ss – slip stitch
  • s – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side
  • pixel – ch3 and 3dc worked into a ch3-space

Notes

The entire blanket is worked using two strands of yarn at the same time. Sometimes you work with two strands that have the same color, sometimes two strands with a different color. Keep paying attention to changing color at the appropriate points. When changing color you will always change only one of the two strands.

Tip: split each ball of yarn into two equal cakes to make it more easy to use two identical strands at the same time.

This blanket is made using corner-to-corner technique. I have a video tutorial available that is part of my Crochet Fundamentals series to show you the general steps involved in C2C.

Gauge

As such, gauge is not critical for this project. If you want to obtain a blanket similar in size to mine your blanket should to be about 14cm x 14cm after row 6 (unblocked). Change your hook size appropriately if needed.


Instructions

Work the blanket in 4 distinct stages; first start with increasing the diagonal of the blanket, secondly keep the diagonal constant and increase only the length of the blanket, thirdly decrease the diagonal of the blanket to finish the inner part, and lastly make the border.

Increasing the diagonal

In the first part of the pattern increase the diagonal till the width of the main part of the blanket is reached.

Row 1 (RS)

Use two strands of Color A. Ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to the end. Turn your work. [1 pixel]

Row 2 (WS)

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. With the WS of pixel 1 facing and the RS of the pixel of Row 2 just worked facing, line up the top of the dc just worked with the top of the dc’s of from Row 1 so that the 2 pixels are touching. ss in the space created by the ch3 at the top of pixel of Row 1.

ch3, 3dc in ch3-space. Turn your work. [2 pixels]

Row 3 (RS)

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from Row 2. ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel, ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [3 pixels]

Row 4

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from the previous row. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [1 pixels more than the previous row]

Rows 5 – 47

Repeat Row 4 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 1 – 4: 2 strands of Color A (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 5 & 6: 1 strand of Color A & 1 strand of Color B
  • row 7 – 10: 2 strands of Color B
  • row 11 & 12: 1 strand of Color B & 1 strand of Color C
  • row 13 – 16: 2 strands of Color C
  • row 17 & 18: 1 strand of Color C & 1 strand of Color D
  • row 19 – 22: 2 strands of Color D
  • row 23 & 24: 1 strand of Color D & 1 strand of Color E
  • row 25 – 28: 2 strands of Color E
  • row 29 & 30: 1 strand of Color E & 1 strand of Color F
  • row 31 – 34: 2 strands of Color F
  • row 35 & 36: 1 strand of Color F & 1 strand of Color G
  • row 37 – 40: 2 strands of Color G
  • row 41 & 42: 1 strand of Color G & 1 strand of Color H
  • row 43 – 46: 2 strands of Color H
  • row 47: 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I

Constant diagonal

In this part the diagonal is kept constant. This means that the number of pixels per row is the same for each row. At this point you should have 47 pixels on your diagonal.

Row 48

Turn your work. Using 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I ss into the next stitches and into the ch3-space. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [47 pixels]

Row 49

Using 2 strands of Color I, ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from the previous row. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. Do not work a pixel on top of the last pixel from the previous row. [47 pixels]

Rows 50 – 59

Repeat Rows 48 and 49 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 48: 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 49 – 52: 2 strands of Color I (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 53 & 54: 1 strand of Color I & 1 strand of Color J
  • row 55 – 58: 2 strands of Color J
  • row 59: 1 strand of Color C & J strand of Color K

Decreasing the diagonal

In this part of the pattern the diagonal is decreased to form a rectangle.

Row 60

Turn your work. Using 1 strand of Color J & 1 strand of Color K ss into the next stitches and into the ch3-space. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. Turn your work without working on top of the last pixel. [1 pixels less than the previous row]

Rows 61 – 105

Repeat Row 60 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 60: 1 strand of Color J & 1 strand of Color K (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 61 – 64: 2 strands of Color K
  • row 65 & 66: 1 strand of Color K & 1 strand of Color L
  • row 67 – 70: 2 strands of Color L
  • row 71 & 72: 1 strand of Color L & J strand of Color M
  • row 73 – 76: 2 strands of Color M
  • row 77 & 78: 1 strand of Color M & J strand of Color N
  • row 79 – 82: 2 strands of Color N
  • row 83 & 84: 1 strand of Color N & J strand of Color O
  • row 85 – 88: 2 strands of Color O
  • row 89 & 90: 1 strand of Color O & J strand of Color P
  • row 91 – 94: 2 strands of Color P
  • row 95 & 96: 1 strand of Color P & J strand of Color Q
  • row 97 – 100: 2 strands of Color Q
  • row 101 & 102: 1 strand of Color Q & J strand of Color R
  • row 103 – 105: 2 strands of Color R

Cut off your yarn and bind off.

WIP_C2C_blanket_2

Yarn tails & blocking

Before continuing with the border it is wise to work away all your yarn tails from the center of the blanket. I also suggest blocking your center before doing the border. The C2C stitches tend to pull inward and your border will be very wobbly if you don’t block the blanket first.

The unblocked inner part of your blanket will be about 110cm x 130cm. Block this to 125cm x 145cm. Your blocked blanket will look something like this.

WIP spectrum C2C blanket

Border

Row 1

*(sc, ch2, sc) in the corner of any pixel at the corner of the blanket. ** ch3, skip the next pixel, sc between two pixels. ** Repeat from ** to ** till the last pixel, ch3, skip to the corner pixel. * Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Close with a ss to the first s. ss to corner ch2-space.

Row 2

(ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. *skip next sc, 3dc in next ch3-space * Repeat from * to * till the last ch3-space, skip last sc.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. ** skip next sc, 3dc in next ch3-space. ** Repeat from ** to ** till the last ch3-space, skip last sc. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Close to ch3 with ss. ss to ch2-space.

Row 3

(ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. 1dc in every s till the end.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. 1dc in every s till the end. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Close to ch3 with ss. ss to ch2-space.

Row 4 – 6

Repeat row 3. Close row 6 with an invisible join.

border spectrum c2c blanket

Block again to Finish

Weave in all ends and block one more time to approximately 135cm x 155cm. Especially the border will need blocking because it will wobble a bit after completing.


And then you are all done!

spectrum c2c blanket

I love how this blanket worked out. It is my first blanket design, and I am actually very proud of it. I would love to see your blankets. Feel free to share on my Facebook page or tag me into one of your posts on Facebook or Instagram.

With love,

Esther

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Spectrum C2C blanket finished!

Tadah! It’s finished, my Corner-to-Corner Crochet blanket is all done. It worked up really fast and was such a joy to work on because the stitch is so easy. I have given this blanket the name “Spectrum” because of the colors flowing into one another and maybe it is just a little Bond too!

Spectrum C2C blanket 1

I started this blanket just a few weeks ago using Scheepjes Color Crafter in 18 shades.  If you are are looking for this yarn (which is available in over 90 colors by the way) you can buy it from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist. The colors I have chosen may seem random at first glance, but looking at the finished result there was at least some method to my madness, right?

scheepjes color crafter

This blanket is very warm because I am using the yarn double stranded. This meant that sometimes I had the blanket more next to me than on top of me whilst I was working on it. It is nice and warm in my back yarn, too warm for a winter blanket to be honest! But soon it will be cold again and then this blanket is going to be absolutely fabulous on my couch.

spectrum C2C blanket

I decided to add a simple, yet elegant border to the blanket. I wanted the color gradient to be the most predominant aspect of the blanket, but at the same time I felt it missed something if there was no border. The grey border is for me the finishing touch.

spectrum C2C blanket

And just a few more pics because I love this blanket so much….

spectrum C2C blanket

spectrum C2C blanket

I will get to writing up the free pattern this week. If all goes according to plan I will have all the details ready for you next week.

With love,

Esther

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Announcement: Demelza Blanket CAL

I would like to announce that I will be doing video tutorials for the Demelza blanket designed by Catherine Bligh. The blanket has been inspired by the character Demelza from Poldark, a series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 20th century and recently adapted for television by the BBC.

The design is completed and is available in English and Dutch. You can jump right in and start making it or you can join me and a lovely group of ladies and make your Demelza blanket as part of a crochet along.

Photo: Demelza Blanket by Catherine Bligh

Yarn

You need about 3300 meters of yarn for this project. I am using Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn in 13 lovely colors. At this point I have no idea on my colorway (that’s normal for me), so I don’t know exactly how much of each color I will be using. I expect to need 2 or 3 balls of each color.

demelza blanket yarn stonewashed

I am using the following colors: Moonstone (801), Boulder Opal (804), Canada Jade (806), Red Jasper (807), Corundum Ruby (808)Deep Amethyst (811), Lemon Quartz (812), Amazonite (813), Green Agate (815), Coral (816), Citrine (817), Lilac Quartz (818), and  New Jade (819). I will be using a 3.5mm hook in combination with the Stone Washed yarn.

Scheepjes Stone Washed is a mix fiber with a cotton center and an acrylic outer layer. This mix gives it a very unique look and feel. The yarn comes in 23 shades and two weights. I am using the regular version which is a fingering/4-ply weight yarn, but it also comes in worsted/aran weight variety known as Stone Washed XL. You can buy Scheepjes Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Deramores (UK), Paradise Fibers (US/CA), Caro’s Atelier (NL), or your local Scheepjes Stockist.

Joining the CAL

The Demelza blanket is already completed and if you want to you can start right away. However, I will be publishing my videos as part of the Facebook group Pippin Crochet Club that are hosting the Demelza blanket as a CAL. If you want to partake in this CAL, join the Pippin Crochet Club.

Giveaway

If you love Scheepjes Stone Washed, go over to the Pippin Crochet Club where they will be running a yarny giveaway next week. You will be have the opportunity to win a beautiful kit containing all 23 colors in the Scheepjes Stone Washed range. This giveaway is made possible by Scheepjes.

Video’s

I will release my videos in line with the CAL starting august 25, 2016. After that a new video will be released every two weeks for a total of 7 videos. If you follow along with the CAL, you will have your Demelza blanket ready end of November. Perfect timing for a beautiful Christmas gift.

Demelza Blanket Yarn Stonewashed - 1

I hope to see you all at the start of this new project.

With love,

Esther

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Color your life with Color Crafter

You know that feeling when you have an idea in your head and it does not want to go away? That pesky little idea that just wants you to act on it? This little idea has led to me rummaging through my yarn stash looking for yarn and I found just what I was looking for: Scheepjes Color Crafter.

scheepjes color crafter

I have been blessed with leftovers from other projects as well as several odd colored balls in my stash. But no worries, there isn’t a color that does not have a purpose. I rummaged through my impressive stash and found 18 colors that match up beautifully. “That many!” I hear you say? Don’t worry, there is method to the madness.

scheepjes color crafter

I want to play with color and have one flow into the next like a warm summer wind. It is middle of summer, but I want to make a warm blanket to snuggle up under on a cold winter’s night with a glass of wine and good company.

scheepjes color crafter

It’s kind of funny that I am using an acrylic yarn for what is going to be my first blanket design. When I started to crochet I started with acrylic yarn, just like everyone really. I used the cheap stuff you buy at discount stores because it was readily available and I had no knowledge of the different kinds of yarn. I made a few small things and soon came to hate acrylic yarn. I hated how it scratched my hands and how it pilled within weeks of completing my first cushion (needless to say that cushion has been thrown out). I transferred to cotton yarn and just loved it; and honestly haven’t given acrylic yarn another look since then.

Color Crafter Yarn - 3

But then came Last Dance on the Beach, the Scheepjes CAL 2016 in which I used Color Crafter to make the video tutorials for you. Color Crafter in a premium acrylic yarn and that makes a world of difference. Acrylic yarn is a synthetic material and dependent on the material properties of the polymer used to make the yarn, you will get different properties and ultimately also different price points. Unlike the stuff I’ve used before, this yarn is soft to work with, has a beautiful drape and as far as I can tell it does not pill. I have adapted my opinion on acrylic yarn, but only on the good stuff 😀  Color Crafter is available in over 90 colors, so your perfect shade must be in there somewhere. You can buy Scheepjes Color Crafter from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist.

All Scheepjes Color Crafter colors

Like I said, I will be making a warm color chancing blanket. Be sure to pop by next week to see how the blanket is coming along.

With love,

Esther

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