Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tutorial: Zigzagzig Blanket



 

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Please note: this pattern is in American terms. British terms are in [brackets]

·         Gauge: not important. Make your blanket as long or as short as you like, make your triangles bigger or smaller by adding more rows or crocheting fewer.
·         Hook: use the hook recommended by your yarn manufacturer
·         Yarn quantity: as this is a scrap blanket, no exact quantities can be given. However, my experience has been that a full sized (generous single bed / a cover for a standard double bed) requires about 15 balls of worsted weight yarn (e.g. RHSS), approx. 4 of which are the ‘main colour’ (here: dark grey). Your mileage may vary, depending on the size of your blanket, your hook size and how tightly/loosely you crochet.















Triangle

Ch 5, join with a slip stitch to form a small ring
Rd. 1 Into ring: ch 3, 2DC, ch 2.
Join new color after this and every other round.

Rd. 2- 7
Ch 3, 1 DC in same (first) stitch,
1 DC in each DC till corner space,
2 DC + 2ch + 2 DC in corner,
1 DC in each stitch till the last. 2 DC in last stitch.
 

When you have seven rows (or larger, as you wish), cut yarn and weave in end. Place the triangles as shown in the photo below and whipstitch them together. I sewed 13 triangles together per strip.

Half-triangle
In order to get a straighter edge, I created a triangle half the size of the others and sewed it in place at the end of each strip.

Ch 5, join with a slip stitch to form a small ring
Rd. 1 Into ring: ch 3, 5 DC
Rd. 2- 7
Ch 3, 1 DC in same (first) stitch,
1 DC in each DC till last stitch,
2 DC in last stitch. 

How do I join the strips?
You can, of course, simply sew them together, but I wanted to create a clearer zigzag pattern, so I crocheted a line of DC [TR]s across one side of each strip in the main color (here: dark grey), then sewed this grey edge to the next strip. This created a ‘line’ between the busy colors and emphasized the colorful zigzags.

As a rule of thumb, I crocheted 2 DC [TR]s into the (sideways) DC [TR]s along the sides of the triangles. Sometimes I used into the top of a triangle (here, for example, into the top of the green one), if the crocheted strip dipped a little too much.
 







  How do I edge the blanket?
I crocheted enough strips of triangles to make the blanket roughly square, though you, of course, could crochet longer strips of triangles and make your blanket a rectangular shape. When all of the strips were sewn together, I just crocheted two rounds of DC [TR]s in the main color, grey, with 1 DC [TR]+ 2 ch + 1 DC [TR] in each corner.