Hello Inspired Crocheters,
I have a beautiful free pattern to share with you today–the Windowpane Blanket!
This gorgeous blanket and wall hanging design came out of a beautiful sunset I saw on a trip to the ocean. I loved this combination of pinks, corals, blues, and violets that seemed to brush themselves across the sky like a watercolor painting.
The crochet motif that makes up this blanket uses post stitch lines that remind me of the muntins of a windowpane, suggesting a view. The corner eyelets offer a beautiful graphic contrast for the eye to dance across the dapples of color. The pattern is offered in three sizes to create a gorgeous wall hanging, a baby blanket, or a full-size throw blanket.
WINDOWPANE BLANKET PATTERN
20” [51 cm] wide and 30” [76 cm] long
30” [76 cm] wide and 35” [89 cm] long
50” [127 cm] wide and 65” [165 cm] long
Wisdom Poems (100% Wool; 109 yd [100 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]); #615 Cruise:
For Wall Hanging: 5 skeins
For Baby Blanket: 9 skeins
For Throw Blanket: 26 skeins
Wall Hanging Yarn Substitutions: 545 yd [499 m] /9 oz [250 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)
Baby Blanket Yarn Substitutions: 1260 yd [1153 m] /16 oz [450 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)
Throw Blanket Yarn Substitutions: 3640 yd [3329 m] /46 oz [1300 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)
Size H/8 [5.0 mm]
For Wall Hanging Only: ½” [1.27 cm] dowel rod cut 3-5” [8-13 cm] wider than your crochet piece
One 5-round block = 5” [13 cm] square motif after blocking
- This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
- This design offers a crochet block motif using post stitches and “wide” double crochet (double crochet worked between stitches instead of into the tops of stitches.
- Blocks are worked in the round with Right Side facing.
- The pattern offers instructions for a wall hanging, and baby sized, and throw blankets, but this block can be used for table runners, garments, or any sized blanket if you sew your squares into a different shape.
Front post double crochet (fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook front-to-back through your work, so that the post you want to crochet around is in front of your hook; yarn over and pull through…3 loops on hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.
Long chain (LC): Instead of using a standard 3-ch turning chain, I use a long chain (LC). When you are ready to begin working a new round, simply pull a long loop up to the approximate height of your next stitch. You do not need to yarn over or pull, it will appear to be a simple loop. Go ahead and work the first stitch of the round as indicated, you will see that the LC tucks in neatly next to the stitch becoming almost invisible.
See CHART for assistance.
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), [dc, ch 3] 3 times into ring, sl st to first dc made to join rnd…4 dc, 4 3-ch sps made.
Rnd 2: LC, *fpdc around next dc, (2 dc—ch 3—2 dc) in next 3-ch sp; rep from * 4 times, sl st to first fpdc to join rnd…16 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.
Rnd 3: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, dc between next 2 dc, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, dc betw next 2 dc, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…24 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.
Rnd 4: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, (dc between next 2 dc) twice, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, (dc betw next 2 dc) twice, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…32 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.
Rnd 5: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, (dc betw next 2 dc) 3 times, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, (dc betw next 2 dc) 3 times, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…40 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.
For Wall Hanging: Make 24 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.
For Baby Blanket: Make 42 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.
For Throw Blanket: Make 130 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.
Lay out squares in rows and columns as explained below, RS facing up. Create an arrangement with a color gradient moving from light at the bottom to dark at the top. Always work to an arrangement that is pleasing to your eye. See below for the configuration of squares and rows for each project.
For Wall Hanging:
4 x 6 (4 vertical rows, 6 horizontal rows)
For Baby Blanket:
6 x 7 (6 vertical rows, 7 horizontal rows)
For Adult Throw/Afghan
10 x 13 (10 vertical rows, 13 horizontal rows)
Sew or slip stitch squares together in rows. Sew or slip stitch rows to rows until all squares have been joined. Wet block if desired, drying completely.
ADD BORDER (optional)
If desired, add a border of double crochet.
Join yarn in any corner 3-ch sp and pull up a loop.
Border Round: LC, *5 dc in corner, dc in each st and ch-sp to next corner 3-ch sp; rep from * around joining rnd with a sl st in first dc made.
TO MOUNT AS A WALL HANGING
Cut dowel to size 3-5” [8-13 cm] wider than crochet piece. Sew crochet onto dowel using an overcast stitch to lash the piece to the dowel rod.
Create Hanging Cord:
Cut a generous length of yarn to hang your dowel—I used about 50” [127 cm]. Attach it by tying a double knot at one end of the dowel leaving a 10” [25.5 cm] tail, run the yarn length along the top edge of the wall hanging and tie another square knot at the opposite end of the dowel leaving another tail, trim this tail to 10” [25.5 cm]. Wrap the remaining yarn tail 4-5 times around the knot and secure by using a yarn needle to weave the tail through the back of the wrapped yarn several times, trimming excess tail. Repeat at the opposite end of the dowel to secure the second tail.
* repeat the instructions following
the single asterisk as directed
dc double crochet
fpdc see Special Abbreviations
LC see Special Abbreviations
RS Right Side
sl st slip stitch
WS Wrong Side