How to Crochet Gideon's Color Block Blanket

Updated: Mar 1

Are you looking for a new easy-to-make textured blanket pattern to crochet? I have a great new pattern for you and it can be made in any size needed!

The "Gideon's Color Block Blanket" design came about when I was hosting a Mystery Crochet Along in my VIP Facebook Group. I had a wild idea in the middle of the CAL to make a textured blanket with a color block option that the participants could use their appliques for when finished!



Those who participated in the Mystery CAL had no idea at the time that they were making a Castle, Dragon, Prince and Princess applique set and it was exciting to surprise them at the end with this bonus pattern to use with their CAL Pieces!


Here is an example of how I showed them one way of using parts of the applique set to embellish this blanket!

The full applique set as shown below can be found in both my Etsy and Ravelry Shop as well! I have to say the "Baby Dragon" is my favorite! He is so playful and cheeky in all his poses!


I also surprised the Mystery CAL participants with an Alphabet set pattern that I plan to share in the next blog post! Here is how the alphabet looks on this blanket and oh by the way, this is the toddler size blanket!

This blanket worked up surprisingly quick for me and once you get the pattern in your head you will speed through it too I bet! It is a 6 row repeat so its easy to memorize and then you can pretty much crochet it mindlessly!


This blanket can be worked up in several ways when it comes to colors. You can do it in a single color or as many colors as desired! I have included a chart in the instructions with color-changing options but you can have as much fun with the changes as you like!


If you enjoy this pattern as much as I do and would like an ad-free printable version you can visit my Etsy and Ravelry Shop!


So lets get to the instructions on how to crochet this blanket!


“Gideon’s Color Block Blanket”

Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn - Worsted 4 (colors of choice)

  1. For the Toddler Size I used:

  2. 7 Skeins of Loops & Threads Impeccable (1995 yds total)

  3. Each skein was: 285 yds /4.5 oz / 260 m / 127.5 g

  4. 2 Navy

  5. 2 Classic Gray

  6. 2 Citron Green

  7. 1 True Gray

  • Hook - H 5mm

  • Needle

  • Scissors

Stitches:

Ch(s) - chain(s)

Sl st - slip stitch

Sp(s) - space(s)

Sc - single crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - double crochet

BLO - back loop only

FPDC - front post double crochet

BPDC - back post double crochet

CSFS - camel stitch front side

* * - repeat *to*

#st - complete # of sts in same space

St # - complete stitch in next number of spaces


Special Stitches:

Camel StitchFront Side - for this pattern, work a half double crochet stitch into the 3rd loop on the front side of your work. You will not be using the traditional front or back loop at the top of your work.

Skill Level / Language - Beginner/Intermediate. American Standard Terms.


Sizing:

This pattern blanket in the cover photo is a toddler size and is:

  • Approx. 40 inches wide without border

  • Approx. 45 inches tall without border

  • Approx. 43.5 - 44 inches wide with border

  • Approx. 49.5 - 50 inches tall with border

To make another size you will need to use the chart below in the following manner:


  1. Decide on the size you want and make the beginning chain length that corresponds.

  2. You will need to do the 6 row repeat the number of times listed in the 4th column

  3. You can do a color change anywhere that you would like but if you want them perfectly even follow the instructions in the 5th column.

  4. If using the border shown in the cover photo it adds about 1 ¾ to 2 inches on each side.

Swatch:

Note: In Row 4 and 5 the Turning ch counts as a stitch, do not work in same space as ch



Note: Swatch will be approx. 5 inches tall x 6.5 inches wide

  • Begin: Ch 25

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc next 23, ch 1. (24st)

  • Row 2: Turn, CSFS across, ch 2. (24st)

  • Row 3: Turn, BLO dc across, ch 2. (24st)

  • Row 4: Turn, *FPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* accross, FPDC 2, dc, ch 2. (24st)

  • Row 5: Turn, *BPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* across, BPDC 2, dc, ch 1. (24st)

  • Row 6: Turn, sc across, ch 1. (24st)

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc across, ch 1. (24st)

  • Row 8 - 12: Repeat rows 2 - 6. (24st)

Gauge:

  • Multiple of 4 + 1

  • 7 sts = approx. 2 inches or 14 sts = approx. 4 inches *see next photo

  • 6 rows = approx 2.5 inches or 12 rows = approx 5 inches *see next 2 photos

  • 12 rows = approx 5 inches

Pattern Instructions

Note: beginning chains do not count as a stitch unless otherwise stated

Note: In Row 4 & 5 the turning ch counts as a st

Note: Odd rows are the right side up

  • Begin: Ch (109, 141, 145, 185, 213, 317, 385) *see chart below for quick reference

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc to end, ch 1. (108, 140, 144, 184, 212, 315, 384sts)*stitch count will stay the same for all rows

  • Row 2: Turn, CSFS across, ch 2.

  • Row 3: Turn, BLO dc across, ch 2.

Note: Turning ch counts as a stitch for rows 4 & 5 (work around the post of the next st for the first FPDC/BPDC

Note: next photo shows what it will look like using the turning ch as a stitch


Note: if you do not want to use the turning ch as a stitch you can do a DC in the same sp as the ch and then begin your FPDC/BPDC

Note: if you choose not to use the turning has a stitch you with have a more rigid edge and a border will become more necessary

  • Row 4: Turn, *FPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* accross, FPDC 2, dc, ch 2.

  • Row 5: Turn, *BPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* across, BPDC 2, dc, ch 1.

  • Row 6: Turn, sc across, ch 1.

6 Row Repeat

Note: repeat rows 7 - 12 to the desired length

Note: use the chart on page 4 to decide on how many times to repeat and when to change colors

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc across, ch 1.

  • Row 8: Turn, CSFS across, ch 2.

  • Row 9: Turn, BLO dc across, ch 2.

Note: Turning ch counts as a stitch for rows 10 & 11, work around the post of the next st



  • Row 10: Turn, *FPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* accross, FPDC 2, dc, ch 2.

  • Row 11: Turn, *BPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* across, BPDC 2, dc, ch 1.

  • Row 12: Turn, sc across, ch 1.

Border Option

Note: You can do any border you desire with this blanket but this is the option for the border that I did in the original design


Note: This blanket is technically reversible and you can do a border of choice so that either side can be used or choose one side as the right side and proceed with the instructions below

Note: Do one or two increases (as desired) on the corners on each round to keep the corners from curling up

  • Begin: With choice of color join yarn, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Sc around all 4 sides, sl st to join to the first st of round, ch 1.

  • Round 2: Do not turn, hdc around, sl st to join to the first st of the round, ch 1.

  • Round 3: Turn, CSFS in each st around, sl st to join to the first st of the round, ch 1.

  • Round 4: Turn, hdc in each st around, sl st to join to the first st of the round, ch 1.

  • Round 5: Turn, CSFS in each st around, sl st to join to the first st of the round, fasten off.

Optional: to give the border a little extra finishing touch you can turn and do one more round in a crab stitch with an accent color of choice


Congratulations on making the "Gideon's Color Block Blanket!" I hope you enjoyed this simple easy-to-crochet textured blanket pattern! I would love to see your finished photos! Please feel free to share them in the comment section of this post or in my Facebook VIP Group!


Remember that if you enjoy this pattern as much as I do and would like an ad-free printable version you can visit my Etsy and Ravelry Shop!


In my next blog post I plan to share the Alphabet Pattern Set! If you are not already subscribed to my site and do not want to miss this pattern be sure to visit the homepage and subscribe!


I look forward to sharing another great pattern with you soon! Have a wonderful day! See you next time!


Lots of Love and Blessings to each of you!

Karen E.

Orchid and Bee's





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