This is a free chunky crochet blanket pattern made using the almond ridges stitch and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.

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Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

I love getting cozy next to the fire on a crisp fall day or snowy winter evening. Sitting by the fire is probably one of favorites things in life. Watching the flames dance and listening to the crackle….so relaxing! 

Now, add in a cup of hot tea and a big, chunky blanket, some yarn and my crochet hook and I will be all set. 

At the time of this blogpost, I am living full time in a canvas bell tent (scroll down for photos). Since I live in the north, tenting it in the winter can be a challenge (though not impossible!). Making sure that I have a huge stack of warm blankets is a necessity for the seemingly endless winter days. 

When designing this chunky crochet blanket, I wanted something with striking fall colors, yet that would be warm enough to carry me through the long winter months. Consequently, using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn gives me that extra bulk and warmth that I was looking for. 

Free Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

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My Tent Home

Although I’m not writing this blog post to go into detail about my full time tent life, this blanket design is inspired by my tent life and the long winter days spent inside my tent. So here are a few photos of my tent!

Additionally, my son, Britton does write a weekly newsletter called CampLife365 about our tent life. With this in mind, if you find our lifestyle intriguing and would like to know more, feel free to subscribe below:

The Almond Ridge Stitch

Free Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

There are two reasons why I love this crochet stitch so much. One, I love the cable-look that it has. The beautiful texture works well for a crochet blanket. Secondly, I find this stitch so relaxing! This is an easy repeat where I can just crochet on auto-pilot. I enjoy watching the repetitive motion of my hook and feeling the yarn flow through my fingers. 

Furthermore, as someone who experiences panic attacks, I find this blanket pattern to be a really great way to help keep my mind calm. Rather than being glued to an intricate crochet pattern, with this crochet blanket pattern, I can just crochet

If you don’t know how to make the Almond Ridges stitch, then check out this blog post

Video Tutorial for the Almond Ridges Stitch:

Free Crochet Chunky Blanket Pattern

MATERIALS:

  • Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn from Lion Brand in these colors:
    • 2+ skeins of Fisherman*
    • 2+ skeins of Mustard*
    • 1.5 skeins of Spice
    • 1.5 skeins of Peanut
    • 1.5 skeins of Succulent
  • N-13 (9mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

*For the color scheme I chose, I used Fisherman on one end for the fringe and Mustard on the other end for fringe. I used 1.5 skeins for the crochet portion and the other .5 plus a little bit from a third skein for the fringe. So keep in mind that whatever colors you choose for your fringe, you will need just over a half of a skein for each end.

Color Scheme for the Chunky Crochet Blanket

*These numbers do NOT reflect actual stitch/row counts! This is simply to show you the colors I used and in what order. I matched my fringe color on each end. So for the bottom fringe, I used Fisherman and for the top fringe I used the Mustard.

SKILL LEVEL:

  • Advanced beginner. This pattern uses basic stitches, but being able to tension your yarn properly is very important.

PATTERN NOTES:

  • This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Loose tension is very important for this particular design! You may need to go up a hook size or two if you have very tight tension.

Free Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):

ch = chain
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet

GAUGE:

  • Gauge is not important for this pattern.

FINISHED SIZE:

(laying flat and assembled but without Pom Pom):

  • Length: approx. 50″ 
  • Width at brim: approx. 45″

Instructions for the Chunky Crochet Blanket

You can make this crochet blanket as large or as small as you please. Simply adjust your starting chain to any multiple of 8 + 5.

My blanket is a total of 90 rows. I used each color for 18 rows. You can choose to follow my color changes or you do your own thing and use as many or as few colors as you’d like.

Row 1: ch 85, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch. [hdc in each of next 4 ch, sl st in each of next 4 ch] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: working in the back loops only in every row from now on make 1 sl st blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 hdc blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts.] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: make 1 hdc blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: repeat row 3.

Rows 5-90: repeat rows 1- 4 until you reach 90 rows OR until your desired blanket size.

Fasten off, weave in ends and start attaching the fringe. Instructions below:

Attaching the Fringe to the Chunky Crochet Blanket

  1. For each ‘piece’ of fringe, you will cut two strands of yarn about 12″ long. Treat the two strands as if they were one.
  2. Fold them in half making a loop at the top
  3. With your crochet hook, pull the loop through the first stitch at the bottom of your blanket
  4. Pull the fringe ends through the loop tightly to secure it. Trim the fringe to your desired length.

Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

Free Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern

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