How to Crochet the Coziness is a Mood Blanket
Updated: Jun 17
Hi guys! In this post, we will be indulging in some selfish crochet. "Selfish crochet? What? I never make anything for myself," you might be thinking. Well, it's time to change that. Today is all about you. It's about taking a step back from creating for other people, to make something special for yourself. As Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec would say, "Treat yo' self!". This crochet throw is designed to reflect coziness, self-care, and indulgence. It is made using a large crochet hook - to help speed up the making process - and soft, luxurious yarn that won't break your budget (I promise). Let's get started!
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Last night, I slept with this throw on top of my comforter (I like to sleep under the weight of 2 blankets). It was so soft and comfortable - something that I am not always used to with crochet blankets. While I love crocheting blankets, they aren't always as soft as I would like them to be. I am notorious for using cheap(er) yarn that isn't exactly soft to the touch. This blanket is different though. I wish I could pass you this blanket through the screen, so you could test it out for yourself, but for now you'll just have to take my word for it. For this throw, I used Red Heart Hygge yarn which is a basic acrylic yarn twisted with short fur. The result is a very soft and drapey bulky weight yarn that is perfect for blankets, sweaters, pillows, and more. Usually, I shy away from this yarn because it's over my $5/ball budget, but I found a great deal online ($4.90 CAD/ball at Blick Art Materials, plus free international shipping).
About this Blanket:
This blanket is worked width-wise, meaning that your starting chain is the width of your blanket (this will never change). As you crochet each row, your blanket becomes longer. Therefore, make sure that you are happy with the width of your chain before you begin.
This blanket uses the lemon peel stitch to create a soft, squishy texture. The lemon peel stitch alternates between the single and double crochet stitch.
This blanket features thick tassels on each corner, but these are optional. Instructions and a photo tutorial is provided below to guide you through the making process.
This blanket is a simple rectangle that is designed to be a throw. However, it can easily be adjusted to be a baby blanket, or fit a twin, queen, or king size bed.
*9.0 mm crochet hook
*12 Skeins of Red Heart Hygge Yarn Weight 5 Bulky (70% Acrylic and 30% Nylon, 132 yd/ 121 m, 5 oz/ 142g) Colour - Lavender - Approximately 1540 yds used in this project
1 Bundle of Cotton Perle DMC Thread Weight 5 (100% Cotton, 27.3 yd/ 25 m) Colour - Colorfast (Purple)
Alternative Yarn Option:
Red Heart Hygge is a great yarn to work with, but it's nice to have options. A great alternative to this yarn is *Red Heart Soft Essentials. This yarn is a bulky weight 5 that is incredibly soft, has a nice sheen to it, and comes in 20 different colours. It is identical to the Red Heart Hygge yarn in weight and yardage, but it lacks the "furry" texture of the Hygge.
Another great alternative would be the *Caron Latte Cakes. It is a self-striping bulky weight 5 yarn that looks very similar to the hygge fluffiness. I haven't used this yarn yet (it's on my list of yarns to try), so please make sure to check your gauge if you choose to use it.
This blanket measures 41.5" x 61".
Making Adjustments to your Blanket:
Your width is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 86, but if you’d like to customize the width of your blanket (i.e. make it wider/less wide), your chain must be a multiple of 2 (ie. an even number).
Your blanket is worked width-wise, which means you have control over the length of your blanket. To make your blanket shorter, crochet less than 111 rows. To make your blanket longer, continue to repeat row 2 until you are satisfied with the length. Two rows of this blanket measure approximately 1" in length.
Let's get to the pattern, shall we?
Ch - chain
Beg - beginning
Hk - hook
St - stitch
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
 - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
Gauge: Approximately 9 st x 8 rows in 4” x 4”
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk, [sc in next st, dc in next st] to end of row. Turn. (5 dc + 4 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] to end of row. Turn. (5 dc + 4 sc)
Row 3 - 9: Repeat Row 2.
The Lemon Peel Stitch/Link to a Video Tutorial
This stitch is full of texture, but is created using simple stitches. It is made by crocheting one double crochet in the 1st stitch, followed by one single crochet in the 2nd stitch, followed by one double crochet in the 3rd stitch, and so on. This double/single crochet alternating pattern is repeated across the row. Each row in your blanket will start with a double crochet in the first stitch, and finish with a single crochet in the last stitch. If you get distracted and forget which stitch should be worked, use the following trick: every double crochet stitch is made in the single crochet stitch below it; and every single crochet stitch is made in the double crochet stitch below it. If you would like to see a visual of this stitch pattern, here is a great tutorial by Heart Hook Home.
The beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch.
Every row will begin with a double crochet in the first stitch and end with a single crochet in the last stitch.
The last stitch of each row is worked into the beginning chain of the previous row to create a “straight” edge.
 - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
Row 1: Dc in Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk, [sc in next st, dc in next st] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc. Turn. (42 dc + 42 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc. Turn. (42 dc + 42 sc)
Row 3 - 111: Repeat Row 2.
*If you choose to make your blanket longer, keep repeating Row 2 until you are satisfied with the length of your blanket.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
What blanket is complete without adding some tassels? We will be making 4 thick tassels to add to each corner of the blanket. These are optional, but if you choose to make them, you will need approx. 1/2 a ball of yarn and some thread or thin yarn of the same colour. Your thread or thin yarn colour can match your yarn completely, or be a different shade to add some contrast. I chose to use a slightly darker purple thread to make the tassel "pop".
Tip: Before you start crocheting with your last ball of yarn, make your 4 tassels. This will ensure that you have enough yarn to make them AND your tassels will be "straighter". Using yarn from the end of the ball will make you tassels wavy/curly. For aesthetic purposes, tassels should be as straight as possible.
*Make 4 tassels:
Step 1: Wrap your yarn around a 6 - 8" book (depending on how long you want your tassels to be) approximately 25 times.
Step 2: Cut the yarn in the center of the book with a pair of scissors.
Step 3: Hold the yarn in place with your index finger, making sure the tassel is even on both sides.
Step 4: Begin wrapping the tassel with thread approximately 15 times or until you are satisfied with the look of it.
Step 5: Leave a long tail of thread to attach the tassel to your blanket, before you cut the thread.
Step 6: With your yarn needle, move the thread through the center of the tassel to the top. Now you can begin to sew your tassel to your blanket. Weave the thread in and out, and knot it at certain places throughout your blanket to secure it. When you feel that it is secure enough, snip off any excess thread.
And voila! You've added your first tassel to your blanket. Repeat Steps 1 - 6, three more times to make all of your tassels.
Congratulations! You just made your first Coziness is a Mood blanket! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. If you use my pattern, please tag me in your posts because I’d love to see what you make (Instagram: @thispixiecreates).
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If you love experimenting with colour and texture, The Mountain Mama might be the next project for you. This blanket has tons of texture, created with simple stitches that are repeated throughout the pattern. It uses a large crochet hook and bulky weight yarn, so you will be finished in no time at all.
Thank you so much for following along with me. Happy crocheting!