How to Crochet the For the Love of Texture Afghan
Updated: Jun 10
Hi guys! I am so excited to be sharing a new blanket pattern with you. It feels like it's been ages since I've posted about a blanket, so it's nice to switch things up, and bring some balance back to the blog. This blanket is made using the single crochet, half double crochet, and puff stitch to create tons of texture. There is also some fun colour work to hold your interest as you crochet. Whose ready to get started?
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I started working on this blanket over a year and a half ago, and I didn't have an end goal in mind when I crocheted the first panel. I just played around with some stitches until I liked what I saw. I was able to finish the first three panels of the blanket before I got busy with other things; life always gets in the way of our crochet time, doesn't it? Anyway, this blanket got put on the back burner and thrown in the closet, until I re-discovered it during quarantine. While the isolation hasn't been great, I have to admit that it's given me plenty of time to crochet.
Approximately 1700 yds of any medium 4 worsted weight yarn
*6.5 mm crochet hook
My Yarn Choice
*Colour A: Vanna's Choice Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd/ 155 m, 3.5 oz/ 99 g) - Linen (3 skeins)
*Colour B: Vanna's Choice Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 170 yd/ 155 m, 3.5 oz/ 99 g) - Honey (3 skeins)
*Colour C: Caron One Pound Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 812 yd/ 742 m, 454g/ 16 oz) - Denim (1 skein)
Colour D: Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd/ 329 m, 7 oz/ 198 g) - White (1 skein)
This blanket measures 44" x 49", which is a little short for most throws (I sadly ran out of yarn). You can easily make this blanket longer by using the adjustment instructions below. The length and width of this blanket make it a nice size for a lapghan or a small throw.
Making Adjustments to your Blanket
Width: The width of your blanket is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 148, but if you'd like to customize the width of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be a multiple of 10 + 8.
Length: To make your blanket shorter/longer than the original pattern, continue to repeat Row 7 - 18, until you are satisfied with the length of your blanket. Then finish the blanket with Row 115 - 123.
The Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial
I've included a photo tutorial below, to guide you through the steps of making a puff stitch. However, if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to an excellent tutorial by ExpressionsFiberArts.
In my blanket, I experimented with the size of the puff stitches to figure out which one I liked best. On the left, you'll see the puff stitch created by repeating step 2, two more times. On the right, you'll see the puff stitch created by repeating step 2, three more times. The more times you repeat step 2, the larger your puff stitch will be.
Step 1: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the stitch.
Step 2: Yarn over and draw up a loop - you should have 3 loops on your hook.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2, two (or three) more times - you should have 7 (or 9) loops on your hook.
Step 4: Yarn over and pull through the first 6 (or 8) loops on your hook- you should have 2 loops remaining on your hook.
Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops to close the stitch.
The Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch
The crossed half double crochet stitch looks like an "X" because one half double crochet is worked over the other. To make this stitch, skip the first stitch and work one half double crochet in the next stitch. Then, go back to the stitch you skipped, and work one half double crochet in that stitch. And you're done! If you prefer to see a visual, here is a link to a Youtube Tutorial that will familiarize you with this technique.
Changing Colour Technique
This blanket changes colour at the end of each panel, and throughout Row 8. Whether you are changing colour at the end of the row or mid-way through a row, the technique is the same. You will always be changing colours before you complete the final stitch in a given colour. For example, in Row 8, you will be working single crochets in white, and puff stitches in a different colour. The pattern tells you to make 4 single crochets between each puff stitch.
Before you close the last single crochet (pulling through the two loops on your hook), drop the white yarn.
Pick up the new colour (green) and pull it through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. You've closed the single crochet and changed colours!
Let's get to the pattern!
St(s) - stitch(es)
Hk - hook
Ch - chain
Sk - skip
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Ps - puff stitch
 - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
Gauge: Approximately 14 st x 9 rows in 4” x 4”
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across. Turn. (14 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in 1st st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains. Hdc in last st of row. Turn. (2 hdc + 6 crossed hdc pairs)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Hdc in each st across. Turn. (14 hdc)
Row 5 - 6: Repeat Row 4.
Row 7 - 8: Repeat Row 2.
Row 9: Repeat Row 4.
Work the last stitch of each row in the beginning chain of the previous row, to create a straighter edge.
In Row 8, you will be working with two colours. All of the single crochets are worked with Colour D (white) and all of the puff stitches are worked in the panel colour (blue, honey, or beige).
*When you are crocheting row 8, make sure to carry your yarn through, so that you can easily change colour throughout the row.
A colour chart is provided above to show when to change colour throughout the blanket.
If you'd like a refresher on changing colour, there is a photo tutorial above to help you!
The beginning chain of each row does NOT count as a stitch.
Ch 148 (or a multiple of 10 + 8)
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn (146 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn (146 hdc).
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. (Stitch Count: 2 hdc, 72 crossed hdc pairs)
Row 5: Repeat Row 4.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across (146 sc). Turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first 3 st(s), [ps in next st, sc in next 4 st(s)] until 3 st(s) remain; ps in next st, and sc in last 2 st(s) of row. Turn. (Stitch Count: 29 ps, 117 sc)
Begin working your first set of single crochets in Colour D (white) and change colour before you finish your last single crochet (Picture 1 & 2). With your new colour (green), work a puff stitch in the next stitch (Picture 3). When there are two loops remaining on your hook, drop your new colour, and pull Colour D through the 2 loops on your hook to close the puff stitch (Picture 4 & 5). Now work the next set of single crochets with Colour D (Picture 6). Make sure to carry your yarn through as you crochet, so that you can easily make these colour changes (shown in Picture 6).
Row 9: Repeat Row 7.
Row 10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 11 - 12: Repeat Row 4.
Row 13 - 15: Repeat Row 2.
Row 16 - 17: Repeat Row 4.
Row 18: Repeat Row 2.
Row 19 - 30: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 31 - 42: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 43 - 54: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 55 - 66: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 67 - 78: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 79 - 90: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 91 - 102: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
Row 103 - 114: Repeat Row 7 - 18.
If you'd like to make your blanket longer, repeat Row 7 - 18 until you are satisfied with the length of your blanket. Then finish the blanket with Rows 115 - 123.
Panel # 11 (End): This panel is different!
Row 115 - 123: Repeat Row 7 - 15.
Fasten off and weave in ends!
And You're Done!
Congratulations! You've finished making your first For the Love of Texture blanket. I hope that you enjoyed making this as much as I did. If you loved this pattern, please share it, so that others can make it too!
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If you liked this blanket and want to make another, try the Coziness is a Mood Throw. It's a fun, textured project that works up quickly and uses some of the softest yarn around!
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!