• Dayna Perry

How to Crochet the Mountain Mama Blanket

Updated: Jun 5

Hi guys! In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to crochet one of the easiest blankets in existence: The Mountain Mama. This blanket has tons of texture, created with simple stitches that are repeated throughout the pattern. It uses 5 basic crochet stitches, along with a large crochet hook and bulky weight yarn; so once you get the hang of it, you will be finished in no time at all!

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What are the 5 Basic Stitches?

I'm glad you asked! This blanket alternates between the following 5 stitches (links to a video tutorial for each stitch provided):

  1. Single Crochet

  2. Extended Single Crochet

  3. Half Double Crochet

  4. Double Crochet

  5. Triple Crochet

This is an easy blanket, so it is a great way for beginners to master a few basic crochet stitches; however, just because it's easy, does not mean it's boring. Crocheters of any level will love this blanket because the alternating stitches keep it interesting; the bulky weight yarn helps it work up quickly; and the colour combinations are endless.


This is the perfect blanket to make while sitting in front of the TV, binge watching your favourite show on Netflix/Prime/Hulu/Disney+, with a hot beverage by your side. Let's get started!

Inspiration:

When I first met Logan, I told him I liked to crochet. His response was, "So, if things go well, I might be able to get a blanket?". Almost two years later, I made him a blanket. His only request was that it be a one-of-a-kind design, so I wasn't allowed to use someone else's pattern. This blanket was created with an open-stitch design for functionality. I wanted it to keep him warm during the winter, but be airy enough for him to use during the summer. If you notice, the length of the blanket is 90" long. This was done on purpose, so he would have lots of room to snuggle underneath and tuck in his feet.

About this Blanket:

  • This blanket is worked length-wise, meaning that your starting chain is the length of your blanket (this will never change). As you crochet each row, your blanket becomes wider. Therefore, make sure that you are happy with the length of your chain before you begin.

  • This blanket can be worked in a single colour, a triple colour combination, or a free-style mode. Colour instructions will be given for the triple colour blanket.


Materials:

  • *10.0mm crochet hook

  • Scissors

  • *Yarn Needle

  • *Single Colour Blanket: Lion Brand Color Made Easy Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 247yd/ 226 m, 7 oz/ 200g) Colour - Millennial 9 - 10 Skeins

  • *Triple Colour Blanket: Lion Brand Color Made Easy Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 247yd/ 226 m, 7 oz/ 200g) Colour A - Huckleberry 7 Skeins, Colour B - Kombucha 2 Skeins, Colour C - Birch 1 Skein


Alternative Yarn Option:

Color Made Easy is 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. I used about 12 balls of this yarn in the color way Greyhound to make a last minute blanket for Christmas. The beauty of the Mountain Mama is that it works up quickly, so you can get it done in no time at all. I was able to whip up this blanket in 4 days, and my in-laws loved it!


Abbreviations:

  • Hk - hook

  • St(s) - stitch(es)

  • Sp - space

  • Sk - skip

  • Ch - chain

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Esc - Extended Single Crochet

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Tc - triple crochet

  • [] - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.



Gauge: Approximately 6 st x 10 rows in 4” x 4”

  • Ch 12

  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk (this counts as a ch 1 and a sc), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn.

  • Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the beg ch-1 of Row 1. Turn.

  • Row 3 - 10: Repeat Row 2.


Pattern Measurements

This blanket measures 48" x 90".

  • Width: 48”

  • Length: 90”


Adjustments to your Blanket

Length:

  • Your length is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 260, but if you’d like to customize the length of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be a multiple of 2.

Width:

  • Your blanket is worked length-wise, which means you have control over the width of your blanket. To make your blanket wider, stop at Row 79, and repeat Row 35 - 79 until you are happy with the width, and finish the blanket with Row 80 - 84.

Colour Chart

Pattern:

Notes:

  • The pattern is written with colour instructions for the Triple Colour Blanket. If you choose to make this blanket in a single colour, ignore the colour changes and do not fasten off until the end.

  • The beginning chain of each row does not count as a 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.

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With Colour A, Ch 260 (or ch multiples of 2 until you are happy with the length of your blanket).


Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk (this counts as a ch 1 and a sc), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn. (130 sc + 130 ch-1 sp)


Row 2: With Colour C, Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the beg ch-1 of Row 1. Turn. (130 sc + 130 ch-1 sp)


Row 3: With Colour A, repeat Row 2.


Row 4: With Colour B, repeat Row 2.


Row 5: With Colour A, repeat Row 2.


Row 6: Ch 3, dc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a dc in beg ch-1 of Row 5. Turn. (130 dc + 130 ch-1 sp)


Row 7 - 10: Repeat Row 6.


Row 11 - 12: Repeat Row 2.

Row 13: Repeat Row 6.


Row 14: Repeat Row 2.


Row 15: Ch 2, hdc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a hdc in beg ch-1 of Row 14. Turn. (130 hdc + 130 ch-1 sp)


Row 16 - 18: Repeat Row 15.


Row 19: Ch 2, esc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, esc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be an esc in beg ch-2 of Row 17. Turn. (130 esc + 130 ch-1 sp)


Row 20 - 22: Repeat Row 19.


Row 23 - 26: Repeat Row 15.

Row 27: Repeat Row 2.


Row 28: Repeat Row 6.


Row 29 - 30: Repeat Row 2.


Row 31 - 35: Repeat Row 6.


Row 36: Repeat Row 2.


Row 37: With Colour B, Repeat Row 2.


Row 38: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2.


Row 39: With Colour B, Ch 4, tc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, tc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a tc in beg ch-1 of Row 35. Turn. (130 tc + 130 ch-1 sp)

Row 40: Repeat Row 39.


Row 41: Repeat Row 2.


Row 42: With Colour C, Repeat Row 2.


Row 43 - 45: With Colour B, Repeat Row 15.


Row 46: With Colour C, Repeat Row 2.


Row 47: With Colour B, Repeat Row 2.

Row 48 - 49: Repeat Row 36.


Row 50: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2.


Row 51: With Colour B, Repeat Row 2.


Row 52: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2.


Row 50 - 79: Repeat Row 6 - 35.


*If you would like to make your blanket wider, stop here. Repeat Row 35 - 79 until you are happy with the width, and finish the blanket with Row 80 - 84.


Row 80: Repeat Row 2.


Row 81: With Colour B, Repeat Row 2.


Row 82: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2.


Row 83: With Colour C, Repeat Row 2.


Row 84: With Colour A, Repeat Row 2.


Tie off and weave in your ends with a yarn needle!


Optional Step:

  • Block your work (to make the rows straight) by stretching out your blanket vertically, and placing straight pins along each end of your blanket to hold it in place. With a spray bottle, spray blanket with water, and let it sit for a few hours/overnight to retain its shape. Unpin it, and your blanket is complete.

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End Notes:

Congratulations! You just made your first Mountain Mama blanket. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can curl up under this beauty while you work on other projects.


Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on this blog.


Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you've made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates ).


Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification - or find a mistake, please feel free to comment below, or send me a message through the "Contact" section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!


If you love experimenting with colour, texture, and vertical stripes, The Bellame Baby Blanket might be the next project for you. Although the original pattern is designed as a baby blanket, there are instructions for how to make this blanket in any size.


Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!


Love,

Dayna


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