Bright flowers and bold colors always scream summer to me! Whether it’s on a summer dress or a crochet blanket, summer has me wanting to show off all of the fun colors to express myself. If you love bold colors and flowers, then you are going to love my latest free crochet blanket pattern, the Midsummer Blanket! This intarsia crochet blanket features crochet flowers and paisleys with bobble stitch accents to round up the design. It’s a great statement blanket that will quickly become the focal point of your crochet home decor!
This design was originally featured in Simply Crochet magazine, which was such an honor for me. It was the first big magazine that took a chance on me back at the start of 2020. I loved their bold summer theme with all of it’s loud colors and striking designs, and I was so excited to design this. Then the pandemic hit. Well, that put a few setbacks in this design being published, but now after all this time, I am able to release it for you here on my blog. Hooray!
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If you love a big project, then you’ll love this crochet blanket pattern. This blanket is made using crochet colorwork, specifically using the intarsia crochet technique. It’s worked all in one piece with bobbins added at each of the flowers. I also wanted to throw in some stitch texture to add dimension to the pattern, which the bobble stitch was perfect for.
Within the pattern, there are two helpful tools: the written line by line instructions and two different colorwork charts to help you with the colorwork. They can all be found in the premium discounted PDF pattern now available for purchase in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!
New to Tapestry Crochet and Colorwork?
When I was first learning how to do crochet color work, I often felt so lost having to learn how to do color changes and reading crochet graphs. It can seem so intimidating to learn a new crochet skill! If you’re new to tapestry crochet or color work, then I’ve got just the resource for you.
Here on my blog, I’ve got a two free crochet tutorial for how to do tapestry crochet and intarsia crochet, which are the two most common crochet color work techniques. They’ll walk you through what each technique is, how to read crochet graphs, how to change colors in crochet, and a bunch of other tips I have for color work! You can find them here on my blog at:
– The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet: (This technique is used when you would like to carry your yarn, and the color work is close together.)
– The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet: (This technique is used when you don’t want to carry your yarn, and instead would like to use yarn bobbins. I used this for this pattern.)
Midsummer Pattern Set
If you love the midsummer crochet pillow, then you’ll love the matching Midsummer Blanket! Both patterns are now available in the Midsummer Pattern set in my shops. The pattern set comes with the premium paid only Midsummer Blanket, the written line by line instructions for both patterns, and charts for the colorwork. With this pattern set you’ll add a bold pop of color to your home!
4” x 4” square = 13 dc x 9 rows
- 5.5mm (US I/6) hook
King Cole Baby Comfort Double Knitting (DK weight, 60% acrylic, 40% nylon, 340 yds/310 m) or other DK weight yarn:
- 6 balls of Cream (585)
- 3 balls of Jeans (3338)
- 1 ball each of Jade (3107), Red (615), Saxe (596), Golden (3108), Rose (3336)
Notions and Accessories
- Bobbins (optional)
- Stitch Markers (optional)
64×60 inches (163cmx152cm)
- On the Chart, each square represents 1 dc stitch.
- Read all RS rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right.
- When changing colour mid-row, twist the ends of the two colors together. Pick up the new color in the last yarn over of the previous stitch.
- Carry the unused strands of yarn across the WS of the work, when it is the main background color (for example: the MC or CC1).
- For the flowers on the design, use bobbins and the intarsia crochet technique for doing the color work. Do not carry colors for the flowers once you come to the edge of one.
Midsummer Blanket Pattern
The Midsummer Blanket pattern is now available for purchase in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The pattern includes charts for the colorwork, and line by line written instructions for each row of the blanket.