Sunshine Picnic Blanket and Bag: Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Sunshine Picnic Blanket and Bag: Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Summertime is for adventures: beach days, picnics, and lots of outdoors time! Now that I have a kiddo, I wanted to create a new crochet blanket pattern that we could take out on our outings. If you go on lots of adventures, then you’ll love my latest crochet pattern: the Sunshine Picnic Blanket and Bag! It’s a crochet blanket pattern made with the linen stitch, that includes handles and ties to make it into a bag that’s easy for storage. I’m so excited to take this crochet picnic blanket on picnics this summer!

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Yarn

To make this blanket and bag set, I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton. This yarn is a worsted weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn, that has a beautiful shine and durability for using again and again. I love using this yarn for summer projects! It’s especially great for blankets and bags, because it’s machine washable and doesn’t stretch as much.

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Gauge: 4” x 4” square = 18 sts (done in linen stitch with 9sc + 9 chs) x 16 rows

Hook size: 5.5mm

Dimensions:

  • Kids Picnic Blanket: 32” x 36” (free pattern included below)
  • Large Picnic Blanket: 42” x 48” (pattern included in PDF version)

Yarn:

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Worsted weight 4, 186yds/170m, 3.5oz/100g, 100% Mercerized Cotton) in two colors:

  • Ecru [761-098C]
  • Lemon [761-157D]

Approximate Yarn Yardage:

  • Ecru [761-098C]: Kids sizes require 6 skeins (1116yds), and Large size requires 8 (1488yds)
  • Lemon [761-157D]: Kids sizes require 2 (372 yds), and Large size requires 3 (558yds)

Other Supplies:

  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • The ch 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Adding the straps and the ties are optional. You can always just use it as a blanket instead.
  • Pattern is worked from the bottom up.

Pattern (Child’s Size):

To get the larger sized pattern, grab it in the low cost PDF pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

Starting with Color A, Ch 148.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc across

Row 2: ch 1, turn, ch 1, *sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to end, sc in last st [147 sts]

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc 1, sc 1 in ch 1 sp, *sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to end, sc in last st [147 sts]

For the entire blanket, you will be repeating rows 2-3.

Here is the row count you’ll do for the striping pattern, including row 1:

Color A: 6 rows

Color B: 2 rows

Color A: 2 rows

Color B: 6 rows

Color A: 2 rows

Color B: 2 rows

Color A: 82 rows

Color B: 2 rows

Color A: 2 rows

Color B: 6 rows

Color A: 2 rows

Color B: 2 rows

Color A: 6 rows

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Optional Strap (make 2):

Each strap is made with two strands of the yarn held together. I used one strand of each color of the yarn.

Ch 61

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 60

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc across

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Repeat for second strap.

Optional Tie (make 2):

Ch 26

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 25

Fasten off and weave in ends.