Hello Pinterest and AllFreeCrochet.com fans!
Thanks for checking out my Northern Lights Memory Blanket pattern. I have a little note for you. I wrote this pattern when I was a much less experienced crocheter. I don’t have a lot of experience writing crochet patterns and I have had a few people contact me about how the set-up rows are written in a confusing manner.
Unfortunately, as I’m a full-time working mom I don’t have the ability to recreate this pattern to check for errors. I based this pattern on the Granny Stripe Scarf from PurlSoho.com, so if you have difficulty following my pattern I recommend you read their instructions. Once the first few rows are set up it crochets very easily – just like a granny square. Instead of working in the round, though, you crochet back and forth.
Back to my original post:
A few weeks ago I tidied up my yarn collection and realized I have a whole lotta yarn. Too much yarn. I have a loose rule that I can’t buy more yarn until I use the last yarn I purchased. That doesn’t always work out, apparently.
I decided to work on a lap blanket to curl up on the couch with. I knew crochet was the way to go. It not only goes by more quickly than knitting but it also uses up yarn faster, which is just what I wanted. Instead of following a striped pattern, I opted to go with the flow. I started with some tripled up DK weight red wool I had used to knit a teeny tiny baby sweater. As soon as I reached the end of a skein I brought in a different skein.
As I crocheted along I was reminded of each project I had bought the yarn for. It was becoming a memory blanket. After I got through purple, the blanket was starting to remind me of the Aurora Borealis. I’ve not had the opportunity to see more than green and white with my own eyes, but the northern lights can be all colors of the spectrum.
I’m overjoyed with the end product. It’s every color I love and perfectly cozy.
So here’s the basic pattern I came up with. Obviously if you choose to follow it your blanket will look quite different from mine and hopefully very personal. Most of the time I crocheted with two strands of worsted yarn at the same time, but sometimes the yarn was sock weight, so I crocheted with three strands.
Oh, and if you don’t mind being a tiny bit sloppy, this knot tying technique was a game changer. It meant that all I had to weave in were the starts and ends of the project. Otherwise I’d be weaving in ends right now instead of typing!
Northern Lights Memory Blanket — A Free Crochet Pattern
Tons of lace weight to bulky weight yarn. I can’t possibly give you an exact number of skeins.
Size J crochet hook
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch sp = chain space
hdc = half double crochet
Foundation Row: 1 sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each chain to end (156 stitches)
Set Up Row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into first sc, [skip 2 sc, 3 dc into next sc] to 3st before end, 2dc in last stitch. — Your row should contain a 2dc cluster, 50 clusters and a 2dc cluster. Ch3 turn.
Row 3: 1 dc into very first stitch, [3 dc into next ch sp between dc groups] repeat to last space, 2 dc into last space and then 1 dc into 3rd stitch of ch 3 from previous row. Ch 3, turn.
Continue row 3 until your blanket is the length you prefer.
Final row: Hdc in every stitch across.
Cut yarn and weave in ends with a darning needle.