Have you ever tried to make a chevron blanket, but you keep having problems with added stitches on the sides? You may find this helpful then!
Simple Chevron Blanket Tutorial
Worsted weight yarn - or weight of your choice
H hook (5.00mm) - or appropriate size for yarn choice
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
BLO: back loop only
You can use any weight of yarn you’d like, and an appropriately sized hook. If you like your stitches to be a little tighter, use a smaller hook, such as a G hook. If you like your stitches to be more airy, I suggest using a larger hook, like an I or J hook. I used the suggested yarn and hook sizes listed under materials needed. I will try to explain each step as clearly as possible.
First I will post the patterns for both a double crochet and a single crochet chevron blanket. They’re exactly the same really, except for the number of starting chains. Read on to see the tutorial for creating even edges!
Chevron blanket in DOUBLE CROCHET
To start, chain in multiples of 21
How I decide how many multiples of 21 I’d like to chain:
- Measure how wide you’d like your blanket to be. Afghans typically measure 50 x 65 inches. If you want your blanket to be 50 inches wide, you need to chain in multiples of 21 until you reach the 50 inch width, but beware because…
- When you’re working with a chevron pattern, your chain will shrink some because of the peaks and valleys. I find once I reach roughly the 50 inch width, I need to do one more multiple of 21 chains. If using a smaller hook or finer yarn, you may even want to do a second set of 21 chains to account for shrinkage. Be sure to measure the width of your blanket once you finish working your first row to be sure you’re happy with the overall width.
Pattern for DOUBLE CROCHET:
- Row 1: Beginning in 3rd chain from hook, 9 dc, [3 dc] in next st, 9 dc, skip 2, 9 dc, [3 dc] in next st, 9 dc repeat to end.
- Row 2 and all remaining rows: Working in BLO, dc in first st, skip the second stitch of this row, work 8 dc, [3 dc] in next st, 9 dc, skip 2, 9 dc, [3 dc] in next st, 9 dc repeat to the final peak of the row. On the final peak you will work 9 dc up the first side, [3 dc] in next st, work 8 dc down the second side, skip the 2nd to last st, dc in the final stitch of the row.
- Repeat row 2 until you reach desired length of blanket. Change colors as you like to create fun color combos.
Chevron blanket in SINGLE CROCHET
To start, chain in multiples of 21, minus 1
What does this mean? First, read the directions above for how to decide how long to make your chain. You will make a chain in multiples of 21, just like you do for the double crochet version, but once you get your chain to the length you want it, you will remove one chain. So for example, if you end up having 7 repeats of the pattern, you will have 7 repeats x 21 multiples = 147 chains. But now you need to remove one chain, so you only have 146.
Pattern for SINGLE CROCHET:
- Row 1: Beginning in 2nd chain from hook, 9 sc, [3 sc] in next st, 9 sc, skip 2, 9 sc, [3 sc] in next st, 9 sc repeat to end.
- Row 2 and all remaining rows: Working in BLO, sc in first st, skip the second stitch of this row, work 8 sc, [3 sc] in next st, 9 sc, skip 2, 9 sc, [3 sc] in next st, 9 sc repeat to the final peak of the row. On the final peak you will work 9 sc up the first side, [3 sc] in next st, work 8 sc down the second side, skip the 2nd to last st, sc in the final stitch of the row.
How to get even edges
At the start of every row:
Even though the photo example is shown in double crochet, you will do the exact same thing using single crochet if that’s the stitch you choose to use.
At the end of the row:
A few more notes
- You will always have 9 stitches on either side of the peak. If you end up with 10 stitches on a start or finish side, it means you forgot to skip a stitch! As you can see in the very first photo, the edges come out nice and even.
- Have fun and vary things up! You can do several rows in single crochet, then several rows in double crochet. You can also use different colors to make stripes. You can keep the stripes a uniform width, or make some thick and some thin.
- You can also choose to not work through the BLO on every row. If you work through both loops, you won’t get the ridge effect every other row. You can also work BLO on one round, then FLO (front loop only) on the next. This will put all of the ridges on the same side of the blanket.