A step-by-step guide to crocheting the rainbow wonder blanket, Florence.
Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the crocheting process.
Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to crochet hero in no time 🦸♀️
When it comes to learning to crochet, practice makes perfect.
Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your blanket.
She might look a little intimidating but Florence is actually a great beginner project. She's made up of half double crochet stitches (lots and lots of half double crochet stitches!).
You'll want to be confident with the half double crochet stitch as well as adding spaces between your half double crochets before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice these stitches. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn How To Crochet page.
Onto the blanket!
💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 10mm hook
- 22 (yes... 22!) balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy.
🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!
Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your cosy crochet blanket.
Your blanket is made up of alternating rows of half double crochet, and half double crochet with spaces. You'll alternate colours as you go 🌈 Each ball is enough for roughly 3 rows of half double crochet, so mix it up as you wish!
Chain on your foundation chain.
💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy.
Once you've chained, you'll complete your first 2 rows as the foundation for your blanket.
HALF DOUBLE CROCHET
To make a half double crochet row you'll first secure your new colour to the end of the previous row, leaving a tail of about 20cm. Chain 2 (to create your turning chain) and then turn your work. Then you'll do a half double crochet into every stitch along the row.
HALF DOUBLE CROCHET WITH SPACES
Secure your new colour to the end of the previous row, leaving a tail of about 20cm. Chain 2 (to create your turning chain) and then turn your work. To make a half double crochet row with spaces you’ll do a half double crochet into your first stitch, then chain 1, and then skip one stitch inserting your hook into the second stitch from your last half double crochet. Repeat this sequence to the end of your row.
MAKING YOUR TASSELS
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We hope you're having a blast making your blanket! 🎢 The good news, you're basically finished! The less-good news, we need to weave in our tails! Grab your darning needle and sew all the loose tails of yarn back into the blanket. This gives your blanket a nice neat finish.
D.O.N.E! You've finished your blanket, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast making your bangin' blanket 💥❤️