A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Kate Blanket
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.
The Kate Blanket is a cutie-patootie and a great beginner project. Made using double crochet you'll want to be confident with this stitch 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
- 13 balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton in colour 1
- 3 balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton in colour 2
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy.
⚡️Test your tension
🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!
Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your cosy crochet blanket.
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.
Your first 3 stitches will count as your first double crochet. Insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook and do one double crochet. Then do one double crochet into every chain until you reach the end of the row.
This row will be the foundation for the rest of your blanket. Chain 3 and turn your work - this is your turning chain and counts as your first double crochet. Double crochet into every stitch in the row.
Then just repeat!
Once your piece measures approximately 122cm you're going to fasten off by cutting your yarn from the ball and pulling it through the stitch on your hook.
We hope you're having a blast making your blanket! 🎢 The finish line is in sight!
We're going to complete a round of single crochet in colour 2. This creates a boarder on out blanket and is the foundation for our shell stitch.
Make sure you do 3 single crochets into each of your 4 corner stitches. This will help ensure the edges of your blanket remain nice and square.
Final step! We're going to work in double crochet stitch but to create the fan/shell effect we're going to do multiple double crochet stitches, then we'll do a slip stitch, then skip a stitch, and then do another cluster into one of our single crochet stitches. This sequence creates the shell shape!
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 💥❤️