The idea to crochet this Charity Blanket came from an awesome initiative of the Italian organization “Le
The aim of this organization is to realize 1000 crocheted or knitted blankets of 1 m by 1 m, make a huge display in the city center of Rome around the end of this year (2019), and sell each blanket for 20 €. The money will then be used to support hospitals and pediatric structures for the care of children with difficulties.
When I first read about their project, I immediately decided I would contribute. I mean, I spend so much time crocheting that it actually feels right if it is for helping children! However, I had no clue what kind of pattern I was going to use.
So, I grabbed my crochet books and magazines and made an original pattern myself. The pattern is actually not that complicated and it is very easy to memorize already after the first couple of rows. As a result, this crochet pattern is a true anti-stress! You can literally disconnect from everything and just work it
About the Stitch Pattern
On the sides, I thought of adding a lace shell pattern, which, I think, adds an elegant touch to it.
To match the shells of the blankets, I also chose a shell motif for the border, and voilà! The blanket is warm and ready!
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- 4.5-mm (G/7 US, 7 UK) Crochet Hook
- DK Yarn
Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)
Ch – Chain
Ch-Less Dc – Chainless Starting Double Crochet
BPdc – Back Post Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
FPdc – Front Post Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
Chainless Starting Double Crochet (Ch-less Dc)
Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet the chainless starting double crochet here.
Front/Back Post Double Crochet Stitches (FPdc, BPdc)
For a step-by-step tutorial, you can check out this post on how to crochet front and back post crochet stitches.
(Dc 2, 1 ch, dc 2) all in the same indicated st.
40″ (1 m) by 40″ (1 m).
15 dc for 9 rows in 4″ (10 cm).
Crochet Charity Blanket – Free Pattern
Row 1. Dc in the third ch from your hook, dc 3,
Row 2. Ch-less dc (counts as your first st here and in all the rest of the pattern). Dc 2, BPdc 1, sc 2 into the first 2 dc of the shell, sc 1 in the ch-1 spacing, sc 2 on the last 2 dc of the shell (5 sc per shell). Ch 3, dc into next sc, ch 3, sc 5 on the next shell, BPdc 1 around the next dc. (Dc 3, BPdc 1) 29 times. Sc 5 over the next shell, ch 3, dc 1 in the next sc, ch 3, sc 5 on the next shell, BPdc 1, dc 3.
Row 3. Ch-less dc, dc 2, [FPdc 1, shell in the third sc (middle sc over the shell two rows below), ch 3, sc into the next dc, ch 3, shell in the third sc (middle sc of the shell), FPdc 1]. Dc 115. Repeat the instructions between […]. Dc 3.
Row 4. Ch-less dc, dc 2, BPdc 1, sc 5 over the shell, ch 3, dc 1 into next sc, ch 3, sc 5 on the next shell, BPdc 1, dc 1, BPdc 1, (dc 3, BPdc 1) 28 times, dc 1, BPdc 1. Sc 5 over the next shell, ch 3, dc 1 in the next sc, ch 3, sc 5 on the next shell, BPdc 1, dc 3.
Row 5. Repeat row 3.
Row 6-93. Repeat rows 2-5.
Row 94-96. Repeat rows 2-4.
Single Crochet Rounds
With the right side facing, join yarn at any point. Ch 1, sc all around.
Along the blanket width, sc 1 in each st (including the sc on top of the shells), and make 2 sc in each 3-ch spacing.
When you are crocheting on the height of the blanket, sc homogeneously so that the blanket does not wrinkle. At the corners, make 3 sc.
Sl st into the first sc, ch1 and sc all around once more, making 3 sc in each corner st. Join by
Shells and Picots
With the right side facing, join yarn at the right top corner st, ch 1, sc in the first st, (ch 1,
Sk the very first sc and dc into the next one. Ch 5,
*Ch 1, (1 dc, ch 2, one closed picot, ch 2, 1 dc) all into next sc, ch 1, sc in the middle space of the next shell* repeat until end.
Tie off. Weave in ends.
Your crochet Charity Blanket is ready!
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