What an amazing time I’ve had watching A Touch of Southern Warmth take shape and turn into a magnificent blanket. I had the honor of meeting some of the wonderful people of Yarnspirations when I attended CHA this past January. We had a great time and they wanted to know if I would be interested in trying out their Blanket Yarn. It felt to wonderful, so I definitely agreed and immediately started thinking of a design. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog post for a giveaway sponsored by Yarnspirations!
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The Bernet Blanket Yarn is as plush as it appears in the photo and talk about warm…..wow! It is a bulky yarn which helps the project to grow quickly and really slides through the hook smoothly and easily. You won’t be disappointed in trying out the yarn, I promise! As I was showing sneak peaks of my progress to the wonderful people in my ELK Studio Crocheter’s group, so many of them had used the yarn already and loved it.
As the project was growing my husband told me that I couldn’t give this one away. He wants to keep it and use it this winter. I think it looks great on the bed don’t you? I am certainly pleased with the beauty of the blanket and couldn’t be happier with the end results.
Don’t get discouraged if you think this blanket it “too difficult” for you. Even if you are a beginner, you can do this project and really “wow” your family and friends with your talent. I love a design that has the “appearance” of being difficult but in reality it’s easy peasy!
1. Bernat Blanket Yarn, #6, 300 g/220 yards, Colorway: Coal (4 skeins), Vintage White (3 skeins), Dark Grey (3 skeins), Pale Grey (2 skeins), Approximately 1760 yards.
2. Hook – N/10.0 mm
3. Tapestry Needle for weaving in the ends
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
rem – remaining
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
Reverse Stitch (also called Crab Stitch): Reverse sc is made by working a ch 1, working from left to right (right to left for left-handed people), skip first st, insert hook from front to back in next st to the right (left), yo, pull loop through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook.
Gauge: 8 dc/sc stitches and 7 rows = 4” Note: I actually measured the length for 12″ which was 22 stitches. I configured the length of the blanket from this size since it was going to be a big project.
Finished Measurements: 64″ x 84″
- Ch 3 counts as the first dc unless otherwise stated.
- The pattern will NOT include the color changes. Please refer to the chart below for the color sequence of the blanket. I wanted to use a random pattern for this project, so I chose to use the Biscuits and Jam site to help me.
Row 1: Ch 112, sc in 4th ch from the hook, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * across, turn. (110 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (See Pattern Notes), sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * across ending last st in top of ch 3, turn.
Rows 3-144: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off. Weave in the ends. See edging instructions below the color sequence.
Color Pattern Sequence:
[one-half-first]Rows 1-5: Coal
Rows 6-11: Black
Rows 12-17: VintageWhite
Rows 18-23: Black
Rows 24-25: Pale Gray
Rows 26-27: Vintage White
Rows 28-33: Pale Gray
Rows 34-35: Black
Rows 36-37: Vintage White
Rows 38-39: Black
Rows 40-45: Coal
Rows 46-51: Vintage White
Rows 52-57: Black
Rows 58-59: Pale Gray
Rows 60-61: Vintage White
Rows 62-63: Pale Gray
Rows 64-65: Black
Rows 66-71: Coal
Rows 72-73: Vintage White
Rows 74-79: Coal
Rows 80-81: Black
Rows 82-83: Pale Gray
Rows 84-85: Vintage White
Rows 86-87: Pale Gray
Rows 88-93: Black
Rows 94-99: Vintage White
Rows 100-105: Coal
Rows 106-107: Black
Rows 108-109: Vintage White
Rows 110-111: Black
Rows 112-117: Pale Gray
Rows 118-119: Vintage White
Rows 120-121: Pale Gray
Rows 122-127: Black
Rows 128-133: Vintage White
Rows 134-138: Black
Rows 139-144: Coal
Edging – Using Black
Round 1: With RS (right-side) facing, 3 sc in first st (for right-handed) in last st (for left-handed), sc evenly down the side, 3 sc in corner st, sc in next foundation row st and each st across, 3 sc in next corner, sc evenly down the side, 3 sc in next corner, sc in next st and across, join by sl st to first st.
Round 2: Reverse st in first st and each remaining st across, 3 reverse st in corner, *reverse st in next st and each st across, 3 reverse st in corner, repeat from * around, join by sl st to first st. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
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Think I figured it out, I did not count first 3 chains as a stitch.
Kathy Lashley says
Yay! Yep, it counts as a stitch!
When you are doing rows 2-end, should the dc be going into the previous rows dc? Or should a dc go into a sc throughout?
Kathy Lashley says
The sc stitches go in dc stitches and dc stitches go in sc stitches.
I am making this for my bed, and I can’t wait to use it! I have a question. My daughter is begging for one, but she has a twin-sized bed. I would like to make her one, but slightly larger than twin-sized. Do you have the adjustments for other bed sizes, including the amount of yarn I would need?
Thanks so much!
Kathy Lashley says
No ma’am. But you could easily adjust the stitch count. If your gauge is the same as mine which is 8 dc/sc = 4″, so, for example, if you wanted to add or even take away 20 more inches to your width to give you 84 or 44″ here’s what you’ll do. Let me break this down for you so you’ll be able to increase or decrease your project.
8 dc/sc =4″
16 dc/sc = 8″
24 dc/sc = 12″
28 dc/sc = 16″
32 dc/sc = 20″
My starting chain was 112 stitches, so to get the 20″ additional inches you want, just add the 112 to the 32 to give a chain count of 144 or take away 32 stitches to get 80.
Hope this helps you.
Thank you for this information! I am making the blankt for my husband, but want to make smaller ones (like a throw or twin) for other family members.
Marlene Huxter says
Once my wrist is healed , I plan on making this for my husband who is in long term care . I love the pattern ..thank you so much for making it available 😊
Oh wow, I love the southern kisses shawl but couldn’t find it!!! It looks beautiful, I hope it’s still available!!
Kathy Lashley says
The pattern is available as a paid pattern in Ravelry. You can find the link in the paid patterns menu. Thanks Patricia!