Norwool Blanket

(the Dutch version of the pattern can be found here)

What you’ll need:

Durable Norwool Plus (or any DK/Light Worsted yarn)
* Color A = black, (color # 042), 6 balls/skeins (100 grams/160 m each)
* Color B = variegated, (color # 405), 7 balls/skeins (100 grams/160 m each)
hook size: 5.0 mm/H8
tape measure, darning needle

Measurements: 120 cm x 165 cm (approx 47 inches x 65 inches)
This pattern is written in US terms
Link to diagram/chart: hereTips:

* the blanket is crocheted using solely dc/double crochet stitches, following the tapestry technique. In this particular case it means you’re working with 2 strands of yarn; when you’re working with color A, you carry color B until you need it again, simply by crocheting over color B while working with color A.
Helpful videos can be found herehere and here (last one is in Dutch, but has great visuals).

* when you switch from color A to color B, it’s important to always keep the same yarn at the front of your work (the side you’re working on at that moment – whether this is the RS or the WS). Black/color A was my “main” yarn. Actually, there is no real RS or WS, a tapestry crochet benefit!

* changing colors – for instance from A to B – means you do not completely finish the very last stitch in color A; since we’re working with dc, this means keeping the dc’s two last loops of Color A on your hook, and do the last yarn over and pull through the last two loops with the next color/color B. You’ll see that the last stitch itself is all crocheted in color A, and it’s just the loop on your hook that already shows color B.

* using the diagram means you’ll be reading the pattern from right-to-left, left-to-right, etc.
Row 1: reading from right to left; Row 2: reading from left to right; Row 3: reading from right to left; Row 4: reading from left to right, etc (this is when you’re right handed; left handed people like myself usually do it just the other way around).

* in this particular pattern it’s important to keep your crochet rather tight; you might want to go down half a hook size to achieve this.

Pattern:

One “houndstooth” motif has 8 dc (width; approx 5,5 cm), and 8 rows (height; approx 10,5 cm).
Adjusting the size of your blanket means multiplying any amount with the stitches per motif (=8 stitches), plus 4 extra on both sides.
Lengthwise it’s a good idea to stop after row 5; it will give you half a motif in color A, and half a motif in color B, looking just like the start of the pattern at the bottom of the blanket.

Black = color A
Variegated = color B

foundation row
With color A: for my rather large blanket, I started with 177 chains (first 2 turning chains included; they count as the first dc).

row 1
With color A: starting in the 3rd chain from your hook, you crochet 175 dc (total of 176 stitches, remember the 1st 2 chains at the beginning of this row count as the 1st dc); turn your work;

row 2
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), dc in 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of row 1;
with B, 1dc in each of the next 2 dc;
* with A, 1dc in each of the next 6 dc;
with B, 1dc in each of the next 2 dc **;
Repeat from * to ** until the end of your row; the last 4 dc are: 2 dc in color B, and 2 dc in color A; turn your work;

row 3
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1dc in next dc;
*with B, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc;
with A, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc **;
Repeat from * to ** throughout row 3; last 4 dc are all crocheted in color A; turn your work;

row 4
with B, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc;
*with A, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc;
with B, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc **:
Repeat from * to ** throughout row 4; the last 2 dc are crocheted in color A; turn your work;

row 5
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1dc in next dc;
* with B, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc;
with A, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc **;
Repeat from * to **; the last 6 dc are all crocheted with color B; turn your work;

row 6
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1 dc in next dc;
* with B, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc;
with A, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc **;
Repeat from * to **; the last 6 dc are all crocheted with color B; turn your work;

row 7
with B, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc;
* with A, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc;
with B, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc **;
Repeat from  * to **; the last 2 dc are crocheted with color A; turn your work;

row 8
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1 dc in next dc;
* with B, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc;
with A, 1dc in each of the next 6 dc **;
Repeat from * to **; the last 4 dc are crocheted with color A; turn your work;

row 9
with A, chain 2 (=1st dc), 1dc in each of the next 3 dc;
* with B, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc;
with  A, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc **;
Repeat from * to **; the last 2 dc are crocheted with color A; turn your work;

Repeat rows 2/9 until you think your blanket is big enough – I repeated rows 2/9 14 more times, and rows 2/5 one more time after that.

After your last row, you turn your work one more time, and crochet 1 row of dc in color A; do not fasten off when you’ve reached the end of your row. Instead, crochet 3 dc in the top of the last dc made in your previous row. Continue crocheting dc along the long side of your blanket, 2 dc in each side of 1 dc. When you’ve come to the next corner, fasten off. Attach yarn on the opposite side, and repeat [2 dc in side of 1 dc] along the other long side of your blanket, until you’ve reached the top again. Sew in all ends, and start enjoying your Norwool Blanket!
Love,

Marianne xx
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