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Lunar Crossings Square Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

I am so in love with the incredible shading in Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn. This is the first project in my Lunar Crossings series and I designed it specifically to work with this yarn. Just two skeins and you have this fantastic lap throw!

CrochetKim Free Crochet Pattern | Lunar Crossings Square Blanket @crochetkim

Lunar Crossings Square Blanket
designed by Kim Guzman © May 2017
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Technique: Regular Crochet

Finished Size

37″ x 37″, or size desired

CrochetKim Lunar Crossings Series

This pattern is based on my Lunar Crossings series. Click on one of the photos below to see the others.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, 100% acrylic, size 4, aran weight yarn, 482 yards per 10 oz: shown in two skeins of color Purple
  • Suggested hook size: J-10 [6mm]
  • Yarn needle (for weaving ends)

Gauge

Since this pattern is designed to work with any tension, gauge isn’t entirely crucial. Use a hook that gives you a nice fabric with the yarn of your choice. To work at my tension, with the yarn specified:

After round 3, measures 4″

After round 5, measures 6″

After round 11, measures 12.5″

Special Stitches

Shell (sh): [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in same ch-2 sp. When at the beginning of a round, ch 3, [dc, ch 2, 2dc] in same ch-2 sp instead (since the first ch 3 is considered the first dc).

Long Single Crochet (long sc): Insert hook under the ch-6 sp from the row below, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook. You will be joining together the ch-6 sp and the ch-4 sp above it. You normally crochet under one chain space. In this case, you’re crocheting under two chain spaces. Don’t overthink this. Just put your hook in the ch-6 space and work a single crochet. You’ll be pulling the ch-4 sp and the ch-6 sp together.

Notes

Project can be made in any yarn type or weight, with appropriate hook. Work any number of rounds for the size desired. Two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, when working to gauge, make a square of 37″. Additional yarn will be required for a larger size.

At the end of some of the rounds, a stitch count is provided. It is only a stitch count to double-check your work. It isn’t additional crochet instruction.

On the last side of some rounds, you won’t be working all the way to the ch-2 space of the corner. Work up to the first stitch of that round and then join as instructed.

A gradient yarn is used which means that the color changes you see are made with the yarn itself. If you prefer to substitute yarn, you can use whatever color(s) you like and change colors as you desire, or alternatively, use one solid color throughout.

If you are still having a hard time finding Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, you can purchase it on Amazon HERE.

Thank you to Red Heart Yarns for providing yarn support for this project.

CrochetKim Free Crochet Pattern | Lunar Crossings Shawl @crochetkim

Instructions

Ch 5, join with sl st to first ch, to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in ring, *ch 2, 5 dc in ring, rep from * 2 times more, ch 2, 3 dc in ring, sl st to top of beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp: 5 dc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 2: *Sh (see Special Stitches above), dc in each dc to next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to top of beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp: 9 dc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 3: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in each dc to next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to first sc and into ch-2 sp: 11 sc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 4: *Sh, dc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to top of beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp: 15 dc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 5: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in each dc to next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to first sc and into ch-2 sp: 17 sc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 6: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 sc, [ch 6, sk 3 sc, sc in next 2 sc] to corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to first sc and into ch-2 sp.

Round 7: *Sh, dc in next 3 sc, [ch 4, sk ch-6 sp, dc in next 2 sc] to last ch-6 sp before corner ch-2 sp, ch 4, sk ch-6 sp, dc in 3 sc, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp.

Round 8: *Sh, dc in next 5 dc, [ch 3, long sc (see Special Stitches above), ch 3, dc in next 2 dc] to last ch-4 sp before corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, long sc, ch 3, dc in 5 dc, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp.

Round 9: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in next 7 dc, [ch 3, sk 2 ch-3 sps, sc in next 2 dc] to last 2 ch-3 sps before corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, sk 2 ch-3 sps, sc in 7 dc, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg sc and into ch-2 sp.

Round 10: *Sh, dc in next 8 sc, [3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 sc] to last ch-3 sp before corner ch-2 sp, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in 8 sc, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp: 33 dc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 11: *Sh, dc in each dc to corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg ch-3, next dc and into ch-2 sp: 37 dc on each side and 4 ch-2 sps.

Note: Each 6-round repeat increases the stitch count by 20 dc on each side.

Round 12: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, [ch 6, sk 3 dc, sc in next 2 dc] to corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to first sc and into ch-2 sp.

Rounds 13-24: Rep rounds 7-12. (Optional: continue to repeat these 6 rounds as desired.)

Rounds 25-28: Rep rounds 7-10.

Round 29: *Sh, dc in each dc to corner ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to beg ch-3, fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in ends securely.

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