Cozy and Fast Crochet Blanket Pattern

Fast Crochet Blanket Pattern by Janice Jones
|Published 07-20-2023

Are you one of those crochet enthusiasts who would love to give more blankets as gifts, but just don't have the time to make them?  

When I first started to crochet, I thought that a granny square afghan was the only type of blanket I could make. 

Unfortunately, they do take time, especially when you consider how long it takes to weave in ends and assemble the final product.

Fast Crochet Blanket Pattern

Alghans are fun to make, but there are easier solutions today especially when you make use of chunky, bulky yarns and large crochet hooks.

This free pattern was made with the beginner in mind - a way to practice some basic crochet stitches and create something beautiful and warm at the same time.  

This blanket was created for my daughter who loves pink and craves soft textures.  I think this gift was well received.

How Big are Crocheted Blankets

You can make blankets in just about any size to meet your needs but if you want a more conventional sizing chart, I have provided one below.

Table of various sizes of blankets shown in inches and centimeters

What Type of Yarn Do I Need for a Blanket:  Weights, Fibers, Look and Feel

Generally speaking, the thicker the yarn you choose, the less time it will take to complete the blanket.  Here are some general guidelines for yarn weights from the Craft Yarn Council

Chart of Yarn Weights based on the Yarn Craft Council Standards

If you want a fast project, chose CKC's #5, 6, or 7.  Crochet Afghans normally use a worsted weight or #4.  If you go smaller than that, the speed of completing your project will be slower.

CKC #5 Bulky:  Use 7.00 mm, (L) 8.00 mm, (M/N) 9.00 mm

CKC #6 Super Bulky:  Use N/M) 10.00 mm, 12.00 mm

CKC #7:  Jumbo:  Use (P/Q) 15.00 mm, (Q) 16 mm

Choose a yarn that is durable and that can be easily washed, especially if you are making a baby blanket.  Some good choices include acrylic, cotton, polyester, and bamboo.

Superwash wools also make an excellent choice, but stay away from fibers that must be hand-washed such as wool and alpaca as it is difficult to manage a large blanket by hand.

Regardless of the fiber, pick one that is soft and feels good near your skin.  Blankets are supposed to be cozy and you wouldn't want one that is scratchy or irritating your skin.

Color is another consideration.  If you are making a blanket for yourself, it's easy to choose.  Pick what you like.  Choose a coordinating color for your home décor or choose a bright flamboyant shade that will make your room pop.

If you are creating a blanket for someone else, find out their likes and dislikes.  After all, you want them to love and use the blanket that you so lovingly handcrafted.

Free and Fast Crochet Blanket Pattern

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.

Abbreviations

Dc - Double Crochet Stitch

Tr - Trebble Crochet Stitch

Sc - Single Crochet Stitch

Hdc - Half Double Crochet Stitch

Ch - Chain

For this project, you will want to get some bulky weight yarn (CYC #5), a US Hook #K (6.5 mm), scissors, and a tapestry needle with an extra large eye for weaving in ends.

For the blanket that is pictured on this page, I used:

Yarnspirations, BERNAT Velvet, Number 5, Bulky Yarn in Blush Pink.  I also created a border in colorway Vapor Gray.

For making a queen sized blanket, I used 7 skeins of the may color and 2 skeins of a contrasting color.   If you choose to make a different sized blanket, You will need more or less yarn.

Finished Measurements

90 x 100 inches (225 x 250 cm) before border which is optional

Gauge

The actual gauge is not important in this project.

Project Notes

All instructions are written in U.S. terms.

Skills Needed for this Plush Yarn Easy Crochet Blanket

Half double crochet

Double Crochet Stitch

Single Crochet Stitch

Chain Stitch

Understand Pattern Directions

Instructions

Chain 127, placing stitch markers every 25 stitches, for convenience.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and the each chain across row.

Row 2: Ch 4, turn.  Tr in 2nd st from hook and then in each sc across row.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd tr stitch and then in each tr stitch across row.

Row 4:  Ch 2, turn.  Hdc in 2nd dc and then in each dc stitch across row.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn.  Sc in 2nd hdc from hook and then in each hdc across row.

Repeat rows 2 to 5 until the desired width of the blanket has been reached.

Fasten off. 

Weave in ends.

REMEMBER

To reach the correct height for each stitch at the beginning of the row:

For single crochet, chain one

For half double crochet, chain two

For double crochet, chain three

For treble crochet, chain four

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

I love hearing from you, so please drop me a line and let me know what you’re working on, whether you love knitting or crocheting more, and if you have any questions. Please visit my about me page for more information.


Happy Crocheting