I Need This Crochet Blanket – Any Size

I Need This Blanket By Mikey
I Need This Blanket By Mikey
I Need This Blanket By Mikey

I Need This Crochet Blanket was designed for me. A pocket for my feet so I can nap without my feet falling out of the bottom of the blanket.

I am sure I am not the only one and with the average size throws being smaller than I am, my height plays a factor in my comfort during a nap. I know, first-world problem.

I wanted something neutral and long-lasting. Caron One Pound blankets I have done in the past are long-lasting and easily washable. Both cats sit with me in the evenings and my colour is selected intentionally to have their hair blend better.


Bottom Pocket Feature

I Need This Blanket Inside View
I Need This Blanket Inside View

Normally, I would fold over the blanket over my feet to tuck them in. In this case, I don’t need to. There is a pocket that’s just a few inches and with the natural fold, my legs and feet will stay warm. OMG, what a big baby eh! haha 


Pocket Region

I Need This Blanket Pocket View
I Need This Blanket Pocket View

On the underside, you can see the bottom of the blanket is done in rounds for a short time frame. Once I was ready, I then worked the blanket in rows.

Please notice on the diagram and written instructions that I am turning after each round or row. This allows the bottom pocket to blend as you will need to fasten off after the pocket section is made and restart in the middle as I show in the diagram.


Stitch Concept

I haven’t seen this done before but I wondered what would it look like if I crocheted between spaces, 2 rounds or rows below?

It thickens up the project and projects a beautiful texture look that is gender-neutral. Reminds me almost a wicker basket idea. The 4 double crochet covers over the single crochet row inside it. Once you get the pattern established, knowing where to stick the hook will become automatic.

I Need This Blanket Close Up Stitches
I Need This Blanket Close Up Stitches

Stitch Multiples & Sizing Changes

Design a blanket where the bottom of the blanket has a pocket to allow your feet to catch inside. When lying with a blanket and you pull up the blanket, the pocket prevents your feet from popping out the bottom of the blanket. 

There is plenty of yarn leftover if you want to make this even longer for taller people. 

The width of the starting chain is just 2” shorter than the final opening size at the pocket. It is approximately half of the size of the fully open width. If you want to change the size of this blanket and keep it so it is equally balanced with a centre opening spot, the stitch multiple is 8 chs + 1. 

You can make kid-size versions with this stitch multiple. 

  • Ask a child for their preference in foot pocket space and measure it.
  • Then chain keeping in multiples of 8 until you get close to the size. Then add 1 extra chain at the end. 
  • You can begin pattern as written with your new chain. 

 


Yarn and Gauging

Caron® One Pound™ (454g / 16 oz, 742 meters / 812 yards) 

  • 4 Balls – Lace 

If you customize, you will change yarn quantities. If I was to suggest changing colours, I would do it at the double crochet rows. 

Sizing

  • Use size 5.5 mm, U.S. I/9 crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Measurement approx 51” wide x 63” long.
  • Gauge 13 sc and 14 rows = 4” [10 cm]

Abbreviations

  • Approx = Approximate(ly)
  • Beg = Begin(ing)
  • Ch = Chain(s)
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rem = Remain(ing)
  • RS = Right Side
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk =  Skip
  • Sl st = Slip Stitch
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

Instructions

I don’t normally provide my mathematics but I am making an exception so you can change the size of this and know what to look for. 

Instructions

See diagrams attached. 

Ch 65 (or any multiple of 8 chs and add 1 ch at the end)

1st rnd: RS. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to the 2nd last ch. 3 sc in last ch. I would suggest marking with a stitch marker the middle st of the 3. Continue on the underside of the chain and place 1 sc in each ch until the 2nd last ch. 1 sc in last ch. Join with sl st to beg sc. 66 sc.


To verify the count, the number of stitches in 1st rnd should be divided by 8. There should be 2 stitches left over. 

66 stitches / Multiples of 8 = 8.25. 

8 x Multiples of 8 = 64

66 stitches64 = 2. 

This verifies you have multiples of 8 and 2 stitches left over for balance after 1st round is complete. This means the remaining blanket will stay in balance for the rest of the project. 


2nd rnd: RS. Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 3 dc in same beg st. 1 dc in each until the st before the stitch marker. 4 dc in the st with stitch marker. 1 dc in each st to the end of the rnd. Join with sl st to the top of the beg ch 3. TURN. 72 sts. 

The stitch counts as the end of 2nd rnd should be able to equally divide by 8 for a whole number. 72 / 8 = 9. 

3rd rnd: WS. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to beg sc. TURN. 72 sts. 

The fourth round will set us up for the remaining of the afghan for the 4 dc groups to settle into. Keep in mind you that you are playing in between double crochet posts from 2 rnds below. 


Special Stitch:

Dc Group St: 4 dc in assigned space between posts 2 rows below. The single crochet row will get buried inside the stitch to create a raised look. 

Special Start Up

To start a rnd/row with the dc group st, you first need to reach over to the space between the assigned double crochet and slip stitch through the space and ch 1 to lock it around trapping the sc row above it into position. 


4th rnd: RS. Do the special start up in the space  after the first 2 dc posts located 2 rnds below. Ch 3, 3 dc in same sp. *Dc group st in next sp after 4th dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. TURN. 34 dc group st around. 

5th rnd: WS. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to beg sc. TURN. 72 sts.  

You will now be able to clearly see group st done in the 4th rnd from this point. The space in middle between the 2nd and 3rd post. 

6th rnd: RS. Do the special start up in the space  after the first 2 dc posts located 2 rnds below. Ch 3, 3 dc in same sp. *Dc group st in next sp after 4th dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. TURN. 34 dc group st around. 

7th rnd: WS. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to beg sc. TURN. 72 sts.  

Rep 6th and 7th rnds – 3 more times. Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Pocket is now complete. 


Align the Pocket for Middle

Lay project down find the two dc group sts directly in the middle. Starting on RS. Attach using a special start up in the middle sp of a dc group st. 

Green line on diagram shows the middle spot. 

1st row: RS. Ch 3, 3 dc in same sp. *Dc group st in next sp after 4th dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * across ending at the middle of the last dc group st from two rnds below. DO NOT JOIN. TURN. 34 dc group st across.

2nd row: WS. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. TURN. 72 sts.  

3rd row: Do the special start up in the space after the first 2 dc posts located 2 rnds below. Ch 3, 3 dc in same sp. *Dc group st in next sp after 4th dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * across. TURN. 34 dc group st across.

4th row: WS. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. TURN. 72 sts.  

Repeat 3rd and 4th rows until entire blanket length is approximately 63”. Fasten off.  


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Crochet Diagram

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I Need This Blanket Crochet Diagram
I Need This Blanket Crochet Diagram
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13 Comments

  1. Carmailna

    So I made this blanket for my mother and she loves it. I am sorry to say that I had a very difficult time with the pattern. I found the wording hard to follow. The “Special Start Up” did not work for me so I had to fudge the pattern a bit. When making the pocket I ignored the Special Start Up, instead I just chained 3 and made 3 dc in the middle of the 4 DC in the row below the sc row. After the pocket was made I started and ended each row with 2 double crochet, which made a really nice boarder. Then I just worked the 4 double’s into the middle of the 4 dc in the dc row below the sc row. Also the diagram is a bit misleading, I wish the two repeat rows that are shown would be shown all around the pocket. I hope this helps, it really did turn out to be a beautiful blanket. Thank you Mikey for a wonderful blanket.

    • Mikey

      I will have to re-examine the strategy for the blanket. Can you give me a re-wording of the instructions that you think would have helped you. Just write it as a response and I can examine your approach.

  2. I thought I had it figured out, soooooo I went Black Friday shopping and got enough yarn to do 4 of these blankets. Guess what…..I ain’t got it figured out!!!!!! At least a video of the Special Stitch and Start UP!!!! I Hate Frogging!!!! I Need This Blanket

  3. Karen Faddis

    Please, please please do a tutorial for this blanket!

  4. Sharon

    I’d love a video of this one please.

  5. Stacy H

    I would love to see a video tutorial.

  6. Barbara

    Hi Mikey….wondering if you might film a tutorial for this some day? Thank you so much for everything. I look forward to giving this a go for my hubs who is almost 7′ tall! 🙂

    • Mikey

      I’m not sure yet on the interest level. I will monitor.

  7. Eva Marie Yanda

    Oh Mikey this is the one and only thing I would love to make for all my grandbabes for xmas, but I just cannot follow or understand a pattern to save my life!!! I’m going to keep a watchful eye out for a video and hopefully they will have these as presents under the tree and warm feet forever as they cuddle and watch movies. Thanks so much for all you do I so appreciate you. Eva

    • Mikey

      Noted. I will see how many more people are interested.

  8. Linda

    This is so awesome. You are amazing. Thank you for your thoughtful pattern and your hard work. I am going to give this a try. I am really glad the community has grown and hopefully will continue to grow, have a great day. Thank you-Linda

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