Long time, no see! I know I’ve been away dealing with a few health issues these past few weeks and I’ve missed you all SO much! Crochet and knitting is my happy place – and I’m happy to be back sharing free patterns with you all!
This week, I have the Logjam Throw! It’s an easy to stitch crochet blanket, generously sized, and worked in a chunky/bulky weight yarn and gauge.
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You’ve probably seen basketweave stitch afghan before, goodness knows they were super popular a few years back and while I’ve never made one, I really wanted to!
But, I’m not the kind of designer that puts out a tried and true design in a new color or yarn and slaps a fancy name on it to call it mine. I have to add a little bit of “Rohn” to the mix. I dug deep and thought about what I loved with basketweave stitches and what I didn’t…then thought about how to solve it.
- Make it Lighter!
Crochet’s heavy, we know that, and when you add in bulky or chunky yarn – it can get a whole lot heavier. Basketweave stitches, especially those created with post stitches, can add a ton of weight to any project. So, how do we resolve this? Take a few out and replace them with chain stitches! It’s a simple fix that actually doesn’t impact the overall appearance of the blanket a whole lot but really adds a lot of loft.
2. Make it Fast!
Basketweaves take FOREVER…seriously…
A little nod to the greatest movie of all time…The Sandlot.
Okay, anyway, simply put, adding those chains makes this afghan quick to stitch up. The yarn is a dream too. I decided to go with Two of Wands x Lion Brand Yarn Hue and Me. It’s a beautiful acrylic/wool blend that I just can’t get enough of. It’s also a bulky weight, which means it’s perfect for quick to stitch projects like this one.
3. Make it MINE!
Last thing I really wanted to make sure came across was how customizable this pattern is. Essentially it is just a 6 stitch repeat (four double crochet and two chains) that you can take and truly make your own. If you’re like me and love for things to look and feel even, try to stitch with a 12 + 6st repeat. It breaks down as follows:
4dc + 2 ch + 4dc + 2ch + 4dc
Those extra couple of chains that make up the 6sts account for the first double crochet.
That way, as you are alternating between front and back post stitches, you’ll be able to make sure the first and last set of double crochets are the same, creating a nice and even blanket.
Now, alternately you could also add an extra stitch to the beginning and end of each repeat to create a nice even edge, which is what I did with my blanket!
Alright, that’s all there is to this throw. We’ve covered the basics and I even gave you the repeat. You can find the free pattern below, the printable PDF pattern here, the video tutorial on youtube here, and the kit, which includes all the yarn you need here. Other than that…happy stitching folxs!
LOGJAM Throw Pattern
About 48” Wide and 52” Long
Gauge is not essential for this project.
US L/8mm Standard Crochet Hook
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This blanket is worked from top to bottom. Just work as many repeats as possible, until you run out of yarn!
Weave in ends as work progresses.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of the next 3 ch, *ch 2, sk next 2 ch, dc in each of the next 4 ch; rep from * across, hdc in last ch. (15 4-dc groups, 14 ch-2 sps, 2 hdc)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), turn, *Fpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2, Bpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, hdc in top of beg ch.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn, *Bpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2, Fpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, hdc in top of beg ch.
Rnd 4: Rep Row 2.
Row 5 and 7 (RS): As Row 2.
Rows 6 and 8: As Row 3.
Row 9 and 11 (RS): As Row 3.
Row 10 and 12: As Row 2
Repeat directions for Stripe 1 and Stripe 2 six times further. Finish off.
Weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.