Category Archives: Blanket Patterns

+1 Anyone?


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com +1 AnyoneI get asked a lot of interesting questions about crochet and today a really great one came my way that I thought would be perfect to share right here on the blog!

HodgePodge Fan Writes:

I’m trying my first graphghan and I am a little confused as to how to begin. My foundation chain calls for 150 stitches. I am supposed to put +1 for the turning chain which makes 151. Right?

Well, Row 1 is the same exact stitches…shouldn’t it be 1 less…150 and not 151? Your help would be greatly appreciated!

That’s a great question because foundation chains and + amounts confuse a lot of crocheters. When creating something with so many chains, it is so important to get right because you don’t want to have to frog that much yarn.

Here is the skinny on + amounts in foundation chains.

Sometimes a pattern will tell you that the skipped chain(s) count as whatever stitch you are working for row 1. Most of the times, the skipped chains are there because they take the place of a stitch in the pattern and are important for the multiple to work correctly. For example:

Chain 20

Row 1: DC in 4th chain from hook (skipped chains count as dc)…

In this pattern, you would include the skipped 3 chains in the foundation as a dc stitch when you get back to this end in row 2 of your pattern. Generally, the pattern will tell you to work into the turning chain (this is the + amount of your foundation or the 3 skipped chains)

When you are working a graphghan, the skipped chain does not count. Most patterns won’t really tell you that but generally what this means is that you will not be crocheting into it on the way back in row 2. Adding a +1 means you will end with the exact number of stitches you need. In the case of the question above, that means 150 sc.

If you were to leave out that critical +1 when crocheting the foundation chain of 150 sts, when you get to the end you would have 149 sc. (Not including the skipped chain.) Your graphghan would be off by one stitch. That’s not a huge deal if your edges are all a solid color but if your pattern takes the design all the way out to the edge, something is going to go awry!

If you’d like to include the skipped chain (meaning you will crochet into it when you finish row 2) then you will have 150 sts but you might also end up with a pinched foundation that throws your corners off as your blanket grows. It might not be noticeable at first but you’ll see it as you get 10+ rows in.

If you’d like to see what I mean (but on a smaller scale) you can try two test swatches in a solid color. Here is how:

Test One: +1 Included:

With any hook and worsted yarn:

Ch 10 +1

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch does not count as a st), sc in each ch to end, ch1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 2-4: sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc to end, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 5: sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc to end, Finish off. (10 sc)

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Test Two: +1 Not Included:

With the same hook and yarn:

Ch 10

Row 1: Sc in sc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch does count as a st), sc in each ch to end, ch1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 2: sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc to end, sc in beginning turning chain, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 3-4: sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc to end, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 5: sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc to end, Finish off. (10 sc)

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Notice how both photos show exactly 10 sc over 5 rows but that the second–without that tricky +1 chain–has a weird corner. That will come back to haunt you later when it’s time for a border and depending on how tightly you crochet, it could pull your entire blanket out of line and make you wish you hadn’t started at all!

So, to recap, add a +1 to all of your graphghan patterns and do not treat the skipped chain as a stitch! Practice the technique over a smaller swatch just to make sure you’ve got it down and if you have used this technique I’d love to see your finished projects over on the HodgePodge Crochet facebook page!

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Better Blanket Corners


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Better Blanket Corners

Lots of people ask me about blankets. Mostly, how to keep their sides square and neat.

Generally speaking, square blanket corners are made right from the foundation chain. If you get that right, odds are your finished blanket will be stunning.

But how is that possible?

The answer is TENSION!

If you’re interested in learning how to create better blanket corners, you’re in luck! In about 7 minutes from now you’ll be well on your way to cranking out corners like a pro!

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Spiral Motif – When Alice Fell by Mad Mad Me


hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Mad Mad Me 'Spiral Construction/When Alice Fell' Ravelry CAL

Mad Mad Me: ‘Spiral Construction/When Alice Fell’ Copyright: Charissa Ragsdale: Mad Mad Me. All Rights Reserved.

Do you own a copy of Mad Mad me‘s Spiral Construction~When Alice Fell pattern and haven’t tackled it yet? If so, head on over into Ravelry for CAL inspiration with the Spiral Motif – When Alice Fell event!

          http://www.ravelry.com/events/cal--spiral-motif—when-alice-fell

You’ll find incentives for finishing as well as discounts on the purchase of the pattern if you don’t already own one! Hurry because the event is already underway–it runs from September 22 – October 1, 2014–and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!!

The Angels Take HodgePodge!


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com The Angels Take HodgePodge: Weeping Angel Lovey

I’m SUPER EXCITED to share with you what has been keeping my crochet hooks occupied for the past couple of weeks!!! (And if you’ve been paying attention at all, you’ll notice a serious Doctor Who theme here, lol)

Introducing the Weeping Angel lovey!! This pattern is by Silverdragon Crafts & Critters and is GORGEOUS! If you’d rather have a doll, she also has a version for that!

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Not into Doctor Who? <GASP> You can crochet this one in any colors and have a beautiful alternative angel for your little one.

Where can you get your hands on a copy?? Details follow below!!

Use Coupon Code: ANGELSTAKEOVER to receive 25% off your purchase on the individual patterns and pattern pack now through Monday night on both Ravelry and Etsy. No Coupon Code needed on Craftsy!

Links to the Doll pattern:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angel-doll-2
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197573955/the-angel-doll-pattern-with-permission?ref=listing-0
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/toy/angel-doll/104867

Links to the Lovey Pattern:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angel-lovey-2
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197562836/the-angel-lovey-pattern-with-permission?ref=listing-1
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/other/angel-lovey/104872

Links to the #weepingangel Pattern Pack:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/angel-pack/patterns
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197563722/the-angel-doll-and-lovey-pattern?ref=listing-2
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/toy/angel-dolllovey-pack/104873

Vintage Fan Ripple Blanket by A Creative Being


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: A Creative Being: Vintage Fan Ripple Crochet Afghan Blanket

Copyright 2014: A Creative Being: Vintage Fan Ripple Crochet Afghan Blanket: Photos used with permission

Recently, one of  my FAVORITE crocheters on the planet–Wink from A Creative Being–finally finished what I consider to be the most amazing blanket ever!! Seriously, just looking at it makes me want to spontaneously birth a baby to wrap it in!! Right??!?! I can’t be the only one….. 😉

But just when I thought that this achievement couldn’t possibly be topped, she went and did something even more amazing (I had no idea that was even possible!!) when she posted a how-to tutorial for the rest of us!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: A Creative Being: Vintage Fan Ripple Crochet Afghan Blanket

Copyright 2014: A Creative Being: Vintage Fan Ripple Crochet Afghan Blanket: Photos used with permission

If you would love to have one of these gorgeous blankets to snuggle under (or to make for a baby shower or for your own bundle of joy!!) then all you have to do is pop on over to Wink’s blog: A Creative Being :and snatch up her FREE PATTERN!! Don’t forget to drop her a thanks and why not let her know HodgePodge sent you!