Camping, soccer games, the beach.. We all have places during the summer where a blanket is a necessity and this one will be your ultimate favorite. Using yarn designed to be used outdoors, this blanket won’t pill, mold, or become bleached from the sun. In addition to the yarn qualities, the design is warm, yet breezy and perfect for all seasons!
This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jessica Carey, designer of The Hook Nook. This post was sponsored by JOANN Stores but all ideas and opinions are my own.
We all have those times where we are out at soccer games, or camping, or the beach, or hiking, or this or that. I don’t know about you, but generally blankets tend to join me on these adventures and they’re usually thrifted ones I’ve had throughout the years because I’m too cheap to spend good money on an actually good blanket that I’m going to be getting dirty. But now my life has been forever changed.
There is now a yarn made specifically for the outdoors. With these rad qualities I mentioned above, we can now MAKE the blankets that accompany us on these memory-making adventures. Machine washable and easy to brush off dirt and bark, this yarn is hands down ingenious.
For this project I also really wanted to add a hood simply for selfish reasons. I am CONSTANTLY snuggled up in a blanket at home and being able to wrap completely up in it is just so utterly cozy. Add a hood for that extra “hug” and proceed to leave me be in my cocoon of happiness.
Hook : Size N/10mm
Yarn : -1183 yds Bernat Maker Outdoor in Color A - Summer Storm Gray (chunky weight 5 / 68% acrylic, 32% nylon)
-695 yds Bernat Maker Outdoor in Color B - Fresh White (chunky weight 5 / 68% acrylic, 32% nylon)
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Gauge 8 sts x 5 rows = 4”x4” in DC
CH : chain
SC : single crochet
DC : double crochet
Sl St : slip stitch
st : stitch
sts : stitches
CH 2 does not count as a stitch.
This pattern uses a twisted stitch technique. Follow the pattern as is for specific directions, but we are simply created “x” shaped stitches. By skipping a stitch, working in the next, and then going back to work in the skipped stitch helps the DC criss-cross which creates a beautiful shape!
HOODED BLISS BLANKET:
Using Color A, CH 132.
- Starting in 3rd CH from hook, DC in each CH across. (130)
- CH 2, turn. DC in each st across. (130)
- Repeat Step 2 for a total of 5 DC rows.
- Finish off Color A.
- Attach Color B to last st created using a Sl St. CH 1, SC in same st. SC in each st across. (130)
- CH 1, turn. Sk first St. DC in 2nd st. *DC in previous St. Sk worked DC, sk next st, DC in 2nd st,* Repeat ** across. DC in previous st. (130)
- CH 1, turn. SC in first st. *SC underneath next st (in opening space, not just in st. This allows for a more defined twisted st). SC in next st.* Repeat ** across. (130)
- Finish off Color B.
- Attach Color A to last st created using a Sl St. CH 2, DC in same st. DC in each st across. (130)
- CH 2, turn. DC in each st across. (130)
- Repeat Step 10 for a total of 5 DC rows.
- Repeat Steps 5-11 for a total of 9 repeats (you should have 9 Color B sections, with Color A sections on both ends).
- Finish off, weave in all ends.
HOOD FOR BLANKET:
Using Color B, CH 31.
- Starting in 2nd CH from hook, SC in each CH across. (30)
- CH 1, SC in each st across. (30)
- Repeat Step 2 for a total of 22 SC rows. Do not finish off.
- Fold piece in half, connecting first and last rows.
- CH 1, Sl St evenly along the short side, making sure to seam both edges together. Place one Sl St for each SC row. Finish off.
- Reattach Color B to opposite short side using a Sl St. CH 1, Sl St evenly along second short side, making sure to seam both edges together. Place one Sl St for each SC row. Finish off, weave in ends.
- Turn assembled hood inside out, making sure to pull corners out completely.
- Lay blanket out completely. Starting at the last st created on the blanket, count inward 50 sts and place stitch marker in 51st st. Repeat for opposite side. (We are marking out the space where we are going to connect the hood).
- Lay hood in mapped out section. Attach Color B through both hood and last row of blanket using a Sl St. CH 1. Sl St in next 29 sts. Finish off, weave in ends.
- With blanket laid out, back side up, fold corners towards each other and, using a yarn needle, fasten them together with a scrap piece of Color B yarn. Be sure to keep the knot underneath the folds to keep it hidden.
Now that you have one seriously cozy and HOODED blanket in your lap, go schedule ALL the adventures and have a complete and total blast this summer!
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