This is one of my favorite blankets that I have ever made! The colors are so vibrant and the pattern is mesmerizing.
This pattern is simple and works up very quickly!
You will need your favorite size hook (I used my 5.5mm/I hook), and your desired colors.
I recommend using an odd number because it makes the resulting pattern more interesting.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Chain a multiple of 3
For this size blanket I chained 141
Row 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, skip two chain, *1 sc in next chain, skip two chain, 5 dc in next chain** Repeat from * to ** until 3 chains remain. If your last stitch was a sc then skip two chain and 3 dc in last chain. But if your last stitch was a shell (5 dc), then skip the last 2 chains and sc in last chain.
Now, if you are using more than one color for this pattern, then you have a big decision to make here. You can 1) finish off that color or 2) pull out a big loop and simply keep all of your skeins attached to your piece as you are working.
I chose option 2 because I hate weaving in ends. If you are using 3 colors like I did, that is a lot of ends to weave! So, I worked the yarn up the side.
This is what my sides looked like before I crocheted a border.
If you are changing colors, then at the beginning of each row, slip stitch the new color into the last stitch from the previous row.
Row 2: Again, this depends on how you finished your last row.
If you ended with a sc in the last chain: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, skip two dc, sc in next dc (the 3rd dc in shell from previous row), *skip two dc, 5 dc in sc crochet from previous row, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc (the 3rd dc in shell from previous row)** Repeat from * to ** sc in turning chain from previous row.
If you ended with 3 dc in the last chain: ch 1, sc in same stitch, and then follow the above instructions starting from * and ending at **
Basically, sc in the top of each shell, and shell stitch (5 dc in same stitch) in each sc. Once you get the first couple of rows done, you will fall into the pattern, and it will start working up quickly.
I know this pattern is roughly written, and for that I do apologize! If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or email me, and I will be more than happy to answer your question or point you to somebody that can.
I hope you all have wonderful day!