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Easy Beginner Crochet Blanket Pattern

I cheated on my knitting, and learned how to crochet a few weeks ago. It was a thrill! Well, it was, you know, thrilling in the way that pulling loops through other loops on a stick is thrilling. Something only knitters/crocheters can understand!
This is a simple blanket, the finished product ended up being a little larger than 5×7′ and taking about 11 skeins of “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby. I decided to go with a fun blue tweed and a mustard yellow. I love the way it turned out! I’m sitting under it right now near my fireplace trying to pretend I’m in Belize.
I really like doing long projects in the summer, since I’m not eager to use them, I can take my time on bigger projects that can last me a long time. It also keeps me away from the yarn store, which is working out well for my bank account! Since this was my first crochet project, I used some cheap yarn called “I love This Yarn”. I like that it’s machine washable (as you can see my doggie likes to take over any blankets and claim them as his own). So there was no way I could use something more expensive.
If you want to make your own crochet blanket, it’s really easy! You just need to know: Chain Single Crochet Double Crochet How to change colors (optional) You can use as many colors as you want for the stripes- this pattern would also look great in a solid color.
 
You will need: 
Size US: I9 (5.5mm) crochet hook About 10-12 skeins of worsted “I Love This Yarn” (about 3,300 yards? That seems like a lot, I apologize I didn’t really keep count.)
 
Begin:
Ch 180 sts. (This is the width of your blanket)
1. sc 10 rows with mc (ch1, turn at end of each row until 10th row)
2. ch 2, turn. dc 2 rows
3. (switch colors) ch1, turn. sc 10 rows
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until blanket reaches desired length.
*Final Stripe: With MC sc 10 rows, Dc 2 rows, Sc 5 rows.

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