Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I wanted to make this Apple Orchard Blanket that showed off all the beautiful colors of the season!
My color scheme was “apples” and I wanted to get a few different apple shades in this afghan. I love the combination of the dark reds and greens with the light greenish/yellow and peach. It has such a beautiful contrast.
I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. It’s such a soft and easy to work with yarn. Plus, it’s easy on the wallet. Bonus!
This pattern is available as an inexpensive, clearly formatted, PDF instant download HERE in my Etsy shop.
I Love This Yarn 3 skeins of Ivory, 1 skein each of: Fire Red, Cranberry, Light Peach, Pistache, Mid Green, and Brown (or any color combination you like in acrylic or cotton worsted weight yarn)
6.0 mm hook
Easy – intermediate (must be familiar with basic crochet stitches and techniques)
Pattern notes & stitches to know
Sl st – slip stich
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
Approximately 54in x 63in
GRANNY SQUARES (make 56. I made 11 in each color + 1 extra square in Fire Red)
I have a more detailed photo tutorial HERE.
Make a magic ring
Round 1: 11 dc into ring, pull ring closed tight, join to top of first ch 3 with sl st (12 dc)
Round 2: ch 3, dc into same stitch, 2 dc into each stitch around, join to top of first ch 3 with sl st (24 dc)
Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc, 2 dc in next* repeat from * to * around, stop before last yarn over in last stitch
Pull a loop of your contrasting color, join to top of first ch 3 with sl st (36 dc)
Round 4: ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same stitch, dc in next, hdc in next 2, sc in next 2, hdc in next 2, dc in next, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next, dc in next, hdc in next 2, sc in next 2, hdc in next 2, dc in next* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 with sl st (48 crochet stitches, 4 ch 2 spaces)
Round 5: ch 3, dc in next, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, dc in next 12 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 with sl st (64 dc)
Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Each finished square measures approximately 7 inches after being wet blocked.
Arrange your finished squares to your liking. I wanted mine random, without any two of the same color next to each other.
Using brown yarn, join your granny squares with a sc. Join all rows horizontally, then vertically, fastening off after each row. Weave in all your ends. Photo tutorial on next page.
Line up the first two squares to join, insert hook in the chain next to the first dc in both squares.
Pull through a loop
Sc in same stitch, and across. Make sure to line up each stitch (adjusting by doubling up, as needed)
When you get to the ch right after the last dc in the row, insert hook into the next set of granny squares (the chain next to the first dc in both squares) and continue across.
Repeat pattern for each row horizontally and vertically.
Weave in all the ends.
Round 1: Join brown yarn to any ch 2 corner space. Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in same space, sc in each stitch around entire blanket working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner, join to the top of first ch 1 with sl st. Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Round 2: Join Cranberry yarn in any ch 2 space, ch 2 (hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same space, hdc in each stitch around entire blanket, working (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in each corner ch 2 space, join to the top of first ch 2 with a sl st. Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Round 3: Join Mid Green yarn to any ch 2 corner space. Ch 3 (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space, dc in each stitch around the entire blanket, working (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner ch 2 space, join to the top of first ch 3 with a sl st. Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Round 4: Join Brown yarn to any ch 2 corner space, ch 1 and crab stitch in each stitch around the entire blanket working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner ch 2 space, join to top of first ch 1 with sl st. Fasten off, weave in the ends.
NOTE: The crab stitch is a single crochet worked backwards. Instead of moving towards the left, you will be moving towards the right. When working across, insert hook into previous stitch, yarn over, pull through the loops. This gives a nice textured look.
Add fringe tassels to each corner. Cut 8 12 inch pieces of Brown, Cranberry and Mid Green. Add to corner ch 2 space. Trim to your liking.
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