Heart Warming Blanket

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Using the basic granny square motif and some creative color changing techniques, this soft and snuggly blanket will be the perfect addition to your loved one’s room. It’s cozy, squishy, and evergreen even after Valentine’s day which makes us love it even more!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 48” x 48”

Size of inner white and heart square = approx. 23” x 23”

Gauge: Rnds 1-2 = approx. 4” [10 cm]

Materials

Yarn: Bernat Blanket – Coastal Collection (100% Polyester; 220 yards [201 meters]/300 grams): 10800 Lapis (dark blue) (A, 2 balls), 10006 Vintage White (B, 2 balls), 10808 North Sea (variegated) (C, 1 ball), 10799 Blue Velvet (light blue) (D, 1 ball)

Hook: US size N/15 (10 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, removeable stitch marker

Special Stitches

Sideways single crochet (Ssc)

Insert hook into top side of indicated st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through both loops on hook (now sc will be going from side to side).

Pattern Notes

Center of blanket is made with traditional granny square stitches up to and including Rnd 6.

Heart shape is created with Lapis color around first 6 rnds.

Vintage White is added in rows in between heart shape made with Lapis.

When adding in Vintage White, ssc and sl sts will be made at ends and beginnings of each row – these stitches create a space like a ch-1 sp and will be called, “next sp” in subsequent rows in which groups of 3 hdc are worked into.

Pattern

With A, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in ring, (ch 2, 3 hdc) 3 times in ring, ch 2, join with sl st to top of starting ch-2.

Rnd 2: Sl st in each st across to first ch-2 sp, sl st into ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st to top of starting ch-2.

Rnd 3: Sl st in each st across to first ch-2 sp, sl st into ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to next ch-2 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in next ch-2 sp (corner); rep from * around, joining with sl st to starting ch-2.

Rnds 4-6: Rep Rnd 3.

Bottom Section A

Row 7: With A and now working in rows, sl st in next 2 hdc, sl st in next 2 ch, sl st in next 3 hdc, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, 2 hdc in same sp, [(ch 1, 3 hdc) in next ch-1 sp] 4 times, ch 1, leave remaining sts in the rnd unworked for now, turn.

Row 8: Sl st in next 3 hdc and in first ch-1 sp, (ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc) in each ch-1 sp across, ch 1, turn. (4 3-hdc groups)

Rnds 9-11: Rep Row 8. (1 3-hdc group at end of last rnd)

Fasten off.

Side Section B

Row 1: With A, join with sl st in first ch-1 sp of side B (next to corner), ch 2, 2 hdc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) twice, leave remaining sps unworked, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in next 3 hdc and next ch-1 sp, ch 2, 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sl st in each of next 3 hdc, next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in next 3 hdc and ch-1 sp, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times.

Fasten off.

Side Section D

Rep as for Section B but with WS facing and start where indicated on diagram.

Top Section C

With RS facing, join with sl st in first ch-1 sp of top Right hump (see Diagram), ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp.

Fasten off.

Rep on other hump (on Left side of Top Section C – see Diagram).

Adding Vintage White:

Top Center (between humps)

Row 1: With B, join with sl st into top unworked ch-1 sp (from Rnd 6 in center between humps), ch 2, ssc into top of hdc on Right, 2 hdc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of hdc on L, ch 2, ssc into top of hdc on Left on row ABOVE, turn.

Row 2: Work 2 hdc around sl st in row below, ch 1, 3 hdc around ssc (that was done in top of hdc), ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 on the Left, ch 2, ssc in top of hdc on Left on row ABOVE, turn.

Row 3: Work 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 hdc around next sp, ch 1, sl st in top of ch-3 on Left.

Fasten off.

Bottom Right

Row 1: With RS facing, join with sl st in top of first hdc to Right of ch-2 last A corner sp, (3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, sl st in top of hdc on Left, ch 1, ssc in top of hdc on Left one row ABOVE, turn.

Row 2: Work 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, 3 hdc around next sp, sl st in top of ch-2 on Left, ch 1, ssc in top of hdc on Left, turn.

Row 3: Work 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) twice, sl st in top of ch-3 on Left, ch 1, ssc in top of hdc on Left one row ABOVE, turn.

Row 4: Work 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, sl st in top of ch-3 on Left, ch 1, ssc in top of hdc on Left on row ABOVE, turn.

Row 5: Work 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, place stitch marker in working loop and set aside.

Top Right Corner

Row 1: With 2nd ball of B, join with sl st in top of hdc just to Right of corner worked in A, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, sl st in top of ch length to Left.

Fasten off.

Top Left Corner

Repeat as for Top Right Corner but work with WS facing.

Next to last White Segment

Join with sl st to top of end st in 3-hdc group next to B corner piece just worked, 3 hdc in next sp between 3 hdc’s groups, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 8 times, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp between 3-hdc groups, sl st in top of next 3-hdc group.

Fasten off.

Last White Segment

Go to where left off at end of Right corner and pick up a loop, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp between 3-hdc groups) twice, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp between 3 hdc groups) 9 times, ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp) twice, sl st in top of first white 3 hdc group.

Fasten off.

Frame around Center Heart Section

Rnd 1: Now working in rnds with B, join with sl st in bottom right corner ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to next corner, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around square, joining with sl st to starting ch-2.

Rnd 2: Sl st across to next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to next corner, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around square, joining with sl st to starting ch-2.

Row A: Now working in rows along bottom edge, sl st across to next ch-3 sp, turn, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp) across row, ending with 3 hdc in ch-3 sp, turn, leaving remaining sides of square unworked.

Row B: Ch 3, 3 hdc in next sp, (ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp) across to last sp, ch 1, hdc in turning ch. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Now working in rnds, join C in any corner sp with sl st, (ch 1, hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, [hdc in each hdc across skipping all ch-1 sp, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp] around, ending with sl st to starting ch-2.

Rnd 4: Sl st across to next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, [dc in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] around, ending with sl st in starting ch-2.

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 4. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: Join D in any ch-2 sp with sl st, (ch 2, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, [working in the back loop only, sk next dc, dc in each dc across to last dc, sk last dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] around, ending with sl st to starting ch-2.

Rnd 7: Sl st across to next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, [now working in both loops, dc in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] around, ending with sl st in starting ch-2. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: Join C in any ch-2 sp and work as for Rnd 7 but in back loops only.

Rnd 9: Working in both loops, rep Round 7. Fasten off.

Rnds 10-11: Join B in any ch-2 sp and work as for Rnd 7. Fasten off.

Rnds 12-13: Join A in any ch-2 sp and work as for Rnd 7. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

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