Redwood Forest Blanket

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Rolling hills of trees upon trees inspired this blanket. Featuring trees and a nature-inspired color palette of yarn, this cozy blanket can stay out all year long.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 54” x 66”, blocked

Gauge: 12 sts in 7 rows = 4” [10 cm], lightly blocked

Materials:

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (100% Wool; 110 yards [101 meters]/50 grams): 25072 Almond (MC, 6 balls), 25635 Cilantro Heather (C1, 6 balls), 23421 Spruce (C2, 6 balls), 25988 Shire Heather (C3, 6 balls), 24273 Blackberry (C4, 7 balls)

Hook: US size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

Sc – Single Crochet

St(s) – stitch(es)

Sk – skip

Yo – yarn over

Special Stitches

Fhdc (foundation half double crochet)

Ch 3, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook and pull up a loop, ch 1, yo, pull through all loops (hdc made), *insert hook in ch just made (below hdc) pull up a loop, ch 1, yo, pull through all loops (hdc made); rep from * for required number.

Hdc Twisted Puff Spike Stitch (Hdc-TPS)

Note: There is a bit of artistry with the placement of the individual spikes in this complex st. If it doesn’t look good to you then remove that spike and replace in in a better location.

Place a stitch marker 2 sts from the one you are about to work over, this will be your next hdc and it can get lost in the making of this st, yo, insert hook one or two rows down and 3 or 4 sts forward (in the same direction you are stitching, ex: to the left for right-handed and to the right for left-handed), yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook 2 or 3 rows down and 2 or 3 sts forward of your work, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook 4 or 5 rows down and directly below the st you are working over, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook 2 or 3 sts behind and 2 or 3 rows down your work, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook 1 or 2 rows down and 3 or 4 sts behind your work (the last 2 sts will cross over the first 3 creating the twist), yo, pull up last loop (you should have 11 loops on the hook), yo, carefully pull through all loops. This st can be made as big or as small as you would like, adjust the spacing and row depth accordingly.

Hdc Spike stitch (HdcSp)

Yo, insert hook into st in indicated row directly below the st being worked, yo, pull up a loop even with the sts of the row you are working on, yo, pull through all loops.

Notes: Spike stitches are a great way to add visual appeal to a project. Tension needs to be carefully monitored to avoid buckling of your work (too tight) or spikes that are too wobbly (too loose). The number sign after the st is a place holder for the number of rows down to make the spike for the HdcSp st and the longest spike of the TPS.

Pattern

Row 1: With MC, fhdc 166 .

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next st and in each st across. (166 sts)

Rows 3-23: Rep Row 2.

Row 24: Skyline Row = 3 Valleys

Valley #1: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 12 sts, *hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in hdc, dc across to end*, ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 9 sts; rep from * to * once, ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * to * once, ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, (dc in next hdc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, dc in next dc (you should be now working into Row 23), hdc in next st, sc in next 12 sts.

Valley #2: Sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 75 sts, *hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in hdc*, dc in next 70 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 65 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 55 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 25 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 20 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 15 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 12 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 23 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 14 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 9 sts, rep from * to * once, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next 40 sts (you should be back to working into Row 23), hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Leave remaining sts unworked.

Valley #3: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next 17 sts, *hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st*, dc in next 14 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 8 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, (dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st) twice, dc across the remaining sts of Row 23.

Row 25: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 24 sts, *hdc in next sc, sc in next sc*, dc in next st; rep from * to * once, dc in next 4 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 41 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 4 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 24 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next st; rep from * to * once,  dc in next st; rep from * to * once, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in next 8 sts; rep from * to * once, dc in last 34 sts. (166 sts)

Fasten off.

Row 26 (First Treeline): Join C1 to beginning of row, ch 2, hdc in first 2 sts, Hdc-TPS6 over the next st, hdc in next 2 sts, *hdc in next 2 sts, HdcSp2 in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, HdcSp1 in next st, hdc in next st*; repeat from * to * once, hdc in next 5 sts, Hdc-TPS6 over next st, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * to * 5 times, hdc in next 5 sts, Hdc-TPS8 over next st, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * to * 3 times, hdc in next 8 sts, Hdc-TPS6 over next st, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * to * once, hdc in next 2 sts, Hdc-TPS4 over next st, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, hdc in next 3 sts, Hdc-TPS3 over next st, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * to * twice, hdc in next 3 sts, Hdc-TPS3 over the next st, hdc in last 2 sts. (166 sts)

Row 27: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next st and in each st across. (166 sts)

Rows 28-29: Rep Row 27.

Rows 30-31: Rep Row 26-27.

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 8 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, Hdc-TPS6, dc in next 33 sts, *hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts*, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 25 sts; rep from * to * once, hdc in next 6 sts, dc in last 12 sts. (166 sts)

Row 33: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 11 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 25 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in last 12 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 36, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in last 8 sts. (166 sts)

Row 34: Rep Row 32, stitching a dc in place of the Hdc-TPS6.

Row 35: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 60 sts, hdc in next 55 sts, dc in next 39, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 7 sts.

Row 36: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, *(hdc in next st, HdcSp4, hdc in next st, HdcSp2 in next st, hdc in next st)*; rep from * to * once, **hdc in next 2 sts, hdc-TPS4 over next st, hdc in next 2 sts**; rep from * to * 16 times, then from ** to ** once; rep from * to * 12 times, hdc in last 4 sts.

Row 37: Rep Row 27.

Row 38: Ch 1, sc in first st and in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 39 sts, hdc in next 55 sts, dc in last 61 sts.

Row 39: Rep Row 35.

Row 40: Ch 1, turn, sc first st and in next 54 sts, hdc in next 48 sts, dc in last 63 sts.

Row 41: Ch 3, turn, sk first st, dc in next 57 sts, hdc in next 59 sts, sc in last 49 sts.

Row 42: Ch 2, hdc in first st, *hdc in next 3 sts, HdcSp3, hdc in next 2 sts, HdcSp4, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * 11 times, hdc in next st, Hdc-TPS6, hdc in next st; rep from * to * 8 times, hdc in last 2 sts.

Rows 43-44: Rep Rows 41-40.

Row 45: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st and next 9 sts, *HdcSp4 in next st, hdc in next 7 sts*; rep from * to * 7 times, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * to * 11 times, HdcSp4 in next st, hdc in last st.

Rows 46 – 47: Rep Rows 40-41.

Row 48: Rep Row 27.

Row 49: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st and next 4 sts, *HdcSp4 in next st, hdc in next 7 sts*; rep from * to * 10 times, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * 8 times, HdcSp4 in next st, hdc in last 5 sts.

Rows 50-52: Rep Rows 40-41, then Row 40.

Row 53: Join C2, ch 2, hdc in first 2 sts, *hdc in next 2 sts, HdcSp2 in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, HdcSp3 in next st, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * once, **hdc in next st, Hdc-TPS5, hdc in next 2 sts**; rep from * to * 7 times; rep from ** to ** once; rep from * to * 5 times, hdc in next 2 sts, HdcSp2, hdc in next st; rep from ** to ** once; rep from * to * 4 times, hdc in next 2 sts, HdcSp4, hdc in last  st.

Row 54: Rep Row 27.

Rows 55-58: Rep Rows 40-41.

Rows 59-60: Rep Row 53-54.

Rows 61-73: Rep Rows 40-52.

Rows 74-81: Rep Rows 45-52.

Row 82: Switch to C3, rep Row 53.

Rows 83-110: Rep Rows 54-81.

Row 111: Switch to C4, rep Row 53.

Rows 112-131: Rep Rows 54-72.

Rows 132-133: Rep Rows 41-40.

Rows 134-141: Rep Rows 45-52.

Row 142: Rep Row 41.

Rows 143: Rep Row 27.

Do not fasten off. Go to finishing.

Finishing

Rnd 1: Ch 1, do not turn, *evenly space sc along edge of work, 3 sc in corner*; rep from * to * 3 times, join to first st with sl st.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

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