Moon and Stars Tunisian Crochet Blanket

This was my first large Tunisian crochet project. I got inspired by the amazing work of other crocheters on Facebook and Pinterest, got a very ambitious idea, ordered yarn and slowly starting crocheting. I absolutely loved the process of designing the individual elements, planning how to deal with the dreaded curl that is typical for Tunisian crochet, seeing how the three colours worked out together and finally after months of work and several delays enjoyed the finished project! Several nights after my little boy feel asleep under this blanket and I took about gazillion pictures:-). Aside from all of this, I was humbled by the amazing response I got from fellow crocheters on Instagram and pictures of the blanket got even reshared by certain crochet superstar! So without further ago, you can find the teh edited pattern below. Happy crocheting!

Night sky can appear in so many ways depending on the time, season, weather and this ever-changing scenery was an inspiration behind this design. This blanket is a beginner friendly Tunisian crochet project introducing several different techniques used in Tunisian crochet that can be a great stepping stone to learning this crochet style. The pattern is written for toddler/ small child size of blanket; however the design can be modified easily by adding or reducing star or moon sections vertically or horizontally to make the final blanket larger or smaller according to your specific need.

Skills required

chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), Tunisian honeycomb stitch (ths), end row changing colours, changing colours as you go, binding off in Tunisian crochet, blocking

Skill level

Finished measurements

The final blanket measurements (blocked): 

 127 x 137 cm (approx. 50 x 54 in)

Materials and tools

Stylecraft Special DK (100% Acrylic | DK | 100 g (3.5 oz) = 295 m (323 yds), Apricot (A) #1026 3 skeins, Turquoise (B) #1068 3 skeins, Silver (C) #1203 3 skeins

Tunisian crochet hook size 6 mm (J-10) with cable (at least 100 cm (40 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge

Blocked Gauge: 15 sts x 14 rows= 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over tss

Stitch guide

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of stitches (loops) increasing on the hook during forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass (RP) is worked in the same way for all stitches used in this project as follows:  1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Edge stitches:

Right edge stitch- This is the first stitch and is not usually worked into because there is one loop on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one loop corresponds to the first stitch of the new row.

Left edge stitch- This stitch is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.

  • First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian purl stitch: Bring yarn to the front on the work and hook, insert the hook from right to left under the front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian honeycomb stitch: This stitch is worked over an even number of stitches and 2 rows as follows:
  • Row 1: *Tss, tps; rep from * to last st, ES. Standard return pass.
  • Row 2: *Tps, tss; rep from * to last st, ES. Standard return pass.

Bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the loop that is on the hook. One loop remains on the hook.

End row changing colours in Tunisian crochet: The new colour is added when finishing the return pass of the previous row and 2 loops are remaining on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 loops.

Changing colours as you go: When changing the colours within a row in Tunisian crochet, place the new strand of yarn over the old strand. This locks the old colour in place and prevent gaps occurring between the different colour sections.

Stitch charts

Tunisian Honeycomb stitch border chart

Notes

The blanket is crocheted flat with RS always facing. It consists of three horizontal sections of Star or Moon patterns (each is 50 stitches x 50 rows of Tunisian simple stitches large) that are surrounded by border (10 stitches x 10 rows) of Honeycomb stitch (Please see Moon and Stars Tunisian Crochet Blanket schematic) in alternating colours of A, B, and C.

The charts are worked flat. The Star pattern is repeated 3 times horizontally and 3 times vertically when completing the blanket, except for the first horizontal segment where it is repeated twice. The Moon pattern is crocheted once in the bottom right corner. There are two versions of the Moon pattern to choose from, one off centred (V1) and one aligned centrally (V2). The blanket pictured throughout this pattern was crocheted using the Moon pattern V1.

The Moon and Star patterns colourwork can be crocheted in two different ways depending on the preference. It can be done either as stranded colourwork or intarsia. If using stranded colourwork, the background colour is carried over and wrapped around the pattern colour every 2-3 stitches to avoid loose floats. It is important to keep the passive yarn taut but not too tight to avoid distorting the Star or Moon pattern. When using intarsia, a separate bobbin for each colour is required and only 1 colour is used at a time with the inactive colour left hanging until the next colour change.  

It is important to lock the strands of yarn when changing colours in either of these methods (Please see Stitch guide).

Instructions

With C, chain 192

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 192 loops on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2: *Tss, tps; rep from * to ES, ES.

Row 3: *Tps, tss; rep from * to ES, ES.

Row 4- 11: Rep rows 2-3.

Row 12: *Tss, tps; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Moon chart in tss, [*tss, tps; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Star chart in tss] 2 times, *tss, tps; rep from * 4 more times, ES.

Row 13: *Tps, tss; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Moon chart in tss, [*tps, tss; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Star chart in tss] 2 times, *tps, tss; rep from * 4 more times, ES.

Rows 14-61: Rep rows 12-13.

Rows 62- 71: Rep rows 2-3.

Row 72: [*Tss, tps; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Star chart in tss] 3 times, *tss, tps; rep from * 4 more times, ES.

Row 73: [*Tps, tss; rep from * 4 more times, following the blanket schematic, work Star chart in tss] 3 times, *tps, tss; rep from * 4 more times, ES.

Rows 74-121: Rep rows 72-73.

Rows 122-131: Rep rows 2-3.

Rows 132-181: Rep rows 72-73.

Rows 182-191: Rep rows 2-3.

Row 192: Bind off.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to final measurements as in schematic.

Moon and Stars Tunisian Crochet Blanket schematic

Abbreviations:

Ch- chain

st(s)- stitch(es)

sl st- slip stitch

ES- end stitch

tss- Tunisian simple stitch

tps- Tunisian purl stitch

tks- Tunisian knit stitch

tcs- Tunisian crossed stitch

ths- Tunisian honeycomb stitch

yrh- yarn round the hook

lp(s)- loop(s)

pul- pull up a loop

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

approx.- approximately

rep- repeat

t2tog- Tunisian 2 together

tls- Tunisian crossed lattice stitch

Star Chart

Moon Chart v1 (off centred)

Moon Chart v2 (centrally aligned)

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