Mustard and Co Tunisian Crochet Blanket

This project combines popular Tunisian crochet stitches, Tunisian purl and knit stitch, in a slightly unusual combination as they are crocheted diagonally from corner to corner rather than in the most common way in straight rows. Together, they create a striking texture while giving the final project a very warm and cosy feel. The blanket is sized for toddler/small child; however it can be easily adjusted for smaller/bigger sizes by either using lighter/heavier weight yarn or reducing/adding stitch pattern row repeats.

You can purchase the add free PDF version of the pattern at LoveCraft here.   

Skills required

Chain, single crochet (sc; US terminology), Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and return passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), end row changing colours, increasing, decreasing, blocking

Skill level

Finished measurements

The final blanket measurements (blocked):

110 cm x 108 cm (approx. 43.25 x 42.5 in)

150 cm (approx. 59 in) diagonally

Materials and tools

Women’s Institute Soft and Smooth Aran (available exclusively from Hobbycraft) (100% Acrylic | Aran | 400 g (14.1 oz) = 660 m (722 yds)), Mustard (MC) 2 skeins (approx. 500 g), Plum (CC1) 1 skein (approx. 155 g), Teal (CC2) 1 skein (approx. 100 g), Light Grey (CC3) 1 skein (approx. 120 g)

Tunisian crochet hook size 7 mm with cable (at least 100 cm (40 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Crochet hook size 6 mm (J-10) for border

Tapestry needle

A piece of cardboard to make tassels

Scissors

Yarn substitute:

Below, I list possible alternatives to the yarn used for this project as this is only available from one online seller in the UK. Please note, that it is always necessary to swatch before starting a project to check the gauge to ensure your final project is as you had expected it to be.

Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic | Aran | 170.1 g (6 oz) = 288 m (315 yds)), #9782 Gold (MC) 3 skeins, #9762 Burgundy (CC1) 1 skein, #9608 Blue Mint (CC2) 1 skein

Caron Simply Soft Heathers ((100% Acrylic | Aran | 141.7 g (5 oz) = 228 m (249 yds yds)), #9509 Grey Heather (CC3) 1 skein

Or

Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (100% Acrylic | Aran/ 10-Ply | 100 g (3.5 oz) = 184 m (201 yds)), #223 Mustard Yellow (MC) 5 skeins, #215 Red Wine (CC1) 2 skeins, #233 Marine Blue (CC2) 1 skein, #204 Stormy Grey (CC3) 2 skeins  

Gauge

Blocked Gauge: 13 sts x 13 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) measured diagonally over the stitch pattern

Stitch guide

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return passes 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 knit stitch: Insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical bar, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.

End row changing colours in Tunisian crochet: The new colour is added when finishing the return pass of the previous row and 2 (3 on decrease rows) loops are remaining on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 (3 on decrease rows) loops.

Increase (Make 1 (M1)): Each increase row will have an increase of 2 stitches; these will be worked after the Right edge stitch and before the End stitch as follows: Insert the hook between 2 stitches, yrh and pul.

Decrease: Each decrease row will have a decrease of 2 stitches; these will be worked on RP as follows:

  • at the beginning of RP: 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 looks on hook
  • at the end of RP when 3 loops are left on hook: yrh, draw through all 3 loops on hook

Stitch charts

Mustard & Co Tunisian Crochet Blanket stitch chart and legend

Notes

The blanket is crocheted flat with RS always facing. It is crocheted in diagonal fashion starting at the bottom left edge with 2 increase stitches every row to the middle section and 2 decrease stitches to upper right corner. The number of loops on the hook on decrease rows refers to the resulting stitch count at the end of the forward pass.

The pattern begins with 5 rows of Tunisian simple stitch and continues with stripes consisting of 5 rows of Tunisian purl and 5 rows of Tunisian knit stitch per colour, followed by a middle section of 5 rows of Tunisian simple stitch. The pattern of 5 rows of Tunisian purl and knit stitch per colour continues to last 5 rows of Tunisian simple stitch.

The blanket consists of stripes of alternating Mustard colour with Plum, Teal and Soft Grey as follows: Mustard, Plum, Mustard, Teal, Mustard, Soft Grey, Mustard, Plum, Mustard (middle section), Plum, Mustard, Soft Grey, Mustard, Teal, Mustard, Plum, Mustard.

The charts are worked flat.

Optional tassels can be added at the end.

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Instructions

With MC, chain 2

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 2 loops on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2: M1, ES. 3 loops on hook.

Row 3: M1, tss, M 1, ES. 5 loops on hook.

Row 4: M1, tss in next 3 sts, M1, ES. 7 loops on hook.

Row 5:  M1, tss to ES, M1, ES. 9 loops on hook.

Row 6: M1, tps to ES, M1, ES. 11 loops on hook.

Rows 7-10: Rep Row 6. 19 loops on hook.

Row 11: M1, tks to ES, M1, ES. 21 loops on hook.

Rows 12-14: Rep Row 11. 27 loops on hook.

Row 15 (FP): Rep Row 11. 29 loops on hook.

Row 15 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC1.

Rows 16-24: Rep rows 6-14. 47 loops on hook.

Row 25 (FP): Rep Row 11. 49 loops on hook

Row 25 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC.

Rows 26-34: Rep rows 6-14. 67 loops on hook.

Row 35 (FP): Rep Row 11. 69 loops on hook.

Row 35 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC2.  

Rows 36-44: Rep rows 6-14. 87 loops on hook.

Row 45 (FP): Rep Row 11. 89 loops on hook.

Row 45 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC.

Rows 46-54: Rep rows 6-14. 107 loops on hook.

Row 55 (FP): Rep Row 11. 109 loops on hook.

Row 55 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC3.

Rows 56-64: Rep rows 6-14. 127 loops on hook.

Row 65 (FP): Rep Row 11. 129 loops on hook.

Row 65 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC.

Rows 66-74: Rep rows 6-14. 147 loops on hook.

Row 75 (FP): Rep Row 11. 149 loops on hook.

Row 75 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC1.

Rows 76-84: Rep rows 6-14. 167 loops on hook.

Row 85 (FP): Rep Row 11. 169 loops on hook.

Row 85 (RP): Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC.

Rows 86-94: Rep rows 6-14. 187 loops on hook.

Row 95: Rep Row 11. 189 loops on hook.

Rows 96-98: Rep Row 5. 195 loops on hook.

Row 99 (FP): Tss across to ES, ES. 195 loops on hook.

Row 99 (RP) (1st decrease row): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Row 100: Rep Row 99. 193 loops on hook.

Row 101 (FP): Tps across to ES, ES. 191 loops on hook.

Row 101 (RP): Rep Row 99.    

Rows 102-105: Rep Row 101. 183 loops on hook.

Row 106 (FP): Tks across to ES, ES. 179 loops on hook.

Row 106 (RP): Rep Row 99 (RP).

Rows 107-109: Rep Row 106. 175 loops on hook.

Row 110 (FP): Rep Row 106. 173 loops on hook.

Row 110 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC1, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Rows 111- 119: Rep rows 101-109. 155 loops on hook.

Row 120 (FP): Rep Row 106. 153 loops on hook.

Row 120 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Rows 121-129: Rep rows 101-109. 135 loops on hook.

Row 130 (FP): Rep Row 106. 133 loops on hook.

Row 130 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC3, yrh, draw through 3 loops.  

Rows 131-139: Rep rows 101-109. 115 loops on hook

Row 140 (FP): Rep Row 106. 113 loops on hook.

Row 140 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Rows 141-149: Rep rows 101-109. 95 loops on hook.

Row 150 (FP): Rep Row 106. 93 loops on hook.

Row 150 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC2, yrh, draw through 3 loops.  

Rows 151-159: Rep rows 101-109. 75 loops on hook.

Row 160 (FP): Rep Row 106. 73 loops on hook.

Row 160 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC, yrh, draw through 3 loops.  

Rows 161-169: Rep rows 101-109. 55 loops on hook.

Row 170 (FP): Rep Row 106. 53 loops on hook.

Row 170 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to CC1, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Rows 171-179: Rep rows 101-109. 35 loops on hook.

Row 180 (FP): Rep Row 106. 33 loops on hook.

Row 180 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to last 3 loops on hook, end row changing colour, change yarn to MC, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Rows 181-189: Rep rows 101-109. 15 loops on hook.

Row 190: Rep Row 106. 13 loops on hook.

Rows 191-193: Rep Row 99. 7 loops on hook.

Row 194 (FP): Rep Row 99. 5 loops on hook.

Row 194 (RP): 1 ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Row 195 (FP): Tss, ES. 3 loops on hook.

Row 195 (RP): 1ch, yrh, draw through 3 loops.

Fasten off.

Border

Using 6 mm crochet hook, crochet 3 rounds of sc around the blanket, with 3 sc sts into the same st at corners.

Fasten off.

Finishing

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

Optional tassels:

Make four 15 cm (6 in) long tassels (two in Teal and two in Light Grey) by wrapping yarn approx. 35 times around a piece of carboard measuring 15 cm (6 in). Slide the yarn from the carboard gently and open the strands at the bottom by cutting through all loops (Please note that the top loops should not be cut). Cut 30 cm (11.75 in) long string of yarn, wrap it tightly around the top loops approx. 4 cm (1.5 in) from the top and secure it by a knot. Adjust the length of the wrapping yarn to match the length of the tassel.

Attach tassels at corners in alternating fashion so that no two adjacent corners have the same colour tassels.

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 hooksc- single crochet

pul- pull up a loop

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

approx.- approximately

rep- repeat

t2tog- Tunisian 2 togethertls- Tunisian crossed lattice stitch

lp(s)- loop(s)