Crochet for Knitters – Tunisian Stripes Blanket

Tunisian Stripes SM  cropped

Size: 36” wide by 40” long (easily modified, info on modifying below and in free pattern)
Hook: Size K (6.5mm) Tunisian crochet hook with 24” cord attached, additional 40” cord, two end stoppers (scrap yarn can be used instead of 40” cord)
Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn in three colors, 660 yards each color, plus one extra skein in your color of choice for fringe (details below on the yarns I used)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for cross stitching design and weaving ends
Gauge: 3.5 stitches and 3.5 rows per inch

Pattern + links to four-part video tutorial is a FREE RAVELRY DOWNLOAD.

Tippy blanket SM

INFORMATION ON MODIFYING PATTERN
You can make this blanket any size, using any yarn weight or hook size you like, as long as you like the fabric you are creating.

To determine your starting chain number, you’ll knit to make a swatch. Using the yarn and hook size you’d like to use, chain 20 (or so), and work up a small sample. Bind-off and wash swatch, then either block or dry the swatch as you will the finished blanket. (If you choose a machine washable and dryable yarn, you can machine wash and dry the swatch.) Then measure the number of stitches you’re getting per inch, and make note of that number.

Multiply that number by the number of inches wide you’d like your finished blanket, and use that number as your starting chain number. Here are some standard blanket sizes from About.com:
Crib: 45 by 60 inches
Twin/Throw: 66 by 90 inches
Double: 80 by 90 inches
Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches
King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches

An easy way to determine the amount of yarn you’ll need if you’re modifying the size is to work up your first stripe, and make note of how much yarn you used. There are 11 stripes total in the blanket. Remember to allow enough yarn for a wider Center Panel, and allow extra for fringe.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The interchangeable Tunisian Crochet hooks I’m using can be found here.

The yarn used in the pink/blue/green blanket is Knit Picks Brava Worsted, Blush – 3 skeins, Sky – 4 skeins (extra skein for fringe), Mint – 3 skeins

The yarn used in the Sock Monkey colors blanket is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted, Cranberry – 3 skeins (extra skein for fringe), Oxford Grey – 2 skeins, Wheat – 3 skeins

The sweater I’m wearing is a free pattern + video tutorial.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Malala”.

58 comments on “Crochet for Knitters – Tunisian Stripes Blanket

  1. Staci, I am working on some swatches for the Tunisian crochet blanket. I notice that the right side of the work, produces a nice edge, whereas the left side, the side that is created when you make the first pass to create the ‘boxes’ and before you start the return pass, is often jagged. I have been through the pattern and watched the videos to see if you address this issue.

    I am trying to watch my tension and am also counting my stitches, particularly getting into the last double bar stitch. Any suggestions on how to created a less jagged edge.

    Thank you, enjoying the videos.

  2. Susan – the left and right edges of Tunisian crochet look different, but both sides should be smooth and straight. When you’re picking up the last stitch at the left edge, be sure you’re putting your hook into the two legs that were the first stitch from the previous (left to right) row – the one where you only pull through one stitch. The video explains it better than I can here in email. It may take some practice – as long as each stitch is formed on the fullest part of the hook (and not the narrower tip), your tension should remain even.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  3. I have a question on Tunisian crochet lap blanket, After finishing the blanket i noticed width of the blanket when i started does not match the end of the blanket!!! There is about 3? going in an angle?!!
    Hoe do I block it? Will the blocking help,,,, both ends match?
    I have the same number of stitches in every row! Even then it went in an angle!
    Please help
    Malti

  4. Malti – unless your gauge changed dramatically from one end to the other, you probably just need to get it wet, square it out, and let it air dry in the perfect square.

    S t a c i

    • I was confused since you suggest, if modifying the size, to wash a swatch first and then block. This is my first attempt at knitting “anything”‘ thank you for your great videos,

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