Tranquility Blanket: A Free Crochet Pattern

 

Hi Crochet Lovers,

I have a pretty piece of home decor crochet to share with you today!

And also a personal announcement! My husband, daughter, and I will be welcoming a new baby girl into our family this October and we are full of joy at the prospect of growing our family with another girl. To celebrate, I decided to design a baby blanket, but have also sized up the pattern for an adult-sized throw.

The Tranquility Blanket is lacy blanket featuring a fun and interesting stitch pattern.

 

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The Tranquility Blanket will add beauty and comfort to any home and would be beautiful in many yarns and yarn weights.

 



 

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Tranquility is perfect for enjoying any tranquil moment whether snuggling a new baby or curling up on the couch with a hot drink and some serious Netflix time, hopefully with a hook in your hand.

 


It is my joy to be sharing more crochet patterns for free here on the blog. I am touched by all the comments I receive from you–all over the world–enjoying my designs. To help me offer more patterns for free, please consider supporting my work by clicking a few ads or stopping by my shop to purchase the PDF download of this and my other patterns.

 



 

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Here is the free pattern; you may also download this pattern for $1.99 in my shop.

 



 

SIZE

Baby Blanket: 31” [79 cm] wide x 41” [104 cm] long after steam-blocking

Throw Blanket: 52” [132 cm] wide x 66” [168 cm] long after steam-blocking

 

 

YARN

Yarn Bee Sweet Divinity (100% Acrylic; 243 yd [222 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]; #1 Blush: 5 (13) balls

For Yarn Substitutions: #4 Medium Yarn

Baby Size: 1080 yd [988 m]/16 oz [445 g]

Throw Size: 2921 yd [2671 m]/43 oz [1202 g]

 

 

CROCHET HOOK

Size H/8 (5.0 mm)

 

 

TOOLS

Yarn needle

 

 

GAUGE

3.5 wide shells and 9.5 rows = 4”

 

 



 

NOTES

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • This baby blanket is worked flat from the bottom up with a seamless border worked in the round after the blanket body is made.
  • Blanket Body is worked in turned rows. Blanket Border is worked in the round with Right Side facing.
  • This blanket is reversible.

 

 

 

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS

Edge Shell (esh): 3 dc worked in st or sp indicated.

Long Single Crochet (lsc): single crochet in st or sp indicated worked beneath/around 2 previous rows. See Chart for assistance.

Wide Shell (wsh): (2 dc-ch 1-2 dc) worked in st or sp indicated

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

BLANKET BODY (See Chart for assistance.)

Foundation Chain: Ch 121 (211).

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in 4th ch from hk, *sk next 4 ch, wsh in next ch; rep from * to last 5 ch, sk next 4 ch, 3 dc in last ch, turn…23 (41) wsh; 2 esh made.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same dc, wsh in each ch-sp across, 3 dc in last dc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same dc, ch 2, lsc betw same esh and next wsh inserting hook beneath previous 2 rows to make a gather then working sc as usual around these 2 rows, ch 2, wsh in next ch-sp, ch 2, lsc betw same wsh and next wsh, ch 2, wsh in next ch-sp ; rep from * to last esh, ch 2, lsc betw same wsh and next esh, ch 2, 3 dc in last dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same dc, wsh in each ch-sp across, 3 dc in last dc, turn.

Row 5: Work as for Row 4.

Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same dc, ch 2, lsc betw same esh and next wsh, ch 2, wsh in next ch-sp, *ch 2, lsc betw same wsh and next wsh, ch 2, wsh in next ch-sp; rep from * to last esh, ch 2, lsc betw same wsh and next esh, ch 2, 3 dc in last dc, turn.

Rows 7-75 (129): Rep Rows 4-6 for blanket body pattern…25 (43) row repeats (ovals) worked.

Final Row: Ch 1, sc in same dc, *ch 4, sc in next ch-sp; rep from * to last 3 dc, ch 4, sc in last dc, do not turn.

 

 



 

BLANKET BORDER (See Chart for assistance)

Continue working in the round down left side of BLANKET BODY and around next three sides:

 

Row 1 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), (dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc) in same corner st, *ch 1, dc in next edge dc; rep from * to lower left corner, (dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc) in corner, (ch 1-dc, ch 1-dc) in each 4-ch sp of bottom edge, ch 1, (dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc) in lower right corner st; rep from * to top right corner st, ch 1, (dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc) in top right corner st, (ch 1-dc-ch 1-dc) in each 4-ch sp across top edge of blanket, ch 1, sl st to first dc to join rnd. Do not turn.

 

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next ch-sp, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch-sp (corner ch-sp of blanket), dc in each dc and ch-sp around the entire blanket, working 3 dc in corner ch-sps, sl st to first dc to join rnd.

 

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

FINISHING

Weave in yarn ends. Lay flat and use gentle steam to smooth fabric and polish the stitches. This treatment will enlarge the blanket slightly.



 

 

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STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

 

”         inches

betw  between

ch      chain

ch-sp chain space

cm     centimeters

dc      double crochet

g        grams

hk      hook

m       meters

mm    millimeters

oz       ounces

rep     repeat

RS      Right Side

sc       single crochet

sk       skip

sp       space

st        stitch

WS     Wrong Side

yd      yards

 

 

 

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Yours in Stitches,

Sara



Aura Cowl & Infinity Scarf: A Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Crochet Friends!

I’ve got something wonderful to share with you today ~ a free crochet pattern for Aura, a cowl or infinity scarf pattern that blends incredible color and texture and is so much fun to crochet.

 

 

Here is the Aura Cowl:

 

 

And the Aura Infinity Scarf:

 

Each version uses a different construction method. The cowl is worked in the round seamlessly and the infinity scarf is worked flat and sewn together with a seam.

 

 

Aura adds stunning color and pop of squishable, scrumptious texture to your winter wardrobe! 

 


That sounds so good in mid-June, right? It’s been in the 90’s here in central Illinois, even with the rainstorms we’ve gotten.

 

But hey, when you’re ready to cozy up with the squishy warm yarns, Aura will be here waiting for you.

 

 

Materials

For the cowl:

Red Heart Boutique Treasure (70% Acrylic/30% Wool, 151 yd [138 m] / 100g), Abstract #788 1918; 2 skeins

NOTE: This yarn has been discontinued since I first designed this pattern! I would recommend using 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. This is the same yarn used to crochet my Kaleidoscope Shawl that went viral and became Red Heart’s Most Downloaded Pattern of 2018, so it’s a can’t-miss choice for amazing color and cozy softness.

 

For the infinity scarf:

Lion Brand Amazing ( 53% wool/47% acrylic, 147 yd [135 m] / 50 g) ) #825-207 Pink Sands; 6 skeins

 

Hook

For the cowl:

Size K (6.5 mm) hook

 

For the infinity scarf:

Size J (6.0 mm) hook

 

Notions

Yarn needle

 

Gauge

For the cowl:

10 sts & 9 rows in 4 in [10 cm] of pattern stitch worked in size K (6.5 mm) hook.

 

For the loop:

9 sts & 9.75 rows in 4 in [10 cm] of pattern stitch worked in size J (6.0 mm) hook.

 

 

 

Notes

  • Two foundation row methods are offered: foundation half double crochet creates an edge with more stretch than a traditional foundation chain edge.
  • This pattern offers two methods of working this stitch pattern (flat or in rounds). The cowl is worked top-down, in rounds, without turning the work. The infinity loop is worked flat in rows, and the short ends are joined with a crocheted seam to form a loop.
  • This fabric is reversible.

 

Scarf Option: Do not seam the short ends of the Infinity Scarf to create a loop and simply wear as a scarf.

 

Skills Needed

Foundation hdc (optional)

Working in rounds

Post stitches

 

Abbreviations/Stitches Used

Back-post double-treble crochet (bpdtr)
Back-post half double crochet (bphdc)
Chain (ch)
Double-treble crochet (dtr)
Extended turning chain (ETC)
Foundation half double crochet (fhdc)
Front-post double treble crochet (fpdtr)
Front-post half double crochet (fphdc)
Half-double crochet (hdc)
Round (rnd)
Slip stitch (sl st)

 



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Aura Cowl (Red Heart Boutique Treasure, yarn now discontinued)

Cowl Instructions

Foundation Row: Fhdc 70 sts. Do not turn, sl st to join last fhdc to 1st fhdc for working in rounds being careful not to twist the round.

 

OR

 

Foundation Chain + Foundation Row: Ch 72; hdc in 3rd st from hk and each ch across…70 hdc. Do not turn, sl st to join last hdc to 1st hdc for working in rounds being careful not to twist the round.

 

Set-Up Row: ETC, bphdc in next hdc, fpdtr in next hdc, *bphdc in next hdc, fpdtr in next hdc; rep from * around. Do not turn. Sl st to top of ch-2 to join.

 

Row 1: ETC, fphdc in next phdc, bpdtr over next pdtr, * fphdc over next phdc, bpdtr over next pdtr; rep from * around, sl st to top of 1st st to join rnd, do not turn.

 

Row 2: ETC, bphdc in next phdc, fpdtr in next pdtr, * bphdc in next phdc, fpdtr in next pdtr; rep from * around, sl st to top of 1st st to join rnd, do not turn.

 

Rep Rows 1-2 5 times more.

 

Rep Row 1 once more.

 

Fasten off.

 

Weave in all yarn ends. Hand wash and lay flat to dry. Steam lightly if desired.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aura Infinity Scarf (Lion Brand Amazing)

 

 

Infinity Scarf

Foundation Chain: Ch 185.

Foundation Row: ETC, hdc in 1st ch, *dtr in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across…185 sts.

 

Row 1: ETC, bphdc in 1st hdc, *fpdtr in next dtr; bphdc in next hdc; rep from * across.

 

Rep Row 1 21 times more. Do not fasten off.

 

Join 2 short ends by laying the scarf out flat and working a sl st seam from the working yarn edge to the bottom edge. Do not fasten off.

 

From the working yarn work as follows:

Edge Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 1st st and each st around, sl st join rnd.

 

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail.

 

Join yarn at opposite loop edge.

Edge Row 2: Work as for Edge Row 1.

 

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail.

 

Finishing

Weave in all yarn ends. Hand wash and lay flat to dry. Steam lightly if desired.

 

 

The Kaleidoscope Shawl: a free crochet pattern for you!

Hi Crochet Lovers!

You need to hear about some amazing things happening with my Kaleidoscope Shawl, a lovely–and free–crochet shawl pattern I placed with Red Heart several months ago.



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Kaleidoscope Shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann



I got so excited when I learned that the Kaleidoscope Shawl is part of an ebook collection called–get this–Coffee and Yarning.

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Um, I don’t know about you, but coffee and yarning is the story of my life.

Or at least I want it to be. How about you? 🙂

I really love this part…Marly Bird is offering an instructional video on how to crochet the Kaleidoscope Shawl.

I was so happy to learn about this, I had to share the videos right here with you on the blog.

There are instructions tailored to both right-handed and left-handed crocheters!



The stitch patterns are quite easy and add up to a bigger effect than you would think from their simplicity.



And the yarn choice has everything to do with that!

Long color repeats create a beautiful stained-glass effect that looks as if you worked an awful lot of stripes after spending hours in the yarn shop selecting a perfectly harmonious color palette.

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Kaleidoscope Shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann

But that’s all done for you with Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarn. I loved the Tealberry colorway they sent me.

I’m also a sucker for a singles-ply. The softness, the shine, the texture of the finished stitches, the light twist of the yarn. Mmm! So pretty.

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Red Heart Unforgettable: Colorway Tealberry



After discovering her videos, I’m going nuts for the yarn Marly used in her version of Kaleidoscope. After doing a little detective work, I’m pretty sure it’s the Parrot colorway.

I gotta make something with this!

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Red Heart Unforgettable: Colorway Parrot

Gorgeous. So bright and happy. I just love color.

What do you look for in your favorite crochet shawls?

I’m obsessed with shawls again and am in the process of designing and testing a brand new collection as I write this post. It’s been so much fun, and deeply satisfying to return to my love of designing shawls and wraps.



You can take a look at the first indie shawl collection I put together after publishing Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.

 

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Shawls by Sara Kay: PDF ebook collection, $17.95



I love bundling my patterns into collections that offer you a big discount on the individual pattern price.

Everyone loves a bundle, right?



You can read this post to learn more about the first beauty in the new collection lineup, or see my full set of shawl pattern releases on Ravelry.



I hope you enjoy the Kaleidoscope Shawl. Please tag me @sarakayhartmann on IG if you make it, or any of my patterns!

Yours ever in a tangle of yarn,

Sara