Cosy Rectangle Blanket

This Cosy Rectangle Blanket is a cross between a giant continuous Granny Rectangle and a v-stitch blanket. Essentially it is a half-treble crochet (UK terms) V-stitch blanket worked in the round.

I was really surprised to discover that this stitch combination makes the work really soft and squishy, perfect for a blanket. It also has the added benefit of having smaller holes than a traditional giant Granny Square or the V-stitch worked with treble crochet stitches.

Cosy Rectangle Blanket
Cosy Rectangle Blanket

The Cosy Rectangle Blanket pattern is really simple and suitable for beginners. Each colour stripe is worked in 2 rounds. I had a little play around with the numbers of stitches worked in the corners, to ensure that the corners continued to be wonderfully square and sharp, and the blanket lay flat. Some rounds have [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in each corner and some rounds have [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in each corner.

Other tips for making any blanket in the round are: turn the work over after each round, and start a new colour in a different corner each time. I like to do both of these tips with any Granny Square or Granny Rectangle that I make. I find this helps to keep the work even, and it also creates a reversible blanket.

Materials

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Crochet Hook:  4mm or size needed to achieve gauge 
Yarn:900g/2655m of DK weight yarn in nine different colours, 
The sample uses Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic) in:
Gold (A) – (100g/295m), 
Toy (B)– (100g/295m)  
Fuschia Purple (C) – (100g/295m), 
Blush (D) – (100g/295m), 
Stone (E) – (100g/295m), 
Raspberry (F) – (100g/295m),
Camel (G) – (100g/295m),
Boysenberry (H) – (100g/295m),
Vintage Peach (I) – (100g/295m)
You can purchase this yarn here.
Notions:Scissors
Needle to weave in ends 
Finished size:Approximately 115cm x 106cm
 Skill Level: Suitable for beginner level crocheters
Gauge:After round 5 as per pattern = 19.5cm x 9cm approximately, adjust hook size as necessary  Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect yarn quantities.

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

ststitch
ssslip stitch
dcdouble crochet
htrhalf treble crochet
skskip stitch
chchain
beg-chbeginning chain
*to*instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified
‘V’the shape formed by the htr cluster in the previous round, subsequent htr clusters are worked in the centre of the ‘V’, which is the space between the two htr stitches (see Fig 1)
htr clustera group of two htr stitches
Cosy Rectangle Blanket - 'V' stitch
Fig 1. Demonstrating the ‘V’ – each ‘V is made up of 2 htr stitches (a htr cluster)
and is worked in the centre of the ‘V’ of the round below

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

UK termUK abbreviationUS termUS AbbreviationDescription
Double CrochetdcSingle CrochetscInsert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining two loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Half Treble CrochethtrHalf Double CrochethdcYarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining three loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Slip StitchssSlip StitchssInsert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch and through loop 
ChainchChainchYarn over hook, pull through loop

Video Tutorial

A video tutorial supporting the written pattern can be found here:

Written Pattern

Foundation Row and 1st row

Using Gold (A) yarn, ch18, dc in 3rd ch from hook and all the way along to the end (work in the ‘back bumps’ of the chain stitches).

Round 1

  • Continue with Gold (A) colour yarn. Turn, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in same space
  • Sk 1 st, 2htr in next, *sk1, 2htr in next*, repeat from *to* until the last st, work 2htr in the turning chain formed at the start.
  • [Ch2, 2htr, ch2, 2htr ] in the same turning chain
  • Work along the foundation chain, [sk 1 st, 2htr in the next] to the end, 2htr in the last st
  • Ch2, then 2htr in the same space where you worked the first htr cluster at the start of the round, ch2, ss into the top of the beg-ch worked at the start to close the round. Fasten off Gold (A) yarn.
  • [You should have 9 htr clusters along each long edge and 1 htr cluster along each short edge]

Round 2

  • Turn the work over. Position your rectangle so that the long sides are along the top and bottom and the short sides are at the sides. Using Toy (B) yarn, pull up a loop in the corner space at the top right corner of the rectangle.
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 2htr in the gap (in the middle of the ‘V’) between the first two htr stitches from the previous round and continue doing this all the way along the long side of the rectangle until you reach the next corner space.
  • Work [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • 2htr in the gap between the the two stitches (in the middle of the ‘V) along the short side
  • [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • Work 2htr in middle of each of the V’s along the long edge of the rectangle.
  • [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • 2htr in the ‘V’ of the htr cluster along the short side.
  • [1htr, ch2] in the corner space where you started the round, ss into the top of the beg-ch worked at the start to close the round.

NB: from this point on, all htr clusters (a cluster is a group of 2 htr) along the sides of the rectangle will be worked in the centre of the ‘V’ (this is in between the stitches of the htr cluster of the round below). This is shown in Fig 1 above. If there is a lone htr in the round below (formed at the corner of some rounds), ignore this stitch, only work a htr cluster in the ‘V’ of a htr cluster from the round below.

Round 3

  • Continue with Toy (B) colour yarn. Turn over. Ss back into the ch2 corner space just formed.
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in the same corner space.
  • Ignore the single htr in the previous round. Work your way along the short side of the rectangle with 2htr in the ‘V’ of each of the htr clusters. Ignore the single htr in the previous round.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the long side of the rectangle with a htr cluster in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the short side with a htr cluster in the ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the long side of the rectangle with a htr cluster in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2] in the corner space where you started the round, ss into the top of the beg-ch worked at the start to close the round. Fasten off Toy (B) yarn.
  • [You should have 11 htr clusters along each of the long edges and 3 htr clusters along each of the short edges]

Round 4

  • Turn the work over. Using Fuschia Purple (C) yarn, pull up a loop in any corner space.
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 2htr in each ‘V’ along the side of the rectangle until you reach the next corner space.
  • Work [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • 2htr in each ‘V’ along the side of the rectangle until you reach the next corner space.
  • [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • 2htr in each ‘V’ along the side of the rectangle until you reach the next corner space.
  • [1htr, ch2, 1htr] in the corner space.
  • 2htr in each ‘V’ along the side of the rectangle until you reach the next corner space.
  • [1htr, ch2] in the corner space where you started the round, ss into the top of the beg-ch worked at the start to close the round.

Round 5

  • Continue with Fuschia Purple (C) colour yarn. Turn over. Ss back into the ch2 corner space just formed.
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in the same corner space.
  • Work your way along the side of the rectangle with 2htr in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the side of the rectangle with a htr cluster in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the side with a htr cluster in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner space.
  • Work along the final side of the rectangle with a htr cluster in each ‘V’.
  • [2htr, ch2] in the corner space where you started the round, ss into the top of the beg-ch worked at the start to close the round. Fasten off Fuschia Purple yarn.
  • [You should have 13 htr clusters along each of the long edges and 5 htr clusters along each of the short edges]
Fig 2. After 5 Rounds

Each colour stripe is worked in 2 rounds.

Round 4 and Round 5 are the rounds repeated, but in order to keep the blanket flat and the corners sharp, I adjusted the repeats as detailed below. The rounds 4 and 5 only differ in the number of stitches worked in the corners – Round 4 has [1htr, ch2, 1htr] and Round 5 has [2htr, ch2, 2htr]. Feel free to adjust accordingly.

Round 6 – Repeat round 5 with Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 7 – Repeat round 4 in Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 8 – Repeat round 5 with Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 9 – Repeat round 4 in Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 10 – Repeat round 5 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 11 – Repeat round 4 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 12 – Repeat round 5 with Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 13 – Repeat round 5 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 14 – Repeat round 4 with Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 15 – Repeat round 5 in Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 16 – Repeat round 4 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 17 – Repeat round 5 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 18 – Repeat round 5 with Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 19 – Repeat round 4 in Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 20 – Repeat round 5 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 21 – Repeat round 4 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 22 – Repeat round 5 with Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 23 – Repeat round 4 in Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 24 – Repeat round 5 with Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 25 – Repeat round 5 in Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 26 – Repeat round 4 in Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 27 – Repeat round 5 in Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 28 – Repeat round 4 with Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 29 – Repeat round 5 in Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 30 – Repeat round 5 in Fuschia Purple (C) colour yarn

Round 31 – Repeat round 4 in Fuschia Purple (C) colour yarn

Round 32 – Repeat round 5 with Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 33 – Repeat round 4 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 34 – Repeat round 5 with Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 35 – Repeat round 4 in Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 36 – Repeat round 5 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 37 – Repeat round 5 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 38 – Repeat round 4 with Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 39 – Repeat round 5 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 40 – Repeat round 4 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 41 – Repeat round 5 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 42 – Repeat round 5 with Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 43 – Repeat round 4 in Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 44 – Repeat round 5 with Fuchsia Purple (C) colour yarn

Round 45 – Repeat round 4 in Fuchsia Purple (C) colour yarn

Round 46 – Repeat round 5 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 47 – Repeat round 4 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 48 – Repeat round 5 with Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 49 – Repeat round 5 in Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 50 – Repeat round 4 in Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 51 – Repeat round 5 in Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 52 – Repeat round 4 with Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 53 – Repeat round 5 in Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 54 – Repeat round 5 with Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 55 – Repeat round 4 in Boysenberry (H) colour yarn

Round 56 – Repeat round 5 in Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 57 – Repeat round 4 in Stone (E) colour yarn

Round 58 – Repeat round 5 with Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 59 – Repeat round 4 in Vintage Peach (I) colour yarn

Round 60 – Repeat round 5 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 61 – Repeat round 5 in Raspberry (F) colour yarn

Round 62 – Repeat round 4 with Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 63 – Repeat round 5 in Camel (G) colour yarn

Round 64 – Repeat round 4 with Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 65 – Repeat round 5 in Toy (B) colour yarn

Round 66 – Repeat round 5 in Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 67 – Repeat round 4 in Blush (D) colour yarn

Round 68 – Repeat round 5 with Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 69 – Repeat round 4 in Gold (A) colour yarn

Round 70 – Repeat round 5 in Fuchsia Purple (C) colour yarn

Round 71 – Repeat round 5 in Fuchsia Purple (C) colour yarn

Fasten off fuchsia yarn. Weave in all ends (if you haven’t already). You can add a border of your choice, if you feel it needs it, or you can just leave it as it is (like I did).

Cosy Rectangle Blanket