Impressionist Blanket Crochet Pattern

easy crochet blanket pattern impressionist blanket

This easy blanket crochet pattern features a lightly textured stitch that’s beautifully marbled on both sides. It’s free of holes, making it a wonderful chunky blanket to cozy up under without your fingers and toes getting stuck. Choose one of the 5 available sizes, and this super-fast blanket will be warming your lap in no time!

The Impressionist Blanket is a new free crochet pattern here on the blog. Read about my inspiration and the easy construction, or scroll on down for the free pattern and photo tutorial.

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My Version of Art

Whenever I get a chance to hit up an art museum, the impressionist paintings are always some of my favorites. It’s fun to view an artist’s expression of a setting or experience in a less literal way, and I love their use of short little brush strokes.

The speckled effect of this easy crochet blanket pattern mimics those tiny strokes, and the colors give me impressionistic sunset vibes.

This perfectly marbled look is easier than you might think! It’s created by holding 2 strands of different colored worsted weight yarn at the same time. Some other possibilities for your blanket include:

  • Combine 2 strands of different yarn material (like mohair and wool) for a marbled texture
  • Skip the double strands and replace them with 1 strand of chunky yarn instead

With all of these options for construction and colors, your blanket is sure to turn out as unique as a classic painting!

Blanket crochet pattern easy

Before you Start

Size

The crochet blanket is available in the following sizes: security, baby, toddler, throw and twin. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern as security (baby, toddler, throw, twin). The pictures illustrate the toddler size.

crochet blanket pattern size chart

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. You don’t need to follow any multiples for this stitch pattern.

Materials

  • 8 mm / US L – 11 hook.
  • Worsted weight yarn (held double): Royal Zeeman yarn (100% acrylic, 100g/3.5oz, 241m/264yd)
    • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in green
    • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in blue
    • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in red
    • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in orange
    • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in yellow
    • 2 (3, 6, 9, 16) skeins in beige (main color)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern is 9.5 st by 6.5 rows in stitch pattern for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet

Notes

Work instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1, ch 3 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.

Special Stitches

  • Back loop only: Work the stitch as you normally would but instead of working through both loops, only go through the back loop.
  • Front loop only: Work the stitch as you normally would but instead of working through both loops, only go through the front loop.
  • The blanket crochet pattern uses the railroad stitch. You can find a detailed stitch tutorial here.

Tips and Tricks

For best results, choose a main color that highly contrasts with your other colors.

  • Either use a light color (white, beige, light grey, pastel colors) for the main color and dark, full colors for the secondary colors.
  • Or choose a dark color (black, dark grey, brown, marine) as main color and lighter colors for the secondary colors.

The Actual Chunky Blanket Crochet Pattern

With your 8 mm / US L – 11 crochet hook and yarn held double (main color + yellow) ch 57 (86, 135, 147, 218)  + 1.

Right side Repeat

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc across, turn. <57 (86, 135, 147, 218) st>

Row 2: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

chunky blanket crochet pattern

Row 3: Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in the back loop only, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the front loop only, turn.

Size Security only, Rows 6-7: Repeat Rows 2-3 once more, proceed to color change.

All other sizes, Rows 6 – x (9, 13, 17, 21): Repeat Rows 2 to 5 another x (1, 2, 3, 4) times.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Switch to main color and orange yarn.

Wrong Side Repeat

Row 1: Ch 1, sc across, turn. <57 (86, 135, 147, 218) st>

Row 2: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in the front loop only, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the back loop only, turn.

Size Security only, Rows 6-7: Repeat Rows 2-3 once more, proceed to next color section.

All other sizes, Rows 6 – x (9, 13, 17, 21): Repeat Rows 2 to 5 another x (1, 2, 3, 4) times.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Switch to main color and red yarn.

Make a right side repeat.

Switch to main color and green color yarn.

Make a wrong side repeat.

Switch to main color and blue color yarn.

Make a right side repeat.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Blocking

You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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