I finally finished my Crochet Stash Buster Blanket! This project was started last Febuary (you can find the details HERE ) where I wrote about sorting out my most colourful cotton yarn and choosing a selection of colours that were bright and cheerful and brought me joy. It has been my mindful crochet project over the last few months and I want to share with you how I made it!
Don’t you just love the cheerful stripes and the lovely texture that the pattern makes?!
A crochet stash buster blanket is a wonderful way of using up all of your yarn scraps – even those small leftovers. The end result will be a very unique blanket and a project that will keep you interested all the way through.
My daughter in law had a beautiful colourful baby blanket that I spotted last year in her home. It was machine knit from Mothercare, I think? I fell in love with it and wanted to create something similar in crochet. Each row only uses a very small amount of yarn which made it perfect for some of the tiny little balls that I had in my stash. I used a sports weight cotton yarn for my blanket as I had plenty of small amounts of cotton yarn leftover from projects I have made over the years. See my Christmas Baubles HERE and HERE. I make A LOT of baubles every year!
Helpful Information for Crochet Stash Buster Blanket
The pattern is a very easy one row repeat, and all details for making a blanket this size are in the pattern below. But you can make this blanket any size you want! It is the easiest pattern ever to adapt and perfect for a beginner. Use any yarn – double knit or worsted weight yarn would be perfect, so have a look through your stash and see what you find.
You can easily adjust the width by crocheting a starting chain to the size you require. You can pick back later any chains unused.
I choose to weave in all my ends but you could leave your ends and trim them up later to make a beautiful fringe on each side of your blanket. I might do that on my next stash busting blanket – it sounds fun!
The border was crocheted using the Linen Stitch (sometimes called Crochet Moss Stitch). Once you have your first border row complete, the rest is very easy. I like the flat textured finish of this border but you could choose to leave it out.
I choose my favourite ‘warm’ colours and some ‘cool’ colours to use in both blankets. I have just noticed that I did not choose any purple shades! Have fun using up yarn from your stash, just make sure it is similar in weight.
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Here are the colours I choose:
- Scheepjes Catana or Yarn and Colors Must have (or any similar sport weight cotton yarn) in various shades
- You can use any weight yarn you have in your stash and a matching hook. Just make sure the yarn is all a similar weight
- 4mm Crochet Hook
Measurement of blanket pictured – 33 x 41 inches [84 x 104 cm]
You can make blanket any size you wish
Abbreviations (US crochet terms)
yo – yarn over
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
st – stitch
- To change colors seamlessly at the end of the row, complete the final yarn over of the last dc of the row, with the new colour.
- Always make a starting chain a bit longer than needed – you can always pick back your extra chains later
- I recommend weaving in threads as you go!
Instructions for Striped Stash Buster Blanket (US Crochet Terms)
Make a long chain to the width you want your blanket with an even number of chains. The following are instructions for the blanket pictured.
Row 1: 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook. * 1 sc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch; rep from * across, making last dc in final ch. Fasten off yarn, turn.
Row 2: Using next colour, ch 1 (counts as 1st st here and throughout), skip 1st st at base of ch 1, * 1 dc in next st (sc from previous row), 1 sc in next st (dc from previous row); rep from * across, ending with 1 dc in last st (beg ch 1). Fasten off yarn, turn.
That is it! Just repeat row 2 changing colour every row. My blanket had a total of 138 rows.
See notes above for changing colours.
Work border rounds with same side facing throughout, without turning. I made 8 rounds in total.
Round 1: With chosen colour, join yarn in corner top left of blanket, [ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1] in same sp (1st corner), 1 sc in each row end down left side, [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in corner bottom left of blanket (2nd corner), 1 sc in each st across foundation row, [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in corner bottom right of blanket (3rd corner), 1 sc in each row end up right side, [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in corner top right of blanket (4th corner), 1 sc in each st across top of blanket, join with a sl st into ch-1 sp of 1st corner.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 sc, ch 2 here and throughout), 1 sc in same sp, * ch 1, skip next st, 1 sc in next st; rep from * around, making [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in each corner ch-1 sp, join with a sl st into beg ch-3 sp.
Rounds 3-8: Repeat round 2. Fasten off yarn.
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