Sigh. There’s something about a crochet scrap blanket that I just love. Taking bits and pieces of yarn leftover from other projects and crocheting them into something beautiful just makes my heart sing.
A New Year awaits. Full of possibility. It’s time to cleanse my life of the baggage and extra things to make my journey into the new year light and free. And even though these bits of string don’t seem like much, sometimes they speak of unfinished business. Maybe they hold me back. Or maybe it’s something completely different: like they beckon me to a far off adventure!
And when you’re a crocheter at heart, sometimes a crochet scrap blanket is just the thing. Last year we made the amazing Onward and Upward Scrap Afghan. It’s a cozy, warm thing and I worked mine in all the warm, bright colors in my stash. If you head to our Crochet 365 Knit Too Club on Facebook you’ll see that afghan worked in all sorts of colors: some planned. Some not. All beautiful. But let’s talk about THIS year…
This year we’re making another crochet scrap blanket together! I’m so excited! Here’s how this works: Read on to learn how to make the Happy Lark Crochet Scrap Blanket. Want a free ad-free printable version of this pattern to keep in your project page? I’ve got you covered! Newsletter subscribers get access to the Vault with so MANY free printables! If you’re not a subscriber yet, just fill in the form below. (If you’ve subscribed but forgot how to access the Vault, just check your most recent email from me–the super secret password is at the bottom of every email!)
Next, raid your stash. You can make this afghan any size you want out of any weight yarn you desire (just pick one weight for the whole project). If you’re the worrying, not sure you have enough yarn sort of person, a lap sized, perfect for watching TV size afghan will use about 35-40 oz of yarn. Or do what I did and just pull a bunch of skeins into a basket and go with it!
For my afghan I decided to go with the purples and grays in my stash and then to punch it up a bit, I added some yellow/gold yarn. Purple is my favorite color and I’m making this afghan for my blog room (or “bloom” as my sister has dubbed it). Beyond that I’ve got no plan.. I never know what color I will use next, I just ‘go with it’.
You can go completely random, super scrappy if you like. Or if you have way too much yarn, like I do, you might like to pick 3 colors in various shades that work well together. You can also just go out and buy colors you think would look nice together.
Then share your work in our Crochet 365 Knit Too Club on Facebook. And I mean… we want to see it all! Your color choices, the yarn you’ve pulled together for the project, everything. If you are “all in” and crocheting non stop until your afghan is done, tell us about that. If you’ve got some “one color” a day plan going on, we’d love to hear about that too. We’re a community of crochet friends just sharing our crochet ups and downs, helping each other out and showing off our makes.
This time around I’ve picked the Larksfoot Stitch. There’s so much I love about this stitch.. including the fact that you can look at the afghan upside down (as in the above photo) and it still looks beautiful. It’s not often that I accidentally take a photo from the wrong orientation–but this guy had me fooled. The Larksfoot Crochet Stitch just looks good from every angle: up, down, front and back. I love that because no matter where it ends up in my house–folded nicely over a chair, or scrunched up where it was left, it will look beautiful!
How to Crochet the Larksfoot Stitch:
The Larksfoot stitch is a 4 row stitch pattern (after the initial set up in the first 2 rows). It is comprised of double crochets, chains and the occasional Long Double Crochet. A long Double Crochet is very similar to a normal double crochet, but is worked into a lower row or space (as indicated in the pattern) and the yarn is drawn up to the level of the current row to create a longer version of the double crochet. Here is how it is done:
Long Double Crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch or space, yarn over and draw up a long loop to the height of the current row of stitches (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over again and draw through last 2 loops.
Let’s get started!
Happy Lark Crochet Scrap Blanket
Here is what you will need:
- US H8/5 mm crochet hook (these are my absolute favorite hooks I recommend to everyone!)
- Worsted weight yarn. Pattern is adjustable for other weight yarns, but it is best to be consistent (use all one type of yarn)
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials. I really like to use the invisible seamless join when finishing pieces that get sewn together.
You decide! The stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches. So chain any multiple of 4 to start. Using worsted weight yarn and a H8/5mm crochet hook, for an afghan 45” wide, start with a chain of 156. For an afghan 50” wide, chain 172. It’s best to work a few rows and measure to decide if the width will work for you.
Crochet Scrap Afghan: 50” Wide Afghan
Chain 172 (or a multiple of 4 for preferred width)
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as 1st dc), dc in next ch, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next 3 ch. Repeat from * across row. Turn.
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 st, *ch1, skip ch, dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across row. Change color in the last stitch. Turn
Row 3: Ch 4 (this counts as 1st dc and ch-1 space). Skip next st, dc in next st, Long dc in the ch1-space 2 rows below, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st, Long dc in ch1-space 2 rows below, dc in next st. Repeat from * across row. Turn
Row 4: Ch 4 (this counts as 1st dc and ch-1 space). Skip next st, dc in next 3 st, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across row until last 2 stitches. Then work a ch1, skip ch and dc in last stitch, changing color in the last stitch. Turn
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), Long dc in the ch1-space 2 rows below, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st, Long dc in the ch1-space 2 rows below, dc in next st. Repeat from * across row. Turn
Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 st, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across. Change color in last stitch. Turn.
Repeat rows 3-6 until afghan is desired length.
Weaving in Ends
Weave in ends. There’s a lot of ends so you might want to do this every so often so it’s less of a task at the end of the afghan.
I plan on finishing my Happy Lark afghan with a few rounds of sc (working 3 sc in each corner).
I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making the Happy Lark Crochet Scrap Blanket, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo. If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo! I’d love to see your work!