With only 22 weeks to go until Christmas, now is a great time to get started on some holiday crocheting! This Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket can be one of those projects you do on the side since it consists of crocheting THESE Christmas Lights Granny Squares. Make one a day or one a week! Lot of time to pick of this project and then put it down whenever you feel like.
Material List for Entire Project:
– Bernat Super Value Yarn in Berry Red, Lush Green, Bright Yellow, Magenta, Carrot Orange, Soft Grey, Black, White, and Peacock Blue. Shop all colors at Yarnspirations.com.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
Finished Size: Approximately 35×25. Add more squares to make it longer and wider!!
Once you have made as many of the Christmas Light Granny Squares you’d like, I will now show you how to join them, add a border, and “string” the bulbs together using the surface slip stitch. The blanket pictured only has 20 squares and in person is actually pretty small. Baby blanket size. I recommend you do around 40 squares for a decent size blanket.
Feel free to block your squares! I highly recommend the Chetnanigans BlocksAll Blocking Board! You can purchase it HERE:
Use the mattress stitch to join the squares. You will line up all your squares in the layout you want them and stitch along the seams vertically and then horizontally – all the way across. Just like you are lacing up a shoes, work under the SC stitch and then over and back under the SC stitch on the opposite side. This short video tutorial should help!
Now lets get started on the border!
You will need Bernat Super Value yarn in Berry Red and Lush Green, and Soft Grey (shop these colors at Yarnspirations.com) and a size H crochet hook.
Round 1: With Soft Grey yarn, SC around the entire blanket making 2 SC + 2 chains + 2 SC in each corner. Join red yarn, chain 2
Round 2: DC in each stitch around making a DC + chain 2 + DC in each corner, join
now you will begin on your candy cane border
Round 3: with red chain 4 in first stitch, remove hook leaving chain 4 dangling. Join with green in next stitch and chain 4, remove hook leaving green chain 4 dangling. Put hook back in red chain 4 and SC to join to next open stitch (the one after the green chain 4) and chain 4, remove hook leaving red chain 4 dangling. Put hook back in green chain 4, SC to join to next open stitch, chain 4 and remove hook, continue all the way around making a total of 4 chain 4’s in each corner (two red and two green). Join to bottom of beginning chain 4.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Watch this quick video tutorial to get the hang of it!
A full tutorial on the candy cane border is in the works and will be posted in a week!
Now lets use the surface slip stitch to “string” the Christmas light bulbs together!
With black yarn and size H crochet hook, surface slip stitch a curvy line, joining at the tops of each light bulb. Make it unique and unplanned! Go with the flow! If you mess up, just unravel and start again! I started in the bottom right hand corner and made one continuous “string” until I got the top left hand corner. I hope the video below helps!
Here is a view of the blanket over my 3 year old (almost 4 year old!) so you can get an idea of the size! Again, I highly suggest adding more squares if this is for an adult or a couch throw.
The backside of the blanket is not as pretty as the front but still cute and I say totally reversible! I don’t think you have to be embarrassed about covering the back.
Back of the blanket:
PS – not my usual photography here… we were staying a Lake House with the family when I finished this project 🙂
Happy Christmas in July!
Fellow Crochet Laura Jukes made a Corner-to-Corner crochet version of this blanket! I love this idea and spin-off of the my original! She followed the pixel graph below (found on Pinterest – I can’t find the original picture post). Thanks for Laura for sharing this with us!