US Marine Corps Insignia Two-Color Image, for a beautiful custom order to a USMC momma.
To begin this crochet project, I researched embroidery charts until I found one 100 pixels wide. This was a perfect size for the needed final blanket measurements. I found the best method to change colors in the middle of a row. What I decided on is my own creation that I outline at the end of this post.
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Each side of the border has a phrase, since the recipient requested them. This was tricky, and I did not use a pattern for any of it, because I had stared carefully at a chart for the entirety of the blanket body! Check out the final pic at the top of the post.
Steps for creating your Two-Color Image Chart Blanket
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Make Two-Color Image Chart
Choose an image and search for a chart, or use software to pixelate/chart an image if you have it. I like to use embroidery charts as they are readily available. If you can’t find a chart, then you can use a basic image and visually eyeball it. Or even use graph paper to make your own chart. What I use on a daily basis is my graph paper Minimalism Art notebook (aff). It’s like the cheap version of a Moleskine, and you’ll hear me talk about it all the time, since I love it so much.
I used double knitting weight (DK Weight) yarn, with two strands held double of both colors, and a size P (11.5mm) hook. Recommended yarn: Knit Picks Brava (aff) – this weight yarn will work great. My favorite hook is this large hook (aff) because when stitching “over” the non-working yarn, the blanket gets tight and has less drape. The larger hook keeps everything smooth.
Take the background color, and hold two strands together. Chain as many as you need to cover the chart base as well as any extra stitches that you want on both sides. Remember to mentally keep your image centered, or use stitch markers/waste yarn to mark the two ends of the chart area.
Row 1: Holding the contrast color up to the chain and beginning to work over the new color, SC in every chain across. The SC is considered a “square” stitch, because each SC can be considered a pixel on your chart. You will be carrying the non-working yarn throughout the entire blanket. Work SC in every st, and then chain 1 at the end of the row.
Work as many plain rows as you like, carrying up the non-working yarn at the end of every row. When you get to the part that is charted, use the picture and the step descriptions below to help you change color. I like this method, because it allows a very clean color change.
After you finish the chart, work the same amount of plain rows as you did below the blanket.
Attaching contrast yarn in a corner, work 3SC and 1SC in each st and into the ends of every row of the blanket. 3SC in corners on every round and work the border however you like. I love the Reverse Single Crochet border, so I used it here.
Changing Color in the Middle of a Row
Step by step
1: Setup – Completed blue stitch, yellow yarn lying in repose
2: Switch blue and yellow yarn so that yellow is now the yarn in use
3: YO with yellow and pull the yellow through the blue
4: Pull the blue strand so that it is as hidden as possible (yellow is now joined at the top of the blue)
5: Work stitch like normal with yellow
If you have any questions, let me know!