Crochet a Magic Carpet throw that I made for a gentleman gymnast in an Aladdin-themed show!
Magic Flying Carpet Pattern
Due to high number of requests, in 2017, I wrote an actual formal pattern to help you crochet a magic carpet.
- Find the crochet pattern on Ravelry
- See the blog post here!
- Find out more about the Magic Flying Carpet craze. (I made 34 of these carpets in various sizes during my years doing custom work!)
Here is the original content, because it may be helpful to someone.
Crochet a magic carpet
This is not a pattern as much as it is a guide, because this blanket borders on free-form crochet.
Start with any pretty granny square. Think about the color striping of the center, because you will orient the granny square as a diamond. I chose the motif from the Lacy Lapghan designed by my crochet idol, Priscilla Hewitt. Just winging it here with burgundy and gold, same as the pattern.
The Lacy Lapghan square wasn’t big enough, so I invented a few more rounds, until I was able to work some blue and another gold round. Once you are satisfied, then turn your square into a diamond and find the center of one side.
Square off diamond shape
Join color in the center space of one side, and then make a slip stitch and work an sc, ch1.
In the photo below, you can see where to pull this chain through to “attach” it to the side. The general idea here is that you will work back and forth, joining at each side until you complete the corner, then repeat three more times around.
I counted this sc, ch1 as a dc and worked six more dc in that same space. It is important to have an odd number of stitches, I think, so that the corner stitches have a place. As shown in the below picture, I attached with a slip stitch and I am ready to chain up, attach, and turn.
After attaching the first row, ch2 and then attach again, but this time with an sc, to mimic something the same as a dc. At the beginning of a row, attach with an sc, and then at the end, with a slip stitch.
Here, I improvised by working stitches somewhat similar to the Lacy Lapghan center square, by turning back and forth.
Here is what one finished corner looks like. Repeat all around until you have a big blue square with a diamond center.
Upon finishing the final blue corner, do not cut the yarn; rather, join and start a dc round, because this will stabilize everything. Then, work (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in each corner.
Below is a close-up of the dc round.
Finish top and bottom edge
- From here, work the burgundy rectangle bit on top and bottom of the square. This is a simple dc back and forth, but with some decorating spaces worked in making an upside-down triangle formation.
- To work the gold tiger area, you can use a method much like the blue triangle formation by working back and forth, joining with a slip stitch or sc at the burgundy edge. Use the completed blanket image as a guide.
- This completes the main blanket shape. I added a round of gold sc, three rounds of purple, and a final round of gold.
On the final gold round, incorporate the tassels as follows:
- Make four tassels by wrapping the yarn around your hand many times as if to make a pompon.
- Tie one end of the bundle and cut the other end, fluffing and straightening out ends, trimming them.
- Securely attach into each corner space.
If you have any questions, I can help! I did make this up as I went, but I hope it is a useful guide for you to Crochet a Magic Carpet. 🙂