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Free Crochet Pattern: Carefree Blanket

 

Welcome to my latest free crochet pattern, y’all! Carefree is finally here, and if fire comes out of your fingertips, you can make a lapghan for your ma, just in time for Mothers’ Day. Give mom some Carefree vibes!

Pattern

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Y’all, I’m super proud and happy with this free pattern. This hexagon motif ticks all my boxes! Wanna read more about the design process? Head to any of the links below to get started, including the Relaxghan intro post. Carefree is the third blanket of six in the free crochet pattern series “Relaxghans: Six blanket patterns designed with peace in mind.” Which I have made into a Ravelry ebook – go check it out at the link below.

Note: if you get started on this pattern, don’t forget to tag #CarefreeBlanket and #CypressTextiles so I’ll see it! I love to feature your CypressTextiles makes in my IG feed and stories, as well as on Pinterest board “You Made It!”

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I also fell in love with this delicate edging, and decided to publish that separately as a freebie called “Cherry Blossom Edging” that you can add to any blanket for that extra special finish.

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Eep! I cannot wait to see all of the color combos that y’all come up with for this piece. I know my colors are daring in this sample blanket, but you all have followed me a while, and should be used to the flashy color! If you’ve only just recently subscribed to this blog, well, yeah I use a ton of bold and daring color palettes with reckless abandon. lol

Enjoy this pattern, guys – I haven’t had this much fun making a sample prototype blanket in a long time. It works up so very quickly. Your mom is anticipating her Mothers’ Day blanket as we speak! Get hooking! 🙂

Notions & Sizing

  • US 3.5mm hook, tapestry needle for weaving ends
  • Measurements Finished piece measures about 48x56in and is easily resized by using larger gauge yarn and hook, or by making more motifs

Key Stitch Descriptions (US)

  • ch chain
  • cl cluster: (yoh, insert hook in st/sp, yoh, pull up lp, yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 2 times, yoh, draw yarn through 3 lps
  • beg beginning
  • beg cl beginning cluster: beg dc, dc in same st/sp – counts as 1 cl
  • beg dc (sc, ch 1) – counts as 1 dc
  • beg dc5tog beginning dc 5 together: beg dc in next st, (yoh, insert hook in next st/sp, yoh, pull up lp, yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 4 times, yoh, draw yarn through 5 lps
  • beg tr (sc, ch 2) – counts as 1 tr
  • dc double crochet
  • dc5tog dc 5 together: (yoh, insert hook in next st/sp, yoh, pull up lp, yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 5 times, yoh, draw yarn through 6 lps
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • MR make ring: Sl knot, ch 3, ss in third ch from hook to make ring
  • rep repeat
  • RS/WS right side/wrong side of work
  • sc single crochet
  • sk skip
  • sp space
  • ss slip stitch
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tr treble crochet
  • yoh yarn over hook

Schematic

carefree Schematic

Instructions

Note: First, work full and half motifs which are joined as you go. Then, the zig-zag sides of the blanket are filled in and a sweet border is added.

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Full Motif (Make 27)

Rnd 1 With CC, MR, beg cl, (ch2, cl) 5 times, ch2, ss in beg cl. [6 cl, 6 sp]

Rnd 2 Beg cl in sp, (ch2, cl in same sp, ch2, cl in next sp) 6 times omitting final cl, ss in beg cl. [12 cl, 12 ch-sp]

Rnd 3 Beg dc in sp, (4dc in same sp, dc in next sp) 12 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc. [60 dc]

Rnd 4 Beg dc5tog, (ch5, dc5tog) 11 times, ch5, ss in beg dc5tog. [12 dc5tog, 5 sp]

Rnd 5 Beg dc in sp, (7 dc in same sp, ch1, dc in next sp) 12 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc. [96 dc, 12 sp]

Rnd 6 Ss in next st, (sc, ch2, sk2) 36 times, ss in first sc, cut yarn. [36 sc, 36 sp]

Rnd 7 With MC, ss in second to last ch-sp of Rnd 6, (sc in sp, ch2) 36 times, ss in first sc. [36 sc, 36 sp]

Rnd 8 Beg dc in sp, (ch1, 2dc in same sp, 3dc in next 5 sps, dc in next sp) 6 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc. [114 dc, 6 sp]

Rnd 9 Beg dc in sp, * ch1, dc in same sp, (ch1, sk1, dc) 10 times, rep from * 5 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc. [66 dc, 66 sp]

Rnd 10 (3sc in corner, sc in all sts/sps across to next corner) 6 times, ss in first sc, cut yarn. [144 sc]

Rnd 11 With CC, ss in any corner sc, (3sc in corner, sc in all sts to next corner) 6 times, ss in first sc. [156 sc]

Rnd 12 Beg dc in corner st, * ch1, 3dc in same st, ch1, sk4, (3dc in next st, ch1, sk3) 5 times, 3dc in corner st, rep from * 5 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc, cut yarn. [126 dc, 42 sp]

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Join full motifs

Note: Motifs are joined as you go on Rnd 13.

Rnd 13, Motif 1 With MC, ss in first corner, beg dc in sp, (ch1, 2dc in same sp, 3dc in 6 sps, 2dc in next sp) 6 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc, cut yarn. [132 dc, 48 sp]

Rnd 13, Motifs 2-6 Work as for motif 1, but when joining side is reached (see schematic), replace ch1 sps with ss in corresponding ch-1 sp on adjacent completed motif, then work the rest of the rnd plain.

Rnd 13, Motifs 7-11 Work as for previous motif, but when Special Corner 1 (see schematic) is reached, ss in first motif ch1 sp, then ss in second motif ch1 sp, then continue around as normal, joining the remainder of the side, then working the rest of the rnd plain.

Join all full motifs in this manner, following schematic.

Half Motif (Make 6)

Row 1 (WS) Using CC, MR, beg tr, ch1, (cl, ch2) 3 times omitting final ch, tr, turn. [3 cl, 2 tr, 4 sp]

Row 2 Beg tr in sp, ch1, cl in same sp, (ch2, cl) 2 times in 2 sps, ch2, (cl, ch1, tr) in final sp, turn. [6 cl, 2 tr, 7 sp]

Row 3 (Beg dc, 2dc) in sp, 5dc in 5 sps, 3dc in final sp, turn. [31dc]

Row 4 Beg dc3tog – made as for dc5tog, but over 3 sts only, (ch5, dc5tog) 5 times, ch5, dc3tog, turn. [5 dc5tog, 2 dc3tog, 6 sp]

Row 5 Beg dc in first st, ch1, (8dc, ch1) in 6 sps, dc in final st, turn. [50 dc, 7 sp]

Row 6 Sc in sp, (ch2, sk2, sc) 19 times, turn, cut yarn. [18 sc, 17 sp]

Row 7 With MC, ss in first st, sc in same st, (ch2, sc in next sp) to end, ch2, sc in final st, turn. [19 sc, 18 sp]

Row 8 Beg tr in sp, (ch1, 2dc in same sp, 3dc in next 5 sps, dc in next sp) 3 times, (dc, ch1, tr) in same sp as prev, turn. [2 tr, 57 dc, 4 sp]

Row 9 Beg tr, * ch1, dc in same sp, (ch1, sk1, dc) 10 times, rep from * 2 times, ch1, tr in same sp as prev, turn. [2 tr, 33 dc, 34 sp]

Row 10 2sc in sp, (sc in all sts/sps across to next corner, 3sc in corner) 3 times omitting final sc, cut yarn, turn. [73 sc]

Row 11 With CC, ss in first st, 2sc in first st, (sc in all sts to next corner, 3sc in corner) 3 times omitting final sc, turn. [79 sc]

Row 12 Beg tr in first st, * ch1, 3dc in same st, ch1, sk4, (3dc in next st, ch1, sk3) 5 times, 3dc in corner st, rep from * 2 times, ch1, tr in same st as prev, cut yarn. [2 tr, 63 dc, 22 sp]

Add in Half Motifs

Row 13 (RS) With MC, ss in first sp (at red circle on schematic), (beg tr, ch1, 2dc) in same sp, (ch1, 3dc) in 6 sps, ch1, (2dc, join with ss, 2dc) in corner sp, finish joining row as with full motif joining, after final corner is joined, tr in same sp as prev, cut yarn. [2 tr, 66 dc, 25 sp]

Join rem half motifs into the blanket, working special corner 2 as follows: beg tr, join with ss right away, complete joining row as before, cut yarn.

Fill triangle gaps to straighten both zig-zag sides of blanket

Note: With MC, fill each triangle gap independently as follows.

Row 1 With RS facing, ss in ch1 sp on corner of motif at right hand side of triangle gap, beg tr in same sp, (3dc in next sp, ch1) 6 times, 3dc in next 2 sps, (ch1, 3dc in next sp) 6 times, tr in ch1 corner sp, turn. [2 tr, 42 dc, 12 sp]

Row 2 Beg tr in first st, dc in next sp, (ch1, sk1, dc) 11 times, sk2, (dc, sk1, ch1) 11 times, dc in sp, tr in final tr, turn. [2 tr, 24 dc, 22 sp]

Row 3 Beg tr in first st, sk 2 dc, dc in 19 st/sp, sk2, dc in 19 st/sp, tr in final tr, turn. [2 tr, 38 dc]

Row 4 Beg tr in first st, sk3, (dc, ch1, sk1) 7 times, dc, sk2, (dc, ch1, sk1) 7 times, dc, tr in final tr, turn. [2 tr, 16 dc, 14 sp]

Row 5 Beg tr in first st, sk 2 dc, dc in 11 st/sp, sk2, dc in 11 st/sp, tr in final tr, turn. [2 tr, 22 dc]

Row 6 Beg tr in first st, sk3, (dc, ch1, sk1) 3 times, dc, sk2, (dc, ch1, sk1) 3 times, dc, tr in final tr, turn. [2 tr, 8 dc, 6 sp]

Row 7 Sc in first st, ch3, sk 2 dc, sc in next sp, ch3, sk 4 dc, sc in next sp, ch3, sk 2 dc, sc in final tr, cut yarn. [4 sc, 3 sp]

Repeat for remaining 11 triangle gaps.

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Cherry Blossom Edging

Rnd 1 With MC, ss in top right corner of blanket. (sc, ch3, sc) in corner, (ch3, sc) evenly across, working the sc around sideways sts of raw edge of half motifs. Be sure to space your sc sts about the height of a tr st. When next corner is reached, (sc, ch3, sc) in corner, repeat for 3 remaining sides, joining in first sc when beg is reached. Be sure there are the same amount of sps on opposing sides of the blanket.

Rnd 2 * (Sc, ch 3, sc) in corner sp, (ch3, sc in next sp) across to next corner st, ch 3, rep from * 3 times, ss in first sc.

Rnd 3 Beg dc, * ch3, sc in top side bars of prev dc, (ch3, sc in prev sc) 2 times, sc in top side bars of prev dc once more to close “cherry blossom”, dc in same sp, dc in next sp, rep from * around blanket. Do not do anything special in corners, when beg is reached, omit final st, and ss in beg dc, cut yarn.

Yay! All done! Weave ends, block, and give yourself a fist bump!

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free crochet pattern Carefree Blanket

free crochet pattern Carefree Blanket 

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11 replies »

  1. This I shall absolutely stunning. All my careful planning on my next to do list gone to the dogs when I saw this pattern. I absolutely adore the vivid colouring. You are an amazing designed. Thank you for the free pattern.

    • I’m glad you enjoy it – sorry to wreck your plans – lol! Happy crafting to you, and thanks for commenting ❤️

  2. I guess I have been suffering from some kind of “Yarnaholic Burnout” as I just seemed to be un-interested in any pattern I saw. I have been up to my ears in yarn for many years and have enjoyed it for every single one of them. Then bam……nothing looked good to me and my hooks and needles were getting dusty. I was lost in my own little room of yarn, had not one idea or even wanted to touch any of it…..sadly. But then it happened!!!!!!!!! I somehow saw your pattern for the “Carefree Blanket” and I felt like my old self again!!!!!! You started that fire inside me that got me going and now I am going to make that beautiful pattern…. Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting me out of my funk and back up and excited about hooking again!!!!!!! lol

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