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Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern 4 Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern

This Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern is a conversion of Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Blanket Knitting Pattern.

I think everyone who knits has heard or seen one of these blankets.  They are ridiculously popular and quite addictive.  I find myself sitting there going:  “just one more row, just one more row” and an hour later my husband stumbles into the living-room all bleary-eyed wanting to know if I am ever coming to bed.

I would like to thank Frankie for giving me permission to write the crochet version of her lovely blanket.

This pattern is FREE, but if you would like to show your appreciation for Frankie and her designs, you are more than welcome to make a donation to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation through Frankie’s Just Giving Page.

For those of you who have never seen (or heard of) the Ten Stitch Blanket, let me break it down for you:

The Ten Stitch Blanket is worked in a spiral (or “rounds of rows”) around a central square of 10 stitches by 10 rows.  The beauty of the project is that the short rows (10 stitches per row, less on the corner rows) propel you forward like you wouldn’t believe and it is the perfect pattern for using up any and every scrap of yarn in your house.

If, after reaching baby-blanket size, you decide to put the project aside until another day, simply stop at the end of one of the Middle Sections and USE it as it is, instead of leaving it in a bag all lonely and dejected.  And sitting under it on a cold winter’s evening, crochet hook and yarn in hand with a newly finished project beside you, I can bet you that it won’t be very long before you think:  “Maybe I should just add another round…I might as well, seeing as I have this hook already in my hand…”

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Because you are slip stitching into the rows of each previous “round of rows”, you will notice a little interlocking pattern along each “seam” (on the front of the blanket).

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On the back of the blanket the seam will be more prominent.

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Thank you to all the lovely ladies who tested this pattern for me and helped me iron out some of the kinks:

Korinne Wiese,  Venetia Smith,  Pam Perkins, Beth Spaulding and Phyllis Haygood

Update 23/10/13:  As quite a few people have gotten back to me saying that they don’t understand the pattern, I have now written it out in more detail.  You can now follow the written pattern as well as the diagram.  At the end of each section it will tell you which bit to do next.  If you get stuck, refer to the diagram, please.

Video Tutorial

I’ve done it!  I’ve finally uploaded the video tutorial.  The blue gloves strike again!

Video Tutorial for the Crochet Ten Stitch Blanket

Materials

  • Yarn and hook of your choice – but make sure you use the same yarn and hook for the whole blanket.  Gauge is not important as such, but if you are going to use different thicknesses of yarn, you will need to work up your own gauge square and then adjust your hook accordingly when you swap yarn thicknesses.  If you do not do this, you’re going to end up with one wonky-looking blanket.
  • Loads of tea and a good television series

Abbreviations

 Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern

US Terminology Used

  • Ch – Chain Stitch
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sc Inc – Single Crochet Increase
  • Sc Dec – Single Crochet Decrease

Notes

At the bottom of the post you will find Printable Reference Cards for the Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern.   These cards DO NOT contain the whole written-out pattern.  They contain instructions for each of the sections in a handy cut-outable format so that you can print them, cut them out and laminate them for quick reference.  I’ve left a little space where you can note down the hook and yarn you are using.

I got this idea from my friend Beth, who said that she likes having patterns on laminated cards so that she can use them on the go without ruining them.

I am sure you won’t need the instructions printed out, as it is super easy to memorize the pattern after the first few “rounds of rows”.  I have merely included the printables for those among us that will start this blanket furiously…and then leave it lying around for a year before completing it.  If that sounds familiar, you might want to print out the reference cards and keep them with the blanket until you pick it up again next year :)

A quick word about Yarn Ends (Tails of Yarn)

If you are using scraps of yarn for this Ten Stitch Blanket, it is a good idea to work over your yarn ends as you add each new colour.  That way you won’t have a million tails of yarn to work away at the end.  If you are not familiar with working over your yarn ends, here is a very clear tutorial by CrochetGuru.

The best place to change colours is on the outside edge of one of the middle sections, so at the end of one of the rows that end in a ch-1.

The worst place to change colour is right on the sl st edge.  Don’t do it!

Now that that’s done, let’s get started.

Instructions

I have broken the instructions for the Ten Stitch Blanket into 4 Sections:  The First Square, The Ending Corners, The Beginning Corners and The Middle Sections.

Below this pattern diagram, you will find instructions and photos for how to work each of these sections.

If you get stuck with the pattern, please refer back to this diagram to see which section you should be working next! Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern Diagram Lookatwhatimade Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern

Please remember my warning about not changing yarn thickness/hook size halfway through the blanket (unless you make very sure that the gauge will match what you have been doing up to that point).

Instructions for Each Section

First Square

First Square 1024x430 Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet PatternCh 11.  (This foundation chain does not count as a row and you will work OVER it when the time comes.)

1. Sc in one loop only of the second chain from the hook and every chain across.  Ch 1 and turn.  {10}

2-10.     Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn.  {10}

Now work an Ending Corner as instructed below.

Ending Corners

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  1. Sc2tog, sc x 8.  Ch 1 and turn.  {9}
  2. Sc x 7, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  {8}
  3. Sc2tog, sc x 6.  Ch 1 and turn.  {7}
  4. Sc x 5, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  {6}
  5. Sc2tog, sc x 4.  Ch 1 and turn.  {5}
  6. Sc x 3, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  {4}
  7. Sc2tog, sc x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.  {3}
  8. Sc x 1, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  {2}
  9. Sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  {1}

You have now made half of your corner.  To complete the corner, and change the direction of your work by 90 degrees, make a Beginning Corner as instructed below.  

You will need to do this after EVERY Ending Corner, otherwise your corners will be incomplete.

Beginning Corners

First Beginning Corner

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  1. (Sc, ch 2, sc) all in the only st of row 9 of the Ending Corner – indicated by an arrow in photo 1 (see photos 1 and 2).  Sl st into the next 2 rows of the Ending Corner (indicated by arrows in photo 2) and turn.  (Photos 2 and 3)
  2. Skip the 2 sl st’s (photo 4).  Sc inc in the next st, sc in the ch-2 space.  Ch 1 and turn (photo 5).  {3}
  3. Sc x 2, sc inc.  Sl st into the next 2 rows of the Ending Corner and turn (photos 6 and 7).  {4}
  4. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc inc, sc x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  {5}
  5. Sc x 4, sc inc.  Sl st into the next 2 rows of the Ending Corner and turn.  {6}
  6. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc inc, sc x 5.  Ch 1 and turn.  {7}
  7. Sc x 6, sc inc.  Sl st into the next 2 rows of the Ending Corner and turn.  {8}
  8. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc inc, sc x 7.  Ch 1 and turn.  {9}
  9. Sc x 8, sc inc.  Sl st into the first row of the Ending Corner.  Ch 1 and turn (photos 8 and 9).  {10}

You have successfully completed one corner and changed the direction of your work by 90 degrees.  You will now need to change it by 90 degrees again so that you are able to work into the side of the First Square.

So when you have completed the First Beginning Corner, make another Ending Corner and then a Subsequent Beginning Corner (instructions below).

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Subsequent Beginning Corners

Exactly the same as the First Beginning Corner, but the sl st at the end of row 9 will fall in a row that already contains a sl st.

When you have completed your Subsequent Beginning Corner, make a Middle Section as instructed below.  From this point onwards each Beginning Corner will be followed by a Middle Section.

Middle Sections

(The middle section will increase by 10 rows every second time you work it.  So that is:  10, 10, 20, 20, 30, 30…)

First Middle Section

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  1. Skip the first st (the sl st).  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn. {10}
  2. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 rows of the First Square and turn.  {10}
  3. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn.  {10}
  4. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 rows of the First Square and turn.  {10}

Uneven Rows:  Repeat Row 3.  {10}

Even Rows: Repeat Row 4.  {10}

Last Row: Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next row.  This will be the first row of the First Square, NOT the foundation chain (see photo 10).  The foundation chain doesn’t count as a row and you will work over it to minimise the formation of holes.   Ch 1 and turn.

Now work another Ending Corner.

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Second Middle Section

For the second Middle Section you will be making your slip stitches into the stitches of the first row of the First Square (working over the foundation chain).

  1. Skip the first st (the sl st).  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn. {10}
  2. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 st’s of the first row of the First Square and turn.  {10}
  3. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn.  {10}
  4. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 st’s of the first row of the First Square and turn.  {10}

Uneven Rows:  Repeat Row 3.  {10}

Even Rows: Repeat Row 4.  {10}

Last Row: Sc x 10.  Sl st in the last stitch of the first row of the First Square.  Ch 1 and turn.

Now work another Ending Corner.

Subsequent Middle Sections

  1. Skip the first st (the sl st).  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn. {10}
  2. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 rows of the blanket and turn.  {10}
  3. Skip the 2 sl st’s.  Sc x 10.  Ch 1 and turn.  {10}
  4. Sc x 10.  Sl st in the next 2 rows of the blanket and turn.  {10}

Uneven Rows:  Repeat Row 3.  {10}

Even Rows: Repeat Row 4.  {10}

Last Row: Sc x 10.  Sl st in the first sc of the Beginning Corner of the previous “round of rows” (see photos 11, 12 and 13).  Ch 1 and turn.

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Continuing With the Blanket

Continue working an Ending Corner, a Subsequent Beginning Corner and a Subsequent Middle Section (which will increase by 10 rows every second time you work it) until your blanket is as big as you want it to be.

By the time you have worked all the sections illustrated in the diagram above, you should be able to do this pattern backwards in your sleep.

Around this time you will also notice that it is becoming a drag to turn the whole thing over every 10 seconds.  This can be easily remedied.  Simply flick your work back and forth between rows like the pages in a book instead of turning it around in the traditional way.  Please note, though, that this will “hide” the last stitch (the stitch next to the slip stitch edge) a little bit, making it easy to miss and subsequently skip.  So if you are going to take the path of least resistance with the turning, make sure that you don’t start skipping stitches when you shouldn’t be.

You will notice that the corners won’t be exactly square.  In fact, they will look rounded and a bit “curly”.  This will correct itself when you work the next “round of rows” into them and they should self block.  Even so, you might need to give your work a bit of a tug every now and then and you should definitely block the finished blanket.

Printable Reference Cards for the Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern

Like I have already mentioned, you might want to make this blanket as a gap-filler between other projects.  If you are concerned that you might forget how to work the sections the next time you pick the blanket up, please feel free to print and laminate these reference cards.  Remember to note down the hook and/or yarn you will be using for your blanket.

These cards are NOT the completed pattern, only the basic instructions for each section.  If you get stuck using them, please refer back to the instructions and diagram above.

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I hope you love working on this Ten Stitch Blanket.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment.  And I love, love, LOVE seeing your completed (or even in-progress) projects.  To brag about your blanket, add a Ravelry Project to the pattern or share a photo on the Lookatwhatimade Facebook timeline.

Crochet Chart Software

Quite a few people have contacted me asking about the software I used for the charts.  They were made using Crochet Charts Design Software by Stitch Works Software.

It retails for $45 and is well worth the money if you use a lot of charts.  The program is easy enough to figure out and the Help pfd is very comprehensive and easy to understand.  It would be nice if you could for instance move all the stitches closer together or further apart without having to move each one manually.  It would also be nice if there was a grid as well as wedge lines.  And if you could use Control and click to select more than one stitch it would rock my world!  But other than that it took me an afternoon to master and I will be using it loads!

My favourite feature is the align and distribute feature, which lets you place all the selected stitches in a neat row or equal distances apart.

If you want to have a go without dropping the money straight off, you can download the trial version for free.  It does everything the paid version does, but you can’t save your work.  If you want to be able to export the chart, legend and the written instructions, though, which get generated for you automatically, you are going to have to buy the program.

I am grateful that Brian Milco from Stitch Works took the time to create this program and so I was glad to pay for his time and expertise.

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Happy Hooking!

xxx dedri

26 Responses to Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern

  1. Claire says:

    I had found this in knitting but wanted it in crochet……so glad I found your pattern.
    I will do one of these……and sign me up for your newsletter…….Thanks……..

  2. Jeanne says:

    Dedri, thank you so much for this 10 stitch pattern. I have so much left over stash and I can’t wait to try this. It looks like fun, and I love trying new things. I crochet blankets for newborns at our local hospital and I believe this will be perfect.

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  4. Leontyne says:

    Hi,I am also having a problem with the pattern after the first beginning corner and the fact that I am left handed doesn’t help. I need some visual help I think. Thanks for the pattern :)

  5. Brandy says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely crocheted version of the ten stitch blanket. I found this and thought I will try it. I am confused on the beginning corner. Could you do a tutorial on the beginning corner? Maybe a tutorial on the ten stitch blanket might help others. Thank you.

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Hi Brandy,

      I will be doing a video tutorial for this before the end of the year. In the meantime, if you could let me know what exactly you are finding confusing, I can try to help you out.

      • Strix says:

        Hi! This is lovely and I’m even more interested in you tunisian version! But I’m wondering where I can find the videos to help me.

        Thank you!

        • Dedri Uys says:

          Hi :) The video’s are not up yet, although the video for the crochet ten-stitch will be up within days. The video for the tunisian version will be up around the end of Jan.

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  8. Stel says:

    I’ve heard about this, in knitting, but just couldn’t visualise it. Should be nice to do!

  9. Rina Raath says:

    It is so beautifull and I love Knitting and crocheting and patterns is always very welcome. Love Rina from Pretoria in South Africa

  10. pigtails says:

    Uitstekende posting en ek hou verseker baie van die projek – definitief ook my styl vir hekelwerk!

  11. Adding this to my ever growing list of crochet to-do’s :)

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Gemma, I had a poke around your blog and it is sooo beautiful. And I am working on a blanket inspired by the one in Seeking a Friend and was so pleased to see that someone else was more interested in the crochet than the movie x

  12. Love it!
    Thank You for joining us last week for the Crochet Awesomeness Linky Party at Crochet Happy.
    I have enjoyed exploring your blog today!

    Tracy

  13. Alessandra says:

    This is beautiful!!!!
    thank you, xxxxx Ale

  14. Katy Board says:

    This is brilliant, Dedri – I now know what to do with my large box of leftover yarn – a great winter project, I think :)

  15. This is fabulous Dedri – I’ve never heard of this technique – Thank you for linking up at Link & Share Wednesdays :)
    Rhondda (another link party on Wednesdays – not sure if you have heard of it is Hooking on Hump Day – you may want to pop over there too!)

  16. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing. I will have some free time this week-end to give it a try

  17. minette says:

    You are brilliant!!!

    I tried the Tunisian version but it does not work out: the dimensions for vertical and horizontalrows differ too much.

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