Extended Basket Weave Blanket

(Generations Blanket)

Crochet Pattern By: Amal Saleh

 Aka: Purpleneedle

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Handmade blankets carry sentimental values and sometimes they live for generations. I designed this blanket as a baby blanket that can be used later on as lap-blanket when the child is older. You can make it in one color, two colors or more. The Extended Basket Weave stitches enhance the look of  weaved wide and thin stripes of fibers just to add some visual interest.

The pattern instructions are written for 1-color blanket and 2-colors blanket. The 1-color blanket has 12 horizontal sections and 10 rows in each section, while the 2-colors blanket has 11 horizontal sections and 11 rows in each section. I’ve also included the yardage for each section in case you’d like to make each section in different color.

The product of this pattern makes a thoughtful gift for a new born or a first year birthday.

All questions, comments and corrections are welcome.

Enjoy!

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Finished Measurements with Border:

(Un-washed/Un-Stretched)

1-Color Blanket = 39.5” x 50″

2-Colors Blanket = 39.5” x 51.5”

Gauge:

Unwashed & Un-stretched

4 Fpdc or 4 Bpdc Stitches  in 1”

2 Fpdc or 2 Bpdc Rows in 1”

Tools:

Crochet Hook Size 5 mm (US H)

Tapestry Needle & Yarn Cutter

14 Removable Marker

Yarn:

Lion Brand Heartland

Colors:

1-Color Blanket:

Pink – 103 Denali ( 12 Balls)

2-Colors Blanket:

Black (Border) – 153 Black Canyon (1 Ball)

Blue (Color A) – 109 Olympic (5 Balls)

Brown (Color B) – 135 Yosemite (5 Balls)

Yards & Grams:

About 2580 to 2793 yards

Each Section – 100 to 120 grams / 177 to 212 yards

Border – 140 t0 142 grams / 251 yards

1-Color Blanket (12 sections) – 1200 to 1440 grams

with Border  – 1340 to 1580 grams

2-Colors Blanket (11 Sections) – 1100 to 1320 grams

with Border – 1240 to 1460 grams

Notes:

  • The 1-color blanket has 15 x 12 rectangles.
  • The 2-colors blanket has 15 x 11 rectangles.
  • The Floating Icord Border is worked in the round and it’s optional.
  • Ch-3 & Ch-2 Stitches are counted as one stitch.
  • Both faces of the blanket are identical. Place a marker on one of the faces if needed.
  • You can use this pattern for any yarn weight and its compatible hook, just keep in mind that the yardage and size will differ from what’s in pattern.
  • Before starting on this blanket, please make sure you’ve mastered the FpDc, BpDc and Dc foundation stitches.

Stitches & Abbreviations In American Terms

Bp Back Post
BpDc Back Post Double Crochet
BpHdc Back Post Half Double Crochet
Ch Chain
2-Ch 2 Chain Stitch
3-Ch 3 Chain Stitch
Dc Double Crochet
Fp Front Post
FpDc Front Post Double Crochet
Hdc Half Double Crochet
Join Slip the working stitch into the V-Stitch between 3-Ch and next stitch or slip one chain stitch into another to work in the round.
R Row
Rep Repeat Stitches
Rnd Round (s)
Sk Skip
Sl Slip
Sp(s) Space (s)
St (s) Stitch (s)

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1-Color Blanket Instructions:

First Horizontal Section (11 Rows & 15 Rectangles)

R1

  • Crochet 150 Dc foundation Sts.
  • Place removable marker every 10 Sts to help you see when to switch from FpDc to BpDc and vice versa.

R2

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 FpDc.

R3 

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 BpDc.

R4 to 11

  • Rep R2 & R3.
  • Cut & secure Color A at the end of the last R.
  • Turn.

Second Horizontal Section (11 Rows & 15 Rectangles)

R1

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, FpDc in BpDc St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – BpDc in FpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – FpDc in BpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 FpDc.

R2

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 BpDc.

R3 to 11 

  • Rep R1 & R2.
  • Cut & secure Color A at the end of the last R.
  • Turn.

Third to Twelfth Horizontal Section 

  • Keep repeating the Second Horizontal Section.
  • Apply to all edges Floating I-Cord. You’ll find the instructions at the end of this pattern.

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2-Colors Blanket Instructions:

First Horizontal Section (11 Rows & 15 Rectangle)

R1(Color A)

  • Crochet 150 Dc foundation Sts.
  • Place removable marker every 10 Sts to help you see when to switch from FpDc to BpDc and vice versa.

R2 (Color A)

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 FpDc.   

R3 (Color A)

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – FpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – BpDc in corresponding St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 BpDc.

R4 to 11 (Color A)

  • Rep R2 & R3.
  • Cut & secure Color A at the end of the last R.
  • Turn.

Second Horizontal Section (11 Rows & 15 Rectangles)

R1 (Color B)

  • At the beginning  of the second horizontal section, join color B.
  • Ch2, Hdc in each St of the previous R.
  • Turn.

R2 (Color B)

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, FpDc in BpDc St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – BpDc in FpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – FpDc in BpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 FpDc.

R3 (Color B)

  • Step 1 – Ch 3, BpDc in FpDc St of the previous R x 9.
  • Step 2 – FpDc in BpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Step 3 – BpDc in FpDc St of the previous R x 10.
  • Rep Step 2 & 3 until end of R. Finish with 10 BpDc.

R4 to 11 (Color B)

  • Rep R2 & R3.
  • Cut & secure Color B at the end of the last R.
  • Turn.

Third to Eleventh Horizontal Section 

  • Keep repeating the Second Horizontal Section.
  • The last Horizontal Section is worked in Color A.

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Floating Icord Instructions

Rnd1

  •  Step 1 – Starting at the long edge of the blanket, Ch3.
  • Step 2 – 2Dc in the Corner Sp.
  • Step 3 – Dc in the next Sp.
  • Step 4 – Ch1 then Dc in the next Sp.
  • Step 5 – Rep Step 3 & 4 until the next Corner Sp.
  • Step 6 – 6Dc in Corner Sp.
  • Step 7 – Starting at the short edge of the blanket, Dc in Sp.
  • Step 8 – Ch1, Sk1Sp then Dc in the next Sp.
  • Step 9 – Rep Step 9 until next Corner Sp.
  • Keep working in pattern until the beginning Corner Sp then 3Dc in Corner Sp and join.

Rnd2

  • Step 1 – Ch 2, 2BpDc, (Ch1, BpDc), Rep until next Corner Sp.
  • Step 2 – 6Dc in Corner Sp.
  • Step 3 – Ch1, BpDc, Rep until next Corner Sp.
  • Keep working in pattern until the beginning Corner Sp then 3BpDc and join.

Rnd3

  • Rep Rnd2.

Rnd4

  • Rep Rnd2 but without the Ch1.

Once you complete the 4 rounds of the Floating I-Cord, you’ll notice that it’s caving on itself depicting the look of an applied I-cord.

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How To Avoid Mistakes

  • Use markers in the Hdc Row of each section to evade counting mistakes.
  • Pay attention to the Hdc Row and the next Row because they determine the accuracy of your count for each rectangle.

How To Fix Mistakes

  • The best way to fix a mistake is to frog & redo.
  • What if you discovered that you’ve missed a stitch ten Rows down and for some reason you can’t frog? All you have to do is just trace the stitch up to the row you’re working and add a stitch.

How To Customize Your Blanket

Each Section is made of 15 rectangles and each rectangle is made of 10 Stitches and 11 Rows

  • To increase the width of the blanket, add multiples of 10 Stitches to the original foundation stitches count.
  • To decrease the width of the blanket, subtract multiples of 10 Stitches to the original foundation stitches count.
  • To increase the length of the blanket, add more sections to the suggested sections count.
  • To decrease the length of the blankets, subtract sections from the suggested sections count.

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