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The Blanket Has Eyes

This whimsical blanket can be made with selected colors or with scraps on hand for a nice stash busting project. The example has a cream color for the non-”eye” sections, but these can also be made with any number of colors.

The example is made in aran weight yarn.

Size: Directions are given for three widths.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Medium38.551.3326.271333.33
Large57.4376.5858.462967.3
Extra Large76.37101.83103.355246.26

Materials: Aran weight yarn Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half-double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple/treble crochet

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 60 plus 2.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
38.5″ = 122
57.5″ = 182
71.25″ = 242

Row 1: Begin in a non-”eye” color. Skip first 3 ch (counts as first dc), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch to end of row. Turn.

Row 2: Make all stitches in both loops. Ch3, dc in second dc, dc in each dc to end of row. Dc in top turning chain. Turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2.

Row 4: Ch4 (counts as first tr), tr in 2nd dc, tr in each of next six dc, dc in each of next two dc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six dc, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two dc, ** tr in each of next 46 dc, dc in each of next two dc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six dc, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two dc. Repeat from ** across to last 38 dc, tr in each of the next 37 dc, tr in the top turning chain. Change to an “eye” color. Turn.

Row 5: Ch1, sc in first tr, sc in each of the next 37 tr, hdc in each of next two dc, dc in each of next two hdc, tr in each of next six sc, dc in each of the next two hdc, hdc in each of next two dc, ** sc in each of next 46 tr, hdc in each of next two dc, dc in each of next two hdc, tr in each of next six sc, dc in each of the next two hdc, hdc in each of next two dc. Repeat from ** across to last 8 tr, sc in each of the next 7 tr, sc in the top turning chain. Turn.

Row 6: Ch1, sc in first sc, sc in each of the next 7 sc, hdc in each of next two hdc, dc in each of next two dc, tr in each of next six tr, dc in each of the next two dc, hdc in each of next two hdc, ** sc in each of next 46 sc, hdc in each of next two hdc, dc in each of next two dc, tr in each of next six tr, dc in each of the next two dc, hdc in each of next two hdc. Repeat from ** across to last 38 sc, sc in each of the next 38 sc. Change to a non-”eye” color. Turn.

Row 7: Ch4 (counts as first tr), tr in 2nd sc, tr in each of next 36 sc, dc in each of next two hdc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six tr, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two hdc, ** tr in each of next 46 sc, dc in each of next two hdc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six tr, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two hdc. Repeat from ** across to last 8 sc, tr in each of the next 8 sc. Turn.

Row 8: Ch3, dc in second tr, dc in each stitch to end of row. Dc in top turning chain. Turn.

Rows 9 and 10: Repeat row 2 for each.

Repeat rows 4 through 10 until afghan is desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note about color changes: The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Edits:

1/24/2014 – Clarified instructions for rows 9 and 10.
2/9/14 – Corrected beginning chain, size and yarn requirements for Extra Large Size.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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26 Comments to “The Blanket Has Eyes”

  1. Once again you have come up with the most amazing pattern!

  2. The eyes have it !!! Interesting pattern. xoxox

  3. Oh my goodness – I just saw the “eyes” pattern. This is amazing. Thank you once again. Mary N

  4. Love this…I think I will try it in Black with Neon colored “eyes”.

  5. This is a definite one to make for my daughter. She’s marrying on Halloween, and she asked for an afghan for the living room in either wedding colors, or in woods colors. I think Black with orange, yellow, purple and green eyes. lol The brighter the better!

  6. I love this! The title is awesome, but the blanket is great too. I featured a link to it on my blog this morning: http://www.mooglyblog.com/unusual-crochet-afghan-patterns/

    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!

  7. Darlene Williams

    So I am ready to start this project and I am reading the pattern and it says there are directions for three sizes. It gives me the beginning number of chains for each size, but how do I adjust the “eye” rows. Maybe I am missing something. It just seems like the directions are for the smallest size and I would like to make the large size. Help!

  8. This is a beautiful and easy afghan to make for any occasion.

  9. I’m really excited to use this pattern for a new niece/nephew joining the family soon!

    Just wanted to clarify as I’m reading over this pattern. It looks like the ‘eye’ rows have 2 (for a baby blanket size) eyes every row offset from each other rather than how the picture shows 2 eyes, 1 eye, 2 eyes, etc. Am I reading it right?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    • Each of the eye rows has two eyes. Since the repeated lines are an odd number of lines, every other set of eye rows will come from the opposite direction on the blanket, which is what makes the eyes stagger back and forth up the blanket.

  10. Just started this amazing blanket pattern for my 12 year old son and he is beyond excited. I am using a size M hook though and White Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn (Super Bulky) with a royal blue (Bernat Softee Chunky) and Pittsburgh Yellow (Hometown USA) for the eyes. I am using the smallest pattern but since I am using a big hook and fat yarn the width is 68 inches approximately. THANK YOU so much for this pattern. Any tips or hints that you think I might need because of the changes I made? I am thinking it should be just fine, but I may have overlooked something.

    • It should work great. I know that is going to turn out so well.

      • Thanks I’m excited, I’m only on row 4 so far but it works up fast. I got a bit confused on the end of row 4, where it says:”Repeat from ** across to last 38 dc, tr in each of the next 37 dc, tr in the top turning chain. Change to an “eye” color. Turn.” Does that basically mean I tr the rest of that row. That is how I read it but I wasn’t 100% sure. I will post pictures when I’m done on Raverlry.

        • After completing -

          Ch4 (counts as first tr), tr in 2nd dc, tr in each of next six dc, dc in each of next two dc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six dc, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two dc,

          Repeat -

          tr in each of next 46 dc, dc in each of next two dc, hdc in each of next two dc, sc in each of next six dc, hdc in each of the next two dc, dc in each of next two dc

          across the row until you reach the last 38 dc, then complete the row with tr stitches.

  11. How many eye rows would you say the medium and large sizes have? Based on the picture I see 9 but not 100% sure if that was a medium size or not. Thanks in advance.

    • The example I have in the picture is lap blanket sized, so 39″ long, and yet it has 9 eye rows. A 51″ length would have 12 eye rows. A 76.5″ length would have 18 eye rows. A 95″ length would have 23 eyes.

  12. I just started making this for my dad in a bunch of fall colors. This is a great pattern and works up quick. Thank you so much!!!

  13. I want to make this extra large in wool and felt it slightly. I think it will have a look and feel of an old Navaho rug or blanket. I have some homespun suffolk yarn that will work beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Hello
    I am making the small size. I think I have followed all the directions exactly. I am ready for the second eye row. It seems if I repeat rows 4-10 again, the eyes will directly line up with the first row of eyes rather than being staggered. Any help would be appreciated very much. Thanks. Jill

    • The row 4-10 repeat is an odd number of rows (7) so every other repeat will be on the reverse side as the prior repeat. This will cause the eyes to stagger although you repeat the same rows. If yours truly aren’t going to stagger, make sure you have the correct number of rows.

  15. Just started on row 4 and I’m short on my ending 37 stitches shouldn’t the beginning chain be 240??? I”m making the xlg size I can make the 4th eye but I’m short for my 38 stitches for the end..
    Any help PLEASE

    Marge

    • You are absolutely correct. I had an error in my spreadsheet that I use to make the sizes and chart. The beginning chain for the extra large size should be 242. I am so very sorry about that error and the work you’ve done with the wrong beginning chain.

      I changed the pattern for the correct beginning chain. I also changed the size and yarn requirements.

  16. Thanks for this pattern! I enjoyed making it. I used a variegated yarn in place of the white and added a pomp a doodle trim.

  17. I had the same difficulty as Lori above but now look forward to starting the project again. Love the pattern.

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