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No Beginning Chain Strawberry Lace Blanket

The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The lacy strawberries and shells keep the afghan light even with a heavier yarn.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Yarn Bee Boucle Traditions.

Size:
This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small3141.3312.53613.74
Small39.5552.7420.39999.06
Medium48.164.1430.161477.79
Large56.6675.5441.842049.93
Extra Large65.2186.9455.422715.48

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Aran weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size J (6mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet

Special stitches:
SB (Strawberry Bottom) –
work the following in the ch sp or over stitch indicated: (1 dc, ch 1)  four times, 1 dc
Shell –
work the following in the ch sp or over stitch indicated: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc

Instructions:

There is also a video and a chart available for this pattern.

Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.

For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
31″ = 29
39.5″ = 37
48″ = 45
56.75″ = 53
65.25″ = 61

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make a number of them that is a multiple of 4 plus 1.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, make 2 dc over tr just made. Working across the tr stitches, ch 1, skip 1 tr, SB over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr ** Shell over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr, SB over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr. Repeat from ** across to the last tr stitch. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) over last tr.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip ch-1 space between dc and SB, sc in first ch-1 sp of SB, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) three times, ch 1, skip ch-1 sp between SB and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 1, skip ch-1 space between Shell and SB, sc in first ch-1 sp of SB, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) three times, ch 1, skip ch-1 sp between SB and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip ch-1 space between dc and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) two times, ch 2, skip ch-1 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 2, skip ch-1 space between Shell and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp of strawberry, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) two times, ch 2, skip ch-1 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 5: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 space between dc and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 3, skip ch-2 space between Shell and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 6: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip ch-3 space between dc and strawberry, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 3, skip ch-3 space between Shell and strawberry, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 3, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 7: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip ch-3 space between dc and strawberry, SB in ch-3 sp, ch 1, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 1, skip ch-3 space between Shell and strawberry, SB in ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 1, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Repeat row 3 to 7 until afghan is desired length. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of 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.

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

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21 Comments to “No Beginning Chain Strawberry Lace Blanket”

  1. Love having an afghan pattern geared to Homespun Yarn. Have a good amount of it in my stash and will put it to work. Thanks.

  2. I think the strawberry lace blanked pattern would make a pretty scarf. . Could you help withe designing a scarf . Thank you

    • It would make a great scarf. It can be made by starting with 5, 9 or 13 chain loops depending on the width you’d like. Each chain loop will be about an inch in width.

  3. Thank you will get started right away. Also L ask for the patern on your cover .Would like to make a scarf using that design too. Thank

  4. Used a pattern of yours for a shawl. Love it!!

  5. Very pretty. I have lots of Homespun in my stash!

  6. Do you have any graphs for the no beginning chain afghans?

  7. Any chance of a video for this one? I’m fairly new to crochet, and I do much better with videos than written instructions. Thanks for posting all the easy patterns for bouclé. I bought some not realizing it would be harder to work with, and was getting frustrated trying different patterns. I’m so glad I stumbled across your site!

  8. Hi there, unless I am overlooking it somewhere I cannot find where I can start following your blog. You have some amazing patterns. I am a new member over at Knitting Paradise. Can you please help me out here :o)

    • The only ways I currently have available to follow my blog is by RSS feed and the blog’s twitter account on which I tweet with new patterns. We are in the process of updating the blog to add various features. I’d love your suggestions about how you would like to follow the blog.

  9. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I HATE WORKING WITH HOMESPUN BECAUSE IT’S SO HARD TO FIND THE STITCHES, BUT THIS IS SO EASY AND PRETTY. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS PATTERN.

  10. Thanks! I have boucle yarn and looking forward to trying this!!

  11. Thank you so much for the video. I am new at this, and I have such a hard time with patterns. Watching your video which was so clear made this much easier to understand.

  12. Is it possible to make any afghan using the “no beginning chain” technique? Or for that matter! any crochet pattern.

    • When I convert traditional stitch patterns to a “No Beginning Chain” blanket, I like to start with a stitch pattern that either has all stitches made in chain spaces, or can be made that way with slight modification. Most stitch patterns, even if the main portion is made in chain spaces, have edges with stitches made in stitches. I convert the edges to stitches made in chain spaces. For the beginning chain, based on the repeat of the pattern and spacing of the first row stitches, I determine the best foundation chain loops to use.

  13. This pattern would make a beautiful shawl.

  14. cathay czerwonka

    i really loved this pattern the video was helpful in getting started i used lilly surgar and cream yarn and made a great table runner.may use this pattern to make a afgan in the future. thanks.

  15. I love this pattern. I crochet left handed and for the life of me can not figure out how to work back across the row without turning it. Will turning it ruin the pattern or is there another way to do this?

    • Think about when you make a beginning chain. When you make a beginning chain you don’t have to turn it to then start across making your row. This works exactly the same way.

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