The Aspen Throw

When it’s chilly outside, there’s nothing better than being wrapped up in a thick blanket that has some weight to it so you can really feel the warmth. I am the type of person that is surrounded by at least one (but probably two) blankets at any time while in the cooler seasons. This easy half double crochet blanket is perfect to cuddle up in while watching your favorite show or reading a good book.

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An easy but interesting crochet throw blanket.

Spoiler alert: I LOVE this crochet throw blanket. Half double crochets are easily my favorite of the basic stitches because of their smooth repetitive motion.

It’s no secret that big blankets can get a little boring, though, especially if they don’t have a ton of intricate details or stitch switching. I wanted to design a crochet throw blanket that was both easy and interesting into work and look at.

This crochet throw blanket boasts a modern, diagonal ribbing and beautiful fringe that looks great draped over a couch and is equally as cuddly to wrap up in.

This means that this easy half double crochet blanket is worked corner to corner, beginning with only 3 stitches and increasing up to size. Once at the desired size, we decrease until we reach only one stitch.

So, while this easy half double crochet blanket is technically an easy and quick make, it also keeps you on your toes a bit! You’ll find satisfaction in watching your triangle beginning grow, watching it slowly become a rectangle and finally, the most satisfying part, decreasing to the end.

The coziest yarn for this easy half double crochet blanket is…

Red Heart Hygge!

I normally don’t use yarn that is “fluffy”. I find yarns like this to usually split, catch and just be a pain to frog (if/when frogging is needed). I couldn’t help myself with Red Heart Hygge, though. I shopped for yarn for this easy half double crochet blanket for ages and finally noticed Red Heart Hygge sitting on the shelf. It was so soft and luxurious that I couldn’t just let it sit there on the shelf alone, you know? Haha.

I knew I wanted this throw blanket to be as comfy, cozy and luxurious as possible using simple stitches. I took the plunge and moved forward with Hygge.

I was surprised to find that I had no issues at all working with this yarn. Trust me when I say I frogged this yarn quite a bit designing this crochet throw blanket pattern and I had basically no issues. I found it quite smooth and easy to work with and definitely felt nice in the hands during the work.

I found it to be perfect for this half double crochet blanket pattern but, of course, you can use any bulky weight yarn you prefer to! The blanket will still be as comfy and cozy and still be a fun and interesting crochet blanket pattern to follow.

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easy half double crochet blanket, shown hanging on blanket ladder.

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SKILL LEVEL

Easy/Medium to Advanced Beginner – This crochet throw blanket pattern heavily relies on half double crochet worked in the back loop only as well as increasing and decreasing. Crocheters looking to follow this crochet blanket pattern should be familiar with these stitches and techniques (for example, hdc2tog). All stitches are explained in the abbreviations section below.

MATERIALS & TOOLS

This pattern is written to a bulky (5) weight yarn.

I used: Red Heart Hygge in Pearl – Approx 52 oz or 1,380 yards (6 and ½ skeins) including fringe.

Any bulky (5) weight yarn you prefer would do well with this blanket.

Fringe: The fringe on the blanket used approximately 2 oz of yarn, which I included in the yarn usage above.

TOOLS

6 mm hook
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers, if you prefer them.

GAUGE

12 hdc stitches in back loop only  x 9 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches

FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 50 inches long x 42 inches wide (without fringe)

ABBREVIATIONS

In US terms;

  • Ch – chain
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Hdcblo – half double crochet in back loop only
  • Nlo – back loop only
  • St(s) – stitch(s)
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together (decrease)
  • Hdc3tog – half double crochet three together (decrease)

To hdc2tog, you will: yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over again, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

To hdc3tog, you will: yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over again, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over again, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

NOTES

  • Chain 2 at the beginning of the row never counts as a stitch. Always start your row in the first stitch.
  • Every row except the first row is worked entirely in the back loop only. With half double crochet, this can get confusing if you’re new to it because half double crochet have 3 loops. The back loop is always the furthest loop from you.
  • This blanket is worked “corner to corner”, which creates the diagonal ribbing.
  • Because this pattern is mostly a simple two row repeat, this pattern will be explained for the first few rows and then explain an “A” and “B” row that you will repeat in sequence to refer to. It will move on to a “C” and a “D” row to repeat and then an “E” and an “F” row to repeat.
  • If you prefer a square blanket and not a rectangle, you can skip the middle section (there will be reference to this in the pattern).
  • When increasing and decreasing, we will alternate how many stitches we are increasing (or decreasing) to ensure the blanket stays square and doesn’t become a triangle. So, some rows will increase (or decrease) by 2 and some rows will increase (or decrease) by 3. 
    • All of this is explained within the pattern.
half double crochet blanket shown being used over the knees, with person holding a cup of coffee

How to make this half double crochet blanket:

R1 – In a magic circle, place 3 hdc. (Alternatively, you can chain 3 and then place 3 hdc in the first chain made). (3)

R2 – Ch 2, turn. Place 2 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in 2nd st, and 2 hdcblo in 3rd st. (5)

R3 – Ch 2, turn. Place 3 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in the next 3 st, and 3 hdcblo in 5th st. (9)

Now, we will start our 2 row repeat. Before we get into the additional rows, I will explain Row “A” and Row “B”.

Row A: Ch 2, turn. Place 2 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in each st until 1 st remains, and 2 hdcblo in the last st. (Increases by 2 stitches)

Row B: Ch 2, turn. Place 3 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in each st until 1 st remains, and 3 hdcblo in the last st. (Increases by 4 stitches)

For Rows 4 through 56, you will crochet rows “A” and “B” in sequence. Row 4 starts with an “A” row. Your 56th row should be an “A” row. At the end of your 56th row, you should have 167 stitches.

*If you prefer a square blanket instead of a rectangle, skip rows 57 through 67.

Now, we will start our 2 row repeat to make this blanket a rectangle. Before we get into the additional rows, I will explain Row “C”and Row “D”.

Row C: Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc3tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 1 st remains, and 3 hdcblo in the last st. (Stitch count remains the same – 167)

Row D: Ch 2, turn. 2 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in each st until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog in blo. (Stitch count remains the same – 167)

FOR EXAMPLE:

R57 “C” Row – Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc3tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 1 st remains, 3 hdcblo in last st. (167)

R58 “D” Row – Ch 2, turn. 2 hdcblo in 1st stitch, 1 hdcblo in each st until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog in blo. (167)

For Rows 59 through 67, you will crochet rows “C” and “D” in sequence. Row 59 starts with a “C” row. Your 67th row should be a “C” row. At the end of row 67, you should have 167 stitches.

*If you are creating a square blanket, start following the pattern again here.

Now, we will start our 2 row repeat to decrease the blanket and finish off. Before we get into the additional rows, I will explain Row “E”and Row “F”.

Row E: Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc2tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog. (Decreases by 2 stitches)

Row F: Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc3tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 3 sts remain, hdc3tog. (Decreases by 4 stitches)

FOR EXAMPLE:

R68 “E” Row – Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc2tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog. (165) 

R69 “F” Row – Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc3tog, 1 hdcblo in each st until 3 sts remain, hdc3tog. (161)For Rows 70 through 122, you will crochet rows “E” and “F” in sequence. Row 70 starts with an “E” row. Your 122nd row should be a “E” row. At the end of R122, you should have 3 stitches.

R123 – Ch 2, turn. In blo, hdc3tog the 3 stitches of the row.

Finish off, and weave all ends.

easy half double crochet blanket, shown as work in progress with cup of coffee.

I opted not to put a border on this half double crochet blanket because I like the look of the raw edge as it looks more organic and natural. For this reason, I have not written into the pattern how to put a border on. If you prefer to put a border on, do that now.

You can find an excellent tutorial on how to put a border on a crochet blanket on Dream A Little Bigger.

FRINGE

To finish off the half double crochet blanket, I decided on classic fringe. I love the way the fringe looks and it certainly adds a little bit more fun to the overall finished look.

If you don’t want to add fringe, that is completely up to you! It’s your blanket after all.

If you DO want to add fringe, here is what I did:

First things first, I wanted to make creating the strands of yarn for the fringe as easy as possible so I found a book on my bookshelf that was approximately as wide as I wanted my fringe to be. I wrapped the yarn around the book several times and then cut the yarn along the spine of the book to create the strands. (I did this in batches, I wrapped the yarn around 30 or so times before cutting).

I opted to put fringe in the side of each row on the short sides of the blanket and to put two strands in each row.

I took two strands, folded them in half, used my trusty Furls crochet hook to pull the loop through the side of the stitch on the row, and then pulled the tails through the loop. Pull tight and the first part of your fringe is done!

Continue doing this across the short edges of the blanket. You can choose to do it in every row like I did or skip a few rows, that is up to you.

The more strands you have in each “piece” of fringe in each row will make a fuller fringe.

Once your fringe is complete, you’re all set to huddle under your new bulky crochet blanket, relax and binge watch some Netflix. You deserve it!

Crochet Throw blanket, shown with person reading.

I hope you love the Aspen Blanket as much as I do. I love how this easy half double crochet blanket works up and it’s added personality with the diagonal ribbing and fringe. I hope you stay warm and cozy this winter.


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Find More Free Crochet Patterns:

If you’d like smaller projects that have the diagonal ribbing, you should check out my Snowbank Pocket Scarf or Nebula Infinity Scarf.
If you’d like to stay even warmer and cozier this winter, the Arctic Beanie is a great addition to any wardrobe and is great for men and women.

Easy Half Double Crochet Blanket – The Aspen Throw

6 Comments

  1. I have a question, Row D says to hdcblo across row till last stitch, then HDC2Tog. Don’t you need two stitches to do the HDC2Tog? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate!

      Thank you so much for asking. This is a typo, I’ve just updated the post so you should see it corrected. It should be “until 2 stitches remain”. I’m so sorry about that, and thank you so much for bringing the typo to my attention. 🙂

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