Crochet the Man Blanket/Afghan
Hi everyone! Today I am bringing to you a new project on how to Crochet the Man Blanket/Afghan.
Christmas season is fast approaching, and what better gift to give than a crochet or home-made item? And lets be honest, often times men are the most difficult people to buy or choose a gift for (I don’t really know the reason for this). However, gifting a special man in your life with a handmade blanket is a great idea. So with this in mind, I created this project.
Check out my Youtube video tutorial for this project: Crochet Man Blanket Video Tutorial
Crochet the Man Blanket/Afghan: Behind the name
I named it The Vintage Blanket because I think it has a little old-fashioned look to it, which I love! I made this for my little baby boy because I struggled to find a “boyish” design for him. However this is a good sized lap blanket even for an adult, and you can make more squares to make this blanket bigger, which is a huge bonus too!
Crocheted with chunky yarn, I made wide squares with a pattern of Half Double Crochets, which I thought would give a rustic, manly touch to this blanket. Once I had made all my squares (20 of them), I stitched them together very simply, before making a simple Single Crochet border. I absolutely love the result, and am thinking of making bigger ones to gift to my loved ones at Christmas!
I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did, let me know in the comments what you thought of this project. Also, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram with your finished project, I love to see them!
You can dowload the free PDF pattern here: The Vintage Man Blanket
This is the photo you can use to make the exact same blanket:
Crochet the Man Blanket/Afghan: The Pattern
Gauge: 1 square 9”x9” (=23×23 cm)
I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)
The blanket is made up of 20 squares stitched together, and measures in total 43,5”x36” (111×93 cm)
Use 2 skeins of each of these yarns:
Stylecraft Chunky for babies in shade Cream
Stylecraft Special Chunky in shade Denim
Hayfield Bonus Chunky in shade Mustard
Stylecraft Special Chunky in shade Light Blue
6,5 mm crochet hook
Pair of scissors
Ch : chain
Sl st : slip stitch
HDC: Half Double crochet (UK Treble)
SC: Single Crochet
Begin pattern here:
Make 5 squares of each colour (20 squares in total).
To make a square:
Complete rows as follows:
1: ch. 2 (counts as HDC throughout), HDC into the 3rd ch. HDC into each chain sp (=22 HDC)
2: ch. 2, turn your work, HDC into each HDC from previous row, making sure you place a HDC into the very last 3 chains from previous row.
2-16: Repeat row 2
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the squares together.
Once you have completed the 20 squares, place them in an order that you like. You can look at my photograph above to see the order in which I placed my squares. Stitch each side of the squares together to form blanket (4 squares wide on 5 squares high).
Once you have sewed each square together, prepare to make border.
Attach cream yarn to any stitch on blanket; ch.1, and SC into each stitch along to form border; sl. St to first ch. 1, fasten off.
Tidy up all loose ends.