If you asked me what craft supplies I tend to accumulate the most, I’d have an easy answer: paper and yarn. It’s so hard to resist beautiful paper and fun, new colors of yarn! So for this month’s De-stash Challenge, I used up some yarn I bought last Fall to make this super soft Galaxy Crochet Blanket with a Personalized Constellation. As with the Linen Stitch Blanket and Berry Stitch blankets I made, this was for one of the kids I work with every week. This particular little girl absolutely loves outer space and wanted a blanket that looked cosmic but wasn’t black. I couldn’t find any blanket yarn (my favorite to use) in the colors I wanted, so I made my own variegated yarn by combining two different colors. A larger crochet hook is all I needed to change, and well, the number of stitches per row since two strands together make a bulkier yarn.
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Galaxy Crochet Blanket with a Personalized Constellation Materials
- 3 Skeins Bernat Blanket Yarn in Purple
- 3 Skeins Bernat Blanket Yarn in Blue
- 1 Skein Bernat Blanket Yarn in Grey
- Size Q Crochet Hook
- 3 Different Sizes of Safety Pins
Galaxy Crochet Blanket with a Personalized Constellation Pattern
Approximately 51″ x 43″
3 single crochet stitches = 2 inches
Take one strand of each of the blue and purple yarn, combining them into one big strand and Chain 60.
1st Row: Single Crochet into the 2nd back ridge loop from the end. Repeat until the end of the chain.
2nd Row: Chain 1. Turn and single crochet into the back post only of the 2nd stitch. Continue the single crochet to the end of the row. Note that since you combined two strands, your back post will actually be two, one blue and one purple.
3rd Row: Chain 1. Turn and single crochet into the front post only of the 2nd stitch. Continue the single crochet until the end of the row.
Repeat this row pattern for 68 rows. Tie off the end. The back posts should always be done on the same side and the front posts on the same side. The back post side is the “top” and should look somewhat like a cable knit pattern as shown. The “back” side will just look like smooth single crochet stitches.
With the top facing towards you, tie the two-strand combo onto both of one of the single crochet stitches on the last row, using both posts this time. Place a half double crochet stitch in every stitch until you get to the corner. Use three half double stitches in the last stitch of the row, then continue around to the side. On the sides, I placed a half double stitch into the end of each row. Continue around the entire blanket once and tie off the end.
Look up the constellation you want to see how to arrange your stars. My girl was born towards the end of October, so hers is Scorpius. Use the different sizes of safety pins to mark the different sizes of stars in the constellation by pinning them to the blanket front. Then use pieces of the grey yarn to make “asterisk” type stars, weaving the grey yarn in and out of the topmost stitches. You don’t want the grey yarn to show through on the back. Finally, join the stars together by weaving the grey yarn through the topmost stitches. Tie off both ends.
That’s it! This little girl was so beyond excited to see her blanket that her eyes teared up, then mine teared up, but then I told her there’s no crying in space so we both laughed. People keep asking me why I make these blankets for the kids I work with and I don’t really have an answer beyond that it makes me happy and it makes them happy and that’s more than enough for me. So when it comes to buying more yarn for my ever-growing stash, I always think about which kid would like that color and eventually I’ll make a blanket with it.
If you’d love to see a huge library of free crochet blanket patterns, be sure to visit All Free Crochet. I often find ideas or stitches I haven’t seen before on there.
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Hi, I’m Marie. I’ve been obsessed with crafting for most of my life. I love to experiment with new crafting techniques as well as making the classics. Over the years and after three kids involved in various activities, I discovered my other passion, event planning. I love making my own decorations and styling rooms for parties. I’m at my happiest when I can combine crafts and party styling. It’s so much fun!