A blanket for all seasons, wrap yourself in the Bright Side Blanket, a FREE crochet pattern designed in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn.
If you ask me, it’s always a good idea to keep a blanket close. I like to cuddle under them in the winter, lay them on the grass for picnics in the spring, I’ll even drape one over my legs in summer when The Hubs cranks the air conditioning a little too high. Now you can crochet the perfect all-season throw when you whip up the Bright Side Blanket using my free pattern!
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Find a printer-friendly version of the Bright Side Blanket on Ravelry and TLYarnCrafts.com. PDF version includes details for 10 different blanket sizes, including pattern modifications and approximate yardage.
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A Design to Soothe the Mind
I plan my crochet designs well in advance, so I’ve been looking forward to making the Bright Side Blanket for a long time. But, as racial tensions flared in early June 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police, I couldn’t help letting my feelings about my country and community seep into my works in progress.
The original Bright Side Blanket was meant to be taupe trimmed in cream – a classic combination. Then I saw BIPOC and allies working together to make major changes in the United States and beyond. That work is grueling, taking a toll on your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Nevertheless, we all worked tirelessly to seek justice.
I was inspired by that journey of unlearning our whitewashed history and digging into our blind spots. I changed the Bright Side Blanket colors to a pale gray and bright yellow to signify that, while we must trudge through the gray, there is always a silver lining (well, in this case, it’s a golden yellow).
Quality crochet doesn’t have to be expensive. While it’s great to splurge on gorgeous yarn every now and then, I’ve come to appreciate how versatile value yarns can be.
What I like most about these yarns is that they’re easy to crochet with and easy on the wallet. Even at full price, all the yarn to make the Bright Side Blanket would still cost you less than $35.
Now that Lion Brand has updated its website, planning projects is easier than ever! You can build a custom kit by adding yarns in your favorite colors, tools and notions, and a PDF version of your favorite patterns. I pulled some of my favorite Pound of Love + Basic Stitch Premium pairings and shared them below.
If you’re ready to start your Bright Side Blanket, keep scrolling for the FREE version of the pattern. Or, pick up the printer-friendly PDF version with adjustments for 10 blanket sizes – CLICK HERE.
Bright Side Blanket Details
Minimalist meets modern in the Bright Side Blanket. Lightly textured mesh stitches make up the body of this throw blanket and are framed by a playful bobble border in a contrasting shade. Beginner-friendly and meditative, you’ll love making one for every room in your home that needs a subtle punch of color.
- Lion Brand Pound of Love (worsted weight), 2 balls in the color Elephant Gray
- Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium (worsted weight), 2 balls in the color Saffron
- 6.5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
45″ wide x 58″ long. Pattern is written for Throw size only. Get the low-cost PDF version for 10 blanket sizes by clicking here!
20 sts in (esc, ch 1) pattern x 11.5 rows = 5″ unblocked
Bo = bobble (see Special Stitches)
Ch = chain
Esc = extended single crochet (see Special Stitches)
Fhdc = foundation half double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
RS = right side
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp = space
St(s) = stitch(es)
Tch = turning chain
WS = wrong side
- Extended single crochet (esc) = pull up loop in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
- Bobble (bo) = Chain 6, in the 3rd chain from the hook, *(yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook*, chain 3, in loop at top of cluster just made, repeat * to *, sl st around the chain 3 at the base of the first cluster.
- Starting ch-3 counts as esc + ch 1 throughout pattern.
- Starting ch-2 counts as hdc throughout pattern.
Bright Side Blanket Pattern
ROW 1 (WS): With A, fhdc 171, turn.
ROW 2 (RS): Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, esc in next st, (ch 1, sk 1, esc next st) across row, turn.
ROW 3: Ch 3, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc in next esc) across row, placing last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.
Repeat Row 3 to 137 total rows.
LAST ROW: Ch 2, sk first st, hdc in each ch-1 sp and esc across row, placing last hdc in 2nd ch of tch. Fasten off.
ROUND 1: With B and RS facing, join with a sl st in the last st of the last row from the Body, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2, rotate to work along row ends, *2sc around st of first row, (1 sc around st of next row, 2sc around st of next row) across the edge*, ch 2, rotate to work along bottom edge, sc in each st along bottom edge, ch 2, rotate to work along row ends, repeat * to *, ch 2, rotate to work along top edge, sc in each st along top edge to first sc of round, sl st in first sc of round, DO NOT TURN.
ROUND 2: *Bo, ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, sl st in sc after ch-2 sp, (bo, ch 3, sk 3 sc, sl st in next sc) across row to last 3 sts, bo, ch 3, sk 2, sl st in last sc of row, rotate to work along the next edge; repeat from * 3 times, ending round with a sl st in the base of the starting chains. Fasten off.
-Weave in all ends.
-Steam block to finished dimensions as necessary.
I hope crocheting the Bright Side Blanket is as therapeutic for you as it was for me. I was able to crochet away all of my stress and focus on making something I’ll cherish forever.
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