Simple doesn’t have to be boring, especially when it comes to the Elmore Blanket, a FREE Tunisian crochet baby blanket pattern designed in collaboration with Lion Brand.
In pursuit of even more blanket designs that will help me win the baby shower, I came up with the Elmore Blanket. This Tunisian crochet stunner features a simple stitch body with a built in honeycomb stitch border. Paired with Truboo from Lion Brand, this beautiful blanket has the feel of silk while still being easy care and gorgeous.
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Get the Elmore Blanket
- FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the free version of the Elmore Blanket, available to view in this blog post.
- PRINTABLE PDF: Purchase the printable PDF pattern. It’s easy to read, ad-free, and only 1 page. Purchase the pattern HERE.
- ALL IN ONE KIT: Customize your Elmore Blanket kit from Lion Brand. Kit includes a PDF version of the pattern (sent digitally) and all of the yarn you need. Optionally, add the crochet hook and tapestry needle to your order. Purchase the kit HERE.
Tunisian Crochet for Beginners
Tunisian crochet is an exciting blend of traditional crochet and knitting. The result is a whole new look and feel to stitched fabric. And, the best part is, anyone can do it! If you can knit or crochet, I’d bet money that you can learn Tunisian crochet. The Elmore Blanket is made with Tunisian crochet and uses only 2 stitches!
Ready to start learning Tunisian crochet? You don’t even need any fancy tools – a regular crochet hook will do. Follow these easy steps:
- Step 1: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet (run time – 20 minutes) [WATCH NOW]
- Step 2: Your First Tunisian Crochet project (run time – 18 minutes) [WATCH NOW]
- Step 3: Add These 5 Stitches to Your Tunisian Crochet Toolkit (run time – 50 minutes) [WATCH NOW]
After watching these three videos, you’ll have the confidence and the know-how to make the Elmore Blanket!
Lightweight Yarns for Summer Crochet
Last year, I said some not nice things about Lion Brand’s Truboo yarn. When it first came out, I thought Truboo was too slippery, too splitty, and too shiny. But, when the inspiration for the Elmore Blanket popped into my head, I knew Truboo was the only yarn I wanted to make it in. All of the things I disliked about Truboo initially made it the perfect choice for this Tunisian crochet baby blanket.
Truboo is a category 3 DK weight yarn made from 100% bamboo. Bamboo is a great fiber choice for summer because of it’s breathability and easy care. It also helps that bamboo is good at absorbing sweat and stays soft wash after wash.
The Elmore Blanket was designed to be the perfect companion next to baby’s sensitive skin. The finished blanket is silky soft and light as air. For the maker, it works up quickly and the stitches are addicting.
Get the Elmore Blanket as an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand! Choose from 21 summer-ready colors and customize your Tunisian crochet baby blanket now – Shop the Elmore Blanket Kit.
Get the Elmore Blanket
- Get the ad-free printable pattern HERE.
- Customize your project kit from Lion Brand HERE.
- Shop the yarn for this pattern HERE.
- Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue HERE.
- Pin this pattern on your Pinterest board HERE.
Elmore Blanket Details
- 5 balls Lion Brand Truboo in Seafoam, or other comparable DK weight yarn (approximately 1200 yards)
- 6mm Tunisian crochet hook with 24″ cord (like THIS one)
- Tapestry needle
36″ square after light steam blocking
4″ = 17 stitches x 15 rows in Tunisian simple stitch, unblocked
Ch = chain
Lts = Last Tunisian Stitch (see Special Stitches below)
Rep = repeat
RetP = Return Pass (see Special Stitches below)
Sl st = slip stitch
Tps = Tunisian purl stitch
Tss = Tunisian simple stitch
-Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts): insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch
-Return Pass (RetP): chain 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until 1 loop remains on hook.
NOTES + VIDEOS
- The first loop on the hook at the beginning of the forward pass counts as a stitch but IS NOT part of the Honeycomb pattern (see below). When instructed to “work in Honeycomb pattern for 18 stitches”, work in the Honeycomb pattern until you have 19 loops on the hook. Continue to the remaining instructions in that row.
- New to Tunisian crochet? Try these videos to help: Tunisian crochet beginner tutorial and the Honeycomb Stitch tutorial video.
Need a visual of the Honeycomb stitch to make your Tunisian crochet baby blanket? Check out this video (skip to 39:05):
Elmore Blanket Pattern
Where instructed, work in Honeycomb Pattern as follows:
ROW 1: (Tss 1, tps 1)
ROW 2: (Tps 1, tss 1)
ROW 1: Ch 150, pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across row, Lts, RetP.
ROWS 2-15: Work Honeycomb Pattern, alternating ROW 1 and ROW 2. Lts and RetP at the end of each row. End with a ROW 2 repeat.
ROW 16: Work Honeycomb Pattern ROW 1 for 18 sts, tss 112, work Honeycomb Pattern ROW 1 for 18 sts, Lts, RetP.
ROW 17: Work Honeycomb Pattern ROW 2 for 18 sts, tss 112, work Honeycomb Pattern ROW 2 for 18 sts, Lts, RetP.
ROWS 18-121: Rep ROWS 16-17. Blanket should measure 31-32” long at this point.
ROWS 122-136: Work Honeycomb Pattern, alternating ROW 1 and ROW 2. Lts and RetP at the end of each row. End with a ROW 1 repeat.
- Maintaining the Honeycomb pattern, sl st bind off loosely.
- Weave in all ends.
- Steam block to finished dimensions as needed. If you choose to steam block, be sure the back of the blanket is facing up and pin the blanket in place on blocking boards.
Prefer an ad-free printable pattern? Get the Elmore Blanket pattern for just $5 HERE.
Thanks for joining me to make the Elmore Blanket! My original sample has been claimed by a close mom-to-be who’s on her way to baby number 2! I’m so excited to gift it 🙂
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How can I modify the Elmore baby blanket to make it more of an adult sized lapghan (not nearly as large as an afghan); something for over the lap and legs?
Toni L. says
Hi! You’ll want to adjust the starting chain and do some math based on the gauge to figure out how big you want your finished blanket and how big you want the built in border to be.
Yes! I found this blanket easy to adjust. What a simple but beautiful pattern for a baby. I’m using a discontinued yarn in the stash, Herrschners Teddy Bear in Mint Delight, and it’s turning out gorgeous. The baby who gets this blanket will be blessed and spoiled!
Michele E. says
I saw this and got so excited because it’s a beautiful blanket and it’s my husband’s family name. Would you share how you came to name it Elmore? Our family would love to know. I must make one!
Toni L. says
Wow – what a coincidence! I’m so glad you like the blanket. I actually named it after Elmore James, who was a blues musician in the 50’s and 60’s 🙂