Hello and Welcome!
I took like a billion pictures of this blanket to try and capture what this blanket looks like in real life. I didn’t get it right and I’m telling ya the pics do not do it any justice.
I was going for dark and a little masculine so I went with Lion Brand Heartland yarn and the boxed block stitch and it’s so easy to work up and super duper soft!
What is the Boxed Block Stitch?
The Boxed Block Stitch is a two row repeat that consists of the single crochet, chains and double crochet clusters. Excellent for color work! Although technically and advanced beginner stitch, it’s a quick and easy crochet pattern.
CH – Chain
SK – Skip
SC – Single Crochet
YO – Yarn Over
REP – Repeat
DC – Double Crochet
ST – Stitch
SP – Space
DC CL – Double Crochet Cluster
*All stitches are in U.S. Terms.
Gauge: 5 rows and 20 stitches = 4” (10cm)
Crochet hook size I (5.5 mm) or size needed for gauge.
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert your hook, YO pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops.
Double Crochet (DC) – YO, insert your hook, YO pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Double Crochet CLUSTER (DC CL) – Five (5) DC in the same space.
If you’re not familiar with the Wattle Stitch or you need a refresher we recommend THIS video.
In today’s post I will share everything you need to make the lovey, but if you’re interested in making this bigger you can get the downloadable pdf HERE.
The graphic above is a digital mock up of the finished blanket.
You can find LION BRAND HEARTLAND – HERE
CHAIN: 100 + 3
NOTE: ONE ROW COUNTS AS A TWO ROW REPEAT!!
EX: 1 (ONE) SC/CH ROW AND 1 (ONE) BOX ROW. = 1 ROW
2 ROWS: 1 (ONE) SC/CH ROW AND 1 (ONE) BOX ROW + 1 (ONE) SC/CH ROW AND 1 (ONE) BOX ROW. = 2 ROWS
- BLACK CANYON – 3
- *JOSHUA TREE – 1
- BLACK CANYON – 1 J
- OSHUA TREE- 1
- OLYMPIC – 1
- WHITE SANDS – 1
- OLYMPIC – 1
- JOSHUA TREE – 1
- BLACK CANYON – 1
- JOSHUA TREE- 1
- * * BLACK CANYON – 2
REPEAT FROM * TO ** 1X – END WITH 3 BLACK CANYON = 26 ROWS
Want an easy way to keep track of each row? We sure do, so we include row trackers in our PDF’s! You can download that HERE. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have something to physically check off, I spend more time counting and recounting instead of crocheting!
While the Boxed Block stitch is super easy to crochet, we have a few tips for ya to make it (hopefully) smooth sailing. You can always do what works the best for you, but these are what we find to be tried and true for us!
- Try to weave in those ends as you go. There will be A LOT!
- Those chain three’s between the single crochet’s will feel loose. Don’t be tempted to only chain 2.
- It is highly recommended to chain 3 at the end of the box rows. This keep the stitches from buckling. Not every blanket needs a border. Don’t be afraid to skip it!
For this blanket, I went with 1 round single crochet and two round double crochet front and back posts. I don’t think you could go wrong with any border, but if you read my post from Orla’s Wattle Stitch Blanket, you’ll know that I’m a wee smitten with this border.
Sometimes it’s easier to shop your stash so we worked out some alternative brands for ya. We’ve matched each one in person so we know first hand they’ll play nice and look lovely! To see the exact amounts of each you will need to purchase and doweled the pdf. You can do that HERE.
- Red Heart With Love: Black, Spinach, Celtic, Light Gray
- Red Heart Super Saver: Black, Medium Thyme, Denim, Light Gray
- Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!: Black, Dark Olive, Dark Country Blue, Grey Mist
- Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable: Black, Deep Forrest, Blue Moon, Smoke
- Stylecraft Special Chunky: Black, Khaki, Denim, Silver
That’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Be sure to show us you finished blanket and tag us using #rubygraceinspo.
Love. your. Face. – Ruby Grace