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How to Crochet a Spring Abstract Blanket

Updated July 12, 2023
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Spring Abstract Blanket (AKA Abstract blanket 2.0!) because cozy blankets aren’t just for winter. Switch up your colour pallet to some fresh pastels and get lost in the rhythm of granny squares to create yourself a cosy blanket for time for spring. This blanket is designed using the most beautiful soft pastel shades but unlike the first run of this blanket, it’s made using Aran weight yarn and has been redesigned giving you the perfect baby size blanket!

Spring Abstract Blanket

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what will I learn?

In this blog you will learn how to create this beautiful Abstract blanket, perfect for the spring. If you find it tricky picking colours for your projects, click here for some tips. There’s lots of stitches to explore as part of this project, but if you’re a beginner don’t feel daunted! I have included tutorials for some of the stitches linked in the ‘terms and abbreviations’ section.

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pattern notes

  • PLEASE NOTE THIS BLANKET WAS ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED AS A CAL SO THE PATTERN AND VIDEO TUTORIALS ARE IN WEEKLY INSTALMENTS.
  • Pattern level: Beginner
  • Written in UK terms.
  • The final size of the blanket will be 42 inches x 42 inches.

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materials & tools

  • The yarn used is Paintbox Simply Aran, you can find the colour bundle HERE (1 ball of each) Pack weight = 1000g (35.3oz), 1 ball weight = 100g (3.5oz) in colours:
  • Misty Grey (203)
  • Pistachio Green (224)
  • Banana Cream (220)
  • Vanilla Cream (207)
  • Seafoam Blue (231)
  • Washed Teal (232)
  • Ballet Pink (252)
  • Candyfloss Pink (249)
  • Dusty Rose (241)
  • Pale Lilac (245)
  • Hook: 4.5 mm or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
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CROCHET TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook

Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through

Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Reverse Double Crochet(s): rdc(s): Insert hook into previous stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Treble Crochet(s):tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Front Post Treble(s): fpt(s): Yarn over, insert hook around post of stitch from front to back, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Back Post Treble(s): bpt(s): Yarn over, insert hook around post of stitch from back to front, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Front Post Double Treble(s): fpdtr(s): Yarn over hook twice, insert hook around post of stitch from front to back, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have four loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

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Spring Abstract Blanket

SPRING ABSTRACT BLANKET PATTERN

Square 1 (solid granny square)

Please see below the pattern how many of each colour need to be made.

Foundation chain: ch 4, ss in 4th ch from the hook.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as tr here and throughout), 2 tr in centre circle, *ch 3, 3 tr, repeat from * twice more, ch 3, join with ss in top of ch-3. <12 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 2: ch 3, tr in next 2 sts, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr to corner space, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, join with ss in top of ch-3. <28 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 3: ch 3, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr to corner space, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr to corner space, join with ss in top of ch-3. <44 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 4: ch 3, 1 tr in next 6 sts, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr to corner space, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr in next 4 sts, join with ss in top of ch-3. <60 tr, 4 ch-3>

Fasten off and sew in ends

  • Pale Lilac (1)
  • Dusty Rose (2)
  • Candyfloss (3)
  • Ballet Pink (4)
  • Banana Cream (0)
  • Vanilla Cream (3)
  • Seafoam (6)
  • Washed Teal (0)
  • Pistachio Green (3)

ASSISTING TUTORIAL

Please be aware that this was from the original Abstract Blanket CAL and your squares will NOT need round 5 for this version.

Square 2 (Waffle square)

Please use the chart to see how many of each colour need to be made.

Foundation chain: ch 4, ss in 4th ch from the hook.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as tr here and throughout), 2 tr in centre circle, *ch 3, 3 tr, repeat from * twice more, ch 3, join with ss in top of ch-3. <12 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 2:ss around the front post of tr, ch 3, fpdt around next 2 sts, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner space, fpt around next 3 sts, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner space, join with ss in top of ch-3. <16 tr, 12 fpt, 4 ch3>

Round 3:ss around back post of tr, ch 3, bpt around next 2 sts, fpdt around next 2 sts, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner space, 2 fpt, 3 bpt, 2 fpt, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner space, fpt around next 2 sts, join with ss in top of ch-3. <16 fpt, 12 bpt, 16 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 4:ch 3, tr in next 6 sts *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr in each st to corner, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr in next 4 sts, join with ss in top on ch-3. <60 tr, 4 ch-3>

Fasten off and sew in ends.

  • Pale Lilac (1)
  • Dusty Rose (4)
  • Candyfloss (1)
  • Ballet Pink (3)
  • Banana Cream (3)
  • Vanilla Cream (2)
  • Seafoam (0)

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assisting tutorial

Please be aware that this was from the original Abstract Blanket CAL and your squares will NOT need round 5 for this version.

Square 3 (half braid square)

Please see below the pattern how many of each colour need to be made.

Foundation chain: ch 4, ss in 4th ch from the hook.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as tr here and throughout), 2 tr in the centre circle, *ch 3, 3 tr, repeat from * twice more, ch 3, join with ss in top of ch-3. <12 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 2: ch 3, skip next st, fpdtr in next, tr in skipped st working behind fpdtr, fpdt around same st as begin ch-3. *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner sp, skip 2 sts, fpdtr, tr in 2nd skipped st working behind fpdtr, fpdtr around 1st skipped st, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, tr) in corner sp. join with ss in top of ch-3. <8 fpdtr, 20 tr, 4 ch-3>

Round 3: ch 3, fpt, tr, fpt, 2 tr, *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner sp, across the next 7 stitches work 2 tr, fpt, tr, fpt, 2 tr, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner sp, tr, join with ss in top of ch-3 <36 tr, 8 fpt, 4 ch 3>

Round 4: ch 3, tr in next 6 sts *(2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, tr to corner space, repeat from * twice more. (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) into corner space, 4 tr, join with ss in top on ch-3. <60 tr, 4 ch-3>

Fasten off and sew in ends.

  • Pale Lilac (4)
  • Dusty Rose (0)
  • Candyfloss (3)
  • Ballet Pink (1)
  • Banana Cream (4)
  • Vanilla Cream (2)
  • Seafoam (2)
  • Washed Teal (1)
  • Pistachio Green (4)

assisting tutorial

Please be aware that this was from the original Abstract Blanket CAL and your squares will NOT need round 5 for this version.

JOINING SQUARES

Blocking squares is recommended before joining.

Squares are to be sewn together with wrong sides facing using whip stitch using Misty Grey.

Please see the diagram below which will indicate where to place your colours and which square to use. You can build this however you choose, whether it be in strips and or one by one.

assisting tutorial

Please be aware that this was from the original Abstract Blanket CAL and your squares will NOT have the round 5 for this version which is shown in this video BUT the principle is the same.

BORDER

Round 1: dc in each stitch around (working 2 dc in corner sps of each individual square) ss in first st, fasten off and sew in ends.

Round 2: ch 2, rdc in each stitch around. ss in first stitch, fasten off and sew in ends.

alternative borders

For alternative border inspiration, click here.

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

 
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17 Comments

  • may oconnor
    July 10, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    What a lovely cal… the colours are so Beautiful… just been over to Lovecraft’s and bought the pack… I am a beginner but I will try to keep up… Thank you Sarah for your wonderful inspiration…see you on the 16th July…

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Dawn Hyde
    July 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Looking forward to starting this cal, I have a grandchild due soon and we don’t know the sex until it’s born, and this would be perfect for either boy or girl

    Reply
  • Martina P blackwell
    July 15, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    How many squares would i need to make? Or how many squares will the yarn pack make?

    Reply
  • Clare
    July 16, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Can’t wait to start this so looking forward to the finished product thank you

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Tracey
    July 16, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Sarah-Jayne

    Love all your work and so excited about the abstract blanket. I stayed up late to get started as it’s 11pm here in Australia. Was just watching your tutorial on square one. With the border did you use white or vanilla cream.

    tracey

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 23, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Hi Tracey I used vanilla cream 🙂

      Reply
  • Jacqueline
    July 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Hi, pardon my ignorance I’ve only been doing crochet for a short while, but what does “cal” mean?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Jacqueline it means crochet along 🙂

      Reply
  • Anne
    August 27, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Love this blanket and have purchased the wool ready to start. Can I just confirm that this should be a 6mm crochet hook as the pattern suggests Aran weight wool.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      You should use whatever hook your yarn label suggests 🙂

      Reply
  • Oonagh
    February 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for this lovely pattern.
    If I wanted to make this as a regular sized (ie not a baby sized) blanket, how many extra squares would you suggest I’d need to make?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 4, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      You’re welcome It depends on the overall size you want to make but I would suggest adding an extra two columns (and therefore an extra two rows to keep the blanket in proportion) to start and then adding more if you wanted it to be bigger still. You could also keep the number of squares the same but use a thicker yarn and larger hook.

      Reply
  • Aixa
    April 19, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Hi – I have no clue why my question was not approved but would love an answer on if I could use the same brand of paintbox colors but in cotton instead of polyester. please

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 21, 2023 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, you would be able to substitute the yarn for the cotton variant instead no problem

      Reply
  • Donna
    January 20, 2024 at 10:02 pm

    I cannot find the diagram for your color layout. Could you tell me where to find it. Such a beautiful blanket.
    Donna

    Reply

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