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Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

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Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

Test your crochet skills with this amazing Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern. This is probably the coolest rainbow pattern we've seen so far! Work up the Tunisian entrelac crochet blanket as the next gift you make for a baby shower. We promise that you won't be disappointed with the outcome. It's a magnificent looking blanket and it will mesmerize baby with its many colors. Your baby afghan will be the hit of the party because of the unique stitching and rainbow colors.

History of Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet is also known as Afghan crochet, and it's worked up with a longer hook than in normal crochet. It's worked back and forth in rows, called forward and return passes, and the end result is a crocheted fabric that is a little less elastic than a normal crocheted result. The resulting design is thick and plush, which means that it's perfect for heavier items like winter items, pillows and afghans, like this Tunisian crochet baby blanket, and not ideal for finer works, like baby clothing or socks. Tunisian crochet can be a little tricky to master since you don't turn your work as you go, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find it's really not that hard (and is actually a little faster than regular crochet.
 

Notes:
1. Work all rows with RS of work facing.
2. To draw up a loop through single vertical bar or front bar of first st, always insert hook from right to left. For easier count of side sts, do not work Ch 1 at beg and end of every row.
3. Stripe Pat: Work 1 Strip of each color: A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. These 8 rows form Stripe Pat.

Intermediate

Crochet HookM/13 or 9 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge9 sts and 10 rows = 4" [10 cm].

Finished Sizeapprox 35" x 42" [89 x 106.5 cm].

Materials List

  • Bernat® Softee Baby Chunky™ (5 oz/142 g; 155 yds/142 m) 1 ball of each: Contrast A - Candy Apple Red (96008)

    Contrast B - Creamsicle (96013)

    Contrast C - Buttercup (96014)

    Contrast D - Sprout Green (96010)

    Contrast E - Dragon Green (96009)

    Contrast F - Blue Lagoon (96011)

    Contrast G - Indigo (96015)

    Contrast H - Grape (96012)
  • Size U.S. M/13 (9 mm) flexible cable Tunisian crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Learn how to crochet the Tunisian stitch before diving into this video with this fantastic step-by-step tutorial!

First Strip (worked with A)

With A, ch 112.

  1. First Triangle
    1st row:
     Work 1 regular sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not turn.
    2nd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Draw up a loop through front bar of first st. Draw up a loop in next ch. 3 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    3rd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 2 sts. Draw up a loop in next ch. 4 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    4th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 3 sts. Draw up a loop in next ch. 5 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    5th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 4 sts. Draw up a loop in next ch. 6 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    6th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Draw up a loop in next ch. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 6 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    7th row: Sl st loosely in each of next 5 single vertical bars. Sl st in same sp as last st worked. First Triangle complete. 1 loop rem on hook.

  2. First Square:
    **1st row: Forward pass:
     (Right to left). Draw up a loop in each of next 6 ch and leave on hook. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass for all rows: (Left to right). *Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    2nd to 5th rows: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Draw up a loop in next ch. Do not turn.
    Rep, then Return pass once.
    Next row: Sl st loosely into each of next 5 single vertical bars. Sl st in last worked ch.** First Square complete.

  3. Second to Ninth Squares: Work from ** to ** as given for First Square.

  4. Last Triangle
    1st row: Forward pass:
     (Right to left). Draw up a loop in each of next 6 ch and leave on hook. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass for all rows: (Left to right). *Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    2nd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Do not turn.
    3rd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 4 sts. Do not turn.
    4th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 3 sts. Do not turn.
    5th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 2 sts. Do not turn.
    6th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in first st. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook. 1 loop rem on hook. Fasten off.

Second Strip (worked with B)

  1. First Square
    With RS facing, join B with sl st at top corner of First Triangle.
    ***1st row: Forward pass: (Right to left).
    Working through both loops of sl sts, draw up a loop in each of next 6 sl sts and leave on hook. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass for all rows: (Left to right).
    *Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    2nd to 5th rows: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Draw up a loop in next st of next Square. Do not turn.
    Rep, then Return pass once.
    Next row: Sl st loosely into each of next 5 single vertical bars. Sl st in top of square of 1st Strip.*** First Square complete.

  2. Second to Eighth Squares: Rep from *** to *** as given for First Square of Second Strip. Fasten off at end of last Square.

Third Strip (worked with C)

  1. First Triangle
    With RS facing, join C with sl st to same sp where First Square of previous row started.
    1st row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. Draw up a loop through front vertical bar of first sc. Draw up a loop in first st of First Square of Second Strip and leave on hook. 3 loops on hook.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    2nd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 2 sts. Tss in single vertical bar of next Square. 4 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    3rd row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 3 sts. Tss in single vertical bar of next Square. 5 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    4th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 4 sts. Tss in single vertical bar of next square. 6 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    5th row: Forward pass: (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Tss in single vertical bar of next square. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Return pass: (Left to right). (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 6 times. 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.
    6th row: Forward pass: Sl st loosely in each of next 5 single vertical bars. Sl st in top of next square. First Triangle of Third Strip is complete.

  2. First to Eighth Squares: With C, work as given for First Square of Second Strip.

  3. Last Triangle
    1st row: Forward pass
    : (Right to left). Tss in each of first 5 sts. Draw up a loop in same sp were last st was made. 7 loops on hook. Do not turn.
    Work from **** to ** as given for last Triangle of First Strip. Fasten off at end of last row.

  4. Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, rep Second and Third Strips for pat until work from beg measures approx 42" [106.5 cm], ending on 3rd Strip. Fasten off.

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I have tried Tunisian and gave it up after a week of frustration. The pattern I chose was probably too ambitions for me (Redheart's Tunisian Mitered Throw) since I just learned how to crochet last summer (@58 it's better late than never). I will give this a try, maybe on a pillow so I don't get too frustrated. It is beautiful.

Adorable. Love all the colors in this blanket. Looks like a rainbow. I have not tried Tunisian crochet yet so I am not sure how easy it will be or if I would actually be able to do it well enough to complete this project. Looks very detailed, but I am willing to give it a try when I can.

This Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern looks extremely challenging but is attainable with a lot of patience. I need many hours to read and learn the Tunisian stitch. It helps that the instructions are just in front of the page complete with diagrams. This pattern is done in 8 colors using that special stitch called entrelac? Well, let's see if I will be able to learn this stitch at all. This baby blanket can also be done in colors of your choice. Thanks for this free pattern.

Actually, isn't this Entrelac crochet? I had made a comment on the Facebook page about the pattern in the picture, above, with the baby, being too hard for me, but I was having a brain-dead moment and said I couldn't master Tunisian crochet. But that's not true! I LOVE Tunisian crochet, and mastered it ages ago! It's Entrelac that's too hard for me, and I believe that's an Entrelac pattern above.

Could the foundation row be wrong or is it just me reading the pattern wrong

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