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Building Blocks Crochet Throw

Building Blocks Crochet Throw
Building Blocks Crochet Throw
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Building Blocks Crochet Throw is the perfect crochet blanket for any kid (or kid at heart!). Worked up in crochet squares and rectangles, this granny square blanket resembles Lego blocks, though stepping on this is not nearly as painful. Use basic crochet stitches to work these individual blocks up, and then join them together at the end. Because of this assembly method, you can easily work up more blocks and create a large crochet afghan as needed. Use bold primary colors as shown or switch up the colors and crochet squares with your favorite color combinations. 

NotesNotes
1. Throw is made from 26 squares and 17
rectangles worked back and forth in rows
and finished with a 1-round edge.
2. The right side of each square and rectangle
is determined by the edging round.
3. Dots are made in continuous rounds
(spirals) with right side facing at all times
and sewn to each piece.
4. Squares and rectangles are arranged as
shown in assembly diagram and joined
together. Border is worked in joined rounds

Easy

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge 13 sts = 4” (10 cm); 13 rows = 4” (10 cm) in alternating rows of single and half double crochet. 

Finished Size44” wide x 51” long (112 x 129.5 cm) including border

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love®: 2 skeins each 1909 Holly Berry A, 1601 Lettuce B, 1814 True Blue C, 1201 Daffodil D
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle, stitch marker, polyester fiberfill (optional)

Pattern

1-Dot Square

(make 20 - 4 each with A & B, and 6 each with C & D)

  1. Ch 14. 

  2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—13 sts.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.

  4. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

  5. Rows 4–13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 five times.

  6. Round 14 (right side): Ch 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 3 sc in last st; sc 11 sts evenly across ends of rows of first side; working across opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in each ch across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; sc 11 sts evenly across ends of rows of other side; join with slip st in first sc—56 sc. Fasten off.

2-Dot Rectangle

(make 14 – 4 each with A, B, & C, and 2 with D)

  1. Ch 27. 

  2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—26 sts.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.

  4. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

  5. Rows 4–13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 five times.

  6. Round 14 (right side): Work same as Round 14 of 1-dot square—82 sc. Fasten off.

4-Dot Square

(make 6 – 1 each with A & B and 2 each with C & D)

  1. Work same as Rows 1–3 of 2-dot rectangle.

  2. Rows 4–25: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 eleven times.

  3. Row 26: Repeat Row 2, do not turn.

  4. Round 27 (right side): Ch 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 3 sc in last st; sc 24 sts evenly across ends of rows of first side; working across opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in each ch across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; sc 24 sts evenly across ends of rows of other side; join with slip st in first sc—108 sc. Fasten off.

6-Dot Rectangle

(make 3 – 1 each with A, B, & C)

  1. Ch 40.

  2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—39 sts.

  3. Rows 2–26: Work same as Rows 2–26 of 4-dot square.

  4. Round 27 (right side): Work same as Round 27 of 4-dot square—134 sc. Fasten off.

Dots

(make 90 - 22 with A, 22 with B, 28 with C, 18 with D)

  1. Ch 1.

  2. Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in ch, do not join—6 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed. Pull on beginning tail to tighten beginning ch.

  3. Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around—12 sc

  4. Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—18 sc.

  5. Round 4: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.

Assembly

  1. ASSEMBLY
    Hold each square and rectangle with right side facing and rows horizontal. Using assembly diagram as a guide, place dots on same color piece, centering 5 rows from upper and lower edges and 3-4 stitches in from each edge. For 6-dot rectangle, center middle dots evenly between outer dots. Be sure to space dots consistently so dots will be aligned
    horizontally and vertically when pieces are joined together. Sew dots in place, taking care that they remain 3-dimensional. Optional: To keep them from flattening, stuff each dot with fiberfill before you finish sewing.

    With right sides facing, arrange squares and rectangles as shown in assembly diagram. Join squares and rectangles vertically as follows: Holding pieces with wrong side together, working from right side and through both thicknesses, join A with sc in center sc of first 3-sc group, sc in each sc across, ending in center sc of last 3-sc group at top edge. After all vertical edges are joined, join horizontal edges of joined square and rectangle pieces in the same manner.

Finishing

Border ​Note: Hold throw with right side facing as you join yarn in each round.

  1. Round 1 (right side): Join A with sc in any st, sc in each st around, working sc in seam between pieces and 3 sc in center st of each 3-sc group at outer corners; join with slip st in first sc—522 sc (121 sc across each short edge, 134 sc across each long edge, and 3 sc in each corner). Fasten off.

  2. Round 2: Join B with slip st in any st, ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), hdc in each st around working 3 hdc in center st of each 3-sc group; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—530 hdc (123 hdc across each short edge, 136 hdc across each long edge, and 3 hdc in each corner). Fasten off. 

  3. Round 3: Join C with sc in any st, sc in each st around working 3 sc in center st of each 3-hdc group; join with slip st in first sc—538 sc (125 sc across each short edge, 138 sc across each long edge, and 3 sc in each corner). Fasten off. 

  4. Round 4: With D, repeat Round 2—546 hdc (127 hdc across each short edge, 140 hdc across each long edge, and 3 sc in each corner).

  5. Round 5: Join A with slip st in any st, slip st in each st around; join with slip st in first slip st. Fasten off.

  6. Weave in ends. 

Abbreviations

Join with sc
Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook

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This Building Block Crochet Throw is so unique. Using primary colors are fun and would make a great gift for boy or girl but Legos now come in pastel colors. If you need a gift for a brother and sister or son and daughter, this would be a great way to make them the same blanket and they will not get them confused.

This is the sort of throw that you could make for a baby gift and it would still be relevant many years later. Its unisex, too, since these particular building blocks are marketed to both boys and girls. The bumps on the throw would make it a great Tummy Time rug for baby. That assembly diagram is really helpful, too, for altering the size.

This is such a unique and playful blanket! It would look so great in any child's room.

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