Easy, fun to do, quick to make… this is what Crochet XL by Estefanía González and her Santa Pazienzia project is about. If you’re looking for crochet projects that allow you to continue learning and to relax you during your spare time, there’s no doubt that you should follow Santa Pazienzia. Estefanía is a crocheter who enjoys every stitch, but “I’m also thankful when a project has advanced considerably in an afternoon”. With this philosophy in mind she’s sharing her Crochet XL pattern, showing how to make a gorgeous blanket in fan stitch, with us on Craft Lovers. The fan stitch creates a beautiful design and is so easy to do because it’s made up of “a combination of double crochet stitches which you’ll be able to do even if you’re a beginner “.
Crochet XL with Santa Pazienzia
For this crochet blanket, Estefanía has chosen Katia Big Merino because “it’s perfect… It’s soft, very warm, but above all it has a good thickness for a large project”. She made her blanket in this beautiful dark grey colour; “because it goes together well with the tones of my home, but it would be gorgeous with any of the available colours“. Although this is a Crochet XL pattern, “you can make the blanket any size you want”. The aim of Santa Pazienzia is that you’ll finally enjoy the sensation of “snuggling up on the sofa on a winter’s afternoon with a good blanket”.
Crochet Blanket Pattern
Ready? Let’s go then… the blanket is made from side to side which means that every time you finish a row you turn the work. If you look at the diagram you’ll see that the same sequence of the group of stitches is always repeated. When you have worked the first 3 rows you don’t need any more instructions.
Measurements: 39 3/8” x 39 3/8” (1 x 1 metre)
Materials: 12 balls of Katia Big Merino and a size L11 (U.S.)/(8 mm) crochet hook
Chain st (ch)
Double crochet (dc)
Fan stitch (5 dc together)
72 chain sts + 3 to raise up the work (= the first double crochet).
- Row 1: One dc in the 4th ch from the start of the hook. * Skip two ch and work 5 dc together (= fan stitch). Skip 2 ch and work 2 dc in the 2 following stitches. Repeat from * until the end of the row.
- Row 2 and all even rows: 3 ch, 2 dc together in the same place as the ch that raise up the work. * Work 2 successive dc between the central stitches of the 5 stitch fan on the row below. Work 5 dc together between the 2 successive stitches on the row below. Repeat from * until the end and work 3 dc together in the upper part of the chain stitches that raise up the work on the row below.
- Row 3 and all odd rows: 3 ch to raise up the work and 1 dc in the following stitch. Work 5 dc together between the 2 successive stitches on the row below. Work 2 successive dc between the central stitches of the 5 stitch fan on the row below. Repeat from * until the end.
Continue in the same manner until a total of 47 rows have been worked. With the remaining yarn make 4 tassels and attach one to each corner of the blanket.
Ready! And now comes the best bit! Get cosy in your favourite corner and enjoy the winter.