Color Me Crochet Blanket Pattern

Jun 7, 2006
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by Andrea Mantler

Introduction

Color Me Crayon Blanket

We, here at Crochet me, think pastel colors are for babies. Wait a sec. What we mean is that pastel colors are boring. When they're used for kid stuff. Kids are fun. Vibrant. Loud and colorful. They deserve stuff that's playful, not dull. Stuff that'll hide stains and spark the imagination. Like this blanket. Sure, crayons come in pastel colours. But kids never use the pastel ones when they write on the walls, do they?

Materials List

  • Yarn:  Sandnes Smart Superwash wool (109 yds/100 m per 50g ball, or substitute similar DK weight yarn
    • 2 balls each in red (4219), orange (2708), yellow (2206), green (887), blue (5936), purple (5226)
    • 6 balls charcoal (1088)
    • 1 ball light grey (1042)
  • 5.00mm (US size H/8) hook

Finished Size

Approximately 42" x 39".

Approximate crayon size (including point): 7" x 39" (17.8cm x 100cm). 

Gauge

Approximate gauge in patt st: 15 stitches, 14 rows per 4" (10cm).

Since the pattern is for a blanket, matching the gauge is not as important as keeping a consistent gauge. However, if your gauge is significantly looser than recommended, your blanket may require more yarn.   

Notes

Patt st:
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc*, rep from * to * across, ending dc in last sc, turn.
Rep Row 1 for patt st.

d/s dec: double crochet/single crochet decrease (yo, insert hook in next sc, yo, draw up loop, yo, draw through first two loops on hook, insert hook in next dc, yo, draw up loop, yo draw through all loops on hook).

Changing Colors:
When changing colors in the middle of a row, the last "yo/draw through 2 loops" of the previous stitch is done in the new color. When changing colors between rows, the last "yo, draw through 2 loops" of the last stitch on the previous row is done in the new color.

The Pattern

 

Crayon (make 6 - one in each main color)

With crayon color, ch 27.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch,* rep from * to * across, ending dc in last ch, turn. (26 sts)

Rows 2-7: Begin patt st.

Rows 8-11: work patt stitch in charcoal.

Rows 12-14: work patt stitch in crayon color.

Rows 15-18: work patt stitch in charcoal.

Rows 19-37: work patt stitch in crayon color.

Click thumbnail for larger chartContinuing in patt st, begin oval (see chart)

Row 38: 11 sts in crayon color, 4 sts in charcoal, 11 sts in crayon color.

Row 39: 10 sts in crayon color, 6 sts in charcoal, 10 sts in crayon color.

Row 40: 9 sts in crayon color, 8 sts in charcoal, 9 sts in crayon color.

Row 41-42: 8 sts in crayon color, 10 sts in charcoal, 8 sts in crayon color.

Row 43-44: 7 sts in crayon color, 12 sts in charcoal, 7 sts in crayon color.

Row 45-47: 6 sts in crayon color, 14 sts in charcoal, 6 sts in crayon color.

Row 48-51: 5 sts in crayon color, 16 sts in charcoal, 5 sts in crayon color.

Row 52-72: 4 sts in crayon color, 18 sts in charcoal, 4 sts in crayon color.

Row 73-76: 5 sts in crayon color, 16 sts in charcoal, 5 sts in crayon color.

Row 77-79: 6 sts in crayon color, 14 sts in charcoal, 6 sts in crayon color.

Row 80-81: 7 sts in crayon color, 12 sts in charcoal, 7 sts in crayon color.

Row 82-83: 8 sts in crayon color, 10 sts in charcoal, 8 sts in crayon color.

Row 84: 9 sts in crayon color, 8 sts in charcoal, 9 sts in crayon color.

Row 85: 10 sts in crayon color, 6 sts in charcoal, 10 sts in crayon color.

Row 86: 11 sts in crayon color, 4 sts in charcoal, 11 sts in crayon color. (End of oval)

Rows 87-105: work patt st in crayon color.

Rows 106-109: work patt st in charcoal.

Rows 110-112: work patt st in crayon color.

Rows 113-116: work patt st in charcoal.

Rows 117-120: work patt st in crayon color.

Crayon Point

Row 121: Sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1 (for height), *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 8 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn (last two stitches of previous row remain unworked). (21 sts excl ch sts and sl sts, which will not be worked in next row)

Row 122: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 7 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (20 sts)

Row 123: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 7 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (19 sts)

Row 124: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 6 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (18 sts)

Row 125: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 5 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch1, turn. (17 sts)

Row 126: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 5 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (16 sts)

Row 127: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 5 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (15 sts)

Row 128: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 4 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (14 sts)

Row 129: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 3 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (13 sts)

Row 130: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 3 more times, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (12 sts)

Row 131: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 3 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (11 sts)

Row 132: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 2 more times, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (10 sts)

Row 133: Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 1 more time, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (9 sts)

Row 134: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 1 more time, sc in next st, d/s dec over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (8 sts)

Row 135: Sc in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * 1 more time, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (7 sts)

Row 136: Sc in first st, dc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next st,, sc2tog over next two sts, dc in next st, ch 1, turn. (6 sts)

Fasten off. Securely weave in all ends.

Alphabet

Use light grey yarn. For each letter, sl sts are done in the back bumps of the ch sts. To fasten off, pull the tail through the last loop, and tie the start and end tails together.

A: Ch 19, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 3 sts, ch 4, sl st in second ch from hook, and in each of next 7 sts, ch 1, sl st in first ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts. Fasten off.

B: Ch 20, sl st in first ch from hook and in each of next 2 sts, ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 15 sts, ch 1, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 8 sts. Fasten off.

D: Ch 25, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 14 sts, ch 1, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 8 sts. Fasten off.

E: Ch 16, *sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 4 sts,* rep from * to * 1 more time, ch 5, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 7 sts, ch 6, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 4 sts. Fasten off.

G: Ch 24, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 19 sts, ch 1, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 2 sts. Fasten off.

L: Ch 17, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 4 sts, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts. Fasten off.

N: Ch 20, sl st in first ch from hook, ch 10, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 18 sts, ch 1, sl st in first ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts. Fasten off.

O: Ch 25, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 23 sts. Fasten off.

P: Ch 20, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts, ch 1, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 8 sts. Fasten off.

R: Ch 19, sl st in first ch from hook, sl st in next st, ch 5, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 12 sts, ch 1, sl st in second ch from hook and each of next 7 sts. Fasten off.

U: Ch 21, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 19 sts. Fasten off.

W: Ch 13, sl st in first ch from hook, ch 13, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 6 sts, ch 1, sl st in first ch from hook and in each of next 10 sts, ch 1, sl st in first ch from hook and in each of next 7 sts. Fasten off.

Y: Ch 11, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 5 sts, ch 6, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts. Fasten off.

Assembly

Using grey yarn, securely sew color names on each crayon, making sure the red, yellow and blue crayons have the points facing left, and the orange, green and purple crayons have the points facing right.

Don't worry if the color text ends up a bit wonky, it will simply resemble a child's writing.

Using small stitches and matching leftover yarn from the crayons, sew the crayon edges together in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), making sure to line up the stripes and ovals.

Securely weave in all ends.

Crayon blanket schematic

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Comments

Wendy wrote
on Jun 23, 2006 7:41 PM

Awesome! I look forward to trying this. :)

Jen wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 7:30 AM

This is AMAZING! My friends are popping out babies, many of them boys, much faster than I can keep up with handmade gift items. This will be a great gift for the first or second birthday. SO creative, Andrea. I've never worked anything with a color chart, but it will be worth it to pick up the skill now.

Anne wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 8:00 AM

I just love this blanket, that is such a great idea. Both of my dauthters just love it, I'm gonna have to get crocheting. Thanks for the pattern.

arabella wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 9:58 AM

it's a great blanket! I'd love a crochet sock pattern too, hint hint...

Kris wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 12:23 PM

I to can't wait to make this quilt. There is always friends I know who are having babies. I to would also like your sock pattern.

Christina C. Ellyson wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 2:34 PM

Love it !!! I have seen and even made some crayon afghans before; however, I don't remember seeing one with color names, and plan to do this one for sure. Just have to find the time - LOL!

Anonymous wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 5:52 PM

How to crochet the letter Y for Yellow is missing... I think.. or is it just somewhere I can't find it?

Anonymous wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 7:34 PM

I love this pattern. I'm going to have to make it for my 2 year old. But I was wondering where is the letter Y for yellow? All the rest of the letters are there.

Thanks

Andrea wrote
on Jun 25, 2006 12:56 AM

Thanks everyone! You're right... the Y appears to be missing. I've just moved, and so my notes are still packed, but I'll try to get that posted asap.

Leslee wrote
on Jun 28, 2006 10:51 AM

This was such an awesome pattern it was submitted to share with our ladies in the group to go check out! We are a small charity group. Can you imagine the look on a child's face who receives this from one of our donation sites?..Thanks so much for sharing this pattern.

Jessica wrote
on Jun 28, 2006 7:38 PM

like everyone else, i am madly in love with this pattern, and, unlike everyone else, plan on crocheting it for myself. it will brighten my dorm room!

Rose wrote
on Jun 29, 2006 12:55 PM

I love it! Started it Saturday night, and finished it today (except the LETTERING). Cant wait to give it to my grandson.

Lisa wrote
on Jul 9, 2006 7:50 AM

Any chance you've had a chance to find the instructions for the "Y" yet? I'm making this for my little boy and I'm almost to the point where I need it.

I LOVE this pattern! I've got an older child and wanted a bigger blanket so I used two strands of yarn and went up on the needle size. It looks *great* in a larger size as well :) I also added an additional crayon in orange to add to the length.

Thanks for the great pattern!

Rebecca wrote
on Jul 9, 2006 5:36 PM

This is too cute!I generally hate crayola inspired things..but this is so well done..gotta love it.

Tammi wrote
on Sep 3, 2006 4:40 PM

I would love to be able to add some letters or monograms to some crocheted things, and almost all the letters I need are in this blanket. Any chance you have an S pattern anywhere? I'm sure people would love to have access to the whole alphabet! Thanks so much, Tammi

Pam wrote
on Sep 6, 2006 8:52 PM

I haven't ever seen a more talented designer in my 56 years of life and my 44 years of crocheting. Do you have any published books? If not you are really missing a calling, as you have a lot of talent. I am blown away by you!

Pam

Shawn wrote
on Sep 22, 2006 1:24 AM

Does anyone have the pattern for the letter y??? Please help!!!

Nancy wrote
on Sep 26, 2006 10:39 AM

HELP!!!! I need the letter Y to finish my 2 afghans!!! Also would anyone have the letter K??? Thanks

carolyn wrote
on Oct 10, 2006 7:34 AM

this is such a beauty for a child. thank you

Mindi wrote
on Nov 5, 2006 10:25 AM

I just finished making this blanket! I did it with cotton yarn, and I crocheted the letters on with single crochets through the top loops instead of pre-making letters and then sewing them on. I made the color names in English on one side, Spanish on the other. It was a baby shower gift, and the mother-to-be just loved it! Turned out beautiful! Wish I could post a picture!

Debbie wrote
on Jan 23, 2007 4:15 PM

Thank you so much for this pattern. Would love to have directions for the Y as I hope to finish this for my granddaughter's bd next week. Again, thanks

Donna wrote
on Feb 9, 2007 11:43 AM
I love this pattern. I have been looking for a way to crochet letters. Thank You for posting this. I am sure my son will love it!!!1 Any chance of being able to get the missing letters??
Thanks Again,

Donna

Katherine wrote
on Feb 13, 2007 7:11 AM

This is amazing! Excellent for boys and girls! Thanks so much for posting this. I can't seem to find the instructions for the "Y" -- has it been posted?

Thanks again!!!

Janet wrote
on Jun 18, 2007 6:36 AM

Did you ever get the pattern for the letter Y? If you did could you send it to me please. Thanks, Janet

dianemb wrote
on Nov 7, 2007 9:41 PM

Did anyone ever figure out how to do the Y?

CricketL wrote
on Nov 29, 2007 8:08 PM
Hi
This is a wonderful pattern

was it difficult?

Did anyone get the instructions for the Y letter?

thanks

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:03 PM

My apologies for taking so long to post this... I never did find my original notes after my move, but this should do the trick:

Y: Ch 11, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 5 sts, ch 6, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 9 sts. Fasten off.

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:07 PM

Wow, I'm blown away by your comment! Thank you so much!!! (No, I don't have any books. Yet...)

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:08 PM

What a great idea!

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:11 PM

S: Ch 26, sl st in second ch from hook and in each of next 24 sts. Fasten off.

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:30 PM

Actually, they're not Crayola crayons. Crayola has a wavy bit at each end, and says "crayola" in the oval, with the colour name in small print near the blunt end. These are generic brand crayons. ;)

Thanks! :)

AndreaM wrote
on Jan 7, 2008 10:31 PM

Oh... other notes on this pattern. When doing the oval, it looks best (and has by far the fewest ends) if you keep one coloured ball running up each side and one charcoal ball up the middle, like you would with intarsia. (I forget which way I "twisted" the yarns when changing colour.) Don't cut and weave in ends with each colour, for goodness sake! (Unless you really desperately love weaving in ends, in which case, knock yourself out.) You can crochet over top of the coloured yarn to bring it to the other side, but it always shows a bit.

goldibug wrote
on Feb 19, 2008 4:17 PM

This blanket is adorable. I can't wait to make it for my boys. I know they'll love it since they love crayons and blankets. Thanks for your creativity!

spigootz wrote
on Feb 24, 2008 3:11 PM

Wow, this is so awesome! Can't wait to make it. Thanks so much!

CarolynF@23 wrote
on Mar 14, 2008 10:04 AM

I just love your pattern. My two year old great grandson will be getting a crayon theme from me this next Christmas. I am making a plastic canvas tissue cover and also a crayon can (pringle can) with crocheted cover. This little afghan will top off his list. Thanks. You are very talented.

stephanie@2 wrote
on May 13, 2008 9:44 AM

Love this blanket, thanks for posting it. About halfway through, and I can't wait to see it finished. I used Caron One Pound yarn for everything, the colors are great, it's machine washable, soft, and lasts forever. The only change I made to the pattern was to embroider rather than crochet the letters on. It's just like making a foundation chain, but with the blanket in the middle of the stitch.

penguin813 wrote
on Oct 16, 2008 8:04 PM

I love this blanket. I think I might make it for my dad's girlfriend's daughter. She loves crayons (well, actually she loves eating crayons). It is adorable!

icedcristal wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 11:18 AM

wow! This is really great!

dust wrote
on Aug 10, 2009 3:36 PM
I just finished one color and completed it the long, difficult way by cutting and sewing in every end for the oval. Crazy!
I tried to find an explanation of intarsia, but it didn't make much sense to me. Does anyone know a easier way of explaining it?
I'm new at crocheting too, so I know that doesn't help much! I don't want to make the remaining 5 colors that way though, haha.

Thank you!

MadelonM@2 wrote
on Sep 10, 2009 7:14 AM

Your afghan is really great, i have done 3 colours now, red orange and purple, but cant get any green blue and yellow of the same brand, but i'll wait until i find them, i dont want to start over again when i am halfway done

thank you for sharing your great pattern with all of us

Ruby1 wrote
on Sep 13, 2009 2:48 AM

OMG That is sweet!!

on Nov 27, 2009 5:39 AM

This is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing this crochet pattern. I wonder how many people are going to try this one out. It is absolutely beautiful and not to mention very creative.

L.T wrote
on May 5, 2010 10:23 PM

I'm going to make this for our grandson Luc when he gets here in September.  I'm sure he'll love it. 

You are a very clever child. Kudos

Grendy05 wrote
on May 18, 2010 8:47 AM

I can't wait to make this!! ADORABLE!

Marilyn 1951 wrote
on Nov 16, 2010 7:10 PM

I made this for my grandaughter 2 years ago. What a find. Now there is pressure to top it. Pretty sure that won't happen. She loves it

paostan wrote
on Nov 26, 2010 8:33 AM

I love this pattern, but am stuck at Row 123! I seem to be a stich short and I have redone it half a dozen times. Has anyone else had this problem? I now have 6 crayons with no points (although none of my grandson'sactual  crayon seem to have points either! haha) HELP, please.

on Jan 17, 2011 7:39 AM

Hello i love your blanket..Can you tell me were you got the graph paper that you showed for the oval part of the CRAYOLA?  Did you make it on some software? I have been lookin everywere for that same graph paper =)) 

 

Thank you Please email back at  CATSPURRFECT@GMAIL.COM

on Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM
crochetjoan wrote
on May 8, 2012 12:17 PM

I have made this afghan for a friend's baby and it was a hit!  Was easty to do.  I also crocheted the individual crayons and gave them to one of the art teachers in our elementary schools for her to use in her classroom to mark "centers" for students; to display in her room, etc.  She told me that the students LOVED them!

When I crocheted my afghan, I lined all the crayons up with the points facing the same way....the mother liked them better that way.  That's one of the things I like about our craft....we can express ourselves and the one to whom we are giving the gift.   After I crocheted the crayons, I took them to the mom and asked her how she would like me to "attach" them to each other....she liked the way they looked in the box of crayons. 

Thank you for this wonderful pattern!

 

 

crochetjoan wrote
on May 8, 2012 12:17 PM

I have made this afghan for a friend's baby and it was a hit!  Was easty to do.  I also crocheted the individual crayons and gave them to one of the art teachers in our elementary schools for her to use in her classroom to mark "centers" for students; to display in her room, etc.  She told me that the students LOVED them!

When I crocheted my afghan, I lined all the crayons up with the points facing the same way....the mother liked them better that way.  That's one of the things I like about our craft....we can express ourselves and the one to whom we are giving the gift.   After I crocheted the crayons, I took them to the mom and asked her how she would like me to "attach" them to each other....she liked the way they looked in the box of crayons. 

Thank you for this wonderful pattern!

 

 

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:21 AM

What method of joining did you use? BTW loving the pattern!

KristinHuber wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 11:23 AM

What method of joining did you use?

Ytttredahl wrote
on Apr 18, 2014 11:05 PM

I have a nephew and I have been looking for a pattern for his afghan and THIS IS IT! Thank you for posting this and am looking forward to getting started!

Ytttredahl wrote
on Apr 18, 2014 11:05 PM

I have a nephew and I have been looking for a pattern for his afghan and THIS IS IT! Thank you for posting this and am looking forward to getting started!

j1u2d3y4 wrote
on Aug 15, 2014 4:21 PM

Has anyone crocheted this great pattern using worsted weight? If you did, what size crochet hook did you use?

Thanks

Enid Mejias wrote
on Aug 22, 2014 7:42 AM

I'm a visual learner is there anyway that there can be a YouTube video of this made. Thanks. I can only crochet watching someone along. Thanks.