Using a modified Lemon Peel Stitch.
Years ago I received a crocheted blanket from my cousin, who thoughtfully told me that she considered I may need a blanket to keep me warm when I was moving away for the first time after college. That blanket was thick and long, and uneven along the edges in a sense that it was uniquely handmade. The color of it was bright pink with mixing strands of darker pink and paler pink throughout it. Just learning how to crochet myself at the time, I looked at the wide stitches and tried to figure out which stitch she used to make this blanket for me. Still to this day, I cannot figure out which stitch she may have used. Crab stitch maybe? Alternating shells?
Certain gifts always stick out in your head when you receive them, and for me this blanket is one of those. Because I always remembered this large size blanket as being so special, I decided that I too will attempt to make a blanket for people in my life celebrating certain milestones. So, I set out to find my own version of this blanket online. Googling patterns and specific key words like ‘speed hook’ and ‘double strand’, I came across some versions but mostly resulted in baby blanket sizes. I knew a couple things; she had used two colors of yarn, two strands held together, and she used a speed hook. Knowing these clues, I assembled bits a pieces of patterns I found online and combined them together to resemble the blanket I was imagining.
I wanted my blanket to be big, big enough to curl up on the couch without your feet sticking out, but not too long where it is heavy or needed to lay across a bed. The perfect couch blanket is what I had in mind.
Knowing my tools, worsted yarn and a speed hook, I was able to narrow my missing pieces down to a stitch. Something that wasn’t overly girly or loopy. Nothing that took too much yarn like bobbles or small stitches. I wanted to have a non-uniform pattern that could blend seamlessly with someone’s living room decor. The closest I came to finding a blanket to match my idea is by Hooked on Homemade Happiness on Pinterest, using an alternating single crochet and double crochet stitch to make a large blanket. The stitch she used is called Lemon Peel Stitch, and I thought it very similarly matched the pink blanket I was trying to replicate. A quick Google search on Lemon Peel Stitch and a quick read of her explanation, it seemed very manageable.
With the idea of alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches, I decided to do the same; except, I would keep the pattern rigid at the start of each row. Rather than row 1 starting with SC and row two starting with DC, I chose to begin each row with a double crochet uniformly. What I know about myself, and maybe you might be the same, is that I tend to lose track of my numbers while counting stitches and rows. So to simplify things, I figured that if I repeat *DC,SC* the same across each row, all odd stitches will be double crochet and all even stitches will be single crochet throughout. Much easier for me to count on such a large scale blanket.
As for the dimensions of my blanket, I needed to work a chain of stitches to figure out how long/wide it would turn out on a speed hook. The final result I decided on is a blanket that measures 82″x43″. This is just long enough for an adult to lay under and be completely covered, with some slack for curling up at the shoulders and around the ankles. I was set to put my collaborative mix of ideas down on paper and begin crocheting.
The yarn I chose is Pound of Love by Lion Brand Yarns. I love working with LBY because the quality of the yarn doesn’t pill and shed, it’s easy to work with especially for crocheting. Even though the yarn is acrylic, it feels soft in the hands to work with and also sturdy enough for a large blanket. Pound of Love comes in a large one pound size skein, and is medium weight 4. For this project, I held together two colors of the yarn at once in order to get a marbled effect in the colors. I used Oxford grey with Charcoal grey on one blanket and Oxford grey with Hunter green on another blanket. Both compliment each other nicely. Using this double strand method, I used about 1.5 skeins of each color. I round up to 2 skeins of each color for supply buying purposes. I also would like to mention that if you are interested in making this blanket using Pound of Love with only 1 skein of each color, your blanket will roughly measure 48″x43″, perfect for a child.
Hopefully this blanket size works for you the next time you make a speed hook blanket, so you do not have to do all the math to figure out sizing. I hope you enjoy my pattern! Give me a follow me on Instagram and Facebook @citybrightknits using #crochetcolorfully and #thespeedhookblanket !
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- 4 Skeins of Pound of Love by Lion Brand Yarns. 2 Skeins of Color A and 2 Skeins of Color B.
- 1 Speed Hook, size Q, 15mm by Boye
- Stitch marker (optional)
- Smaller crochet hook, or yarn needle to weave in the ends. I like Boye Aluminum hooks and needles.
- Lemon Peel Stitch* – Alternating DC and SC.
- SC- single crochet
- DC- double crochet
- Ch- chain
Lemon Peel Stitch is worked with alternating double crochet (DC) and single crochet (SC) along a chain. Begin by chaining an even amount of stitches plus 1. Example, ch 74 + 1, chain 75. At the beginning of the first row, in second chain from hook begin working double crochet then single crochet alternating until the end of the row. At the start of the second row, continue working DC and SC pattern across, and repeat at each row. This a modification from the traditional Lemon Peel Stitch.
Hint, working modified Lemon Peel Stitch in this pattern will result in all odd stitches being double crochet, and all even stitches being single crochet.
Chain 75, holding colors A and B together at the same time throughout the project. See note above on chain length.
Row 1 – DC in second chain from hook, *SC in the next, DC in the next* until end of row. Chain 1, turn. Option to place stitch marker at end of row to keep track of stitches. (74 stitches at end of row)
Row 2 to finish – continue by working DC into first chain from hook, then SC. *DC, SC* until end. Chain 1, turn.
At desired length, cut yarn and weave in ends. I prefer using a smaller size crochet hook to weave ends at a diagonal among the stitches. You can also use a yarn needle the weave in ends. Weaving in ends at a diagonal across the piece allows yarn to sit more securely than if you simply weave in a straight line from top to bottom.
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