This Christmas crochet blanket pattern is a Scandinavian style afghan with bobble hearts and eight-pointed Nordic stars.
This pattern includes a YouTube video as well.
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It All Begins with Yarn…
I used worsted weight yarn in a simple red and white color combination. This particular yarn is called Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice.
I wanted to make something simple and effective for Christmas this year, and I really liked how my Nordic crochet baubles had turned out last year. So all I needed to do was to adapt the bauble pattern to a blanket.
And since Scandinavian Christmas decor often features hearts, and I really love Christmas… And the bobble stitch… That’s how bobble hearts found their way into the pattern!..
Let’s Talk Stitches!..
This crochet blanket features single crochet, double crochet, front and back post stitches and the bobble stitch.
Christmas Crochet Blanket Pattern
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This Christmas crochet blanket pattern is a Scandinavian style afghan with bobble hearts and eight-pointed Nordic stars. Using worsted weight yarn I combine two bold red and white colors for maximum effect to instantly create a Christmas atmosphere. This free pattern includes a YouTube video tutorial as well. Matching Scandinavian style crochet baubles are available as a separate pattern.
This blanket is an approx 48.5″ x 48.5″ square.
Note: if you make the blanket with category 3 / light / DK yarn and a smaller hook, you can expect the blanket to be approx 60% of the above size (around 31″ x 31″ square) which is great for a baby blanket for Christmas.
The Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn is a 100% acrylic. It’s machine washable at 30 C / 86 F.
- Project Level: Easy
- BAUBLES: The original pattern for crochet baubles was made using category 3 / light / DK yarn which resulted in approx 3.2″ bauble whereas when I tried the same pattern using category 4 / medium / aran / worsted weight yarn (the same as in this blanket) and a 9 mm hook, my baubles measured approx 5″. In both cases I couldn’t find a plastic bauble that matched in size so I just used toy stuffing instead.
- For ease of counting round 11 states that there are 29 sts (sc-blo) between hearts per side because that’s easier to count due to the hearts being present in the corners.
Christmas Crochet Blanket Pattern – Video Tutorial
Here’s the link to the Christmas Crochet Blanket Pattern | Scandinavian Heart video on YouTube.
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (4 / Medium / Aran weight, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 156 m / 170 yd, 100% acrylic) 7 skeins in White, 4 skeins in Scarlet
- 9 mm crochet hook. If you’re a loose crocheter, use a smaller hook!
Following the pattern below, one granny square (13 rounds) measures about 16″ once it’s been joined and stretched a little (see the video).
Abbreviations (US Terms)
- blo: back loop only
- BPdc: back post double crochet
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- dc5tog: double crochet five together, or the bobble stitch. Work 5 partial double crochet stitches into the same stitch leaving the last loop of each on the hook. So yarn over, insert hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops and stop there. Repeat 4 more times. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook
- flo: front loop only
- FPdc: front post double crochet
- FPtr: front post treble
- rep: repeat
- rnd: round
- sc: single crochet
- sl: slip
- st: stitch
Christmas Crochet Blanket Pattern:
- Make 9 afghan blocks that you can join as you go (shown) or choose your preferred method of joining.
- Add a ribbed border.
1. Make 9 Afghan Blocks
Start your first granny square:
Begin with sliding loop.
Rounds 1 – 5
Rnd1 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), 15 dc into ring, sl st to top of ch-3. (16)
Rnd2 (Red) Ch 2, FPdc around ch-3 from last rnd, *BPdc around next post, FPdc around next post; rep from *, join with sl st to first FPdc. (16)
Rnd3 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc-blo in same st, 3 dc-blo in next st and every st, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (48)
Rnd4 (Red) Rep rnd2. (48)
Rnd5 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc-blo, ch 1, 3 dc-blo) in same st (corner made), *skip 2 sts, 3 dc-blo in next st, skip 2 sts, sc-blo in next st, skip 2 sts, 3 dc-blo in next st, skip 2 sts**, (3 dc-blo, ch 1, 3 dc-blo in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (56)
Rounds 6 – 10
Rnd6 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same space, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space (corner made), 3 dc in next space, skip space before sc-blo, 3 dc in sc, skip space after sc-blo, 3 dc in next space**; rep from *, ending your last rep at **, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (64)
Rnd7 (Red) Ch 1, sc-blo in same st, make sc-blo in every st, placing 3 sc-blo in corner ch-1 sts, join with sl st to first sc-blo. (72)
Rnd8 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), make dc-blo in next st and every st, placing 9 dc-blo in corner sts, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (104)
Rnd9 (Red) Rep rnd2. (104)
Rnd10 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), make dc-blo in next st and every st placing (3 dc-blo, ch 1, 3 dc-blo) in corner sts, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (128)
Bobble Heart Round
Rnd11 (Red) Ch 1, make sc-blo in same st and every st, placing hearts in the corners:
To make the heart: sc-blo up to the corner leaving 1 st before ch-1 undone. Now make 3 FPtr around the post immediately after the ch-1 from last rnd, placing each subsequent FPtr to the left of the last one and push them all down to the base of the post. Then go back to the st just before the ch-1 and make (sc, dc5tog, sc) in that st. Next skip ch-1 and rep (sc, dc5tog, sc) in next st. Finally, make a FPdc around the closest FPtr (the top and the last one you made) when FPtr is facing downwards. Resume sc-blo in every st and press down and shift the sts around a bit (mainly the 3 FPtr) to shape your heart perfectly. Join with sl st to first sc-blo. (29 sc-blo between hearts per side)
Rounds 12 – 13
Rnd12 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), make dc-blo in next st and every sc-blo st, placing (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the skipped ch-1 sts from 2 rnds ago, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (144)
Rnd13 (White) Ch 3 (counts as dc), make dc-blo in next st and every st, placing (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in corner spaces, join with sl st to top of ch-3, fasten off.
How To Join Granny Squares As-You-Go:
To join granny squares: as you’re making the last round of your granny, leave one full side undone to be joined with the other square. We’ll start joining in the corner.
Start making the corner but stop after the first 2 dc. Remove your hook from the loop, insert the hook front to back through the corner space of the other square you’re joining with, pick up the loose loop, pull it up and ch 1, dc in the same corner space. *Remove the hook from the loop, insert the hook front to back through the next space along of the other granny, pick up the loose loop, pull it up and ch 1, and make a dc again (be sure to complete the corner before moving on). Rep from * until you joined the second corner with a ch 1.
For more details, see the video tutorial.
You don’t have to cut the yarn after the last square is complete and you can go straight into making the border.
2. Add a Ribbed Border
This ribbed border is just one round!
Rnd1 (White) Rep the same rnd2 as above but add ch 1 in the corners and treat the two-square joining points (where they were joined in the corners) as a posts to wrap your front / back post sts around. Fasten off. That’s it!
Weave in the ends.
This Bernat Scandinavian Snowflake Crochet Pattern by Yarnspirations is simple and gorgeous. This Scandinavian Snowflake Crochet Blanket by All Free Crochet is another example and I love this Red Heart Peppermint Throw and Pillow again by Yarnspirations.
I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern for my Scandinavian style Christmas crochet blanket with hearts. What should I crochet next? (I think I’m gonna go back to making cardis!!!) See you in my next pattern!