How to Crochet Chevron Blankets

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    by Michelle Watson

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    Michelle Watson has been an editor and freelance writer since 2010. She has edited hospital magazines around the United States and written on a variety of health-care topics. Watson is also a licensed high school English teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching credential.

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    A chevron pattern is also called a ripple or zigzag pattern because it consists of a series of peaks and valleys, which look like waves. Working this classic pattern can be described as crocheting up a mountain and then down into a valley, and so on. The chevron blanket pattern below requires some knowledge of crochet basics, but it’s easy enough for beginners. Crochet this pattern with soft, light yarn to make a baby blanket or heavier yarn to make a warm throw.

    Things You'll Need

    • Yarn
    • Crochet hook in the appropriate gauge for yarn
    • Scissors
    • Yarn Needle

    Make a slipknot around the hook with the yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail. Chain 260 to make the foundation chain.

    Double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next four chains.

    Make three double crochets in the next chain. This creates the “mountain peak” of the chevron pattern. The three double crochets together will look like a fan or a seashell.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next five chains.

    Skip two chains. This creates the “valley” of the chevron pattern.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next five chains. You’re crocheting your way out of the valley and up toward a peak.

    Make three double crochets in the next chain, creating another peak.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next five chains. You’re crocheting your way down the mountain and into a valley.

    Repeat Steps 6 through 9 until you reach the end of the foundation chain.

    Chain three, and turn the project around to start the next row.

    Skip one stitch, and make one double crochet in the next four stitches. (To skip one stitch, don’t double crochet in the base of your turning chain, and don’t double crochet in the next stitch. Place your first double crochet in the stitch after that.)

    Make three double crochets in the next stitch, forming a peak.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next five stitches, working your way down the mountain.

    Skip the next two stitches, creating a valley.

    Double crochet in each of the next five stitches, working your way out of the valley.

    Make three double crochets in the next stitch, forming a peak.

    Make one double crochet in each of the next five stitches, working your way down the mountain.

    Repeat Steps 15 through 18 until you reach the end of the row.

    Repeat Steps 11 through 19 until your blanket reaches the desired length.

    Finish off your blanket when complete, leaving a 4-inch tail. Weave all loose ends into the project with a yarn needle.

    • Alternate between several colors to emphasize the pattern. For example, crochet two rows in one color, use another color for the next two rows, return to the first color in the next two rows, and so on.
    • If you want a deeper chevron, increase the number of stitches going up and down the mountain. For example, make 10 instead of five double crochets in Steps 5, 7 and 9.
    • Create a ridged effect by crocheting only into the back loop of each stitch, starting on Step 12, the beginning of the second row.

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