Soothing Stitches and Quick Progress: The Birth of the Amber Plaid Throw
The Amber Plaid Throw was born out of a desire to create a visually striking yet approachable crochet pattern. Inspired by the timeless charm of plaid patterns, I wanted to infuse a modern twist into this design. The result is a blanket composed of individual herringbone half double crochet squares, which, when combined, create a beautiful plaid effect. The simplicity of the stitch allows the colors to shine, while the herringbone texture adds depth and interest to the overall design. It’s a project that will captivate both beginner and experienced crocheters alike.
I’m a huge fan of detailed colorwork patterns that challenge my skills, but I also enjoy having simpler projects to work on while I’m watching TV. The Amber Plaid Throw is perfect for just that. This pattern is soothing to crochet and you’ll be surprised how quickly you work up a stack of squares.
Tips for Crocheting Success: Creating Your Amber Plaid Throw
As you embark on your Amber Plaid Throw journey, I want to share a few tips to make your crocheting experience even more enjoyable. First, take your time with each square, paying attention to the stitch tension to ensure consistent results. Blocking the squares before seaming will give your blanket a polished and professional appearance. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color placement to create unique variations of the plaid pattern.
Lastly, remember that crochet is not just about the finished product, but also about the joy and relaxation it brings. Embrace the process, and let the rhythm of your stitches soothe your soul as you create a one-of-a-kind piece.
Materials Matter: Crafting the Amber Plaid Throw with Care and Style
To create your own Amber Plaid Throw, you’ll need a few essential materials. First and foremost, gather your preferred worsted-weight yarn. For my sample blanket, I used Winter Glow Solid, a delightful blend of wool and acrylic that offers both warmth and softness. The color scheme is easily customizable, but I chose a palette consisting of Pineapple, Curry, Copper, Dark Mint, Teal, and Dark Teal. You can let your creativity run wild and choose colors that speak to your personal style.
In addition to yarn, you’ll need a crochet hook in size 4.5 mm (US 7), a tapestry needle for weaving in ends, and a pair of scissors. Having these tools ready will ensure a smooth and enjoyable crochet experience as you bring your crochet blanket to life.
Winter Glow Solid, worsted weight (51% wool, 49% acrylic, 382yrds/350m, 3.5oz/ 100g)
Color A – Pineapple (22) 220yrds / 201m
Color B – Curry (23) 220yrds / 201m
Color C – Copper (24) 440yrds / 402m
Color D – Dark Mint (16) 440yrds / 402m
Color E – Teal (12) 220yrds / 201m
Color F – Dark Teal (14) 220yrds / 201m
Crochet hook 4.5 mm (US 7)
4” = 15 sts x 12 row in hhdc
ch = chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
Hhdc – herringbone half double crochet
Herringbone Half Double Crochet – Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull yarn through the stitch AND the 1st loop on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.
Herringbone Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial
Width: 127 cm / 50”
Length: 152 cm / 60”
The ch 1 at the beginning/end of rows is not counted as a stitch.
Scroll down for the written pattern
Make 80 squares in the following colors/amounts:
Color A – 10 squares
Color B – 10 squares
Color C – 20 squares
Color D – 20 squares
Color E – 10 squares
Color F – 10 squares
Row 1: Hhdc in 2nd ch and every remaining ch, ch 1, turn. (20)
Row 2-17: Hhdc in every st, ch 1, turn. (20)
Do not fasten off.
Rnd 1: Sc in each st until 1 st remains, 3 sc in final st, do not turn, continue working down the side of your square. Sc into the end of each row, 3 sc into the first ch, sc into each ch, 3 sc in final ch, sc into the end of each row, 2 sc into the first hhdc you worked into, sl st with first sc to join.
Fasten off your working yarn and weave in all ends. Block each square before seaming.
For seaming, you’ll need to know the mattress stitch – check out my video tutorial here.
The layout of the squares is shown in the picture below. You should begin by using the mattress stitch to sew together the vertical columns. E.g., Column 1 – Color C, Color D, Color C, etc. until you have 10 squares. Once you have all 8 columns complete, sew them together using the mattress stitch.
The blanket is finished by adding fringe to the shorter edges of the blanket. Starting in the corner, fringe should be added to every other stitch. The color of the fringe should match the adjacent square.
To add the fringe:
- Cut 3 strands of yarn roughly 6 inches in length.
- Insert your hook into the stitch and fold all three strands in half over your hook.
- Pull up a large loop.
- Pull all of the loose strands through the loop and pull tight.
Sharing the Love: Showcase Your Finished Crochet Blanket
With the final fringe in place, step back and admire your crochet blanket. Your Amber Plaid Throw is complete and ready to be enjoyed. Now, wrap yourself in the warmth of your creation and relish in the satisfaction of completing this project. If you have any questions or want to showcase your finished Amber Plaid Throw, don’t hesitate to reach out and share your progress. Happy crocheting!