31 Dec 2017

Water Lilies Blanket Free Pattern


So, as promised, today I'm going to share the instructions to make my Water Lilies blanket. 

If you can remember all the way back to this post, I fell in love with Scheepjes Secret Garden yarn.
It's one of their premium yarns and a slightly extravagant choice to make a blanket with but hey ho....in the words of that hair product advert...."because you're worth it" 😉

I settled on 3 main colours for my blanket.

From left to right: 709 Lily Pond, 703 Secluded Lake and 702 Herb Garden.

The colours reminded me of a version (one of many!) of Water Lilies by the artist Claude Monet....

And the name of the blanket was found!
The blanket is an easy make. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced hookers alike. For the latter, it's a good TV project!

Any enough chatter...let's get on with it!


To make a blanket 140cm x 110cm (blocked)

709 Lily Pond 7 x 50g balls (5 for the squares and 2 for joining and border)
703 Secluded Lake 6 x 50g balls
702 Herb Garden 6 x 50g balls
736 Bird Bath 1 x 50g ball (for border)

4mm crochet hook
5mm crochet hook
Needle for weaving in ends
Blocking equipment


Using a 4mm hook chain 4 and join with a slip stitch.

Round 1. Into chain circle just formed chain 3 (counts as first treble) treble 2 more stitches. Chain 2 to form the first corner. *Work 3 trebles into the circle and chain 2. Repeat from * 2 more times and join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the first stitch (12 treble crochet and 4 2-ch spaces)

Round 2. Chain 3 (counts as first treble), work 2 trebles into the next 2 stitches and 2 more into the corner 2-ch space, chain 2 to form the corner and work another 2 treble into the corner 2-ch space. *Work 3 trebles into the next 3 stitches, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in corner 2-ch space. Repeat from * 2 more times and join with a slip stitch to the third chain of first stitch. (28 treble crochet and 4 2-ch spaces)

Round 3. Chain 3 (counts as first treble), work 5 trebles into the next 5 stitches. Make the corner in the usual way (2tr, ch2, 2tr) *work 7 treble crochet into the next 7 stitches and (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in to the corner 2-ch space. Repeat from * 2 more times. Work 2 treble crochets into to the first 2 stitches and join with a slip stitch as before. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends. (44 treble crochet and 4 2-ch spaces)

You will need to make 221 square in total. I used 6 balls of both Secluded Lake and Herb Garden but only 5 of Lily Pond.

Block to 3 inch square. 


Due to the nature of the yarn, there are variations in thickness. When you get to thinner bits work a little looser and vice versa. You may have to stretch some of the squares more than others. Don't panic! It'll all come good in the end!


Ok, now you have made all of your squares it's time to join them together. 
I have 13 squares across and 17 squares down.

I laid the squares out to check that I was happy with the colour placement (I'm a Virgo.....I don't really do random!!!) I then took a quick snap with my phone for reference and then carefully made 17 piles of 13 squares ready to be joined. I also placed them in order. 

Obviously you can take a more relaxed and random approach!

Join with Lily Pond colour way using a 5mm hook. 
I have chosen a larger hook to join with as I'm using a zipper joining method. The larger hook size gives you a bit of give in the join. 

Esther from It's All In A Nutshell has made a fabulous video giving clear instructions about this joining method. (Just ignore the different squares, she made the videos for the Last Dance CAL)

You can find the tutorial HERE for Right handers and HERE for Left Handers 😊

I have joined my blanket in exactly the same method.

So now your squares are all joined we can now move onto the border.


 Round 1. Using a 4mm hook and Lily Pond join the yarn into any BACK LOOP of the edge. Chain 3 (counts as first treble) and then work treble crochets into the back loops of stitches all the way round the blanket. The corners are made the same as before (2tr, ch2, 2tr) into the corner chain spaces. Once you have worked all the way round join as before and fasten off. 

Round 2. Using Bird Bath join in the first stitch of an edge. Ch1, double crochet in same stitch. *Chain 3, skip 2 stitches, double crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * to corner. (You may have to fudge this a little to ensure you finish at the corner with a dc, don't worry! It will look ok once we have worked the next round) Chain 3 at corner and double crochet in the first stitch of the next edge. Continue around the blanket and join with a slip stitch into the first double crochet. 

Round 3. Chain 1 and double crochet in the same stitch.  work *(2dc, ch3, 2dc) into the 3-ch space, double crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around the blanket (omitting the final dc at the end) and join with a slip stitch to the first dc.

Now you can block your border. 

It should look something like this!
A delicate frilly edge.

I'll leave you with another photo of the finished blanket. 
I do hope you can understand my instructions!

Til next time x

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1 comment:

  1. Ohhh Maria it’s gorgeous. I bet it feels amazing too.