Cactus Garden Blanket Part 1 Tutorial by Pretty Peaceful


Hello, I’m Susan Kennedy of Pretty Peaceful Crochet. I am so glad you
have joined me this beautiful morning in my backyard in southwest Colorado, USA.
I’m going to tell you all about the Cactus Garden Blanket for our crochet-a-long. Let’s get started! Hello and welcome to the Cactus Garden
Blanket crochet-a-long. I’m so glad you’ve joined us. Today I’m going to tell you
some general information about the Cactus Garden Blanket crochet-a-long as
well as show you how to do the first few rows of the Part 1 pattern. The
Cactus Garden pattern is available on Ravelry.com. You can search for Cactus
Garden Blanket or search for Pretty Peaceful. You can also find it in our Facebook group called Pretty Peaceful People in the Files section. If you haven’t joined the group, please join us! It will be really fun place to share
your blanket, and get some help if your’e stuck, ask questions, get some color
inspiration or some ideas for some colors to mix and match for your blanket.
This crochet-a-long has 4 parts. Part 1 is this end of the blanket. Part
2 is the center section of the blanket. Part 3 is the other end and Part
4 is the border. It’s a really simple border that will cover all of those yarn
ends. I’ll also show you a knotted fringe option if you prefer to have fringe on
your blanket. The first page of the pattern has some yarn recommendations. I have used Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Gnome for Part 1, Peacock for Part 2,
and Gnome again for Part 3. That is my Yarn A. That is the yarn that
creates this raised diamond pattern. You’ll also need a Yarn B, the
background yarn. I’ve chosen Caron Simply Soft in Black.
Both of these yarns recommend a 5 mm hook, so that’s what I’m using
for the whole blanket. We will use a smaller hook for the border. So choose
any yarn you like. Use the yarn the hook size recommended
on the yarn label. But be aware if you use a smaller hook size or a larger hook
size, or thinner or thicker yarn, it may make your blanket larger or smaller than
dimensions listed here. This crochet- a-long is offered in 2 sizes, the
pattern is written for 2 sizes. A small blanket and a large blanket.
The small blanket is a good size for kids or a lapghan or a wheelchair blanket.
It’s 30 inches or 76 centimeters by 53 inches or 135 centimeters. This is
half the width of the large blanket. The large blanket is 60 inches or 152
centimeters by 82 inches or 208 centimeters. This is a good size for a twin or single bed
or using on the couch. We have a blanket just about this size on our
couch right now and it’s popular with everybody. My husband likes it because
it’s long enough for him to cover up his shoulders as well as his toes. If you
want to make a different size you can check out this little section on the
pattern here that says Custom Sizes. It’s easy to make any size you want in this
pattern because the pattern repeat is the same no matter what. Here is Part
1 of the pattern: goes to here. For the large blanket it goes to here.
The pattern repeat is this box here. And on the large blanket it’s this box
here. So for the small blanket we have 2 repeats per row of the Part 1
chart that I’ll show you in the next page and the large blanket has 4
repeats per row. So you could make a medium sized blanket by repeating the
Part 1 chart 3 times per row. Or if you want to do a queen-size
blanket you will need 6 repeats per row. You can find the yarn yardage
requirements here for the small and large sizes. For the medium or any custom
yard custom sizes you’ll have to kind of estimate on your own how much yarn
you’ll need. This pattern is worked in the mosaic crochet technique, which means we’re only using 1 color of yarn per row. We’ll either use Yarn A or Yarn B.
We’re not carrying any yarn. That’s nice, it’s it’s not too fussy. All of the
odd rows, Row 1, Row 3, Row 5 are worked with Yarn A and that is what creates the
diamond pattern here. So Lion Brand Mandala in my case. All of the even rows
are worked with Yarn B which is the black yarn, background yarn in my sample.
We’re not going to turn our work after each row. We’re just going to keep the front
of the blanket, the right side of the blanket, facing us the whole time. The
ends of the rows will start and end always the same way. We’re going to attach the yarn at the right side of the blanket and work to the left. If you are right-handed
that’s what you’ll do. If you’re left-handed, you can start at the left and
work to the right. The charts are symmetrical, and the pattern is
symmetrical, so you can go from left to right or right to left, it doesn’t matter.
I’ll show you how to start and end the row in the pattern in the video here.
All of the odd rows have some single crochet stitches and some double crochet
stitches. The single crochet stitches will all be in the back loop only of the
the row- right here. For the double crochet stitches, we’re going to dip down and
grab the front loops of the row 2 rows below. That’s kind of the typical
mosaic crochet technique. I’ll show you how to do it here and there are also
lots of great tutorials online. There’s a little information about reading the
pattern charts. I’ll explain right now. So Part 1 of the Cactus
Garden Blanket. Here is our pattern. We have a chart and we have the written directions here. You can follow either
one, whichever you prefer. For the chart each of these squares, each square is 2 stitches. Each square with the X represents 2 double crochet
stitches. Each blank or white square represents 2 single crochet stitches.
So when you’re working this blanket we always have 2 stitches together. You’re
never going to have 1 lonely stitch hanging out on its own. And when you’re
counting, you can always count by twos: 2, 4, 6, 8, which I like. It’s nice and fast. You’ll know you’ve made a mistake if you have an odd number of
stitches anywhere. Odd number of double crochet stitches or odd number of single
crochet stitches. So each square is 2 stitches. The pattern repeat is 64
stitches across. So if you want to add a pattern repeat to your blanket,
you’ll add 64 stitches to your starting chain. The blanket I’m going to show you
today, I am going to make a small size blanket using these scraps of Lion Brand
Mandala yarn in the colorways Centaur and a couple scraps from Chimera here,
the greens. I’m going to switch it up a little bit from my large blanket and I’m
going to use these lighter neutral-colored yarns for my background Yarn B. I’m
going to use the more colorful yarns for Yarn A to form the diamond pattern.
If you’re using scraps, I think it’s fun to make a little color card to decide
what order you’ll use the scraps in. So I decided to start with a dark purple here
and then move through the brown, red, gold, up to the green in my center which will
be the center of Part 2, and then work back out to the purple. OK, so to get
started we have to make our first row. I’ve listed 2 options here for Row 1: Option A and Option B. Option A, I’m going to zoom in a little bit here, Option A, if you’re making a small
blanket you will chain 133 and single crochet into the second chain from the
hook and all chains across. So you’ll end up with 132 stitches for a small blanket.
For the large blanket, chain 261 and single crochet into the second chain
from the hook and all chains across and you’ll end up with 260 stitches for the large blanket option. Foundation single crochet: this is just a
way that you can make your chain row and your single crochet row at the same time.
If you look at the end of the pattern PDF, you’ll find a little photo
tutorial on that and I’m going to show you right now. So Row 1 is done with Yarn
A. Leave a little bit of a long tail. I forgot to mention the tails. I’m going to show you 2 options for the border: a
border option that covers all the ends and a fringe option. If you’re not sure
which one you want to do, leave pretty long tails. I’m leaving quite a long tail here because I’m going to show you the fringe on this one. My large
blanket, I did the border that covers the ends. So for the small blanket, chain 133.
I’m going to show you the foundation single crochet option. For this, you chain
2, insert your hook into that second chain from the hook, yarn over, and pull
it through. Then chain one. I like to pinch that chain that I just made
because that’s where we’re going next, where we’re gonna insert our hook next, and it’s nice to keep track of it. Yarn over, pull through both loops on the
hook, then we go back into the chain 1 that we made. This is our first
foundation single crochet stitch by the way, that little V. So now we’re going to go
back into the chain we just made. Yarn over and pull through the hook, chain
1, and then yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. So now we have
2 foundation single crochet stitches, two little V’s there. Insert your hook
back into the chain 1 you just created, yarn over, and pull it through. Chain 1,
and then finish your single crochet stitch. So basically you’re creating your
chain row kind of right in the middle of your single crochet row here. I really
love the foundation single crochet because I hate working into chains.
I hate counting chains. You know somehow it’s always off. But these are so much
easier to count and easier to hold onto. It’s worth the effort to give this one a try. and your blanket will end up straighter for Row 1. If you
have not tried this before and you can’t see this this dark yarn I’m using, go to
moogly.com. It’s Tamara Kelly’s excellent blog and she has a tutorial video for
foundation single crochet that is just fantastic. She has left-handed and
right-handed versions and that is how I learned. So thank you, Tamara, for teaching
me how to do this! It is really a game changer. Chain 1, finish our stitch. I’ve got a few stitches going of my foundation
single crochet row. I’m going to keep going until I get to 132 for my small blanket.
If this is confusing to you, you can always just chain 133 and then single
crochet into the second chain from the hook and all chains across. No worries,
your blanket will still look great. I’m going to keep going and I’ll meet you back here when I’m done with my row. I’ve come to the end of my Row 1 here.
132 single crochet stitches for my small blanket you’ll have 260 for the large
blanket. I’m going to cut the yarn leaving kind of long tail here, and
fasten off. Now we can start Row 2. If you’ve done foundation single crochet, you’ll be working into kind of the bottom of the chains you
created. I’m going to zoom in here to show you how to start a row. Row 2
you’ll repeat many times because it’s every other row for the whole blanket.
This is also how every single row of the blanket begins. I’m going to grab my
Yarn B or background yarn. I’m going to attach it to my hook with a slip knot
and attach it to the first stitch of the row of Row 1 with a slip stitch. OK,
I’ve got my yarn attached. I’m going to chain 1 and single crochet into the
same stitch. Then the next stitch I’m going to single crochet into the back
loop only of the stitch. So I’ve got 1 single crochet stitch through both loops,
1 single crochet stitch through the back loop only, leaving this
front loop available for Row 3. So this is how every single row starts: you
attach the yarn here, chain 1, single crochet into the same stitch, single
crochet into the back loop only of the next stitch. For Row 2, we’re going to
continue to single crochet along the whole row, back loop only, until we get to the last stitch. A typical single crochet will
go under both loops of the stitch, but we are just grabbing the back one and
single crocheting through that. This is what creates that beautiful
mosaic crochet texture. Row 2 and all even rows, these are all the same. It’s
just kind of a nice rest. You don’t have to think. You can just kind of listen to
music, or chat, or watch TV and not even have to look at your pattern. So it’s
nice to have every other row be a “rest row” on this pattern. Here we go, Row
2, single crochet through the back loops only. I’m going to finish my row until
I get to the second-to-last stitch and I’ll meet you right back here. OK, I’ve
come to the end of Row 2. I’m single crocheting along the whole row in the
back loop only of each stitch. The last two stitches here are the same for
every single row. We’re going to single crochet through the back loop only of
the second-to-last stitch. And for that last stitch, we’re going to go through both
loops of this stitch. So the first and last stitches of each
row, you’ll be going through both loops. I will fasten off. Going through
both loops for the beginning and end of each row helps to create a really nice
solid edge that I think looks particularly good with fringe. We’re
going to go back to Yarn A for Row 3. This is about the size of ball of yarn
you’ll need for the small blanket. The small blanket takes 3 grams of
Mandala per row. The large blanket will take 6 grams. So we finished Row 1, we finished Row 2.
Row 3 is where the chart starts over here. Only the odd rows are shown because every even Row is just what we did, all single crochet through the back loops. I also want to mention that on the charts, those first 2 single crochet stitches
at the beginning and the last 2 single crochet stitches at the end of each row
are not shown on the charts. This is so it makes it easy to see the pattern
repeat here. So let’s take a look at Row 3 in the pattern here. It looks quite wordy
because I want to be really clear. I’ll show you a little trick I use to keep track
of where I am. This is highlighter tape that I bought at my local yarn shop. I
totally love it. It is great if you happen to have a lot of distractions in
your environment when you’re crocheting, like kids or pets who need your attention in the middle of a row. I like to kind of put this around the row I’m
working so I can narrow in on the row I’m looking at. And then you can move
this tape down when you move the rows. I’m going to put that on my chart here to
zoom in on Row 3 only. So for Row 3 we’re gonna attach Yarn
A with a slip stitch to the right side of our work. We’re gonna single
crochet through both loops of the first stitch, and then single crochet through
the back loop only of the next stitch. This is just the start of the row, that’s
how every row starts. Let’s do that right now. Find the right side of my work, attach yarn to my hook with a slipknot, attach it through that first single
crochet stitch where we went through both loops. We’re gonna attach it through
both loops with a slip stitch, chain 1, and single crochet into the same stitch.
Single crochet into the back loop only of the next stitch. That’s how every row
starts. Now let’s take a look at the next directions. We are going to dc, double
crochet, in the front loop only, flo, of the next 4 stitches of Row 1. So
we’re working back into our previous Yarn A row. If you’re working from
the chart, front loop only in the next 4 stitches of Row 1, that’s
represented by these two X’s here. Remember each X is 2 double crochet
stitches. So let’s take a look what we’re doing next. We are going to double
crochet into the next 4 stitches, and we’re not going to go into these 4. We’re
going go into the next 4 from Row 1. So here, here, here, and here. These are the stitches,
those front loops we’re going to pick up. There’s a photo of this in the pattern
as well. So we’re going to yarn over, pull out this first little marker, yarn over,
grab that front loop, dip down and grab that front loop, yarn over, pull through
the hook, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the last
2 loops. Get rid of the needles here and we’ve got our first double crochet
stitch. It’s going to sit kind of in front of your work. Now we need 3 more. One, two, and three. So we have the first 2 single crochet
stitches that start every row here, and then we have 4 double crochet
stitches into the front loops only of Row 1. Let’s take a look at our
pattern to see what to do next for Row 3. We’re going to sc, single
crochet, in the back loop only, blo, of the next 10 stitches. Next five blank
squares, each of these represents 2 single crochet stitches. So we’re making
10 single crochet stitches into Row 2. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, OK, so let’s take a look. Now we are
going to dc, double crochet, into the front loops only of the next 6 stitches
of Row 1. On the chart, that is represented by these 3 X’s. Each one is
2 double crochet stitches. So we’re doing 6 double crochet stitches. We are
going to crochet here, that’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. OK, so far we have two of these
little double crochet clusters and we’re going go back and continue our row. So the next direction here is to single crochet in the back
loop only of the next 10 stitches of Row 2. These next five white boxes,
2 single crochet stitches each, 10 single crochet stitches. It can be a
little hard sometimes, if your work gets tilted, to figure out which of these
single crochet stitches to go into, which of these back loops to go into. One
thing you might try that I tried the first time I tried mosaic crochet is to
count back here. The number of stitches you skip back here are going to be
equal to what’s up here. So we’ve got 6 double crochet stitches, so we’re going to
skip 6 back here. 2, 4, 6, so the next one we’re going to crochet into
will be right here, this next back loop. 10 stitches: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. OK, you’ll see that this 6 double
crochet, 10 single crochet is a very common repeat for this pattern, the most
common repeat I think. So let’s see what to do next. We are going to double crochet in the front loop only of the next 4
stitches of Row 1. That is represented here by my 2 Xs. 2 Xs,
4 double crochets. This is the center of our little
pattern repeat here. So we’re going to go into the next 4 instead of going
through Row 2, we’re going to go down to Row 1. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Those are the front loops we’re going to grab here. 3, and 4. OK, so we’re making some
good progress here. Let’s take a look at what we have to do next. I can already
tell you, it mirror images out from the center of the pattern repeat, so we’re
going to do 10 single crochet stitches. Next single crochet in the back
loop only of the next 10 stitches of Row 2. OK, again, if you’re not sure if you’re supposed to go here, here, take a look at the back. You’re going to
skip 4 of these stitches because you did 4 double crochets here. So
you’re going to skip those 4 and go right into this next one. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Next we will double crochet in the front loop only of the
next 6 stitches of Row 1. 6 double crochet stitches. We will take 1, 2,
3, 4, 5, 6. We’ll grab all those front loops 6. OK, so we’ve got these clusters of
single crochet and double crochet in there. I’m going to single crochet in the
back loop only of the next 10 stitches of Row 2, represented by these 5
white boxes. Again, you can count the ones you’re skipping, 2, 4, 6. I’m going to
go into this one right here. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Next we will double crochet into the
front loop only of the next 4 stitches of Row 1. That is
represented by our last two Xs. So this is the hardest row.
Don’t get discouraged if you’re having trouble on this row. This it’s all going to
be easier after you get the first few rows. It’s always hard to hold on to
these kind of beginning, little baby birthing of a blanket here, but it will
get easier. OK, so we have our 4, last 4 double crochet stitches here.
Now let’s take a look at our pattern because this is where the pattern repeat starts, we’re gonna start over. The next directions are to repeat the
area between the asterisks. So we’re starting here at this first asterisk, and
we’re starting over and working through that again. We’re going to do that one more
time for the small blanket or you’re going to repeat that area from here to here
between these little asterisks 3 more times for the large blanket. So 4
repeats total for the large blanket, 2 repeats for the small blanket. So we’re
just repeating what’s in the chart. We’re not adding that 2 single crochet at the
beginning and end of each row. Those are not shown on the charts. So we’re going to
start over again and do 4 double crochets to the front of Row 1. So now
you’ve already figured out what to do. You just gotta repeat for as wide
your blanket is going to be. 4. So we have a cluster of 8 double crochet
stitches: 2, 4, 6, 8. Now we can go back and see what’s next. So we
did the double crochet in the front loop only the next 4 stitches. Now we’re
going to repeat this part: single crochet in the back loop of the next 10 stitches. So we did the 4 double crochets, now
we’re gonna do these 5 white blocks or 10 single crochet stitches. So find
where you’re going to go. If you make your work nice and flat, usually it’s pretty
obvious that next stitch to work into. But you can always count the skipped
stitches on the back. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Back to the pattern. Now we will double crochet into the front loop only of the
next 6 stitches of Row 1. That is covering these 3 boxes, 2
double crochet stitches each. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6….let’s try that one
again. OK, back to our repeat. Single crochet
in the back loop only of the next 10 stitches of Row 2. I’m going do these
5 blocks: 10 single crochet stitches through the back loop. 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Now we will double crochet, dc, into
the front loop only the next 4 stitches of Row 1. These 2 little Xs
forming the center of our repeat. Now we will single crochet into the back loop
only of the next 10 stitches of Row 2. We are covering this part of our chart. 1, 2,
3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9. Very exciting. We will double crochet into the front
loop only of the next 6 stitches of Row 1 on our chart right here. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. 6th one is trouble, huh? OK, now we will single crochet into the back loop only
at the next 10 stitches of Row 2. That is these 5 blocks there. 3, 4,
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Let’s take a look at our pattern
directions here. Now we will double crochet into the front loop only of the
next 4 stitches of Row 1 and that is our last 2little X’s here. 1… 2, 3, and 4. So now we’ve got 2
stitches left here and we we’re done with our repeat. We are going to
single crochet in the back loop of the next stitch and then single crochet
through both loops of the last stitch. Again, that is not shown on our chart
here, this is just the way you start and end each row. Single crochet through the
back loop of the second-to-last stitch and single crochet through both loops of
the last stitch. So let’s zoom out, admire our work here. If you managed to make this
row, you can make the whole blanket because this row repeats several times.
We’ve got these alternating clusters of double crochet and single crochet
through the back loop stitches to the end here. Now we are ready to start
Row 4. You will notice on the pattern Row 4 is the same as Row 2. Row 4
just says, “As Row 2”. We’re going back to Yarn B.
We’re attaching Yarn B with a slip stitch.
We are chaining 1, single crochet through the both loops of the first
stitch, same stitch as a join, single crochet in the back loop only until the
last stitch. Go through both loops of the last stitch. So let’s grab our Yarn B,
background yarn again. I’m going to leave a long tail. Attach the yarn with a
slipknot to my hook and going through that first single crochet stitch. Notice I didn’t turn my work. We’re
keeping this right side facing us the whole time. The back of the blanket
looks pretty cool too. For the next video I’ll have to get out the large Cactus
Garden and show you the back. So I’ve attached the yarn, chain 1, single
crochet through both loops of that first stitch, single crochet through the back
loop of the next stitch. And we’re just going to keep going along our whole row
until we get to the end, single crocheting through the back loop only. This is our rest row. I can say hey, I
don’t have to look at the pattern for a while or try to figure out what I’m doing.
You just single crochet all the way across in the back loop only. So this is what your Row 4 will look
like, same as Row 2. I’m going to work until I get to the end of
the row here and I’ll meet you back here. OK, so I’m single crocheting through
the back loop only of my whole Row 4 here, same as Row 2. I have 2
stitches remaining and I’ll show you how to end the row. It’s the same as ending
every other row for the blanket. I’m going to single crochet through the back
loop only of that second-to-last stitch and then single crochet through both
loops of the last stitch. Create a nice firm edge and we are ready for fun. I am
going to move my tape so we can focus on Row 5 and chart. I forgot to leave myself
a little tab. OK, I cover up Row 3 and zoom in on Row 5. I really love this
highlighter tape, I highly recommend! So Row 5 we’re gonna go back to our Yarn A, my dark purple yarn. Find the end here, and the row will start the same way
as every other row we’ve done. We will attach Yarn A with a slip stitch, single crochet in both loops of the
first stitch, single crochet in the back loop only of the next stitch. This is
not shown on our charts. So we’re going to take a look at where that first single
crochet stitch is, that’s where your hook is going to go. Attach the yarn with a slip
stitch, chain 1,single crochet through both loops, single crochet through the
back loop only. OK,now we’ll get into our pattern repeat here. We’re going to
single crochet in the back loop only of the next 2 stitches of Row 4. On
our chart that is this first little box, white box, which is 2 single crochet
stitches. 1 and 2. Now we will double crochet in the front
loop only of the next 6 stitches of Row 3. On our chart, that is these 3 Xs, 2 double
crochet stitches each. So here’s where we start to see kind of the overlap between
these blocks that makes the pretty little diamond pattern. So we’re double
crocheting into the next 6 stitches of Row 3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The overlap is
almost always 2 stitches between our blocks of double crochet. Sometimes it’s
more, especially in Part 2, but usually just overlapping by 2 stitches. 3, 5, and 6.
OK, first hint of our diamond pattern here from these overlapping
blocks. Next we will single crochet in the back loop only of the next 10
stitches of Row 4. That is these first 5 white blocks on our pattern. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Now we will double crochet into the front loop only of the next 6
stitches of Row 3. That is these 3 Xs on chart here. 6 double
crochet stitches. Again we’re going to be kind of overlapping blocks by 2
here, so the first 2 double crochet stitches are going to be going into the
tops of double crochet stitches and the other 4 are going to be going into these
little front loops of the single crochet stitches. 2, 3, and 4. Next we will single crochet in the back
loop only of the next 16 stitches of Row 4. That is these 8 white boxes
here. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8. Each one has 2 single crochet
stitches so we’re going to do 16 single crochets 15, and 16. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. Yes,
correctly. Now we’re going back to double crochet in the front loops only
of the next 6 stitches of Row 3. That is these Xs here. 1, 2, 3, sorry about that, 4, 5, and 6. Again, we’ve overlapped by 2 to create
this block. I just quickly want to show you on the small size chart what
we’ve covered so far. We’re starting to create this little diamond pattern
here, so each of those little, sorry, this little diamond pattern here and here.
That’s what we’re starting to create is overlapping blocks. So let’s see what to
do next. You will crochet in the back loop only of the next 10 stitches of
Row 4. That is 5 blocks. 5, 6, 7, 8.
Don’t worry if your first few rows are curling here, that gets better
as the blanket gets bigger, and also the border and tying the fringe can fix that.
OK, now we will double crochet into the front loops only on the next 6 stitches
of Row 3. On our chart that is these 3 Xs, 2 stitches each. Just take your time if you’re trying to
figure out where to put your hook. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Next we will
single crochet in the back loop of the next 2 stitches of Row 4. In our chart it’s this last little white box. So we’ve overlapped by 2 blocks here
and we’ve got 2 single crochets. Now our repeat is going to start over again. We
will repeat the area between the two little asterisks one more time for the
small blanket or 3 more times for the large blanket. So we’re going to go
back up here to the asterisk and start working from here again until we get
down to this asterisk here. So we’re going to single crochet in the back loop
only of the next 2 stitches of Row 4. 1 and 2. Just keep going
along our repeat here, we’re gonna double crochet in the front loop only at the
next 6 stitches of Row 3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I’m going to keep going, do that second repeat for my small blanket here and I’ll come
back when my row is done. OK, I’ve just finished my Row 5. I finished that
second repeat of the pattern, single crochet through the back loop only in
the second-to-last stitch and then single crochet through both loops of the
last stitch. So you can start to get an idea of what this blanket is going to look
like with the beginning of the diamond pattern.
All of these Yarn B background rows are going to be the same, so my next step for
Row 6 would be to repeat Row 2 again. Then continue on with Row 7 and
keep on going. So Part 1 of the pattern, the repeat goes through Row 33 here. Row
34 will be all single crochet in the back loop. For the large blanket after Row 34 for the large blanket. The small blanket will just be the center section of this, just the middle. So we’ll
repeat this chart kind of in a mirror image, so Row 35 is the same as Row 31
and 32. So 33 is kind of the center of our pattern repeat, and then we’ll go
back out, mirror image, so this chart is what gets repeated over and over for
Part 1. For the small blanket we’re just going to do one repeat there, one full mirror
image repeat. For the large blanket, you are going to repeat Rows 3 to 62
again. So Rows 63 to 122 will be the same as
Rows 3 to 62. You could keep repeating Rows 3 to 62 for your whole blanket if
you like, it’s up to you. Or you can move on to Part 2 which will be released on
September 15th. So for the small blanket this is what the whole Part 1 chart
looks like. This is what your blanket will look like after the end of
Part 1. The large blanket’s little harder to fit this whole chart on 1 page of a
Word document, but this is what your blanket will look like after Part 1 of
the large blanket. You can only do 1 repeat if you want, or you can do more
repeats. It’s up to you. It’s really easy to make this blanket your own. Thank
you so much for joining me, I can’t wait to see your blankets! Please share them.
They just look so beautiful as they grow. Please share your blankets with #cactusgardenblanket. Join our Pretty
Peaceful People Facebook group and share your blanket, and you can maybe inspire
some other crafters. Also, you can subscribe to the YouTube channel, the
Pretty Peaceful YouTube channel here so you don’t miss the Part 2 tutorial video.
Thank you so much for watching!

5 thoughts on “Cactus Garden Blanket Part 1 Tutorial by Pretty Peaceful

  1. You are a wonderful teacher and the video and sound was great. I like how you bring the written pattern into the video to show us how to read it as well as how to read the chart. Job well done Susan I will tell the world about this CAL. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful art with the world.

  2. Also I learned a new way to do the FLO! You go “down” into the stitch. I’ve been doing it by going ‘under’ the stitch…

  3. Fantastic video Susan!!! Every bit of information we need is here . The filming and the sound are great. Thank you so much for all this work and your generosity in sharing this with us!

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