Adele from ‘3 Beans in a Pod’ totally delighted me when she shared this absolutely stunning photo of for her crochet baby blanket made in harlequin stitch. It’s a ‘work in progress’- photo for a blanket for her boys. The color combination with the harlequin stitch pattern is glorious for a baby blanket, and more! It’s both a great color combination for boys, but, as it’s so sophisticated-looking, it would make a stunning home décor treasure that would befit a beach cottage home decorating scheme. In which case, you’d probably want to make the full-sized afghan.
Harlequin Stitch for Crochet Baby Blanket
Image credit : Adele, 3 Beans in a pod
Adele used Bendigo Woollen Mills ‘Luxury’ 10ply: 6x 200g balls to make a thick, heavy blanket (approx 1.2kg). Final measurements: 120cm x 90cm.
Someone just asked me about the colors, and by looking at the Bendigo website, I’d say that these are: ghost, koala, lake and navy blue.
How to Crochet the Harlequin Stitch
This is the pattern Adele used. This sure looks complicated – but isn’t. Let me break it down for you.
Free Blanket Crochet Pattern
The crochet pattern for this entire blanket: ‘Greenway’ harlequin stitch afghan
It’s a free crochet pattern that uses US crochet terminology. And it’s for a full-sized afghan blanket.
15 skeins (100 g) of Berroco Comfort yarn will give you a 45 x 60-inch blanket.
You’ll need much less, as a baby blanket is typically only 36 inch. Pro-rate your yarn needs accordingly. Convert the length x width: a baby blanket is 13/16 x 6/10 of the full afghan. This means that you will need 6/10 of the yarn allotted for the full afghan. Let me put that in a table for you:
|Blanket size||Full Afghan||Baby blanket|
|Aunt Martha Green||4 skeins||3|
This yarn is made with 50% superfine nylon and 50% superfine acrylic. This yarn will lead to a very fine blanket. Meanwhile, Adele used yarn from Bendigo woollen mills in Australia, which is thicker than the original pattern specified. This wool maker does ship internationally, but there’s always a cost with doing so (which might be worth it…)
However, If you are looking for a US-based supplier of the wonderful yarn specified in the pattern (and look for options of free shipping) you can find it here: Berroco Comfort Yarn (Affiliate link: Thank you for using it.)
The Harlequin Crochet Stitch Explained
The Harlequin Stitch is also called the Catherine Wheel.
How does it work? In layman’s language/ in simple crochet terms: you first chain a row and then you have a set-up row. After your initial set-up row, the pattern repeats 4 rows in different colors. It’s essentially made up of two shells that are facing each other, plus a few (skipped) stitches to make the pattern. Each shell is typically made up of an uneven number of stitches. In this case, the Berroco pattern states (3dc, ch, 3dc) instead of 7 dc. Essentially this will make your blanket lighter and cheaper, as you’ll use less yarn than if you were to make the 7dc. I suppose after making a thousand wheels, that 1 stitch less adds up… (wink).
Free Video Tutorial Harlequin Stich Crochet Pattern
(How to make the Catherine Wheel crochet pattern)
Here is a free video tutorial to learn how to do this stitch and make this blanket. The Harlequin stitch demo and tutorial starts at 2.05 min. And you don’t need to watch the whole 19 minutes of this video. After a few minutes you will already see how the Harlequin stitch is actually forming. At that time you can switch over to your Harlequin blanket crochet pattern, and start working on your own great project! Have fun !!
TIP: Crochet Yourself a Dishcloth with the Harlequin Stitch, First
If this stitch is completely new to you, I’d suggest you make a say 12 x 12 “ dishcloth which will have 4 benefits:
- 1. You’ll get to understand how the pattern works.
- 2. You’ll get to measure your gauge.
- 3. You’ll get to decide on a small project to see if you really want to make a large blanket of 45 x 60 inches using this stitch pattern.
- 4. You’ll have a new dishcloth with a beautiful pattern. Finish your square off with a round of single crochet and add a hanging loop.
BTW. The afghan pattern comes from this Kindle book: Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco’s Comfort Yarn. It is now available for only $11 (45% off the regular price). Note that now anyone can read kindle books, as there are apps to make kindle books work on androids and the like…
Crochet Patterns & Crochet Stitches (almost all tutorials are free!)
Note: Three Beans in a Pod* is a blog that no longer exists today.