As the building block of fancier stitches, there’s still nothing quite as pretty as an expanse of single crochet. So, how fun when we reimagine this simple stitch in a new yarn that we love and a color combination that uplifts us, all while creating something beautiful and easy!
Our Stacked Coins Blanket borrows a tried-and-true motif from the world of quilting and takes the opportunity to dip into Cotton Pure’s palette of over 40 stunning colors. We chose ten that flicker from foggy morning to glowing sunset, all against a natural background of Birch Bark. Get all these gorgeous colors together with our Stacked Coins Blanket Bundle!
A color adventure and a small technical challenge, our Stacked Coins Blanket embraces the ease of single crochet while adding the extra excitement of working with two strands of yarn at the same time. I had never tried this colorwork technique, but it’s incredibly easy, and for those who have never done it, we provide step-by-step instructions below.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy as each color adds up to this beautiful Stacked Coins Blanket! -Kristy
Our Stacked Coins Blanket Bundle, which includes…
- 15 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% Pima cotton
- Color A: 5 skeins in Birch Bark
- Color B: 1 skein in Teacake Pink
- Color C: 1 skein in Icy Pink
- Color D: 1 skein in Golden Peach
- Color E: 1 skein in Yellow Curry
- Color F: 1 skein in Warm Cider
- Color G: 1 skein in Sea Pink
- Color H: 1 skein in Purple Heath
- Color I: 1 skein in Pale Lilac
- Color J: 1 skein in Bucket Gray
- Color K: 1 skein in Cloud Gray
You’ll also need…
- A size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
21 stitches = 4 inches in single crochet
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 31 1/2 inches wide x 33 inches long
With Color A, chain 166.
Note: For the sake of color contrast and clarity, in these photos we use Purple Heath as Color B instead of Teacake Pink.
Begin Row 1 (right side): Place Color B behind the chain, with its tail to the right and its working yarn running left along the chain. Then, starting with the second chain from the hook, use Color A to make 1 single crochet into the next 104 chain stitches, placing the hook under Color B as you begin each stitch. Keep the tension of Color B relaxed as it gets encased in Color A’s stitches.
Continue Row 1: Insert the hook into the next chain stitch, and without first going under Color B, pull up a loop of Color A. Then, finish the single crochet by pulling a loop of Color B through the two loops of Color A. Now with Color B, work 39 single crochets, placing the hook under Color A as you begin each stitch.
Finish Row 1: Change colors as before (pull a loop of Color A through two loops of Color B) so that you are now using Color A and encasing Color B. Make 1 single crochet in each chain to end of row. Turn.
Row 2 (wrong side): Starting with the first stitch from hook, use Color A to make 1 single crochet into the next 19 stitches, placing the hook under Color B before each stitch. Change colors as before, so that you use Color B, encasing Color A, to work 39 single crochets. Then change colors, and use Color A, encasing Color B, to make 1 single crochet in each stitch to end of row. Cut Color B, leaving a 4-inch tail. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, noting that for Row 1, you are no longer working into the chain, but rather into the previous row of single crochets. Also, you start each row by working into the first chain from the hook. And finally, each time you work a Row 1, substitute Color B with the following colors in the following order:
*Color C, Color D, Color E, Color F, Color G, Color H, Color I, Color J, Color K, Color J, Color I, Color H, Color G, Color F, Color E, Color D, Color C, Color B, repeat from * 4 more times.
Weave in ends and block as desired. Note: We found it best to machine wash the blanket in cold water on a gentle cycle and to let it air dry.