by Sheryl A. Isaacs, LMFT #92557
*Compassionate *Committed *Caring
Scotts Valley, CA
Child Therapist and Family Therapist
*Marriage / Couples Counseling
Mindless Crochet Blankets for Self-Care
You must make the foundation chain in increments of three.
Row One: Two double crochet in fourth chain from hook, chain one, single crochet in same chain. Skip two chains then repeat STITCH (two double crochet, chain one, single crochet). Continue in pattern across foundation chain.
Row Two: Chain three, complete stitch in first chain space. Continue pattern across row.
Repeat row two until desired length.
Foundation chain is made in increments of two.
Row one: Single crochet in second chain from hook, half double crochet (Yarn over insert hook into chain, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook) in next chain. Repeat PATTERN (Single crochet, half double crochet) across foundation chain.
Row Two: Chain one then do alternate stitch in stitches across row. (i.e., If the stitch is a single crochet you work in a half double crochet, if the stitch is a half double crochet you work in a single crochet.)
Repeat row two until you have reach desired length.
I must say that I had crocheted many years ago and then quit. Recently I have been trying to focus on reducing stress, increasing creativity and self-care. Then I remembered…I used to love to crochet! I needed to find something that would not be too difficult and would allow for many interruptions…as I have four grandsons and am working at a counseling center!
I ran into a few different stitches that were considered “mindless” and tweaked them a bit. So far I have made seven Afghans. I have used six -8 oz skeins in various colors for each afghan. For my grandsons I chose six different shades of their favorite color. I just used each shade until I was unable to finish another row and then changed to the new shade. They turned out quite nice.
The first pattern is very pretty and the second pattern utilizes less yarn. The second pattern also has less “holes” throughout.
That’s all there is to it! Super simple and it is next to impossible to get lost if interrupted. Have fun and enjoy some self-care!