Busy Lizzy’s Patchwork Blanket

Busy Lizzy's patchwork blanket free crochet pattern

Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket crochet pattern

Thanks for checking out my Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket crochet pattern. I wanted to make a fun colourful blanket for my children to cuddle up under on our weekly movie nights. It’s also somewhere to attach all the appliqués I’ve been making lately.

Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket description

The patchwork blanket is named after the ‘busy’ colours I used plus the stitch I used. The Elizabeth stitch, also known as the mini bean stitch. When using DK (weight 3) yarn each square measures 6.5”. You can use this pattern with different yarn weights but your size will be different to mine. The Elizabeth stitch has a lovely texture while still being flat enough to sew on appliqués. It also has no big gaps giving it a nice modern look. In addition, the blanket looks exactly the same on both sides. I made my blanket using various colours and toned it down with a white border. To expand on that point, each square has an individual border, the pattern also includes a wavy border for the edges of the complete blanket.

How it’s made

The Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket crochet pattern is easy to intermediate skill level. You’ll need to know basic crochet stitches, simple increases and know how to work into front and back loops. You’ll also be using the ‘mini bean’ stitch. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before, there’s instructions on how to make the stitch in the pattern. A big plus point for many people is that there’s no sewing involved in this pattern! But before you get too exited, there’s plenty of ends that will need weaving in.

To make the busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket I used various colours of DK (weight 3) yarn and a 4mm crochet hook. You can use this pattern with any weight yarn as long as you use the recommended hook and bear in mind your squares will work out at a different size to mine. They will be smaller if your using a lighter yarn, bigger if your using a heavier yarn. The beauty if this blanket is that you can make it as big or as small as you like. There’s also a handy size guide included so you know how many squares to make. Each square uses approximately 13g (41yds) of coloured yarn and 6g (19yds) of white yarn. It’s a great pattern to use up any leftover yarn you have accumulating.

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Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket crochet pattern

This free crochet pattern will help you create the Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket . However, you can purchase your very own copy of the crochet pattern in a advert free, printable pdf file from my Etsy or Ravelry store.

Crochet pattern info

Hook sizes

4mm crochet hook

Yarn

DK yarn

Click here to learn about yarn weights

I used King Cole Pricewise DK in the following colours :

A – various colours (1 square = 13g / 41yd)

B – White (1 square borders = 6g / 19yd)

Yarn used for Busy Lizzy's patchwork blanket free crochet pattern
Find this yarn on Love Crafts website

Terminology

USA

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Abbreviations

ch – chain

sl st – slip stich

st / sts – stitch / stitches

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 stitches in one space)

mb – mini bean stitch

Gauge / tension

Gauge is important as everyone crochets with a different tension. Therefore, if your 2” swatch doesn’t match up you can change your hook size to suit your tension.

4mm hook – 2” x 2” = 10 rows of 9 sc

Finished size

Without border – 6″

With border – 6.5″

Blanket size

Make as many squares as you like. Lay them out to decide how big you’d like your blanket to be. Alternatively you can use the size guide below.

Size guide

Stroller blanket – 20 squares (4 x 5)

Baby blanket – 25 squares (5 x 5)

Toddler blanket – 54 squares (6 x 9)

Throw – 72 squares (8 x 9)

Single/Twin – 96 squares (8 x 12)

Double/Full – 144 squares (12 x 12)

Pattern notes

I do not count chains or slip stitches in my stitch count. Numbers in brackets are the number of rows/stitches.

You can use any yarn weight with the recommended hook size but your squares will be a different size to mine.

You may want to block your squares if you notice size variations due to the yarn or tension.

Supplies

You will need the following supplies to complete the crochet project (links will take you directly to my recommended supplies) 

– Crochet hooks 

– Tapestry needle

– DK Yarn

– Stitch markers (optional)

– Scissors

– Tape measure

Free Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket crochet pattern

Mini bean (mb) instructions

• Insert hook & pull through yarn so you have 2 loops on your hook.

Mini bean stitch instructions

• Yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through yarn so you have 4 loops on the hook.

Mini bean stitch instructions

• Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Mini bean stitch instructions

Elizabeth stitch square

Row 1

Use colour A (colour)

ch x 27 then start in 3rd ch from hook

(mb, ch 1 & skip 1) 12 times

mb in last chain

ch x 2 & turn

(13 sts)

Row 1 complete of Elizabeth stitch square

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Row 2 – 23

Work all mb into the side of mb stitch in previous row as shown below.

Side of mini bean stitch.

(mb, ch 1 & skip 1) 12 times

mb in last chain

ch x 2 & turn

(22 rows of 13 sts)

Square boarder

Round 24

Continue with colour A (various).

In this round we will work around the square to create a border.

• ch 1 & turn as before

• sc x 25 (in row 23 chains & stitches)

• ch 1

• sc x 23 (1 in each row end)

• ch 1

• sc x 25 (in row 1 chain spaces)

• ch 1

• sc x 23 (1 in each row end)

• ch 1

• sl st to join to first st & ch 1. Do not turn.

(96 sts)

Round 24

Change to colour B (white).

In this round we will continue to work around the border but will adjust the number of stitches so it has the same count on each side.

I’d recommend putting stitch markers in the corner chain spaces to make joining the blanket easier.

• sc x 25

• sc, ch, sc in corner chain space

• sc x 11, inc, sc x 10, inc

• sc, ch, sc in corner chain space

• sc x 25

• sc, ch, sc in corner chain space

• sc x 11, inc, sc x 10, inc

• sc, ch, sc in corner chain space

• sl st to join to first st

• fasten off & weave in ends

(108 sts)

Joining the squares

• Once you have made enough squares it’s time to join them up to make a blanket. Lay your squares out in the order you’d like your blanket to be.

• Use yarn colour B (white) to join your squares.

• For joining squares and the final border you will work into all 27 stitches of each squares side. Do not work into the corner chain spaces.

Joining columns

• Place two squares together.

• sl st x 27 in the front loop of front square and the back loop of back square.

• Fasten off.

• Continue this process to join the full column.

• Repeat for all the columns in your blanket.

Joining crochet squares through front and back loops

Joining rows

• Place two columns together, right sides facing each other.

• Tie together using the yarn in between the squares.

• sl st x 27 in the front loop of front square and the back loop of back square. Continue across the whole row.

• Fasten off

• Continue this process until your blanket is complete. Then weave in ends.

Joining the squares of the Busy Lizzy's patchwork blanket free crochet pattern

Border

• Attach yarn to any squares corner ch space to start

• (sl st, sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) 3 times for every square side.

• Once you have worked all the way round sl st to join to the first stitch.

• Fasten off and weave in ends.

Wavy crochet border for Busy Lizzy's patchwork blanket

Busy Lizzy’s patchwork blanket free crochet pattern

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