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Free and Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern – Service Dress Blanket

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Several times a year, my local crochet club donates crochet blankets to several charities in our immediate area. This year, we took on a new charity- the local Veteran’s Hospital, so I wanted to find an easy crochet blanket pattern that was military themed.

I couldn’t find a quick and easy crochet blanket pattern that suited my tastes, so instead I designed this cute lapghan pattern that I’m calling the Service Dress Blanket. The simple stitches and easy color blocking are just right for a beginner crochet blanket pattern, and it was a breeze to work up!

A full view of the Service Dress Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern laid out flat

I designed this crochet blanket pattern to resemble the Marine Corps dress uniform, since my husband is a Marine. However, it could easily be adapted to look like several of the different military services, or even a police uniform if you’re clever with appliques!

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Whether you’re working on a crochet baby blanket for a new military brat or a donation for your local VA hospital, this quick and easy blanket pattern is perfect for you!

Service Dress Blanket- an Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern for Beginners!

Materials

K 6.5mm CrochetHook

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Worsted (4) weight, 100% acrylic. 2 skeins Royal, 2 skeins black, 1 skein hot red, and 1 skein white

Stitch markers

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Ehdc- extended half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Special Stitches

Ehd: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops to complete stitch.

Gauge / Finished Size

12 stitches and 8 rows dc in 4”

Begin With Blue Yarn and Suzette Stitch

Ch 120.

Row 1: (Sc, dc) in 2nd ch from hook. *Skip 1, (sc, dc) in next ch.* Repeat * to * across. [120]

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. *Skip 1, (sc, dc) in next sc.* Repeat * to * across. [120]

Repeat Row 2 (13 more) times, or until piece measures 10”.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Change to Black Yarn and Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch

With black yarn, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the previous row.

Row 3: Ch 2, ehdc into same st and each st across. [120]

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, ehdc into same st and each st across. [120]

Repeat Row 4 (2 more) times, or until the black section measures 2”.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Change to White Yarn and Front/Back Loop Stitch

With white yarn, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the previous row.

Row 5:  Ch 2, dc in front loop of same st, dc in back loop of next st, *dc in front loop of next st, dc in back loop of next st,* repeat * to * across. [120]

Row 6:  Ch 2, turn, dc in front loop of same st, dc in back loop of next st, *dc in front loop of next st, dc in back loop of next st,* repeat * to * across. [120]

Repeat Row 6 (2 more) times, or until white section measures 2”.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Change Back to Black Yarn and EHDC

With black yarn, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the previous row.

Repeat Row 3. [120]

Repeat Row 4 (23 more) times, or until the black section measures 12”.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Change to White Yarn and Double Crochet

With white yarn, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the previous row.

Row 7:  Ch 2, dc in same st and each st across. [120]

Row 8:  Ch 2, turn, dc each st across. [120]

Repeat Row 8 (4 more) times, or until white section measures 3”.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Change to Red Yarn for Border

With red yarn, join with a slip stitch to any stitch on the bottom of the black section.

Round 1: ch 1, sc in same st and each st across, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner, work 2sc in the side of each row up the side, (sc, ch2, sc in the corner, sc in each st across the top, (sc, ch 2, sc in the corner, work 2sc in each row down the side, (sc, ch2, sc) in the corner, sc in each st across the bottom, join with a sl.

Round 2: ch 2, dc in same st, and each st across the bottom, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the corner, dc in each st up the side of the piece, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the next corner, dc in each st across the top, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the corner, dc in each st down the opposite side of the piece, (dc, ch 2, dc in the next corner, dc in each st across the bottom, join with a sl to your first st.

Rounds3-5:Repeat Round 2.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make Buttons in Yellow

Make 4 small buttons.  With yellow yarn start a magic circle.

Round 1: Ch 1, make 10 hdc into magic circle, sl to join. [10 hdc]

Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in same st and each st around, sl to join. [20 hdc]

Fasten off, leaving an 18” tail to sew button to blanket.

 

Make 1 larger button. With yellow yarn, start a magic circle.

Round1: Ch 2, make 12 dc into magic circle, sl to join. [12 dc]

Round2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in same st and each st around, sl to join. [24 dc]

Fasten off, leaving an 18” tail to sew button to blanket.

Finishing

With red yarn, surface slip stitch a vertical line up the front of the upper (taller) black section 2” left of center.

Sew the big button centered in the upper white section and sew the smaller buttons in a vertical line below the big button, evenly spacing them through the upper black section.

Wash and Block as desired.

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