Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Emma's Throw- a free crochet pattern!

Hello, yarn lovers! Here's a free pattern for you! This is a simple motif-based throw I made for my lovely sister Emma’s birthday a few weeks ago. She really loved it, and it got so much love on the social medias that I decided to write it up for you all as a freebie. Cos I'm just so nice! I am still revelling in the warm glow which comes from giving a loved one a handmade gift, so let's all hold hands and feel the shared crochet love. It would be a great stash-busting project as any DK yarn can be used. I strongly recommend you block the squares before joining to make a nice crisp finish. This pattern uses UK crochet terms. If you do make one and want to share your masterpiece, use #emmasthrow so we can all admire! Happy crocheting!

You will need
You can use any DK yarn- I used Scheepjes Colour Crafter for my throw as it’s so soft and beautiful. Each square used approximately 19g of yarn; 35 squares were made, arranged 5 x 7 rows. 
A 5mm crochet hook

Precise tension is not critical for this project. 

Finished square measures approximately 22 x 22cm over patt using a 5mm hook, after blocking.
Finished throw measures approximately 118 x 162cm once border is added.

UK abbreviations (US terms in brackets)
beg beginning
ch(s) chain(s)
ch-sp(s) chain space(s)
dc double crochet (US sc)
dtr double treble crochet (US tr)
RS right side
ss slip stitch(es)
st(s) stitch(es)
tr treble crochet (US dc)
yoh yarn over hook

Ch4, ss to first ch to join into a ring, or make a magic ring.
Round 1 Ch3 (counts as 1 tr throughout), 11tr into ring, ss to top of beg ch-3. [12 tr]
Round 2 Ch6 (counts as 1 dtr and 2 ch), (1dtr, ch2) in next tr and in each tr to end, ss to fourth ch of beg ch-6. [12 dtr, 12 ch-2 sps]
Round 3 (1dc, ch1, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, ch1, 1dc) in next ch-2 sp and in each ch-2 sp to end. [12 ‘petals’]
Note: To prepare for next round, ss into every st up side of first ‘petal’ into first ch-2 sp.
Round 4 Ch5, *(2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch5, (1ss in next ch-2 sp, ch5) twice; rep from * 3 more times, working (1ss, ch5) once instead of twice on last rep, ss into beg ch-2 sp to join. [4 corners of (2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr), 4 sides of 3 x (5 ch with 1 ss between)]
Round 5 1ss into next ch-5 sp, ch3, 4tr in same sp (all worked around the ch, spread sts out evenly to fill ch-5 sp throughout), *1tr in each of next 2 tr, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next ch-3 sp (corner made), 1tr in each of next 2 tr, (5tr around next ch-5 sp) 3 times; rep from * 3 more times, working (5tr around next ch-5 sp) twice instead of 3 times on last rep, ss to top of beg ch-3. [19 tr per side, with 4 corners of (2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr)]
Round 6 Ch4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), *skip next st, (1tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) along to last tr before ch-3 sp, 1tr in last tr, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch-3 sp (corner made), 1tr in next st, ch1; rep from * around to end, working 1ss into third ch of beg ch-4 on final rep. [12 tr per side with ch-1 sp in between, with 4 corners of (2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr)]
Round 7 Ch3, *work 1tr in every ch-1 sp AND in every tr along to ch-3 sp, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch-3 sp (corner made); rep from * around, working 1tr in every ch-1 sp and tr on final side as before to end, ss to top of beg ch-3. [27 tr per side, with 4 corners of (2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr)]
Round 8 Ch1, 1dc in same st, *1dc in each st along to ch-3 sp, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, working 1dc in every st on final side as before to end, ss to beg ch1. Fasten off, weave in ends. [31 dc per side, with 4 corners of (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc)]

Once you have blocked your motifs, join them together using your preferred method, either sewn with whip stitch, or crocheted together. I joined my throw by placing 2 squares together with RS facing out, and making dc sts into the back loops only of each st on both squares along the edge, then making 1dc into the corner spaces before adding the next 2 squares.

Again, make the border as you wish. I worked one round of 1tr in each st with (2tr, ch3, 2tr) to make the four corners, followed by repeats of Rounds 6-7 of Motif to add interest, adjusting as necessary ( I know, not very scientific!) The final round was made up of 1dc in each st, with a bobble stitch made every few stitches as follows: ch3, (yoh, insert hook into first ch made and pull up a loop) 4 times, yoh, draw through all loops on hook, ch1, 1ss in first ch made to close st.

...and here's the finished throw. Ta-dah!

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please respect my work. Do not sell this pattern or pass it off as your own as that infringes my Copyright. If you share this pattern or the finished throw, please give me full credit. Thanks!
A HUGE thank you to all my amazing testers out there, you're all wonderful. Thank you!
Esme xx