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Woman shows simple way to hand crochet a gorgeous chunky blanket in under an hour
I never realized that hand-crocheting was this easy. I'm definitely going to try this.
Cherie Gozon
07.26.21

This DIY tutorial video shows you how to hand-crochet a blanket.

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Hand crocheting, or also called finger crocheting, is a simpler, easier form of crocheting with just the use of your hands. Doing so would need bigger yarns around weights 6 and 7 (super bulky or jumbo yarns).

One great advantage of doing hand crochet is it is very kid-friendly.

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Without the use of hooks, there’s no danger of getting poked. You also don’t need to count so much since you just need to chain at least nine stitches compared to 150 in regular crocheting. And since it doesn’t require chaining so much, you can make something (like a blanket) in just an hour. Just like this tutorial.

Once you get the suitable yarn of the color of your choice, you can start hand crocheting a blanket.

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You would need 12 skeins of yarn for this one. You need to combine three skeins as if it is one strand of yarn that you usually use in crocheting projects. Align the tip of all skeins together.

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Here’s a fun tip: try to get the end of the skein from the middle of the yarn. That way, you won’t see your skeins all over the place with the danger of them being entangled.

To start, make a slip not.

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To create a slip knot, pinch all the strands together under your hand, insert all your fingers, then twist that away from you and grab all the strands and pull them through

Once you have your slip knot, you can start making 30 chains.

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You can hold your yarn with your left hand to direct it and keep it in one spot; this will be your working yarn. Then, use your index finger and thumb on your right hand to hold the loop on the other end. Grab the working yarn and pull through to create another loop. That is your first chain.

Do this process again until you reach chain 30.

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This first row is the width of your blanket. If you want a bigger one, you can do more than 30 chains. Once you reach chain 30, it’s time to start making your second row. From here, you’ll work your way up until your desired length of the blanket.

Start your second row with the second loop you can see.

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Insert your index finger, grab your working yarn, and pull it up. You will now have two loops in your fingers. From there, go through the loop once more, grab the working yarn, and pull it through to create single crochet.

Again, do it over until you reach the end of the first row.

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The process only utilizes single crochet, so it’s easier to loop them and easier to pull and go back to if you make a mistake. Repeat these steps until you reach the desired length of your blanket.

What if your skeins get too short?

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Simply get another set of three skeins, gather and line up their ends, and do a double know on both ends of your skeins and cut the excess. You can continue crocheting from there.

You’ve reached the end of your blanket, so it’s time to close it with the use of a slip stitch.

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To create a slip stitch, grab the working yarn and pull it through. Then, pull right through that last stitch on your finger. You can also weave the ends through one of the stitches and make a tight to close it securely.

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That’s it! You now have a blanket that you weaved with your own hands.

See the video below to get the full, simple tutorial!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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