Bright Rainbow Blankets – Featuring Mexicana Red Heart Yarn

bright rainbow blanket crochet

Last year I picked up my crochet hooks again after YEARS of not doing any crocheting. Papercrafting had kind of taken over my crafting world for a while.  I needed something that was easy to crochet to get me back into the groove.

What got me “hooked” on crochet again?  A couple of things actually.

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I was asked to review a book by Leisure Arts called One Skein Baby Projects.  When I created the Teddy Bear Blanket project I fell in love with the stitch that made up the main blanket.  I liked it since it was a simple stitch (single crochet and double crochet) and it made a blanket that did not have a lot of open spaces, so it was nice and warm for those cold Minnesota evenings.

single crochet double crochet simple blanket

The second reason I got back into crocheting was because I was having problems sleeping at night.  I found I would fall asleep on the couch watching television with my husband, but then when I went to bed I could not fall asleep.  I wanted something I could do to help me stay awake while sitting on the couch and crocheting was the perfect activity.  

Then I had to figure out WHAT to crochet.  I started off with a few various projects like the Teddy Bear Blanket and some American Girl Doll dresses, but I knew I needed something bigger that would keep me crocheting every night for a while.  That is when I decided to make blankets for each of my nieces and nephews.  (I have a total of 10 nieces and nephews)

single crochet double crochet simple blanket

So I started off by finding out the favorite colors of each of my nieces and nephews.  When my sister-in-law said that her five boys (yes, 5 young boys in one house!) liked the colors red, orange, yellow blue and purple I knew that I wanted to use the Mexicana yarn from Red Heart to create the blankets for them.

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I did each blanket with the same number of rows of a solid color and the Mexicana yarn, so that each boy will have a blanket that is their own with their favorite color, but they will all be similar in the fact that they all the Mexicana color in them.

Below are the photos of each blanket.

single crochet double crochet simple blanket easy to crochet

Here is a close up of the red.  I love the way this stitch works up!

single crochet double crochet simple blanket
single crochet double crochet simple blanket
single crochet double crochet simple blanket
single crochet double crochet simple blanket
single crochet double crochet simple blanket

And here are all of the blankets together.  I cannot decide which one I like the best.  They all turned out so great.

single crochet double crochet simple blanket

By taking the pattern from the One Skein Baby Projects book by Leisure Arts and increasing the overall size of the blanket, and then alternating between solid colors and the Mexicana yarn by Red Heart I was able to create a whole new look for these blankets.  

I did my starting chain with 132 stitches.  Then you do a single crochet into each chain, starting from the second chain from the hook, for the next row.  After that each row is just a single crochet and a double crochet in every other stitch.

For each blanket I did the same pattern . . .

  • 11 rows of a solid color
  • 3 rows variegated yarn
  • 3 rows solid
  • 3 rows variegated
  • 3 rows solid
  • 3 rows variegated
  • 11 rows solid
  • 3 rows variegated
  • 11 rows solid . . . so this group becomes the first 11 rows of the next repeat of the pattern above.

From there I just continued to repeat the pattern. I love that each one is a very unique bright rainbow blanket, and that it is easy to crochet.

single crochet double crochet simple blanket

Check back to see the rest of the blankets I create for all of the other nieces and nephews!

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5 Responses

  1. Is that alternating s.c. then dc in the next stitch. Then next row sc in the dc and dc in the sc from the previous row?

    1. No . . . after you do the first row of all sc, the next row you will do a sc and then a dc into one stitch . . . then skip a stitch and do a sc and a dc into the next stitch. Continue like that all the way through.

      The pattern book probably explains it better than I can. You can buy the book here.

  2. Shawn, I am a newby crocheter. I have a new grandchild on the way and I would love to make one of these blankets. I need a little more detail about the actual pattern of rows you choose. How many yellow, how many Mexicana? It appears you do 6 yellow, then 2 Mexicana for a while, but in the middle do you do 2 of yellow then 2 of Mexicana. I love yours so much I want to do the very same. Can you help me out? Also, you do a nice edge, can I ask you how? If you can’t provide detail, I understand. Hopefully you will offer a patttern on Etsy or Ravelry. Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you so much! I did 11 rows of solid color, then three of the Mexicana. I will add this info to the blog post.

      The edge is just a simple single crochet! I think I did two rows all the way around.

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