This blanket is using a very simple stitch. It is easy way to create interesting texture and a bit different to the usual crochet stitches.
The blanket is worked in rows on the long side, alternating half double crochet row with single crochet in back loop only.
mittens and the hat with Big Merino from Drops Design but you could use
any soft yarn of your preference.
dc = double crochet
Body of the blanket
To start chain any even number of stitche. Mine is 114 stitches.
Row 1: Hdc in the third chain from the hook, *skip one ch, hdc in the next ch, hdc around the previous hdc*. Repeat from * to * until there is just one stitch left on the row. Finish by hdc in the last stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in the first chain, then do sc in the back loop only until you have just one stitch left. Finish by sc in the last stitch then ch2 and turn.
Row 3: hdc in the first st, *skip one ch, hdc in the next ch, hdc around the previous hdc*. Repeat from * to * until there is just one stitch left on the row. Finish by hdc in the last stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat row 2 and row 3 as many times as needed to reach the desired width. My blanket has 58 rows (29 hdc and 29 sc in the back loop).
Border is worked in rounds
Round 1: Dc in every stitch all the way around. Around the corners crochet 3 dc in one corner st. At the end join with sl st. Ch3 do not turn.
Round 2: *FPdc, BPdc*. Continue until the end of the row and working additional stitched around the corners. Finish the row by sl st into the first st. Ch3 do not turn.
Round 3: Repeat row 2 as many times as you like until your border is as wide as you want it. Ensure that all FPdc are crochet onto FPdc from the previous round. The same apply for the BPdc.
Sc in the back loop only
Hdc around hdc
Make one hdc, then yo and insert hook in the space behind the hdc just worked. Yo and pull it through, yarn over and pull it through all three loops you have on hook. Remember to skip one st before working the next hdc around hdc.