I’ve been on a blanket-making kick lately. I found in Michael’s Bernat® Blanket™ yarn in muted colors that are similar to the Miami Dolphins uniforms. (The team colors are much brighter.) My dad loves the Dolphins, so I thought I would crochet a blanket for him with the colors I found at Michael’s. The yarn is super soft and thick, and it works up rather quickly. Because we live in humid and hot Central Florida, I used the tricolor sand stitch to make the fabric pattern. The fabric is heavy, yet it allows just enough air to sneak through the chain 1 spaces. This crochet tricolor sand stitch afghan makes the perfect gift for any sports fan.
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SKILL LEVEL: Easy
- Bernat® Blanket™ Yarn, 10.5 ounces / 300 g, 2 each (A) Vintage White, (B) Teal, (C) Pumpkin Spice
- Crochet hook size L/8.0mm
- Large eye blunt needle
- Yarn scissors
- tape measure
GAUGE: 7 sc x 8 rows using an L size crochet hook.
Single crochet (sc)
Yarn over (yo)
STITCH GUIDE: To make a single crochet stitch, insert hook in st, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru both loops on hook.
PATTERN STITCH: The tricolor sand stitch is made by alternating rows of color and repeating a sc, skip next st, ch 1 pattern across each row.
- This pattern is written in American Standard crochet terms.
- Use Super Bulky yarn weight 6.
- Three (3) colors of yarn (A, B, and C). Work one row of each color throughout, carrying yarn up the sides.
CARE: Machine wash in cold water and tumble dry. Do not bleach. Dry on a flat surface. Do not iron. Do not dry clean.
BLOCKING: Blocking is not needed for this project.
MEASUREMENTS: Approximately 60″ x 90″.
Crochet Tricolor Sand Stitch Afghan Tutorial
ROW 1: With A, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook (counts as sc, ch 1), *ch 1, sk next ch, 1 sc in next ch, rep from * across to last sc. Drop A, pull B thru loop in sc. Turn.
ROW 2: With B, ch 2, (counts as sc, ch 1) skip first sc, *1 sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, skip next sc, rep from * across row, ending with 1 sc in last ch-1 space of turning ch. Drop B and pull C thru loop in last sc. Turn.
ROW 3: With C, repeat row 2.
Repeat ROW 2, alternating colors for pattern and length. Fasten off yarns and weave in loose ends.
EDGING: With RS facing, attach C in corner of the last row. *Work 3 sc in same st, turn clockwise, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next st, across to end, rep from * working in the loops created by carrying the three colors of yarn up the sides. For a solid border, sc an even number of sts down the sides and across the top and bottom of the blanket working 3 sc in each corner.