This alternating striped Christmas afghan pattern is great for decorating and keeping cozy in any room this holiday season. Christmas colors weren’t my first choice, but since I had lots of them, I figured why not? And I don’t mind how this afghan turned out, although fall colors would have been awesome!
What I like most about this Christmas crochet blanket is that there are no ends to weave in except where you start and finish your skeins of yarn. It’s crocheted in three colored stripes, which means you have your working yarn and two loose ends; one at each side of the blanket. That way when you finish a row, the new color that you need is conveniently awaiting you at the end.
While three colors are convenient, the stitch pattern makes it super easy to incorporate color blocks and other striped designs as well. Or, you could also crochet the entire blanket with only one color, or just a few stripes on each end.
If you like the idea of three colors, but want to widen the stripes a bit, work each color for three rows before changing! I think that would look super awesome,
The finished size is 45.5″ wide by 63.5″ long. But it is super easy to adjust in size from baby to full-sized bed blankets. Simply start your chains off in any uneven number to create the width that you want. Use this blanket size chart to help you figure out the dimensions.
For this blanket pattern I used Red Heart Super Saver, but any similar worsted weight yarn will work. I find the yarn is one of the better yarns for blankets because of the price, and it washes well. Plus, it comes in so many different colors, which makes it super easy to match your home.
The stitch used is simply the crunch stitch. It is a very simple pattern with only one row to remember. However, instead of working each stitch under both loops of the previous row, the stitches are alternated between the front and back loops of the previous row.
It creates a nice thick and cozy texture for snuggling by the Christmas tree during the holidays.
Alternating Striped Christmas Afghan
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (3 colors – Two 7oz skeins of CA and CB, and three 7oz skeins of CC, which is used for edging.)
- Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- Gauge: 10 sts = 3"
- Finished size: 45.5" wide by 63.5" long.
- See tutorial alternating between the front and back loops.
- Join new color at yarn over for last slip stitch in row.
- Carry yarn up along the edges. Use the turning chain to secure the dropped color along the edge.
- See the Blanket Sizes Chart if you want to make adjustments to the size.
- With CA and I hook, Loosely Ch 151, or any uneven number.
- Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, *hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch; rep from * across changing to CB at yarn over for last sl st. (150 sts) Ch 1, Turn.
- Row 2: With CB, *flhdc in first st, blslst in next st; rep from * across changing color at yarn over for last sl st. (150 sts) Ch 1, Turn.
- Row 3: With CC, rep row 2 from *.
- Row 4: With CA rep row 2 from *.
- Rows 5-192: Rep rows 2-4 until you have reached a desired length.
- Rnds 1-3: With H hook, Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner; join with sl st in first sc. Use any color you like, but I chose CC.