This Christmas crochet blanket pattern is perfect for the Christmas holidays. Not only because of the Christmas colors, but it’s nice and cozy as well! It makes for the perfect gift idea for just about anyone to keep warm this holiday season.
On top of that, it’s a nice addition to your Christmas decor, whether in the living room or bedroom.
With that said, this afghan can easily be crocheted in other colors as well! The puffy spike stitch works well with fall colors, spring colors, cheerful summer colors, or any colors to match your home decor!
The Puffy Spike Stitch Pattern
This crochet afghan pattern is worked up with single crochets and the puffy spike stitch. It’s an intermediate crochet stitch, but it doesn’t have to be hard to learn once you know the basics of crocheting.
To get started, make your chains in any multiple of 11 +1. Then single crochet into the chains, and work another 5 rows for a total of 6 rows.
Change to the next color and work 5 single crochets. Then skip a stitch and mark the next stitch. The puffy spike stitch falls above the skipped stitch. And the marked stitch, that is where the next single crochet will go after you’ve completed the puffy spike stitch.
The puffy spike stitch is worked similar to a puff stitch in the sense that you insert your hook and pull up a loop multiple of times. With a regular puff stitch all the loops are picked up in the same stitch, but with the puffy spike stitch, each loop is picked up from a different stitch.
The stitch is worked over 7 stitches, and over 4 rows below. It helps to mark off a few stitches as shown below so that the stitch markers can help to guide you.
So basically, counting from the skipped stitch, count off 3 stitches to the left and right. Then not counting the top row, count down 4 rows below.
I have the top row marked off, because it seemed easier that way. But when you make the puffy spike stitch, the top row is not worked into at all. Notice the arrows, that’s where you’ll be picking up your loops for the puff stitch.
Below you see the first loop picked up. To pick up a loop, wrap the yarn over the hook. Insert your hook into the stitch as indicated. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull through. You should have three loops on the hook. Continue that until all 7 stitches have been worked into.
If you’re right handed, start from the right as shown. If you’re left-handed, just reverse that.
Once you have picked up a loop in all 7 stitches, you should have 15 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 15 loops. Then chain 1 to close. (Note: If you are new to crocheting, and find that working this over 7 loops is too much for you, you can also work this over 5 stitches. Here is a Puffy Spike Stitch Crochet Tutorial that goes over on how to do that.
When you go to crochet the next row, you will see the puff stitch as well as the chain 1. By nature, I always want to crochet into the chain 1 because it looks like a stitch. But it’s not a stitch and should be left unworked.
Then, because we marked off our next stitch, there is no guessing now as to where to throw your next stitch. Simply insert your hook into the next marked stitch and finish your single crochet as shown.
Counting the stitch made in the marked stitch, make 10 single crochets and begin again with the next puffy spike. I placed only one marker, but if this stitch is new to you, mark off a few more stitches as shown above until you’re comfortable with where the loops are pulled up.
After the puffy spike stitch row has been made, work another 5 rows of the same color. Change color and begin again at the top. All color changes are made on the same side of the blanket.
Below they look like little Christmas trees! How cool is that!
The Finished Size
The finished size is approximately 37 by 49 inches. It’s perfect for toddlers or for use as a lapghan.
With that said, you can increase or decrease this in a multiple of 11 + 1 for your starting chains. Here is a Crochet Blanket Sizes Chart to help take the guesswork out, especially if you plan on making this as a gift.
I used Red Heart Super Saver, a medium worsted weight yarn. It’s an economic acrylic yarn, but it gets softer when you wash it. And it does the job at keeping you warm!
I used three skeins of the red yarn, which is the color that I started and finished with. Then two skeins each of the green and white yarn.
You can choose any worsted weight yarn that you like. Just adjust the size as needed, and choose as many colors as you want.
You could also experiment with different yarn weights. I imagine, it would look nice in a chunky, or maybe even a bulky weight yarn!
See More Blanket Crochet Patterns
- Alternating Striped Christmas Afghan
- Christmas Crochet Lapghan Pattern
- Open Stitch Quick Crochet Lapghan Pattern
- Eyelet Rows Super Bulky Yarn Throw Pattern
- Super Bulky Easy Crochet Lapghan
Puffy Spike Stitch Christmas Crochet Blanket for Toddlers
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted Weight (#4) 100% acrylic, 7 oz/198g – 364 yds/333m) – CA = Hot Red, 3 balls; CB = Paddy Green, 2 balls; CC = White, 2 balls.
- Crochet Hook: I 5.50mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers.
- Gauge: 10 sts = 3".
- Finished Size: 37" wide by 49" long.
Special Stitch Instructions
- Puffy Spike Stitch (PSS): Yo, insert hk 3 sts to the right and 1 row down, yo and pull through (3 lps on hk); yo, insert hk 2 sts to the right and 2 rows down, yo and pull through; yo, insert hk 1 st to the right and 3 rows down, yo and pull through; yo, insert hk in st below and 4 rows down, yo and pull through; yo, insert hk 1 st to the left and 3 rows down, yo and pull through, yo, insert hk 2 sts to the left and 2 rows down, yo and pull through, yo, insert hk 3 sts to the left and 1 row down; yo and pull through; (15 lps on hk) yo and pull through all 15 lps, ch 1 to close the st.
- The puffy spike stitch is made by pulling up 7 loops from the rows below. It is worked like a puff stitch, where all the loops remain on the hook until the last step. But, each loop is picked up in a different stitch.
- Although the stitch is worked over several stitches in the rows below, it only takes up the space of one stitch. Since the stitch is not worked into the current row, you need to skip a stitch after making each puffy spike stitch. So, before I begin the puffy spike stitch, I skip a stitch and place the marker in the next stitch for the next single crochet.
- Change Color after every 6 rows.
- To Change Color: Work the stitch as normal until the last step and you have two loops left on hook; drop the old color, pick up the new color and draw through both loops to complete the stitch.
- Carry unused yarn up at each row.
- Color Sequence: I started with red, then green, and white.
- Row 1 (RS): With CA, Ch 122, or any multiple of 11 + 1; sc in 2nd ch from hk and into each ch across. Turn. [121 sts]
- Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across. Turn.[121 sts]
- Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2. [121 sts]
- Row 7 (RS): With next color, ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, *work pss, sc in next 10 sts; rep from * across to last 6 sts; work pss, sc in last 5 sts. Turn. [121 sts]
- Rows 8-12: Rep Row 2.
- Rows 13-198: Rep Rows 7-12
- Row 199: Rep Row 7.
- Row 200: Rep Row 2.
- Rnds 1-2: Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc into each corner; join with a slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off after round 2.