I went in to Michael’s one day to look for a skein of Caron Big Cakes so I could make a specific pattern that I saw on Facebook and just loved! I don’t usually go to Michael’s because the one closest to me is not as easy to get to and they have a fairly small yarn section. But that’s the only place to buy the Big Cakes and I happened to be near one while I was out and about one day so I decided to stop in.
And Oh Man! I’m so glad that I did! They had SOOO much of the Caron Big Cakes on CLEARANCE! It was amazing. I hadn’t grabbed a basket or cart or anything (since I was only intending to buy the 1 skein…) I quickly realized my mistake and grabbed a cart. I ended up leaving with 10 skeins plus a giant hook that was also marked down.
I had never caught these on clearance before but I know that they do that to clear out seasonal colorways. So I knew that I would need to get several skeins of a color just in case the project I used it for needed more. I grabbed 4 of this Tiramisu color. I thought it looked so warm and inviting! I had been wanting to work up a new blanket pattern for a while so it was perfect!
Now that I had the yarn though I could not think of a new fun pattern to do. I hit a wall and kept putting it off. Then I remembered that a couple of summers ago I found this old school Crochet Project book at a yard sale for like $1. It’s from at least the early 80’s if not before. Even though a lot of the projects and photos are terribly dated some of the techniques and stitches are still usable. I flipped through that one night and found this HDC post stitch. It was used for a small bag, and called for a thinner cotton yarn. So I modified it and came up with this pattern. I love Post stitches and the texture and designs that come out of them. I love the way this came out. I definitely have a few other ideas on how to use it as well. I’m looking forward to those! 🙂
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- Caron Big Cakes, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 603 yds, 10.5 oz) Tiramisu, 2 skeins
- 1 Coordinating color (for the border, optional. You can also just use one of the cake colors)
- I/9 5.5mm Hook
- Tapestry Needle
Stitches/Terms Used (US):
- Ch- Chain
- Sl st- slip stitch
- FHDC- Foundation Half Double Crochet
- HDC- Half Double Crochet
- Post- The tall middle part of a stitch
- SC- Single Crochet
- Crab Stitch- For the border, optional.
Gauge isn’t terribly important. To come out as I made it, the gauge would be 5 rows of 10 HDC=approx 3.25” x 2.25”. My finished size was approximately 32” x 38”.
If you would like your blanket to be larger or smaller, you can go up or down a hook size. OR add or subtract from the starting row. Just be sure to end on an odd number. Also note that will mean your stitch counts will change throughout.
Keep in mind though if you change the starting length your Caron Big Cakes may not stripe in the same way mine did and you may need more than 2 skeins if you increase the size very much.
1) Begin with a FHDC 101 OR Ch 103, starting in 3rd chain from hook, HDC 101. Ch 2, turn. (turning chains do not count as a stitch.) (101)
2) HDC in first, HDC around the post of the previous HDC, Skip 1, *HDC in next, HDC around post of the previous stitch, Skip 1;* Repeat from * to * across. HDC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn. (You should end up with 50 HDC “wraps” plus one HDC at the end)
Completed “HDC around Previous Post”
3) HDC in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (101)
4) HDC in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (101)
5-85) Repeat Rows 2-4.
86-87) Repeat Rows 2-3 (Add or subtract rows to adjust the length of your blanket.)
I pulled out some of my remaining cake’s yarn to find the lighter color for the border. You can also just continue with whichever color you are on OR join a coordinating color from a different skein.
1) SC evenly around the edges of the blanket. Sl st to join to first SC.
2) Use a Crab stitch to go around again and finish off.
I chose the Crab stitch because I love the twisty texture and I thought I worked well with the HDC post rows. You can find lots of tutorials online for it if you are unfamiliar (I don’t have one of my own yet). OR you can choose another border option or simply leave the one SC round. It’s up to you! 🙂