This Daydream Blanket is a striped Tunisian Crochet blanket that has easier color changes than its cousin, the Sunset Stripes Blanket, making it a great beginner project for anyone venturing into Tunisian crochet for the first time.
This project is made in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn, and includes affiliate links.
My husband and I honeymooned in Maine, near Acadia National Park, and drove home along Route 1, enjoying the little fishing towns along the Maine coast, eating lobster every day, stopping to do some antique shopping, and taking in the sea breezes everywhere we could. It was a beautiful, peaceful trip, sort of the slow, spontaneous living that I miss now that we’ve got two little kids running around at home. The Daydream Tunisian crochet blanket is my way of remembering that trip and the feeling of looking out over the harbor and beyond to the sea.
Like my previous pattern, the Sunset Stripes Blanket, this blanket is also worked up in Tunisian crochet using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick. But unlike the random streaks of a sunset, this blanket is inspired by the Hudson Bay colorway and the bold stripes in its namesake wool blanket. For me, the grey yarn is the rocks and concrete of a harbor town; the Hudson Bay, with its bright primary colors, represents the colorful sailboats and houses along the shore, and the blue is obviously the rolling blue sea. Having simple stripes of color means it’s a lot easier to change colors and there’s a lot less ends to weave in!
The blanket uses the Tunisian Simple Stitch throughout. I find this stitch is one of the looser of the Tunisian crochet stitches, but you still need to go up a few sizes in your hook than what is normally recommended for the yarn to make sure the stitches don’t come out too tight. You want the blanket to still drape while having that squishy, cozy feel.
The video below gives you a quick tutorial on how to crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how easy and fast it is, especially with this chunky yarn. Having such structured stripes makes this blanket even easier, there’s really no need to count at all, other than to check the number of stitches every few rows. I consider this a prime “crochet-while-you-binge-watch-your-favorite-show” project!
I also have a video to show you how to change colors in Tunisian crochet. As I mentioned before, the color changes in this blanket are not nearly as complex as in the Sunset blanket. All you need to know is how to pick up a new color at the beginning of a row. When you get to the last 2 loops of the previous row, pull the new yarn through those last 2 loops and voila, you’re ready to start the new row with a new color. It’s as simple as that!
To make it even easier for you to step into Tunisian crochet waters, you can find this pattern as a kit from Lion Brand Yarn. You’ll get all the yarn listed below, and a printed copy of the pattern including the color chart.
- 2 balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle in Fisherman (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 340g/12oz, 212yds/194m)
- 1 ball of each of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman, Glacier, Slate (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 170g/6oz, 106yds/97m)
- 1 ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Hudson Bay (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 140g/5oz, 87yds/80m)
- P/16 (11.5mm) Tunisian crochet hook, approx. 30-36 inches long
- tapestry needle
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip st
- ch – chain stitch
- yo – yarn over
- TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch: (forward pass) insert hook behind the front vertical bar, yarn over and bring up a loop, leaving the loop on the hook.
- MC – main color – Fisherman
- C1 – Slate
- C2 – Hudson Bay
- C3 – Glacier
- Skill level: Easy
- Sizes: One size – 40in wide x 58in long
- Gauge: 6 sts and 5.5 rows per 4 inches of Tunisian Simple Stitch.
- At the beginning of the TSS row, you already have a loop on your hook, so you’ll work the first TSS stitch by inserting your hook into the 2nd front vertical bar.
- When switching colors, use the new color to complete the last stitch of the reverse pass: YO with the new color yarn and pull through the last 2 loops. This ensures the first loop of the next forward pass is in the right color.
- Once you get past Row 54, you can make the blanket as long or as short as you want. Extra yarn can be used to add tassels or fringe.
- Yarn is carried from one row to the next unless the pattern specifies to cut the yarn as indicated.
(made with Stitch Fiddle)
Sunset Stripes Blanket Tunisian Crochet Pattern Instructions
Row 1 (Foundation row, forward): [MC] Starting from the 2nd ch from hook, *insert hook into the back bump, YO, pull up a loop, leaving the loop on the hook.* Repeat from * to complete the first forward pass. Do not turn at end of row.
Row 1 (Foundation row, reverse): [MC] YO, pull yarn through 1 loop. *YO, pull yarn through 2 loops.* Repeat from * to complete first reverse pass. Counts as first row in color chart. (60 sts)
Rows 2-6: [MC] (forward pass) TSS across row. (reverse pass) YO, pull yarn through 1 loop. *YO, pull yarn through 2 loops.* Repeat from * to complete reverse pass.
**Color change: At the end of Row 6, YO with C1 to pull through last 2 loops.
Row 7: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in C1, using MC to YO and pull through last 2 loops.
Row 8: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in MC, using C1 to YO and pull through last 2 loops.
Row 9-10: Repeat Rows 7-8. Cut MC after Row 10, leaving a 6in tail.
Rows 11-16: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in C1, using MC to YO and pull through last 2 loops of Row 16.
Row 17: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in MC, using C1 to YO and pull through last 2 loops.
Row 18: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in C1, using MC to YO and pull through last 2 loops.
Rows 19-20: Repeat Rows 17-18. Cut C1 after Row 20, leaving a 6in tail.
Rows 21-23: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in MC, using C2 to YO and pull through last 2 loops of Row 23.
Rows 24-27: Repeat Rows 7-10, replacing C1 with C2. Cut MC after Row 27, leaving a 6in tail.
Rows 28-32: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in C2, using MC to YO and pull through last 2 loops of Row 32.
Rows 33-39: Repeat Rows 17-23, replacing C1 with C2. Cut C2 after Row 36, leaving a 6in tail.
Rows 40-53: Repeat Rows 7-20, replacing C1 with C3. Cut MC after Row 43, and cut C3 after Row 53, leaving 6in tails.
Rows 54-80: Work TSS forward/reverse passes in MC.
Row 81 (Bind off): [MC] *Insert your hook under the next vertical bar, YO and pull through both the vertical bar and the loop on the hook, similar to a slip stitch.* Repeat from * to the end of the row. You should end up with 1 loop left on your hook. Cut the yarn, and pull the end through the loop to fasten off.
Finishing: Weave in all remaining ends. Pin the blanket to a flat surface and steam or wet block the edges to relax the yarn and prevent the ends from curling.