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Sunset Stripes: Free Tunisian Crochet Blanket Pattern Part 2

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Welcome back to Part 2 of the Tunisian crochet pattern for the Sunset Stripes Blanket! If you landed here first, you may want to check out the Sunset Stripes Blanket: Part 1 for the story behind the stash busting miracle that is this blanket.

Sunset Stripes Blanket Tunisian crochet pattern on the front and back

This project is made in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn, and includes affiliate links.

In the previous post, you learned how to crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch to create a dense woven texture. Pair this stitch with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick and you get a squishy, cozy, super-sturdy blanket that can handle a lot of wear and tear.

Armed with your new Tunisian crochet skills, you should be able to get about 3 rows into the Sunset Stripes Blanket. That’s just enough to get the hang of the Simple Stitch. Now we’ll take a look at how to change yarns in Tunisian crochet, so you can add in those stripes of color.

As you work through the written instructions in this post, you may want to refer back to the color chart in Part 1. A printable and downloadable PDF is also available for purchase. The PDF includes all the information from both posts – links to the video tutorials, a full page color chart with black and white symbols, and the written instructions as shared below. You can find this inexpensive PDF on Etsy, Ravelry, or LoveCrochet. (TBD)

Get the PDF from Etsy

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The Goods, Part 2

How to Change Colors in Tunisian Crochet

Supplies

Abbreviations

  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • sl st  – slip stitch
  • 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 – Spice Market
  • C2 – Mesquite
  • C3 – Glacier

Notes

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Sizes: One size – 46 in wide x 65 in 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.

Sunset Stripes Blanket Tunisian Crochet Pattern Instructions

Ch 70.

Row 1 (Foundation row, forward): [MC] Starting with the 2nd ch from hook, insert your hook into the back bump, yo, and bring up a loop. Keep the loop on your hook. Continue to work into each back bump across, yo and bring up a loop, keeping all loops on your Tunisian crochet hook.

Row 1 (Foundation row, reverse): [MC] YO, pull through 1 loop on hook. Repeat [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] to end of row. You will have completed 70 stitches in the row.

From here onwards, each row consists of both a forward and reverse row.

Forward row: Insert your hook under the next vertical bar, YO and bring up a loop. Repeat across for the number of each color as indicated.

Reverse row: Using the color you ended with, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook. Repeat [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook.] for the number of sts as indicated for the color, minus 1. If you’re switching colors, YO with the new color, and repeat [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] for the number of sts as indicated for that color. Continue to the end of the row, changing colors as indicated. You’ll notice that you switch colors when the next 2 loops are of 2 different colors.

Row 2: [MC] ­ 70 sts (70 stitches across on all rows)

Row 3: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 4: [MC] ­ 37 sts, [C1] ­ 33 sts

For example:

Row 4, forward row: [MC] YO and bring up a loop for each of 37 sts. [C1] YO, bring up a loop for each of 33 sts.

Row 4, reverse row: [C1] YO, pull through 1 loop on hook. Work [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 32x. [MC] Work [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 37x, to the end of the row.

Row 5: [MC] ­ 60 sts, [C1] ­ 10 sts

Row 6: [MC] ­ 70

Row 7: [C3] ­ 11 sts, [MC] ­ 59 sts

Row 8: [C3] ­ 22 sts, [MC] ­ 48 sts

Row 9: [C2] ­ 70 sts

Row 10: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 11: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 12: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 13: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 14: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 15: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 16: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 17: [C2] ­ 70 sts

Row 18: [C1] ­ 18 sts, [MC] ­ 52 sts

Row 19: [C1] ­ 7 sts, [MC] ­ 63 sts

Row 20: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 21: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 22: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 23: [MC] ­ 40 sts, [C3] ­ 25 sts, [MC] ­ 5 sts

Row 24: [MC] ­ 44 sts, [C3] ­ 8 sts, [C2] ­ 16 sts, [MC] ­ 2 sts

Row 25: [MC] ­ 62 sts, [C2] ­ 8 sts

Row 26: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 27: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 28: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 29: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 30: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 31: [MC] ­ 21 sts, [C2] ­ 10 sts, [MC] ­ 39 sts

Row 32: [MC] ­ 15 sts, [C2] ­ 21 sts, [MC] ­ 34 sts

Row 33: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 34: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 35: [C3] ­ 6 sts, [MC] ­ 64 sts

Row 36: [C3] ­ 11 sts, [MC] ­ 59 sts

Row 37: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 38: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 39: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 40: [C2] ­ 70 sts

Row 41: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 42: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 43: [MC] ­ 58 sts, [C1] ­ 12 sts

Row 44: [MC] ­ 62 sts, [C1] ­ 8 sts

Row 45: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 46: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 47: [C3] ­ 70 sts

Row 48: [C3] ­ 70 sts

Row 49: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 50: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 51: [MC] ­ 25 sts, [C2] ­ 40 sts, [MC] ­ 5 sts

Row 52: [MC] ­ 33 sts, [C2] ­ 26 sts, [MC] ­ 11 sts

Row 53: [MC] ­ 36 sts, [C2] ­ 18 sts, [MC] ­ 16 sts

Row 54: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 55: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 56: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 57: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 58: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 59: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 60: [C2] ­ 12 sts, [C3] ­ 6 sts, [MC] ­ 52 sts

Row 61: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 62: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 63: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 64: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 65: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 66: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 67: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 68: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 69: [MC] ­ 42 sts, [C2] ­ 28 sts

Row 70: [MC] ­ 53 sts, [C3] ­ 17 sts

Row 71: [MC] ­ 59 sts, [C3] ­ 11 sts

Row 72: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 73: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 74: [C1] ­ 9 sts, [MC] ­ 61 sts

Row 75: [C1] ­ 15 sts, [MC] ­ 55 sts

Row 76: [C2] ­ 70 sts

Row 77: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 78: [C2] ­ 70 sts

Row 79: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 80: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 81: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 82: [C2] ­ 22 sts, [MC] ­ 48 sts

Row 83: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 84: [C1] ­ 70 sts

Row 85: [MC] ­ 19 sts, [C3] ­ 31 sts, [MC] ­ 20 sts

Row 86: [MC] ­ 24 sts, [C3] ­ 21 sts, [MC] ­ 25 sts

Row 87: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 88: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 89: [MC] ­ 70 sts

Row 90 (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.

[Optional] If you have yarn left over, you can add fringe along both ends, or tassels at each corner. I chose to leave the blanket unadorned as it’s more minimal and functional for my family.

Tunisian crochet pattern for Sunset Stripes Blanket on armchair

What’s Next

Grab the downloadable PDF to get all the Sunset Stripes info in one place. You can buy it on Ravelry, LoveCrochet, or Etsy.

Share your progress on social media with hashtag #1dogwoof and #SunsetStripesBlanket for a chance to get featured!

Grab a book or some more yarn and settle in with your own Sunset Stripes creation!

6 Comments

  1. Karen

    THANK YOU for this beautiful pattern! I ended up purchasing yarn and needle from your links and am on row 68! Having the written instructions made this doable for me. I don’t really like graphs, and having the actual stitch count for every single row has been wonderful! I appreciate all the time and work involved in sharing this with us, and truly am grateful. This blanket is big and squishy and warm and I love love it ????

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  2. Nerissa

    Thank you for a beautiful pattern, and for the excellent videos to accompany the pattern.

    Reply
  3. sugarpawz.com

    That’s just enough to get the hang of the Simple Stitch. As you work through the written instructions in this post, you may want to refer back to the color chart in Part 1.

    Reply
  4. happy wheels

    This blanket is big and squishy and warm and I love love it ????

    Reply
  5. Jen Johnson

    This is beautiful,the softness and gentle color changes keep you waiting for the next one as this blanket goes along. Your directions and the videos you provide are excellent and much appreciated.
    Thank you for a beautiful pattern and the tutorials, you are a gifted designer.
    Jen j

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