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Super Easy Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

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There’s nothing quite like snuggling up under a cozy blanket on a chilly evening. Crocheting your own blanket can seem like a daunting task, which is why it’s great to start with a simple double crochet blanket pattern that uses easy crochet stitches. 

striped crochet blanket draped on a couch

Keep reading for all the details and the free crochet pattern for this double crochet throw blanket or you can purchase the ad-free PDF version here.

How to Crochet a DC Blanket

An easy double crochet blanket is a great beginner-friendly project. It’s one of the easiest blanket crochet patterns you’ll find and works up quickly using basic stitches. This is a great pattern to try if you are ready to tackle a larger project.

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This pattern also works great for more advanced crocheters since it won’t require too much of your focus and attention. You can crochet it while watching your favorite show without missing a stitch or important plot details. It is also great to make as a gift since it doesn’t take too long and it is so classic looking.

The DC blanket pattern below shows you how to use double crochets to make an afghan with an eye-catching striping pattern. Of course, you can make up your own striping pattern or you can completely skip the stripes and make it in a solid color.

side angle of a striped double crochet throw

Can I Make a Blanket With Just Double Crochet?

You can absolutely make a blanket with just double crochet stitches. Not only that, it is a super easy blanket to make!

Isn’t it great when you find a crochet pattern that only needs basic crochet stitches? I think the 3rd stitch I learned after the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch was the double crochet stitch. It is such a fun stitch especially when you are just beginning because it makes your fabric grow so quickly! 

If you haven’t worked much with the double crochet stitch, you may want to practice with the Easy Double Crochet Dishcloth pattern. It is a great beginner crochet pattern and it’s nice to have a small project to practice on instead of jumping right into a huge investment of time and yarn. 

You can start the blanket with a long chain or with a row of foundation double crochets (fdc). Stitch counts and instructions for both a starting chain and a foundation double crochet row are included in the pattern. 

You may also notice that the pattern calls for chaining 2 at the beginning of each row. Chaining 2 versus chaining 3 is a personal preference. I find that, with the way I crochet, my rows look neater and have smaller gaps at the beginning if I only chain 2. If you’re not sure which chain height works best for the way you crochet, I encourage you to try both on a small practice swatch and see what you like better. 

If you would like to change the texture a bit from the classic double crochet texture, you can try crocheting in the back loop only or in the front loop only to get more of a ribbed texture.

striped double crochet afghan draped on a couch

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Yarn Used in the Easy Double Crochet Blanket

I love using quality inexpensive yarns for large blanket patterns. They may not be the softest and smoothest yarns you’ll ever work with but they make a large project more affordable and usually they soften with time. 

Big Twist Value yarn is an economy yarn that can be found at Joann Fabrics. It is a category 4, worsted-weight yarn that is 100% acrylic. 

I’d say Big Twist Value is right in the middle as far as softness compared to other value yarns I’ve used. (Dye colors can also influence softness.) It was a super easy yarn to work with, it was consistent between skeins of yarn and I loved the richness of the two colors I used. 

Yarn Substitutions

You have so many options for working this double crochet throw. You can stick with other value yarns like Red Heart Super Saver or Caron One pound or you can choose another medium-weight yarn to make your blanket. 

If you plan on using the blanket frequently and expect it will regularly get washed, you may want to choose a yarn like Premier Everyday Anti-Pilling Yarn. The anti-pulling yarns hold up really well after frequent use and washes. 

Adjusting the Blanket Size

Thankfully adjusting the size of this double crochet Afghan is super simple. To adjust the width of the blanket you just need to change the number of stitches you start with. To make a wider blanket, you’ll just need to chain more stitches, and conversely, to make a narrower blanket, you’ll want to start with a shorter chain or fdc row. 

If you want to follow the same striping pattern, you’ll want to keep in mind that each block of stripes is 24 rows and approximately 12″, so you’ll want to increase or decrease the row count by multiples of 24.

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Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner


US size I/9, 5.5 mm crochet hook

Big Twist Value Yarn (Category 4, worsted weight yarn, 6oz/170gm, 371 yds, 339m)

  • Sample used approximately 1360 yds (22oz) in Cream (MC) and 557 yds (9oz) in Dark Denim (CC)

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Size I/9, 5.5 mm crochet hook

Big Twist Value Yarn

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ch(s): chain
fdc(s): foundation double crochet
dc(s): double crochet(s)
MC: Main Color = Cream
CC: Contrasting Color = Dark Denim
st(s): stitch(es)

Gauge: 4” x 4” = 8 rows by 13 dcs

Finished Size: approximately 48” wide by 54” long


The ch 2 to start each row counts as a stitch

The blanket can either be started with a row of foundation double crochets or with a chain. Instructions are provided for both starting methods.

Pattern Instructions:

Starting with a chain:

With MC, ch 155

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across (153)

(Move down to row 2)

Starting with a foundation double crochet:

Row 1: with MC, fdc 153

Row 2: ch 2, dc in each st across (153)

The pattern continues by repeating Row 2 for a total of 108 rows. Here is the striping sequence I used:

Rows 1-12: MC
Rows 13-14: CC
Rows 15-16: MC
Rows 17-20: CC
Rows 21-22: MC
Rows 23-24: CC
Rows 25-36: MC
Rows 37-38: CC
Rows 39-40: MC
Rows 41-44: CC
Rows 45-46: MC
Rows 47-48: CC
Rows 49-60: MC
Rows 61-62: CC
Rows 63-64: MC
Rows 65-68: CC
Rows 69-70: MC
Rows 71-72: CC
Rows 73-84: MC
Rows 85-86: CC
Rows 87-88: MC
Rows 89-92: CC
Rows 93-94: MC
Rows 95-96: CC
Rows 97-108: MC


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