Winter is right on the edge, and you must prepare to snuggle up under the cozy fur blankets with your favorite cup of hot chocolate. The buffalo plaid crochet blanket is the perfect blanket to read your books under on cold winter nights by the fireplace.
The striped crosses at the right angle will keep you obsessed with the bulky yet soft blanket. The buffalo plaid represents the era of good ol’ Elmer Fudd and is viewed as a fashion representation in American culture. Sit down with your family and friends for a game night all wrapped up in the plaid blanket.
Crocheting this blanket is a very interesting project since it requires a change of patterns and colors, and the squares are the highlight. Keep reading through the article to make a buffalo plaid crochet blanket. Since the project will be extensive and time-consuming, you might not want to waste any time looking for materials at the end moment.
Thus, we suggest you arrange the materials first.
Materials Required for Buffalo Plaid Crochet Blanket
The appropriate materials will let you make the buffalo plaid crochet blanket with utmost ease without any hassle to keep looking for specifics.
To crochet a square checkered pattern blanket, you must use three different colored yarns. Here, we are making a buffalo plaid crochet blanket, and for this, you should use a black-colored yarn compulsorily, along with one bright color and one dark shade of yarn.
Here, we have used dark red(color A), bright red(color B), and black(color C) for the instructions on how to make a buffalo plaid blanket. Also, be mindful of the length of the yarns you use. You will need approximately 5 skeins of black and 6-7 skeins of the other two colors to make a full-size blanket.
Now, Let’s start making the blanket.
Detailed Guide on the Working of Buffalo Plaid Crochet Blanket
First of all, it would be beneficial to grab an idea about the pattern to change the colors while making the buffalo plaid blanket. Grab all your supplies and dive into the detailed description of the workings of this charismatic pattern.
1. Color Changes
Since we will be changing colors quite often for this pattern, you must be acquainted with how to change the colors and blend them well together.
When it’s time to change the color, pull the new color through the last two hoops of the previous color on the hook. To keep things simple for beginners, we will be using the single crochet technique, and here’s what you need to do- with Color B, insert the hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over, draw up a loop, drop color B, pull color A through those two loops created by Color B.
Now, create a single crochet with Color A by stitching over the Color B strand. This will crochet over the color you are not using at the time being. You must follow this color-changing pattern throughout the fabric to achieve a dense, warm, tight fabric. Now, let’s dive straight into blanket-making!
2. Working on the Blanket
The buffalo plaid crochet blanket will be worked in steps and phases since it needs different techniques for different blanket parts. Follow thoroughly.
- Row 1: Start with the color A, make 86 chain stitches, and turn your work. Then, from the back hump of the 2nd chain, single crochet them until the next 4 chains. Now, change to color B and single crochet in the back hump for the next 5 chains, then change to color A and single crochet in the back hump of the next 5 chains and repeat this for the rest of the chains. Make sure the last 5 chains carry the color A. You will have 85 stitches along this row.
- Rows 2-5: Stitch 1 chain with color A and single crochet for the next 5 stitches. Then, change the color to B, single crochet the next 5 stitches, and change to color A again, single crochet the next 5 stitches, and repeat the process until the last 5 stitches have color A. For the last row, change the stitch with the color C. You will have a total of 85 stitches. Cut the extra B and weave in the tail.
- Rows 6-9: Stitch 1 chain with color C and single crochet in the next 5 stitches. Change to color A and single crochet in the next 5 stitches, and again change to color C and crochet the next 5 stitches. Repeat this process until the last 5 stitches are in color A, and turn your work. You will again have 85 stitches. Cut the color C and weave it in the tail.
- Row 10: For the 10th row, stitch 1 chain with color C and single crochet in the next 5 stitches. After that, change the color to A and single crochet in the next 5 stitches and again change to color C and single crochet in the next 5 stitches. Repeat the process and, at the end, change the color to A for the last stitch and turn the work. You will have 85 stitches. Cut C and weave in the tail.
- Rows 11-15: Take color A and stitch 1 chain and single crochet in the next 5 stitches. Then, change to color B and single crochet in the next 5 stitches and change to color A, single crochet in the next 5 stitches. Repeat the step and carry the last 5 stitches with color A. Here, for the last stitch, change the color to C and turn the work. You will have 85 stitches.
- Rows 16-85: To complete the remaining rows, repeat the steps from 6 to 15 consecutively, where the last 5 stitches of the 85th row should carry color B. Cut color A and weave in the tail.
3. Marking the Edges
- Orient the blanket so the first foundation chain is on the right side, running vertically, and single crochet the 1st row across all 85 stitches. Additionally, stitch on the corner and place the stitch marker. Turn working across the bottom and single crochet in all the stitches. Again, stitch on the corner and place the stitch marker. Now, turn the pattern to work across the side and single-crochet the first row of 85 stitches. Stitch at the corner, then place stitch markers and turn working across the top single crochet in all of the stitches with an additional stitch in the corner. Place the stitch marker. Join with the first stitch and slip stitch to attach. You will now have 344 stitches.
- Stitch 1 chain and single stitch in each stitch across the marked stitches. In the marked stitch, make 3 single crochets and place a stitch marker in the 2nd single crochet. Repeat this step except for the chain stitch and slip stitch in the first single crochet to join. You will now have 352 stitches.
- Repeat this step. In the last stitch, slip stitch in the first single crochet to join. Finally, you will have 360 stitches in total.
4. Addition of Fur
The buffalo plaid crochet blanket pattern is ready, but you might also want to add some fur to the blanket base for a more cozy and warm winter. We have used the sheepskin; you might use any material of your choice and preference. Here’s how to do it:
Lay out the sheepskin and smooth it down on the wall facing to the right side. On the top of the fur, place the buffalo plaid crochet blanket facing upwards. This implies that the wrong sides of both the fur and blanket should be facing each other. Smooth out both together to let the materials blend into each other evenly. It might require a bit of fluffing and smoothing.
Now, cut the fur a size bigger than the blanket to leave space for the seam. Without shaking the situation here, fold the seams and pin the edges all around the blanket. Now, you can use any method to stitch the two materials together. Use the needle and yarn to sew the blanket together. You can use hand sewing or machine stitching as per your choice.
There you have your furry blanket ready.
Important Notes to Adhere for Buffalo Plaid Crochet Blanket
Since you are new to this pattern, here are a few important notes and suggestions from us. These are necessary for you to make an intact buffalo plaid blanket.
- To make a buffalo plaid crochet blanket, you must make chains in multiples of 4 or 8. This will make it easier to make squares and the correct pattern.
- Beginning chains do not count as stitches, so work accordingly.
- Yarns vary in size and thickness, and you must use the gauge according to the size of the yarn. Using a smaller size yarn will make it difficult to yarn over and insert in the right spots.
- Read the instructions carefully, if needed, twice.
- The squares here are worked in 5 stitches by 5 rows; you can make changes as per your requirements.
- The instructions here are for a size 17 by 17-block blanket. If you want to make a smaller or larger blanket, start by changing the length of the blanket and then move on to the width.
How Many Blocks Do You Need?
There are various sizes of blankets, such as baby, lapghan, throw, twin, full, queen, and king. The buffalo plaid crochet blanket requires different numbers of squares for each blanket size.
- Baby: A baby blanket is of size 36” by 36”. It requires 9 blocks of squares for making the blanket.
- Lapghan: The Lapghan blanket is of size 36” by 48”. It requires 12 blocks of squares to make the blanket.
- Throw: A Throw blanket is of size 48” by 60”. It requires a 20-square block pattern to make a full-size throw blanket.
- Twin: The Twin blanket measures 60” by 84”. The blanket needs 35 blocks of square to complete itself.
- Full: A Full-size blanket measures approximately 84” by 96”. It requires a 56-square block pattern to make a full-size blanket.
- Queen: The queen-size blanket is a 96” by 96” measurement. It requires 64 block squares to make the queen-size blanket.
- King: The King size blanket is the largest and measures approximately 108” by 96”. A 72-square-block square pattern will make a king-size blanket.
Winter season calls for staying at home with your loved ones and celebrating the festivities while looking out at the snow. The cold temperature requires snuggling up under soft and cozy blankets.
Be it children or grown-ups, none can deny an evening around the fireplace with their loved ones with their favorite food and desserts. The best part is sitting around covered under blankets and just having a fun time.
The Buffalo plaid crochet blanket works best for this purpose since, along with keeping you warm and cozy, it meets the mark for fashion. You cannot go wrong with this fury blanket. While red and black are famous combinations, you can also choose other colors, such as wine or shades of green.
Give this blanket pattern a try for this winter, and let us know how well the instructions work for you. If you made any changes, pour down your views in the comments below. Happy Crocheting!