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Prancing Through the Holidays Deer Blanket

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Prancing Deer Crochet Blanket

There is no secret that I love designing and making blankets. The Prancing Through the Holidays Deer Blanket combines my love of blankets with my love of the holidays, and the fact that it works up quickly with a good chunky yarn means you can enjoy the cozy comfort that much sooner.

And, of course, the colorwork is rewarding as you work each line. Colorwork crochet is a unique form that combines color and texture to create beautiful works of art. Unlike traditional crochet, which uses a single color of yarn, colorwork crochet involves using multiple colors in the same stitch or row. This technique allows for more intricate patterns and designs and the ability to blend colors together for a more vibrant effect. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or want to add some pizzazz to your projects, colorwork crochet is sure to be an enjoyable experience!

This pattern uses the intarsia colorwork method. If this is your first time doing crochet colorwork, welcome! And don’t be afraid to jump right in. I also have a helpful blogpost to get you started with crochet colorwork: https://brianakdesigns.com/ways-to-colorwork-in-crochet/


If you find that the Prancing Though the Holiday Deer Blanket is just not enough holiday spirit for you I would recommend the Farmhouse Plaid Deer Crochet Pillow Cover or the Red Christmas Truck Pattern for Crochet Table Runner. Also, I would be a bad crochet friend if I didn’t recommend the Pine Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt.

This pattern includes both written instructions and an easy-to-follow chart. There is even a tutorial to get you started on your colorwork journey.

If you want to purchase the ad-free PDF Prancing Through the Holiday Deer Blanket pattern, it is available on Ravelry, Etsy, or Love Crafts.

SUPPLIES

Size M/N (9mm) Hook
Removable stitch marker
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Scissors

YARN & YARDAGE

The Mary Maxim Yarn is Currently Out Of Stock; Please See Below For Substitutes

Mary Maxim Starlette Chunky Yarn 100% Acrylic, 60 yds/100g
Yardage: 1800
Red Wine: 13 skeins
Cottonwood: 9 skeins
Charcoal: 6 skeins
Light Grey: 4 skeins

YARN SUBSTITUTES

Mill House Super Bulky on WeCrochet 100% Acrylic, 90 yds/170g
Yardage: 1800 yds
Barn Red Heather: 9 skeins
Cream Heather: 6 skeins
Black: 4 skeins
Wise Grey: 3 skeins

Lion Brand Hometown Yarn 100% Acrylic, 81 yds/5oz
Yardage: 1800 yds
Red: 10 skeins
White: 7 skeins
Dark Grey: 5 skeins
Light Grey: 3 skeins

GAUGE

9 sc sts and 10 rows = 4” [10 cm] with 9.00mm-hook

ABBREVIATIONS

ch – chain
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side

MEASUREMENTS:

62.5 inches (159 cm) long
48 inches (122 cm) wide

More About This Pattern

  • Please note matching gauge, both horizontal and vertical, can be difficult. Extra rows can be added at the top if needed, so it is more important to match the stitch gauge versus the row gauge. This pattern also has some ease in fitting over a pillow.
  • After the end of each row, turn and ch 1. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Right side of rows is read from right to left. Wrong side rows are read from left to right.
  • To change color, work the last yarn over the single crochet in the color of the next stitch.
  • Please visit https://brianakdesigns.com/ways-to-colorwork-in-crochet/ for a full tutorial on colorwork as well as a FREE Sheep Yarn Bobbin Printable to assist you with this project. No one loves tangles.

Color A: Cottonwood (or white)
Color B: Light Grey
Color C: Charcoal (or black)
Color D: Red Wine

How to read the colorwork instructions:

The crochet chart is worked from bottom-up.

In the colorwork section Color A will be abbreviated as (A), and Color B as (B). Example: B x 9 = with Color B ssc the next 9 stitches

When the pattern has [..] x 9, this means to repeat the instructions in the parentheses 9 times.

Prancing Through the Holidays Deer Blanket Instructions:

To begin: with grey yarn chain 91 and start the first row in the second chain from hook. (90 sts)
After the end of each row turn and ch 1. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch. The stitch count for every row will be 90 sts.

Row 1 [RS]: [B6, A6] x 9, B6.

→ Row 2 [WS] – Row 6: Repeat Row 1.

Rows 7-12: [C6, B6] x 9, C6.

Rows 13-18: Repeat Rows 1-6.

Row 19-20: C90

Rows 21-22: [A2, D3, A1] x 15

Row 22: [A1, D3, A2] x 19

Rows 23-24: [D3, A3] x 15

Rows 25-26: [D1, A3, D2] x 15

Rows 27-28: C90

Row 29: D90

Row 30: D67, A2, D8, [D1, A4, D1] x 2, D1

Row 31: D2, A4, D2, A1, [A2, D10] x 2, D34, A2, D8, [D1, A4, D1] x 2, D1

Row 32: D2, A4, D2, A1, [A2, D10] x 2, D32, A6, D9, A2, D4, A2, D2

Row 33: [D2, A2, D2] x 2, D7, A6, D40, A6, D9, A2, D4, A2, D2

Row 34: [D2, A2, D2] x 2, D7, A6, D42, A2, D11, A2, D4, A2, D2

Row 35:[D2, A2, D2] x 2, D9, A2, D44, A2, D11, A2, D4, A2, D2

Row 36: [D2, A2, D2] x 2, D9, A2, D57, A2, D2, A4, D2

Row 37: D2, A4, D2, A2, D70, A2, D2, A4, D2

Row 38: D2, A4, D2, A2, D70, [A2, D2] x 2, D2

Row 39: D4, A2, D2, A3, D68, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D3

Row 40: D4, A2, D2, A3, D66, [D1, A3] x 2, A1, D4

Row 41: D4, [D1, A3, D1] x 2, D64, A3, D1, A4, D4

Row 42: D4, [D1, A3, D1] x 2, D36, [D1, A2, D9] x 2, D1, [D1, A3] x 2, A2, D5

Row 43: D6, A4, D2, A1, [A2, D10] x 3, [D2, A2, D8] x 2, D2, [D1, A3] x 2, A2, D5

Row 44: D6, A4, D2, A1, [A2, D10] x 4, A6, D7, A3, D2, A4, D7

Row 45: D7, A5, D2, A3, D6, A6, D10, [A2, D8] x 2, D2, A6, D7, A3, D2, A4, D7

Row 46: D7, A5, D2, A3, D6, A6, D10, A2, D8, [A2, D4] x 2, D2, A2, D8, A3, D1, A5, D8

Row 47: D9, A9, D7, A2, D6, [A2, D4] x 2, D4, [A2, D4] x 2, D2, A2, D8, A3, D1, A5, D8

Row 48: D9, A9, D7, A2, D6, [A2, D4] x 2, D4, [A2, D2] x 2, D15, A8, D10

Row 49: D10, A8, D16, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D6, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D16, A8, D10

Row 50: D10, A8, D16, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D6, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D16, A8, D10

Row 51: D10, A9, D16, [A2, D2] x 2, D6, [A2, D2] x 2, D15, A8, D10

Row 52: D10, A9, D16, [A2, D2] x 2, D6, A11, D8, A12, D10

Row 53: D10, A13, D6, A12, D8, A11, D8, A12, D10

Row 54: D10, A13, D6, A12, D10, A12, D2, A15, D10

Row 55: D10, A29, D12, A12, D2, A15, D10

Row 56: D10, A29, D18, A23, D10

Row 57: D10, A23, D24, A23, D10

Row 58: D10, A23, D24, A25, D8

Row 59: D8, A25, D24, A25, D8

Row 60: D8, A25, D22, A22, D2, A3, D8

Row 61: D8, A3, D3, A21, D20, A22, D2, A3, D8

Row 62: D8, A3, D3, A21, D20, A20, D5, A2, D8

Row 63: D8, A2, D8, A17, D20, A20, D5, A2, D8

Row 64: D8, A2, D8, A17, D20, A16, D9, A2, D8

Row 65: D21, A14, D9, A2, D9, A16, D9, A2, D8

Row 66: D21, A14, D9, A2, D9, A14, D21

Row 67: D13, A2, D8, A10, D9, A6, D7, A14, D21

Row 68: D13, A2, D8, A10, D9, A6, D9, A10, D8, A2, D13

Row 69: D11, A6, D6, A8, D13, A2, D11, A10, D8, A2, D13

Row 70: D11, A6, D6, A8, D13, A2, D13, A8, D6, A6, D11

Row 71: D13, A2, D8, A6, D30, A8, D6, A6, D11

Row 72: D13, A2, D8, A6, D32, A6, D8, A2, D13

Row 73: D23, A12, D26, A6, D8, A2, D13

Row 74: D22, [D1, A12, D19] x 2, D4

Row 75: D21, A16, D18, A12, D23

Row 76: D20, [D1, A16, D15] x 2, D6

Row 77: D23, A4, D2, A6, D18, A16, D21

Row 78: D23, A4, D2, A6, D20, A6, D2, A4, D23

Row 79: D13, A20, D22, A6, D2, A4, D23

Row 80: D13, A20, D24, A20, D13

Row 81: D10, A4, D11, A4, D28, A20, D13

Row 82: D10, A4, D11, A4, D12, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D12, A4, D12, A3, D10

Row 83: D8, A1, [A1, D2] x 2, D4, A6, D4, A4, D8, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D12, A4, D12, A3, D10

Row 84: D8, A1, [A1, D2] x 2, D4, A6, D4, A4, D6, [D1, A4, D1] x 2, D6, A4, D4, A6, D6, A1, D2, A2, D8

Row 85: D6, A2, D8, [D1, A2, D7] x 2, D4, A4, D2, A4, D7, A4, D4, A6, D6, A1, D2, A2, D8

Row 86: D6, A2, D8, [D1, A2, D7] x 2, D8, A2, D14, [D1, A2, D7] x 2, D2, A2, D6

Row 87: D6, [A2, D7] x 2, [D3, A2, D12] x 2, [D3, A2, D5] x 2, D4, A2, D6

Row 88: D6, [A2, D7] x 2, D3, A2, D10, [D1, A4, D1] x 2, D10, A2, D10, A2, D7, A2, D6

Row 89: D4, [A2, D2] x 2, [D3, A2, D7] x 2, D4, A4, D2, A4, D11, A2, D10, A2, D7, A2, D6

Row 90: D4, [A2, D2] x 2, [D3, A2, D7] x 2, D6, [A2, D2] x 2, D11, A2, D10, A2, D4, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D3

Row 91: D8, [A2, D5] x 2, [D3, A2, D2, A2, D8] x 2, D5, A2, D10, A2, D4, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D3

Row 92: D8, [A2, D5] x 2, D1, [D2, A2] x 2, D28, [A2, D2] x 2, D6, [A2, D5] x 2, D3

Row 93: D12, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D5, A2, D32, [A2, D2] x 2, D6, [A2, D5] x 2, D3

Row 94: D12, [D1, A2, D1] x 2, D5, A2, D36, A2, D6, [A2, D2] x 2, D11

Row 95: D13, A2, D48, A2, D6, [A2, D2] x 2, D11

Row 96: D13, A2, D75

Rows 97-98: D90

Rows 99-100: C90

Rows 101-102: [A2, D3, A1] x 15

Rows 103-104: [A3, D3] x 15

Rows 105-106: [D1, A3, D2] x 15

Rows 107-108: C90

Rows 109-126: Repeat Rows 1-18.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Block blanket.

Prancing Through the Holidays Deer Blanket Chart

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