The “Fisherman Crochet Throw” is my first blanket design and I am so excited to be offering it here on my blog as a free crochet pattern. What I love and I think you will love is the way easy stitches can come together to make this classic texture using only chain and double crochet stitches.
UPDATED NOV 2023
I made this throw a few years ago and it took me some time before I actually shared it with all of you. This is nothing new. As many of my crochet testers know I often send out patterns to be tested and then it takes months before I actually release them. Why? Because I get distracted by the next project.
This stitch is perfect in different yarn weights and had been quietly lurking in the background of my crochet journey, appearing in various projects with the best crochet stitch pattern within my “Brighton Series” since 2015. But I must admit, the thought of investing so much time into a blanket initially felt a bit overwhelming.
Selecting the right yarn posed a bit of a challenge, as I wanted to ensure my efforts would stand the test of time. However, my crochet serendipity struck when I stumbled upon the perfect yarn – Loops and Threads Tweed Big yarn for a mere $3.00 per skein. It’s funny how that price alone hints at when this project took shape.
I knew the chosen stitch (now I know it is the extended moss stitch) would look fantastic in any yarn, but for a cozy blanket, I sought softness and suppleness, something that would drape beautifully without feeling stiff or overly heavy. So, I upsized my crochet hook to an 11.5 mm, and that’s when I achieved the perfect texture for this chunky blanket.
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Add this to your stack of easy crochet patterns. Designed to be simple yet filled with lots of texture, this one row repeat – repetitive pattern is not only versatile but also incredibly snuggly.
A quick tip for you – if you decide to go with a different yarn (since the Tweed Big is no longer available – read on for recommended substitutes), be sure to adjust your hook size accordingly.
Keeping your hook slightly larger than usual will help you achieve the same lovely drape I have. Experiment with a few swatches until you find that perfect feel and check your gauge to be sure you will end up with a blanket the right size.
Now, let’s delve into the details of the “Fisherman Crochet Throw.” The name was inspired by the classic colour and tweed effect of the yarn, giving it a timeless appeal.
So, who can take on this crochet blanket? Well, I’d say the stitches are straightforward enough for beginners, but overall, it’s an easy pattern. We’ll be using the trusty double crochet and chain stitch – both quite manageable, wouldn’t you agree? And if you’re more of a visual learner, don’t worry, I’ve prepared a video tutorial to assist you every step of the way.
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Now, let’s address the topic of gauge. Gauge, in essence, measures the number of stitches and rows in a specified area, typically a 4-inch by 4-inch square. While gauge isn’t critical for this pattern, it certainly has its merits:
1. Matching Size: If you have a specific size in mind for your throw, checking your gauge can help ensure it comes close to your desired dimensions.
2. Yarn Substitution: When using a different yarn, checking gauge can ensure your substitution results in a throw of the intended size and drape.
This yarn has since been discontinued and I have been unable to find a worsted weight yarn with the same or even close yarn gauge – I recommend that you choose a chunky weight yarn instead. See materials list below for bulky weight yarn recommendations perfect for crochet blankets.
If you’re curious about gauge or need more information, you can learn all about it here.
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How large should a throw blanket be?
I’ve got a handy Blanket Sizing Chart with the most common crocheted blanket sizes to help you out.
The typical size for a crochet throw falls in the range of 50 to 60 inches in width and 60 to 70 inches in length, making it perfect for draping over a couch in your living room or using as a decorative bedspread.
Whatever you are looking for there are lots of different sizes in this chart ensuring you get the size right. However, feel free to adjust the size according to your personal preference and intended use. If you’re looking for a smaller snuggle-up throw, aim for dimensions around 40 to 50 inches in width and length.
My Blanket Resizing Chart along with my Blanket Resizing Calculator can guide you to find the perfect measurements for your project, whether it be a crochet baby blanket or king size blanket these two tools will answer all your questions.
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BUT If you don’t want to use those tools, don’t fret if you want to go bigger or smaller – I’ve got you covered. Simply increase or decrease your starting chains to change the length, making sure they’re a multiple of two, and then make it as wide as you want.
Ready to get started? Grab your favourite worsted weight or bulky weight skeins of yarn, your 11.5mm crochet hook and line up your favourite Netflix shows and get ready to make the easy blanket pattern.
THROW 40″ x 60″ (including fringe)
Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sp – space
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
rpt – repeat
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Loops & Threads Tweed Big (discontinued – see recommended yarns below)
1325m/1500g or 1445yds/52.9oz
Recommended Yarns – These are direct substitutes no change to starting chain or hook size is required when using these yarns.
Worsted Weight Recommendations (adjustments needed)
If you are thinking of using a worsted weight yarn I have some great recommendations. Keep in mind you will either need to double the strands by holding two strands together with the 11.5 mm crochet hook or go down a hook size to an 8mm or 9mm crochet hook if using a single strand. It is best if possible to make a swatch to ensure you like the look and feel before you make the entire blanket.
When substituting yarns in a crochet pattern, it’s always a good idea to buy a little extra. To avoid disappointment, always err on the side of caution and purchase a bit more yarn than you think you’ll need.
Making the Fringe
Fringe is placed in the end of every other row evenly across bottom and top of throw.
Cut 296 (or 4 at a time) pieces of yarn approximately 16 inches long.
Fold 4 pieces of yarn at a time in half and hold bottom of throw with wrong side facing you, use hook to draw the folded ends around the stitch pulling from right side under stitch back up through to right side again.
Pull the loose ends through the folded section and draw the knot up not too firmly. Repeat in the end of every other row. Once fringes are all attached lay flat on hard surface and trim to straighten the bottom of the fringe. I cut mine at 6 inches measured from top of knot.
Fisherman Throw Crochet Pattern Instructions
To lengthen or shorten this throw just make more or fewer stitches.
Be sure to keep your chain a multiple of 2.
With 11.5 mm hook
3 skipped chain of row 1 counts as 1st dc
Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from hook (this counts as 1st dc), *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch* rpt from * to * ending with dc in last ch. Ch 2 turn. (91)
Row 2: Chain 2 of previous row counts as first hdc. Dc in 1st ch one row below, ch 1, skip next ch. *Dc in next ch one row below, ch 1, skip next ch* rpt from * to* to last 2 sts Skip 2nd last st, hdc in last ch. Ch 2 turn. (91)
Rows 3 – 74: Ch 2 from previous row counts as 1st hdc. Dc in 1st skipped st under ch 1 space, ch 1, skip next st, *dc in skipped st under ch space, ch 1 skip next st* rpt from *to* to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st. Ch 2 turn (91)
Note: At the end of row 74 only ch 1.
Finishing row: Sc in 1st ch space, dc in skipped stitch under ch space, (sc, dc in skipped st under ch space) rpt () in each ch 1 space till end of row. End with hdc in last ch. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Weave in all ends and secure with Fray Check – make sure that you fasten off on the same side for all ends – this will become the wrong side of the throw.
Handy Hint – I don’t cut ends until the very last step that way the wrong side is always clearly visible.
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Made from simple stitches can be made easily and look great with worsted weight yarn, chunky yarn or bulky yarn, and is sure to become one of your favourite crochet throw blankets.
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