If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for something perfect for the little geek in your life. You’re also too busy to spend long hours chained to your sewing machine.
Enter Geekbaby’s Lego Block Blanket, a simple and very portable crochet project. You can carry only one color at a time if you’re out and about, and because you’re making individual blocks for later assembly, you don’t need to haul around a lot of yarn or a big in-progress project.
When I was pregnant with my Geekbaby, I had grand schemes of All Of The Things I Was Going To Make™. This is the only item that I actually completed before Geekbaby made his appearance, after which all crafting left my mind (except in wistful daydreams) for months.
This pattern is adapted from Eva Ferrebee’s Lego Block pattern, available on Ravelry or AllFreeCrochet. The amounts listed are for a baby blanket (2’ x 3’), but you can adjust the size by scaling the yarn. I recommend buying all you need of one color’s yarn at once if you can; separate dye lots may have visible color variance. However, the pattern is pretty forgiving if you do have different dye lots in your project, as like-colored blocks are separated from one another in the pattern.
If you end up making a blanket, tell us about your project in the comments. You can also visit the original patterns and leave some love for Eva, using the links in the “Resources” section. Have fun!
Lego Block Blanket
Adapted from Eva Ferrebee’s Lego Block pattern, available on Ravelry or AllFreeCrochet.com
The original pattern has been altered to correct the number of stitches based on an error identified in Ravelry comments.
You will need:
- I/9 or 5.5 mm crochet hook
- Brightly colored worsted weight (4 – medium weight) yarn of four desired colors. You can use “Lego” colors like red, yellow, blue and gray, or adjust the colors to fit your preferences. Be sure to check the washing instructions on the yarn so that you don’t get stuck with a hand-wash-only blanket (unless you’re fine with that!)
Note: For four colors of blocks, you’ll need approximately 440 yards of each.
- White worsted weight yarn (for joining pieces, or substitute a separate color if you prefer) – approximately 220 yards.
- Yarn Needle for weaving in yarn ends.
Stitches Used: Chain, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Bobble Stitch (see video resources below)
- Decide how big you want your blanket to be. A standard baby blanket is approximately 2’ x 3’, which would be 81 blocks (9 blocks across x 9 blocks deep). If you are using 4 colors, you will need approximately 20 blocks for each. You may need to make a few extra once you’ve laid out the blanket.
- Crochet your blocks. See instructions below, and this helpful video: How to Crochet a Lego Block. (remember to only crochet 16 stitches to start, rather than 17).
- Once all blocks are crocheted, arrange in your desired finished pattern. Begin joining the blocks together into rows with the yarn you have chosen for joining. Place two blocks together, wrong sides together, and single crochet through each back loop to join the pieces. See this video for tips: Joining Squares: Single Crochet.
- Continue joining until blanket is assembled.
Crocheting a Lego Block
Chain 16 loosely
Row 1: Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook, Single Crochet the rest of the chain. (15 stitches) Turn.
Row 2: Chain 3, Double Crochet the length of the row (15 stitches), Turn.
Row 3: Chain 2, Half Double Crochet in same stitch, 2 hdc, Bobble Stitch, 3 hdc, Bobble Stitch, 3 hdc, (15 stitches) Turn.
Row 4: Chain 3, Double Crochet the length of the row (15 stitches) Turn.
Row 5: Chain 2, Half Double Crochet in same stitch, 2 hdc, Bobble Stitch, 3 hdc, Bobble Stitch, 3 hdc, (15 stitches) Turn.
Row 6: Chain 3, Double Crochet the length of the row (15 stitches) Turn.
Row 7: Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook, Single Crochet the rest of the chain. (15 stitches) Turn.
Finish: Cut and Knot End. Weave in yarn ends.