In today’s tutorial let’s do the

Grey Scale Blanket. This is a really easy blanket using Bernat Blanket yarn. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as

well as Yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. In today’s pattern what

we’re going to do, is work on the Grey Scale Blanket just like you see here,

and grey is very much on trend, just like you see the small example today. In

today’s tutorial we’re going to talk about being able to make this. I’m going

to show you how to do it. Also going to talk about the multiples in order to

change the size if you wish. Just know that if you change the size,

you will change the ball counts, just like you see here. If you’d like to do

this large example, it’s 52 inches by 65 inches long. In order to do this that you’ll need

3 balls of the 300 grams. These are the big balls just like you see here. And

you’ll need 3 balls of the dark grey and you also need 3 balls of the

vintage white, and then 2 balls, which is this one here, of the pale grey. Of course, you can change your colors to

match your home décor and let’s get started on working on this pattern, and

let’s talk a little bit about the work involved. So let’s review the diagram key that is

here. This is a crochet diagram, and we can see that there is an up-and-down

motion both sides finish in the up formation. And if you look at it

carefully, you see that there’s actually three chevrons, so 1 2 & 3. To make this

blanket in any size that you wish, all you just need to do is chain in sets of 14. So there’s 14 stitches in a chevron, so 1

2 and 3, and so that’s what you can see here. And at the very end of your chain

you’re going to add 3 and that gives you the multiples that you need in order to

make this successful for you. So today’s sample, I’m going to do a

smaller version, just to show you how to do the up-and-down motion, and I’m

going to show you how to change color. And in today’s pattern, you’ll need a

size N or 10 mm crochet hook, and you also need Bernat Blanket yarn.

You can substitute your hook size and your yarn, if

you like…love this pattern so much, in order to change it. You should know though, if you change any

kind of chain counts in this, you will need a different quantity of yarn

and I don’t know what that answer is. So

without further ado, let’s get started and working on this particular project.

I’d like to talk about the chain before I actually physically do it, and you’ll

notice here this is a smaller example that I’m about to do. And what we have in

this particular example here, is that it’s in multiples of 14. But you should know, because of the

up-and-down motion, when you go to chain with this yarn, you’re going to notice that the chain

is going to be really long. But because you’re doing the up-and-down motion, this

string will change. So for example, say that you had a

string and it’s like this length, OK ? And you’re thinking “OK, that’s really

long”. But just think about the string bending

down like this, and all of a sudden it’s a shorter distance. So when you’re

considering how long this afghan, or wide this afghan should be, you should

consider that the length of the chain isn’t necessarily what the outcome of

the afghan’s going to be. So you have to consider that it’s going to have to bend

down just like so. So it’s kind of a neat idea, and what I have here – let’s take a

measurement and i’ll show you what the thickness of 1 chevron will be, if you’re

deciding that. So off camera, I did a measurement and it

is 6 inches from one side of the chevron to the other, just these are 6 inches. So 14 stitches

equals about 6 inches. So that gives you an indication, and see how it’s going

down ? So when you go to chain that 14, it’s

going to be probably out appearing to be a lot wider, like that where my thumb is

here. And that’s because it is going down. In today’s tutorial I’m going to get you

started here, and this is a very easy pattern. Once we get on to row number 2,

all the other rows are exactly identical. I’m going to show you how to change

color as well, to make this particular project. So let’s get started on that next. So

let’s begin with a slip knot, so if you’d like to make the exact pattern, you can

chain 115, if you wish. And if you’d like to alternate the size,

to make it a different size, then you’re going to do in multiples of 14, which I’m

going to do, because that’s just….just makes a lot of sense. So let me go in, and I’m going to chain 14.

So 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…..8…. 9…10…11…12…13 and 14. So after you get 14, you can make a

decision whether it’s long enough or not – remember it has to come down, so it’s

not going to be this wide, it’s going to be more like this. And so then you can do as multiple, and

as many multiples as 14. So I would do another set of 14. So 1…2…3…4…5…

6…7…8…9…10…11…12…13 and 14. Once you’re satisfied with the whole

length of your chain, at the very end of your chain, if you’re doing it this way,

you’re going to have an additional 3. So 1…2 and 3. Let’s pull up the crochet diagram. I want

to show you something next. So I want to show you the diagram here,

and what we’re going to do is at the ends are always going to be the same. So

they’re always going to be up coming down, and then back up and down, up and

down, and ending in the up just like it is on the other side. So this is one of those projects, where

it doesn’t matter which row you’re starting on to – because the both sides are

in the up position , it makes it a lot easier. So, for example, say you had it like this

and the other side was finishing in the down, it’d make it hard to remember So when we’re in the up position, we’re

going to be adding more stitches. So you can see that the first one here has

3 double crochets in the first one. That chaining of 3 counts as a double

crochet. And in the bottom, on this side of the chevron, there’s 3 that come

into 1 at the top, and then the other side there’s 3 that come into 1 of

the top. So as you’re on the top, you’re adding extra stitches, and in the bottom you’re subtracting stitches, which keeps

this going up and down. So the next up, on the middle one here, on this side of it,

going up has 3, and then 3 additional stitches added to the top, and

on the other one is 3 additional on that side and then you come down its

subtract stitches. So that’s what’s happening on any kind of chevron kind of

idea like this – is that usually at the top they’re adding extra stitches, because

at the bottom side they’re subtracting and that’s what keeps

it going in the up and down fashion. You’re also going to notice that this

looks really jagged when you’re going to do this. But as you saw my example today, because of the the thickness

of the yarn, the waves are more lazier looking and

it actually looks pretty cool. So let’s get started on that next. So regardless if you started with a

110 err 115 chains or you’ve done it in multiples of 14 the

same….. it’s going to be the same. So coming 4th

chain from hook, so 1…2…3…and 4, this is where you want to start. So just

turn it around and get the back hump of that 4th one, and what you

want to do is doing a double crochet into that one. So that the chains that you just skipped

over, counts as a double crochet, this is a double crochet, and you’re going to add

another one to that same stitch. So that is your top 3 of the double crochets

and now we’re going to move down. So the nice thing about this particular pattern

is that, in between the tops and the bottoms, there’s 3 double crochets that stand

alone. That’s what makes it really easy. So the next 3 stitches will be 1

double crochet each. So continuing on the back hump of the chains, just continue

to do 1 double crochet in each of the next 3. So this is the 2nd and 3rd. So now that we’re got that, so we’ve got

the top one here it’s got 3 in this one. These 3 are standing by itself. Now

we’re going to be in the down position, as we then start coming up at the bottom.

So the next 3 stitches are going to be together. So how we do that, is that we wrap the

yarn first and going into the next chain go…insert in…yarn over, pull

through and then pull through 2 and then we do the next one. So yarn over,

going into the next chain, push through and yarn over pull through, and then pull

through 2. So you’re going to collect, until there’s

4 of these loops on the hook. So move to the next chain in. So yarn over into

the next chain, pull through and then pull through 2. So now you have 4 loops on the hook so

these 3 now just became 1. The 1st loop is starting string here, so

don’t worry about that. So yarn over and pull through all of the 4 loops, so

those 3 just became into 1, just like it shows in the pattern. So this is one side, so this is expanding

at the top for 3, going down with 3 individuals by itself, and then the

bottom 3 are together. We’re now going to move up the other side of the

chevron. So the next 3 are going to be

together. So just going in, pull through, pull through 2 and hold. OK ? Next one. OK. So we want to collect, so

that there’s 4 loops on the hook. So we just have to collect them it’s called

3….err….DC3 together. So now that you have your 4 loops, you

can see that these 3 are here. This is the starting 1, so you don’t worry

about that. Yarn over pull through all the 4

loops and now you’re ready to go in the up formation, of the other side of the

chevron. So the next 3 stitches are going to

be 1 double crochet each. So 1…..and 2… and 3. So we’re now heading to the up –

to the other side now, and now we’re heading and about to go

over the top. OK ? So you see that it’s not as high as the other one because we’re

not done. So the next stitch is going to have

3 double crochets into the same stitch, and this allows it to then start

to turn over in order to create the upper part of the chevron. So there’s

3 in this one. So that’s one side of the chevron done,

if you look at it from this point of view. So there’s one chevron done, and now we’re ready to move

on to the next chevron, which is going to start at the very top. So the next one is

going to be 3 double crochets into that one. So now we’re going to just…this kind of

like the halfway point of a chevron. So one side of it has 3 in the same

and the other side has 3 in the same. Like that. So you can kind of see it’s now started

to turn over and go down. So the next 3 are going to be 1 double crochet

each. OK ? So this is the spaces in between the

top section and the bottom section. There’s just always 3 double

crochets that sit by themselves when you do that…….OK ? Up and down. So now we’re going to be on

the bottom. So the next 3 are going to be grouped together, so we’re going to

put them together. So we just insert into the next one, and they’re double

crochet 3 together, and now very showing you more slowly how to do that. So let’s put these together, and you’re

going to go all the way across the line, doing this exact same formation just

going up and down. Once you have 4 loops on the hook, yarn over pull through all

4 and now that is one half of the chevron going down and, now we’re going

to do the other half. OK.So this is leading to going in the up

motion, on the other side. So the next 3 are together. Hmmm OK. This one’s a little tricky to get

into……… Just like so. So these 3 are together.

So we’re just going to pull through all 4 loops, and now we’re going to work

our way up. So the next 3 are by themselves. So a

double crochet up by itself, so 1……and 2…….and 3. Leaving us with just 1 stitch left

over, which is here, and now out now here is the edge. So in the edge it’s

always going to be the same, of ending with 3 double crochets

right in the very end. OK ? So if your chain was much longer,

obviously you’ll be going up and down, until you get to the very end, but this

is what it looks like. Let me just pull this out. So if I flatten things out, you’ll see

that it goes up and down – so the side is ending in the up, it goes up and down, up

and down, and the other side ends on the up as well. So I’m going to

keep the yarn on and i’m going to turn the work, and let’s go for row number 2.

In row number 2, in all of the rows, for this particular afghan, it’s always

the same. So we’re always going to start off by

chaining 3, which counts as a double crochet, and in the exact same stitch

right underneath it we’re going to put 2 more double crochets….There….So that

gives you your count of 3 double crochets. So now we’re going to move down

the line so the next 3 are going to be 1

double crochet into each. So 1……and we got number 2 (so it’s by itself)…. and 3. So now we’re

in the bottom now, in the next 3 have to come together. So what I want you to look

at here, is that you’ll see that there’s going to be 2 double crochets sitting

by itself, and then the 1 is the group of the first 3. So that in the bottom there’s 2 groups

of 3, just like you see. So in this one here, the next 3 are together which

will be the the first 2 double crochets, and then this group of 3. So if you can remember that – it’s a very

easy thing. So let’s put the next 3 together. So just like we have shown you before,

you start gathering your stitches, so the last one is that first group of 3. So now you’ve got 4 loops on your

hook, pull through all of them, and now let’s do the other side. So the

next 3 are together. So you just start gathering, so the next 3 – the first one is the group of 3 here,

and then the next 2 double crochets that are by itself. I tell you that, because it makes a big

difference when you’re working on these kind of projects, what you can physically

look at, and it makes it a lot easier. Once you have your 4 loops on the hook,

just pull through all 4 loops and now we’re ready to go in the up formation. So

the next three are by themselves So 1…2…and 3. So I want to give you another visual key.

So in the 3, they’re in the top, there’s 3 to that are in the same stitch.

You can see it’s orientated right there. And on the other side of that, there’s

3 in this one. So when I went up to there…..here – there is 3 by themselves. The last one….here….is where the next

3 goes into………OK ? Do you see that clue ? So there’s going to

be 3 double crochets in the top of that one. So that allows it to start turning over. That’s one side of the chevron. You can

clearly see it here – and on the other side of the chevron you have your group

of 3, just like you so…you see, and the first

one is going to have 3 double crochets in it. So 1……that allows it to completely turn

over. So the next 3 are going to be by

themselves. So 1…2…and 3. So we’re back at the bottom just like we

were on the other side, so let’s review that again. So you have 3 that are on the bottom,

the last one is the group of three, which means that I’m in the right

position. So we’re just going to gather the first 3, it’s going to be 3

together double crochet. So you’ve got 4 loops on your hook and pull through

all of them, and now let’s go back up the other side. So we have to put the next

3 together, the first one is a group of 3 that’s here in the bottom…. So we do it so that there’s 4 loops on the hook, and now we go up the other side. So

it’s going to be 3 double crochets standing by itself. And if your stitch

counts are right, you’re going to go up and down, up and down, all the way until you

hit the very end. And here is my 3 that are sitting by themselves. Just like you see. The last stitch is the

turning chain and in the last stitch we’re going to put in 3 double

crochets. So it’s a very easy pattern to remember, if as long as you can look for

the key elements – when to put 3 into the same one, and went to make 3 into

one just like you see here. So what I want to do, is that I want to

show you how I change color. So I’m just going to trim off the yarn

about eight inches, and i’m going to take this yarn and i’m going to pull it

through the loop and lock it. So it’s going to be locked in, and what I want to

do then is just take my yarn, and just weave it in a few of these stitches. And

then the next time I’m coming across with my next color, it’s going to be underneath

and trapped into position. So what I’m going to do then, is just

turn my work, and I’m going to start here – but I’m going to turn my work – and I want

to grab my next color and i’ll show you how to do the next color. So, I’m going to do

the next color which is going to be a darker grey. So you can do the color scheme as per

the pattern, it’s up to you and what you want to do. There is a certain order, in

order to make it exactly like that. So in the top one here, the first one, OK there’s 3 that’s going to go into the

top one. You’re going to join it with a slip

stitch. So just let this yarn going from the yarn ball pull through. Block it, keep this straggler down on top,

so you can trap it into position and I want you to chain up 3, which counts as a

double crochet. So because you’re in the up formation, this one here needs 2 more double

crochets. OK. So this is the top of the chevron and now the …

first one, the next 3 are by themselves, so they’re just double crochets.

Making sure the straggler stays down on top of the line, so it gets stuck

underneath the stitches.So that was 1… this is 2…and…3. So now that we’re at the bottom again. So what we want to do, is that the next

3 are going to be together. So here’s the group of 3 that we talked about

here’s the 2 individuals that sit by themselves, so the next 3 are going

to be together. So again, leaving the stragglers down on

top of the line, it gets stuck underneath the stitches, you barely can see it. So these 3 are going to become

together……yarn over and pulling through once you have all 4 loops on the hook,

and then go up the other side. So the next 3 are together. 1…2… So I’m collecting it, so i get 4 loops

on the hook, and pulling up through all 4 loops. So we’re going to come up the

other side and we’re going to put 3 individuals by themselves.

So…1…2… and 3. So at the very top you have

your groups of 3. Just like we showed before. So this…this

one here in the group of 3, it’s the last one available to you, it’s

going to be 3 double crochets, like what we had before – so you can turn the

corner. So this is one side of the chevron done. You see that ? And now let’s move to the

other side. So the other side is going to have 3 double crochets. So 1…2…

and 3, and now we’re going to move down, so the next 3 are by themselves.

So it’s really quite an easy pattern to work with, everything is in groups of 3. You can never really neat look with this,

it’ll grow really quickly this particular afghan because of the size of

the yarn. So the next 3 are together, so they’re in the bottom. We’re bringing them together so we can

turn that corner at the bottom. Once you get your 4 loops on there, just

put them together, and then go up the other side. So the first 3 are

together….like so….bring it together. The next 3 are by themselves.

So 1…2… and 3. And then the final stitch, if

you’ve done it right, when you’re going to go up and down all the way across,

just like you’ve done here, and the final stitch there will be 3 double

crochets in the turning chain. So this is how you do the Grey Scale

blanket. It’s just a really easy pattern to worry about (its well…if you want to

worry about it at all). It’s really quite easy to do, and it’s a lot of fun to do and

you’ll see your afghan grow up in no time. So, on behalf of The Crochet Crowd, as

well as Yarnspirations – Thank you so much for joining me and until next time. I’ll see ya.

Bye bye.