Subtle Stars Crochet Lap Blanket

A gorgeous lap blanket to gift or donate to your local hospital or charity.

Skill Level | Advanced
Finished Size | 54″ x 40″

Originally created for the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America in 2018, this unique crochet lap blanket is one of our favorite go-to patterns for gifting or donating.

Introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for an incredibly unique lap blanket, you’re in the right place. Our subtle stars crochet lap blanket uses textured stitches to create subtle stars in the middle of this lap blanket and clever filling techniques to fill in the gaps.

With this pattern you’ll get to try your hand at some more challenging techniques as this lap blanket comes together in a non-traditional way. It starts with 3 hexagons and builds out from there. Choose at least two colors so you can see the pattern but you can use more than two for an even more interesting lap blanket. We recommend Caron One Pound yarn but you can substitute with another medium weight yarn you may already have on hand.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our Subtle Stars Crochet Lap Blanket step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 1,624 yds; Caron One Pound Yarn
  • Color A : Approx 812 yds (Colorway pictured: Off White)
  • Color B : Approx 812 yds (Colorway pictured: Rose)
  • 6.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ : Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge to make sure the substitution won’t effect the sizing and keep in mind the recommended yarn amount will likely be inaccurate.

Additional Resources:

Essential Guide to Yarn Weight

3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn on B.Hooked TV

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pattern details

Abbreviations


This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Beg Beginning
  • Bet Between
  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • PC Popcorn Stitch (see stitch description)
  • Pf Puff Stitch (see stitch description)
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Sctbl Single Crochet Through Back Loop
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • Sp Space
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • YO Yarn Over Hook

Popcorn Stitch (PC) : Make 5 dc in designated stitch. Pull up on working loop to release hk. Insert hk in first st from front to back and place working loop back on hk. Pull working loop through first st. Ch 1.

Puff Stitch (Pf)YO and insert hk in designated st. YO and pull up a loop. [YO and insert hook in same st. YO and pull up a loop] four times. YO and pull through all loops on hk. Ch 1.

Finished Size

54″ x 40″

Gauge

11 sts x 4 rows = 4″ in double crochet

Additional Notes: This pattern was featured in the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America in 2017. You may continue to donate these blankets to them even though the challenge has since concluded! Check out this page to find the shipping address for your donation.

Ch 3 at beginning of hexagon rounds counts as the first dc of pc st.

Motif Assembly Diagram

Diagram

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Written Instructions


Hexagon (Make 3)

Round 1: With color B, ch. 4. Join with a slst to first ch to form a ring. Ch 1 (does not count as st) and sc 6 times in center of ring. Join with a slst to first sc. (6 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3. 4 dc in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st.  1 pc in each rem sc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from first pc. (6 pc sts)

Round 3: Ch 3. 4 dc in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *Sk to sp bet next 2 pc sts. 2 pc in that sp. Rep from * 4 times more. Pc in beg space with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (12 pc sts)

Round 4: Ch 3. 4 dc in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *Sk to sp bet next 2 pc sts. 1 pc in that sp. Sk to sp bet next 2 pc st. 2 pc sts in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beg sp with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (18 pc sts)

Round 5: Ch 3. 4 dc in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *[Sk to sp bet next 2 pc sts. 1 pc in that sp] twice. Sk to sp bet next 2 pc. 2 pc in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beg sp with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (24 pc sts) Break color B and add color A in last st.

Round 6: Ch 3. 4 dc in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *[Sk to sp bet next 2 pc sts. 1 pc in that sp] three times. Sk to sp bet next 2 pc st. 2 pc in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beg sp with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (30 pc sts)

Round 7:  Ch 5. 2 dc in same space as ch 5. [1 pf in sp bet next 2 pc sts] four times. *In next ch-1 sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Pf st in each of the next four ch-1 sp. Rep from * to end of round. 1 dc in same ch-1 sp as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch 3 sp.

Round 8: Ch 5. 2 dc in same sp as ch 5. *1 dc in next 2 sts. 1 dc in sp bet last dc and next pf st. [1 pf st in sp bet next 2 pf sts) three times. 1 dc bet last pf and next dc. 1 dc in each st to ch-2 sp. In corner sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from * to end of round. 1 dc in same sp as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch-3 sp.

Round 9: Ch 5. 2 dc in same sp as ch 5. *1 dc in each dc. 1 dc in sp bet last dc and next pf st. [1 pf st in sp bet next 2 pf sts) twice. 1 dc bet last pf and next dc. 1 dc in each dc to ch-2 sp. In corner sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from * to end of round. 1 dc in same sp as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch-3 sp.

Round 10: Ch 5. 2 dc in same sp as ch 5. *1 dc in each dc. 1 dc in sp bet last dc and next pf st. 1 pf st in sp bet next 2 pf sts. 1 dc bet last pf and next dc. 1 dc in each dc to ch-2 sp. In corner sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from * to end of round. 1 dc in same sp as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch-3 sp. Fasten off.

Joining the Hexagons

Round 1: Join color B in first dc of any corner and ch 3 (counts as dc). *1 dc every st to ch-2 sp. In ch-2 sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from * to end of round of first hexagon. Don’t join with a slst to complete the round.

Grab second hexagon and work the same stitch pattern around three of the six sides. Don’t join.

Grab the last hexagon and work the same stitch pattern around all six sides. Continue stitch pattern around remaining three sides of second hexagon and join with a slst to the third ch.

Filling in the Gaps

Row 1: Join color B in the last st before any ch-1 sp. 1 sc in same st as ch 1. 1 sc in next 2 sts. Sk 1 dc and slst next dc.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st). Sctbl 1st st. Sctbl each st to end of row. Sk one dc from joining round and slst to next dc.

Repeat: Rep this row until you reach ch-2 sp at the top of each hexagon. Join with a slst to the last dc on each side. Rep last two rows for remaining three gaps.

Filling in the Edges

Row 1: Join color B in 1st dc of edge. 1 sc in same st as ch 1. Sk next dc. Slst in next dc. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: Sctbl each st to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Sctbl each st to end of row. Sk next dc from joining round and slst in next dc.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3 to last dc in joining round. Join with a slst to the last dc. Rep rows 1-3 for all edge gaps.

Horizontal Rows

Row 1: Join color A in 1st st on either side. Ch 1 (does not count as st). Sctbl of same st as ch 1. Evenly space 153 sctbl across edge. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: *Sk next st. 2 dc in next st. Rep from * to last two sts. Sk 1 st, 1 dc in last st. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3: *2 dc bet next 2 dc. Rep from * to last st. 1 dc last st.

Repeat: Rep row 3 with color A 3 more times. Break color A and add color B in last st. Rep row 3 with color B 5 times. Break color B and add color A in last st. Rep row 3 with color A 5 times. Break color A and add color B in last st. Rep row 3 with color B 5 times. Break color B and add color A in last st. Rep row 3 with color A once.

Rep on the other side of the blanket.


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