Bring the beauty of the Indian Southwest into your home with this soft, cozy blanket. The softness of the chenille will make this project inviting to crochet, as well as snuggle under during a cold Southwest evening. The bright colors and strong contrast will evoke an Indian pueblo in your living room or bedroom.
Crochet a 4-inch swatch of single crochet. Ten single crochet and 10 rows equals 4 inches. If you don’t have enough stitches in your swatch, use a smaller hook and make another swatch. If you have too many single crochet stitches, try a larger hook and make another swatch. Use the hook which helps you to obtain the correct gauge.
Chain 96 with light brown or tan yarn and single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Single crochet in each chain across and turn your work from right to left. Make one turning chain.
Crochet one single crochet into each single crochet in the previous row all the way across. Turn your work from right to left and make one turning chain. Crochet two more rows in light brown or tan. Fasten off the yarn and cut it.
Attach cream yarn for row five and crochet one single crochet into each single crochet in the previous row across. Turn your work from right to left and make one turning chain. Attach one stitch marker into every 20th stitch so you know where you are in your current row.
Crochet one single crochet into each single crochet for the first five stitches of row six. On the sixth single crochet, * insert your hook into a stitch from the previous row. (SP-1) Do the same for the seventh stitch, going into a stitch two rows away (SP-2). The eighth stitch should go into a stitch three rows away or SP-3). Make your ninth stitch in the top of the previous row.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. Fasten off the cream yarn and cut it.
Attach turquoise yarn for rows seven through eleven and repeat row six. Fasten off the turquoise and cut the yarn. Attach cream yarn for rows 12 and 13 and repeat row six. Fasten off the cream and attach the orange or red yarn.
Repeat row six for rows 14 through 24. Fasten off the orange or red yarn and cut. Attach cream yarn.
Repeat row six again for rows 25 and 26. Fasten off the cream yarn and cut. Attach turquoise yarn.
Repeat row six for rows 27 through 30, fasten off turquoise yarn and cut. Attach cream yarn. Repeat row six again for rows 31 and 32, fasten off cream yarn and cut. Attach light brown or tan yarn.
Repeat row six for rows 33 through 36. Fasten off light brown or tan yarn and cut. Repeat row six for rows 37 through 164, using yarn colors in the same order as above (turquoise, cream, orange or red, cream, turquoise, cream, light brown or tan).
Using orange or red, crochet a border around the blanket with one row of single crochet and one row of half-double crochet. Fasten off yarn, cut and weave in ends.
To avoid sloppy ends when you cut your yarn, leave a tail six inches long and crochet the new color over your previous color. Trim excess away. This will be a very bulky blanket since this is one quality of the spike stitch. This stitch goes through two rows of stitching, which contributes to the bulkiness.
Make sure to follow the laundering instructions on the yarn band. Do not wash in hot water or use bleach. Do not iron.