Darth Vader Corner to Corner Blanket

I’ve noticed that a lot of crocheters have been talking about finally being able to make things for themselves now that the holiday season has ended. I’m right there with them. After a craft show in November and trying to make gifts for the holidays, I decided to treat myself to something epic. I have been talking for a long time about making myself a Darth Vader blanket, and I’ve been intrigued by corner to corner crocheting, so I looked for a pattern and found absolutely nothing. I found this picture on Pinterest, a graph on a site for perler bead patterns, and this post from Ahookamigurumi with tons of amazing Star Wars graphs including the Darth Vader graph from Not All Who Wander are Lost, but nothing for a full sized Darth Vader blanket. Since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, I decided to see if I could use the amazing graphs people have shared and my limited math skills to make a full sized blanket. Here are the resources I used:

Stitch Fiddle: I can’t remember where I first read about Stitch Fiddle, but it’s a site for creating graphs for projects. Now that I’ve used it once, I feel like I should play around with it more and write a full review because it has a lot of cool features. It even allows you to upload your own photographs to turn into graphs.

The most difficult part of this process was figuring out how many blocks my grid should be in Stitch Fiddle. I was able to find a couple pins about corner to corner afghan sizing, but my concern was that none of the posts took gauge or hook size into account. My advice is to crochet a few rows with your hook and yarn of choice and see how big your C2C squares turn out to be. Somehow mine ended up being perfect inch squares, which made my life very easy.

This post from The Crochet Crowd has a comprehensive list of afghan and blanket sizes.

This post from Lion Bran Yarn has been so valuable when I need to determine how much yarn I’ll need for projects.

This blanket is the result of all my efforts, and it wasn’t as difficult as I feared!

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially considering that there was math involved in its creation! It’s exactly the size I wanted (it turned out to be 52″ x 59″) and I calculated the right amount of yarn.

I used the following tutorials to learn corner to corner crochet. Check them out because I’ve learned so much from Jess at Make & Do Crew and Mikey from The Crochet Crowd.

Materials:

  • Approximately 901g of yarn in red
  • Approximately 197g of yarn in grey
  • Approximately 481g of yarn in black
  • Size H 5.0mm hook

I used Caron One Pound in claret, black, and medium grey mix, but I had a lot of black and grey left over. I bought more yarn than I needed just to be safe, but my calculations ended up being correct.

As long as you can do simple math, you can use the tools in Stitch Fiddle to make graphs for afghans in any size you want! You get fifteen graphs with a free account, but you can upgrade to a pro account for more graphs and features. Right now I’m still using the free version, but I may decide to upgrade at some point.

Now I’m hooked (bad pun intended) on corner to corner crochet, and I’m coming up with ideas for more graphs! I’m excited to create some completely original designs to share!

Cabled Headband – Free Pattern

Not too long ago, a friend of mine asked me to make her an earwarmer/headband. Of course, the picture she found was of a knitted headband. I figured I’d be able to find a similar crocheted version, but after scouring Pinterest and Ravelry, I realized that I was out of luck. There were a couple patterns for crocheted cabled headbands, but they looked nothing like what she wanted. I started watching tutorials on how to crochet cables and studied the patterns that were out there, and came up with this! My first pattern.

Cabled Headband

Materials:

  • I/9 5.5MM Hook
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Aran Fleck)
  • Tapestry Needle

Stitches/Abbreviations:

  • CH: Chain
  • DC: Double Crochet
  • BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
  • FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
  • FPTC: Front Post Triple Crochet

Pattern:

Chain 16

Row 1: DC in the 2nd chain from hook and DC across the chain (14 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2 (counts as first stitch, so it looks like you’re skipping the first stitch), DC in the next two stitches, BPDC in the next 8 stitches, DC in the next 3 stitches. The last stitch will be in the top of the turning chain.

Row 3: Ch 2, DC in the next 2 stitches, Skip four stitches, FPTC around the next four stitches. Go back and FPTC around the skipped four stitches. DC in the last three stitches

Row 4: Ch 2, DC in the next 2 stitches, BPDC around the next 8 stitches, DC in the last three stitches.

*** Rows 3 & 4 can get tricky. This is the tutorial from The Crochet Crowd that I used to help me figure it out!

Row 5: Ch 2, DC in the next 2 stitches, FPDC around the next 8 stitches, DC in the last three stitches.

Row 6: Ch 2, DC in the next 2 stitches, BPDC around the next 8 stitches, DC in the last three stitches.

Repeat rows 3 – 6 until your headband is the desired length. Mine are usually a total of ten cables. I find that the seam looks less noticeable if you end after row 5.

Whip stitch the ends together being careful to match up each stitch, so the seam isn’t too noticeable. (Whip Stitch Seam Tutorial from New Stitch A Day)

Let me know if you see any problems with this pattern. It’s the first I’ve posted!

Click HERE for a printable version!

Feel free to sell what you make from this pattern. All I ask is that if you post anything online, give me some credit/love with a link to the pattern/blog post!