How to Crochet the Merry Grinchmas Blanket

How to Crochet the Merry Grinchmas Blanket

I’m going to teach how to crochet your very own Merry Grinchmas Blanket! It’s Candy Canes and Gingerbread meet The Grinch. It’s basically Whoville in a blanket. The design is classic: The Grinch,  Candy Canes, and Gingerbread…I can’t think of anything more “Christmas” than what happened with this blanket. I hope you enjoy making this and using it for years to come!

This beginner-friendly crochet blanket is a free pattern here on the blog! Read on to learn about the design inspiration and all materials needed to create this crochet blanket. 

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Final Dimensions: 52” wide X 62” tall 

Supplies Needed

  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm/I – adjust your hook size if you adjust the yarn weight. I love using Furls Hooks. They are so comfortable and I don’t get stressed hands or wrists like I once did. Use the code HOOK15 to get 15% off. 
  • Yarn: Paintbox Yarn Cotton DK
You could also make this pattern in Worsted Weight, but please note that the blanket will come out larger and will require a different amount of yarn. If you need to adjust your size you will need a multiple of 3 + 1 stitches. 
  • Colors Used and Yardage: You might find that these colors are occasionally out of stock. Please don't feel tied to this one brand of yarn if you can't find the colors you need.
    • “Red Wine” 162 g / 421 m (5.7 oz / 460 yds)
    • “Paper White” 241 g / 627 m (8.5 oz / 685 yds)

    • “Lime Green” 253 g / 659 m (8.9 oz / 720 yds)
    • “Racing Green” 199 g / 517 m (7 oz / 565 yds)
    • “Coffee Bean” 105 g / 275 m (3.7 oz / 300 yds)


Stitch Abbreviations

  • Ch – chain
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • Fsc – Foundation Single Crochet (I suggest YouTube if you are not familiar with this technique)
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sk – Skip
  • Slst – Slip Stitch

Important Notes

  • Gauge: 4 Cluster Stitches X 8 Rows in a 4” swatch
  • Color changes: I use the magic knot for all of my color changes which leaves me with almost zero ends. I suggest using this method! You can see my photo tutorial for this method on the next page. Either way you need to change colors during your last stitch of every row so that you are starting each cluster or ch 3 in your new color for your next row. If you choose not to use the magic knot method and would rather weave in ends and are not familiar with how to change colors, you can check out this video: How to change colors in double crochet
  • Changing colors using the Magic Knot method video tutorial: Stop Weaving in End Forever by B.Hooked Crochet
  • The Ch 3 in this pattern counts as a DC


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Row 1 - Red: Fsc 159 sts (or ch 160 and sc 159 down the chain). Turn your work.

Row 2 - White: Ch 3, 1 DC in the first st, *sk 2, 3 DC in the next st* Repeat until 3 sts remain. 2 DC in last stitch. Turn your work.

Row 3 - Red: Ch 3, *3 DC in the space between your DC clusters from your previous row* Repeat to end. Place 1 DC into the top of your Ch 3 from your previous row. Turn your wok.

Row 4 - White: Ch 3, 1 DC in the first space between your ch 3 and your first DC cluster, *3 DC in the next space between your DC clusters from the previous row* Repeat to end. 1 DC in the space between your previous 3 DC cluster and your ch 3 from the previous row. 1 DC in the top of your Ch 3 from your previous row. Turn your work.

From this point forward, all odd rows will repeat Row 3 and all even rows will repeat Row 4. I will list only the colors for each row.

Row 5: Red

Row 6: White

Rows 7 – 10: Lime

Rows 11 – 13: Dark Green

Row 14: Red

Rows 15 – 16: White

Rows 17 – 19: Brown

Rows 20 – 21: White

Row 22: Red

Rows 23 – 25: Dark Green

Rows 26 – 29: Lime

Row 30: White

Row 31: Red

Row 32: White

Row 33: Red

Row 34: White

Repeat Rows 7 – 34 three more times.

In Red: When you have finished all your repeats, Ch 1, sc into each st across. Do not turn cut your yarn. Turn your work. Move on to the border directions. 

Twisted Candy Cane Border

(PDF Version has full photo tutorial instructions; written instructions are below). 

Continuing with red, ch 6. Pull up a long loop and remove your hook. 

Attach your white yarn to the next st. ch 6, pull up a long loop and remove your hook.

Attach your brown yarn to the next st. ch 6, pull up a long loop and remove your hook.

Attach your lime yarn to the next st. ch 6. Pull up a long loop and remove your hook.

Attach your dark green yarn to the next st. Ch 6. Pull up a long loop and remove your hook.

Insert your hook back into the red loop. Making sure that all your other chains are to the back and that your red chain is in front of the other 4 chains, slst your red chain to the next st after your dark green. Ch 6, pull up a long loop and remove your hook.

Repeat this step with each next color until you have 5 sts left to work. When working your last 5 sts, you will slst as usual, but you will not ch 6. You will need to fasten off and cut your yarn each time, leaving a long tail to weave in. Repeat these steps for your other border edge.

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