Crochet Boxed Block Stitch with Raised Ridge – Bricks Blanket


In today’s tutorial, thicker is better,
bulky is fun. It’s now time for the Bernat Bricks
Blanket, as you see right here. Welcome back to Yarnspirations, as
well as The Crochet Crowd, and today’s tutorial we are going to do a project
called the Bernat Bricks Blanket. This is exactly what you see here and
actually kind of resembles the bricks, it’s kind of the color, but you know
what, you can always change the colors in order to meet your particular needs. If you like projects that take for ever
and ever and ever, that never seem to come off your hook, this is not a project for you. If you
like them quick and easy, and get them done really particularly quick, because I
love projects that I can get in and off the hook in no time, this is definitely one for you. Today
we’re going to be using the Bernat Blanket yarn, just like you see. You only
need four balls of these big balls of 300 grams and they’re great. Pretty quick and easy right? and you’re
going to need a size eight millimeter or a L crochet hook and there’s a free
pattern available in the “more information” of this video. This is so simple. Let me take you down
to the studio right now and show you how it’s done. We’ll see you down there. So with today’s
pattern there’s a link in the “more information” on this video to access the
written instructions, if you prefer to go that method instead. So what we have
today is that this is all in sets of four. So if you want to change the sizes
of the afghans as far as the width, you have to keep them in sets of four. What does that mean? You go 1, 2, 3, 4, when you’re doing the chain. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 to the size that you
want. Once you get to the end of the chain you are going to add two chains in
order for it to stay in balance. So you’re going to see that there’s
going to be steps like this. So you can actually put your fingers and behind it
gives you that raised look. But this is a one sided afghan, so this is what the
other side looks like. It’s still pretty cool on the backside, but everything is
pretty cool when it comes to this. So without further ado, let’s grab our eight
millimeter size L crochet hook and our Bernat Blanket yarn to start. To do the
afghan on the pattern you can just follow that if you wish, but if you want
to make it your own customized sizes just have to start off with the slip
knot and keep them in sets of four and I just explained that, so using your eight
millimeter crochet hook pull everything on there. Remember, the first one never counts as
one and we’re going to chain in sets of four. So we go 1, 2, 3, and 4 and
then keep going. So 1, 2, 3, and 4 and you keep doing
that until you get to the size you want. So 1, 2, 3, 4. So you can lay down the chain onto
something if you want to match a bedspread or any other kind of projects
that you would like to do. Once you have to the end of your chain doing their multiples of four, you have to add two and this allows the pattern to stay in
balance. So make sure you do add two at the end of your chain. So do the size that you want and let’s
start the next part of these instructions next. Let’s start the first
row and what we need to do is second chain from the hook we go in and just
turn it over and get the back hump of the second one over and just do a single
crochet into that one. If you do the back hump, it gives a nicer
finish on the back. So this is, there’s no border around this thing so
it’s actually pretty simple and you have a beautiful border edge if you do it
this way instead. So now we’re going to chain three, so 1, 2, 3. So now we’re going to chain four, so 1, 2, 3, and 4 and we come back down onto the chain and just count over and
skip the first three that you’re going to run into. So 1, 2, just looking carefully.
1, 2, and 3. Go to the fourth for a single crochet. Okay,
and that makes it kind of just raise up. Just like so. Like you see it’s kind of
an arching iin the top. So then we continue down the chain the
same way. So we chain four again. So 1, 2, 3, 4. We skip over three chains. So 1, 2, 3, go to the fourth for a single crochet. Please do that all the way down and then
when you get to the other side you are If you kept your stitches in balance it
should work out so you’re going to chain four. 1, 2, 3, and 4, and you should have, to go to the fourth one over. So you’re going to skip the first three. 1, 2, and 3, and you see I kept in balance by keeping that in sets of four,
and then adding two. Okay, so this is what row number one would look like in a
smaller format, if you were to do something smaller. Let’s turn our work and start
row number two. So we’re number two. We’re going to start
off with the chaining of three. 1, 2, 3, and that counts as a double
crochet as it says in the pattern. So in these chain four spaces you are going
to add only three double crochets and you’re going to go right around the
chain itself not into the chain. So just wrapping hook and double crochet
three times into that same gap. So this is 1, 2, and 3. Just like that. Okay, so once you have that
one done, you are going to double crochet into this single crochet that you had
right over here, so do that. Okay, so the repeat pattern on
this is in the gapping spaces. You are going to double crochet three
times. So we’ve got 1, 2, and 3, and then in the single crochet you’re going
to double crochet. Please do that all the way down and this
is what’s going to happen on the other side. So let’s just fast forward where
you say you’re on your last one to the last gapping space is also going to get
three, so lets control that and do it. It looks
like I’m struggling on screen, and the reason for that is just I was just
working with sock yarn for a major project, and I’m not used to the
thickness of the yarn so, it’s just a matter of taking a few rows for me to
get reacquainted on how far I need to turn my hook. Okay, so you’re going to get your three and
then you’re just going to double crochet into the very last single crochet that’s
available to you and that completes off row number two.Let’s begin row number three, we’re
going to turn our work and this is not the repeat pattern yet. We’re almost
there. Rows four and five of this pattern are the repeat. So we just need to get you started first.
So in this one we’re going to chain one and we’re going to single crochet into
the very first double crochet. So this is very similar to what you already did
with the chain but there is no change this time, so we are simply just going to
chain four. So 1, 2, 3, and 4 and we skip over and go to the double
crochet that is into the single crochet. So skip over the first three that are in
this chain four space and just single crochet right into the double crochet.
That’s the next one after that. Okay, so you’re only playing within, if you
see that, so you see the gapping spaces. So now chain four again. So 1, 2, 3, 4, and
the pattern says to skip the next three double crochets, and those are the ones
in the in the gap, and the next one is the one that’s attached under here and we single crochet there. So you going to do that all the way
across. When you get to the other side, you’re going to run into your very last
one, so we’re still going to chain four. So 1, 2, 3, and 4, and we just
single crochet into the last double crochet that you have, into the last
turning chain, I think that is actually. So here we go, so that’s what it looks
like so far. Let’s begin row number four. Row number
four now begins the repeat pattern, so if you need to repeat everything rows four and five are the repeat pattern
throughout the remainder of this particular afghan. So to start this one
we are going to chain three. So 1, 2, 3, and that counts as a double crochet. So in
the first chain four space, we’re going to put in three double crochets. So you
already know how to do this, we’ve already talked about it. The only difference now is in the next
one we are going to start doing that raised rib look and what is that entail? So it’s called a long double crochet
front post and how that works is that we’re going to yarn over, okay, and we’re going to go around the post from two rows below. So this is a single crochet, this is the double and you see
it’s all in line and we are going to go around the post on the front side and
pull up the yarn. Okay, and we want to pull it up. Okay, so we
want to add a little bit of slack to it, okay and then yarn over, and pull through
once, and then yarn over, and pull through again. Okay that’s a long, what is that long front post double
crochet. So now we go back into the chain four space again and we put in three double
crochets. 1, 2, 3, and now we’re still in
the middle of the project so you’re still going to continue to add these
long post double front post double crochets. So we yarn over, we reach all
the way down two rows, pull around the yarn, just give it a bit
of slack and then yarn over, pull through once, and yarn over, pull through
twice. Okay, so you’re going to do that same
principle going all the way across and you’ll notice that this will nice and
compact the whole afghan. So on the very last, so you do the same thing all the way
across so on the very last chain, we are just going to just double crochet
three times. So there is no raised post on the
exterior of these in the border. Okay, so basically the very last one here,
we just simply double crochet into the last single crochet. Okay, so these ribs only appear in the
middle of the afghan, but they’re not appearing on the sides. Let’s move up to row number five. Let’s
turn our work and go to number five and number five is going to be very simple.
So every other row we’re doing the same thing and every other row we’re doing
the other, so we chain up one first and we single crochet into the first one. Okay, you already know how to do this.
We’re going to chain four. So 1, 2, 3, and 4, and we come over and we
get, we skip over the three that are in the group, and we go to that middle,
the next one and this is that front post, the long post, ha ha, the long front post
double crochet, so we’re just going to single crochet into that stitch and then
we’re going to chain four. So 1, 2, 3, and 4, coming and so we skip
over the group of three go to the next one which is the front post one. Okay and single crochet and then you do
that all the way across and then on the end. 1, 2, 3, and 4, and single crochet into the
final. Okay, so now we’re going to turn our work and
remember what we already kind of established. So four and five are the
repeat patterns and now we go back to four. So do you remember how to do it? Let’s
start that now. So here’s a quick review. We’re going to
repeat four and five over and over and over again, until you get to the final,
and so in order to do this one, remember we were on row number four
again, so we’re just going to chain three. So 1, 2, and 3, and we put in three double
crochets right into the actual side, or sorry right into the actual chain. Okay, so we’re going to put three. 1, 2, and 3. So now the next one is going to be the long front post double crochet. So we
come right down to the other one. Okay, so you see the other one that’s right
there. We want to wrap around that one. So we’re going to wrap our hook first and
go into that one. Okay in the front post, pull up, yarn
over and pull through once, and yarn over and pull through twice. So now this is going to maintain that
line that you saw all the way down the afghan. So the next chain four space, we are
going to add in more of the double crochets, so there’s going to be three. So 1, 2, and 3. Okay, and now we have another long front
post double crochet, so we just yarn over, we go down to the other long post front double
crochet, front post double crochet, yarn over, pull through, and give it a bit of
slack, and then yarn over, pull through, and make sure you do that twice. Okay, now you’re going to do that all the
way across. You can see that the ribbing is now starting to be consistent, just
like it does on the sample. So in the very last one you’re going to put in
your three double crochets, as normal. So this is not a hard pattern at all. It’ll go really really quick for you and
then on the very last stitch, it’s just a double crochet. So I’m going
to review a number five, one more time. So let’s just turn our work, because now
it’s getting quicker. So we turn our work. So this is number five. Chain one, single
crochet in the first one, we chain four. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Okay, we skip over the group of three, go
into the front post double crochet, one single crochet, and then chain four again. So 1, 2, 3, and 4. Okay, and then we single crochet back
into the another front post double crochet, in the next one, and then you do that all the way across and then we come back to the end. So 1, 2, 3, 4, and single crochet into the
final. So when you turn your work you’re going
back to number four again. So we turn our work. We start number four.
So to start number four again, remember is chaining of three. 1, 2, 3, three double crochets
into the first one. 1, 2, and 3, and then the next one
is the front post long post in the front long post. I cannot seem to get that
right here on today’s tutorial. It’s a bit of a mouthful, so let me just
do that. So we’re just going to yarn over, go down to the long post, long front post
double crochet just yarn over, and give it a bit of slack, yarn over, and pull through once, and yarn
over, pull through twice. Okay, the next one in the middle is three
double crochets. 1, 2, and 3. Okay, next one is a long post double
crochet, so yarn over, go down and pull through, pull through two, and two, and
then the final is just three double crochets. So you’re going to do the same
thing all the way across in the final they already know about is three double
crochet and then the very last stitch will be one double crochet in the final. So you’re going to do that until you get
to the size that you want. The pattern is available in “more information”, but this
is how you would do the Bricks, Bernat Bricks Afghan. This is a really neat afghan
and you can see it is one sided so the other side’s more flat, just like you see
here, but it’s actually really kind of neat. So you have to just make sure that
your attention is pretty good on this front post double crochet, because if it’s way too tight then your
afghan will buckle, but if it’s too loose and will be pretty sloppy too. So until
next time, I’m Mikey on behalf of Yarnspirations as well as The Crochet
Crowd.com. We’ll see you again. Bye bye.

66 thoughts on “Crochet Boxed Block Stitch with Raised Ridge – Bricks Blanket

  • Hi Mikey i just started it finished one ball but its curling a little what should i do for it not to curl? I am using a L -8.00MM hook

  • on min 3:31 you say to crochet 3 chains, then directly after you say to do 4 chains but I noticed that there were not 7 chains total when you start the counting 4 down and single crocheting. I'm a beginner so I could be missing something I'm sorry if this has an obvious answer but I'm just not seeing it. thank you for any feedback.

  • i hope this doesnt sound stupid. ive never done a different a pattern before..would i need to go wider to make it a blanket? mentally it seems this would end up like a scarf? lol. just clarifying if this was just an example or if i follow exactly above it will wide like a blanket? is there a point i "switch directions"? hope that make sense. ive already got four balls of silver steel and im ready to start 😉

  • Love this pattern trying to get mum to crochet with me, but I'm a little confused. Do I make small squares and crochet them together or I'm I supposed to make one whole big one at one time?

  • I am hoping to complete this stitch as a full blanket with alternating colors. Not sure how or when to change colors. Any tips?

  • I prefer not to have holes in a blanket to catch fingers and toes. Have you tried connecting the 3 dc into the chain stitches below, similar to the clever block stitch I've found, instead of into the ch 3 sp?

  • Immediately when I saw the closeup of the blanket I knew exactly what to do. Don't have to watch the video I guess, but don't worry Mikey, I don't hate you 🙂

  • In the tutorial you say when you come to the end of the 90 chains to add 2 chains, that would make it 92 chains When I add 2 chains and come to the end of the 2nd row I end up with 2 extra chains. Is it actually 88 chains plus 2 to make it a total of 90 chains? I am new at crochet so reading patterns gets me confused.

  • So I saw the brick afghan that Mikey was making. The brick afghan. Anyways I'm making that but I dint have a crochet hook un the size L. So I'm suing a J hook. But more than that my afghan is rolling up. Any ideas why???. Wish I could show you a picture of what's you going on…

  • I love the Bernat blanket yarn. I made a huge Bricks blanket with the Harvest color yarn for my parents and it was a big hit. They loved it! Now I'm making another blanket for my sister because she wanted one! Thanks Mikey for making these tutorials, they really help!

  • How did you do the dc on the second row? I'm a beginner and trie to follow along but it looks too fast

  • Mikey I'm watching you do the brick Afghan pattern. I have the pattern down, however, when you get to the ends can you please go slower and zoom in better, I'm having a hard time seeing where you are putting the crochet hook.

  • Wow I love this pattern. I haven't been crocheting long but I love it, and this pattern is super easy. Thank you 🙂

  • I'm almost done with my blanket but I want to put a border on it which pattern should I use feed back please

  • I don't particularly like this, too many huge gaps. It looked nice in the intro but not so much in the tutorial. Disappointed 😢

  • How do you end this blanket do you have to do repeat the first and second row at the end ?? I'm almost all done and I want to know how to end the last row

  • I have made this afghan several times and just love how quickly it goes. It is easy and quick. It is my go to stitch for those last minute gifts!

  • Wait… it only needs 4 balls? I just bought the yarn with the pattern on the ball band and it calls for 8. Ah well, it's always nice to have some extra around for other projects. xD

  • So I'm on the 4th ball of yarn (300 mg) and I'm only about a quarter of the way done. Using the correct hook. Anyone else have this problem

  • In the instructions on the band around the yarn it says to ch 93, but in the instructions on the link in the tutorial it says ch 90. I went with the ch 90 as it works out with the whole 1, 2, 3, 4, and chain 2 at the end thing. You should probably fix this on the instructions on the band as it won't work properly with chaining 93.

  • I made this afghan and love it, but changed one thing – instead of leaving the gaps by 3 dc into ch sp, I did 1 dc into ch sp, then dc into st, then dc into ch sp. Tightened things up a bit and looks fantastic!

  • Would you put a border around this blanket and if so what would you reccomend and can you send me the directions for a border for this?

  • My family loves this so much, I can't keep up. They are a very nice heavy warm wrap. Love this pattern! have made many at this point. The gaps that folks speak of must be an effect that doesn't correctly describe the blanket or a different yarn because… I love making these because they keep warm while I am sewing. Thank you.

  • Reading through the comments, I see the curling issue I'm having comes up quite often. Does that go away as the blanket grows and weighs more? I didn't see any answers to that question. Great video! I don't think I could have done it with just the written pattern to go by.thanks!

  • Thanks for this video. I had 7 rows and it was curling up because I was trying to make the long fpdc by the instructions on the label. Your explanation of the long fpdc was excellent. And the instructions on the label had 93 chains instead of 94. Your explanation of multiples of 4 plus 2 is great. Thank you very much. I’m on the 4th skein. It doesn’t look like it will be 58 inches long. I may get another skein.

  • Mikey, your awesome as usual, excellent tutorial…but I soooo need to know where you got the Blue and Green vase in the background….they are FREAKING AMAZING !! LOL

  • I'm confused. The pattern says – Bernat® Blanket™ (10.5 oz/300 g; 220 yds/201 m)
    Purple Plum (10430) 910 yds/825 m or 4 balls
    So just started this, I'm 1 ball in. The finished project is suppose to be approx 48 X 58. I'm not a tight crocheter, but after 1 full ball my length is only 9". For me to hit 58" in length it will take 6.5 balls. My width right now 47". I love how fast it works up, but had to frog it as I only have 4 balls of this color and cannot get more 🙁

  • Thank you love it. Going to get started right now on this project. Love your tutorials I am self taught and appreciate your hard work.

  • So thankful for this video tutorial. I was beyond confused trying to start row 4 while using the written pattern. Thank you!

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