Let’s make an Easy Center Start Crochet Blanket using the cuddly Bernat Blanket Yarn. I’m trying out the new O’go Yarn skeins today which come in so many color options.
For weeks now, everywhere I looked on the internet I kept seeing these O’go Yarn skeins. The promise of these skeins is that the yarn is tangle free and easy to start. They come in a revolutionary donut shaped skein and I just had to try them out myself! I’m sharing a super simple pattern today just like your favorite Basic Granny Square Pattern.
How many skeins of bernat blanket yarn do I need for a blanket?
For my blanket which measures approximately a 46 inch square, I used
- 3 skeins of Bernat Blanket O’GO Yarn, Milk and Honey https://amzn.to/30KKscX
- 2 skeins of Bernat Blanket O’GO Yarn, Rose Gold https://amzn.to/3HDBuin
- You can alternately use skeins of Bernat Blanket yarn https://amzn.to/3kS6wJy
bernat blanket o’go yarn Blanket TUTORIAL:
Abbreviations used (US): ch= chain, dc= double crochet, tr= treble
With a US size L/11 8mm Crochet Hook and the Milk and Honey colorway we start by creating a circle. I have a previous blog post HOW TO CROCHET GRANNY CIRCLE WITH A VIDEO FOR BEGINNERS and this is very similar. I have modified the pattern slightly below as we want this bulky yarn to stay flat.
Start with a Ch 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop. Alternately you can also start with a magic loop.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counted as a dc), 2dc into center loop, ch 1 then *2dc, ch1 into center loop* 5 times, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (6 clusters)
Round 2: *Ch 2, dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1* into chain 1 space below, then repeat *2dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space* 5 times, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (12 clusters)
Round 3: *Ch 2, 2dc, ch 1* into the chain 1 space below, then repeat *3dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space* 11 times, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (12 clusters)
Round 4: *Ch 2, 2dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch1* into the chain 1 space below, then repeat *3dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1 into the second following chain space* 5 times, 3dc, ch1 into last ch 1 space, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (18 clusters)
Round 5: *Ch 2, 2dc, ch 1* into the chain 1 space below, then repeat *3dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space* 17 times, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (18 clusters)
Round 6: *Ch 2, 2dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch1* into the chain 1 space below, then repeat *3dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space, 3dc, ch1 into the second following chain space, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1 into the third following chain space* 5 times, 3dc, ch1 into last two ch 1 spaces, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (24 clusters)
Round 7: *Ch 2, 2dc, ch 1* into the chain 1 space below, then repeat *3dc, ch1 into next ch 1 space* 17 times, complete round by joining circle to the top of the initial ch 2 with a slip stitch (24 clusters). Cut grey colored yarn and join yellow with a knot.
Now we turn this center circle into a square. I have shared this tutorial before as well, so feel free to refer to the method here GRANNY SQUARE CIRCLE CENTER PATTERN WITH EASY STEP BY STEP
For this bulkier yarn I needed to create corner clusters with trebles. Below is the pattern
Round 8: Circle to Square Row: With yellow yarn, insert hook into any ch space of below circle and join with a slip stitch. Ch3 into the same ch space, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1This forms the first corner of our square. Next *3dc, ch1 into next ch sp below 5 times, into the next ch space, 3tr, ch 2, 3tr, ch1* 3 times. Then 3dc, ch1 into next ch sp below 5 times, complete round by joining to the top of the initial ch 3 with a slip stitch (28 clusters)
This might appear like a wonky square, but it will lay flat beautifully as we continue to grow the blanket!
Round 9 (repeat this row till the blanket is the size you need it to be)- Join yarn into any Ch1 space, Ch2, 2dc, Ch1, *3dc, Ch1, into each Ch1 space* and into each corner Ch2 space *3dc, Ch2, 3dc, Ch1* join with a slip stitch to starting Ch2.
what size should my crochet blanket be?
The beauty of a Center start Crochet Blanket like this is that you can make your blanket as large as you need it to be. Or you can just keep crocheting till you run out of yarn!
Below, I’ve used 4 skeins of the O’go Yarn Bernat Blanket, alternating Milk and Honey colorway with Rose Gold. As the colors were highly contrasting, like white against black, I chose to manually color pool. 4 skeins will give you a 40 inch square blanket, with a bunch of leftover yarn balls.
My FINISHED center start crochet blanket:
To finish off my blanket, I added a single crochet border with the leftover pink yarn. Simply single crochet into each of the dcs, and then make an sc into each of the ch 1 spaces too. Into the corners, you will want to make 3 scs each.
I love how simple this blanket was to make and how beautiful if turned out!! It is such an easy pattern, you don’t have to pay attention while making it, yet the color changes make it an interesting project.
o’go yarn YOUTUBE VIDEO:
Enjoy my O’go Yarn Bernat Blanket Center Start Blanket video where you can see how this Center Start Crochet Blanket comes together!
how do you use o’go yarn:
Flip the skein, remove packaging and locate the plastic wire fastener at the bottom. Carefully separate the yarn skein ends and snip the plastic wire. The yarn is ready to use!
o’go yarn review
Have you used this yarn? What are your opinions? Let me know in the comments below! Here is my honest review of the O’go Yarn.
What I love about it:
- I like that each yarn skein comes with 3 colors. Great way to create super colorful blankets without having to buy many skeins.
- You can easy manipulate which color you want to use and unlike other variegated yarns you can easily see how much of each color you have remaining.
- The Donut shape is super easy to open and use.
- The yarn skeins were truly tangle free and great to use!
- I like how all the colorways of the O’go yarn have a nice continuity. You can easily make my blanket pattern using 5 different colorways of O’go yarn Bernat Blanket skeins to create something stunning!
What I didn’t like too much:
- The yarn colors are joined visibly with a knot in each skein. I’m just not a fan of having knots in my yarn skeins.
- Each O’go Yarn donut is basically 3 small skeins of yarn joined together. I wish it were one skein of yarn dyed into 3 colors. This would also create a neat in between color at the joining of two colors. Would work better for these kind of blanket patterns.
- Since the colors included in each colorway are so bold, you will need to manually color pool the colors. For this blanket, I would cut the yarn and join the new color when I felt that there wasn’t enough yarn for the next round.
Thank you for being here today and spending some creative time with my friends! I’m so thankful for your kind words and support.
If you recreate this tutorial and share it on social media don’t forget to tag me! @smithakatti #smithakatti
For yarn projects, find me at @smittenbyyarn #smithaknits #smithacrochets