There's Always Ice Cream Blanket

I love making these chunky blankets for my girls.
I made this ice cream blanket for my youngest daughter who loves ice cream!
But what kid isn't obsessed with it :)
I even weaved through the cone to give it a "waffle" look!

My oldest daughter Ella has a dessert themed room, with pictures 
on her wall of cupcakes and donuts.
I made her this donut blanket a few years ago.

Find the pattern for the donut blanket HERE.

I completely winged this Ice Cream Graph and it worked out so well.
The sprinkles are optional, but my daughter requested them!
This is a very easy graph to follow and Bernat Blanket yarn works up so quickly.

Notes before you begin:
-There is a wrong side and a right side to this blanket.

-When you are working on the right side, all your yarn will be dropped behind your work and the graph will be read RIGHT to LEFT.
-When you are working on the wrong side, all your yarn will be dropped in front of your work and the graph will be read LEFT to RIGHT. (this will keep all your ends to the back/wrong side of the blanket).
-Here is a video I did to show you exactly how to do this technique (from my Cozy Tree Pillow Pattern), click HERE.

-If you are feeling uneasy about picking up and dropping your yarn as you go, you can cut the ends of every row and always work on the RIGHT side of the blanket.  This will give you a lot more ends to weave in.
-Here is a video on how to do that (this is how I made the Donut blanket), click HERE.

-a border is added once the graph is complete, you can make it as thick as you want
-I found a Bernat Blanket Stripes (colourway: Red Alert) that had a red colour in it, I used that for my cherry on top, but you can use any red scarp yarn for that. 

OTH Crochet Nook Pattern: There's Always Ice Cream Blanket

Hook size: 10.00mm

Yarn: Bernat Blanket Yarn in: 

1 x Pixie Pink
1 x Sand
1 x Seafoam
3 x Vintage White
Sweet and Sour Varg (this is for the sprinkles if you want them)
Red scrap yarn (this is for the cherry at the top if you want it)


CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
RS - Right Side
WS - Wrong Side
3SC - 3 Single Crochets in the same stitch
SL ST - Slip Stich

(with Vintage White)

CH 61.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd ch from the hook, continue SC until the end of the row, Turn. (60)
Row 2: Ch.1, SC until the end of the row. Turn. (60)

Now begin the graph below.
Add colours in as indicated in the graph.

Row 1 of Graph - read from RIGHT to LEFT (RS)
Row 2 of Graph - read from LEFT to RIGHT (WS)
*continue the graph this way
*every odd numbered row will be your right side
*every even numbered row with be your wrong side
*see note below for special stitch for the (optional) cherry on top

Row 65 of graph (RS)
Cherry on top:
Attach red yarn to the 30th stitch in the 65th row.
Extended Puff Stitch: Pull up your red yarn, YO, insert hook into stitch, YO again and pull through. You will now have 3 loops on your hook.
Repeat this 5 more times.
You should have 13 loops on your hook.
YO and pull through all loops on hook, Ch 1.

-Single Crochet all the way around the blanket
-at each corner stitch, make sure to do 3SC
-I completed 3 rows all the way around
-you can do this border as thick as you want
-I showed how to do the border in my Donut Blanket video, watch HERE (skip to: 05:15)

This is optional.
I used multiple strands from Bernat Blanket - Sweet and Sour Varg.
Cut 15 x 3 inch strands and tie them in different places on the pink scoop of ice cream
You can do as many sprinkles as you want!

I weaved in a long strand of SAND over every row of the cone.
I wanted lines across it to resemble a waffle cone.
Again, this is optional.
See image below on how I did that.

I'd love see your There's Always Ice Cream Blanket!
Tag me! @OTHCrochetNook


Celebration Raglan


This is my first TOP DOWN sweater design.
If you're reading this right now and you've never crocheted a sweater from 
the top down, this is a great one to try.

Since this is MY first, I made it very simple, it's perfect for beginners.
The same stitch throughout, easy to size, and can be customized to your length of choice.

And speaking of firsts - this is the first time I've used fingering yarn.
It took hours to find my 3.75mm hook (I've never used it before)!

That being said, I made this work up easily and kept in mind that this 
might be your first top down as well.

My friends at WeCrochet have sponsored this post and sent me this beautiful yarn to use for this sweater. Check out this close up!

Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted yarn is a joy to work with.
The ever changing palette of colours change the look of every row.
However, since it is hand painted, colours may vary from skein to skein,
which makes every skein unique!
It's 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool, and 20% Nylon.

Check all the gorgeous Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted Yarn: click HERE.

Now let's get into the pattern!

I called this the Celebration Raglan because I released it on my 39th Birthday!
Plus, I'm celebrating that I'm safe at home with my family and taking in my last year being 30-something :)

Notes before you begin:
-this sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down using half double crochets throughout
-your initial chain (neckline) does not count as a row
-the top (yoke) is worked in the round with increases in each row
-the ch 1 does NOT count in each round
-once the yoke is complete and fits over your chest (try it on as you go), you will join to make spaces for the sleeves and work the body all the way down in the round until you are satisfied with the length
-The sleeves are worked in the round by attaching yarn (try it on as you go to achieve the sleeve length you want)
-there will be a few decreases towards the bottom of each sleeve to create the "balloon" affect - you can definitely  keep your sleeves as is with no decrease and just sl st as your last row
-please email me if you have ANY questions othcrochetnook AT gmail DOT com

OTH Crochet Nook Pattern: Celebration Raglan


Crochet Hook 3.75mm
Stitch Markers

Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted Yarn in Tie Dye
(Fingering weight will do)
*I used 4 hanks for size medium*

4" x 4" = 15 sts x 16 rows


Indicated as follows: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
This pattern can be customized to the exact size you need, follow along and send me questions any time!

My yoke: 30 rows
My body: 35 rows

Ch - Chain
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
HDC2TOG - Joining 2 stitches with 1 HDC

Ch 92 (96, 100, 104, 108) (chain any # that can be multiplied by 4, as long as it fits comfortably around your neck, this will be the neckline of your sweater.)

Join in the round with a sl st in first stitch without twisting.

Row 1: HDC in every stitch, join with sl st to join, ch 1. (92, 96,100, 104, 108)

Row 2: Ch 1. *HDC in 22 (23, 24, 25, 26), 2HDC in the next, repeat from * 3 more times, sl st in top of Ch 1.

*Now place a stitch marker in each "2HDC" - this way you won't have to count anymore, keep working HDC's in the round and increasing with "2HDC" where you stitch marked.  It's easy to see the increase stitches, they look like a "v"

This is the YOKE of your sweater.
Keep working in the round with increases until you reach the desired length for your yoke.
Keep trying on the yoke over your head and onto your shoulders and decide when it fits perfectly over you chest area and you can pull it under your armpits. 

(*make sure you have the same amount of HDCs in between each increase, or the yoke won't line up evenly.  You want it to comfortably fit under the armpit)

*When you have completed your yoke, you will make space for sleeves and work the body of the sweater.

Work HDCs until you get to the first stitch marker (increase), now join (with a SL ST) to the 2nd stitch marker, continue HDCs until you get to the 3rd stitch marker and join it (with a SL ST) to the 4th stitch marker.

Your yoke should now look like the image below:

Continue working HDCs in the round.
Last row: SC around once, sl st in the last st, fasten off.

Attach yarn to center of armpit.

Row 1: Ch 1. HDCs in every stitch (working in the round), sl st to join.
Row 2: repeat Row 1 until you have reached the desired length of your sleeve (you can keep trying it on as you go!)

Last row: SC around to finish sleeve off, sl st in last st, fasten off (or skip this step and scroll down to create the balloon sleeve)

Instead of finishing the sleeve off with single crochets, here is how you can create the balloon sleeve

Your last 15 rows of each sleeve will work up like this:

Row 1: *HDC2TOG, HDC in the next 10, repeat from * until round ends, sl st to join. 
(no need to be exact here, just complete HDC2TOG for every 10sts, or until the round ends)

Row 2: Ch 1. HDC around in every stitch, sl st to join

Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5- 10: Repeat row 1
Row 11 - 15: Repeat row 2
Sl st around for finished look, fasten off.

Attach yarn to neckline and do one round of single crochet.
SL ST twice, fasten off.

And you're done!
Time to celebrate with your Celebration Raglan!!

Can't wait to see yours!


The Celebration Raglan is a FREE Crochet Pattern part of a collaboration with my friends at WeCrochet. This post contains affiliate links.

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