Have you joined Camp Colorwork? People are having so much fun learning all of the crochet and knitting techniques for working with color. It’s the best place to get the most information about color in yarncrafting. But, of course, I’ve been playing with color for years. I’ve also loved collaborating with other designers who are smart with color. Which is why I wanted to take a fresh look at an old project: The Wedding Blanket CAL. About two dozen of us come together to create this crochet squares blanket, showcasing myriad ways to work with 3 colors. It was originally a CAL and you can follow the steps to use it as a free blanket pattern.
History of This Crochet Squares Blanket
Back in 2019, all of the Red Heart Joy Creators, a team I loved being a part of, came together to design this special crochet squares blanket. It’s called The Wedding Blanket because we made it for team leader Ally, who had just gotten married. Her and her husband’s wedding colors were navy, tan, and cream. So each of us took those three colors and ran with them, playing with crochet colorwork to create one of a kind 12″ crochet squares. Those squares are then stitched together into the full blanket.
The finished project is gorgeous in its detail. It’s one of those projects that’s more than the sum of its parts. Of course, you could just choose one or a few squares to work on. Then you could turn those squares into various types of projects. Put two squares back to back for a 12″ square pillow, for example. That said, work all of the squares to really get the opportunity to see how to play with the same three colors in totally different ways. It’s a great way to explore the possibilities of crochet colorwork with a limited color palette.
20+ Crochet Techniques for 3 Yarn Colors
Each designer chose their own way of playing with 2-3 of the colors for their part of the crochet squares blanket. By using the same colors in every square, you get a cohesive finished design, while also enjoying the opportunity to practice so many different techniques. Here are some of the crochet color techniques that you get the chance to practice with this blanket. Don’t forget that Camp Colorwork is your online class for getting a lot of information about crocheting in color all in one place!
I contributed a couple of different designs to this crochet squares blanket myself. This is the cross stitch herringbone crochet square. You use single crochet, hdc, dc, and tc in unique combinations with spacing to get this colorful striped textured.
In our recent roundup of six ways to use crochet color charts, we mentioned single crochet entrelac. Here’s a 3 color 12″ square that shows you exactly how to do it!
This is a two-color crochet square pattern, although you could make it three colors by alternating colors between the different slip stitch faux cables that you create. The technique here is using slip stitch embroidery atop a crochet square to create a design in a pop of color while adding a little bit of texture.
Those are the techniques that I used in my squares. Here are some of the other crochet techniques used by different designers:
- Weaving together crocheted strips!
- Corner to Corner crochet
- Intarsia crochet
- 9-patch crochet square
- Front and back post stitches in alternating colors including double and treble post stitches
- Crocheting in the back loop to delineate colors better between rows / rounds
- Mitered crochet squares
- Surface crochet
- Texture in crochet colorwork: clusters, popcorns, picots, and more
- Changing color in every round
- Color blocking in the round
And more! Work in the round, in rows, and corner to corner.
Get the Crochet Squares Blanket Free Pattern
Ready to play with color in your own blanket? The links to all of the different squares can be found in this original CAL post.