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Mile a Minute Crochet Pattern

I was browsing Pinterest, not really looking for anything specific, and I found the amazing Mile a Minute Crochet Pattern.

samples of mile a minute crochet
Crochet and a ball of multi colour yarn
My first piece of Mile a Minute

It’s a variation on granny stitch so it’s quite simple. Instead of making squares, you make long thin strips and join them together.

rows of mile a minute crochet in multi coloured pastel shades of yarn with white border
Mile a Minute Crochet strips placed next to each other to highlight the looped ends
An idea of what the finished blanket will look like

Yarn used in the pictures above: Poundland and Woolcraft- links for examples only – not affiliated!

It’s the perfect pattern for many reasons:

  • You don’t have to make a long foundation chain.
  • You crochet a border around each strip, so once your strips are joined then ta-dah! and it is finished!
  • You can make all your strips first and then join them, or join as you go, whichever method you prefer.
  • There are very few ends to sew in.
  • It works really well with ombré yarn, or for using up scraps. Although on that last point about scraps, I’m hoping that I am going to be able to complete this one without going off track. It would be nice to make a project that didn’t end up with a mish mash of colours.

I haven’t timed how long it takes to make each strip. My estimate is that I could finish a whole 36” square blanket in 3 weeks. That sounds like a long time, I know. Handmade does take time, especially when you have a repetitive strain injury 👋👎

The time taken also relates directly to why buying handmade isn’t cheap.

Mile a Minute slideshow

How to make Mile a Minute crochet

Firstly, make with a chain ring of seven stitches. Don’t use a magic circle and pull tight. You need the ring because when you do the border you stuff that ring with stitches!

crochet chain stitch ring with crochet hook
make a chain ring

Ok then, second row is like starting a granny square but you only do one corner. So, chain three and then 2 UK treble crochet into the ring, chain three and three UK treble into the ring.

crochet and hook

Next chain four and turn, make three UK treble into the three chain space from the previous row, chain three, make another three UK treble into the same chain space, chain one and then make one UK treble into the top of the last treble of the previous row.

crochet and hook
looks like a mini granny square but isn’t!

The next bit is your repeat. So you just keep going until you have the required length. I made 62 rows total in DK for a 36” blanket.

Chain four and turn, make 3 UK treble into the chain space of the previous row, chain 3, 3 UK treble into the same chain space, chain 1 and then 1 treble into the last chain space of the previous row.

crochet and hook
it starts to grow…

The final row is almost the same but you need to chain 5 between the two clusters of trebles, like this:

Chain 4 and turn, 3 UK treble into the chain space below , chain 5, 3 UK treble into same chain space, chain 1, 1 UK treble into chain space at end of previous row.

a short demo piece before edging

Now fasten off and then weave in the ends.

For the border

Start at any chain space along the side. Fasten border yarn and chain 3, then 2 UK treble into same space. Continue by making 3 UK treble into all of the side spaces.

When you get to the end loops make 12 UK treble. Once you have been all the way around, join last stitch to first chain with a slip stitch, fasten off and weave in ends.

I kept my demo piece short and I didn’t weave in the ends. This is because I’m being frugal and I’m going to frog it (unpick) and reuse the yarn!

Finally, if you find it easier to follow a chart, then I have attempted to draw one for you. Together with the video and photos, with any luck this pattern will make sense.

Mile a Minute crochet hand drawn chart

You are welcome to put questions in the comments, or send me an email and I will try to help.

Thanks for reading – have a great week.

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12 Responses

  1. Chloe Chats says:

    I enjoyed reading this, and I can totally see why handmade things tend to cost more, because they do take much longer to make and also I feel like it can then be more special to have! I have never done any crochet before, but I feel like I could maybe do ok following this!! Thank you for sharing Marie! xx

  2. hanmwill says:

    It looks amazing, Marie! I love how creative and crafty you are! And such a detailed post, I feel like I want to give it a go! Though I tried knitting and was never really that good at it so maybe not. Great post as always! x

  3. Abby Heird says:

    How cool! So you guessed this would take you three weeks in all… how long does it normally take you to finish one using your normal, square pattern? I think I would very much enjoy crocheting if I had just a wee bit more free time. Love your post as always!

    • Marie-Celine says:

      Some of my blankets can take 5 or 6 weeks because the finishing off can be a bit of a fiddle, and as much as I would like to crochet all day, I can’t because of my hand 🙁
      Thanks so much for commenting Abby, Mx

  4. Michelle says:

    This looks so easy! I love that yarn, too. It’s going to be pretty! Saving this!

    • Marie-Celine says:

      I’m glad you like it Michelle. I’ve had to start a new one as I can’t get any more of that yarn unfortunately. The new yarn is pretty but it’s paler.

      Thanks for commenting 😊

  5. Sarah says:

    Beautiful x

  6. 🙂 Hmm. I know nothing about crochet. But, what I do know, is that this is worthy of being shared on my Pinterest account.

    • Marie-Celine says:

      Thanks Renard! I made an infographic for Pinterest too but any images shared from this post would be great thank you 😃

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