Could this be the quickest blanket ever?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.