Scroll down for the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the ad-free, printable PDF version from my Etsy shop (here), or the kit (currently 35% off!) including yarn from Lion Brand Yarn (here)
Every crochet project is a special one, but occasionally you make something that rises above the hat or scarf you made last month. This serape blanket is one of those project for me and I’m thrilled to share it with you today. The look of the serapes and the history behind them is so intriguing (more about that in a bit) and it was a pleasure to make this unique piece. The very first knit blanket shared on the blog (here) was also inspired by the serape so it was a lot of fun to make this crochet version. This blanket uses a variety of simple crochet stitches and neutral colors with just a pop of mustard yellow. While it’s made with fairly basic stitches, the way in which they are put together gives it a “woven” look. I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
Serapes are known for their colorful, mirroring repetitive stripe patterns and they originate from Saltillo, Mexico. Traditionally, these blankets were used as shawls or ponchos but today I often see them used as blankets and decorative pieces. With the popularity of boho style and design in recent years, these blankets and similar pieces have become more prolific. Their inspiration can be seen in many places including clothing and home decor. I’m so lucky to have had the chance to study abroad in Mexico and also teach English in Ecuador where woven blankets and rugs like the serape can be seen all over the place! While I got to bring home a rug or two, it was really neat to be able to create a crocheted blanket inspired by the artistry from Mexico.
The goal for this blanket was for it to have a “woven” look within the fabric. Of course, crochet is beautiful in it’s own right, but the look of weaving lends to a more authentic appearance to the blanket. It’s made with super bulky Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn so it works up fairly quickly and it only takes 8 skeins of yarn to create. It took a lot of frogging, retrying, changing colors, and frogging again to get the striping just right (and some pulling my hair out – lol!). Although it was a little challenging to get the design finished correctly, now that the pattern’s written it’s actually super simple to crochet! The stitches are easy and if you know basics, you are good to go with this serape.
Above: I love how these colors came together using the Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick! However, you can be as creative as you’d like with the colors for the stripes. 🙂
(See the free pattern below or you may also choose to purchase the ad-free, printable PDF version from my Etsy shop here. It includes all relevant photos and pattern information)
Mexican Serape Crochet Blanket
Achieve the look of a woven serape Mexican blanket with this rustic modern crochet pattern. Easily recognized by their repetitive striping pattern, serapes make a beautiful decorative statement and are great to curl up with on cold days. The mirroring stripes give visual interest and the vibrant touch of color will add dimension to any room. Fringe along the ends lend to the authentic look of the serape while also adding warmth and charm. Crocheted with super bulky yarn, this version is especially warm and makes a wonderful accessory for practically any room in your home.
US Size N 10.0 mm crochet hook
US Size P 11.5 mm crochet hook
3 Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Oatmeal (170 g/skein)
1 Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Mustard (170 g/skein)
1 Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Fisherman (170 g/skein)
1 Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Grey Marble (170 g/skein)
Pattern uses approximately 1,071 grams of yarn
37” X 41” Lapghan Size (includes border edge)
Abbreviations & Skills:
ch – chain
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sc flo – single crochet through the front loop only
dc flo – double crochet through the front loop only
sl st flo – slip stitch through the front loop only
sc blo – single crochet through the back loop only
RS – right side
CC – change colors
Not important for this pattern, however, approximate gauge is just over 7 stitches in 4” of double crochet
Notes: This blanket is created by crocheting 6 panels and seaming together. This method is used because it is the best way to create the reflective, mirrored striping that you see in serapes. There are two panel patterns, Panel Pattern #1 which you will make for a total of 4 times and Panel Pattern #2 which you will make for a total of two times. A simple striping pattern is created by using a variety of simple stitches. Change colors when indicated throughout the pattern. The US size N hook is used throughout the pattern except for the slip stitch rows where indicated. The US size P hook is used for all slip stitch rows as the slip stitches are typically crocheted tighter than the other stitches in the pattern. Using the size P hook will create stitches that more closely match the gauge of the rest of the pattern, however, please use the hook that best matches gauge depending on your tension. Note that you might see the edges curling inwards on some panels. This will be corrected once they are seamed with the flat slip stitch seam during assembly.
Mexican Serape Blanket Pattern Instructions
Panel Pattern #1
Using the size N crochet hook and Oatmeal yarn
Row 1 Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across the row (71) (RS)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as st), turn, dc in 2nd st of row and in each st across the row (71)
Row 3 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in each st across the row (71)
Row 4 Ch 3 (counts as st), turn, dc flo in each st across the row (71)
Row 5 Ch 3 (counts as st), turn, dc in each st across the row including final stitch which is the turn ch 3 of previous row (71)
Row 6 (use P hook) Ch 1, sl st flo in each st across the row, sl st into turn ch 3 of previous row (71)
Row 7 (use N hook) Ch 1, turn, sc blo across the row (71)
Row 8 (use P hook) Ch 1, turn, sl st flo across the row (71)
Row 9 (use N hook) Ch 1, turn, sc blo across the row (71)
Row 10 (use P hook) Ch 1, turn, sl st blo across the row (71)
Row 11 (use N hook) Ch 1, turn, sc blo across the row (71)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat above pattern 3 more times to create a total of 4 panels from Panel Pattern #1. Set panels aside until assembly. Next you will crochet Panel Pattern #2.
Panel Pattern # 2
Using the size N hook and Grey Marble yarn
Row 1 Sc in each ch st across the row (71) (RS)
Row 2 (use P hook) Ch 1, turn, sl st flo in each st across the row (71)
Row 3 (use N hook) Ch 1, turn, sc blo across the row (71)
Row 4 (use P hook) Ch 1, turn, sl st flo across the row (71)
Row 5 (use N hook) Ch 1, turn, sc flo across the row (71)
Tie off and weave in ends
Repeat above pattern 1 more time in order to create a total of two panels from Panel Pattern #2
With right sides facing up, place two panels from Panel Pattern #1 together with black stripes at the center creating a mirror image stripe. With black yarn, seam with a flat slip stitch seam (good tutorial from Craft Passion HERE) down the center, tie off and weave in ends. Repeat this for the final two panels from Panel Pattern #1. Next, with black yarn, seam both panels together from Panel Pattern # 2 with right sides facing up and black stripe at the center. Lastly, using grey yarn, seam all remaining panels together with the stripes from Panel Pattern #2 in the center. Tie off and weave in ends. (See photos of blanket for additional visual assistance on how stripes are assembled)
Below: Seaming panels from Panel Pattern #1
Below: Seaming the blanket together with grey
Below: Almost done seaming!
Border and Fringe:
Attach Fisherman yarn to corner of blanket. Working along the right side of the blanket, slip stitch evenly along the edge. At the end of the row, ch 1, turn, then slip stitch through the back loop only across the row. Tie off and weave in ends. Block to shape and size as desired.
Above: Slip stitching along the edge with Fisherman
Cut two lengths of Fisherman yarn 16” long. Weave through blanket and tie. Repeat this evenly across the edge, making ten sets of fringe total. To make the macramé fringe look, divide each fringe evenly and tie together as pictured below. There are also many online tutorials if you do a simple search in YouTube or Google on how to create macramé fringe.
Attach two strands of yarn to make fringe and tie as pictured
Split the fringe. Tie two right strands around left two strands as pictured.
Tighten knots and finish. Trim fringe evenly along bottom.
And there’s your Mexican Serape Crocheted Blanket!
Let me know if you have any questions and happy making my friends.
Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this project – all opinions are always my own. 🙂
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