Modern Camp Crochet Blanket Pattern

Campy Crochet Blanket Pattern Free SouthwestsI had promised my daughter that I’d finish this blanket before camping season, and while it wasn’t finished for our first camp out last weekend it IS ready to go for the rest of the season.  She loves the bright colors and I’m pleased with it too!

Campy Crochet Blanket Pattern Free Southwest

The idea for this blanket was to make something with a happy feel, geometric modern shapes and a bit of a campy/southwest theme.  (I’m a fan of this style as you might remember from the Southwest Tote)  The size is suitable for a lapghan, toddler blanket, or even a baby blanket.  It would be very easy to make it larger or smaller by simply repeating any of the rows or stripes that you like.

Campy Crochet Blanket Pattern Free


Back when I first made a couple of tapestry crochet bags, I was like “Whoa, this whole color work thing is WAY easier than it looks!”

While I’ve posted a couple of knit blanket patterns  (Native Stripes Knit Blanket and Endless Cables) , this is the first crochet blanket pattern.  Not going to lie, big projects are a challenge for me, but to see the finished product is so gratifying!

Campy Blanket Pattern Crochet

Campy Crochet Pattern

Let me just tell you though, I made this pattern in an excel spreadsheet. I hadn’t used excel since my days of doing accounting work and trying to fill each little block in with color made this brain o’ mine HURT!  My previous tapestry crochet patterns were done using colored pencils and graph paper but I wanted this graph to be a bit more “profesh”.

As for the yarn, this is one of my very favorite acrylic yarns. Because I wanted a soft blanket AND it needed to be washable, it was a necessity to use a good acrylic. If you’ve never felt Modern Baby by Lion Brand I know that you won’t be disappointed!  The colors are cheerful and the yarn itself is fluffy and feels great to the touch.  I used Modern Baby for the knit toddler rhino hat that I made my daughter and it’s so comfortable for her.

I have put together a full post with a picture explanation and links to learn tapestry crochet. It is seriously not hard to do if you are good with single crochet.

You can see a full explanation on how to do tapestry crochet for this pattern and others by clicking HERE.

Otherwise, see below for the graph pattern!

Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern

Size: Measures 40″ by 35″ after being blocked

Make it larger or smaller by simple adding extra rows or stitches.

**Save on yarn by not using quite as many colors! I had a whole lot of red left over as well as purple and pink. You can use less colors if you’d like and not have to buy up as many skeins of yarn.

You will need:

7 Skeins of Cream Lion Brand Modern Baby or comparable light weight yarn

1 skein Modern Baby Red

1 skein Modern Baby Turqouise

1 skein Modern Baby Green

1 skein Modern Baby Yellow

1 skein Modern Baby Purple


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

US Size G Crochet Hook 4.25 mm

Tapestry Crochet Camp Blanket Pattern:

Starting with white, chain 141 stitches. Then, follow the graph below.

See the graph? Each block represents a stitch. You start with your beginning chain.  Then, look at the graph starting at the bottom right corner, pick up the appropriate color for each stitch.

Tapestry Crochet Pattern Campy Blanket


Depending on the colors that are in the row, you will use the corresponding color. If there are two colors in a row, you will be carrying two strands of yarn along and using whichever color is indicated for each stitch as you go.  The easy part about this blanket in particular is that it’s all done in single crochet.  I also didn’t do anything complicated like crochet backwards, which you can do, and many prefer to do for projects like this. I really wanted to keep it as simple as possible while still creating a pretty blanket!

Working it!

Here’s a further explanation:

Start with your chain of 141 stitches, then look at your graph. You have two rows of white so work these just as you normally would. When the blue triangles start, you will add in your blue and begin to pick up blue for the blue squares and white for the white.

When you are all done, you can finish it with two rows of single crochet along the two sides.  In other words, crochet evenly along each side of the blanket. The ends were already nice and straight, so I didn’t do any border on the two ends.

Block the blanket well to make it nice and straight.  I did this by getting the entire blanket nice and damp, then securing it flat to dry.

Important Notes:

I didn’t carry two colors all the way through.  Because of this my gauge was completely different on the rows where I carried color, and the rows which I did not. If you want the same gauge all the way through, you should carry a color through the entire blanket. If not, you must block it well when you finish it up!  Either way, it’s a good idea to block this blanket.

This blanket isn’t super light weight. It is surprisingly heavier than I expected possibly from carrying two strands of yarn in sections of it.

Campy Crochet Blanket Pattern Free Southwests

Need some extra help? Don’t forget to see my post on “How To – Tapestry Crochet”

Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

What do you think of this? Have you tried tapestry crochet? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own!

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  1. Gorgeous! I love the colors you chose, and the pattern is easy to follow but challenging enough to keep it interesting. I can’t wait to try this–I’ve been trying to add more color to my crochet projects, as I typically use earth tones, so this is the perfect project for me to start with. Thank you for the pattern and the graph.

    1. Hi Judy,
      You’re so welcome. I’m happy to share!

      I’m the same way. I typically stay with neutral colors, so it’s a challenge to try out color. I’m so glad that you think you may give it a try! Definitely let me know how it goes!

  2. This is gorgeous. I know only very simple crochet (I’m a knitter mostly) but this really tempts me to try it. Have you seen the sites that offer free downloads for specific graph paper for knitting and crochet? You might want to check these out (not my sites, just found on the web)Not sure about crochet proportions but knitting is not strictly square so I guess those graphs make it much more accurate to design your own.

    Love your blog and so happy to see your patterns often appearing on other sites as well.

    1. Hey Wendy!

      Thanks so much for all of your support since the beginning of my blog. You’ve been so awesome! I’m so happy to have these links from you. These sites are definitely getting bookmarked for my next knitting graph. It’s really interesting that the proportions are different. Thanks so much again Wendy.

  3. beautiful! pinned and hopefully I will get a chance to make one. So many projects and so little time! Thanks for sharing the pattern and instructions!

    1. You’re welcome Millie! I’m so glad you think that you’d like to make it! I hear you – so many projects and so little time. Life needs to be longer so we can make more things!

  4. Oh my goodness! This turned out so beautifully! I LOVE the pattern! I’ve been wondering about that Lion Brand baby yarn actually. I was just considering ordering some. Glad to hear it’s got your approval. Happy camping!

  5. I’m so excited about this project. I have way different colors in mind, Terra cotta – teal – black -yellow something like that anyway. And I’m going to try for a C2C instead of single crochet!! Fingers crossed because I’m lovin it!!!

    1. Oh my goodness Shelly! Please share a picture when you complete it! Love the idea of doing it in C2C.

  6. I have never changed colors in a project; I am in beginner/intermediate limbo. I think this would be a great project to learn color changing. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your free design & for the extra details you have given; I really appreciate your skills and passion. It’s very pretty and your color choices are very pleasant.

  7. hello! I just stumbled upon your blog and i love it! I am about to start working on this blanket project!

  8. Great pattern, I think it would be beautiful done in afghan or Tunisian stitch using bobbins so you don,t have to carry the secocdary colors along. Thanks for the idea! Adrian

  9. I have been looking for something to make for camping on the chilly nights! I am making this for my ex-husbands wife! ( crazy I know) but we get Along great!

    1. Katie! Thanks for sharing, and I love your story! I sure hope that she likes the blanket. I’m sure she will be impressed! Share a picture if you get a chance on my Facebook page. I’d love to see it!

  10. This looks great. Years ago I tried freeform color carrying in an original project. Too many colors. It got extremely complex and was never completed. This looks much more likely to be completed. I’d probably use other colors, too much white for toddler grand nephew’s.

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