This luxuriously crochet buffalo plaid blanket is my new favorite thing! The soft, chunky plaid blanket top works up quickly and the back is made of plush faux sheepskin. This blanket is perfect for snuggling under by the fire with your currently project or WIP. The post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
I think this crochet buffalo plaid blanket is my most-requested pattern. Like, ever. Of course I should have designed this the first Plaid Week, a crochet blanket made in the Plaid technique is kind of a no-brainer.
The reason why this took me three years is because I have a bit of a short attention span. I get bored if I have to work on a project for a long time, so I wasn’t sure I could even pull off making a blanket. My Solar System Blanket took me 3 months because I had to keep taking breaks!
But I did it ya’ll. The chunky yarn mostly got me through because it ended up taking less than a week to complete (not too bad!). I also couldn’t resist adding some plush faux sheepskin to the back. I am so glad I did, this blanket is luxuriously comfortable. If you are always cold like me, then you need this blanket.
CROCHET BUFFALO PLAID BLANKET – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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– 10 mm hook
– Bernat Softee Chunky: (3.5 oz skeins) 7 Balls of Wine, 5 Balls of Black, 4 balls of Berry Red
– Approx. 5 yards of black worsted weight yarn (for hand-sewing the sheepskin to the blanket)
– 2 yards of Faux Sheepskin Fabric (I got mine at Joann Fabric and Crafts)
– Darning Needle
Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only
Gauge: Not important
Finished Blanket Size: Approx 70″ x 52″
Note: The crochet plaid blanket is worked lengthwise. The block of the plaid technique will be 4 DC sts wide and two rows tall (you will use DC for all the plaid part of the blanket). Because the plaid is worked with two rows before switching color, you will not need to carry the unused third color through the row.
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1. With black, work a chainless sc foundation of 120 sts. (approx. 60″) Turn.
(You can adjust this size to make your blanket a different size, just make sure your foundation is in multiples of 4 or 8)
2. Continue with black, Ch 2. Work the Plaid Technique all the way across, alternating between black and wine every 4 sts. Turn (120 sts)
3. Continue with wine, Ch 2. Work the Plaid Technique all the way across, alternating between black and wine ever 4 sts (line the colors up with the previous row). Turn (120 sts)
4. Continuing with Wine, Ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Join Red. Alternate Wine and Red across the row, switching every 4 sts. Turn.(120 sts)
5. Continuing with Red, Ch 2. Work plaid st across, alternating red and wine every 4 sts(line up the colors with the previous row.) Turn. (120 sts)
6. – 46. Repeat rows 2-5 respectively.
Tie off all yarns and weave in ends before continuing.
Plaid Blanket Edging:
1. Orient the blanket so the beginning foundation is on the ride side, running vertically. Join yarn in the same sp as last st of black on foundation. Work across the side of the blanket with black, sc as evenly as possible. Work 3 sc in last st to make a corner. Sc across the top, working 3 sc in last st making a corner. Sc down other raw edge, working your stitches as evenly as possible. Join with first st on foundation row.
2. – 3. Ch 2. Sc in each st around, working in the Back Loops Only, working 3 sc in each corner. Join.
Weave in all ends. You can be finished with your blanket here, or you can add some plush faux sheepskin to the back.
Plaid Blanket Construction:
For best results, block the blanket before continuing.
Lay your sheepskin on the floor, right-side down. Smooth it out perfectly. Lay your blanket on top, right side up (the right side of your border facing up, the wrong sides of both pieces should be facing each other.) Take care to make sure your blanket is perfectly straight and even, it takes a bit of fluffing and smoothing.
Using the blanket as a pattern, cut the the fabric around the blanket, leaving a seam allowance. Without moving anything, fold over (or under, depending on how you would like to construct your blanket) and pin the edge in place all around the blanket. For my method, I folded the edge down and sewed in between the two layers. Once the blanket is pinned, sew it in place using your favorite method with worsted weight yarn and a darning needle. I hand-sewed mine in place using a simple running stitch, but I think the blanket stitch would would well, or even using your machine.
(You can see from my stitches that I need some more practice!)
Enjoy your new crochet buffalo plaid blanket! Took me long enough. I hope you are able to get yours finished so you can snuggle under it on Christmas Eve.
Do you need to have a backing on it please?
No you don’t, that is up to you!
Can I just do a solid colors of granny squares and hook them together.
Sure, I can’t see why not. This will give you lots of ends that you would avoid if you did color changes, but it would definitely work!
I’m using Bernat Blanket (another size 6 weight option) and I can’t hide the carried yarn well enough. Any ideas?
You maybe just using too large of hook, or you aren’t gently pulling your stitches together, did you watch the plaid video?
Hi, thank you so much for sharing this pattern with us. I made this blanket for my SIL for Christmas and she loved it :)
All I can say,…….
I love it!!!!! 🥰❤️❤️🥰
THANK YOU!! 🧶THANK YOU!!🧶 THANK YOU!! 🧶
Thank you so much for your kind words Tracy!!! It means so much ❤️
Does the foundation sc have to be done or can I just do a chain then go back and sc across? I’m having a hard time getting the fsc! Thanks!
You can do a chain if you prefer!
I wanted to know how you were able to get the fur in between the squares? There is a pic of the beautiful plaid squares with the fur showing on the right side of the blanket also.
I hope this makes sense!! Thank you very much for your help. I LOVE your patterns!!! You are truly a blessing.
Hm, I am not sure what you mean I am sorry! The faux sheepskin in lining the back only.
Carol, I wonder if this is the pattern you’re thinking of: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/buffalo-check-plaid-blanket
Thank you for your beautiful pattern, Bethany!
Thank you very much. That is the one!!!😊
Does the foundation need to be in multiples of 5? Because you replied to a comment and said to work in multiples of 3 or 6. But the pattern says 5. I made my chain using 90 stitches, and I keep ending up with one empty stitch at the end since the pattern is in sets of 4 DC’s. I’m so confused, please help!
Whoa, I must have been overworked because neither are correct 😵 Yikes. You will alternate the colors every 4 sts, so your foundation should be in multiples of 4 or 8. HOWEVER, you are simply trying to make squares so whatever the size of your block you want (4, 5, 6) is fine, it will just make your blocks slightly different shaped. 5 and 6 will make them slightly longer rectangles, 4 is a pretty good square with two rows making the height. If you want to go a bit rogue, you can choose any size you would like, and just make your foundation a multiple of whatever you choose (4, 5, 6 etc).
Hi Bethany..I am wanting to attempt this blanket for my cousins baby whom is due in February. Do I just cut pattern in half?
Yes, you can make the foundation half as wide, and make fewer rows, depending on how tall you want it to be.
Do you carry the yarn through the blanket? If not how exactly is that done? I may have missed it in the pattern but just making sure I do this right. Thank you!
You will carry the yarn as you alternate back and forth, however because there are two rows of each color, you don’t need to carry the unused yarn.
is the chainless sc foundation used only for the first row and the remaining blanket uses the regular dc ? or is the chainless double crochet foundation used throughout the blanket?
Only the foundation uses the foundation sc.
I want to do a blanket like this, I’ve done the hats but nothing flat. Will the back look neat or should it have fabric?
Hello there! I fell in love with this blanket as soon as I saw it and decided I had to have a go at it. I was just wondering how you add the color back after dropping it to do two rows of the other colors? I hope that made sense. Im a newbie to crocheting so I’m sorry if this is an obvious one to a pro
Hi Jenae! You will just drop the yarn at the end of the row, and then when you need it again, you pull it up and pull a loop through to start it. You will have strands coming up the raw side of the blanket, but you will cover those up when you work the border. Does that make sense?
I have made a twin size buffalo plaid blanket but have now been asked to make a queen size!! Have you made one that big before? Not even sure how to start making one that big, any ideas, tips?
You would just make the foundation longer to match the width or length of the queen size blanket. Be sure to work it in multiples of 4 or 8.
Just found you on pinterest and was looking at all your beautiful projects, love them all!!!! Im about to make my grandbaby a plaid blanket! The mom has fixed his room up in all kinds of different red and black plaid items, so of course i HAVE to make him a plaid blanket to match!!! So thank you so much for the pattern!!!!! And LOVE your work!!!
Thank you so much Christy! Sounds perfect!
Is this worked in 4 DC sets? So 30 total across one row? The picture looks like 4. Just want to make sure.
Ah! You are right that is a typo. Thank you for catching that.
I love this blanket! Is there any chance this pattern is available in a baby blanket size? I”m loving your plaid course too!
It’s not but I will see if I can whip something up :)
That would be amazing!!
Absolutely fantastic! I love this! I have to admit I too am all about the buffalo plaid. I am trying to get up the gumption to create a buffalo plain small dog coat! Keep up the great work!
Thank you! I love that idea. I think my Labrador needs one too!
Beth, you do some completely amazing patterns. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Admittedly the plaid is my favorite, but I love everything you offer.
Thank you so much Karona! I appreciate your kind words so much :)
This is beautiful!
Thank you Robin!
You are amazing Beth❣😍💙
Thank you Tiffany <3