Simple Luxury

Simple Luxury

I just love linen.


It’s a wonderfully cool, textured fabric that has been used throughout history.  From surrounding the Tabernacle as Israel wandered through the desert, to utilitarian sacks to store grain and feeds, to specially tailored clothing and home goods today.  I love the texture, the durability and the elegance linen adds to any room!  One day last year I came across a plain linen throw on Pinterest and fell in love.

It was plain with a contrasting stitching around the edges, it retailed for……….$495.  Slightly more than I am willing to spend on a throw.  But I could never get the thought of a linen throw off my mind so…I made one, well three really!


The Classic


The Artsy- (this one I drew on with bleach)


The Print

Once I got started it was hard to stop!  These throws, (which also work as picnic blankets and tablecloths), are made from drapery weight 100% linen fabric, machine wash and dry and perfectly wonderful!  Here is how I made them.


1.5 yards linen fabric

2 hanks pearl cotton or 1 spool

375-500 yards fingering weight washable yarn, I used Rowan Fine Milk Cotton and Cascade’s Ultra Pima Fine

Size f crochet hook

Start with 1.5 yards of fabric, wash and dried.  Pull a thread along the cut edges of your fabric to find a perfectly straight line, trim to get a nice square piece of fabric.


Next hem all four sides with a double hem. (Fold the raw edges over, then over again, press and sew.)


Then using Pearl Cotton, blanket stitch all the way around, about 3/8th of an inch apart.  I used my machine stitching as a guide and spaced my blanket stitches 3 machine stitches apart.


Now all the prep work is done!  Time to crochet!  Because every blanket is different, there is no exact number of stitches you should have on each side.  You have to be willing to adjust!  I do think it is important to have a similar number of base stitches on opposite ends, but if you don’t, add or subtract a few in the first couple of rounds, I won’t tell!  Attach your yarn with a slip stitch through the top of the blanket stitch and work 2 single crochets, SC, into each block all the way around the blanket ending with a slip stitch into the first SC to complete your round.  To make your numbers match feel free to work one or even three SC in a block here and there.


From here you can work just about any border you like!  Or you can stop here, it’s up to you!  There are LOADS of free border patterns avaliable, try searching Pinterest or Ravelry.  Here are the one’s I used, if you have any trouble understanding any directions, let me know!

The easiest one I did was on the Artsy blue blanket.P1010668

Start  by working a SC into the first SC in the base row.   Then **chain 3, skip one SC in the base row, SC into the next stitch.  Repeat from ** all the way around the blanket ending with a slip stitch into your first SC.  The next 4 rounds are exactly the same only you are working all the SC’s into the chain 3 spaces of the previous rows.  On your last round, work in the same way EXCEPT work a picot between the SC’s by, chaining 4, slip stitch into second chain, chain 1, then SC in next space, all the way around.

For the Classic blanket –


***start in second block from corner***
Round 1- *Sc in first sc, ch1 skip 1, repeat all the way around ending with a slip stitch.
Round 2- (start 3 in from corner)  Ch 1, sc in same stitch.  *Ch 2, skip 2, sc in next stitch, skip 2, 5DC in next stitch, skip 2, sc in next stitch.  repeat from *  At corners put 7DC in the corner stitch.   end with a slip st in first ch1
Round 3- Ch 1, sc in same stitch. **Chain 2, DC in next DC, (chain 1, DC in next DC)x4, ch 2, sc in ch 2 space.  repeat from ** At corners instead of repeating () 4 times, repeat it 6 times.  End with a slip in first ch1.
Round 4- slip back over to the last DC,  ***Ch 2, Dc in first Dc, repeat to 5th Dc, DO NOT chain 2, but DC in next Dc then repeat from ***.  Basicly, no chain 2 between motifs. Same at corners.  End slip into 2nd chain of the start.
Round 5- ch1, *3sc in ch 2 space, work picot*, all the way around, EXCEPT no picot between motifs, so you’ll have 3 picots on top of each motif, and 5 around the corners.  End with a slip stitch.
Picot- ch 3, slip stitch into base of chain
For the Print –

*start three SC’s in from corner*

Round 1- *Sc in first sc, ch1 skip 1, repeat all the way around ending with a slip stitch.

Round 2- Ch 1, SC in same space. *Ch 1, skip 3, DC in next space, (Ch 1, DC in same space)x3, Ch1, skip 3, SC into next space.  (This gives you shells with 4 DC each) Repeat from * around, making sure your corner stitch is the stitch where the 4 DC are worked.  End with a slip stitch to your first SC.

Round 3- Chain 5. **Work (DC, ch 1, DC, Ch1, DC) into center of the next shell. Chain 2, Sc into next Sc, ch 2.  (This gives you 3DC in each shell)  Repeat from ** around.  At corners Work 5 (DC, Ch1) sets instead of 3, (5DC per corner shell).   End with a slip stitch into 3 chain of chain 5 start.

Round 3-Slip stitch into next space.  Chain 3. ***DC into next DC, Ch 1, DC into ch1 space, Ch1, DC into next DC, Ch1, DC into next ch1 space, Ch 1, DC into next DC, Ch1, DC into next ch 2 space, DC into next ch 2 space, Ch1.  (This gives you 7 DC in each shell.) Repeat from *** around.  In corners work a DC into each DC with Ch1 in between, (11 DC per corner shell.)  End with a slip stitch into 2nd chain of Ch3 start.

Round 4- Ch 1, SC into next DC. ****SC into next ch1 space, SC in next DC, SC into next Ch1 space, (SC, ch3, SC)  into next DC,  SC into next Ch1 space, SC into next DC, SC into next Ch1 space, SC into next DC, Skip next (Ch 1, 2DC, Ch 1),  SC into next DC.  ( This gives you a smooth row of SC with a picot at the top of your shells, and a valley between them.)  Repeat from **** around.  At corners work 2 extra picots evenly spaced.  End with a slip into first ch1, Fasten off.

Hope you’ll give it a try!


For a printable version of the border directions click below 🙂


16 Responses

  1. Bonnie
    Bonnie May 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm | | Reply

    Is there a way to print just the patterns. The pictures are wonderful and so is the entire post.

  2. Dana Silver
    Dana Silver May 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm | | Reply

    Love these !

  3. jlo
    jlo May 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm | | Reply


  4. Amy
    Amy May 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm | | Reply

    You make Martha Stewart look lazy!!

  5. Karen
    Karen May 2, 2013 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    They turned out beautiful! I had stop by the shop yesterday and pickup another skein of gold. Mine is turning out a little more “ruffly” than yours…which is not bad. I really like it and t goes with the “retro” fabric. Thanks for all you do to make us better knitter, crocheters (sp)…and to help brighten our homes and our lives!

  6. Crafting with………Claire? May 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  7. Dana
    Dana May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm | | Reply

    Hi Claire
    Did you cut the selvages off?

  8. Mome
    Mome August 23, 2014 at 5:17 am | | Reply

    Hi Claire,

    The trims look beautiful and you’ve done an amazing job. It would be nice to have video tutorials for each trim . I hope you’ll considering doing some for beginners such as myself.

    Thanks for sharing your work!

  9. Lynn
    Lynn February 21, 2015 at 2:46 pm | | Reply

    Hi Claire, excited to get started on these! Stopped by your shop the other day to buy yarn, but you weren’t there! What…you take a day off?

    Anyway, I’m a novice crochet-er, but a rather experienced knitter. While being proficient in one doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be good at the other, I’d like to believe that I might have a little edge? Maybe?

    Here’s my questions: I’m assuming this is crocheted in the round? When you say ‘End with a slip in first ch1’, is that where you join the rounds?

    Next question: ‘slip back over to the last DC’…i’ve tried searching to figure this out, but to no avail. Can you put this in novice terms?

    If I’m doing an oval, do you think I’ll have to build ‘corners’ at all?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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