This pattern is worked in Tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) in one piece, so there are no seams, no sewing up, no finished squares floating around and getting lost while you work the rest.
it is intended for use as a baby's play mat, pram cover or cot blanket, the stitches are close, so there are no tangled fingers, but a larger than usual hook is used to reduce bulk, keeping it warm but light.
Rated as an intermediate level project, the pattern is more recipe than strict instruction. Choose any yarn you like in DK/8ply. The pictured example was worked using some pure wool, some wool blend with lurex, and some in plain ol' acrylic. As long as the yarns you use have roughly the same tension, you'll be fine.
Finished blanket diameter is 71x71 cm including the border, and uses 5 colours (50 g/100 m each, approximately) plus an extra 75 g/150 m for the outside border, which is approximately 4 cm deep.
Each colour square measures 20 sts x 17 rows using a 5.5mm flexible Tunisian hook.
Instructions are given in UK terminology.
This design came about after multiple women from the same knitting club visited my home studio wanting to purchase flexible tunisian crochet hooks. I had no idea what all the fuss was about until I tried it, using this blanket design to experience for myself just how easy colour work is in Tunisian. And now I'm hooked!