Inside – Crochet your own Monuments with this free crochet colorwork chart – A Desertscape Blanket Pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog.


What would a blanket inspired by the American Southwest be without an ode to Monument Valley? Part 6 of the Desertscape Crochet Blanket honors the icons rising from the Arizona desert dust. Use this free crochet chart to create your own Monuments.

Inspiration for Monuments

Spoiler Alert – I’ve never been to Monument Valley, but driven past the turn off many times. So, why include Monument Valley if I’ve never been there? To leave room for future adventures.

Someday, I will see those geometric spires soar out of the desert dust.
Someday, I will take my kids along the roads we traveled in their infancy.
Someday, I will prop us up in the middle of the road for a photo op.

Every time I see this Monuments Section, it reminds me of every adventure (desert or not) yet to come. So, what is your “Monument Valley”? Where is your place that leaves room for adventure?

Monument Valley is the inspiration for the Monuments Pattern in the Desertscape Crochet Blanket.

Monuments in Crochet Colorwork

This is the third colorwork section of the Desertscape Blanket. Rejoicing is highly encouraged at this point. Because, you’re FOUR sections away from being done with only TWO colorwork sections left. Yes, you can take a moment to do a happy dance!

My best advice for the colorwork sections…

  1. Slow down, and take your time counting.
  2. Use a stitch marker at every 50sts to section off the chart repeats.
  3. Double check your counting after each chart repeat.
  4. If you need help – please reach out!

If you finish the Monuments Section early…

…it would be a good idea to weave in the ends. I know.. I know it’s like completing ____ (insert your least favorite chore). But once it’s done, it’s done! You don’t have to worry about the gremlins coming in to take your ends out to do all over again.

As my husband sarcastically told me this morning while cuddling the blanket, “This is unacceptable. How are you supposed to use it with this garbage hanging off??” πŸ˜† So, I’ll be working on it with you, too.

Ready to stitch up the Desertscape Blanket? Scroll down for the free pattern, or purchase the Desertscape Blanket eBook in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store.

Yarn + Substitutes

Paintbox Yarns are my all time favorite budget yarn. The Desertscape Blanket uses the Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine. Their acrylic yarns are soft, plush, and never split while I crochet. Plus, a big reason I keep coming back to Paintbox Yarns is the color palette. It’s to dye for, and the colors on the screen are reliable in person.

Shop Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran here.

If you want to use yarn from your LYS (local yarn store), or your stash, then I recommend staying with a mostly acrylic yarn. You’ll get the same results as I did while you work on your blanket.

Desertscape Blanket CAL Info

The Desertscape Blanket is a new, free crochet pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog. We’ll explore textured stitches and Intarsia crochet charts that feature all things majestic in the desert. A new section will be released each Monday starting on April 10, 2023.

If you’d like email reminders when each section is released, you can sign up here.

The CAL is taking place in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook. We’ll share our WIP pictures, and support each other during the crochet process. I’ll be available in the Facebook Group and through email to answer any questions.

Join the HDY Handmade Community here.

If this is the first you’re hearing of the Desertscape Blanket CAL – Welcome!! I’m thrilled to have you join us. Everyone in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook is working through the project at their own pace.

If you need to start with Part 1, then click here for the Golden Barrel Cactus pattern.

If you need to start at the very beginning, you can read through the Desertscape Blanket CAL Information page. It gives you all the details about the whole blanket pattern, and help you deep dive into meeting the right gauge.

Click here to read through all of the Desertscape Blanket information.

Pattern Instructions

NOTE ABOUT THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN :

Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)

Materials

  • Yarn β€“ Worsted Weight/category 4
    • I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine.
    • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work
  • Crochet Hook β€“ H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle

Notes

  • This pattern is worked in turning rows.
  • Start the colorwork chart on an ODD row of the blanket. Example, Row 1 of the Catalina Mountains Chart will be Row 83 of the whole blanket.
  • Rows are written as 50 stitch repeats. Repeat the written instructions (or colorwork chart) 3 times to complete 1 row of the blanket.
  • CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. The CH 1 DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • Stitch count is 200 STS per row.

Gauge + Finished Size

Gauge for the whole Desertscape Blanket is based off of the Intarsia Crochet sections. It’s important that you work up the practice swatch on the Information Page BEFORE starting the Desertscape Blanket. If you need help meeting gauge, please send an email to Joanna at hello@highdesertyarn.com

The height of this section will meet approximately 5β€³.

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

CH(S) β€“ chain(s)
SC β€“ single crochet
ST(S) β€“ stitch(es)
MC β€“ main color
CC β€“ contrasting color

Written Instructions

← Row 1 [RS]: *CC* 50

β†’ Row 2 [WS]: *CC* 50

← Row 3 [RS]: *CC* 3, *MC* 18, *CC* 16, *MC* 5, *CC* 8

β†’ Row 4 [WS]: *CC* 7, *MC* 7, *CC* 14, *MC* 20, *CC* 2

← Row 5 [RS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 22, *CC* 12, *MC* 9, *CC* 6

β†’ Row 6 [WS]: *CC* 5, *MC* 11, *CC* 10, *MC* 24

← Row 7 [RS]: *MC* 24, *CC* 2, *MC* 1, *CC* 6, *MC* 12, *CC* 5

β†’ Row 8 [WS]: *CC* 5, *MC* 12, *CC* 6, *MC* 1, *CC* 2, *MC* 24

← Row 9 [RS]: *MC* 24, *CC* 2, *MC* 1, *CC* 6, *MC* 12, *CC* 5

β†’ Row 10 [WS]: *CC* 5, *MC* 12, *CC* 6, *MC* 1, *CC* 2,

*MC* 24

← Row 11 [RS]: *MC* 24, *CC* 2, *MC* 1, *CC* 6, *MC* 12, *CC* 5

β†’ Row 12 [WS]: *MC* 17, *CC* 6, *MC* 1, *CC* 2, *MC* 24

← Row 13 [RS]: *MC* 2, *CC* 17, *MC* 8, *CC* 6, *MC* 17

β†’ Row 14 [WS]: *MC* 17, *CC* 6, *MC* 9, *CC* 14, *MC* 4

← Row 15 [RS]: *MC* 6, *CC* 11, *MC* 33

β†’ Row 16 [WS]: *MC* 34, *CC* 8, *MC* 8

← Row 17 [RS]: *MC* 9, *CC* 7, *MC* 34

β†’ Row 18 [WS]: *MC* 35, *CC* 5, *MC* 10

← Row 19 [RS]: *MC* 50

β†’ Row 20 [WS]: *MC* 50

Monuments Colorwork Chart

Copyright Policy

You are free to use this crochet pattern to make and sell the final product, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. DO NOT claim it as your own in part or in whole. Please give credit to High Desert Yarn, as the designer, in your listings, on your blog, or social media platforms. All images are property of High Desert Yarn. Do not use any of these images as your own.

Ready for the next section?

It’ll be released on May 22, 2023! So, what can you do in the meantime?

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High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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