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Below are some great Project Linus patterns as well as links for additional patterns

Project Linus national Website contains a lot of terrific patterns:

Fleece patterns  

No sew fleece blanket instructions:

  1. Take your two pieces of fleece. Put one piece on top of the other lining up the edges so they are even. (one side will be the front and the other side will be the back of your blanket)

  2. Trim off any selvage around the edges of your fleece ( try not to cut in more than 2 inches) * Remember you need to try to cut straight, but it doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Take your piece of 4"x4" paper lay it on the corner of your blanket. Then cut out the corner through both layers. Proceed to do this on all four corners.
  4. Now you are ready to cut your fringes. Cut 4 inches into both fleeces at 1" wide. Use the blue tape to measure across from the corner of the cut out corner to the other.
  5. Your fringes don't need to be 1" exactly, just try to keep them the same size.( You don't want to have one fringe 1" and the next one 2".)
    Proceed to cut 1" intervals on all four sides.
  6. Starting on one side tie over hand knots (using one fringe from each fleece.) Tie these knots on every other fringe around the entire blanket.
  7. Then flip the whole blanket over and tie the remaining knots until your blanket is complete.(This helps your knotted ends look perfect)
  8. Double knot them. This helps them from coming untied especially in the wash.
  9. Don’t stretch the fleece or tie the pieces to tight. The blanket should lie flat when you are done.

Knitting and Crochet patterns

This is the pattern that was given out at our 2007 MABD.  It makes a terrific light weight blanket for a child. 


Simple V-stitch Afghan

Designed by Donna Laing, Warminster PA,

 for Project Linus

[email protected]

 SIZE:  About 38” x 48” for child size

28 oz of 4 ply acrylic yarn and a size K crochet hook

 Starting at bottom edge of the afghan, loosely chain 112.

Rows 1 and 2: Dc in 4th ch from hook, and every chain to end. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: DC in first 4 sts, ch 1,  * skip 2 st, (DC, ch 1, DC) in next st (V-stitch made); repeat from * to last 7 st, chain 1, skip 2 sts, then DC in last 5 st. Ch 3, turn.

 Row 4: DC in first 4 sts, ch 1,  * skip 2 st, (DC, ch 1, DC) in the chain in the middle of V-stitch on previous row; repeat from * to last 5 st, chain 1, then DC in last 5 st. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Row 4 until large size is about 46”.  DC the last 2 rows. Bind off.

EDGING: With the right side facing you, work 1 row of ch 1,   sc along each side of the afghan, chaining 3 in each corner.



Here is our favorite crochet pattern, (some have a love/hate relationship with this one, but most of us love it!

 the Diagonal Crochet or Egyptian pattern.

  • ROW 1:  Chain 6.  Skip first 3 Chains.  Double Crochet in 4th, 5th, and 6th Chain from hook.  (First Square made.)
  • ROW 2:  Chain 6.  Double Crochet in 4th, 5th, and 6th Chain from hook. Now look at the FIRST SQUARE.  Do you see those skipped 3 Chains?  You will flip up the square so those 3 Chains are pointing toward the ceiling. Skip the next 3 Double Crochets (of that first square) and Slip Stitch around the Post of that Chain 3. Chain 3, 3 Double Crochet down same Post. LOOK! You've made a little square V shape!

~ROW 3 (INCREASE ROW):Now turn the work and Chain 6.  Double Crochet in 4th, 5th, & 6th Chain from hook.  See - you made another square!  This is an INCREASE SQUARE, which makes Row 3 an INCREASE ROW.   Skip next 3 Double Crochets.  Slip Stitch around the Chain 3 Post of next square.   **Chain 3, 3 Double Crochet down same Post.  Skip next 3 Double Crochets.  Slip Stitch around the Chain 3 Post of next square. **  Repeat from ** to ** across, until last square of that row.

  • ROW 4 - 8:(or until desired width for your afghan)  Work Increase Row (Row 3).  This whole time you've been making a big triangle.  Once the work is as wide as desired, you'll want to keep increasing in LENGTH, while maintaining the width the whole way up.  (There by making a rectangle.)  You must therefore do a decrease row.

A good width for a baby blanket is 24 inches wide.

~ROW 9 (DECREASE ROW): Chain 3, turn work.    Skip next 3 Double Crochets.  ** Slip Stitch around post of Chain 3 of next square.  Chain 3, 3 Double Crochets down same post. Skip next 3 Double Crochets.**  Repeat from ** to ** across row.

  • ROW 10-12:  Work Increase Row on even rows, and decrease row on odd rows.

For an Afghan:  Continue progressing, alternating between an INCREASE ROW and a DECREASE ROW,

until the work is as LONG as you want it. A good baby blanket length is 36 inches.

  • ROW 13-18: Work Decrease Row each row, to "close up" the rectangle. Upon making the last square, Chain 3, turn. Skip next 3 Double Crochets and Slip Stitch down post of next Chain 3.  (This evens up the end of the afghan.)


Following are Donna Laing's directions for the Sideways Shell Baby Afghan. Donna designed for this pattern for Project Linus. If you have questions about the pattern, please email Donna Laing at [email protected]
Donna writes...
A dedicated group of blanketeers at Prudential Financial gets together twice a week during lunch break to teach people to crochet. The price for these lessons is that the first blanket made is sent to Project Linus. We have donated over 1000 blankets. In our group, people new to crochet are designated as "the newbies." I designed this easy pattern especially for the newbies.

It is so easy--easy to find what stitch to put the hook into, and easy to find where the row ends. As an added bonus, the pattern looks really fancy and the edge looks gorgeous. This simple pattern uses chains, single crochet and double crochet. When a newbie has finished this blanket, she knows most of the basic crochet stitches pretty well!

Sideways Shell aka Newbie©

Designed by

Donna Laing, Warminster PA,

 for Project Linus 

mailto:[email protected]

Approximate Size: 30" x 38"
Materials: 18 oz. of 4-ply machine washable yarn
Gauge: With size I crochet hook, 1 cluster= 1 inch, and 3 rows = 2 inches

Note: The pattern can be adjusted to any size, made in any yarn with any size hook. It is a multiple of 3 sts, + 2 sts.)

Chain 92 loosely.

Row 1: In the 5th chain from hook, work 1 sc, ch 2, and 2 dc, *skip 2 ch, work 1 sc, ch 2, and 2 dc all in the next ch. Repeat from * across to last 3 ch (29 clusters), skip 2 ch, work 1 dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Chain 3, turn. Work 1 sc, ch2, and 2 dc clustered all in the first ch-2 loop. Repeat in all loops across to last loop. Work 1 dc in ch-3 space at the end of row.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures approximately 36". Do not break off yarn. Continue around the corner and the remaining 3 sides of the blanket, working 1 sc-ch 2-2 dc clusters in each space. Slip st at the end. Break off with 3 inches of yarn and weave in yarn ends. Admire your work and then bring it to your nearest Project Linus coordinator to be given to a child in need!







Designed by

Donna Laing, Warminster PA,

 for Project Linus 

                                                  [email protected]                                              

APPROXIMATE SIZE:           24 x 34 inches

 Pattern = (Multiple of 5) + 6 sts


12 oz Red Heart 4-ply yarn and a Size I crochet hook or

sport weight yarn and H hook

 Chain 91

 Rows 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next two chains,

* ch 1, skip 1 chain, dc in each of next 4 chains, repeat from *, ending with 4 dc, turn.

 Row 2 and all subsequent rows: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout),  dc in next 3 dc, * ch 1, skip 1 chain, dc in each of next 4 dc, repeat from *, ending with 4 dc, turn.

 Continue until the blanket measures approximately 34 inches. 

Tie off with 5 inches of yarn remaining.  Weave through ends.



Knitted Stripes Afghan

Cast on 104 stitches (140 for teen size) using size 10 needles

4 oz. of 4 ply worsted weight yarn in 3 different colors for baby size 

or 8 oz. of 4 ply worsted weight yarn in 3 different colors for teen size

 Knit first 4 rows.

 Pattern Row 1-  K1, *k2 tog, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, k2 tog* repeat across row ending with a k1

 Pattern Row 2- Purl

 Pattern Row 3- Knit

 Change to a new color yarn and repeat these Pattern Rows for pattern

Knit last 4 rows to avoid curling.



Camp Erin Quilt Pattern

created by: Donna Laing North Star Quality Quilting for Project Linus

Split Four Patch: A Simple Superstar!!

This is a terrific, versatile block that looks great in different sets. Like the Log Cabin pattern, this simple block can make totally different quilts depending on the way that the finished blocks are put together. The value contrast makes it a superstar of design. What great potential! If you can do it with log cabin, you can do it with Split Four Patch, with LESS SEWING!

Value is the key to this quilt’s success. You need darks and lights. They need to really be very dark and really light. You may choose prints often the dark prints those have lots of medium shades within them. Because of this, it’s a good plan to choose lights that are VERY LIGHT.

•The quilt is interesting when planned with just 4 fabrics ( 2 darks and 2 lights), but it’s absolutely wonderful made from assorted dark and light scraps. I am begging you: please rummage through your stash for darks and lights before you hit the local quilt shop! I have made several of these already without buying anything except borders and backing! I bet you can too!

•10” blocks made from one light 5.5” square and one dark 5.5” square and two half-square triangle blocks (HSTs ) half dark, half-light

•A quilt that requires 24 10” blocks, will require 24 light squares, 24 dark squares and 48 HSTs.

•For a scrap quilt, you need 1 ½ yds of dark and 1 ½ yds of light, cut into 24 dark and 24 light 5 ½” squares and 24 each of both dark and light 6 ½” squares.

•With planned colors, you’ll need 1 yd of dark and 1 yd of light fabric for the HSTs, and ½ yd of dark and ½ yd of light for the squares. This can be in fat quarters (FQs) or in straight yardage.

•Cut 5.5” strips for the squares. One FQ will yield 12 5.5” squares. One straight quarter yd will yield 7 squares.

12 HSTs are easily made from 2 FQs.

First trace 6.5” squares on the wrong side of a light colored FQ.

Then draw diagonal lines as illustrated on the left.

Layer with a dark FQ, right sides together.

Sew ¼” on either side of the diagonal lines, NOT ON THE DIAGONAL LINES.

Cut apart on the straight lines and diagonal lines.

Press seams toward the dark side.

Square up to 5.5” unfinished half-square triangle blocks (HSTs).

You can make it as big as you like. Border size is up to you. Maybe you would like your quilt with TWO borders. Suit yourself. It’s YOUR QUILT! These sizes are only suggestions!

Sofa Throw or kid’s quilt

•4 x 6 split 4-patch blocks (24 10” blocks)

•40 x 60” + 6” borders= 52 x 72”


•6 x 8 split 4-patch blocks (48 10” blocks)

•60 x 80” + 2” optional borders= 64” x 84”


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