Free Crochet Pattern: PDQ Throw

Snuggle into the warmth of this cozy throw. It’s Pretty Darn Quick (PDQ) to crochet wtih super-bulky yarn! The PDQ Throw free crochet pattern is a perfect first blanket project for beginners and a soothing mindfulness project for more experienced crocheters.

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Four-color afghan with corner scrunched

Designed with beginners in mind, the pattern incorporates single, half double, and double crochet stitches to create warm panels and a pleasing border. More experienced crocheters will love creating their own color combinations and will adore how quickly this throw comes off the hook.

The free crochet pattern is below. You may also purchase a downloadable ad-free pdf of the pattern. The premium pattern includes an assembly diagram and stitch diagrams to help you expand your chart reading skills.

The Yarn

6 Super Bulky logo
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in color Air Force

Use a super-bulky yarn for super-fast crochet. I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, an 80% acrylic/20% wool blend. Each 6 oz [170 g] ball has 106 yards [97 meters]. I used 3 balls each of colors Pumpkin and Fig, and 2 balls each of Air Force and Grass.

This is one project where you can let your color sense run wild. Choose colors to coordinate with your decor, your mood, or your favorite sports team. Anything goes!

12 mm Clover Amour crochet hook

Clover Amour Crochet Hook size 12 mm https://amzn.to/36OhRlP

PDQ Throw Free Crochet Pattern
Finished Dimensions

42″ [107 cm] wide, 52″ [132 cm] long

Materials

Super Bulky Weight Yarn: approximately 318 yds [291 m] each of colors A and B and 212 yds [194 m] each of colors C and D.
Size 12 mm crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
4 locking stitch markers

Gauge

10 sts and 12 rows = 6″ [15 cm] in single crochet
7 sts = 5″ [12.7 cm] and 8 rows = 6″ [15 cm] in half double crochet
7 sts and 5 rows = 5″ [12.7 cm] in double crochet

Gauge is not crucial in this pattern; it can be hard to match gauge exactly with super bulky yarn and large hooks. However, you may run out of yarn if you don’t match gauge.

Pattern Notes

Read 5 Ways to Prevent Gaps at the Beginning of Crochet Rows for tips. Gaps like these can be really large when you are working with super-bulky yarn.

Abbreviations

A, B, C, D: colors A, B, C and D
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
standing sc (standing single crochet): beginning with slip knot on hook, single crochet into indicated stitch
st(s): stitch(es)

Instructions

blue, green, purple, orange afghan flat lay

Panel I

With A, ch 16.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—15 sc. Place marker in the first st of this row to indicate the right side; leave marker in place through Assembly. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st across, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece measures 50″ [127 cm] from beginning. Fasten off.

single crochet close-up in orange

Panel II

With B, ch 15.
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—14 hdc. (Skipped chains count as hdc.) Place marker in the first st of this row to indicate the right side; leave marker in place through Assembly. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in each st across, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece measures 50″ [127 cm] from beginning. Fasten off.

edge of accordian-folded throw

Panel III

With C, ch 16.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—14 dc. (Skipped chains count as dc.) Place marker in the first st of this row to indicate the right side; leave marker in place through Assembly. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st across, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece measures 50″ [127 cm] from beginning.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block.

Panel IV

With D, work as for Panel III.

PDQ Afghan hanging on stair rail

Assembly

Arrange panels in desired order with foundation edges aligned. The markers should be at the lower edge of each panel to ensure that panels are facing in the correct direction.

Pin two panels together, matching top and bottom edges. With RS facing, use mattress stitch to sew panels together. Add third and fourth panels in this manner. Remove markers. Weave in ends. Block.

Assembly diagram showing panels I-IV

What’s Next?

Looking for more ways to up your crochet game? Check out Crochet: Basics & Beyond or this Craftsy class:

Improve Your Crochet Essential Techniques Bluprint

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