Semi-Precious Throw by Monika Evans

Semi-Precious Throw

January 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in half double crochet
6.0 mm (J)
2220 - 2400 yards (2030 - 2195 m)
one size, customizable
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Do you have a whole stack of worsted weight yarn in in your stash, have joined a monthly yarn club, or are a Tosh Limited Edition Color fan? Here’s a fun and useful project to use up 12 skeins in different colors: Worked in log cabin-style squares, each row of squares incorporates 3 colors in different sequences, using the same amount of each per row. At the end of the year, or once you have used up your 12 colors, you can join the squares in order, or any way you like for a colorful and cozy throw!

About the pattern:

The Semi-Precious Throw was originally inspired by a year-long limited edition collection of Madelinetosh called “Semi-Precious Tosh”, which has since sold out.

The blanket is made of 12 log-cabin style blocks. Each set of 3 blocks uses a set of 3 colors (if you are working with a yarn club, you can use the colors of 3 consecutive months: January – March, April – June, July – September, October – December). Since you need all 3 colors of a group to finish each block, crocheting in the first two months of each quarter will be light; but if you have all the colors already, you are all set!

If you are looking for the knit version of the Semi-Precious Blanket, you can find it here.


12 colors of worsted weight yarn, about 200 yards each;
Sample shown used Madelinetosh - Tosh Vintage in all colors of the Semi-Precious Tosh Collection, 1 skein each:

Color 1 = January (Labradorite)
Color 2 = February (Garnet)
Color 3 = March (Chrysocolla)
Color 4 = April (Rhodonite)
Color 5 = May (Amethyst)
Color 6 = June (Chrysoprase)
Color 7 = July (Carnelian)
Color 8 = August (Bloodstone)
Color 9 = September (Jasper)
Color 10 = October (Sodalite)
Color 11 = November (Titanite)
Color 12 = December (Taaffeite)

The first block photo shows Block A with January-March’s colors.
The second photo shows Blocks A, B and C with January-March’s colors.
The third photo shows Blocks A, B and C with April - June’s colors.
The fourth photo shows Blocks A, B and C with July - September’s colors.
The fifth photo shows Blocks A, B and C with October -
December’s colors.

The second to last photo and the A, B and C sample blocks shown in the first version of the pattern used Madelinetosh – Tosh Vintage in Horoscope (Color 1), Heartbeat (Color 2), and Shire (Color 3).

Size 6mm / US J crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)
4 locking stitch markers
Darning needle

Alternate yarn suggestions:
Malabrigo Rios, Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER, Knitpicks Swish Worsted; or any other washable worsted weight yarns.


About 12 sts x 10 rows = 10cm / 4” in half double crochet stitch, unblocked