Friday, March 23, 2012

Easy Baby Blanket!

I just finished this cute blanket for a friend who is having a baby boy in April.  It was really easy to make, it really only took a couple of nights to finish...I just spread those nights out over a couple months, oops!

Anyway, the posts on this blanket are somewhat scattered. First I found pictures on this blog post (from Pinterest of course) which links to this blog post with the tutorial, which is in UK crochet terms! So I translated to US terms, basically our sc = their dc, and so on. Here is a translation chart.

I later found another blog post where someone tried making this with dc stitches. I think I like the sc look better though, and it really didn't take that long.

Here is my finished result!

Here is what I came up with for a pattern (so you don't have to find and decipher one!)

For this blanket I believe I bought a total of 8 skeins of yarn.  I used the Vanna's Choice "Dusty Green" color which I got on sale at Jo-Ann Fabric.

My foundation chain was 98, but it ended up being too long so I tapered off some in the rows after.  You can't tell at all so don't worry if your chain ends up being too long.  The ruffles do a great job of hiding it!

Towards the end of mine one of my bauble rows got off by a fews stitches.  This is the worst part about this pattern because you can kind of tell when you mess up.  I noticed much later though so I was not pulling it out!!  Can you tell from the pictures which row is off? Probably not! It's not that bad.

Here's my pattern:


Size J or K hook
Approx. 8 skeins (3.5 oz.)

ch 98

Row 1: single crochet into the second chain from the hook and continue along the foundation chain.
Rows 2 and 3: Chain 1 and single crochet to end.
Row 4: sc in next 7 st.  then a bauble! (4dc in next st keeping the last loop on the end each time until you have 5 loops on your hook, then bring the yarn through all 5 at once) continue 7 sc and 1 bauble to end.
repeat 3 rows sc, 1 row baubles*

*For each bauble row alternate the starting position of the bauble between 7 st and 3 st 

I love this blanket and I hear that babies really love playing with the baubles.  I definitely plan on making this one again!  I hope you enjoy it too!!

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