Kate’s Baby Blanket

My childhood best friend just had a baby. . . so a great excuse for a blanket.  As I have two girls, I haven’t explored many baby boy crochet patterns but love Pinterest for giving me some inspiration.  This was relatively quick to pull together and I love how it turned out.

I started with Lucy’s ripple pattern from Attic 24.  I love how simple it is.  I wanted to try out  Moogly Blog’s Standard Double Crochet technique to eliminate the intermingling of colours when I’m joining.  My goal was to get the blanket to measure 29″ x 36″ as this is the size of our most used blanket for the girls.   After a little experimenting I realized it was important to use Lucy’s method of 14 stitches repeating rather than using a multiple of just 7 (you don’t end up with the same number of increases and decreases in each row) so I used edging to get closer to the dimensions I was after.  It ended up being 28″ x 35 1/2″ so not too far off.

Materials:
Bernat Softee Baby in pale blue (2 1/2 balls)
Bernat Softee Baby in heather and white
Worsted weight yarn in bright colors and black for cars
H/8-5mm Hook for Chain
G/6-4mm Hook for Blanket
F/5-3.75mm Hook for Cars

Abbreviations (Using US Terms):

ch – Chain
st/sts – Stitch/Stitches
sl st – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TC – Triple Crochet


Blanket:
Ch 108 with an H hook.  I used a G hook for the rest of the blanket.
Repeat Attic 24’s ripple pattern for 19 rows (note that she uses UK terms so Treble Crochet = US DC). Finish off.
Make the Road: Join grey yarn using Moogly Blog’s Standard Double Crochet technique.

2 DC rows in grey.  Don’t finish off.
Slip stitch across in white.  Finish off.
2 more DC rows in grey.  Finish off.
Join Blue yarn using Moogly Blog’s Standard Double Crochet technique.
41 DC rows in blue or until blanket measures roughly 34″.  Don’t finish off.

Edging:
Round 1:
Start working across the top of the blanket.  The goal is to make a straight edge.
Ch 1, 3 SC, *2 HDC, 4 DC, 2 HDC, 6 SC*, repeat from * to * across, ending with 3 SCs.  HDC in same corner stitch as last SC.
2 DC in each row all the way down the side of the blanket, working into the chains and stitches rather than just in space created by the chain or stitch.
2 DC in the corner stitch, DC, *2 HDC, 6 SC, 2 HDC, 4 DC*, repeat from * to * across, ending with 2 DC.  2 DC in the corner stitch.
2 DC in each row all the way up the side of the blanket, working into the chains and stitches rather than just in space created by the chain or stitch.  Join to first SC.
Round 2:  Ch 2, DC around, working to DC into each corner.  Join to first DC.
Round 3: Ch 1, SC around.  Join to first SC.

Cars:
Using an F Hook.
Ch 11
Row 1:  SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC across (10 SC).
Row 2:  ch 1, 2 SC in 1st St, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last st (12 SC).
Row 3:  ch 1, SC across (12 SC).
Row 4:  sl st, SC in next 10 sts, sl st (12).
Row 5: sl st, SC, HDC, ch 5, skip 2 sts, TC in 3rd st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, HDC in 4th st, SC, sl st.
Row 6:  SC around with 2 SCs in bottom corners.  Finish off.
Wheels:  With black, make a magic ring.  7 HDC in ring.  Join to first HDC.  Finish off with long tail to attach.
Sew wheels to cars then cars to the road on the blanket using blue yarn.


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Throwback Post: My First Blanket

The project I’ve just finished is a secret until it reaches its recipient so here’s a throwback post in the meantime:

December 2011

This was a blanket for baby Tenley (who is now two!).  It’s made up of hexagons in Caron Simply Soft in White.  I’ve learned over the years that blankets get heavy quickly so if I did it again I’d use a light weight yarn but I was very pleased with it as a first attempt.  It was time consuming but a great on the go project as I only had to have a “square” or two with me at a time.

I followed the Pinwheels pattern from the book Make One For Baby.  I used an E/4-3.5mm hook and as my motifs turned out bigger than the pattern I’m sure I made less than the 52 stated in the pattern but honestly can’t remember.