Monday, 1 September 2014

Beneath the snowy mantle....

Snowbird Baby Blanket

For some reason this blanket makes me think of the song "Snowbird" by Anne Murray (yes, I am that old!).



A delicate but also sturdy little cover, light and airy, but snuggly and soft at the same time to keep baby warm on a chilly day.


All you need is 3 skeins (depending on the size you choose to make) of worsted weight yarn, and a yarn needle.  The pattern runs over 4 rows, and seems a tad complicated at first, but once you get into it, it becomes surprisingly easy to remember what you are doing next.


I enjoyed this stitch, and making this blanket - I hope you do also!

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Pattern

Materials:  3 skeins worsted weight yarn; yarn needle; 5mm hook

Skill level:  Easy

Abbreviationssc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; tr = treble crochet; 3tr cluster = see “Special Stitch”; sk = skip; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; yo = yarn over; ch = chain; fhdc = foundation half double crochet; sp = space; st = stitch.

This pattern makes a pram size (25” x 30”) blanket, but you can make this blanket any width by adding any multiple of 14 sts, and repeating the pattern rows to the length desired.

Special stitch:  3tr cluster:  Yo twice, insert into designated st, yo, pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops, yo, draw the yarn through another 2 loops, do not pull it through the last 2 loops.  Yo twice, insert into same st, yo, pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops, yo, then draw the yarn through another 2 loops, do not pull it through the last 3 loops.  Yo twice, insert into same st, yo, pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops, yo, draw the yarn through another 2 loops, yo, draw the yarn through all 4 loops left on the hook.  Your 3tr cluster is complete.

Row 1: Fhdc 86 (Alternatively, loosely chain 87, hdc in 3rd st from hook and to end (86))

Row 2: Ch 5 (ch2 & ch 3 space), 3tr cluster in same st.  Ch2, sk 6,  sc, ch2, sk6, (3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster) in next, ch2, sk6, sc, *ch2, sk6, (3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster) in next, ch2, sk6, sc*, to last 7 sts; ch 2, sk 6, (3tr cluster, ch 3, 1 tr) in last st.  turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, hdc in same, 3 hdc in ch3 sp, hdc in top of tr cluster, 1 hdc in next ch2 sp, hdc in sc, *hdc in ch2 sp, hdc in top of first cluster, 3 hdc in ch3 sp, 3hdc in top of centre cluster, 3hdc in ch3 sp, 1 hdc in top of next cluster, 1 hdc in ch2 sp, hdc in sc*; to last 7 sts, 1 hdc in ch2 sp, 1 hdc in top of tr cluster, 3hdc in ch3 sp, 1 hdc in top of beg ch from prev row, Turn.

Row 4: Ch3, sk6, (3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster) in next, *ch2, sk6, sc, ch2, sk6, (3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster, ch3, 3tr cluster) in next*, rep to last 7 sts; ch2, sk 6, sc in top of turning chain.  Turn.

Row 5:  ch3, 1hdc into ch2 sp, hdc into top of 3tr cluster, 3 hdc into ch3 sp, 3hdc into centre 3tr cluster, 3 hdc into ch3 sp, 1 hdc into top of next 3tr cluster, *1 hdc into ch2 sp, 1 hdc into sc,  1hdc into ch2 sp, hdc into top of 3tr cluster, 3 hdc into ch3 sp, 3hdc into centre 3tr cluster, 3 hdc into ch3 sp, 1 hdc into top of next 3tr cluster*; rep to last 3 sts, 1 hdc into ch2 sp, 1 hdc into top of turning chain.  Turn.

Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length.

On the last row, turn to work down the side of the blanket – hdc evenly down the side.  Fasten off here, reattach yarn to opposite side and work the same number of hdc evenly down this side also.  

(Hint:  If you use stitch markers along the first side and mark every 10 sts, you will find it easier to match up the second side by laying it alongside and working 10sts at a time so that you know the sts are an equal number.)


(2hdc, Ch2, 2hdc) in the corners and carry on working hdc all around all four sides. Sl st to beg hdc when you reach the end. 

Work 2 more rounds of hdc, but on the first of these two rows, skip every 3rd st on the top and bottom ends, while continuing to work in every st up and down the sides.  Otherwise, you will have a very frilly edge on the top and bottom.  Work the 2nd row of hdc as normal.

Final row – the scalloped edge: 

Work 8 dc into the corner space, sk 1, sc, sk 1, *5dc in next, sk 1, sc, sk1*; rep around all four sides, again working 8 dc into the corner spaces.  Sl st to beg dc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

©AG Handmades 2014





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