Saturday, 2 May 2015

Jamie Baby Blanket

Jamie Baby Blanket
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A beautifully textured baby blanket, warm and cosy for pram or crib, and substantial enough to use on the floor.  You can decide on any size you want.  The blanket in the picture above is 39” x 45”.


Difficulty:  Intermediate - you need to be comfortable working with alternate post stitches and hdc, changing colours, and keeping the border stitches even.  It would also be better to begin the blanket with a foundation half double crochet instead of a normal chain then a row of hdc, as this keeps the bottom edge from being too tight.


Because of the stitch used, this is a bit of a wool-eater.  But well worth it for the warmth and texture produced.


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

Materials:  880 - 900 grams total (32 oz) worsted weight yarn (aran/10ply); made up of approx 400 grams Colour A (I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Mint Green), 400 grams Colour B (I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in White), and a 90 grams of Colour C (I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Pink); 5mm and 5.5mm hooks; yarn needle for sewing in ends; stitch markers.


Abbreviations: sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; beg = beginning; sk = skip; rep = repeat; fhdc = foundation half double crochet; sp = space.


You can make this blanket any size you wish.  It is as simple as starting with any even number of stitches, and working to the length you wish.


Gauge:  not important for this pattern, but the blanket in the pictures worked out at 12 sts and 16 rows (alternate hdc/fpdc pattern) with 5mm hook = 4”.


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For the blanket above, the instructions are as follows:


Row 1:  With 5mm hook, make a foundation half double crochet of 100 sts.  Turn.


Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same st as ch1, and in every stitch across.  Change to Colour B on last stitch.  Turn. (100)


Row 3:  Ch1, hdc in same st as ch1, hdc in next st; fpdc in next st, working around st 2 rows below; *hdc in next; fpdc in next (working around st 2 rows below)*; rep to end; hdc in last sc from prev row. Turn.
Row 4:  Ch1, sc in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across.


Change to Colour A on last stitch.  Turn.


Row 5:  Ch1, hdc in same st as ch1, *fpdc in next st, working around st 2 rows below; hdc in next st*; rep to end, hdc in last sc from prev row.  Turn.


Row 6:  Ch1, sc in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across.


Change to Colour B on last stitch.  Turn.


With the exception of colour changes, these 4 rows (3 to 6) form the pattern.  You will be repeating these 4 rows throughout the rest of the blanket, turning at the end of each row, until you begin the border.


Rows 7 & 8:  Repeat Rows 3 and 4; change to Colour C on last stitch.


Rows 9 to 10:  Repeat Rows 5 and 6, change to colour B on last stitch.


Rows 11 to 12:  Repeat Rows 3 and 4, change to colour A on last stitch.


Rows 13 to 14:  Repeat Rows 5 and 6, Change to colour B on last stitch.


Beginning with Colour B, Repeat Rows 3 to 6, alternating 2 rows of Colour B and 2 rows of Colour A, until work measures the desired length minus about 3”; Change to Colour B on last st.


Repeat Rows 3 to 4 in Colour B; Change to Colour C on last st of the last row.


Next 2 Rows:  Repeat Rows 5 and 6 in Colour C, Change to Colour B on the last st.


Next 2 Rows:  Repeat Rows 3 and 4 in Colour B, Change to Colour A on the last st.


Next 2 Rows:  Repeat Rows 5 and 6 in Colour A, Change to Colour B on the last st.


Next 2 Rows:  Repeat Rows 3 and 4 in Colour B, Change to Colour A on the last st.


Next 2 Rows:  Repeat Rows 5 and 6 in Colour A; do not change colour.  Turn.


I recommend that you now change to a 5.5mm hook, as the border will tend to pull in otherwise, and this keeps it all even.


Still with Colour A and with a 5.5mm hook, Ch1, (sc, ch2, sc) in same stitch, sc to end.  In the last st, work (sc, ch2, sc) again.  Sc evenly down left side (make a note of how many sts you work for this side, placing stitch markers every 10th st); (sc, ch2, sc) in last st; sc across bottom edge; (sc, ch2, sc) in corner st; sc up the right side, making sure you have the exact same number of sts on the right and left side (having those stitch markers every 10th st on the other side will guide you); sl st to beg sc.  Change to Colour B.  Do not turn from now on, continue on the right side of the blanket to end.


Border:  


Row 1:  (Try not to work this row too tightly, slacken your tension if you can).  Ch1, sc in same st, ch1, sk 1, *sc in next st, ch1, sk1*; rep from * to * around the whole blanket, remembering to work (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corner sts; sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off Colour A.


Row 2:  Attach Colour B to any ch1 space from the prev row; ch1, sc in same st; ch1, *sc in next ch1 space; ch1*; rep from * to * all around blanket, again working (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corners; sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off Colour B.  


Row 3:  Attach Colour C to any ch1 space from the prev row; ch1, sc in same st; ch1, *sc in next ch1 space; ch1*; rep from * to * all around blanket, again working (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corners; sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off Colour C.


Row 4:  Attach Colour B to any ch1 space from the prev row; ch1, sc in same st; ch1, *sc in next ch1 space; ch1*; rep from * to * all around blanket, again working (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corners; sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off Colour B.  


Row 5:  Attach Colour C to any ch1 space from the prev row; ch1, sc in same st; ch1, *sc in next ch1 space; ch1*; rep from * to * all around blanket, again working (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corners; sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off Colour C.


Row 6:  Attach Colour A to any ch1 space from the prev row; ch1, sc in same st; ch1, *sc in next ch1 space; ch1*; rep from * to * all around blanket, again working (sc, ch2, sc) in all four corners; sl st to beg sc.


Row 7:  Ch1, sc in same st; 2 sc in every ch1 space all around blanket, this time working 3sc in all four corners; sc once more in the space in which you began with a single sc, sl st to beg sc; Fasten off.


Weave in your ends, and your blanket is complete.


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