Baby Blanket -- Project Description:
This pretty crocheted baby blanket features lacy stripes of color. The finishing touch is a dainty edging with V stitches and picots. I've crocheted my sample blanket in cool pastel colors -- baby blue, mint green and lavender purple -- but feel free to substitute any colors you like.
This colorway was crocheted in pastel colors of Bernat Softee baby yarn. (Compare prices.) Bernat Softee is an acrylic yarn; it is rated as a 3 on the yarn weight system used by the Craft Yarn Council. This is also known as "double knitting" weight or "light worsted" weight.
- Pale Blue
- Soft Lilac
I used less than one 140 gram / 5 oz. ball of each color to make the baby blanket sample.
This afghan would be lovely if crocheted in a soft cotton yarn. It would also be gorgeous in other colors; I'd love to try it in bright colors instead of pastels. Feel free to make yarn substitutions as you like.
Size G / 4.5 mm
This hook size is just a suggestion. Your way of crocheting is unique, and a hook size adjustment might be necessary for you to obtain the proper gauge for this baby blanket pattern.
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same ch or sp.
The body of this baby afghan is worked in lacy interrupted v stitch.
Finished Baby Blanket Size:
- Before adding the edging, the baby blanket measures approx. 27" x 30".
- After adding the edging, the baby blanket measures approx. 30" x 33".
- 6 rows = 3" when working in lacy interrupted V stitch
- 5 stitch repeats = 6"
Crochet a Gauge Swatch:
If the finished size of the baby afghan is important to you, crochet a gauge swatch. This step is important for the following reasons:
- If your crochet stitches are larger or smaller than the stitches used to crochet the sample, your baby blanket will be either larger or smaller. You don't want the blanket to end up being too small for even the tiniest preemie, or so large that it overwhelms the baby.
- If your stitches are significantly larger than the stitches used to crochet the sample, you risk running out of yarn.
Instructions for Crocheting the Gauge Swatch:
Ch 37. Work 12 rows of lacy interrupted V-stitch using the following color sequence:
- 3 rows of mint
- 3 rows of pale blue
- 3 rows of soft lilac
- 3 rows of mint
Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve the correct gauge.
The starting chain for this stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 + 9. If you'd like to make your baby blanket larger or smaller than my sample blanket, adjust your starting chain accordingly.
Work 75 rows in lacy interrupted v stitch, or until your blanket measures the length you want it. Be sure to end with a V-stitch row, so that the upper edge of your blanket will be straight.
Crocheting the Edging for the Baby Blanket:
When you are finished, be sure to weave in all your loose ends securely.
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