Monday, December 22, 2014

Block Party Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Block Party Crochet Baby Blanket
Block Party Crochet Baby Blanket

Greetings everyone! I know it has been some time since I last posted, life has been pretty crazy! I have a new pattern goody for you and another already planned and getting started on!

This one is a very simple stitch pattern with a small complexity. The repeat is very easy to get used to and just keep going with! The original stitch layout was done differently in the resource I used, so I changed it up a little to make it more appealing, in my opinion. I hope you think so too!

Here are some detailed instructions on getting started:

The foundation chain is a multiple of 6 with an added 5 on the end. My pattern uses a base chain of 125.

Next, you'll put 1 dc into the 4th ch from the hook to get started, and another dc in the next ch.
Now ch 3. Then skip the next 3 ch and put 1 dc into each of the following 3 ch. Repeat from the ch 3 to the end of the row.

You should have something like this:

For row 2, we're gonna keep with this color turn and ch 3. We're gonna skip the 3 dc in the previous row, then working over the ch 3 space, we're gonna put a dc into each of the 3 skipped ch in the foundation ch. 
Note: For this starting point, you'll be using one loop from the starting ch.
Then ch 3 and again skip the next 3 dc and working over the previous ch 3 space, put 1 dc into each of the skipped ch below.

Your piece should look something like this:
Notice how you are working those dc around the ch 3?

Repeat this process to the end of the row.
Now for continuing the pattern, when you move on to subsequent rows, you'll still be working around the ch 3 space, but you'll be placing the dc into the 3 dc from the rows below using both loops.

Like this:

I hope the above mini-tutorial helps you understand the light complex piece to this pattern. Below, you will find the entire pattern and photos to ogle!

Block Party Crochet Baby Blanket

9oz each of 3 matching colors
I used Maroon, Fuschia and Pink for this blanket
H8/5mm Hook

ch 125
Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, *ch 3, sk next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3ch, repeat from * across to end 

Row 2: ch 3, sk next 3 dc, *working over next ch 3 space, put 1 dc in each dc two rows below
(Note: at start of blanket, you'll be putting the 3 dc into the foundation ch)
Be sure to use both loops of the dc. ch 3, sk 3 dc, repeat from * to the end of the row- you'll end with a ch 3, put 1 sc in top of turning ch
change color

Row 3: ch3, sk 1st stitch, working over ch3sp put 1 dc in each of skipped dc two rows below, * ch 3, sk 3 sts, working over next ch3sp put 1 dc in each of skipped dc two rows below, repeat from * across

Repeat rows 2 and 3, alternating, until blanket is desired length.

Border: To make the final row similar to the beginning row, put dc into the skipped dc 2 rows below, same as the pattern repeat, however, instead of chaining 3, you'll be putting a sc into each of the dc in the previous row. Then, sc evenly all the way around to finish.

Block Party Crochet Baby Blanket

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reversible Ridged Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket

This pattern is a small spin on an original and it's a bit different than the ripple crochet technique that I (and perhaps you) am used to. It uses the typical increase and decrease stitches for the hills and valleys, but there are no stitches between them.
The only stitches are the increase and decrease ones and it creates a beautiful ripple. I found a similar pattern with ridges every so many rows but only on one side. I felt it made the reverse side of the blanket less appealing. I wanted this beautiful look on both sides, so I made my pattern reversible! I took photos as I went along with the special stitches to help those who may struggle with the pattern instructions.

Please note! This pattern is more for the intermediate/advanced crocheter. As stated previously, I do work a PT job so I may not have time to answer every inquiry for those who struggle.

Special Stitches: dc2tog - Double crochet 2 stitches together. It means just what it says.

You'll create one stitch from two as follows: yarn over, insert hook in the the next stitch (back loop only for this pattern)yarn over again and draw through the stitch and then yarn over and pull through ONLY two loops on your hook (it's a double crochet without finishing it).

Next, yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, (back loop only for this pattern) yarn over again and draw through the stitch then yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and draw through the remaining three loops on your hook.

dc2tog instructions
This is the part where you begin your dc2tog. Yarn over, insert into back loop of next stitch

Yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over again and draw through 2 loops on the hook, the above photo is what you should have; an unfinished double crochet.

Begin the second part to the special stitch by again yarning over and inserting your hook into the next stitch, back loop only. Yarn over once more and again draw through only two loops on your hook.

You should now have this on your hook, the final move is to yarn over and draw through all three loops.

This is what you should have once the stitch is complete!

If you flip your work over, you can see where you've combined two stitches to make one. Six of these in a row is the valley of your ripple.

The other stitch is pretty straight forward. [3 dc into next stitch]x3. Again, using back loops only, make three double crochet in the next stitch, then another 3 dc into the next stitch and one final 3 dc into the next stitch. So you're using three separate stitches and putting 3 dc into EACH of them.

This is what it should look like- 3 groups of 3 double crochet. This is the hill of your ripple.

When making your rows, you will always work in the back loops, regardless of what side you're working on. This is what makes it reversible.

The first set of photos are from my test piece using Mauve/Fuchsia shades with an off white for contrast. The second photos use a Salmon and Pale Turquoise with an off white for contrast. I am currently making this pattern as a lap blanket as well using some Bernat Satin yarn I had been hoarding away. Pictures to come soon!

Ridged Reversible Ripple Baby Blanket
Caron Simply Soft Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H5/8mm Crochet Hook
My Finished Size: 20" x 32"

ch 95

Row 1) dc in 4th ch, (dc2tog) 3 times using the next 6 stitches, (3dc) 3 times each in next 3 stitches (1 shell per stitch), *(dc2tog)x6 using next 12 stitches, (3dc) x3 in next 3 st. Repeat from * to last 7 stitches- (dc2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, 1 dc in last st

Row 2) ch 3, working in back loops only (dc 2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, *(3dc)x3 in each of next 3 stitches (1 shell per stitch), (dc2tog)x6 using next 12 stitches, repeat to last 7 stitches- (dc2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, dc in top of turning ch

Making two rows of each color, repeat row 2 until desired length. I didn't add a border to this because I like how neatly the edges worked up as you went along.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Ripple Baby Blanket Pattern

Just a short post to keep you informed! I am working on a pattern that is a smooth ripple different from what you're used to! I'll be making a baby blanket in one set of colors and a large throw in another set.

I also obtained a PT job so I'll be a little slower for a bit with getting out new stuff to you, sorry! Here is a sneak peek! Share it!