March 18, 2014

Couch Craft: Broad-Stripe Baby Blanket (with Pattern!)

As part of a group of on-line crafters from across the country (a small segment of a much larger, amazing group of close friends), I get the fun of participating in various crafting gift exchanges. For our current "Spring Free for All" exchange, I'm crafting for a mommy-to-be. I'm sewing up a couple of things just for her, but I wanted to make a little something for the baby-to-be, too. I was feeling the urge to tackle another blanket, so I took to my couch to crochet this bold-stripe blankie, great for a boy or girl. I made it up as I went, but it's quick and simple and something I would crochet again, so I wrote it down. Then I realized I could share it here, too.

Create a Broad-Stripe Baby Blanket great for a boy or a girl with this easy, unisex crochet pattern at The Inspired Wren.


I love the proportions and the border of this unisex crochet blanket, but I'm not in-love with the colorway. I really wanted a bright, citrus-y orange, and this ...well, it just isn't. I still think it works or I wouldn't give it as a gift, but it's not what I saw in my mind's eye. I think this pattern will be fabulous in many color variations so I don't specify exact colors below. Have fun mixing it up with whatever colorway calls to you.

Create a Broad-Stripe Baby Blanket great for a boy or a girl with this easy, unisex crochet pattern at The Inspired Wren.

If you’re like me and prefer to print out the tutorials you use, download the free single-page PDF version here [you'll need a Craftsy account, but that's also free with an email]. Otherwise, read on for the full crochet pattern including exact colors and edging.

Broad Stripe Baby Blanket


Size J (6mm) Crochet Hook
Caron Simply Soft Yarn [affiliate link], 3 colors*
Guage: 4" x 4" = 15 dc x 4 rows
Finsihed Size 31" x  33"

Note: Ch (chain) 3 at beginning of dc (double crochet) rows DOES count as one stitch.

*In the example picture here: Color A = Rainbow Bright (from the Paints collection [affiliate link]), Color B = Pumpkin, Color C = Blue Mint.


MAIN BODY

With Color A, ch 110

Continue with Color A:
Row 1: Skip first 3 ch, dc in next 107 ch; ch 3, turn (108 stitches)
Row 2: dc in back loop of each dc across; ch 3, turn
Rows 3–53: Repeat Row 2 as follows:
  • Color A: 11 rows; rows 1–11
  • Color B: 10 rows; rows 12–21
  • Color A: 11 rows; rows 22–32
  • Color B: 10 rows; rows 33–42
  • Color A: 11 rows; rows 43–53; do not fasten off.


BORDER

Round 1: Continue with Color A from row 53, sc (single crochet) around; 2sc (2 single crochet in one stitch) in each corner
Rounds 2 & 3: With Color C, sc around; 2sc in each corner
Round 4: *hdc (half double crochet) in next 2 st (stitches), skip 1 st*; repeat within * around with 4hdc in each corner
Round 5: *3sc in space created by skip in Round 4*; repeat within* around; at each corner sc in first 2 dc, ch 1, sc in next 2 dc; finish off at end of round.


Create a Broad-Stripe Baby Blanket great for a boy or a girl with this easy, unisex crochet pattern at The Inspired Wren.



YOU'RE DONE!

How very special is a soft, handmade baby blanket? I love the drape and the lined texture created by this stitch. There are so many bright (and soft) color options out there these days, you could make this one again and again without ever looking repetitious. Make it to match the nursery, or mom & dad's wedding colors, or your school colors, or Gryffndor's colors...the options are endless.

If you use this pattern, I’d love to see and hear about your results. Come share your projects in The Inspired Wren Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/theinspiredwren/

Create a Broad-Stripe Baby Blanket great for a boy or a girl with this easy, unisex crochet pattern at The Inspired Wren.

This is my very first time writing out a crochet pattern (for myself, let alone to share) and no one else has tested it as of this writing. PLEASE, feel free to let me know in the comments or by email, if you have any questions or see any errors. I'll appreciate it and so will anyone else who may want to give this one a go.




PS -- If you love making blankets be sure to check out my Crochet Along Afghan Sampler! We're hooking up two squares of one stitch each month for a complete blanket by the end of the year. Join us!



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren. 

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23 comments:

  1. Fantastic blanket - pinned! - and so many other lovely things. Would absolutely love to see you at my #EmptyYourArchive link party tonight at 11.30pm EST - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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    1. Thanks for Pinning it! I'll check out your link party, too.

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  2. This is absolutely perfect! I so love the colors you chose-- the burnt orange stripe is exactly the right contrast!

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    1. Thanks. It's so funny when it works and people like it, and yet it's not right because it wasn't what I pictured. What a silly mental game.

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  3. This is absolutely beautiful. I have colors running through my head right now! I'm pretty new to crochet, so I'm sure this would take me quite a while to do, but I think it's something I would like to try! I will just have to get out my "crochet for dummies" book and see what I can do! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. This is a great one for a beginner! It's a nice simple stitch repeated without need to count after the foundation row. Here's a great illustration of where the "back loop" is located -- that's the only tricky part to this stitch: http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/crochet/crochet-in-the-front-or-back-loops-of-a-stitch. You can do it!

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  4. great color combo! love this afghan :)

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  5. Hi, I like you blanket it's so colorful! I saw it on Diana Rambles party!

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  6. Lovely stitches and great color combos. Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  7. Hi there,

    Do you remember how many skeins of each color you used?

    Thank you

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    1. Ugh. I don’t know exactly. I get all sorts of confused when it comes to yarn specifications which is why I didn’t include it in the pattern. I realize this doesn’t help you. So let’s try this:

      The Caron Simply Soft Paints came packaged as 4oz each and I used 1 full package and a good bit of a 2nd package. The Orange came packaged as 6oz and I used most, but not all of one package. My best guess is about 5oz each of Colors A and B. As for the Blue Mint, Color C, it also came packaged as 6oz and I have a lot more than half remaining.

      Hope that helps!

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    2. That helps! Thanks so much!

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    3. YAY! If you make one, I'd love to see the final result.

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    4. Hi there!

      Three months later and I finally had time to finish the blanket. Thanks so much for the pattern. My border got a little funny but overall I think it looks good. Is there an email I can send a pic to?

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  8. love your blanket. how many rows for the border

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    1. Five times around as stated in the pattern -- and just one set of those five rows. Does that help?

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  10. Hi, I would love to make this in a larger (adult) size. Do you have any suggestions for how to increase the size? I have two different colored yarns that would be perfect. I just need to get a contrast for the border. Thanks for posting this great blanket.

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  11. I would have jumped on yarn called Pumpkin, thinking, as you did, that it would be a brighter orange. I have to agree with you about this particular colorway, but the blanket is still spectacular. I think I will stick with the Pumpkin but use a fall color combo instead of the rainbow, with a green or red or brown edging for a cozy Fall blanket. Thank you so much for this pattern. It's the perfect blend of interest and mindless repeats and a great way to relax at the end of a busy day.

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  12. What other brand names would be similar to this weight of yarn, Caron Simply Soft. Would Softee baby yarn bt Bernat work, or Red Heart brand?

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