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Saturday, 11 March 2017

HEARTS BABY BLANKET

free crochet blanket pattern

HEARTS BABY BLANKET

This project was shared by a friend recently, and of course, I knew this was on my “to-do” list.. just didn’t know I’d get to make it so soon J
“The stork” is visiting a family member .. and yet again Providence strikes .. guess who is going to be filled with love wrapped in a blanket ;)

Materials used : Today I’ve used one skein each of the lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                        sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                          yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                   

For this lovely project, I’ve used the inspiration from this free pattern for a shawl at http://fionitta.com/2016/shawl-hello-hearts
This lovely designer has a whole set of projects (with free patterns) using these hearts which are a must see and do at http://fionitta.com/tag/heart-crochet

I wanted to use this pattern to make a blanket, so here are my notes, with the permission of Fiona who has designed the wonderful shawl above.

free crochet blanket pattern


Start with fdc in multiples of 7 for the length of the blanket you are making.  Turn.
Note : Right at the start there’s a calculation complication.

Our pattern should not only have multiples of 7 but have an odd number of sets of 7. This means that you should have either (7 x 3 = 21 fdc) or (7 x 5 = 53 fdc) or (7 x 7= 49 fdc) ; not (7 x 4 = 28 fdc) or (7 x 6 = 42 fdc) etc for our start row.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*ch 3, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, dc in the next 7 dc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

In the following row, we will work a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).
In this case, we will work our picot in the middle of a ch-5 sp.  So here’s how we will work the picot.  We will work ch 2, then the picot (so another 3 ch), and finally another 2 chain.  This will mean then that our picot is bang in the middle of this chain space.

free crochet hearts blanket pattern

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*(ch 2 + picot + ch 2 and sk next two ch-3 sps and sc, dc in the next 7 dc)* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc ;
(2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next picot ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*(ch 2 + picot + ch 2 and sk next two ch-3 sps and sc, dc in the next 7 dc)* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Our pattern repeat rows are Rows 1 – 4.  Rep these rows till you have the dimensions needed for your blanket.


Border Ideas :

free crochet hearts blanket pattern

free crochet hearts blanket pattern

Remember if you are adding the small border, then that will add to the final dimensions as well.

After you complete the hearts part of the blanket, work a row of sc or dc all around, with 3 sts in each corner.  When working along the vertical bar of your project, remember that you work 2 sts per vertical dc and also count how many stitches you are working along one side, so that you can keep the same number for the other side as well.

For the border, I’ve used this shell pattern from http://www.mypicot.com/0058.html

The only difference is in the start pattern stitch count.
The pattern sheet says start with 8 + 4, but that is if you are working in rows.

We are working in a round, so our pattern count will be 8

Please visit the pattern sheet for the border.  The pattern says : Turn at the end of every row and we do turn at the end of every round as well to get the pattern even though we are working in rounds.  So besides the change of stitch count,  please follow pattern sheet all the way.

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