Today marks a bit of a milestone.
I am a crocheter, and have been for a while, but today I FINALLY finished my first blanket. Those of you who make afghans regularly, I salute you. No one but crocheters (and knitters) understand the time and work that goes into a crocheted afghan.
So. Much. Time.
And this Puppy Love Baby Blanket is quite small, like carseat size.
Someday I will attempt to make a bed-sized afghan, but it might have to wait until my kids are in school and I have a bit more time on my hands.
When Red Heart sent me a couple skeins of their new line of baby yarn, Baby Hugs, I decided to make my popular Puppy Love Slouchy Hat Pattern >>(toddler version can be found here)<< into a blanket pattern. This blanket is different than the hat in that the hearts are not off-center.
The blanket pattern repeats 4 rows continuously, so it would be very to size up. Be sure to work in multiples of 5 +2 for the foundation chain if you decide to make a larger size.
Puppy Love Baby Blanket : (finished size: 22″ x 30″)
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Stitch Abbreviations: (American Terms)
Ch – Chain
St – Stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
**Asterisks indicate repeats of instructions
Special Stitch: 3-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook. Yarn over, pull through st (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over, insert in same st. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (3 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over, insert into same st. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through all 4 remaining loops. If it’s easier to understand, it’s a basically a dc3tog (or a 3 dc decrease) worked all in the same st.
Gauge: 2″ = 7 hdc
Begin with 1st Color (Sky)
Ch 72. (this will be the approx, width of finished blanket. If yours is quite shorter than 22″, than go up a hook size or two)
1. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc 69. Turn (70 sts)
Join 2nd color (Peachie)
2. Ch 1. Sk same st. *4 dc shell in next st. Ch 1. Sk 3 sts* work 17 times. Dc in last st. (86 sts) Turn.
Join 1st color
3. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Work a 3-dc-cluster in the middle skipped stitch from 1st row. *Ch 1. Sc in middle of the shell. Ch 1. Work a 3-dc-cluster in middle skipped stitch from 1st row.* work 16 times. (70 sts) Turn.
4. – 5. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc 69. Turn (70 sts)
Repeat rows 2 through 5 (respectively) until you reach 73 total rows. Don’t tie off.
You will notice that you have a massive amount of tails at this point. I am sorry!
You can weave in your ends with a darning needle.
OR you can tie each end to the closest end all across each side. The last row of hdc around the edges will hide the knots, and it’s a much quicker way to take care of the ends.
Once your knots are tied and you have clipped the ends, hdc around the blanket starting where you left off from the last row. Hdc 2 more in the same st to make a corner and hdc down the side (the stitch count doesn’t matter too much, just try to space them evenly). Be sure to work 3 hdc in the bottom corners. Hdc up the other “knotty” side, hiding your knots. When you reach the top, work only 2 hdc in last sp (with should be the same sp with the first hdc of your last row). Sl st and tie off, (you will be working hdc across 3 sides only.
This Puppy Love Baby Blanket is the perfect car seat size, so you can use it to shade baby in a car right or to lay on while playing on the grass.
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