Another couple that I know recently had a baby. Before the baby was born, I decided to make a blanket for them. The pattern for this one is very simple – it is just a rows of popcorn stitches. What will make this project difficult for me it that I am going to use 7 colors of yarn.
I asked the parents if they had any favorite colors for the blanket – No. They mentioned that, at that time, the nursery was going to be in primary colors. I decided, therefore, to make the blanket in 6 rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The 7th color would be white for the border. I went to my local AC Moore. They had skeins of Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn, Storybook Lullaby on sale. Of course, I could not find the exact colors that I wanted. Instead I will be using:
Princess Pink (CN 2033-5180S-8) for Red (R)
Papaya (CN 2033-5180S-5) for Orange (O)
Duckling (YRN 2309) for Yellow (Y)
Caterpillar Green (CN 2033-5180S-E) for Green (G)
Marlin Blue (YRN 2308) for Blue (B)
Mulberry (CN 2033-5180S-G) for Purple (P)
add Sheep White (YRN 2300) for the White border
I really did not need to go through the step of providing an abbreviation for each color. I am only doing one stripe in each color.
This pattern is just a series of dc and popcorn stitches made from 5 dc. Here is a video explaining how to make a popcorn stitch (as well as a bobble stitch and a puff stitch – because they can all seem confusing). The popcorn stitch in the video calls for a single crochet to draw the whole popcorn “kernel” together. The book I use for “inspiration”, The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda Schapper, uses more of a slip stitch. I tried both ways and I liked using the sl st better, It made it “pop” a bit more.
using color R: ch 149
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from the hook, dc in next ch, *pop in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, repeat from * across ending with dc in the last 3 st. Turn. (147 st)
I will admit that this took me a while to complete because the chains kept twisting when I was making the popcorn stitches and it was sometimes hard to see the next chain after the popcorn stitch.
Row 2: ch 1, sc across. Turn
repeat Rows 1 and 2.
I was able to make 6 sets of Row 1 and Row 2 in the first color (R) before I did not have enough yarn to complete another set of Rows 1 and 2. So that became the width of each stripe, which was about 4 inches wide.
When I finished the stipe, I just switched to the next color. I started with R then O then Y then G then B then P. Then I fastened off.
For the white border, I wanted to keep with similar stitches without the popcorn stitch. So, first along one of the long sides, I did a row of dc. In the last stitch (the corner), I put 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc to make the turn. Along the short side, I out in only sc. 2 sc in the rows that had the dc’s and popcorn stitches, sc for each row of sc. To turn the corner to do the other long side, in that last stitch I made sc, hdc, dc and then dc’s across. At the corner to make the turn, it was dc, hdc, sc. The lst short side was a series of sc’s across.
I then did a second row of sc’s around the entire blanket putting 3 sc in each corner to make the turn.
Once you go around completely with your sc, Fasten off.
Here are some photos of the finished project which was about 29 wide by 39 long,
I wanted to show the difference between the 2 borders.