Baby Blanket #3 – Stitch 404

My husband asked me to make a baby blanket for a co-worker. After I started that one, he asked me to make another blanket for another co-worker. Okay, not a problem, I just have to finish the other one first, BUT he needs the second one completed before the first. So, I stopped where I was on the other blanket to start that one,  Of course, while I am working on number 2, he told me that he needed a third and that one was the one that was due the earliest.  is one. That is why this is titled #3 without #1 and #2 being posted first – Blame him!

I am now at the point where, before I start a baby blanket, I ask what colors the mother to be wants for the blanket. I was told that, for this blanket, the colors would be black and pink with gold accents. Okay – not colors that I would have gone with, but it was not my choice. Before the yarn was purchased, I had figured out which stitch pattern I would use.  My husband purchased the yarn (at my request since this was his gift to his co-worker). I was there when he bought the yarn so that I could offer some suggestions. For the pink and blank, we purchased Pound of Stitches from Stitch Studio by Nicole (AC Moore’s brand) in princess pink (color 240422-3) and midnight (color 240422-11). My husband liked the metallic gold yarn that I used for a project in my pre-blogging days. This yarn from Lion Brand was part of the Vanna’s Glamour line. The color is gold (No. 171). It was no longer available in the store so I had to order it from Amazon. I bought 3 1.75 ounce skeins, to make sure I had enough yarn. If you were going to make this project the same way that I did, you need 2 skeins – don’t worry you will not use all of both skeins.

The black and pink yarns require size H hooks. The gold yarn uses size G hooks. After some experimenting, I used 2 strands of the gold together to get comparable thickness as the black and pink yarns. I used a Takumi bamboo hook.

I did not need the full pound of each. It turns out that I only needed 5.7 ounces of the black yarn and 4.6 ounces of the pink.

The blanket consists of stripes of black and pink that are connected with a row of stitches in gold.

This pattern also includes popcorn stitches (pop) make from 4 dc’s.

I started by chaining 103 with black yarn (color A).

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), dc in the first 7 stitches, * ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next 7 st, repeat from * across. However, in last stitch, 2dctog. Turn.

Row 3: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), *dc in 3 stitches, pop in next st, dc in next 3 st, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * across. However, in last stitch, 2dctog. Turn.

Row 4: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), dc in the first 7 stitches, * ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next 7 st, repeat from * across. However, in last stitch, 2dctog. Turn.

Switch to gold (color B). I switched colors while completing the 2dctog at the end of that row. Remember that I used double strands of the gold yarn.

Row 5: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), dc in the first st, ch 1,skip 1, *dc, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * across;  in last stitch, 2dctog. Turn

Switch to pink (color C). I switched colors while completing the 2dctog at the end of that row. Repeat rows 2-4.

Switch to color B and repeat Row 5.

Switch to color A and repeat Rows 2-4.

Switch to color B and repeat Row 5.

Switch to color C and repeat Rows 2-4.

I think you get the idea.

I ended with Row 4 in black.

Once I got the blanket to the size I wanted, I switch one final time to color B (gold) and, still using the double strands, I sc around the entire blanket putting 3 scin each corner, of course.

The blanket measured 31 inches wide and 36 inches long.

Here are some photos of the final product. It is was hard to see the popcorn stitches in the black yarn, but, trust me, they are there.

 

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