Finally – Baby Blanket #1 – Stitch 318

I have mentioned before in posts that my husband has asked me (over the course of several months) to make him 3 different baby blankets for 3 different co-workers who are expecting, Each one is to be in a different color scheme. This blanket, which was done in gray and white, was the first one requested, but the last one due. I am finally getting able to complete this one. I used two complementary colors of Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn from the Morning Glory line. The yarns were complementary because they each contained a primary color with flecks of the other color. Based on the preferences of the expecting mother, I bought

Gray/white (color number SS3019-10) [Color A] and White/ gray (color number SS3019-05) [Color B}. I used by Athena’s elements 6.00 mm (J) hook. This pattern requires the use of the Front Post Bobble stitch (FPBobble). Here is how it is done:

(Yo, insert hook from front to back to the front again around the post of the dc stitch, yo, draw yarn through the stitch and up to level of your work) x3, yo, draw through 7 loops on the hook.

Here is what I did to make this blanket

I started with Color A

Ch 104 (need multiples of 8 for this pattern)

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn (103 st)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc across, 2dctog in last st, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st 3 st, *FPBobble around the post of the next dc, sc in next 7 st, repeat from *. The row will end with FPBobble followed by only 3 sc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc across, 2dctog in last st, turn

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 1st 7 st, *FPBobble around the post of the next dc, sc in next 7 st, repeat from *. The row will end with FPBobble followed by 7 sc, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 through 5 for the pattern.

I completed the pattern in Color A 3 times. Then I switched to Color B and started with Rows 2 through 5 3 times. Each stripe used most of the skein of yarn.

I stopped after I crocheted 3 stripes in gray/white and 3 stripes in white/gray. The blanket was about 37 x 31 inches. My husband wanted me to add a border. In Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet, I found a puff edge stitch (a/k/a Pineapple Edge). It was a very easy border to make. Here are the instructions:

[hdc, 3 strand puff stitch over the post of the hdc, sk 1 st] repeat. If that is not clear (it wasn’t or me the first few times I read it), I found this video by Daisy Farm Crafts which shows it being done.

Since my last stripe ended in white, I started the border in white going along 2 edges. Then I switched to the gray for the other two sides. Be sure to just put 3 hdc in the corners (no bobbles). Also when I did the border on the side, instead of sk 1 st, I skipped the length of the dc.  The blanket, when completed was 39″ by 33″. Instead of starting a new skein for the border, I used the leftover yarn from each stripe (I started a new skein with each stripe). I used up most of the remaining scraps of white and all of the scraps in gray. I had to go into a fourth skein of gray to finish it off. Be sure to fasten off and weave in all of the ends.

Here is the completed blanket and a close ups of the border and of the pattern itself.

 

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