3dctog or 3dc Puff – Stitch 359

If I really had the time and better skills, I should make and sell baby blankets. Why do I say this? My younger sister asked me to make a baby blanket for a co-worker of hers. I showed my sister some possible yarns that I have and she selected two: Premier Yarns brand, Isaac Mizrahi Craft yarn in the University Line in the color Fordham (color no. IM2015-02) which is purple and copper (or it could be gold depending upon the light). To go with this yarn, she also picked Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn, studio basic line in the color eggplant (color no. YRN 2259). I must admit that it is a bit odd that the colors for “Fordham” are purple and copper/gold when Fordham’s school color is magenta. Anyway, on to the project.

The “special ” stitch with this pattern is the 3-dc puff – which is really 3 dc crocheted together. So, I am going to abbreviate this stitch as 3dctog.

With my  6.00 mm (J hook), using Color A (Fordham), I crocheted a chain of 122 st.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across (121 st.) Turn

Now for the pattern itself:

Row 2: ch2, dc in first st, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, repeat from *, when you get to the last 4  st, dc in each of last 3 and in the final st, 2dctog. Turn.

Row 3: ch2, dc in the first st, skip dc, (3dctog, ch 4, 3dctog) in next st, skip st.  Notice that in the last row, you made sets of 3 dc. (3dctog, ch 4, 3dctog) in the middle dc in each of the 3 dc sets.  When you get to the final set of 4 dc, (3dctog, ch 4, 3dctog) in the second dc, 2dctog in the last st. Turn.

Row 4: ch2, dc in the first st, *3 dc in the ch4 space, ch 1*, repeat * across in each of the ch4 spaces, 2dctog in last st. Turn.

Complete Rows 3 and 4 two more times in color A. Switch to color B.

Complete Rows 3 and 4 two more times in color B. Switch to color A.

Keep repeating this pattern until you have 7 stripes (4 of color A and 3 of color B).

After you finish the last row of the last stripe in Color A, turn, ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Each stripe turned out to be a little more than 4 inches wide.  It is my personal preference to start a new skein every time I switch colors. The skeins of color A (Fordham) were 3 oz each. I weighed the leftover yarn from the 4 skeins and I had 1.9 oz of yarn left – so I used about 10.1 oz of color A.  If I did not change skeins with each color change, I would have used three full skeins and part of a 4th, but I would have had more ends to weave in.  The leftover yarn of color B weighed 3.3 ounces. Each skein weighed 3.5 ounces. So, I used a total of 7.2 ounces of the color B.

Here are some shots of the final project: the first is the entire blanket which was about 36 by 31, the other 2 are closeups of the pattern.




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