I wanted to create an unconventional piece for a baby. I have somebody close to me that is having a baby soon and I was inspired to think outside the box with this amazing Color Pop Baby Blanket. Steering away from the “traditional” pastel colors or pinks and blues for gender specifications, I wanted to create something that is gender neutral as the mother and father do not know the baby’s gender.
Using that inspiration and that element of surprise, I wanted to make something that just WOW’s the nursery and the arrival of this new baby. This amazing piece started to form from a small creative idea that I had.
This bright and colorful blanket combines a variety of stitches to give rich texture with a cheerful *pop* of color in the stripes! I framed the entire piece with a crocheted pom border as well. This border is very reminiscent of the 1970’s trend, but I have added new life to the retro look. It is fabulous!
Not only will this be a great addition to any nursery, but it would serve as a secondary purpose of being a great play throw to have to crawl around on the floor with. There are so many sensory textures.
In this baby blanket, I used popcorn stitches, granny stitches, double crochets, single crochets, cluster stitches, puff stitches, and treble crochets. You can even make this blanket bigger to make an afghan or even a full bedspread! Get creative!
You can use any colors you like, so if you know the gender of the baby, you could make this in a variety of hues of one color or make this in one solid color. The possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to see what you create! This was such a fun project!
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to crochet this blanket:
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
-You can make this blanket any size. Use the Afghan Size Guide in this Blog Post
-The measurements for my blanket came out to be approximately 47 inches X 45 Inches
-You can make this blanket any size by making your beginning chain an even number.
-You can use any colors you want. I used a Worsted Weight, Size 4 Medium Yarn but you can use any Double Knitting Yarn or any Aran Yarn as well.
-This blanket took me approximately 1 month to complete (But I did not work on it continuously)
-You do not have to change color so often, but sewing in those pesky ends is a nightmare. Be sure to sew them in as you go, but if you are not changing color as often as I do in the video tutorial, you can carry your yarn up the rows on the sides because when we make our border, we cover the sides anyway.
-Ch 3/Ch4 at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch unless otherwise specified (See video tutorial for explanation, especially when working treble crochet rows)
-If you do not have the same exact stitch count as me (if you are off by a few stitches, do not worry about it, it is OK, the border will hide any imperfections on the edges)
YO: Yarn Over
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
LDC2TOG: Long Double Crochet Decrease (Work a Double Crochet Decrease in the previous row, working around chain space)
PC: Popcorn (4 DC in st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through stitch. Popcorn made)
PS: Puff Stitch: *YO, insert hook into st, YO, pull through, repeat from * until you have 7 loops on your hook. YO pull through all 7 loops.
Pattern: Change color every row.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 3, turn. (127)
Row 2: *PC in next st, ch 1, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (64 DC, 63 PC, 63 Ch 1 sps)
Row 3: SC in each dc and in each ch 1 sp. Do NOT sc in the PC’s, ch 3, turn (127)
Row 4: 2DC in same st as ch up3, *ch 1, sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * ending with 3 dc in last st, ch 1, turn. (43 groups of dc)
Row 5: sc in same st as ch 1 and in next 2 sts, *LDC2TOG working around ch 1 sp into sts from Row 3, sc in next 2 sts, sk next st, Repeat from * across, ch 4, turn. (see video tutorial for visual instructions) (129 sts)
Row 6: * Sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st (cross stitch made), repeat from * across ending with TR in last st, ch 1, turn. (129 TR)
Row 7: SC across, ch 1, turn. (125 sc–if you end up with 129 sc, that’s okay too!)
Row 8: sc in same st as ch 1, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * turn. (43 sc, 42 ch 2 sps)
Row 9: 3 DC in each ch 2 sp (AKA Granny Stitch), skipping sc’s. ch 3, turn. (126 dc)
Row 10: DC in next st, PS in next st (middle st of Granny Stitch), DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn.
Rows 11-40: repeat rows 1-10 (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Row 41: Repeat Row 9
Row 42: Repeat Row 8
Row 43: Repeat Row 7
Row 44: repeat row 6
Row 45: Repeat Row 3
Row 46: Repeat Row 4
Row 47: Repeat Row 5
Row 48: Repeat Row 2
Row 49: Repeat Row 1
Row 50: Repeat Row 10
Rows 51-79: Repeat Rows 41-50
Fasten off and start border:
Rnd 1: SC around entire blanket putting 3 sc in each corner. Sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 6, 3DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in ch where 1st cluster was made, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in next st. (see video tutorial for visual instructions) Sl st to beginning and fasten off!
That border is amazing and can be put on any blanket!!
Weave in all ends.
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