Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bright Baby Blanket! (Free pattern)

I finally finished the baby blanket that I have been working on for what seems like forever!

My first step was to find a pattern. Since I have been doing the Granny Square Challenge I came across a few patterns I really liked doing. I love the African Flower Square and decided to use the pattern from  Made in K-town for my blanket. This site has a great tutorial so the blocks are easy to make.

My next step was to decide on colors to use for the blanket. I wanted it to be eye catching so I decided to use bright colors.
The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, I have not found anyone in the U.S. who carries this yarn so I purchase it on the internet from Deramores. Even though they are based in the U.K. they ship to the U.S. pretty quickly.

The colors and amounts I used for the baby blanket are:
2-100g balls of Turquoise (1068)
2-100g balls of Lipstick (1246)
2-100g balls of Saffron (1081)
3-100g balls of White (1001)

Once I had my pattern and my yarn,  I took up my size E (3.5mm) crochet hook and began to crochet.  Each square came out to about 41/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm X11.5 cm). Since I was making a baby blanket, I decided to make about 56 squares.


                The Completed Squares


 After completing the squares, I had to arrange them to see if 56 would be enough. I decided to make 8 rows of 7 squares, which was great for a baby blanket.

Now how to join them?
I searched the internet for ways to join granny squares and was surprised at the many different ways this could be done. I decided on the seamless look so I used the great tutorial found at Attic 24.

Once the squares were joined I had to finish the blanket with a nice little edging. in keeping with the granny theme I decided to do the edging in a granny stripe pattern

For the border I first did a sc all around the blanket to even it out making sure to have an even amount of sc on each side. The number of sc had to be divisible by 3 as the granny stripe pattern is done in multiples of 3.

I then did 3 rows of the granny stripe pattern with 3 dc ch3 3dc in each corner. Once that was completed, I finished off with a row of sc with 3 sc in each corner. The edging is 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) wide.
  The finished blanket measures 36 inches by 44 inches (91cm by 112cm)

We are so lucky in this day and age to be able to have a great resource of the Internet, you can make amazing things with the help of others!

Happy Crocheting!


  1. Lynne, the baby quilt is awesome. Wish I could have grabbed a peek...hopefully soon I'll see it when I get my chance to meet Violet Grace! As always it was great to be with you at the retreat. Already looking forward to the next one. Sandi

  2. Beautiful baby blanket - I love the African flower pattern. :)

  3. I saw Violet's blanket in person. It is so snugly and warm. Violet is one lucky kido... Sandi

  4. Lovely baby blanket!:) stopping by from 'did you make that?' Link party.