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Soft baby blanket…

Hi my lovely friends! Today I have a great news to share with you…In few months I will become an aunt again 🙂 !!! My best friend is expecting a little baby girl (her name will be Chiara) and now that she is at her sixth month of pregnancy there’s absolutely no time to waste. Thanks to my boyfriend I didn’t buy all the purchasable yarn in the store, but I started with this beautiful and delicate lavender color to make a soft and warm blanket.

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I was inspired by this chart I found on the net . It took few hours to understand how it worked, because the instructions are written in Russian, but with a bit of imagination I finally succeeded!

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Well, if you too have a baby girl on the way and want to gift her with something personal and special, make yourself comfortable and follow my ‘row by row’ tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • 400 gr of yarn for baby items in the color you like
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch)
  • single crochet stitch (sc)
  • double crochet stitch (dc)

 TIP : Choose always the best for babies! Their skin is very delicate and sensitive so be sure to buy soft and anti-allergic yarn, plus do their mums a favor buying also a washable kind 🙂

 Start making a foundation chain multiple of 7+3 until you reach the desired width for your blanket. Mine was about 24’’ (60 cm) then I chained 154+3 = 157.

 Row 1 : ch 1. Sc in the next 3 stitches from the hook, *ch 4, skip the next 4 stitches and sc in the next 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 2 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, skip one stitch and sc in the next one. 9 dc (fan) in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 3 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Ch 3, 1 dc in the very next ch 1 space. Ch 3, sc in the 4th, 5th , 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch one space of the row. Then ch 2 and dc in the last stitch.

 Row 4 : ch 1 and turn your work. Sc in the next 2 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the ch 3 space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space. * Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 5 : ch 1 and turn your work. Ch 2 (it counts as the first dc) , 4 dc in the same stitch. *Sc in the next 3 ch space , ch 1 and sc in the same 3 ch space. 9 dc in the next 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the last 3 ch space. 5 dc in the last stitch to end the row.

 Row 6 : ch 1 to turn. Sc in the next stitch.* Ch 3, dc in the next ch 1 space. Ch 3 , sc in the 4th 5th 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch 1 space of the row. Ch 3 and sc in the last stitch.

Row 7 : ch 1 to turn. Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Row 8 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, sc in the 3 ch space. 9 dc in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to* unit the end of the row.

Keep repeating the sequence row 3-row 8 until you reach the desired length of your blanket. Mine was about 32’’ (80 cm). Then fasten off your yarn and start making the edge.

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Edging : The original pattern is multiple of 20 chains, but I am too lazy to count and I decided to make it easier 🙂

Row 1 : sc in each stitch around. 3 sc in the corners of your blanket.

Rows 2-7 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch. Skip one stitch and sc in the next one. Skip one stitch and 3 dc in the next one. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Slip stitch in the third ch.

I also had some yarn left, so I decided to make these cute and warm baby booties. You can find the original pattern in http://besenseless.blogspot.com/ blog. Then I added a little bow for a more personal touch.

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Bow

In a magic ring, *ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3 and slip stitch in the very next ch from the hook*. Now you’ve done the first side of your bow. Repeat from * to *for the other side. Cut a long thread of yarn and start wrapping it around the center of your bow. Secure it on the back with a knot. Sew the bows on your booties and that’s it !

I hope you guys like this work. If you are going to make this blanket or if you have already made one using other patterns, feel free to share your pictures with me. I can’t wait to see them! I wish you happy crocheting and see you to the next post! Ciao.. 🙂

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