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Make the Baby M Blanket for yourself or an expectant friend. The neutral colors of this crocheted afghan will look great in any nursery and it will work equally well for both baby boys and girls. This precious baby blanket is also a great gift to make for a baby shower. The classic design will definitely stand the test of time and the afghan will surely be cherished for years to come. Make this for your own baby, or give this special blanket as a homemade baby shower gift.
Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Blanket measures approximately 27"/68.5cm x 27"/68.5cm square
Vickie Howell for Caron Sheep(ish) (70% Acrylic/30% Wool; 3oz/85g, 167yds/153m)
#0011 Taupe(ish) (A): 3 balls
#0004 White(ish) (B): 2 balls
#0018 Robin Egg(ish) (C): 1 ball
- One size US H-8 (5mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle
Gauge is not critical for this project.
Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st)
dc3tog: Double crochet 3 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
dc6tog-over-7-sts: Double crochet 6 together over 7 stitches—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, skip next stitch, [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times yarn over and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
Harlequin Stitch (foundation ch is multiple of 8 ch + 1)
Row 1 (RS): (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in 5th ch from hook, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch, *sk next 3 ch, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, sk first sc, dc3tog, *ch 7, sk next ch-1 sp, dc6tog-over-7-sts; repeat from * across to last ch-1 sp, ch 7, sk last ch-1 sp, dc3tog, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, sk first dc, 3 dc in top of first dc3tog, working over next ch-7 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp 2 rows below (in Row 1), *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next dc6tog, working over next ch-7 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp 2 rows below; repeat from * to last dc3tog, 3 dc in last dc3tog, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as sc, ch 3), sk first dc, dc6tog-over-7-sts, *ch 7, sk next ch-1 sp, dc6tog-over-7-sts; repeat from * across to turning ch, ch 3, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sk first ch-3 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next dc6tog, *working over next ch-7 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp 2 rows below, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next dc6tog; repeat from * across to turning ch, sc in first ch (at base) of turning ch, turn.
Repeat Rows 2–5 for Harlequin Stitch.
To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Carry color not in use up side of piece until next needed. Take care when working edging round to cover carried strands.
With A, ch 121.
Row 1: Work Row 1 of Harlequin Stitch; change to B—15 pattern repeats.
Rows 2 and 3: With B, work Rows 2 and 3 of Harlequin Stitch; change to A.
Rows 4 and 5: With A, work Rows 4 and 5 of Harlequin Stitch; change to B.
Repeat Rows 2–5 until piece measures 8"/20.5cm measured from beginning to "valley" of one ridge.
With A, continue in Harlequin Stitch until piece measures 15"/38cm from beginning, end with a RS row; change to C.
With C, work 2 rows in Harlequin Stitch; change to A.
With A, continue in Harlequin Stitch until piece measures 20"/51cm from beginning, end with a Row 4 of pattern; change to B.
With B, work 2 rows in Harlequin Stitch; change to A.
With A, work 2 rows in Harlequin Stitch; change to B.
Rep last 4 rows until piece measures 26 1/2"/67.5cm from beginning, end with a Row 4.
Edging Rnd: Ch 1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next dc6tog, *2 sc in next ch-7 sp, sc into ch-1 sp 2 rows below, 2 sc in same ch-7 sp, sc in next dc6tog; repeat from * across to turning ch, 3 sc in turning ch sp, sc evenly spaced around remaining edges of blanket; join with sl st in first sc.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired.
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