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This blanket is a treat to the touch - the circles literally pop off the surface of it, making it fun to feel and play with, especially for wee ones. The circles can be crocheted in a contrasting color from the blanket for even more fun! The circles and the color of the yarn, sage from Bernat Satin, remind me of lily pads floating on the surface of a placid lake.

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Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: H
  • Yarn: Worsted weight, Bernat Satin in Sage, approx. 14 ounces needed

SIZE:
Blanket measures approximatley 21 inches by 26 inches

Abbrevations:Lily Pad Baby Blanket
CH = chain
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
FK HDC = forked half double crochet
SP = space
SC = single crochet


Special Stitches:
Forked Half Double Crochet Popping Circle
6 HDC (or DC if you want it to be bigger) around the post of the FK HDC directly below the one in which you just finished. Turn work 180 degrees, then 6 HDC around the post of the previous FK HDC. HDC at the top of the circle, right next to the last HDC worked in the circle.

TIP: Work your poping circles very loosely so they don't curl up. If they do curl, you may need to iron them down at the end.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:
CH a multiple of 8, plus 3. In this case, CH 88 plus 3

Row 1: In 3rd and 4th CH from hook, work a FK HDC (the first CH 3 is the turning HDC)
1 FK HDC in each CH all the way down (88 FK HDC total, plus the turning CH 3)
DC in last CH, turn

Row 2: CH 3
1 FK HDC in each SP all the way down (88 FK HDC total, plus the turning CH 3)
DC in last SP, turn (same space as the last FK HDC worked)

Row 3: CH 3
FK HDC in next 7 SPs (6 FK HDC stitches completed) or 4 SPs
Work a circle
*FK HDC in next 8 SPs (7 FK HDC stitches completed) or 9 Sps
Work a circle
Repeat from * all the way down until the last 5 SPs (11 popping circles worked)
FK HDC in last 5 SPs (4 FK HDC stiches completed)
DC in last sp (same spe as the last FK HDC worked)

Rows 4-6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: CH 3
*FK HDC in next 10 SPs (9 FK HDC completed)
Work a circle
*FK HDC in next 9 !SPs (7 FK HDC stitches completed) or 8 Sps
Work a circle
Repeat from * all the way down (10 popping circles worked)
FK HDC in last 8 Sps (7 FK HDC stitches completed)
DC in last space (same space as the last FK HDC worked)

Rows 8-10: Repeat row 2
Repeat rows 3-10 three more times, until you have about 43 rows.

Edging
The edge is simple a shell stitch.

On the top and bottom edges
5 DC in one space, 1 SC in each of the next 3 Sps

On the sides
5 DC in one space, 1 SC in each of the next 2 Sps (the spaces are taller on the sides, so the shells
are worked every 2 spaces instead of every 3)

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This Lily Pad Baby Blanket is so beautiful. I like the popping circles which are the highlight of the blanket. The color used is also lovely. I feel nostalgic. The popping circles can be adjusted in size and can use a color different from the blanket itself. You can actually play with the color scheme in this project. The pattern is easy to understand and pretty straightforward. Thanks.

I LOVE this blanket!!! It is unique and beyond gorgeous - heck with it being a baby blanket, I want it for myself, lol!!! Not usually selfish like that but this time I will be, lol!! Can't wait to give this one a try!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

To dottyhazell016966-- I found a Uk instruction for forked half double crochet--learn 2knit.co.uk/crochet/forked-half-double-crochet.php == --hope this helps. 4star

Yes, I agree with dottyhazell...........I would like to make this, and I'm a long-time crocheter, but have zero idea what this FK HDC is............Google doesn't know either. Any help would be great!

hi, I want to make this but I can not find any you tube tutorials on how to do the FK HDC. is this the same thing as the Crocodile Stitch??? if not can someone please do a tutorial and add it to this page please??? or email it to me at dotty.hazell@hotmail.com thank you

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