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Pastel Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket

Updated June 04, 2019
Pastel Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket
Pastel Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket
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Fill your crochet baby collection with color by making this adorable Pastel Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket. This blanket pattern is perfect for crocheters looking for an easy project with eye-catching results. Use this free crochet baby blanket pattern to make an awesome baby shower gift for a friend or relative. Made with soft medium weight yarn and vibrant tie-dye colors, this crochet baby blanket is sure to make any newborn smile! Find out how easy this free pattern is to make and crochet a baby blanket that will be as much fun to make as it will be to enjoy!

Notes1. Blanket is worked in Tunisian crochet. Each row consists of a pick-up portion where loops remain on hook and a return portion where loops are worked off.

2. Right side is facing throughout.

3. Blanket is worked in 8 segments. The first segment is worked independently in its entirety. The 2nd through 7th segments are worked joining the left edge of the new segment to the right edge of the previous segment as you work the final st in the forward pass of each row.

4. The final segment is worked joining the right edge to the left edge of Segment 1 at the conclusion of the
return pass and the left edge to the right edge of Segment 7 as you work the final st in the forward pass.

5. Edging is worked in traditional crochet around piece after all pieces have been joined. The stitch works a dtr followed by a sc. The sc will force the dtr to crunch up to appear as a little bobble. If needed, push the crunched dtr to the right side.

Easy

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

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

Crochet GaugeGAUGE: 16 Tss = 4" (10 cm); 13 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Tunisian simple stitch using Tunisian crochet hook. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeBlanket measures 35½" (90 cm) diameter.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Super Saver® Stripes: 4 skeins 4971 Retro Stripe
  • Afghan Crochet Hook: 8mm [US L/11]
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Blanket

  1. Segment 1

    Row 1 (Right Side):
    With afghan hook, ch 49 loosely, working in back bump of each ch, pick up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, leaving all loops on hook – 49 sts.

    Row 1: Return: Yo, draw through 1 loop on hook, *yo, draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

    Row 2: Work Forward Pass of Tps in each st until 1 st remains, Tss under both strands of final st – 49 sts.

    Row 2 Return: *Yo, draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

    Row 3: Tps2tog, Tps in each st until 3 sts remain, Tps2tog, Tss under both strands of final st – 47 sts.

    Row 3 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 4: Tps in each st until 1 st remains, Tss under both strands of final st – 47 sts.

    Row 4 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 5: Tss2tog, Tss in each st until 3 sts remain, Tss2tog, Tss under both strands of final st – 45 sts.

    Row 5 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 6: Tss in each st until 1 remains, Tss under both strands of final st – 45 sts.

    Row 6 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Rows 7-46: Repeat Rows 5-6, noting there will be 2 fewer sts on hook at the end of each odd numbered pick-up row – 5 sts remain on last row worked.

    Row 47: Tss3tog, Tss under both strands of final st – 3 sts.

    Row 47 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 48: Tss, Tss under both strands of final st – 3 sts. Row 48 Return: Yo, draw through 3 loops. Bind Off: Slip st in final st. Fasten off.

  2. 2nd–7th Segments

    Row 1 (Right Side):
    With afghan hook, ch 49 loosely, working in back bump of each ch, pick up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch across, leaving all loops on hook, to join to previous segment, insert hook from right side to wrong side of right-hand edge of corresponding row of previous segment, yo and draw through edge st and first loop on hook – 49 sts.

    Row 1 Return: *Yo, draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

    Row 2: Tps in each st, join to previous segment as for Row 1 – 49 sts.

    Row 2 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 3: Tps2tog, Tps in each st until 3 sts remain, Tps2tog, Tps in final st, join to previous segment – 47 sts.

    Row 3 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 4: Repeat Row 2 – 47 sts.

    Row 4 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 5: Tss2tog, Tss in each st until 3 sts remain, Tss2tog, Tss in final st, join to previous segment – 45 sts.

    Row 5 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Row 6: Tss in each st, join to previous segment – 45 sts.

    Row 6 Return: Repeat Return Pass.

    Rows 7-46: Repeat Rows 5-6, noting there will be 2 fewer sts on hook at the end of each odd numbered pick-up row – 5 sts remain on last row worked.

    Row 47: Tss3tog, Tss in final st, join to previous segment – 3 sts.

    Row 47 Return: Repeat Return Pass. Row 48: Tss across, join to previous segment – 3 sts. Row 48 Return: Yo, draw through 3 loops. Bind Off: Slip st in final st. Fasten off.

  3. Final (8th) Segment

    Row 1 (Right Side):
    With afghan hook, ch 49 loosely; remove loop from hook, insert hook from back to front in end of left edge of Row 1 of Segment 1, place loop back on hook and draw through, working in back bump of each ch, pick up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch across, leaving all loops on hook, to join to previous segment, insert hook from right side to wrong side of right-hand edge of corresponding row of previous segment, yo and draw through edge st and first loop on hook – 49 sts.

    Row 1 Return: *Yo, draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook; remove loop from hook, insert hook from back to front in end of next row on Segment 1, place loop back on hook and draw through.

    Row 2: Tps in each st, join to previous segment as for Row 1 – 49 sts.

    Row 2 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return, including joining to next row on Segment 1.

    Row 3: Tps2tog, Tps in each st until 3 sts remain, Tps2tog, Tps in final st, join to previous segment – 47 sts.

    Row 3 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return Pass.

    Row 4: Repeat Row 2 – 47 sts.

    Row 4 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return Pass.

    Row 5: Tss2tog, Tss in each st until 3 remain, Tss2tog, Tss in final st, join to previous segment – 45 sts.

    Row 5 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return Pass.

    Row 6: Tss in each st, join to previous segment as for Row 1 – 45 sts.

    Row 6 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return Pass.

    Rows 7-46: Rep Rows 5-6, noting there will be 2 fewer sts on hook at the end of each odd numbered pick-up row– 5 sts remain on last row worked.

    Row 47: Tss3tog, Tss in final st, join to previous segment – 3 sts.

    Row 47 Return: Repeat Row 1 Return Pass. Row 48: Tss across, join to previous segment – 3 sts.

    Row 48 Return: Yo, draw through 3 loops. Bind Off: Slip st in final st. Fasten off leaving long tail.

Finishing

  1. Using yarn needle and begining tails from foundation ch, join foundation ch from each segment to the foundation ch of the segment to the left and weave in ends. To close small hole at center, weave long tail through final slip sts of each segment and gather to close hole. Secure end.
     

  2. Edging

    Round 1:
    With right side facing and crochet hook, working along opposite edge of foundation ch, join yarn with sc in first ch of any segment, dtr in next st, [sc in next st, dtr in next st] 23 times across segment, *[sc in next st, dtr in next st] 24 times across next segment, repeat from * across each remaining segment, join with a slip st in first sc – 192 sc and 192 dtr.

    Round 2: [Dtr in each sc, sc in each dtr] around, slip st in first st.

    Round 3: [Sc in each dtr, dtr in each sc] around, slip st in first st.

    Round 4: Sc in each st around, slip st in first st. Fasten off.

  3. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

dtr (double treble crochet):
Yarn over 3 times, insert hook in st, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook), [yo and draw through 2 loops] 4 times.
Tss (Tunisian simple stitch)
One row of Tunisian simple stitch is worked in two steps as follows: Forward Pass (step 1): Skip first vertical bar; *insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and draw up a loop; repeat from * across. Return Pass (step 2): Yo and draw through one loop on hook; *yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until only one loop remains on hook (one row of Tss complete).
Tunisian Purl Stitch (Tps):
With yarn in front, insert hook under next front vertical bar as if to work Tss, bring yarn across front of vertical bar and to back, yo, draw up a loop. Work Return Pass as for Tss.
Tps2tog (1 st decreased):
[Working in Tps, insert hook under next vertical bar] twice, yo and draw up a loop.
Tss2tog (1 st decreased):
[Working in Tss, insert hook under next vertical bar] twice, yo and draw up a loop.
Tss3tog (2 sts decreased):
[Insert hook under next vertical bar] 3 times, yo and draw up a loop.
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