I shared on my main blog that I made a blanket for baby Michael.
I was traveling on business when I started it.
I didn’t want to worry about patterns.
That said, I still had multiple skeins going during my travel.
Here are all my supplies and a the blanket in progress in the pocket of an airline seat!
I’ve made many baby blankets in pastel colors.
This time I wanted bold colors, something that would be a change of pace.
I had skeins of solid navy blue and gray yarn in my stash. I debated about a blanket in blue and gray only, but I had recently made a king-size blanket in these colors.
I wanted to be sure this blanket was different!
To decide the colors I took the blue and navy skeins with me to the store.
I finally saw a brick red that I felt balanced out the combination.
Strong, but not overdone.
Yes! The colors were settled!
The blanket measures about 36 inches square.
The gray sections are half-double crochet. That’s it!
The blue and red sections use a variation of a shell pattern.
The shell pattern is made of two double crochets and one single crochet.
You skip two stitches between each shell.
When the shell is made this way, a couple of things happen. The shell leans to the side. It also “pops out” just a little bit.
When you make additional rows, the first shell is made by making a chain three, double, then single crochet.
Other than that the shell pattern continues!
Most patterns call for three stitches in the corners.
I generally crochet four stitches in a corner.
It seems to make the corners lie flat, whereas three stitches might curl.
For this edging I decided to keep it simple; just rows of single crochet.
This way the stripes would be the focal point!
I used approximately one skein per color.
Pretty easy to make..a variation in the pattern to add some texture…three alternating colors for some visual interest…
A little blanket for a little guy!
As I mentioned in my main blog, my Aunt Sheila sent me a box of yarn!
In addition to a thank-you note, I decided to also send her a scarf!
It works up very quickly.
If you know how to make a double and a single crochet, then you’ll be able to make this scarf!
Please note, I am using the standard naming conventions used in the United States. In Europe and other parts other world the naming convention may be different!
I used a lightweight 3-ply yarn and a size G/6, or 4.25mm hook.
The first row is all double crochet.
The general pattern in the second row is to skip one stitch, then crochet a double in the next four stitches.
For the fifth stitch, yarn-over, just like a double crochet, then reaching backward to the first double, place the hook behind it (where you skipped one). You pick up the yarn from the back, then pull the yarn to the front and through the loops on the hook, also like a double crochet.
The yarn will wrap around the other four stitches.
This is the “reverse”side of the scarf. If you look at one set of stitches you can see that one stitch wraps around the other four.
It does not hook into the base of the next stitch!
The next few rows alternate all doubles, or the pattern.
For this scarf there are seven rows , four all double and three of the pattern.
When you have a simple pattern like this, the alternating rows can allow the pattern to become distinct, even though the yarn is variegated.
The border is a row consisting of a basic single crochet, chain one repeat, followed by a row of all singles.
Easy – Easy – Easy!
In case you’re wondering how I chose the crochet hook, there is a simple way to get some guidance on that, too!
The label on the skein of yarn provides washing instructions and other information including the recommended size for crochet hooks or knitting needles.
Since I don’t typically use this weight of yarn I just went with the recommended size. If you crochet a swatch or other small amount you can then decided if you want to change the size of the hook.
Did I say it was easy? Oh, yeah – I did!
Stay tuned! In a later post I’ll share what I made with the yarn my aunt sent to me!
Here’s a bit more on how it’s constructed.
I used a size G crochet hook and fairly lightweight 3-ply yarns.
It’s done in the round. Working in the round gives the same basic pattern often used for hats as well as bags.
Here’s a link to a basic pattern for crocheting in the round.
To make variations of this pattern you can use a single, half-double or double crochet. This bag is primary done in half-double crochet.
I chose to alternate the colors simply because I thought it would be fun!
To create room for a drawstring there is one row consisting of a double crochet – chain two repeat. A row of half-double crochet is added to both the top of the bag as the anchor row for the ruffle.
A white ruffle with blue striped trim was added as an embellishment.
As a base for the ruffle, there is round consisting of single crochet, chain 6, skip 4, single in the 5th stitch repeat.
I believe this is how it would be written! [sc, (ch6, skip 4, sc in the 5th dc)]
Each ruffle has ten triple crochets in the loops that were just formed. The last few rows are single crochet alternating in blue and white.
A basic chain and single crochet cord is threaded through the spaces created for the drawstring.
Here is the completed bag – all ready to go!
It measures 72 inches x 74 inches. It’s shown above on a king-size bed.
The main pattern is done by crocheting a row of single crochet. The next row is a “skip one, 2 double in the next single, double in the next single, then a double in the singe that was originally skipped.”
The picture below is a basic diagram of the pattern.
The pattern continues for an entire skein. I alternated nine skeins in varying shades of blue.
The side panels are “half-double crochet and chain one repeat.” I used two skeins on each side.
The outer edge is also the same “half-double crochet chain one repeat.” There are a couple of rows in alternating colors.
I will say it took a while to complete but I was very satisfied with the result.
A blanket made for two!
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This time I brought a couple of lightweight skeins in shades of blue.
There is a little person on the way in a number of weeks, so it was time to get ready!
Here are a few photos showing when I started. I was in flight. The seat trays were up, so this first little bit is on my lap.
The pattern is a basic half-double, then chain one.
As you can see by the time the plane landed, less than two hours later, I was able to make some progress!
I managed to take a few photos even though there were shadows across the seat tray.
I continued the day after my travels. When it was approximately 30” square I continued the pattern around each side. The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double. I continued for several rounds.
The last row is half-doubles in the chain spaces all the way around. The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double, same as all the other corners.
I’m looking forward to sending it on its way to mommy and baby!