Hello there! Thank you for coming to read about the Crochet Baby Margot Playmat. We have exciting news!
We hope to see a brand new baby girl in this gown sometime January 2024! If you’ve been watching our Crochet Sister Chats each week, you’ll know that Hannah is having another baby. I am so very excited for her and so very excited to be welcoming another granddaughter into the world.
Annie started making baby Margot (not her real name…Hannah has a list of about five names she’s considering but this one is Annie’s favorite,) a baby playmat to match the cutest newborn nightgown we ordered online. The colors matched perfectly with Bernat Forever Fleece in Bergamot and Patchouli.
Annie loved crocheting this, especially when she finished and we decided it looked perfectly fine without a border. Adding borders can be so tricky for beginning crocheters so when we find a stitch paired with great yarn that looks finished, we are happy!
She is using a stitch combination that is called Crumpled Griddle. It is a series of alternating SC and DC, similar to Griddle Stitch. The difference for crumpled griddle is that SC are worked into the top of SC and DC are worked into the top of DC from the previous row.
(In Griddle Stitch, SC are worked into DC, and DC into SC.)
Either way, we always recommend that you work a practice swatch to make sure you have a handle on the stitch and to work out your tension. We are giving you the recommended hook size, and the size Annie used, but you may have tighter natural tension, or looser, and may have to adjust your hook.
It’s also nice to do a practice swatch to see how tight your chain and first row needs to be. Some crocheters have a tight first row and the subsequent rows are loose and have a rainbow arch effect. Some first rows are gaping or too loose. There have been times where I will start a blanket with a different size hook, and then change sizes to maintain the correct tension. A practice swatch will help you figure that out.
This blanket worked up fairly fast, due to the size of the yarn, but also because once you are finished and weave in the ends, you are done!
Annie hopes that baby Margot, or whatever her name will be, will enjoy her new playmat, and can’t wait to take a picture of her in her new gown as well.
Be sure and scroll to the end of the post for the free printable pattern. For a video that demonstrates the stitch, be sure and watch our stitch tutorial Crumpled Griddle Stitch below:
(tap name of yarn for specs and to purchase if desired on Yarnspirations.com)
3 each of Bergamot and Patchouli
Size 9mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Gauge: 4 inches = 8 sts and 7 rows (taken from blanket)
Blanket size: 38 x 35 inches
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Chain 74 or any even number to the length with Patchouli.
ROW 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from hook, *work 1 SC. In the next stitch, work 1 DC. Repeat from * across the row. The last stitch made will be a SC. CH 1 and turn.
ROW 2: Starting in the first stitch, *SC into the top of the SC of the previous row. DC into the next DC. Repeat from * across the row working the final SC into the last SC. (Always DC into DC. Always SC into SC.) CH 1 and turn.
ROW 3 – 12: Repeat row 2 instructions. At the end of row 12 pull through with Bergamot, cut Patchouli.
Going forward, use row 2 instructions for the rest of the blanket. Switch colors every 12 rows. End with 12 rows of Patchouli.
Tie off and weave in all the ends.
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