Hi there, this is Hannah. Even though this Berry Chevron Baby Blanket isn’t that big, it’s one of the more time-consuming crochet projects I’ve worked on. I decided to try using Bernat Softee Baby yarn for the first time, and about half way through I was starting to regret my choice since the yarn is so small, but now that it’s done, I love how the blanket turned out!
The smaller yarn makes the little berry stitch bobbles so dainty and they kind of remind me of little pearls :). Plus the texture of the Bernat Softee Baby is just so soft and cuddly! Now that it’s done, I definitely think it was worth the extra time to use the smaller yarn, but I do think it would look nice in a little bit bigger yarn, too.
Before you get started on this blanket you’ll want to make sure you understand the counting pattern for a chevron blanket and how to work the berry stitch. Once you know those two things, it’s not too complicated to put them together; though, I would recommend doing a small practice before you start the actual blanket. I did, and it definitely helped me make sure I really understood the counting pattern with the berry stitches.
I’ll explain the basic counting for a chevron blanket and how to do the berry stitch in the pattern below, but in case you are more of a visual learner here are some video tutorials that may help:
This video shows how to do the counting for a regular chevron blanket.
This is how you work the berry stitch: YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first loop on the hook, YO, insert hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through all five loops left on the hook.
Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic, 140 / 5 oz, 331 m/362 yds)
3 skeins White, 2 skeins Soft Peach
Size G/4.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 30 in x 38 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Single Crochet 2 Together (SC2TOG): Insert your hook into the first stitch, YO, pull up a loop, insert your hook into the next stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO and pull through all loops on your hook.
Berry Stitch: YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first loop on the hook, YO, insert your hook into the same space, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through all five loops left on the hook.
Chain 177 in White. (If you’d like to make the blanket bigger or smaller, the pattern repeat is 29+3, so multiply the number of peaks you want by 29, then add 3.)
Row 1: In the second chain from the hook and the next chain, SC2TOG. *Work 1 SC in each of the next 13 chains, work 3 SC into the next chain, 1 SC in each of the next 13 chains, skip 2 chains. Repeat from *. After you have worked the last 13 chains, you should have two extra. SC2TOG these last two stitches. Chain 1 and turn.
Rows 2 – 3: Repeat row 1. When you reach the end of row 3, pull through with Soft Peach on your last SC2TOG.
Row 4 (Berry Row): In the first stitch from the hook and the next, SC2TOG. *Then work a berry stitch followed by a SC. Repeat from * for the rest of the row, continuing the chevron pattern, but alternating the berry stitch with SC. When you reach the top of your peak where you would normally put 3 SC, work SC, Berry, SC all in one stitch to form the peak. Then continue the pattern of alternating the berry stitch and SC.
The only time where you won’t put a SC in between the berries is the bottom of the valleys where you skip two stitches – I counted the skipped stitches as my SC in between the berries, so you’ll work a berry stitch, skip two stitches, then crochet another berry. Then you’ll resume alternating the berry stitch with SC.
Basically, you are working this row exactly the same as rows 2 and 3, but you are substituting every other SC for a berry stitch (except in the valleys where you have two berries next to each other).
When you reach the end of the row, SC2TOG and pull through with White.
Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you reach your desired length.
A few things to always remember that helped me keep things straight as I was working this blanket:
-Always SC2TOG at the beginning and end of every row
-Always chain 1 at the end of every row
-On the berry rows, always put a SC in between each berry, EXCEPT on the valleys, where the two skipped stitches count as your SC. (So you’ll crochet a berry stitch, skip two stitches, then work another berry.)
-On the berry rows, the middle stitch at the top of your peaks should always be a berry stitch.
-Always work 3 rows of SC in between each berry row so that the berries are all facing the same way.
After I made my blanket as long as I wanted it to be, I wove in all the ends with a tapestry needle. This was another time consuming part of this project, but I put on a few Netflix shows and it wasn’t too bad. If you don’t like the thought of having to weave in lots of ends, I think this blanket would also look really cool all in one color, where the berries would just give some textured stripes.
Thanks so much for coming to visit our website and best of luck with your project! When you’re finished please share a picture with us on the Daisy Farm Crafts Facebook wall or use #daisyfarmcrafts on Instagram! We’d love to see and share your work! xo, Hannah