Any day Hannah is due to have her first baby! Sometimes I can’t believe this day is almost here for her. Working through ten years of infertility has been quite an experience. It’s been hard for me to watch her go through it, and for her to live it.
However, I’m so impressed with how she practiced patience while going through this infertility journey. She has been happy, hardworking, and just grateful for the lessons she learned along the way.
I thought about it a lot as I was making this blessing blanket for her very first baby.
Making this blanket required me to practice extra patience as I chose a very small weight yarn to use. Which means I used a really small hook, and that means it literally felt like it took forever.
However, this blanket sort of culminates my crochet journey and is the reason why I started crocheting in the first place. It has always been in hopes for her to have a baby.
I also love that the name of the yarn I chose was called “Grace.” So many blessings have occurred in my life through practicing the art of crochet, and now a beautiful blessing is about to enter our life.
I hope very soon, I’ll be able to come back to this post and add a photo of her little boy, sleeping peacefully all snuggled in this Berry Stitch Windowpane Blanket.
Patons Grace (100% mercerized cotton, 50 g/1.75 oz, 125 m/136 yds, 3 weight)
12 balls Snow
Size F/3.75mm or G/4.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size approximately 34 in x 31 in
Gauge 4 in = 18 sts and 22 rows of pattern
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Berry Stitch (Berry): YO, insert hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through one loop on hook, YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through all five loops on hook.
Chain 166 (or use any number x 10 then add 6).
Row 1: SC into the second chain from the hook. *Berry into the next chain, SC into the next chain. Repeat from * across the row ending with 1 SC into the final chain. Chain (CH) 1 and turn.
Row 2: SC into each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 3: Work 1 SC into the first stitch of the row, *Berry into the next stitch, SC into the next stitch. Repeat across the row ending with SC into the final stitch. CH 1 and turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Work 1 SC into the first stitch, *Berry into the next stitch. SC into the next st, Berry into the next. SC into each of the next 7 sts. Repeat from * across the row, work Berry, SC, Berry, SC in final 4 sts. CH 1 and turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 2.
Rows 7 – 12: Repeat rows 5 and 6 instructions.
Rows 13 – 16: Repeat rows 3 and 4 instructions.
Continue repeating row 7 through 16 instructions until you have the height desired. (For 12 balls its 13 windowpanes high and 16 across.)
Tie off and weave in all ends.
Here’s a video tutorial if you need further help.