My original Modern Dash Baby Blanket is one of my favorite blankets I’ve ever made, so I thought it was time to give it a little update with some new colors, different yarn and a slightly different stitch!
This blanket is made with Bernat Bundle Up, which is a newer polyester baby yarn from Yarnspirations that my mom and I have absolutely fallen in love with. Not only is it easy to work with, it also works up into a beautifully soft and squishy blanket that is perfect for babies!
This blanket uses the technique of carrying yarn to easily switch colors across a row – if you’ve never carried yarn before don’t be afraid to give it a try! Here’s a video if you’d like to see how this blanket is worked before you get started:
Bernat Bundle Up* (small ball, 100% polyester, 140 g/4.9 oz, 244 m/267 yds)
6 skeins Red Wagon, 1 skein Cloud White
Size I/5.5mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 33 in x 37 in
Gauge 4 in = 11 st and 14 rows of WHDC Cluster
WIDE HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (WHDC) CLUSTER: Yarn over (YO), insert hook in between the posts of the row below, pull up a loop, YO, insert hook again into same space, pull up another loop, YO, pull through all loops on hook.
Here’s what I mean when I say to insert your hook in between the posts:
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.
FRONT AND BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC & BPDC): A front post double crochet means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work a DC. A back post double crochet means you insert your hook from back to front around the post of the next DC and work a DC.
-Pull through with the new color on the last step of the stitch.
-Lay whichever color you aren’t using along the top of your work and crochet over it as you go.
-To avoid your yarn getting twisted as you carry it along your work, it helps to always keep one color to the front and one color to the back each time you switch colors.
-To better cover up yarn that is being carried through, always insert your hook underneath the yarn that was carried across the previous row.
With Red Wagon, Chain 97. (Pattern repeat is 5 multiplied by an odd number, plus 2.)
ROW 1: Starting in the 3rd chain from the hook, work 1 HDC cluster into each chain. CH 2 and turn.
ROWS 2 – 5: Work 1 WHDC cluster in each space across the row. CH 2 and turn.
ROW 6: *Work 1 WHDC cluster in each of the first 5 spaces with Red Wagon, then 1 WHDC cluster in each of the next 5 spaces with Cloud White. Repeat from * to the end of the row. CH 2 and turn.
ROWS 7 – 11: With Red Wagon, work 1 WHDC cluster in each space across the row. CH 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 6 through 11 until blanket reaches about 37 inches or desired length. Weave in ends.
ROUND 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 3. Work one round of DC around the blanket, working one DC per row on the sides. On the ends of the blanket, continue inserting your hook in between the posts, and work *one DC in the first space, then 2 DC in the next space. Repeat from * across each end. Work 5 DCs into each corner.
ROUND 2: When you reach the corner you started with, work 5 DCs into corner, then keep going around the blanket in the same direction, this time alternating front and back post double crochet (FPDC and BPDC).
A front post DC means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work your DC. A back post DC means you insert your hook from the back to the front and work a DC.
When you get to the corners of this row, you will want to continue the pattern of alternating front and back post double crochet, but you will work three stitches around the corner post.
So, for example, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a front post DC, then work a front post DC, a back post DC, and a front post DC all around that corner post. Then in the next stitch you would continue the alternating pattern, working the opposite of whichever stitch you just used (in this example, you would work a back post DC).
Just remember that you are always alternating front and back post double crochet around the whole blanket, you just happen to be working three of those stitches around the same post when you are working the corners.
ROUNDS 3 – 4: When you finish round 2, work 3 alternating front post/back post DCs into the corner you started with and repeat round 2. Always match your post double crochets to so that they are poking out in the same direction as the row below. I did four rounds total for the border of my blanket, but you can go around as many times as you’d like to get your desired border height. When you are finished with your border, slip stitch into starting stitch and tie off.
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