Crochet CJ’s Flower Blanket

I have another vintage pattern to share with you today! This is a pattern recreated from a blanket that my friend’s mom Carole Jean or CJ as she was known, crocheted. 

My friend Shauna’s second-oldest daughter is having her first baby girl, and since CJ is no longer with us, I wanted to make one of her patterns for this new grandbaby coming soon. 

Here’s the blanket I made for Shauna’s oldest daughter that you may remember, I called it CJ’s Shell Stitch Blanket: 

I was able to recreate the shell stitch blanket by studying the stitches and figuring out the pattern repeat, for today’s pattern, luckily my friend Shauna was able to find a photocopy of a pattern, written with explanations of how to work the stitches, in CJ’s craft room files. 

I’m guessing it was a pattern handed down through generations. There wasn’t any pattern repeat given or a photo included, just good enough instructions and explanations that I was able to figure it out. 

The way the clusters work together reminded me of flowers so I am just calling this blanket CJ’s Flower Blanket. 

I’ve fallen in love with this pattern, it reminds me of the star stitch, but this seemed a bit easier. It’s essentially a double crochet 5 together across three “eyes” or centers of each flower of the row below. 

If that made zero sense, I recorded a Youtube tutorial and I think you’ll see that it is easier than explained. 

The border is 3 rounds of back loop single crochet all in one direction, followed by a row of 2 double crochet in each back loop, and then a row of picot, (sc, ch 2, sc.) 

I hope you enjoy this pattern, I know that CJ would love that you are making it for your loved one. xo

Stitches

Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. 

Double Crochet (DC): Yarn over and insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through final 2 loops on hook. 

Double Crochet 5 together (DC5TOG): Yarn over and insert hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into next designated stitch (or eye in this pattern) yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, insert hook again into same eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and insert hook into next designated eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook to complete the stitch. 

Materials

Size of blanket 34 x 34 inches

5 skeins Patons Beehive Baby Sport (click name of yarn for details.)

Size G 4.o mm crochet hook

scissors

tapestry needle

Pattern

Chain 156 or any multiple of 3 to approximately 34 inches. 

Row 1: Work 1 DC into the 3rd chain from the hook. Chain 3. Work the first leg of the DC5TOG into the base of the chain 3, (yarn over, insert your hook into the base of the chain 3, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops.)

Yarn over and insert your hook into the base of the DC and work the 2nd and 3rd legs of the DC5TOG, (*yarn over, insert your hook into the base of the DC, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through two loops, repeat from *.)

Skip 2 chains, yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain and work the 4th and 5th legs of the DC5tog, (work legs as explained for 3rd and 4th.) After making the fifth leg, there should be 6 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

*Chain 3. (The first chain is considered the eye of the flower or center.) Work the first leg of the DC5TOG in the eye, or first chain, work the 2nd and 3rd legs of the DC5TOG in the chain stitch where the last stitch was worked, skip 2 chains, work the 4th and 5th legs into the next chain. Repeat from * across the row. 

After pulling through all 6 loops at the end of the row, chain 3, work 1 DC into the eye, chain 3, and turn. 

Row 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert your hook into the eye that is directly below the DC and Ch 3, work 2nd and 3rd legs, yarn over and insert your hook into the next eye, work 4th and 5th legs, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. 

*Chain 3, yarn over and work 1st leg in first chain or eye, work 2nd and 3rd leg into next eye, work 4th and 5th into next eye, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Repeat from * across the row. Turn as instructed in row 1. (chain 3, DC, chain 3)

Repeat Row 2 instructions until blanket is 34 inches high. 

Border

After pulling through the 6 loops for the final time, chain 1 and rotate the blanket to work down the first side. Work SC evenly around the entire blanket working 3 SC into each corner. Generally, work 2 SC per each DC post and each ch 3 turning chain on the sides. Do not join the round, 

Round 2: Continue working SC into the back loop of each SC, working 3 SC into each corner. Do not join, continue in the same direction. 

Round 3: Work the same as round 2. 

Round 4: Continuing in the same direction, work 3 DC into each corner and 2 DC into each SC. 

Round 5: Continuing in the same direction, work “SC, CH 2” into each SC around. Join with a slip stitch into the starting SC, tie off and weave in the ends. 

For a free printable version, look for the black bar with the word “Print” below: 

Yield: 34 x 34 inch baby blanket

Crochet CJ's Flower Blanket

Crochet CJ's Flower Blanket

Materials

  • Size of blanket 34 x 34 inches
  • 5 skeins Patons Beehive Baby Sport 
  • Size G 4.o mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Tools

  • Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. 
  • Double Crochet (DC): Yarn over and insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through final 2 loops on hook. 
  • Double Crochet 5 together (DC5TOG): Yarn over and insert hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into next designated stitch (or eye in this pattern) yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, insert hook again into same eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and insert hook into next designated eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same eye, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook to complete the stitch.

Instructions

Chain 156 or any multiple of 3 to approximately 34 inches. 

Row 1: Work 1 DC into the 3rd chain from the hook. Chain 3. Work the first leg of the DC5TOG into the base of the chain 3, (yarn over, insert your hook into the base of the chain 3, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops.)

Yarn over and insert your hook into the base of the DC and work the 2nd and 3rd legs of the DC5TOG, (*yarn over, insert your hook into the base of the DC, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through two loops, repeat from *.)

Skip 2 chains, yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain and work the 4th and 5th legs of the DC5tog, (work legs as explained for 3rd and 4th.) After making the fifth leg, there should be 6 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

*Chain 3. (The first chain is considered the eye of the flower or center.) Work the first leg of the DC5TOG in the eye, or first chain, work the 2nd and 3rd legs of the DC5TOG in the chain stitch where the last stitch was worked, skip 2 chains, work the 4th and 5th legs into the next chain. Repeat from * across the row. 

After pulling through all 6 loops at the end of the row, chain 3, work 1 DC into the eye, chain 3, and turn. 

Row 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert your hook into the eye that is directly below the DC and Ch 3, work 2nd and 3rd legs, yarn over and insert your hook into the next eye, work 4th and 5th legs, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. 

*Chain 3, yarn over and work 1st leg in first chain or eye, work 2nd and 3rd leg into next eye, work 4th and 5th into next eye, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Repeat from * across the row. Turn as instructed in row 1. (chain 3, DC, chain 3)

Repeat Row 2 instructions until blanket is 34 inches high. 

Border

After pulling through the 6 loops for the final time, chain 1 and rotate the blanket to work down the first side. Work SC evenly around the entire blanket working 3 SC into each corner. Generally, work 2 SC per each DC post and each ch 3 turning chain on the sides. Do not join the round, 

Round 2: Continue working SC into the back loop of each SC, working 3 SC into each corner. Do not join, continue in the same direction. 

Round 3: Work the same as round 2. 

Round 4: Continuing in the same direction, work 3 DC into each corner and 2 DC into each SC. 

Round 5: Continuing in the same direction, work "SC, CH 2" into each SC around. Join with a slip stitch into the starting SC, tie off and weave in the ends. 

For a Youtube Tutorial see below: 

Thank you everyone for stopping by our website! I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did, I found it to be very relaxing and fun to make. 

XOXO, Tiffany