Hello, Hannah here, I made this blanket for my new niece who is scheduled to arrive next month and I love how it turned out! In addition to expecting their first baby, my husband’s brother and his wife recently moved to the east coast, so I hope this blanket will send some love to my niece until I have the chance to meet her in person!
I made this blanket with Bernat Baby Velvet*, but I think this pattern will also work great with most medium weight yarns! If you decide to use velvet and you’ve never worked with it before, here are some tips that might help: How to Successfully Crochet with Velvet Yarn
3 (10.5oz size) skeins of Bernat Baby Velvet in Misty Gray
1 (3.5oz size) skein each of Bernat Baby Velvet in Orchid Hush, Pink Mist, Tiny Teal, Misty Green
Size H, 5.00mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished blanket size appx: 35 in x 39 in
WIDE HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (WIDE HDC): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook into the space in between the stitches of the previous row, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
PUFF STITCH: *Yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop. Repeat from * 3 more times, inserting your hook into the same space. YO and pull through all 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. (DC=Double Crochet, YO insert your hook around the post, YO and pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops on hook, YO pull through remaining two loops.)
Tips to know before you start:
- 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.
Chain 117. (Pattern repeat is any multiple of 10, plus 7.)
ROW 1: Starting in the 3rd chain from the hook, work a HDC into each chain with Misty Gray. Chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 2 – 5: Work a wide HDC into each space across the row. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 6: *Work a wide HDC into each of the first 5 spaces with Misty Gray, then work Puff, wide HDC, Puff, wide HDC, Puff into each of the next 5 spaces with Tiny Teal. Repeat from * to the end of the row. (End the row with wide HDC into the last 5 spaces with Misty Gray.) Chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 7 – 11: With Misty Gray, work a wide HDC into each space across the row. Chain 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 6 through 11, switching to a new color each time you repeat row 6. I worked my puff rows in this order: Tiny Teal, Orchid Hush, Misty Green, Pink Mist. I repeated the sequence 4 times, and then worked one more puff row with Tiny Teal to match the other end of the blanket. (I ended up with 20 puff rows total when my blanket reached my desired length.)
Here’s a video for the blanket!
Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle.
ROUND 1: With Misty Gray, pull up a loop in ending corner and chain 2. Work one round of DC around the blanket, working 3 DC into each corner space. When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 DCs around the starting chain 2.
ROUND 2: Continue working in the same direction and work alternating front and back post around each DC. When you reach a corner, work 3 alternating front and back post around the middle DC of the 3 DC that made the corner in the round prior. (In other words, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a FPDC, then work a FPDC, a BPDC, and a FPDC 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.)
ROUNDS 3 – 6: Continue working in same direction and repeat round 2. Always match your post double crochets so that they are poking out in the same direction as the previous row. When you finish the last round of your border, slip stitch into the starting corner and tie off.
Here’s a video for the border!
If you’d like to add finishing touches to your blanket, lay it out flat on a towel or foam blocking boards if you have them. Use a spray bottle with water to dampen the blanket. Press the blanket into straight lines, massaging the stitches and adjusting your tension. Pin with straight pins and let it dry.
Thanks so much for visiting our blog – I hope you enjoy this pattern! When you finish a project, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see! xo, Hannah
*Daisy Farm Crafts is sponsored by Yarnspirations in 2021