This little blanket just started out on a whim. I was curious how Bernat Softee Baby color Pumpkin would pair with Soft Peach. It’s such a bold color I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But I do!
I really kept it to a minimum though, too much of the color and I think it would be overwhelming for a dainty baby blanket. Hannah thinks it has a cool modern boho vibe about it.
To make the stripes stand out a bit more, I substituted in a cluster stitch. The main blanket is made with a series of “SC, CH 1, DC” all into one stitch. But when I worked the rows of color I switched up the combo to be “SC, CL, DC.”
I even worked the combo of stitches in one round of border so look close at the picture below to see how the border is just so small and….dainty! That’s about the only word I can describe this blanket. It’s also lightweight and airy.
Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic, 140 g/ 5 oz, 331 m/ 362 yds)
4 skeins White, 1 skein Pumpkin, 1 skein Soft Peach
Size G/4.00mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 29 in x 31 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, YO, pull through remaining two loops.
Cluster: YO, insert your hook into the designated space, *YO and pull back through. Repeat from * 2 times then YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Chain 141 with White. (If you’d like to make your blanket wider, use any multiple of 3.)
Row 1: In the 2nd chain from the hook, work “SC, CH, DC”, *skip 2 ch’s, work “SC, CH, DC” in the next ch. Repeat from * to the end of the row and until you have 1 remaining ch space. Work 1 SC in the last remaining ch space. CH 1 and turn.
Row 2: “SC, CH, DC” in the top of the SC of the row below. *Skip over the next two stitches. Work “SC, CH, DC” into the SC stitch of the row below. Repeat from * ending the row with 1 SC in the very last stitch, CH 1 and turn.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5 CLUSTER ROW: Pull through with Soft Peach on the last SC of row 4, ch 1 and turn. (Do not cut the white, bring it around the end of your work and crochet over it as you go.) “SC, CL, DC” in the top of the SC of the row below. *Skip over the next two stitches. Work “SC, CL, DC” into the SC of the row below. Repeat from * ending the row with 1 SC in the very last stitch and pulling through with white on the last step of the stitch. Cut the Soft Peach.
Rows 6 – 10: Work 5 rows of White using the instructions of Row 2. at the end of the fifth row, pull through with Pumpkin. (Leave the white behind, you don’t need to crochet over it and bring it along.)
Row 11: Work 1 row in Pumpkin using the instructions of row 5. At the end of the row, pull through with Soft Peach.
Row 12: Work 1 row of Soft Peach using row 5 instructions. (You may choose to carry the Pumpkin along with you and crochet over it, or cut and weave in the end later.)
Row 13: At the end of the Soft Peach row, pull through with Pumpkin and work a cluster row. (You may also pull the white up from two rows below and crochet over it, or cut and weave in the tail later.)
Rows 14 – 18: Work 5 rows of White using Row 2 instructions.
Row 19: Work one row of clusters in Soft Peach using instructions from the cluster row. (You may choose to carry the white along the row, or cut and weave the tail in later.)
Rows 20 – 30: Work 11 rows in White using as row 2 instructions.
Row 31: Pull through with Pumpkin and work a cluster row. (You may crochet over the white or cut and weave in later.)
Rows 32 – 42: Work the next 11 rows in white using row 2 instructions.
Row 43: Pull through with Soft Peach and work a cluster row.
Repeat rows 32 – 43 three more times. (You will have a total of 4 cluster rows of Soft Peach.)
Work 11 rows of White then repeat the instructions backward from row 31 through Row 1. You are mirroring the start of the blanket so both ends look the same.
Tie off and weave in all ends. Start in the corner as if you chained and turned your work. Work across the row using the “SC, CH 1, DC” combo into the SC spaces. When you get to the corner, work a combo into the corner space. When working down the sides, work one combo per two rows. (You should be able to see that there is a slightly larger hole, work into that space.) Continue working around the entire blanket and slip stitch to your beginning stitch. Tie off and weave in the ends.
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Happy Crocheting! xo, Tiffany