Our dear friend Benson Shum illustrated another book called SLOTH WENT . We love making blankets to go with his books. (I’ll post the ones we have done previously at the end of the post.)
This one was super fun as I had Annie help with the blanket making part. She wanted to learn the mesh stitch and I thought that would be a good look for the idea I had for the blanket.
I knew that our friend Sarah at the website RepeatCrafterMe had made a sloth blanket, using a cute applique, and I wanted to incorporate the little sloth onto mine.
We used Patons Canadiana yarn in the Teal and Gold colors and now that it’s all finished we really think it’s a perfect little blankie to snuggle with while reading Benson’s book to a little one.
I have a whole collection of signed books to read to my future grandkids and I’m happy to add Benson’s latest.
Patons Canadiana (100% acrylic, 100 g/3.5 oz, 187 m/205 yds)
4 skeins Medium Gray Mix, 2 skeins Teal Heather, 1 skein Clear Water Blue, 1 skein Fools Gold
a small amount of black yarn for the sloth eyes
a small amount of ivory yarn for the sloth face
Size H/5.00mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 30 in x 34 in
Gauge 4 inch = 20 st and 18 rows of pattern
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull a loop back through the stitch, YO and pull through both loops on your hook.
Slip Stitch (SL ST): Insert your hook, YO and pull a loop back through, and continue pulling through the loop on your hook.
COLOR A: Clear Water Blue
COLOR B: Fools Gold
COLOR C: Teal Heather
Chain 118 with Medium Gray Mix (Or any even number if you’d like to make this blanket a different size.)
ROW 1: In the second chain (CH) from the hook, work 1 single crochet (SC.) *Chain 1, skip the next chain, work 1 SC into the next chain. Repeat from * across the row. CH 1 and turn.
ROW 2: Work 1 SC into the first SC. *Chain 1, skip the next chain, work 1 SC into the next SC. Repeat from * across the row. CH 1 and turn. (This is the Mesh Stitch)
ROWS 3 – 13: Repeat Row 2 instructions, pulling through with color A at the end of row 13 and cutting the grey.
ROW 14: Work one row in color A continuing to use the Mesh Stitch. Pull through with Gray at the end of the row.
For the rest of the blanket: Work 13 rows in Gray and 1 row in Color A or B or C, repeating the colors 3 times.
Before beginning the border, weave in all the ends. Mark the last stitch and come back to it as the first 3 rounds of the border are done in grey.
ROUND 1: Coming back to the last marked stitch, CH 1 and turn. Work one row of Mesh Stitch across the top. Work 3 SC into the first corner. Work 1 SC, CH 1, per each 2 rows on the sides of the blanket. Work 3 SC into each corner. Join with a slip stitch to the starting CH 1. CH 1 and turn.
ROUND 2: Work the Mesh Stitch around the blanket working 3 SC into the middle SC of the previous round. Always join with a slip stitch, ch 1 and turn.
Tip: As you work each corner, you will look ahead and work either SC or CH 1 to continue the mesh stitch pattern. Sometimes there will be 2 SC in a row as you work around a corner. But if there are 3 in a row in the row below, you’ll know you can SC, CH 1, SC to get the mesh stitch continuing around.
ROUND 3: Repeat round 2, pull through with Teal.
ROUNDS 4 – 10: Repeat round 2 instructions using Teal. Tie off and weave in all the ends.
For the SLOTH applique:
I used a pattern from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. I substituted the eyes and made my own knots with black yarn. I used Fools Gold for the body, the Teal for the tree and Clear Blue Water for the leaves. I also used a bit of Ivory I had on hand for the face.
I used my tapestry needle to attach the sloth to the blanket being careful to sew to the top layer of the blanket so you can’t see the stitches on the other side. When making each piece of the sloth, leave yourself long tails and use those to sew with. I sewed the tree first, then the sloth body, then the head, then the leaves.
Here’s the other blankets we’ve made to go with Benson’s books:
We are happy to have this one to add to the collection! Thank you for stopping by! If you make the sloth blanket come and show us! Post a photo on Instagram and use the #daisyfarmcrafts.