This is a dream come true! For years I have attended the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) in Los Angeles, collecting signed copies of my friends’ picture books.
I would have the books be made out to my future grandchildren in hopes that one day I would be able to read the books to them. And now with baby Jack, my dream is finally true.
I’m so excited for my friend Annelouise and her newest picture book *JULIUS AND MACY A VERY BRAVE NIGHT.
She sent me a copy and I was thrilled to design and make a matching blanket for Jack.
The illustrations are beautiful and remind me of a night sky. Annelouise has sprinkled little stars throughout the book, so I wanted to feature them on the blanket.
Jack seemed to like them too! Her book is a darling story of two friends on a nighttime adventure. “With its endearing characters, this gently told tale reminds us that we each have courage within us and that kindness can make all the difference.”
For a copy of JULIUS AND MACY A VERY BRAVE NIGHT click here.
Half Double Crochet (HDC): Yarn over, insert your hook, yarn over pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through all three loops.
HDC in the bottom front loop or some may call this the third loop: Yarn over and insert your hook up and under the bottom front loop of the HDC stitch in the row below and work the HDC as normal.
HDC in the back loop: Yarn over and insert your hook under the back loop of the HDC in the row below and work HDC as normal.
Double Crochet (DC): Yarn over, insert your hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through final two loops on hook.
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC): Work double crochet around the post of the stitch in the row below inserting your hook from front to back and back to the front, popping the post forward.
Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC): Work double crochet around the post of the stitch in the row below inserting your hook from back to front and front to back, popping the post to the back of the work.
(Blanket size 28 x 28 inches)
(Each skein is 140 g/4.9 oz, 244 m/267 yds, 4 weight polyester)
Size I, 5.5 mm hook
With Beluga chain 123. (For a larger blanket use any odd number)
ROW 1: Begin in the 3rd chain from the hook. Work 1 HDC. 1 HDC in each chain across the row. Ch 2 and turn.
ROW 2: Begin in the first stitch of the row. (The turning chain does not count as a stitch). *Work 1 front bottom loop HDC. 1 back loop HDC. Repeat from * across the row. The last stitch of the row should be a front bottom loop HDC. Pull through with new color (sky blue) on the last step of the stitch. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2 instructions. Pull through with Beluga at the end of row 4.
(TIP: You may carry the yarn up the side of the blanket instead of cutting the color after each row. Simply pull through with the new color gently keeping the tension up the side of the blanket.)
Continue alternating colors every 2 rows.
When blanket reaches approximately 26 inches square, end with a Beluga colored row, but on the last stitch pull through with Sky Blue to begin the border. Ch 2 and turn.
Work HDC into each stitch across the row, work 3 HDC into each corner, work 1 HDC at the end of each row, join with a slip stitch to beginning HDC and change color to Beluga. Ch 2, do not turn or cut Sky Blue.
Continue in the same direction. *Work 1 FPDC around next HDC, work 1 BPDC around next HDC. Repeat from * across the row and along the sides. For the corners: Work “DC, CH 1, DC.” Join with a slip stitch at the end of the round and pull through with Sky Blue. CH 2 continue in the same direction.
Work FPDC around FPDC and BPDC around BPDC. Work “DC, CH 1, DC” around the ch 1 spaces of the corners. (Make sure and work the DC of the row below that makes the corner in the FP or BP that keeps the sequence alternating correctly.)
Work 2 more rounds in the same manner or however rounds you would like. Join and tie off.
Work Magic Circle or sometimes called Magic Ring (If you don’t know how, chain 3 and join to make a small circle, then ch 1 and begin with 7 SC into the circle.)
Work 7 SC around the magic ring. Join with a slip stitch. Ch 1
Continue in the same direction, 2 SC into each SC (14 sc), join.
*Chain 6. In second chain from hook, work 1 slip stitch. SC in next ch, HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, TC in next ch, skip 2 SC, slip stitch into the next. Repeat from * 4 more times. (on last triangle of star you will only skip 1 SC instead of 2. Slip stitch to beginning sl st.)
Work one round of slip stitch into each stitch around.
Leave long tails to use to sew the stars onto the blanket.
Weave in any ends with your tapestry needle.
I hope you enjoy making this blanket! I loved using Bernat Bundle Up! It’s a new yarn from Yarnspirations that is so soft and cozy. I will definitely be using it again.
Thank you for stopping by. Here’s the *link to purchase Annelouise’s book JULIUS AND MACY A VERY BRAVE NIGHT. I’m so proud to know her and to celebrate her artwork and love of story!
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