Hi there! Hannah here. We are starting to run out of names for our baby blankets, so I’m calling this one the Unicorn Stripes Baby Blanket, mostly because of the magical names of Yarnspirations’ Bernat velvet yarn colors I used like Cuddly Cloud, Ever After Pink and Joyful Gold, but also because I’m pretty sure if I had a pet unicorn its fur would feel like this amazing baby velvet yarn. 🙂
This is only my second blanket I’ve done using this yarn and I absolutely love how soft and amazing it turns out, though I know a lot of people get concerned about washability when using yarn like this. Since this is Baby Velvet and not the regular velvet yarn, it is machine washable, so for this blanket I followed the instructions on the label and washed it on a delicate cycle with cold water by itself in a mesh laundry bag. Then I put it in the dryer for about thirty minutes on Very Low heat and it turned out fine.
I did have some loops come a little loose after I washed it in places where I didn’t pay attention to my tension, so you do want to make sure you keep your stitches tight with this yarn so that you don’t have any loose loops that come up! So if you tend to be a really loose crocheter you may want to go down a hook size, or just do your best to keep your tension tight throughout the whole blanket.
This blanket uses the mesh stitch, which I will explain how to do in the pattern below, but you can also watch a video demonstration of this stitch if you want to learn it before you get started!
(Finished Size appx. 30 in. x 40 in)
Size H/8 5.00mm Hook
Chain 126 (or any even number) with Cuddly Cloud.
ROW 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and CH 1. Skip one chain, then SC, CH 1. Skip the next chain and continue the pattern of SC, CH 1, SK 1 all the way across. Your last stitch in the final chain should be a SC. CH 1 and turn.
ROW 2: SC into the SC you just made on the row below. CH 1, skip the chain space, SC into the SC. Repeat the sequence all the way across. Ending again with a SC in the last SC. CH 1 and turn.
Repeat row 2 for the remainder of the blanket.
Here is the color pattern I used:
6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Seafoam, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Ever After Pink, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Joyful Gold, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Misty Gray,
Then, 40 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Misty Gray, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Joyful Gold, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Ever After Pink, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud, 6 rows Seafoam, 6 rows Cuddly Cloud.
When you are changing colors, you’ll want to pull through with the new color on the last SC of the row, when you still have two loops left on your hook. Then you’ll chain 1 and turn with the new color.
After you reach your desired blanket size, tie off and weave in all your ends with a tapestry needle.
After I finished my blanket, I decided to add a front and back post double crochet ribbing border.
ROW 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 3. DC around the entire blanket, working 3 DCs into each corner stitch.
ROW 2 -3: When you reach the corner you started with, work 3 DCs into the corner, then go around the blanket again, this time alternating front and back post double crochet. A front post DC means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work your DC. A back post DC means you insert your hook from the back to the front and work a DC.
When you get to the corners of this row, you will want to continue the pattern of alternating front and back post double crochet, but you will work three stitches around the corner post.
So, for example, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a front post DC, then work a front post DC, a back post DC, and a front post DC 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 (in this example, you would work a back post DC).
I hope that is not too confusing! Just remember that you are always alternating front and back post double crochet around the whole blanket, you just happen to be working three of those stitches around the same post when you are working the corners.
ROW 4: Work 1 row of SC in each stitch around the blanket, working 3 SCs into each corner. When you reach the corner, you started with, slip stitch into the corner and tie off.
Thanks so much for coming to read this pattern and best of luck with your blanket! When you’ve finished please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see!