Block Stitch Baby Blankie!

Isn't it exciting when someone you know is having a baby!  

In my case its the anticipation of a cute and cuddly new human entering the world to cuddle, spoil and create for!  I was super lucky recently that two different friends were expecting the addition of new humans to their families.  This meant that I had the perfect excuse to make something cute for them using some scrumptious yarn.

 

 

 

As a general rule when I create something for newborns I tend to use either cotton or acrylic yarns.  Why?  Because of the risk of allergies and sensitivities, acrylic yarns are hypoallergenic and cottons are generally better for sensitive skin (although not in all cases).

For the first blanket the gender had been revealed and a colour scheme chosen.  I decided to make the 6 Day Kid Blanket by Betty McKnit made in Fiddlesticks Superb 8 (White 01, Marle Grey 25 & Baby Pink 57).  

I did the squared version mainly because I prefer the finish and did a simple border of half treble crochet (hdc in US terms) then three rows of half treble crochet in the third loop which I think gives a lovely flat border.  

I also changed colours between each second and third row of the repeat to get this pattern.

 

 

For my second baby blanket I decided to do something a little different.  I used Fiddlesticks Superb 8 in White combined with Bernat Baby Sport Big Ball in Baby Baby.  I wanted to do something a little bit fun so I decided to create a blanket using block stitch and allowing the colours of the yarn to flow.  It created a gorgeous wave of colour in the blanket that I really love!

When I started putting it together I was cutting the yarn at the end of each row....I hate sewing in ends!  So not long into the blanket I changed to carry the yarn as I went.  Much easier and minimised the need to worry about so many ends...win/win!

 

 

Have you seen the size of the Bernat Baby Sport Big Ball?  They are huge - 280g and 918 metres!  I only needed only ball for my Block Stitch Baby Blanket (BSBB) and had enough left over for a little something extra!

 

What you'll need:

Stitches Used:

UK terms used throughout.

slip stitch

chain

skip stitch

stitch

double crochet

half treble crochet

treble crochet

 

Row 1:

  • In colour 1 do a starting chain in multiples of 3 plus 1 chain at the end. 
  • Try not to make the chain too tight to start with.
  • For my BSBB I did 99 +1 (100).

 

Row 2:

  • Chain 1,
  • 1 double crochet into the second chain from the hook,
  • 1 double crochet 1 into the next chain.
  • *Chain 2 and skip two chains, 1 double crochet into the next chain. 
  • Repeat from * across the row.
  • 1 double crochet into the last stitch changing yarn to colour 2.
  • Chain 2 and turn your work.

 

Row 3:

You will be carrying colour 1 in this row - make sure you hold colour 1 behind your work and 'catch' it in your stitches to hide it.

In colour 2.

  • 1 treble crochet in the same stitch as the turning chains.
  • Skip the double crochet and 3 treble crochet in the chain 2 space. 
  • Continue crocheting 3 treble crochet into each chain 2 space until the end of the row finishing with 1 treble crochet into the last stitch and changing yarn to colour 1.
  • Chain 1 and turn your work.

 

Row 4:

You will be carrying colour 2 in this row - make sure you hold colour 2 behind your work and 'catch' it in your stitches to hide it.

In colour 1.

  • 1 double crochet in the same stitch as the turning chain.
  • 1 double crochet in the space before the next 3 treble crochet.

 

 

  • *Chain 2, skip 3 trebles, 1 double crochet in the next space between the treble crochet groups..
  • Repeat from * across the row.  Work the last stitch into the last stitch of the row changing to colour 2.  
  • Chain 2 and turn your work. 

 

Row 5: 

You will be carrying colour 1 in this row - make sure you hold colour 1 behind your work and 'catch' it in your stitches to hide it. 

Try to 'catch' the carried yarn from the previous round in the chain 2 spaces.

In colour 2.

  • 1 treble crochet in the same stitch as the turning chains.
  • Skip the double crochet and 3 treble crochet in the chain 2 space. 
  • Continue crocheting 3 treble crochet into each chain 2 space until the end of the row finishing with 1 treble crochet into the last stitch and changing yarn to colour 1.
  • Chain 1 and turn your work.

 

 

Repeat rows 4-5 until you reach the length you are happy with. 

Weave in ends.

 

The Border. 

For the border I used the Superb 8 in white before creating my 'pom pom' border and worked the borders in rounds without turning my work.

Round 1:

  • Join colour 1 in any corner with a standing double crochet (crystals and crochet has a fabulous tutorial if you need help). Chain 2 and 1 double crochet in the same space.
  • 1 double crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • 1 double crochet, chain 2, 1 double crochet in each corner.
  • repeat for remaining sides of the blanket joining with a slip stitch to the first standing double crochet.

Round 2:

  • Slip stitch into the corner space.
  • Chain 4 and place stitch marker in the second chain (counts as 1 half treble crochet and chain 2).
  • 1 half treble crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • 1 half treble crochet, chain 2, 1 half treble crochet in each corner space.
  • repeat for remaining sides of the blanket joining with a slip stitch to the chain with the stitch marker.

Round 3:

  • Slip stitch into the corner space.
  • Chain 4 and place stitch marker in the second chain (counts as 1 half treble crochet and chain 2).
  • 1 half treble crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • 1 half treble crochet, chain 2, 1 half treble crochet in each corner space.
  • repeat for remaining sides of the blanket joining with a slip stitch to the chain with the stitch marker.

Round 4:

  • Slip stitch into the corner space.
  • Chain 4 and place stitch marker in the second chain (counts as 1 half treble crochet and chain 2).
  • 1 half treble crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • 1 half treble crochet, chain 2, 1 half treble crochet in each corner space.
  • repeat for remaining sides of the blanket joining with a slip stitch to the chain with the stitch marker.

Round 5:

  • Slip stitch into the corner space.
  • Chain 3 and place stitch marker in the second chain (counts as 1 double crochet and chain 2).
  • 1 double crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • 1 double crochet, chain 2, 1 double crochet in each corner space.
  • repeat for remaining sides of the blanket joining with a slip stitch to the chain with the stitch marker.

Finish and weave in ends.

 

Pom Pom Border

To add the pom pom border it is the same process as I use in my 'Running Circles Around My Auntie Blanket'.

I have written instructions and a quick little video tutorial here.

Your Block Stitch Baby Blanket is finished!

 

 

I had a little left over from my BSBB and decided to make a cute little addition to match the blanket.  I love really simple and cute crochet toys for babies that can be drooled on and easily thrown in the wash.  Spin A Yarn Crochet has some of the cutest patterns and I made her gorgeous Chubby Elephant to match my BSBB with the leftover yarn.

If you would like to make her scrumptious little elephant you can find it here.

 

 

You are welcome to share the pattern, however please acknowledge that the design belongs to Yarn Me Calm respecting my rights as a designer, thank you!

I do my best to make sure that there aren't any errors but hey, I'm human!  If you do find any bugs in the pattern please don't hesitate to contact me via email so I can iron them out!

I am not perfect so I definitely make mistakes!

If you have questions about this pattern, please contact me at

andrea@yarnmecalm.com.au

 

I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Andrea x