Essentials Baby Blanket
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I made this beauty with Red Heart Soft Essentials.
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This blanket has an interesting texture and beautiful border that elevate it from an ordinary one to extraordinary. I designed it in bold stripes of color, but it is meant to be customized to your taste. Adjust the stripes however you like or make it solid and let the texture shine through. It works up so fast and is so soft in this bulky yarn (the whole thing took me 5 hours). I made the sample approximately 36″ square but it’s easy to adjust sizing, so you can make it smaller or larger!
Size: Approximately 36” x 36” – Size is easily adjustable.
Red Heart Soft Essentials Bulky Weight Yarn (131 yards per skein):
- Color 1 (greyhound) – 2 skeins
- Color 2 (white) – 2 skeins
- Color 3 (peony) – 1 skein
- Color 4 (misty rose) – 1 skein
Gauge: Gauge is not critical for this project, but I got approximately 12 sts x 9 rows in 4”
Stitch Multiple: The stitch multiple for the body of the blanket is 2 + 1. To change the width of the blanket simply adjust the beginning chain by increments of 2 chains. However, for the border the increment is 6 so be sure to adjust your width or length in increments of 6 stitches for best results.
Abbreviations (US Terms):
dc: double crochet
FP = front post
hdc = half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
tr: treble crochet
- Written in US Standard terms.
- Beginning ch1 does not counts as a stitch.
- Fasten off at each color change.
- Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of the Row/Round.
- Weave ends as you work.
This blanket is designed for you to customize the color changes where you choose, however, if you would like to duplicate the sample that I made, the colors break down as follows:
- Rows 1 to 5: Greyhound
- Rows 6 & 7: White
- Rows 8 to 17: Peony
- Rows 18 & 19: White
- Rows 20 to 23: Greyhound
- Rows 24 & 25: White
- Rows 26 to 39: Misty Rose
- Rows 40 & 41: White
- Rows 42 to 45: Greyhound
- Rows 46 & 47: White
- Rows 48 to 57: Peony
- Rows 58 & 59: White
- Rows 60 to 64: Greyhound
The blanket will have 74 stitches in each row.
Row 1: Ch75, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chs count as hdc) and each ch to end.
Rows 2 to 63: Ch1, turn, hdc first st, *[sc, hdc] in next st, skip 1*, repeat between * to end, hdc in last st.
Row 64 (Right Side Row): Ch1, turn, hdc in each st to end. Fasten off.
Row 1: With right side facing you, join Color 2 in top right corner, ch1, *3sc in corner, skip1, sc to last st, 3 sc in last st (corner), working into side of rows, sc 71 (Size adjustment note: this number will change by increments of 6 if you’ve changed the width or length of the blanket) evenly to next corner *; Repeat between * to end, join with sl st to first sc. Note: to work 71 sc evenly into sides of rows, I work 1 sc into the side of each row and then every 6th row I work 2. (296 sc)
Row 2: Sl st into corner st, ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same st, [dc in next st, skip 2, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next st, skip 2]; repeat between [ ] 11 times, dc next st, *3dc in corner, [dc in next st, skip 2, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next st, skip 2]; repeat between [ ] 11 times, dc next st*. Repeat between * to end, join with sl st to top of beginning ch3.
Row 3: Sl st into corner st, ch3 (counts as dc), 6dc in same st, skip next dc, [FPtr around next dc, skip 2 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2 space, skip 2 dc], repeat between [ ] 11 times, FPtr around next dc, skip next dc, *7dc in corner, skip next dc, [FPtr around next dc, skip 2 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2 space, skip 2 dc], repeat between [ ] 11 times, FPtr around next dc, skip next dc*. Repeat between * to end, join with sl st to top of beginning ch3.
Row 4: Sl st 3 and work into corner st, ch3 (counts as dc), 6dc in same st, skip next dc, FPtr around next dc, dc next dc, [FPtr around next post st, skip 2 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2 space, skip 2 dc], repeat between [ ] 11 times, FPtr around next post st, dc next st, FPtr around next dc, skip next dc, *7dc in corner, skip next dc, FPtr around next dc, dc next dc, [FPtr around next post st, skip 2 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2 space, skip 2 dc], repeat between [ ] 11 times, FPtr around next post st, dc next st, FPtr around next dc, skip next dc*. Repeat between * to end, join with sl st to top of beginning ch3. Fasten off.
Row 5: Join Color 1 in any corner, ch1, *5hdc in corner, sc next 3 dc, FPhdc around next post st, sc next dc, [FPhdc around next post st, sc next 2 dc, 3hdc in ch2 space, sc next 2 dc], repeat between [ ] 11 times, FPhdc around next post st, sc next dc, FPhdc around next post st, sc next 3 dc*. Repeat between * to end, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
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I’m fairly new to crocheting but I wanted to give it a go and make a blanket for my nephew. I just finished the blanket and I’m about to start the border but I’m a little confused with some of the lingo and instructions. Specifically, what does it mean when it says “3sc in corner, skip 1, sc to last st, 3 sc in last st (corner)”? Its just hard for me to understand what exactly this is trying to tell me to do.
Welcome to crochet!
In my patterns, when you see a number before a stitch, it means to make that number of stitches in the designated stitch, so 3sc means you will make 3 single crochets in the corner stitch – this allows for a neat turn of the corner. The rest of the instruction means that you will then skip th enext stitch and then single crochet in each stitch to the next corner. Hope that helps to clarify.
It means you need to crochet 3 stitches in one stitch to allow the needed tension when going around a corner.
The instructions are not for the blanket pictured. What is the correct stitch for the body of the blanket?
The pattern is correct as written and consistent with the photo. Please give it a try!
Nancy Hoyes says
At the beginning of Row 4 in the border directions, it says Sl st 3 and work into corner st, …
At the end of row 3, I joined with a slip stitch to the top of beginning ch 3 — but what does sl st 3 mean?
it means to slip stitch in the next 3 stitches so that you will be at a new starting point (corner) for the next round.
Dayna Blackwell says
My stitch for the blanket doesn’t look like this.
What’s the name of that stitch?
It’s a variation of the crunch stitch.
Hi there! I am on the border section of this blanket and I can’t seem to get the 71 SC. I am Consistently getting 74. I followed the pattern with no size adjustments. Any tips???
Please note the 71 stitches on each side do not include the 3 corner stitches in each corner. Also please note there is a skip 1 at the beginning of the sequence to force the stitch count.
71 stitches on each side x 4 sides = 284 stitches
3 stitches on each corner x 4 corners = 12 stitches
Total = 296 stitches
Hema kambli says
Do u have video of this?
Not at this time.
For the blanket section, in order to have the right stitch count wouldn’t it be sc, hdc, ch1, to skip 1, not just sc, hdc, skip 1? I think there is a ch1 missing in the instructions.
No, it’s correct as written. The ch1 is to start a new row, then you hdc in first st, then so the [sc,hdc] in the next st and skip the next, repeat that last part until there is 1 st left and then hdc in that last st. All told, total of 74 stitches. Perhaps you missed the first hdc?
In row 2, what does it mean to “slip l” — skip one what? Maybe this is a silly question, but it does have me stumped! Thank you for reading this.
it means to skip 1 stitch.
Judy Erwin says
If I decided to make this blanket in dk weight yarn, thus having to increase the stitch count; how would I determine how yarn I would need or is there no way to calculate this? Thank you.
You would have to make a swatch (the larger the better, I usually do 12″ square), then determine how much you used and multiply it by the size of the blanket you will be making. So for example, if you made a 12″ square swatch and used 100 yards, and you wanted your finished blanket to be 36″ square you’d need approximately 900 yards. The math looks like this:
12″ square swatch = 144 square inches = 100 yards of yarn
36″ square blanket = 1296 square inches
1296 square inches divided by 144 square inches (swatch) = 9
9 times 100 yards = 900 yards
Hope that helps!
Debra Singleton says
Hello this is Debbie Singleton and I want to try this beautiful pattern essential baby blanket . My problem is I can’t find the yarn you used so I was wondering if I could use 2 strands of sport weight yarn would that be ok if will it be to heavy. Thanks
You could try that and make a gauge swatch to see how close you get. The gauge is not as critical for a blanket as it is for a garment, so it will probably be forgiving.
Thank you!!! It’s a beautiful blanket. I made one before but just did hdc border for a boy but this time it’s for a girl so I want to do the border.
I followed the directions to make the blanket larger “Note: For a wider blanket add chains in increments of 2 to the beginning chain.” Now that I’ve gotten to the border, I can see that increasing in increments of 2 doesn’t work for this part. I’m having trouble figuring out the repeat for the border – is it 6 +4? 6 for pattern repeat, 3 for corner, 1 for last DC before corner? Thanks for any help!
You are correct, the stitch multiple for the body of the blanket is increments of 2 however for round 1 of the border the 71 sc will change by increments of 6 in order to have the border work out properly. I’ve added a few extra notes to the pattern to make this clearer.
How do I download the pattern without all the ads?
There is an ad-free PDF available for purchase in my Ravelry shop – the link is in the post.
That is NOT the blanket you click on in Pinterest. Misleading.
Can you give me the Pinterest link you clicked on please? If there is an error in the link, I’m happy to correct it. I have no intention to mislead anyone.
Hello, I did the blanket and I’m starting the border but I wanted to know if the amounts that you have would change if my blanket is bigger then what you did becasue you say to sc 71 evenly into the next corner. Hope I’m explaining myself right this is the first time i do a blanket reading the pattern. Your instructions for the blanlet were great but I’m just a little unsure about the border.
Yes, you would have to adjust the stitch counts on the border if you changed the size of the blanket.
Love this blanket, but I would like a lapghan size. I know I can increase the width easily enough, but how would that change the rows? Would I just double the amount of rows per color?
It would depend how much bigger you want it. I would figure out how many more rows you want and if you plan on keeping the striping sequence the same as what I had, I might just add a couple few rows of the repeat within the pink and maybe grey bands of color. If you are adding a lot of extra rows you could sections of the lighter pink between the darker pink. It’s really up to you, the blanket is designed to be customized 🙂