Monday, May 20, 2013

Crochet around a Baby Blanket

One of the things I really enjoy doing is crocheting, especially around a baby blanket.  I love to give them as gifts.  It is so relaxing to me, because my brain can slow down and focus on something I have complete control of.   It is also a great thing to take with me to the hours of ballet and swimming lessons that I am waiting around for.   I am always looking for a easy pattern, I thought I would share a few of them with you.

This is some of the recent fabric I just bought at our local Wal-mart.  In our area they put all their flannel on sale twice a year.  Once in the spring and then again in the fall.  So I bought these cute boy fabrics.  Then I take them to someone who does hemstitching, and have them sew the blankets together.  This is way cheaper than if I were to purchase a kit at our local craft store.  Which once in awhile I do, but that is rarely.

When I am all finished crocheting, I like to roll them up and tie with toile.  Then they are all ready for when I need a baby gift.

This is one of my most favorite edges.  It is super easy.  It's all single crochet, but you do have to go around the blanket 4 times to be finished. 

Basket Handle stich
Here is the Pattern
Row 1 
First SC in each hemstitched hole around the entire blanket.  Join with a SS to beginning SC.  CH 1, do not turn.  
Row 2
SC in each SC around the blanket.  Join with a SS to beginning SC. CH 1, do not turn.
Row 3
SC in the next three SC; then CH 4, skip one SC, repeat.  Join with a SS to beginning SC; CH1, do not turn
Row 4
Skip forst SC,  *SC in next SC, skip next SC; then 8 SC in CH-4 space; skip next SC; repeat from* around.  Join to first SC with a SS. Finish off.

This is the basic shell stitch,  I love this one. 
First Row:
Single Crochet around the entire blanket for a foundation row, if you want to.  You don't have to if you want to be done faster or not use as much thread.  This picture has a foundation row done on it.  You actually could do a second foundation row if you want to as well.  It's fun do it in a different color then bounce back to original color for the last time around doing the shells.
Second Row:
Single Crochet in the first single crochet, *skip next single crochet, then do 5 Double crochet in the base of the next single crochet, skip next single crochet, single crochet in the next single crochet*.  repeat from * to * all the way around the blanket.  Finish off.

I hope you enjoy these patterns I have shared today with you.  What do you like to crochet?  Have any simple pattern you love to use?  Check back later and I'll share some more.

Keeping it Simple