Free Pattern | Superbly Simple Baby Blanket

What’s a crochet designer to do when they are having a baby – design a new blanket pattern of course! So without further ado I’d like to introduce my new free pattern to you; the Superbly Simple Baby Blanket. The great thing about this blanket is that it works up quickly and looks more complicated than it actually is!  This baby blanket is a great for beginning crocheters to use for their very first crocheted afghans.

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Worked in double knit this lightweight blanket is easy to memorise making it a perfect pattern for relaxing hooky time! However you may use any yarn type and hook size of your choice with this pattern (it’s that simple) so no need to worry about meeting a specific gauge.

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Make it a baby sized blanket, as shown, or go as big as you like by simply adding more rounds! The addition of a simple border finishes off the blanket nicely.  

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For my blanket I used Stylecraft Special DK from my stash, which is lovely and soft, in white, lemon and grey – great unisex colours when you aren’t sure if it’s a boy or girl (which we didn’t). There are so many options for how you could arrange colours on this blanket and it would also make a fab stash buster for using up odds and ends. 

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This pattern is definitely my new favourite go-to blanket for new babies or a last minute baby shower gift. 

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Little Miss certainly loves her blanket.

Click the following link to add the Superbly Simple Baby Blanket to your 💗 Favourites and Ravelry Queue or keep scrolling for the pattern.  For a print friendly version of this page please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on  the Print & PDF button.

Pattern:

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Yarn: Weight #3; 4 x 100 g / 1200 m / 1300 yards 

Hook: 4 mm / US size G

Gauge:  6 tr/dc sts or 2 clusters = 1.5 inches / 3.8 cm

Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Size: 36 x 36 inches / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

Make it a baby  sized blanket, as shown, or go as big as you like by simply adding more rounds!

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double crochet / US single            crochet
  • tr/dc = UK treble / US double crochet
  • Cl = 3 tr/dc
  • V-St= 1 tr/dc, ch 1, 1 tr/dc
  • [ ] = work pattern in brackets into 1 st

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, draw through both loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Pattern:

Rnd 1: With YARN A, Ch 4, sl st to form a ring, sl st into the ring, ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 2 tr/dc into the ring, ch 3, * 3 tr/dc into the ring, ch 3*, repeat from * to * twice more, sl st to top of ch 3 to join, then sl st to the nearest ch 3 corner (12 sts + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 2:  [1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp], * ch 3, [1dc/sc, ch 3, 1 dc/sc] into the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, ch 3, sl st to top of beginning dc/sc to join, sl st to the next ch 3 sp (8 sts, + 8 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 3: [Ch 4 (counts as first tr/dc + ch), 1 tr/dc ch 3, 1 V-St into the ch 3 sp], * 1 V-St, in the next ch 3 sp [1 V-St, ch 3, 1 V St] into the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 V-St in the last ch sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4 to join, sl st to the next ch 3 sp  (12 V-Sts + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 4: [Ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 2 tr/dc , ch 3, 1 Cl into the ch 3 sp], * 1 Cl between each of the 2 V-Sts of row 3 (there should be TWO Cl in-between each corner), [1 Cl, ch 3, 1 Cl] on the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 Cl between each of the 2 V-Sts of row 3, sl st to top of ch 3 to join, then sl st to the nearest ch 3 corner (16 Cls + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 5: [1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp], * ch 3, 1 dc/sc between each of the 2 Cl’s of row 4 (there should be THREE ch 3 + dc/sc in-between each corner), [1 dc/sc, ch 3, 1 dc/sc] on the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 dc/sc between each of the 2 Cl’s of row 4, sl st to top of the first dc/sc to join, then sl st into the ch 3 sp (20 dc/sc + 20 x 3 ch sps)

Note: Rnds 3 – 5 make up the repeats of this  pattern. You will just increase either the number of V-Sts (rnd 3) or Cl (rnd 4), chs (rnd 5) in-between each corner.

Continue working rows until you have worked 47 rows in total.

For the blanket shown in the photos I worked the following colour change repeats; YARN A: 9 rows, YARN B: 9 rows, YARN C: 6 rows

Edging:

Begin edging in any sp between Cls; * [dc/sc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc] into same sp * repeat from * to * in each sp around the edge and in each corner.

Autumn Days

I love this time of year! I like the fact that it’s time to get out the hats, scarves and gloves. It’s time for comfort food, bonfires, conkers,  Halloween and the red, orange, greens and golds of autumn leaves. 

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I know some people find Halloween offensive but I have always viewed it as a bit of harmless fun where children can dress up, play games and enjoy themselves.  It’s believed that Halloween actually comes from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, which was a celebration of the end of the harvest season, and as we slip and trip into the misery, coldness and ice that is winter (you might guess I’m not a fan!) why shouldn’t we have a bit of fun I say!

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Little G absolutely loves Halloween it’s probably her most favourite day (after her birthday) and she pretty much talks about it all year round asking how many days until the next one is (this usually starts the day after the last one has ended).  For her Halloween is totally about dressing up and playing jokes. As it’s been half term week here the children have been off school so there have been plenty of places to visit which offer Halloween / Autumn activities.

We took a trip to Moseley Old Hall with my mum and dad to do some pumpkin carving which was good and messy. The excellent thing about pumpkin carving is the innards being transformed into warming pumpkin soup served with crusty garlic bread (yummmm).  

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Children were encouraged to dress up and the house and woods were great fun for exploring.  They have a really awesome tree house in the woods and Little G enjoyed building some dens out of logs, rope and stones with her grandparents.

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It was the best sort of Autumn day, a bit chilly but dry with a bright blue sky and crunchy leaves underfoot.   I think we all enjoyed a walk in the crisp air to blow the cobwebs away!

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Another day we went with some family friends to a trick or treat village where Little G was a cute cat and Little Miss an adorable pumpkin.

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The hat pattern is the Pumpkin-Top Earflap Hat by Kimberlie Goodnough. I’ve made it a few times now, it’s such a fun hat to make, quick to hook up and just perfect for Halloween / Autumn.  I did change the pattern slightly; I didn’t add the ear-flaps on this occasion and just added a scalloped trim to finish it off. 

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The yarn I used was Stylecraft Special Aran in Spice and Meadow which are just perfect pumpkin colours. 

So now Halloween has passed it’s on wards to bonfire night! I need to finish off some new winter hat designs for my girls before the weekend so I’d better get on with it as hats unfortunately (as much as it would be amazing if they did) don’t crochet themselves!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Pattern Release: Daisy Chain Flourish Blanket

I’m proud to introduce my next blanket; it’s been a work in progress for awhile now as it’s most certainly the most ambitious project size wise I have ever designed as I have included details how to make the blanket from bassinet to king sized in three different weight yarns (4 ply, 8 ply and 10 ply) phew!  

This is my Daisy Chain Flourish Blanket…

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Worked in 4ply cotton as shown this vintage style blanket has the makings of a family heirloom. Or make it in bright soft baby double knit or aran for a delightful summer blanket for baby. Worked in strong bold colours a king-sized blanket would be a statement piece in any room.

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There are many options for how you could arrange colours on this blanket. Use a darker colour as an outline for a stained glass window effect combined with a bright or muted palette or try contrasting colours on different rows.

The motifs work up quickly with simple stitches that make it the perfect pattern for advanced beginners looking to expand their crochet techniques.

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Click here to add the Daisy Chain Flourish to your Favourites and Ravelry Queue. 

AND to celebrate the release of the pattern I’m  a 40% discount on Ravelry for a week (no coupon needed) so grab yourself a copy quick!

Happy Hooking!

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Pattern release: Spot the Giraffe Blanket

Now I think I’ve said before that custom orders are completely my most favourite thing to make!  I love the challenge!  So when I received an order for a giraffe blanket I was super excited.  The customer was happy for me to come up with something ‘giraffy’ but knew they wanted a yellow and brown edge.  So with my design hat on I decided I wanted to do an Afghan square blanket…

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and after playing around with some yarn I finally got the giraffe ‘face’ I was imagining.  

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I’m not going to lie to you, sewing on the bits of the face takes dedication but I’m sure you’ll agree that the end result is worth it – my testers recommend sewing on as you go along rather than leaving it all to the end!

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I must have changed my mind about the edge a kajillion times until I found something that ‘worked’ with the squares but I am so pleased with the end result!  Though now that it’s finished I’m going to have to give it up to it’s new owner baby Thomas for his jungle themed Nursery…I might have to wrestle it off my little one first!

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Pattern will be released shortly over on Ravelry and Craftsy and as always feature UK and US crochet terminology.  I’ll also be having a competition over on my Facebook page to celebrate the release so make sure you pop by for a chance to win yourself a copy!

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Pattern Release: Butterfly Dreams Car Seat & Swaddle Blanket

Custom orders always result in excitement for me!  I love the challenge!  So when I received an order for my chunky newborn caterpillar cocoon set but a girl version I automatically just though butterfly!  But I really wanted to design something that wouldn’t just be a photo prop but something that could be used afterwards.  It was talking to another mummy one day that she mentioned that finding small blankets just to cover up baby in a car seat were difficult to find that the design really formed in my head and the Butterfly Dreams Car Seat and Swaddle Blanket was born!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat--swaddle-blanket

Great for keeping baby’s little legs and feet warm while on the go. This is an intermediate pattern but it’s suitable for advanced beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Pattern is written in UK and US terms and includes explanations of all stitches and abbreviations.

The butterfly blanket is also the right size for a swaddle blanket which can help some baby’s sleep through the night by making them feel safe and secure like when in the womb. The crochet design means that the blanket will retain heat but also keep baby/child cool if needed.

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The colour combinations truly are endless. I love the colour combinations that my pattern testers came up with. The pink, yellow and green above was made by Crazy Leggies

Dianne V added a couple of extra stripes in the bottom of hers which I love …

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and Loopy Hooky Crochet made the fabulous variegated yarn butterfly below which I so need to make myself!

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I’m having a giveaway to celebrate the pattern release over on my Facebook page BUT if you can’t wait till then the pattern is now available on Craftsy & Ravelry – Make sure to save it as a favourite / add to your wishlist! Plus special offer on Ravelry buy Butterfly Dreams Car Seat & Swaddle Blanket and get Chunky Newborn Caterpillar Cocoon Set / Sleep-Sack / Photo Prop Set for HALF PRICE (offer ends Friday 23 May)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat–swaddle-blanket

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Special thanks goes to all the babies (and mummies) for the wonderful photos of their little ones snoozing under the butterfly dreams blankets!

What comes first, the yarn or the crochet?

What comes first, the yarn or the crochet? What an interesting question and I have to say with me it’s definitely a bit of both. Mainly I would say I have an idea and then I find my yarn but there are certainly times when the yarn picks me.  I end up buying some yarn just because it ‘speaks to me’ and although I don’t have a particular project in mind at the time I will add it to my (ever-growing) stash for the future.  

There are some balls lingering in ‘The Stash’ (it deserves the capital letters!) that have been there for a fair while now but I still just haven’t found out what they were meant to be (their time will come), however I did find the perfect use for a 100g ball of James Brett ‘Flutterby’ Chunky, which is a chenille type of yarn, which I had picked up some time ago due to its super softness and squishability (that is a word!).  What came out of the yarn was ‘Nanuk’ the Polar Bear lovey designed with the yarn in mind to create the most snuggly lovey ever…

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I love how this little guy turned out!  But I’m not going to lie to you, this yarn can be tricky to work with to ‘count’ stitches.  That said all my testers agree; you can’t beat how cuddlesome this lovey is made with a yarn like this.  

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The Nanuk pattern is currently with my lovely tester group with a release date of 21st March 2014 when the pattern will be available on Craftsy and Ravelry – as always I will also do a pattern giveaway to celebrate the release over on my Facebook page.  

Now I just need to pop this Nanuk in the post for a new baby girl (welcome to the world baby Edith). 

And for anyone that has never heard of James Brett Flutterby or you are in the US/Canada/Australia and have trouble getting hold of that yarn, here are some alternatives that you could try:

If you make up the pattern with a different soft and chunky yarn I would love to hear so I can add it to the list above.

Me and Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine

Magazines

Too Yarn Cute Crochet  is an on-line crochet magazine that I discovered through Facebook. In a PDF format it allows you to bookmark a section to take you to the pattern you want and includes links straight to the designers stores (though that bit hasn’t been so great for my pattern addiction!!!).  It’s a Quarterly Magazine, with issues for each season of the year so you don’t have that ‘long’ wait between issues you get with some of the more conventional crochet magazines and they also have “Speciality” Issues for those in-between months.  If you are on Facebook make sure to give their page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page. The magazine itself has featured patterns from many of my favourite designers and has introduced me to new designers that I hadn’t yet discovered.  

I was invited to write an article for their Christmas edition which became ‘Six Ways to Keep Calm during the Holidays’ and included tips for those trying to manage a crochet business and family and friends at the busiest time of year.  I really enjoyed my little foray into crochet journalism and was super excited when I was shortly asked to be the featured designer of the Winter 2013 edition.       

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It turned out to be a fabulous experience for me personally as well as a challenge.  I wanted to design new things that I hadn’t done before and this provided me with the perfect platform to get my creative juices flowing! I put on my thinking cap and eventually 4 brand new designs were born for the issue; Mr Croc Hand Puppet, Russian Doll Afghan Square (There just had to be a square pattern!), Ice-Flash Men’s Hat and Cowl Set and Loopy Ridges Boot Cuffs (Toddler to Adult).

After all that fun you can bet your bottom dollar that I jumped at the chance to do something for their forthcoming baby edition!  Now I love, love, love blankets and had an idea floating around in my head for a while about a blanket with elephants so it seemed that what was eventually created was destined to be!  Allow me to introduce my ‘Elephant’s On Parade’ baby blanket! 

I do love the versatility of this blanket, I made it in blue but my testers made one in pink for a baby girl and ones in yellow and rainbow colours (see photos on my Facebook page) for occasions where baby’s gender is a surprise.

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The Elephant On Parade Blanket is now available from here: http://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/3049/3715

As well as the Elephant’s On Parade baby blanket in the Baby Issue of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine I’m also offering 20% discount on all my Ravelry patterns to readers – code in the magazine.