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Patchwork Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

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Patchwork Baby Blanket
designed by Kim Guzman © Nov. 2015
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Technique: Regular Crochet

Finished Size

38″ x 38″

Materials

  • (A) Lion Brand Ice Cream* (100% acrylic, DK weight, 394 yds per 100g): 4 skeins, shown in Tutti Frutti
  • (B) Lion Brand Jamie (100% acrylic, DK weight, 137 yds per 50g): 2 skeins, shown in Little Boy Blue
  • Suggested hook size: H-8 [5mm]
  • Needle (for weaving ends)
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Yarn Note

Although this yarn is classified as a fine weight, it works up more like DK weight for me. If substituting yarn, I would substitute with a DK, not a fine.

Notes

This project is made in join-as-you-go mitered squares. Each square is built on the previous square. The squares are first built into a strip of 17 squares, then there are 17 strips of squares built. You do not cut off after each square (unless you want, of course). The border is applied “sideways” to the blanket, rather than working in rounds. You could also consider it to be a join-as-you-go method.

If you prefer, you can work the entire project in a solid color for a wonderfully textured blanket.

This entire project is worked in back loops throughout. When working the last stitch of a row in back loop only, I prefer to make that last stitch in both loops to retain tension. If your last stitch looks a bit loopy on the edge, try this as well.

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Skills

This blanket is composed of all single crochet in back loops and is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It requires that you work into the sides of rows in addition to the stitches. My testers had the most problem with the Second Square of the First Strip because they were trying to apply preconceived crochet notions to their work. You can’t go in with the thought that you know what’s going on. You have to read the instructions and follow them exactly and then you will get the light bulb moment. For the second square, you chain out, work into the chain and then work into the side of the First Square. I have purposely had you put slip stitches across one edge of the First Square so that you will know exactly where to put your stitches. It’s all in the pattern, but you have to follow it exactly. Trust the pattern.

Gauge

Each square measures approximately 2″.

Special Stitches

Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog): [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through] 3 times, yarn over, pull through 4 loops on hook.

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Crochet Pattern Instructions

First Square

Use yarn A throughout body of project. B is only used for border.

Row 1: Ch 16, sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch, turn: 15 sc.

Row 2: Working in back loops only here and throughout entire project, ch 1, sc in 6 sc, sc3tog, sc in 6 sc, turn: 13 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 5 sc, sc3tog, sc in 5 sc, turn: 11 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in 4 sc, sc3tog, sc in 4 sc, turn: 9 sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 3 sc, sc3tog, sc in 3 sc, turn: 7 sc.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in 2 sc, sc3tog, sc in 2 sc, turn: 5 sc.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in 1 sc, sc3tog, sc in 1 sc, turn: 3 sc.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc3tog, do not turn.

Second Square

Note: Work slip stitches loosely so as to not buckle the fabric.

Row 1: Currently at row 8 of previous square, without turning, ch 1, work 8 slip stitch along side of square, ch 9, sc in second ch from hook and in next 6 ch, sk next ch, turn work to begin working along side of square where the 8 slip stitches were just worked, work 8 sc evenly across side of square (where slip stitches were previously worked), turn: 15 sc.

Rep rows 2-8 of First Square.

Rep Second Square until 17 squares completed in total for First Strip of squares, do not fasten off.

Next Strip of Squares

Row 1: Currently at row 8 of last square of first strip, ch 9, sc in second ch from hook and in next 6 ch, sk next ch, turn to begin working along top of square below across long edge of Strip, work 8 sc evenly across top of square below, turn: 15 sc.

Rep rows 2-8 of First Square.

Next Square

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, work 15 sc evenly across side of last square made and top of square below, turn: 15 sc.

Rep rows 2-8 of First Square.

Rep Next Square until 17 squares completed in total, do not fasten off.

Rep Strip of Squares until 17 strips completed in total, do not fasten off.

Border Set Up

Discontinue working in back loops only for this round.

Ch 1, *3 sc in corner, 7 sc worked evenly across side of first square, [8 sc worked evenly across side of next square] to corner, rep from * 3 times more, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Border

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Row 1: With B, join with sl st to any third sc of 3-sc corner of Border Set Up, ch 7, sc in second ch from hook and in remaining 5 ch, sk sc of joining and next sc from Border Set Up, sl st in next sc from Border Set Up, turn.

Row 2: Working in back loops here and throughout, sc in 6 sc just worked, turn: 6 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 6 sc just worked, sk 1 sc from Border Set Up, sl st in next sc from Border Set Up, turn: 6 sc.

Rep rows 2-3 to first sc of 3-sc corner.

Make Corner

Next row: Sc in 6 sc just worked, turn: 6 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sc in 6 sc just worked, sl st in second sc of 3-sc corner of Border Set Up, turn: 6 sc.

Next row: Sc in 6 sc just worked, turn: 6 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sc in 5 sc, turn, leaving remaining sc unworked: 5 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next 4 sc, turn: 4 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sc in 3 sc, turn, leaving remaining sc unworked: 3 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next 2 sc, turn: 2 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, work 6 sc evenly along entire edge of last 5 rows, sl st in third sc of 3-sc corner of Border Set Up, turn.

Next row: Sc in 6 sc just worked, turn: 6 sc.

Next row: Ch 1, sc in 6 sc just worked, turn: 6 sc.

Rep rows 2-3 throughout, making Corner at each corner, fasten off. Note that, on the last corner, the last 2 rows of corner were already worked at the beginning, when the Border was started.

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Finishing

With yarn needle, seam the first row of the border to the last row of the border. Weave in ends carefully.

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