Block Stitch Baby Blanket (part 1)
Hello everyone! I’m enjoying the cooler days now in autumn. And mornings in the garden can be nice in the cool weather. I’ve gotten into sitting on the little table mom has in front so I could enjou the weather while I make my crochet projects. I wanted to show you this new project I have started, and share the pattern, but first…to the garden!
A New Blanket
A new project is on my crochet hook! Another friend of mine is due to have her first baby soon, and I wanted to make a blanket for her little one.
I chose the Block Stitch because of how pretty and uniform it looks when you choose a lovely set of colors to make your project with.
Using an “H” hook and worsted weight yarn, I have a gauge of 17 stitches by 10 rows to make a 4×4 inch block. If you aren’t sure how to make this stitch, I’ll lay it out for you here:
1. With the gauge (or your own), choose a length of stitches in multiples of 4, then add 2 more stitches. So in my case, I stitched a foundation chain of 102 stitches (100 + 2). The last 2 stitches will be that extra single crochet you need at the end of each chain row.
2. Single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook. Single crochet in each stitch across. So, that will be 101 stitches. [You can do a foundation row in any stitch you want, I chise a single crochet row though, which is why I added 2 stitches; if you do a half-double crochet row, you would add 3, if a double crochet row, add 4.]
3. Chain Row: turning the other way, single crochet in the first stitch. *Chain 3, skip 3 stitches, then single crochet 1 in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * across, ending with a single crochet in the last stitch.
4. Double-Crochet Row: double crochet 1 in the first stitch. *Dc 3 in the 3-ch space, chain 1, skip the single crochet*. Repeat from * to * across, ending with a double crochet in the last single crochet stitch instead of a chain and skipping it.
From here, alternate step 3 and 4 until you get your desired length.
So Far, So Good
I’m quite happy with the colors for the blanket. They’re pretty and have a nice gradient between the main off-white rows. I’ll be doing another post soon with a progress report on how the blanket is going.