Leo’s Cluster Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern

New Baby, New Pattern

Hello everyone! It’s been too long since I’ve put out a free pattern. So it was fortunate that my husband’s coworker and his wife just had a baby, giving me the perfect excuse to think of a crochet pattern.

I realized about half way through this blanket that the basic look of it was similar to a couple others already out there, but I’ll share this one anyway to give the option of a cluster-stitch blanket. The colors I used specifically for this blanket match the color scheme they chose for the baby’s room: a sort of Monster’s Inc./Safari idea. Very pretty! So lets get started!

Notes and Abbreviations

Abbreviations

sp(s) = space(es)

sk = skip

st(s) = stitch(es)

ch(s) = chain(s)

sl st = slip stitch

dc(s) = double crochet(s)

CL = cluster stitch

rep = repeat

Notes

  1. This blanket is worked in back-and-forth rows.
  2. The chs at the beginning of every non-cluster row does not count as your first st. HOWEVER, the 4-ch posts beginning your cluster rows DO count as your first st.
  3. The blanket should measure, not counting the border, 40 x 50 inches. It’s something between a crib blanket and a toddler blanket.
  4. How to do a Cluster stitch: *YO, insert yarn in st, YO again, pull through st, YO, pull through 2 loops on the hook*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. YO, pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Materials

Materials

  • ”J” hook
  • Worsted Weight Yarn

Yarns I Used

  • Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White
  • Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot
  • Red Heart With Love in Lettuce
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green
  • Caron One Pound in Blue Grotto
  • Big Twist Yarns Value in Damson Purple
  • Big Twist Yarns Premium in Maize

Leo’s Cluster Blanket Pattern

1. In your soft white color, ch 138 sts.

2. Turn. Dc 1 in the 5th ch from the hook. Dc in each across.

3. Ch 3, turn DC in the 2nd st from the hook. Dc in each st across.

4. Rep step 3.

5. Rep step 3. End off.

6. In light green, do a sc in the first two sts. *Ch 1, sk 1 st, do 1 sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * across. Sc in the last st.

7.  Ch 4, turn (counts as your first DC and a ch). *Ch 1, sk  the next sc, do 1 CL in the 1-ch sp*. Rep from* to * across. Sk 1 sc, then c 1 in the last st.

8-17. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have a total of 6 CL rows. End off.

18-21. In darker green, Rep step 6 and 7. (Should have 2 more CL rows) End off.

22-25. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

26-37. In orange, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

38-41. In yellow, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

42-45. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

46-57. In blue, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

58-61. In purple, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

62-65. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

66-77. In light green, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

78-81. In darker green, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

82-85. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

86-97. In orange, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

98-101. In yellow, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

102-105. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

106-117. In blue, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

118-121. In purple, Rep steps 6 and 7. End off.

122-125. In soft white, Rep step 3. End off.

Border

Do a sc border all around the entire blanket. You can do a border of your choosing, but if you do the same as mine: Sc in your first st, sk 2 sts, dc 7 in your next st, sk 2 sts again, sc 1 in the next st. Repeat this all the way around, with the only exceptions being your corners where you will dc 9 dcs instead of only 7. End off.

Until Next Time

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