Sidesaddle Clusters Baby Blanket Pattern
Hello everyone. I return! I’m sneaking away from my schoolwork for a few hours to get this new pattern up. It’s been in the works for a while. Not because it’s difficult, mind you, but because my free time to work on it has been rather sporadic lately. But it’s done now! So let’s just jump right into it.
This is a pattern for a baby blanket. It’s measurements place it somewhere between a stroller blanket and a crib blanket, but it can be easily adjusted to your taste/needs.
The stitch used is called a sidesaddle stitch, which is pretty much just tilted clusters. I’ll include instructions below, but the video made by the Make And Do Crew blog is super helpful, as is the post detailing it. So, I’m including a link to that post and video to help you out if you need it. Check it out here.
Notes and Abbreviations
- YO = yarn over
- Rep = repeat
- St(s) = stitch(es)
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
- Sc(s) = single crochet(s)
- Hdc(s) = half double crochet(s)
- Dc(s) = double crochet(s)
- Sk = skip
- Sp(s) = space(s)
- dc4tog = double crochet 4 together
- CL = cluster
1. Made in multiples of 5 sts +1 more.
2. Numbers in the brackets at the end of the line of instructions are the stitch count for that row.
3. CL stitches will count as 5 stitches in the total because of how much space they take.
4. The pattern is made in rows; there are 65 rows total.
5. To make the blanket wider, add more stitches in multiples of 5 (this is 1 CL and 1 sc).
6. To make the blanket longer, add more rows.
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Size “I” Hook (5.5mm)
- Size “K” Hook (6.5mm)
Yarns I Used:
- Lion Brand Yarns, Pound of Love in Oxford Gray (main color)
- Lion Brand Yarns, Pound of Love in Denim
- Loops & Threads Yarns, Impeccable in Mint
- Red Heart Yarns, Super Saver in Light Blue
Gauge and Stitch
Cluster Stitch (dc4tog):
Note: Each time you start your cluster stitch it’ll be right after you’ve made 3 chains, and you’ll make your cluster stitch in the 3-chain space from the previous row.
- YO, insert hook in the 3-ch sp, YO again, pull through the 3-ch sp. YO again, pull through 2 loops on your hook.
- Rep step 1 three more times; you should have 5 loops total on your hook.
- YO, pull through all 5 loops on your hook.
Use “I” Hook
20 stitches by 8 rows
1. Ch 21, turn. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. *Ch 3, do a CL using the next 4 chs, ch 1, sc 1 in the next ch*. Rep from * to * to the end.
2. Ch 5, turn. Sc 1 in the CL. *Ch 3, do a CL in the 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc 1 in the next CL*. Rep from * to * to the end. Ch 3, do a CL in the last 3-ch sp, dc 1 in the last sc.
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc 1 in the CL. *Ch 3, do a CL in the next 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc 1 in the next CL*. Rep from * to * to the end. Sc 1 into the 5-ch sp.
4-8. Rep steps 2 and 3.
Blanket Pattern Instructions
1. Ch 101, turn. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc across. [100 sts]
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc 1 in the 1st st. *Ch 3, CL 1 using the next 4 sts, ch 1, sc 1 in the next st*. Rep from * to * across. [100 sts]
3. Ch 5, turn. Sc 1 in the CL. *Ch 3, CL 1 in the 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc 1 in the next CL*. Rep * to * across. Ch 3, CL 1 in the last 3-ch sp, dc 1 in the last sc. [100 sts]
4. Ch 1, turn. Sc 1 in the CL. *Ch 3, CL 1 in the 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc 1 in the next CL*. Rep from * to * across. Sc 1 in the 5-ch sp. [100 sts]
5-65. Rep steps 3 and 4 until desired length is achieved.
1. Use the “K” hook (or whatever size you need to make sure the border isn’t too tight compared to the rest). With the main color, do a round in single crochets. Along the sides of the blanket, each 5-ch edge or dc edge should have 2 scs. Between these should be the sc sts that began some rows; those should have 1 sc along their sides. Your corners should have 3 scs.
2. In the following rows, you’ll use the moss stitch. Alternate the main color and one row in each of the other colors. Essentially, each row is a set of alternating sc and ch sts, and each time you do a sc it should be in the ch st of the previous row and the ch st should be over the sc of the previous row. You can check out how to do a moss stitch here.
3. Using the main color, the final border row is going to be a grit stitch. This is done by doing a sc and dc in one st, skipping one st, then doing another pair of sc and dc sts, and continuing from there. You can check out a tutorial on how to make a grit stitch here.
Until Next Time