Back in 2018, after about the 5th time I experienced needing to hurry up and create a gift for a baby shower, I set out to design a baby blanket that was fairly quick to make and only required one skein of yarn. Truth be told I don't think I have ever in my life only had one skein of yarn on hand, but not everyone has that luxury or the addiction to yarn that I do. I wanted something easy that pretty much anyone can do, but also pleasing to the eye. Something that would be gender neutral, but can be adapted to different color schemes, or have a frilly border added if desired to change it up a bit.
I was just beginning to dabble in real pattern writing at the time. To clarify, I had been writing my own pattern for years before this but in my own type of crazy short hand that only I could decipher(usually). I had studied the Craft Yarn Council's pattern writing etiquette and instructions and was ready to take on the challenge of writing something other people could also follow. I picked up my hook and notebook and took off. The result was my very first ever real pattern!!
This week I decided that this pattern needed some major attention to get it up to the quality of my newer designs. It definitely deserved a make over after being downloaded or viewed about 500 times a year since I finally got brave enough to put it out there.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
1 Skein Caron One Pound Yarn
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
NOTES: The CH 3 at the beginning of Rows 2-6 counts as your first DC of the Row. This pattern is a multiple of 10 plus 2 chains on the end. Remember the Chain spaces count as stitches. Don't forget to count them and work into them.
To Begin CH 102
ROW 1: HDC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across (101 sts total)
ROW 2 & 3: CH 3 and turn, repeat (one DC in each of the next 9 sts, CH 1/SK 1) 9 times, DC in the last 10 sts.
ROW 4: CH 3 and turn, repeat (one DC in each of the next 4 sts, CH 1/SK 1) 19 times, DC in each of the last 5 sts.
NOTE: I choose to go into the CH SP as it is much quicker for me, but feel free to go into the actual CH instead.
ROW 5 & 6: CH 3 and turn, repeat (one DC in each of the next 9 sts, CH 1/SK 1) 9 times, DC in the last 10 sts.
ROW 7: CH 1 and turn (does not count as first ST) HDC in each ST across (101)
From this point on Row 1 will be the same as Row 7.
Repeat Rows 1-7 nine times for a total of ten Panels.
After you have completed Row 7 for the tenth time you will begin your trim.
CH 1 and turn, SC in every stitch across, place an extra SC in every corner, working along the sides place 2 SC in the ends of the DC rows and 1 SC in the ends of the HDC rows. Repeat along the bottom and opposite side. SL to your beginning CH 1, cut your yarn, tie off, and sew in your ends.
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