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Crocheted Rainbow Baby Blanket

baby blanket crochet

This scrap yarn project echoes the thrifty quilts made by joining narrow strips of fabric. Just collect a rainbow of colours, work them in simple striped strips then join the strips to make a blanket.

Crocheted throws and wraps 

SIZE

64 x 89cm (251⁄4 x 35in)

 

YOU WILL NEED

Approximately:

60g pure wool or wool-mix DK yarn in shades of red (A)

60g same in shades of orange (B)

40g same in shades of yellow (C)

40g same in shades of green (D)

90g same in shades of blue (E)

40g same in shades of violet (F)

100g same in navy (G)

4.00mm (US F/5) crochet hook

 

TENSION

21 sts measure 12cm (43⁄4in) and 12 rows

measure 11cm (41⁄4in) over striped patt, using 4.00mm (US F/5) hook. Change hook size, if necessary, to obtain this tension.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain; cont = continue; dc = double crochet; htr = half treble; rep = repeat; RS = right side; sp(s) = space(s); ss = slip stitch; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble; WS = wrong side; [ ] = work instructions in square brackets as directed.

 

NOTES

  • All yarn amounts are approximate as different brands of yarn vary in length according to the fibre content.
  • Use as many shades of each colour as you can find. If possible, work each row of each 6-row stripe in a different shade, you’ll need just 11⁄2 metres (12⁄3 yards) for a dc row and 3 metres (31⁄3 yards) for a treble row.
  • Work over the ends, leaving any excess yarn on the back of the work to trim off later.
  • You’ll need almost 50g of one shade of blue for the shell edging.

 

Striped Strip

Using a shade of A, make 22ch.

1st row (WS): 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, [1dc in each ch] to end. 21 sts.

Change to 2nd shade of A.

2nd row: 1dc in first dc, 2ch, [1tr in each dc] to end.

Change to 3rd shade of A.

3rd row: 1ch, [1dc in each tr] to last st, 1dc in 2nd ch.

2nd and 3rd rows form the patt.

Changing shades for each row, work 3 more rows A and 6 rows in each of B, C, D, E and F. Starting again with A, cont in 6-row stripes until 85 rows in patt have been completed, so ending with a dc row. Varying the shades within the stripes, make 3 more striped strips.

Join strips

With RS facing, join G in first dc row at lower right corner of first strip.

1st edging row (RS): Inserting hook between 2nd and 3rd sts each time, work 1ch, [1dc, 1htr] in same row as join, * 1ch, miss next tr row, [1htr, 1dc, 1htr] in next dc row-end, rep from * to end omitting last htr.

Fasten off.

Join G in last dc row at top left corner of second strip.

2nd edging row: Inserting hook between 2nd and 3rd sts each time, work 1ch, [1dc, 1htr] in same row as join, ss in first 1ch sp at top of 1st edging row, * miss next tr row, [1htr, 1dc, 1htr] in next dc row-end, ss in next 1ch sp of 1st edging row, rep from * to end, 1htr, 1dc in last dc row-end.

Fasten off.

Work 1st edging row up right-hand edge of 2nd strip and 2nd edging row to join 3rd strip to 2nd strip, work 1st edging row up right-hand edge of 3rd strip and 2nd edging row to join 4th strip.

crocheted throws and wraps

Border

With RS facing, join G in first dc row at lower right of 4th strip.

1st round (RS): Inserting hook between 2nd and 3rd sts of rowends, work up right-hand edge of 4th strip in same way as 1st edging row, ending [1htr, 1dc, 1htr] in last row-end, cont along top edge of joined strips, * 1ch, miss 2dc, [1htr, 1dc, 1htr] in next dc, rep from * 4 more times, 1ch, miss 2dc **, 1htr in same place as edging sts at corner, ss in edging dc at corner of this strip, 1ch, ss in edging dc at corner of next strip, 1htr in same place as edging sts, rep from * 2 more times, then rep from * to **, [1htr, 1dc, 1htr] in corner at top of first strip, work down left-hand edge of first strip in same way as 1st edging row, then work along lower edge in same way as top edge, ending 1htr in same place as first 2 sts, ss in first dc, turn.

2nd round: 1ch, 1dc in same place as ss, missing ch sps unless otherwise directed work * 1dc in each of next 18 sts, [1dc in 1ch sp between strips, 1dc in each of next 19 sts] twice, 1dc in 1ch sp between strips, 1dc in each of next 18 sts, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] in corner dc, 1dc in each of next 125 sts to corner dc, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] in corner dc, rep from * along remaining two sides omitting last dc, ss in first dc.

Fasten off.

With RS facing, join A in 3ch sp at lower right, change colours in rainbow order as wished during 3rd round.

3rd round (RS): 1ch, [1dc, 5ch, 1tr] in same 3ch sp as join, 1tr in each of next 127dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 79dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 127dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 79dc, ss in 2nd ch. Fasten off. With RS facing, join G in 3ch sp at lower right.

4th round (RS): 1ch, * [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] in 3ch sp, 1dc in each of n next 129tr, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] in 3ch sp, 1dc in each of next 81tr, rep from * again, ss in first dc.

5th round: Ss in first 3ch sp, 1ch, [1dc, 5ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 131dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 83dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 131dc, [1tr, 3ch, 1tr] in 3ch sp, 1tr in each of next 83dc, ss in 2nd ch.

Fasten off.

With RS facing, join E in first tr at lower right edge.

6th round: 1ch, 1dc in same place as join, * miss 2tr, [3tr, 1ch, 3tr] in next tr, miss 2tr, 1dc in foll tr *, rep from * to * 21 more times up right edge, [3tr, 1ch, 3tr] in 3ch sp, 1dc in next tr, rep from * to * 14 times along top edge, [3tr, 1ch, 3tr] in 3ch sp, 1dc in next tr, rep from * down left edge and along lower edge omitting last dc, ss in first dc.

Fasten off.

 

to make up

Trim worked in ends. Press lightly on WS.

 

make a bigger blanket

For a blanket that’s about 128 x 178cm (50 x 70in), you’ll need pure wool or wool-mix DK yarn, approximately: 240g in shades of red (A); 240g in shades of orange (B); 160g in shades of yellow (C);

160g in shades of green (D); 360g in shades of blue (E); 160g in shades of violet (F) and 400g in navy (G).

 

Striped strips

Make 8 striped strips working in same way as given for baby blanket but completing 169 rows for each strip. Work edgings, joins and borders in same way as baby blanket.

 

For more projects like this, check out Crocheted Throws and Wraps by Melody Griffiths.



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