Afghans are something crocheters enjoy making all year round, so why not one in cotton yarn now? It is perfect for the warmer weather, right?
After my Beach Day Blanket and Coral reef blanket made with cotton yarn became popular, I was inspired to design more with Lily Sugar ‘n cream cotton yarn. The yarn seems to have gotten softer over the years or maybe I just got more comfortable working with it, not sure!
The blanket is designed using an easy to work 2-row repeat stitch pattern. It looks a little like our good old granny stitch but is more tightly woven.
The simple border adds the perfect finishing touch. After all, you can go as elaborate as you want when you are designing borders for a baby girl blanket but have to keep things simple for your little guys, right? I hope you will enjoy making this one :).
1. Worsted weight size 4 cotton yarn. I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colors Seabreeze, Soft Ecu, and Overcast.
2. A size I(5.5mm) hook for the main blanket and a G(4.5m) hook for the border.
3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
34-1/2 inches wide and 42 inches long
900 yards of the cream color and 180 yards of the other 2 colors.
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
hdc2tog: YO, insert your hook into the chain specified and pull up a loop, YO insert your hook into the same ch and pull up another loop, you will have 5 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all the 5 loops on your hook.
12 dc sts = 4-1/4 inches long
4 stripes= 4 inches. Each stripe includes 1 dc+ 1sc row.
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With cream color yarn, ch 94 to start. You can chain any multiple of 2 if you want to adjust the width of your blanket.
Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook(skipped 3 chs count as first dc), 1 dc in each ch across to end, turn.—-92 dc
Row 2: Ch 1(does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, ch 2, sk next dc, 1 sc in space between dc sts, *(ch2, sk next 2 dc, 1 sc in next space between dc sts), repeat from * until just 1 dc and the beginning ch is left, ch 2, sk next dc, sc on top of beginning ch.——-47 sc
Row 3: Ch 3( counts as the first dc), 1 dc in next ch-2 space, 2 dc in each ch-2 space across to last ch-2 space, 1 dc in last ch-2 space, 1 dc in last sc, turn.——–92 dc
Note: To join a new color at the end of the sc row, start working your last sc and when you have 2 loops left on your hook, YO and pull through the new color. Start the next row by making your beginning ch with the new color joined.
I did not fasten off after each color change but dropped the yarn to pick up later. The yarn was carried along the side of my work and got hidden once I worked the border. If you like to fasten off, I suggest you fasten off the colors blue and gray but not the cream yarn as it is used very often in the stripe pattern. This will reduce weaving in considerably.
Rows 4 to 10: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 in the same color. Your last row will be a repeat of Row 2. Drop the cream color yarn and join the next color blue while completing your last sc.
Rows 11 & 12: Repeat Rows 3 and 2 in blue color. Drop the blue color yarn and join the cream color back while completing your last sc.
Rows 13 & 14: Repeat Rows 3 and 2 in cream color. Drop the cream color yarn and join the next color gray while completing your last sc.
Rows 15 & 16: Repeat Rows 3 and 2 in gray color. Drop the blue color yarn and join the cream color back while completing your last sc.
Rows 17 & 20: Repeat Rows 3 and 2 in cream color. Drop the cream color yarn and join the blue color back while completing your last sc.
Repeat Rows 11 to 20, 6 more times.
Last 5 Rows: Continue working with cream color yarn and repeat Row 3, 2, 3, 2, and 3. Do not fasten off.
Switch to a 4.5mm hook.
Round 1: Now start working the border along the side of the blanket, ch 1, *(2 dc across a dc row end and 1 sc across a sc row end), repeat all the way to the next corner, 3 sc in corner.
Continue to work sc in each free loop of the foundation ch. Stick your hook under the junction of 2 free loops to avoid leaving holes in your work.
When you reach the next corner, 3 sc in the corner, sc up along the side where you have the yarn tails. Take care to work around the yarn tails to hide them. When you reach the top corner, 3 sc in the corner, 1 sc in each st of the last row until 1 st is left, 2 sc in last st, sl st to first st. Do not turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, *(1 sc in each st across to the next corner, 3 sc in the corner), repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. Do not turn.
Last Round(Add Pic of in ch3): Ch 4 (counts as sc, ch 3), hdc2tog in 3rd ch from hook, sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in next. *[ch 3, hdc2tog in 3rd ch from hook, sk 2 sc, 1 sc in next st), repeat from * to next corner, ch 3, hdc2tog in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next]. Repeat the part in [ ], sl st to first ch of turning ch ( base of first repeat). Fasten off.
Weave in the tails left.
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