After you loved my Seaspray Afghan, I decided to design another crochet baby blanket with a basic crochet cluster stitch.
I love how the different colors flow seamlessly in this afghan. You can switch up the colors to make a blanket for a baby boy.
I wanted something simple yet sweet for the border. So I went with this puff stitch border to compliment the flat cluster stitches and bring in a little bit of texture. I hope you like it.
Crochet Cluster Stitch Blanket Pattern
1. A thinner worsted weight(size 4)yarn. Caron Simply Soft yarn in colors Strawberry, LT Country Peach, and Off White were used for the afghan pictured.
2. Hook K(6. 5mm) for the blanket and hook I(5.5mm) for the border
3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
32 inches wide and 36 inches long. The blanket can easily be sized up or down.
2 skeins of each color. It took me around 400 yards of the colors Strawberry and Vanilla and 500 yards of the color LT Country Peach.
The pattern is written in US terms.
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
ch-sp: chain space
YO: yarn over
7 clusters(cl)= 4 inches
1. Cluster(cl): (YO, insert your hook into the ch-space indicated and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, keep the remaining loops on your hook)3 times, you will now have 4 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all the 4 loops on your hook.———-cluster made
2. Puff Stitch(puff st): *(YO, insert your hook in the st specified and pull up a loop to the height of a dc)3 times, you will now have 7 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all the loops on your hook, ch 1 to close. —–puff st made
1. Once you start working your blanket, you will have 3 skeins attached to your work, one in each color. So center pull from all your skeins so it won’t roll around.
3. For the sake of convenience, we will call the colors pink, peach, and cream. The stripes go in the order peach, pink, and cream.
4. You don’t fasten off when you change colors but just drop the current color to pick up later. The yarn is carried along the side of your work. It will be concealed once you work the border.
5. Each time you switch colors, bring the new yarn joined to your left and under the other two skeins. This will keep your yarn strands from tangling.
6. You will change colors at the end of every cluster stitch row. To join a new color while working your last dc st, start working your dc as usual and when you have 2 loops left on your hook, YO and pull through the new color to complete your dc.
With the peach color yarn, ch 114. You can ch any even number to start if you want your blanket to be wider.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, *(ch 1, sk next ch, 1 sc in next), repeat from * to last 3 chs, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 sc in last 2 chs, turn.———58 sc+55 chs
Row 2: Ch 4 ( counts as a dc+ch 1), *(sk next sc, cl in next ch-1 space, ch 1), repeat from * to last ch-1 space, cl in last ch-1 space, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 dc in last sc while joining the next color pink, drop the peach color yarn to pick up later, turn.———–55 cl
Row 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a sc), sc in first dc, sc in next ch-1 space before the cl, *(ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 space), repeat from * across until you skip the last cl, 1 sc in the space under the turning ch, 1 sc on top of beg ch-3, turn.—-58 sc+55 chs
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for the pattern. You will join the next color at the end of every repeat of the cluster(cl) stitch row. Keep repeating until your blanket is the length you want and you end in a peach color cluster stitch row. Join back the cream color yarn to start your border. Fasten off the other 2 colors.
Border for your Cluster Stitch Blanket
1. I worked the first 2 sc rounds of the border in cream color and the last puff stitch round in peach. You are free to make the whole border in a single color if you want.
2. All rounds of the border are worked on the right side of the blanket. The right side of your blanket is the side that you work your cl sts on.
3. The first round of the border will be worked around the yarn tails carried along the sides to conceal them.
4. When working sc across the row ends, you will not have actual sts to work into. Work inserting your hook into spaces under the legs of the dc sts or the beginning chains.
5. Switch to I(5.5mm) hook to work your border.
Round 1: With the cream color yarn just joned, 1 sc right after the corner, evenly distribute sc sts along the sides of the blanket. I worked 3 sc across each stripe.
Once you reach the next corner on the foundation chain side, work 3 sc in the corner, 1 sc into each ch and free loop on the foundation ch side until you reach the next corner, 3 sc in the corner, distribute sc along the row ends, 3 sc in next corner, 1 sc into each ch and cl st on the last row.
Once you are at the corner where you started the round, 3 sc in the corner, sl st to the first sc. Do not turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, *(1 sc in each st across to next corner, 3 sc in corner), repeat from * until you work all around the blanket and end with 3 sc in the corner where you started this round, sl st to first sc. Fasten off the cream color yarn.
Round 3(Puff Stitch Round): With peach color yarn, sl st to any corner st on the right side of the blanket, *(ch 3, puff st in next st, sk next 2 sts, sl st in next), repeat from * and when you reach near the next corner, sl st to the corner st after you make your puff st. If you have only 1 st to skip before the corner st, that is fine.
Again work the sequence *(ch 3, puff st in next st, sk next 2 sts, sl st in next) until you reach the next corner, sl st to the corner. Repeat this until you go around the whole blanket. After your last puff st, sl st to the base of the beginning ch3. Fasten off.
Finishing the Afghan
Weave in any tails left.
Enjoy your new blanket.
You can find an explanation for the cluster stitch here on Sprucecrafts.com.
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