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May 22, 2014

crochet baby blanket

Part of being in your mid-twenties means attending baby showers. Don't get me wrong, I'll take any reason as a good reason to party, but it seems as though everyone I know is having a kid! One of my favorite gifts to give the mothers-to-be is a crocheted baby blanket. They're easy to make, & a nice activity to keep your hands busy while you watch TV (or when you're sick, like I've been this past week). 

This blanket was made with two strings of yarn at the same time (which makes it go a whole lot faster!), & uses the shell stitch & double crochet stitch. Plus it has fun little tassels on the end. 

What you'll need to make this blanket:

Step 1 // Start by tying your two yarn colors together. 

Step 2 // Make a slipknot past the tie.

Step 3 // Chain 51, or any number divisible by 3. This will be the width of the blanket.

Step 4 // At the end of your chain, chain 2, turn around, then double crochet into the third loop. Double crochet the entirety of the chain, for a total of 51 stitches.

Step 5 // At the end of the chain, chain 2, turn around, then double crochet 3 times into the 2nd loop from the end of your original chain. This creates the shell stitch. Skip two loops, then double crochet 3 times into the 3rd loop. Repeat this pattern for the entirely of the chain, for a total of 51 stitches. 

Step 6 // Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you've reached 51 rows. Tie off. 

Step 7 // Cut 3 inch pieces of yarn, & bundle together. Knot them to the four corners of your blanket through the corner stitches, as seen above.

[Side note about tassels: make sure they are tied super tight if you are giving this gift to an infant! I pulled on each individual string to make sure that they were not going to budge in the hands (& mouth) of a baby.]

I like the variation of shell stitch & double stitch because it's not completely uniform & it creates a slight striped pattern. 

What do you think? What's the best gift to give at a baby shower?


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Related // Speaking of kiddos, check out this adorable birthday party for a three-year-old.

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