Friday, 20 June 2014

Twisted Double Crochet Baby Blanket



And so another project is complete!

I really enjoyed working on this one.  A gorgeously soft baby blanket made with lovely jubbly Patons Fab Baby worsted weight yarn, in baby blue.

The special stitch was a joy to work with, the blanket itself worked up incredibly quickly, being mostly done in double crochet.

Adding a pretty border just finished it off beautifully.

 


Twisted Double Crochet Baby Blanket
               

                                                  Finished Dimensions:  Approx 36” x 32”

Materials:  5mm (H/8) hook; Any worsted weight/aran/10ply; yarn needle for tidying up ends

Special StitchTwisted Double Crochet (TDC) This stitch is worked at the end of each group of 3dc, and is begun by working into the same stitch as the 1st dc of the 3, as follows:

Yarn over, Insert hook into the base of the 1st dc you made


Pull the yarn through and pull it up to reach the height of the 3rd dc in the group that you made


Yarn over, finish that stitch off as you would a normal dc – pull the yarn through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the last 2 loops.


---End of Special Stitch---


Abbreviations: 
Dc = double crochet;  Sc = single crochet;  Ch = chain;  Sp = space;  Sk = skip a stitch/space;  Tdc = Twisted Double Crochet (see Special Stitch)


Pattern:


With 5mm hook, Chain 94 (or any multiple of 4 + 3)
Row One:  Work 1dc in 4th ch from hook, and 1 dc in each of the next 2 chains (total of 3 dc worked)
Work a Twisted Double Crochet (tdc) as instructed in “Special Stitch” above.
Skip 1 chain



Continue as follows:

*1 dc in each of the next 3 chain, work another tdc as before, sk 1 chain *; rep from * to * to end of row.  1 dc in last chain, turn.

Row Two:  Ch3; sk 1 sp (directly next to ch3)




*1 dc in next 3 dc; work tdc as before; sk 1*; rep from * to * to end; 1dc in top of ch 3, from prev row. Turn.
Repeat Row Two until desired length of blanket is reached.  Note that the border will measure at least 2” wide, adding that amount to each side of the blanket.


Blanket Border:


 
Row One:  Ch 1, 3 sc into the corner space.  Continue working around the blanket in sc, making sure you have the same amount of single crochet at the top and bottom edges, and the same amount of stitches at both sides, also remembering to work 3sc into each corner.  When you come to the last corner, where you began, you will already have worked 3sc into that corner, so sl st to the beg sc to join.  Do not turn, just keep going around and around.

Row Two:  Ch 3, dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, *dc in next, sk 1 st*, and so on all around the blanket, working (1dc, ch 3, 1dc) into the corner stitches to keep it all nice and square.  Sl st to beg ch 3.

Row Three:  Ch 3, *dc in next space, dc in next dc*, repeat all around to end, working 4 dc into the corner ch 3 on all four corners, sl st to beg ch 3.

Row Four:  Repeat Row Two, except this time, in the corners, work (1dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc); sl st to beg ch 3.

Row Five:  Ch 1, (sc 1, ch 1, sl st) into next space, and every following space, all around the blanket, in the corners this time working (sc 1, ch1, sl st, sc 1, ch 1, sl st, sc 1, ch 1, sl st).  Slip stitch to beg ch 1, finish off and tidy up end invisibly.

Tidy up any remaining yarn ends, and your lovely Twisted Double Crochet Blanket is complete!  


©AG Handmades 2014


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