Thursday, 1 January 2015

Aunt Aggie's Mesh Cluster Baby Blanket

 


Size:  This pattern is for roughly 30” x 30” depending on your tension, but you can make any size by starting with more or less chains.  As long as you keep to a multiple of any even number + 3, the pattern will work.

You will need:  Roughly 2-3 skeins worsted weight yarn; any colour; and your favourite appropriate sized hook.  I used a 5mm (H) hook.


Aunt Aggie’s Mesh Cluster Stitch:

Row One: Make chain – any multiple will do, as long as it is an even number, plus 3. The last 2 chain are counted as the turning chain, and the first stitch on the next row.

Row Two: Yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, pull yarn through, skip 1 chain, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops, chain 1; *Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, sk 1, pull yarn through next st, yo, pull through all 4 loops, ch1 *Repeat from * to * to last 2 sts. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch as last loop, pull the yarn through, sk 1, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops; 1hdc in same space, turn.

Row Three: Chain 2, yarn over, insert hook into 1st space (directly next to ch 2), pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops, ch 1; *yarn over, insert hook into same space as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops; ch 1*; repeat from * to * to last stitch. Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into top of ch2 from prev row, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops; turn.

Repeat Row Three to desired length.

The pattern sets out a simple Mesh Stitch initially (Aunt Aggie’s Mesh Cluster Stitch), then repeats the last row of that pattern throughout. 


Pattern:

For this blanket:


Using 5mm hook, Chain 123, then work the first 3 rows of Aunt Aggie’s Mesh Cluster Stitch as above.

Repeat Row 3 to your desired length.  I worked to roughly 28” as I added a border which finally took it to 30”.

This stitch gives a lovely ribbed mesh effect which is very pretty when completed.


To work the border:

Ch 3, (1dc, ch2, 2dc) into same space as ch 3.  *Skip 1 space from previous row, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next space*.  Rep from * to * all around blanket.

Note:  When you come to the corners, work (2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2, 2dc) into corner space.  Then carry on as before, skipping 1 space in between each “V” cluster.  At the last corner, work (2dc, ch 2) into the last space and slip stitch to beg ch 2.

Chain 3, (1dc, ch2, 2dc) in same space as chain 3, then (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into every ch2 peak from the previous row  (the centre of the “V”), and continue along the edges as before, remembering to work (2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2, 2dc) into the corner spaces.  When you reach the last space, work a “V” cluster as normal, then in the space you began the round, work 2dc, ch2, and finally slip stitch to the top of beg ch 3.

Fasten off.  Tidy up your ends, stand back and admire your beautiful handiwork.

As always, any questions, feel free to get in touch, and…enjoy! 

©AG Handmades 2014


        
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