“Chloe’s Little Girl” Baby blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

My cousin, Chloe, is expecting a baby girl! Every one is super excited and I now have a perfect excuse to use up all of the pink yarn I have hidden away in my stash! So I decided to crochet a pretty little blanket!

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My original plan was to crochet an Apache Tears blanket and so I gathered up my yarn and found a pattern and set out to crochet! I did the first few rows and then realised that something wasn’t right. I was crocheting following the pattern, but it wasn’t turning out right. It turns out that the reason for this was the wonderful difference between the UK and the USA. I am from the UK, but learnt how to crochet using american terms. The pattern I was following was in British terms!

Instead of frogging the few rows I had already done I decided to see if I could work out some way to work a similar pattern to the Apache Tears blanket, an extended Apache Tear stitch if you will. And the result turned out gorgeous! So the pattern is below for you all to crochet!!

Things you will need:

  • YARN! I used left overs of 4 different DK pinks! and white for the centre stripe and the border- the total weight for a 28″ x 24″ blanket was 200g – roughly 680 yards
  • A matching hook – I used a 5.5mm hook (I wanted it to work up quickly!)
  • A yarn needle or darning needle – for those pesky ends!
  • Something to listen to while you work ūüôā I was listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while making mine, hence the slightly umbridgey colours ūüėČ

Stitches used: – I crochet in Amercian Terms! (yes, I am British! maybe I will get into that in another post!)

Oh! and some little things about how I write patterns-

  • the brackets after the row number tell you which colour yarn to use, in this case (a) is dark pink, (b) is pale pink, (c) is speckled pink, (d) is bright pink and (e) is white
  • “* ——– * x 7” means repeat what ever is in the asterisk’s 7 times

Row 1: (a) foundation dc 72, fasten off
Row 2: (a) dc across, fasten off
Row 3: (a) dc across, fasten off
Row 4: (b) *FPDT behind the first stitch 2 rows down, dc in the next 8 stitches* x 8, fasten off
Row 5: (c) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 6: (d) dc in next 2, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 7: (a) dc in next 3, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 5, fasten off
Row 8: (b) dc in next 4, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 4, fasten off
Row 9: (c) dc in next 5, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 3, fasten off
Row 10: (d) dc in next 6, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 2, fasten off
Row 11: (a) dc in next 7, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc, fasten off
Row 12: (b) dc in next 8, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, fasten off
Row 13: (c) *FPDT, dc in next 8* x8, fasten off
Row 14: (d) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 15: (a) dc in next 2, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 16: (b) dc in next 3, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 5, fasten off
Row 17: (c) dc in next 4, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 4, fasten off
Row 18: (d) dc in next 5, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 3, fasten off
Row 19: (a) dc in next 6, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 2, fasten off
Row 20: (b) dc in next 7, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc, fasten off
Row 21: (c) dc in next 8, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, fasten off
Row 22: (d) *FPDT, dc in next 8* x8, fasten off
Row 23: (a) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 24: (e) dc in next 2, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 25: (e) dc in next 3, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 5, fasten off
Row 26: (e) dc in next 2, *FPDT around the FPDT of row 24, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 27: (a) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 28: (b) *FPDT, dc in next 8* x8, fasten off
Row 29: (c) dc in next 8, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, fasten off
Row 30: (d) dc in next 7, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc, fasten off
Row 31: (a) dc in next 6, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 2, fasten off
Row 32: (b) dc in next 5, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 3, fasten off
Row 33: (c) dc in next 4, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 4, fasten off
Row 34: (d) dc in next 3, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 5, fasten off
Row 35: (a) dc in next 2, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 36: (b) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 37: (c) *FPDT, dc in next 8* x8, fasten off
Row 38: (d) dc in next 8, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, fasten off
Row 39: (a) dc in next 7, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc , fasten off
Row 40: (b) dc in next 6, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 2, fasten off
Row 41: (c) dc in next 5, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 3, fasten off
Row 42: (d) dc in next 4, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 4, fasten off
Row 43: (a) dc in next 3, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 5, fasten off
Row 44: (b) dc in next 2, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 6, fasten off
Row 45: (c) dc, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, dc in next 7, fasten off
Row 46: (d) *FPDT, dc in next 8* x8, fasten off
Row 47: (a) dc in next 8, *FPDT, dc in next 8* x7, FPDT, fasten off
Row 48: (a) dc across, fasten off
Row 49: (a) dc across, fasten off

Now you will need to weave in your ends! there should be 1 at the end of each row, I just put on a tv show (I’m watching Zoo on Netflix at the moment (It’s brilliant!!) ) and powered through them!

Finally it is time for the border!

Pink blanket border

Round 1: (e) sc around the entire edge of the blanket. along the top and bottom it is easy, you just put 1 sc in each dc, put 5 sc in each of the corners. Alon the edges you are going to put 2 sc in the edge of each of the dc. When you get to a FPDT you will want to put 4 sc into it in total, I did 2 into just the FPDT and then put 2 around the dc below it as well
Round 2: (c) sc around again. put 1 sc in each of the sc’s from the last round except the third stitch in each of the corners, put 5 sc’s in there!
Round 3: (e) dc around the edge! the same as last round but dc instead of sc, remember the 5 stitches in each corner!
Round 4: (b) sc around yet again! – 5 stitches in the corner!
Round 5: (b) crab stitch around the edge – I love this stitch for finishing off borders!

And you are done! enjoy your snuggly little blanket!

 

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