Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Boy Ripple Blanket

There is something soothing about making a series of ripples in this crochet blanket. Sometimes you want a pattern that you don't have to pay too close attention to so you can concentrate on other things. (Gilmore Girls anyone?) 




And when your finished, it is a perfect gift for a brand new baby boy. So here's what I did:


Yarn: Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Soft Secret. One skein per color. For about a 36x36 inches blanket
Hook: Size H
Pattern: US terms


Work a multiple of 10 chains to however wide you'd like your blanket. I usually go about 32 to 36 inches wide and about that high.

Chain 3 extra chains

Start with white yarn. (Your choice obviously, but that's what I did for this blanket)

Row 1: dc into 4th chain from hook. 1 dc into each of the next 3 cha, *dc3tog, 1 dc into each of next 3 cha, 3 dc into next ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 chs; repeat from * to last ch, 2 dc into last ch, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, *dc3together, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, 3 dc into next dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to last st, 2 dc into 3rd of beg skipped ch-3 turn.

Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, *dc3tog, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, 3 dc into next dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from *to last st, 2 dc into 3rd of ch-3, turn.

Border: Start with the white yarn and single crochet around the whole blanket in each dc on the ends, and two single crochet's per double crochet on the sides. Change colors each round.

Finished!

So after doing this for awhile, you'll realize everything is a series of threes except the ends, which are 5 dc on each side. I like putting white in between each color change but obviously you are free to choose what ever color you'd like.

I'd love you try a girl version in light blue, navy blue, coral, peach and white. If I find the colors I want in the soft secret brand, I just might try it!

Good luck! Tag me on INSTAGRAM if you finish your blanket! I'd love to see!! @daisyfarmcrafts OR use the hashtag #daisyfarmcrafts


With love,

Tiffany

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Polka dot blanket








The idea all started for this blanket when I learned how to do the bobble stitch--sometimes called the popcorn stitch or puff stitch. If you don't know how to do it, I strongly suggest that you check out YouTube and follow a tutorial by Bhooked. You'll learn it in no time flat. But also, a bobble stitch is simply 5 dctog.







Next, I had to experiment with several types of yarn to get the right type of look. Some yarn is so light, the bobble won't pop out as much. So for this blanket, I used "I love this cotton" brand from Hobby Lobby. It gave it a nice matte finish with clearly defined bobbles. 



And then came the math in order to get the bobbles evenly spaced. Finally, I experimented enough to figure it out. I also saw blanket similar to this on Pinterest to get the picture in my head of how I wanted it to turn out. I used approximately 7 skeins of the yarn. This pattern is in US terms

Ch-chain
SC-single crochet
TC-triple crochet
Sl-slip stitch
DCtog-double crochet together

The Pattern: 

Chain multiples of 9 until you have the blanket as wide as you'd like. For a baby blanket I usually do a range of 30 to 36 inches wide. 

Ch 1
Sc in each ch across, turn, ch1, sc in each sc across, turn, ch1, sc in each ch across. (three rows of sc)

First row of bobbles:

Turn, ch 1, sc in the first 4 sc, Bobble stitch in the next sc, *sc in the next 8 sc, bobble stitch in the next, sc in the next 8 sc, bobble stitch in the next.* Repeat from ** to the last 4 sc. Sc in last 4 sc.

(Side note: Do not close up the loop to the bobble stitch. That will add an extra stitch. Just finish with your five double crochets together, and move onto the next stitch. You want the bobble to be one stitch only)

In between bobble rows:

Sc three rows in between each bobble row.

Second row of bobbles:

Turn, ch 1, sc into the first 8 sc, bobble stitch, sc into the next 8 sc, continuing to the end of the row. The final 8 stitches should be all sc.

Keep repeating until your blanket is to the desired height.

Border:

Sc around entire blanket one time, sl to join first sc.
Chain 3, TC 2 into same stitch as join, *TC 4, into next sc, TC 3 into next sc* repeat ** all the way around blanket, adding one extra set into the corners. 

Join in the top of the original ch 3, fasten off and weave in the ends. 

If you try this, please alert me to mistakes, or any trouble you might have, I want you to be successful! Besides, this is the cutest blanket ever and I believe all babies should have one! 

And, if you finish, tag me on instagram @daisyfarmcrafts, or #daisyfarmcrafts your finished product and let me ooh and aah with you! 

Good luck!

With love, 

Tiffany