It just dawned on me that I never put up the pattern for the crochet blanket pictured in my Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket post. No offense to all of my crochet readers! I apologize! As always, if something doesn’t look quite right, please let me know. And if anyone has questions or comments, feel free to leave me a message!
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Nikki, In Stitches
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*5 skeins of White Lion Brand Microspun yarn
Size G Crochet Hook
*Any of your favorite yarns can be used for this project. I used the microspun yarn because I had it, but a super soft baby yarn would also be perfect! Just keep in mind that baby items may need to be washed on a regular basis, so something that can make its way through the laundry and hold up is important.
Single crochet in second ch from hook and in each ch across.
Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn; *skip next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st (working over dc just made). Repeat from * across to last sc, dc in last sc. (This stitch design is often referred to “cross stitch,” “back cross stitch,” or “front cross stitch” depending on if you prefer to go behind or in front of the stitch made when you go back to the skipped stitch. For this blanket, whichever personal preference you have is fine. I found a great online reference for a multitude of stitches patterns with illustrated pictures for some designs, and very well written instructions for all: http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm)
Ch 1, turn; sc in each dc across.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired width of blanket is achieved. End with Row 3.
Weave in all loose ends.
Directions for backing and binding your blanket can be found in the post, A Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket??
Added Later: If you’re interested in the Entrelac Knitted Baby Blanket shown in my Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket post, please see my You Asked For It post.
What a great idea!
Juliet A says
Quilting it – what a great idea! My biggest beef with crocheted baby blankets is that the little fingers and toes always seem to get caught in them.
Hi! Your patterns are great 🙂
I have one question in regards to this pattern. Am I understanding it right that each ‘hole’ from the previous row will end up having 2 dcs in each?
I am excited to try out your pattern!
I’ve been knitting and crocheting baby blankets and quilting them for about a year now. You’re the first person I’ve seen doing the same thing. I love making these types of blankets. They rock! I love mixing knit or crocheted panels with panels of fabric for the top. More so now, I’ve skipped even knitting or crocheting the panel and using luxurious recycled acrylic sweaters instead. Saves even more time. 🙂
I have often seen the ideas of putting pieces of knitted sweaters together for an afghan, but have not seen the “how to’s”. If I cut sweaters into pieces, how do I keep them from coming apart? I also am not sure of how to cut them. I bought several at yard sales, now I’m stuck with how to do the project, please help!
Eva, sewing sweaters is actually very simple, you just have to do a few extra things along the way.
First, wash and dry them! (This is REALLY important!) You want them to shrink as much as possible before you sew them. Some will turn into “felt” and you won’t have to even worry about them unraveling as you sew.
Second, increase your seam allowance. Those that don’t felt, will unravel some as you sew, so you’ll need the extra seam allowance to compensate.
And third, clean out your sewing machine often. The sweaters will shed and your machine will collect the “fuzz” underneath around your bobbin much quicker than when sewing with more typical fabrics.
That’s it! A few little things to keep in mind, but nothing too difficult!
Send us pics of what you make!!
Would it help to sew your sweaters in desired squares before cutting? would that help to stop the fraying?
Michele Dubois says
I just came across your knitted / quilted baby blanket. I am both a very experienced knitter and quilter and just can’t resist trying this blanket. I have a question though — what is “minky” fabric? I’ve never heard of that. Do you know if it’s available in Canada? If I can’t find it here, can something else be used for the backing? Thank you so much for the most interesting and unique pattern I have seen in a very long time (and the most stunning, I would like to add).
I just came across your site today thru Ravelry. I love your Crocheted “Quilt”. What a great idea. Looking around some more and saw your Tunisian scarf pattern……love that too. Think I’ll be coming back to check out lots of your other things soon.
Thanks for sharing your patterns!
What a great post! A friend introduced me to your blog and I noticed you writing about Tunisian Crochet — I had been looking to learn the simple stitch for a long time, so I finally went to youtube and found a tutorial. I mention your blog in my post about the scarf I made. http://www.knotforknothing.blogspot.com — hope you like it! Thanks for writing about such beautiful work!
Meaghan (Bonafyde) says
Michele Dubois: Minky Fabric is the fabric she used to line the quilt, I have a DIY fabric photo strap lined with it… it is SUPER soft and just comes in soooo many yummy colors! I bought mine off Etsy.com and I’m based in Quebec Canada and had no problems ordering it…
Meaghan (Bonafyde) says
I am going to have to try my hand at this, I love it!!!
gina bond says
I am having problems getting to the directions to finish the crocheted “quilt”. I printed the directions for the crochet part but can’t find the directions for backing and binding, could you please help! It looks so cute and can’t wait to try it. Thanks!
So happy you’re going to make a crocheted “quilt!”
Here are tips for backing it and basting the layers together: http://www.nikkiinstitches.com/a-knitted-and-quilted-baby-blanket/
And here is the how-to for binding your quilt: http://www.nikkiinstitches.com/bound-and-determined/
Keep us posted and send pics!
Seberina Thrush says
I just finished this quilt today and it turned out absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! My new nephew is gonna love it!!
Seberina Thrush says
Oh! And how/where do I send pics?? 🙂
I can’t wait to see it!
Send them to Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com
I really am excited to try this pattern. We are expecting our 1st Grandchild in Nov. and are very excited. I was going to quilt a baby blanket, but this is a better idea as I have never quilted before and I love to crochet. Thanks.
Carolyn Stanzel says
This looks like a lovely pattern.
Can you just crochet the blanket without doing anything to the back of it?
Absolutely, Carolyn! It works up really fast, too! You could probably have the whole thing done in one night in front of the TV!
Do you use the tapestry needle to hand sew with tapestry thread the backing material to the crocheted part?
Sorry here, but I’m a total newbie to sewing and have never crocheted. I have a lovely crocheted blanket for my granddaughter (not made by me) that I want to add my hand to by quilting it. The yarn used is a 100% micronized cotton one that the person who made it said it should be drycleaned or used with DIY dry cleaning kit. Not the best for a baby I know, but maybe she’s wrong and it could just be washed in cold water and shrunk?
I run my “quilted” crochet and knit blankets right through my sewing machine when I add on the binding!
It’s a little scary at first, but since you’re doing really only straight line stitching, you’ll be fine!
LINDA BALLARD says
I love your web site and the patterns can I print them?
Go right ahead, Linda! Some of the patterns have a printable PDF that will save you some time…and printer ink!
Sarah-emily Souch says
If I wanted to make it bigger, how would I work out the number of chains?
Hi! If my memory is correct for this design, you can chain any EVEN number to start, and you’ll be good to go! I haven’t made this particular blanket in years and now that I’ve gone back to look at it to refresh my memory, I think I’m going to start one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!