My niece gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and I wanted to make something special for her. I decided to create a blanket with a nice texture using easy 3-stitch clusters. Then I finished it off with a few rows of single crochet using the back loop only so the edge really stands out. Finally, I made an open row to weave a pretty ribbon through and soft shells around the edge. I really like it because you can remove the ribbon and wash it easily or change the ribbon for a whole new look!
When I start on the edge, I like to use stitch markers to marker the corners. Then I move them when I finish each side. This helps me keep track of where the corners are so my blanket is nice and square. It also helps to ensure that I have the right number of stitches so the shells are uniform around the edge.
What You’ll Need:
- 1000 yards of Worsted weight yarn. I used Berroco Weekend in White
- Crochet Hook Size H (5.0)
- 7 yards of Ribbon – 5/8 inch wide
- Fray Check – If you’re not familiar with this product, click Here to learn more
- Stitch markers
- Not important for this project
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half-double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- st = stich
- sp = space
- pm = place marker
- sk = skip
- ss = slip stitch
- blo = back loop only
- 3-Stitch Cluster = (sc, hdc, dc) in indicated stitch
- Row 1 – 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (101 stitches)
- Row 2 – Ch 2 & turn. 1 hdc in 1st st. *3-Stitch Cluster in next st. Sk 2 sts* Repeat across. Hdc in last st. (33 3-Sitch Clusters + 1 hdc at beginning & end)
- Rows 3 -70 – Repeat row 2
At this point, my blanket measured 26” wide by 28” long
Pm in 3 corners that are not where you are currently working. You’ll place the marker in the corner where you’re working in just a minute!
- Border Round 1 – Ch 1 & turn. 2 sc in hdc. Pm in 1st sc. 1 sc in each st to marker. 3 sc in st with marker. PM in center st of 3-sc group you just made. (101 sts between markers)
Do not turn – continue down side. Sc 103 st evenly along edge, ending with 3 sc in st with marker. PM in center st of 3-sc group you just made. (105 sts between markers)
Continue down 1st row – sc in each st to marker. 3 sc in st with marker. Pm in center st of 3-sc group you just made. (101 sts between markers)
Continue up last side – sc 103 st evenly along edge, ending with 1 sc in first corner. Ss to st with marker in it. (105 sts between markers)
- Border Round 2 – WORK ALL ST IN THIS ROUND IN BLO (BACK LOOP ONLY) Ch 1. 3 sc in BLO of st with marker. Move marker to center st. SC in each st around with 3 sc in each corner. Move markers as you go. You will end up with 103 sts between markers on the top & bottom and 107 sts between markers on the sides). Ss to 1st
- Border Round 3 – ss into marked corner. (ch 5, tc, ch 1, tc) into corner. *sk 1 st; ch 1, tc* across to marked corner. In corner st – (ch 1, tc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, tc). Continue *sk 1, ch 1, tc* around with (ch 1, tc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, tc) in each corner. Ss to 4th ch of beginning ch 5. PM in center TC in each corner. (3 TC in each corner. 51 TC across top & bottom. 53 TC across side)
- Border Round 4 – ch 1, sc in 1st Sc in ch-1 sp. *sc in tc, sc in ch 1 sp* Repeat to marked corner. 3 sc in st with marker. Repeat pattern around, ending with ss to 1st sc. PM in center sc in each 3-sc group you just made. (109 sts between markers on top & bottom and 113 sts between markers on sides)
- Border Round 5 – WORK ALL ST IN THIS ROUND IN BLO (BACK LOOP ONLY) ss into next 3 sts ending in marked corner. Ch 1, 3 sc in BLO of marked st. sc in BLO of each st across putting 3 in each corner and moving markers to center st as you go. Ss to 1st sc (111 sts between markers on top & bottom and 115 sts between markers on sides)
- Border Round 6 (Shells)– ss into corner st with marker. (Ch 3, 4 DC) into same st. *Sk 1 st, sc into next st, sk 1 st, 5 dc into next st* all the way around. You should have a shell in each marked corner st. ss to top of ch 3.
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Weave ribbon through open spaces. Paint ends of ribbon with fray check.
As always, please post your baby blankets on Ravelry and link to the pattern so I can see what you’ve done!