Baby Breath Blanket

(Baby Shower Gift)

Crochet Pattern By: Amal Saleh

Aka: Purpleneedle

Introduction

Are you looking for a quick elegant baby shower gift? The idea of quick baby blanket was swarming in my head for a very long time.

One day, I needed to make a gift for someone who’s having her baby in less than two months. Of course, I could make baby clothing, but babies grow fast. Blankets live longer and are used more often throughout the year. I didn’t have to worry about size or season. Also, baby blankets can be used for more than one child. They’re excellent stash busters and bold leftover eaters. Frankly, it was worth the efforts!

I wanted a simple easy quick stitch. Everyone knows Granny Stitch is the fastest stitch in the history of crochet. It’s basic, elegant and, for non crocheters, looks sophisticated.

On the other hand, I was worried I’d get bored if I made it all in Granny Stitch. I experimented with different variations of Granny Stitches I found online. Non of which satisfied my inner adventurous crocheter. I wanted more!

I wanted to mold the Granny Stitch to represent a special stitch for babies. Suddenly, the Aha moment hit and the design for this pattern was born.

In additional to all that, you’ll notice that the construction of the Granny Stitch Section is different from the original technique and the modified techniques mentioned in books and online. I developed this method to prevent the skewing of the blanket and to accommodate the stitches in the next two sections.

This square blanket starts at the center, works in the round and out towards the border. It has three sections and one round of simple scallop edging. Totally 41 rounds.

For visual learners, I’ve included photos along with the written instructions.

All questions, comments and corrections are welcome.

Enjoy!

Skill LevelEasy Intermediate
Finished MeasurementsUnwashed & Unstretches
26” x 26”
YarnLuxury Merino DK from King Cole
100% Merino Superwash
ColorDusky Rose
Yards & GramsEach donut has 50 grams (153 yards / 140 meters)
You’ll need 313 to 320 grams of DK yarn
or 6.30 donuts of Luxury Merino DK
15 Rnds = 46 grams
16 Rnds= 52 grams
19 Rnds = 72 grams
23 Rnds = 107 grams
30 Rnds = 179 grams
35 Rnds = 238 grams
40 Rnds = 313 grams
ToolsCrochet Hook Size 3.5 mm (US F)
Tapestry Needle
Yarn Cutter
Gauge6 Repeats of 3 Dc Clusters in 4”
It’s not essential to work a gauge for this project unless you’re worried about yardage. If your gauge matches the pattern’s gauge, you’ll need the yardage mentioned in pattern. You don’t have to waste yarn for your gauge swatch, just start the project and once you’ve completed about 6” x 6” block check your gauge. If accurate, you’re good to go. If not, frogging 6” x 6” block, won’t be as painful as frogging half-finished project.
Sections* The Granny Section (30 Rnds)
* The Baby Breath Section (5 Rnds)
* The Granny Broken Ribbing Section (5 Rnds)
* Scallop Edging (1 Rnd)
Notes * You can use this pattern for any yarn weight and its compatible hook.
*This pattern is written for newborn size, in US terms.
*You can easily increase the size of your blanket; just be mindful of yardage.
*It’s one-color blanket, but you can use more than one color without having to modify the pattern.
*I did not wash or steam my sample because i’d like to reserve it as a sample in it’s original form. You can wash or steam your blanket according to the washing instruction or as you find suitable of your blanket.
*In this pattern, Ch-3 is considered as one stitch.
*This blanket has four corners. Each corner is made of 6 Dc Stitches. Every time you complete a round, the previous round corners will look as if they’re made of two Granny Clusters.
I omitted the Ch 1 Stitch, between the Granny Clusters, in order to keep the spaces between stitches as small as possible.
Check your gauge after working 6 to 7 Rnds

Stitches & Abbreviations in American Terms

B/wBetween
ChChain
3-Ch3 Chain Stitch
ClusterNumber of Stitches
DcDouble Crochet
FpFront Post
FpTcFront Post Triple Crochet
Granny Stitch3 Double Crochet Stitches worked in one space to form a fan, a shell or a cluster of stitches
HdcHalf Double Crochet
JoinSlip the working stitch into the V-Stitch between 3-Ch and next stitch or slip one chain stitch into another to work in the round.
Inter-ClustersBetween Clusters
Long FpTcLong Front Post Triple Crochet
Yarn over twice then insert your hook behind the top bar of the target stitch below. Withdraw a loop then work the Triple Crochet Stitch as usual.
RepRepeat Stitches or Steps
Rnd (s)Rounds (s)
Sk Skip
SlSlip
Sp (s)Space (s)
St (s) Stitch (s)

Instructions

The Granny Section (30 Rnds)

Ch 5

Join to the beginning

Ch to form a ring

Rnd 1

Ch 3 (this will form Ch-3 St and will be counted as one St in each Rnd)

Dc 15 Sts in the Sp of the ring.

Join to finish the 1st Rnd

Total = 16 Sts

Rnd 2

Step 1 – Ch3

Step 2 – Dc 4 Sts in the Sp beneath the Ch-3 St (5Dc Sts of first corner)

Step 3 – Sk 4Dc from the previous Rnd, then Dc 6 Sts in the Sp B/w the 4th Dc & 5th Dc of the previous Rnd (6 Dc Sts of second corner)

Step 4 – Sk the next 4Dc from the previous Rnd, then Dc 6 Sts in the Sp B/w the 8th and the 9the Dc of the previous Rnd (6 Dc Sts of third corner)

Step 5 – Sk the next 4Dc, then Dc 6 Sts in the Sp B/w the 12th Dc & 13th Dc of the previous Rnd (6 Dc Sts of fourth corner)

Step 6 – Sk the next 4Dc from the previous Rnd and Dc 1 St in the Sp of the first corner

Step 7 – To complete this Rnd, Join to the Ch-3 at the beginning of the Rnd.

By the end of the Rnd you’ll have 4 corners, each made of 6 Dc Clusters.

Rnd 3

Step 1 – Sl St once to reach the next Sp ( The middle Sp of the 6 Dc Cluster of the previous Rnd)

Step 2 – Ch3 in the middle Sp of the 6 Dc Clusters of the previous Rnd

Step 3 – Dc 4 Sts in the middle Sp of the first 6 Dc Clusters of previous Rnd (first corner)

Step 4 – Dc 3 Sts in the next Inter-Cluster Sp of the previous Rnd

Rep working 6 Dc Clusters in corners and 3 Dc Clusters in every Inter-Clusters Sp until you reach the end of the Rnd

Rep Steps 6 & 7 of Rnd 2

By the end of this Rnd you’ll have four 3 Dc Clusters and four corners of 6 Dc Clusters.

Rnd 4 to 30

Rep the steps in Rnd 3, working 6 Dc Clusters in corners and 3 Dc Cluster in the Inter-Clusters Sp.

After completing 4 to 5 Rnds, you can close the starting ring by using the tail to go through the first Rnd Sts. Then weave in the starting tail.

After completing Rnd 30th, you should have 4 corners of 6 Dc Clusters and 112 of 3Dc Clusters

The Baby Breath Section (5 Rnds)

Rnd 1

Step 1 – Rep Step 1 to 3 of Rnd 3 of The Granny Stitch Section

Step 2 – Hdc in the adjacent Inter-Cluster Sp of the previous Rnd

Step 3 – Tc in the same Inter-Cluster Sp

Step 4 – Hdc in the same Inter-Cluster sp

Steps 2,3 and 4 form the Baby Breath Stitch Cluster

Step 5-Ch1

Keep working the Baby Breath Clusters in each Inter-Clusters Sp separated by Ch1 and 6Dc Clusters in each corner.

Rnd 2 to 5

Rep Rnd 1

By the end of Rnd 5, you should have 4 corners of 6Dc Clusters and 132 Baby Breath Clusters

The Granny Broken Ribbing Section (5Rnds)

Rnd1&2

Rep The Granny Stitch Section, (6 Dc clusters at corners and 3Dc Clusters in Inter-Clusters Sps)

Rnd3

Step 1 -Rep Steps 1 to 3 of Rnd 3 of The Granny Stitch Section.

Step 2 -Dc in the adjacent Inter-Cluster Sp of the previous Rnd

Step 3 – Work Long FpTc in the 5th St of the Corner Cluster, two Rnds bleow

Step 4 – Dc in the same Inter-Cluster Sp of step 2

(Step 2, 3 & 4 form the first Broken Ribbing Stitch Cluster)

Step 5 – Dc in the adjacent Inter-Cluster Sp of the previous Rnd

Step 6 – Work Long FpTC in the middle Dc St of 3 Dc Cluster, two Rnds bleow

Step 7 – Dc in the same Inter-Cluster Sp of step 5

Keep Rep Step 5 to 7 in each Inter-Cluster Sp and keep working 6Dc Clusters in each corner

After completing 5 Rnds of this section secure & cut yarn

Scallop Edging (1 Rnd)

Step 1 – Join yarn by Sl St at any Inter-Cluster Sp

Step 2 – Ch5 then Sl St at the next Inter-Cluster Sp

Step 3 – Rep Step 2 until you reach one of the corners

Step 4 – Ch5 then Sl St in the middle Sp of the 6Dc Cluster

Step 5 – Ch5 then Sl St again in the middle Sp of the 6Dc Cluster

Step 6 – Keep Rep Steps 2 to 5 until you reach the end of the Rnd

Step 7 Sl St, secure and cut yarn. Weave all ends.

How to Avoid Mistakes

Pay extra attention to the corners. You can easily work 5 Double Crochet Clusters instead of 6 Double Crochet Clusters. You won’t discover such a mistake until you complete another round. It’s easy to frog back at early rounds, but after 10 rounds, it can be irritating. Before you start any round, take the time to go back and check your corners. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

How to Fix Mistakes

Crochet is not like knitting, you can’t drop down a stitch and re-knit it back. In this project, any mistake is painfully visible. You can either frog back or learn to live with it. Just be aware that some mistakes can distort your blanket or throw off your count.

How Customize Your Blanket

The pattern suggests that you work 30 Rnds of Granny Stitch, 5 Rnds of Baby Breath Stitch and 5 Rnds of Granny Broken Ribbing. To increase the size of your blanket, work extra rounds of Granny Stitch and keep the same number of Rnds for the Baby Breath Section & the Broken Ribbing Section. Doing so will maintain the design proportions of the blanket and allows speedy finish of you project. You can increase the rounds of the latest 2 section, but the complexity of the stitches may delay the completion of your project.

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