Crochet Hugs & Kisses Starshine Afghan

Finally! Someone I know is having a baby. Yay! My next door neighbor is expecting a boy and I am so happy for her. (And for me because I had an excuse to make a baby blanket. Heh!)

The pattern for this one was written by Jeanne Steinhilber of the Crochet Crowd, and it’s adorably called the Hugs & Kisses Starshine Afghan. I alternated 4 rounds of blue with 2 rounds of gray for the whole blanket.

It was an easy pattern that worked up quickly. Also, I think it’s ideal for a boy baby because it’s a cute star shape with no frills or ruffles.

And on to the next project!

It’s a Girl! Blanket

This cute little baby blanket features the (slightly modified) Delilah square by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine, and is put together using a braided continuous join.

I recently discovered the continuous join, or join-as-you-go (JAYG), method for joining squares, and just like that *snap* my aversion to granny squares is gone!

My problem with granny square blankets wasn’t making lots of squares – it was joining them. I hated sewing them together. I hated crocheting them together. I really hated weaving in all those ends! Never again! With the JAYG method I joined all the squares for the It’s a Girl! Blanket and did the whole border without cutting the yarn once. All thanks to the crochet genius who came up with JAYG!!

Rainbow Sky Baby Blanket

The Rainbow Sky baby blanket would make a lovely gift for any baby! It depicts a beautiful sky complete with rainbows and clouds. Rainbow Sky blanket combines loads of texture with bright colors perfect for the development of young fingers and eyes. Ready to give it a try? Here’s the pattern (with some important notes at the end).

Blanket:

With light blue ch 140

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd st from hk and each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 2: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, ch 2, turn

Rows 3-5: repeat row 2

Row 6: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, change to white, turn

Row 7: With white, ch 3 (counts as a dc) *Bobble st (5dctog) in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * to next to last st, dc in last st, ch 1, turn

Row 8: Sc in 1st st and each st across, ch 3, turn

Row 9: (Ch 3 counts as a dc) *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from * to end of row, change to light blue

Rows 10-15: With light blue chain 2 (counts as first hdc) hdc in next st and in each st across

Row 16: With red, ch 1, and working only in the back loops, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to orange, turn

Row 17: With orange, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to yellow, turn

Row 18: With yellow, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to green, turn

Row 19: With green, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to blue, turn

Row 20: With blue, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to purple, turn

Row 21: With purple, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to light blue, ch2, turn

Row 22-26: Do 5 rows of hdc’s with the light blue

Repeat rows 7, 8, and 9 for the cloud rows, then sky, then rainbows, then sky etc.

Border:

Round 1: With white sc evenly around. In the corners do sc, ch 2, sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *bobble in next st, sc in next st, repeat from *

Round 3: Ch 3, *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from *

Round 4: Ch 1, crab st (reverse sc) in each st around (crab st, ch 2, crab st in corners), end off, weave in ends.

Notes:

1. Ok, so when you do the bobble stitch rows, the bobbles will pop out on the other side, so you want to make sure you’re starting those rows when the back of the blanket is facing you.

2. Bobble stitch is the same as dc5tog in one stitch. Here’s how it goes: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull through two loops, (yarn over insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times (there will be 5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

3. Another things about the bobble rows – the bobbles should sit diagonally to each other so when you do the second row, do a single crochet into the bobble below and do a bobble into the single crochet below.

4. Crab stitch is a reverse single crochet. So if you are right handed and you usually crochet from right to left, you will be switching directions and crocheting left to right. So for righties, insert your hook into the stitch to the right of the current stitch, yarn over, and pull through two loops. (For lefties, you will be going from left to right.)

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

St – stitch

Hk – hook

Dc – double crochet

Sc – single crochet

Candy Ripple Baby Blanket

This is a cute blanket that I made with baby weight yarn leftover from other projects. I used a very simple ripple pattern with stripes of random widths. I actually used a random number sequence generator from the internet to decide how many rows to do in each color. Then I wove in all the ends (which I hate doing but in reality only took about half an hour), and worked a simple border with hdc shells on the short sides and single crochet on the long sides. Here’s the pattern:

Body:

Ch 115

Row 1: dc in 4th st from hook, *dc in each of next 4 st, dc2tog twice, dc in each of next 4 st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, repeat from * to end, end with 2 dcs in last st, ch 3 and turn

Row 2: dc in same st as ch, *dc in each of the next 4 st, dc2tog twice, dc in each of next 4 st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, repeat from * to end, end with 2 dcs in last st, ch 3 and turn

Row 3 to end: repeat Row 2 (make the blanket as big as you want, change colors whenever you want)

Weave in ends

Edging:

Round 1: After last stitch ch 1 and turn, sc around entire blanket (3 sc in corner stitches), sl st in first sc, ch 1 and turn

Round 2: sl st in 1st st, *sk next st, 5 hdc in next st, sk next st, sl st in next stitch, repeat from * to end of short side, 3 sc in corner stitch, sc down long side, hdc shells along the other short side, sc along other long side, sl st to first st, fasten off and weave in end.