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Published on February 25th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Baby Star Blanket by Kate Eastwood

With February chills still nipping at our heels this week’s Crochet Club make is all about keeping our tiny tots warm and toasty. This Baby Star Blanket is the perfect size to throw over the top of a baby car seat or pushchair, but could be made slightly bigger for a cot or crib.

Baby Star Blanket

The blanket is worked in simple Double Crochet (US Single Crochet) and the stars are hooked up separately and stitched on to the finished blanket, making this a beautiful and totally unique handmade accessory!

Star Baby Blanket

I used 7 x balls of Debbie Bliss Mia in Silver (22) for the main part of the blanket and 1 x ball of Debbie Bliss Mia in Light Pink (11) for the stars.

For the blanket I worked with a 4.5 mm hook for the main part and a 3.5mm hook for the finishing edge and border.

The stars are worked with a 2.5mm hook.

Debbie Bliss Mia

The finished blanket measures approx. 62cm x 52cm.

To make the blanket:

Chain 91.

Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC, 90 sts.

At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. Keep working rows of DC until your work measures approx. 60cm, finishing on a RS row. Remember to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Do not finish off at the end of your final row.

Edging:

Round 1: Switch to using a 3.5mm hook and work a round of DC all the way around all four edges of the blanket, working 2 or 3 stitches into each corner stitch to stop the blanket from becoming out of shape.

(I found it helped to keep the edges flat by working 1 DC in each stitch on the top and bottom edge and two stitches in every alternate stitch down each side.)

Round 2: Work a second round of DC, working 1 DC into each stitch all the way around, and two or three stitches into each corner stitch if needed.

Round 3: You are now going to work the Picot border as follows :* Sl St, chain 2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain you have just worked, Sl St in to the next stitch.* Now repeat from * to * all the way around the edge of your blanket. Sl ST to join at the end, finish off and sew in the ends.

Stitching the edges

Blanket edging

To make the stars:

I made a total of 23 stars for my blanket. Using the Light Pink and 2.5mm hook makes the stars as follows:

Crochet stars

Creating a crochet star

Creating a crochet star

You are now going to create your first point by working back down the chain as follows: beginning in the second chain from the hook work a Sl St, followed by a DC, followed by a HTR. Now skip a stitch and Sl St the point back to the central circle*. Repeat from * to * until you have 5 points. Sl St to join, finish off and sew in the ends.

Creating a point

Creating the second point

 

Crocheted star

Once you have made the required number of stars lie out your blanket and position the stars as you want them. I pinned mine with safety pins to hold them in place whilst sewing each star in to its final position with a needle and thread. When sewing each star work your way all the way around the edge with small stitches to ensure that each star is held firmly in place.

Stitching stars in place

What a beautiful blanket!

Star baby blanket

Baby in a blanket

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




4 Responses to Crochet Club: Baby Star Blanket by Kate Eastwood

  1. Linda Daily says:

    I absolutely love the stars that were added to the blanket. You do beautiful work.

  2. Patricia Parker says:

    Beautiful blanket almost makes me wish l have a wee tot to make it for

  3. Lynda Havard says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to make it!

  4. Laura says:

    Just an adorable blanket… Just luv it!

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