Crochet with Kate: Bobbly Baby Blanket
Looking for the perfect crochet project for a baby shower or new baby gift ? Look no further! Kate Eastwood from the Just Pootling blog has the perfect blanket for a baby car seat or buggy!
Crochet Kate’s fabulous bobbly blanket in a bright colour, and the texture and contrast of the bobbles will be lots of fun as well as keeping little ones tucked up warm underneath! Made from King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK, a fabulously light yet warm texture that is machine washable!
You will need:
- King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK, 1 x Cream (538) and 3 x Red (539)
- A 3mm crochet hook
- A tapestry needle for sewing in ends.
- The pattern is in UK crochet terms, but you can use our handy conversion chart if you need US terms!
The finished blanket measures approx. 60cm x 50cm.
First, make a starting chain of 96.
Work the first dc into the second chain from the hook, 95 stitches.
Work 10 rows in dc, remembering to ch 1 at the beginning of each row.
Row 11: This is your first bobble row.
As your bobbles are worked in a different colour, you will need to join in the new yarn at this point and Kate found the simplest way to do this is to lie the cream yarn on top of the last row of stitches that you worked and as you work along the next row just hold it in place as you go. This way when you come to make the bobbles the yarn is already there with all your ends neatly tucked away.
So, with the cream yarn in place and remembering to chain 1 in red for the start of the new row, work 5 dc. Now bring the cream yarn forward and make a starting chain of 3. This is going to act as your first treble.
To make the bobble, work 6 further tr but do not pull through to finish the tr, so that you end up with 7 loops on your hook.
To close the bobble , cream yarn over and pull the yarn through all 7 loops.
Now tuck the cream yarn back on top of the last row again and bring the red forward.
Work 11 dc in red and then make your second bobble.
Continue working along the row, with 11 dc in between each bobble, the first bobble being worked into the 12th stitch. After your last bobble there will be 5 dc to the end of the row. Continue to work the cream along the row to the end and then leaving enough of an end to sew in later, cut the cream yarn.
After your first bobble row ( Row 11 ) continue working in dc for a further 11 rows.
Row 12 will then be your next bobble row. Remember to join your cream yarn in from the beginning and then work exactly the same bobble pattern row as before.
In total your finished blanket will have 11 bobble rows.
After your 11th bobble row, work 11 further rows of dc.
The 12th row should be your right side row. Work this row in dc but when you get to the end of the row just continue working dc around the entire edge of the blanket. Work 2 dc into each corner to help the blanket keep its shape.
Work 2 further rows of dc around the edge of the blanket, working 2 dc into each corner stitch.
You should now find that the dc edging has really neatened up the edges of the blanket. Finish off the red yarn at the end of the third round of dc. You are now ready to work the finishing ruffle around the blanket.
Using the cream yarn work a further round of dc all the way around the blanket but this time work the dc into the back loop only – this makes the cream stand out even more.
When you have worked one round of cream dc, ss to finish the round and work a chain of 3. This counts as your first tr of the ruffle.
To make the ruffle simply work 4 tr into each dc from the last row:
In no time at all you will see the ruffle beginning to form…
Continue working the ruffle all the way around the edge of the blanket and finish it off with a ss, and once you have finished, carefully sew in the few ends that are on the reverse of the blanket.
A fabulous baby blanket that is kind to skin and made of natural fibres!
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