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Crochet Club Circles blanket

Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Free Baby Blanket Step-by-Step Tutorial!

A homemade blanket is the perfect gift for any new baby and Kate Eastwood’s blanket is not only bright and colourful, but will teach them all about shapes before they know it!

 Circles blanket

With a bobbly border and pom poms added at the corners there’s lots of lovely texture for those little fingers to explore!

Circles blanket

I made my blanket in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino as it gives the softest of finishes and there is a wonderful array of colours to choose from, and for my blanket I used 6 x balls of White 340100, and 1 x ball each of Duck Egg 340026, Slate 340009 and Acid Yellow 340091, working with a 3mm hook. This tutorial uses UK crochet terminology.

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Each square is made up of a central circle in one of the three colours, bordered by the white yarn building a square around the circle and then to join all the squares together.

In total I made 21 squares in each of the three different colourways.

Once all the squares were joined together I added a bobble border all the way around the blanket and finished it off by adding three small pom poms, one in each colour, at each corner of the blanket.

Circles blanket

The finished blanket measures approx. 60cm x 50cm.

To make the circle:

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16 sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch and then work 2DC in to the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 24sts.

Round 4: * Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then work 2DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 32 sts.

 

Circle Blanket

Round 5: Work a round of DC, 32 sts. Slip stitch to join, finish off and sew in the ends.

Circles blanket

Making the circle in to a square:

Round 1: Working in to the back loops only, join in the white yarn with a Sl St. Work 1 DC in to the same stitch and then work 2 further DC. You are now going to make your first corner:* work  1 HTR,  and then in to the next stitch work  1HTR, 1TR and 1HTR. Work 1 HTR in to the next stitch.*

Circles blanket

Now work 5 DC to make the next side and repeat from * to * to make your second corner.

Continue working around the circle so that each side has 5DC and each corner is worked as for * to *.  After your 4th corner work 2 DC. This will bring you back to the beginning of the round, Sl St to join and chain 1.

Circles blanket

Round 2:

Now working in to both loops as usual, work a DC in to the same stitch as the chain at the end of your last round and then work a further 3DC. *Work 1 HTR in the next stitch, followed by 3 HTR all in to the next stitch. Work 1 HTR.*

Now work along the next side with 7 DC, and repeat from * to * to make your second corner. Continue on around the square in this way working 7 DC along each side and repeating the corner 4 times.

After your fourth corner, work 3 DC, Sl St to join and chain 1.

Circles blanket

Round 3:  Work a DC in to the same stitch as the chain at the end of your last round and then work a further 4DC. *Work 1 HTR in the next stitch, followed by 3 HTR all in to the next stitch. Work 1 HTR.*

Now work along the next side with 9 DC, and repeat from * to * to make your second corner. Continue on around the square in this way working 9 DC along each side and repeating the corner 4 times.

After your fourth corner, work 4 DC, Sl St to join and chain 1.

Circles blanket

Round 4:

Work a DC in to the same stitch as the chain at the end of your last round and then work a further 7DC. *Work 3 HTR all in to the next stitch.*

Now work along the next side with 13 DC, and repeat from * to * to make your second corner. Continue on around the square in this way working 13 DC along each side and repeating the corner 4 times.

After your fourth corner, work 6 DC, Sl St to join and finish off. Sew in the ends.

Circles blanket

Circles blanket

Joining the blanket together:

Once you have completed all 63 squares lay them out onto a flat surface in the pattern that you want the finished blanket to be in. I find the best thing for pinning the squares together is safety pins as you can easily pick up the blanket and work with it without all the squares moving about.

circles blanket

To get a neat finish to your blanket work all of your joining seams in the same direction. I started by joining all the long seams first and I joined the squares together by working in Sl St all the way along.

circles blanket

To add a little bit of extra texture I used DC to join the shorther seams.

Circles Blanket

Adding the border:

Round 1: Work a round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket, working 2 stitches in to two of the corner stitches as you go round, to stop the blanket losing its shape.

Round 2: This round is the bobble edging. With the wrong side of the blanket facing you, *yarn over and pull through to approx. TR height. Repeat the yarn over and pull up 5 more times. Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook.

Circles blanket

Work a Sl St to hold the bobble together *and Sl St in to the next stitch. Sl St in to the next stitch and then repeat from * to * in the next stitch. Work 2 Sl St after each bobble. Continue this pattern all the way around the edge of the blanket and Sl St to join at the end of the round. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Circles blanket

Circles blanket

To finish off my blanket I made a small pom pom in each of the three colours and secured them firmly to each corner.

Circles blanket

Circles blanket

For more of Kate Eastwood’s gorgeous patterns and projects, follow her on Instagram and on her blog JustPootling!

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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 Free Baby Blanket Step-by-Step Tutorial!

  1. Very cute – it must feel gorgeous in baby cashmerino too.

  2. Olive o'halloran says:

    That blanket is very beautiful. I would like to make one day so how will I get the repeat of the tutorial when I’m ready. I would hate it to vanish off my Facebook..Im 86 and had better get cracking soon. Still pretty new to crocheting but love it. Thanks

  3. Lesley says:

    This is GORGEOUS! Very similar to one I’m making in chunky right now, too, so it caught my eye. Thanks for the fantastic photos and instructions!

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