Crochet Club: Free Flower Baby Blanket by Kate Eastwood
Kate Eastwood’s simple baby blanket is dotted with beautiful flowers – a perfect new baby gift!
With each new year, new babies arrive, and what could be lovelier than a beautifully soft baby blanket as a welcoming gift? This one is designed to fit a car seat or crib and worked in a simple htr stripe (US hdc) it couldn’t be easier to make.
For my blanket I used Willow & Lark Nest as it provides a beautifully warm softness that has the perfect drape for a baby blanket.
The main part of the blanket is worked with a 4.5mm hook and the flowers are worked with a 3.5mm hook.
The flowers are made separately and then stitched on to the finished blanket.
The main part of the blanket is worked in rows of half trebles, htr (US half double crochet, hdc) then finished off with a bobble border.
The finished measurements of the blanket are approx. 56cm wide x 64cm long.
To make the blanket:
Using a 4.5mm hook and the colour Fondant Pink work a chain of 93.
Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of HTR. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. 92 sts.
Repeat each row as above until your work measures approx. 53cm.
Finish with a Right Side row. At the end of the row continue on around the blanket working in DC. Work 2 to 3 stitches in to each corner stitch. At the end of the round, Sl St to join and finish off.
Now join in the ROSE coloured yarn and work a second round of DC all the way around the blanket, working 2 to 3 stitches in to each corner stitch. Sl st to join at the end of the round and chain 1.
To make the bobble border:
Turn your work so that you have the Wrong Side facing you and DC 2.
To make a bobble: * Yarn over and pull up to approx. TR height , five times. This will give you 11 loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through all 11 loops. Chain 1.
DC 2. *
Repeat from * to * all the way around the edge of the blanket.
At the end of the round Sl St to join and finish off.
Sew in all the ends.
To make the flowers:
The flowers are worked in the Milk and Rose shades with a 3.5mm hook. I made a total of 13 flowers.
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 5 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 10sts.
Round 3: Work a round of 10DC. Join with a Sl St at the end of the round, finish off and sew in the ends.
Join in the Rose yarn with a Sl St and *chain 4. Work 4 DTR all into the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. You will now have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, chain 1 to close the bobble. Chain 4 and Sl st in to the next stitch*. Sl St in to the next stitch and repeat from * to *
Make 5 petals in total, Sl St to join and finish off, sewing in any ends.
Once you have made all of the flowers lay the blanket on to a flat surface and position the flowers where you want them to be. Pin in place with safety pins.
Using a needle and thread stitch the flowers in place.