Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Children's Blankets - Sealife and Flowers

 Just before Oliver turned 1 I decided I wanted to make him his own children's blanket.  I didn't crochet when he was born so I didn't have the opportunity to make him one.  I did knit but I didn't really enjoy it enough to make, what I considered at the time, a big project.  So I went to shop for wool and looked at blanket patterns.  The only thing I really knew was that I wanted it to be a single sized blanket that would last him throughout his life.  After a lot of searching I found out about the ripple stitch and thought it looked a lot like sea which I thought would look great in the blue stripe wool I had found at Hobbycraft.  So it was on 3 for 2 I naively purchased 6 50g balls thinking that would be enough.  I started work on the blanket and very quickly realised that that 6 balls was no where near enough and after some calculations I ordered a further 54 balls!

Unfortunately it was one of those repetitive projects that once started ends up being left whilst other projects that are more fun come along and are completed.  So the blanket set half started, and whilst it was originally intended as a 1st birthday present was in reality not finished until just after his second Christmas.   I put his finished children's blanket in the cupboard meaning him to have it for his 3rd birthday, but I completely forgot, so he actually received it last Christmas.   It has mostly lived on his bed, but I had no idea how attached he was to it until I asked him if he wanted me to decorate it.  I was instructed to put a pirate ship, 5 turtles and 5 starfish on the blanket.  However, he would not allow me to take it away to work on overnight.  So instead I made the motifs as instructed and sewed them on the following morning so he was not without his blanket.

I love the fact that he loves it this much that he is not wanting to be separated from it.  I hope he continues to love it as he grows older and that one day maybe he can pass it on to his son, if he has one!  If you want to make Oliver's Sealife blanket then I have uploaded the pattern for you to try.



Lily did have the benefit of getting a homemade baby blanket, since I was definitely hooked on crochet when I was pregnant with her.   I made this daisy blanket for her when she was born, although I couldn't get the hang of those particular flowers, so she got something a little different.   I used her baby blanket in the car, however, now she is coming up to 2 she is much to big for the size of blanket, so I decided to extend it to a children's blanket size.  I was recently pointed in the direction of a pattern called Around the bases which seemed a perfect way to frame the baby blanket, but still make it large enough to grow with her.

I was lucky enough to be able to exactly match the colours I had used in the original blanket, and I also decided on some contrast colours to make it a little different.   It only took a few weeks to extend Lily's baby blanket (much quicker than Oliver's) and I am really pleased with the results.  I really enjoyed this pattern, and I learnt many new stitches which I will definitely be making use of in the future.   I did skip the 14th inning as my blanket was getting large and I couldn't find a way to work it in with my colour scheme.  It ended up much larger than a children's blanket - it is huge, almost 1.75m square, definitely the largest project I have made so far and will fit nicely on a double bed one day for her.  I decided to remake the flowers that I originally put on the blanket in the contrast colours to the original blanket squares and I really like the effect it gives.   The flowers were peach blossoms from the book 100 Lace Flower's to crochet by Caitlin Sainio and I think they look perfect with the blanket.

The blanket is a bit to large to get a good look at the details so I have added extra pictures to show the detail in the stitches and the original baby blanket in the middle.  I has come out looking wonky but that is just the angle of the photo, the actual blanket is square!  It is now all ready for Lily's second birthday in July - I hope she likes it as much as Oliver likes his blanket!  





I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks post on children's blankets as much as I enjoyed making them.  See you next week for something I am working on for easter.

Vicky x

Sealife Blanket

 This is the pattern for the sealife blanket.  It uses quite a few different stitches and the turtles, star fish and pirate ship are sew on to the blanket once made.

 Materials:

  • 60 balls of DK Womens Institute Soft and Cuddly Blue Stripes (50g)
  • 50g ball of DK wool in each brown, red, white, blue, yellow and green
  • 4mm hook
  • Needle

Stitches:

  • Dc - double crochet
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Sc inc - single crochet increase
  • Trc - treble crochet
  • Dtrc - double treble crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • Dc inc - double crochet increase
  • Dc dec - double crochet decrease
  • C2C - Corner to Corner
  • Ripple Stitch - 4 Dc, 2 dc inc, 4 dc, 2 dc dec
  • Crab stitch - reverse single crochet
  • Popcorn Stitch - There are 3 popcorn stitches in this pattern;
    • DC popcorn - 5 Dc in same stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in 1st dc and then through loop, ch1
    • Trc popcorn - 6 trc in same stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in 1st dc and then through loop, ch1
    • Dtrc popcorn - 8 dtrc in same stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in 1st dc and then through loop, ch1

  

 Blanket - The blanket is worked in ripple stitch (see above) using the blue stripe wool.

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 240 + 3 for the first Dc

 

2

Then work 158 rows of ripple stitch

 

 

Change to blue and work border

 

3

Starting in the corner *2dc, ch2, 2dc then to make the blanket edge square - (2dc, 2 hdc, 4sc, 2hdc, 2dc) rep to end of row then 2dc, ch2, 2dc in corner, sc along straight edge.*  Repeat * to * to

 

4

Sc around with 2sc ch2 2sc in corners

 

5

crab stitch around with 2 sc in corners

 

 Pirate Ship

This is worked in several parts the main hull is worked in 3 parts, then the sail post is worked separately to the two sails.

Hull sides– in brown

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

The two edges are worked as separate pieces in c2c stitch

 

2

Work 9 rows of c2c increasing only

 

Main Hull – in brown

·        Main hull - this is a rectangle c2c piece - follow the chart below for the positioning of the windows, which I have done in black.  It is 9 rows wide and 22 rows long.


  To put the hull together, sc with wrong sides together along each of the joins.

 

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Then starting in the top left stitch, 3 dc in each c2c square along the entire hull.   ch3 and turn

 

2

dc in each stitch, ch6 turn

 

3

dc in 4th ch from hook, then dc in 2 remaining chs, dc along entire hull, ch 6 turn

 

4

dc in 4th ch from hook and dc in remaining chs the sl st in next dc and cast off

 

5

in black sc around entire edge with 2 sc in corners

 

 

Sail Post 

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

This is worked in brown with 18 rows long and 2 rows wide of c2c stitch.

 

2

Then work 1 row of sc around the outside of the post with 2 sc in the corners

 

  

Sails

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sails are also worked in c2c stitch.  They are 15 rows of c2c stitch starting in white for 3 rows and then switching to red for 3 rows.  This pattern is repeated for the remaining rows

 

2

Then 1 round of sc is worked in black with 2 sc in the corners

 

 

To put sails together

 

3

in black sc sail and sail post together with right sides facing

 

4

repeat for second sail

 

5

finally sc sail post to middle of hull with right sides facing

 

6

sew in any ends and sew pirate ship for sealife blanket.

 

 

Turtle (make 5 in green)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x6

12

3

(sc inc, sc) x6

18

4

(sc inc, 2sc) x6

24

5

(sc inc, 3sc) x6

30

6

(sc inc, 4sc) x6

36

7

dtrc popcorn st, 5sc, trc popcorn st, 5sc, trc popcorn st, 5sc, dc popcorn st, 5sc, trc popcorn st, 5sc, trc popcorn st, 5sc

 

 

sl st and cast off, sew in ends and sew turtles to the sealife blanket.

 

 

Starfish (make 5 in yellow)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5sc in magic circle

5

2

(sc inc) x 5

10

3

(sc inc) x10

20

4

(sc hdc dc trc ch2, trc dc hdc sc) in next 2 stitches - repeat 5 times around edge of circle

 

 

cast off and sew starfish to the blanket.

 

 

   

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