The girl I nanny for turned 1 a few weekends ago. When I started working with this family, she was only 6 months old, couldn't sit up on her own, and had no teeth. Now, she babbles all of the time, crawls around, and is eating solid food. I wanted to make something that her mother could put in her room, like over the rocking chair, to give her room a little more color. So, I reverted to my dozens of bookmarked crochet patterns to find one that would be right for this little girl.
The first thing that I loved about this pattern was that the center of each patch looked like a tiny flower. It was also incredibly simple, and I was able to make each patch in under 15 minutes. The entire time to complete the blanket took about 3 weeks, which included days when I wouldn't be able to work on the blanket at all. When I had the number of patches the original pattern called for, I laid them out and decided the blanket was too short even for a baby and adapted it to make it slightly longer. I also changed the colors around depending on how much yarn I had left over and to achieve the look I wanted. I love the way the blanket came out, however next time I think I will make it a little wider by adding another column of flowers. I could have also made it with cheaper yarn and left it the size it is now and it would make a really cute throw rug. I would definitely recommend this pattern is incredibly versatile because it lends itself to any color scheme, size, or function.
|In Round 1, pull the yarn through the|
center of the ring when you make
Flower Patch Baby Blanket
Adapted from Lion Brand's Bright Flower Throw
2 balls of pink yarn
2 balls of red yarn
1 ball green yarn
1 ball cream yarn
*I used Vanna's Choice yarns - nicer than the bargain brands like Red Heart and only costs a little more. Plus they come in balls rather than skeins and therefore are much better to use for smaller projects where you won't need a ton of yarn.
Pattern - make 36 with pink, 18 with red, 17 with green, and 10 with cream
|To finish Round 1, draw a slip stitch through|
the top of the beginning chain in the first cluster
Round 1: Ch 3, 2-dc Cl in ring, ch 3, (3-dc Cl, ch 3) 5 times, join with sl st in top of beginning cluster - 6 clusters at the end of this round.
Round 2: Sl st in first ch 3 sp, ch 2, (hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same ch 3 sp as sl st, ch 1, *(2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of beginning ch.
|To start Round 2, draw another slip stitch|
through the chain 3 space right after the first cluster
Fasten off and weave in ends
To finish: sew hexagons together to form flowers, lay out and fill in with leaves.
2-dc Cl - 2 double crochet cluster - (yarn over, insert hook through ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops) 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (there should be three).
3-dc Cl - 3 double crochet cluster - (yarn over, insert hook through ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (there should be four).
sp - space - the hole created by a chain (such as a chain 1 space).
For Round 3, chain 1, and then create the single crochet in the same stitch where you ended Round 2 with a slip stitch. To assemble the blanket, I first sewed the flowers, then laid them out and filled in the spaces with the remaining green and white patches. I used a basic whip stitch (over, under, over, under) to sew the patches together.