Inspired by my own experience with pregnancy loss, I wanted to write up a free pattern for any crocheter that would like to donate to nationalshare.org or gift this beautiful blanket. Our previous blog post gives you our personal experience more information about the cause so if you haven’t read it yet, take a look!
The focus of the free pattern is to keep it within the 18” square to fit in the keepsake boxes that are given to mothers at the hospital when they experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Any blankets you make can be donated to your local share chapter via the link below. But if you’d like to donate to the Metro Detroit Chapter I can always check in with them for need. These losses are more common than the general public realizes and any amount of comfort we can bring these families is time well spent.
If you would like to purchase the no add PDF it does include a modification to the blanket for a regular baby blanket size measuring 31” x 41” (think two patterns in one!) and 15% of the pattern proceeds go to funding materials to make more blankets and the cause.(but honestly I will probably spend more on yarn to donate but every little bit helps!).
*Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the paid PDF.
When I think of baby blankets I think bobbles, and I went through multiple configurations before developing my final design. I wanted to take this bobble idea, combined with a baby appropriate but colorful scheme, to create this textural and visually stimulating blanket pattern.
Row 1: When working the starting row of the blanket, FDC 43.
For all other repeats, CH 2, HDC in 2nd ST across, DC in last ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 2: BO, HDC 7, [BO, HDC 7] x4. BO, DC in last CH 2 SP. CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 3: HDC in first ST, HDC across row, SK 2nd to last ST, DC in last ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
(Row three is worked differently to make sure bobbles are in the correct palcement).
Row 1: HDC 43 in 2nd CH from hook, DC in last ST, CH 2 Turn (43).
Row 2: HDC 4, BO, HDC 7 [BO, HDC 7] x3. BO, HDC 4, DC in last CH ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 3: Repeat Row three in Repeat A (43).
Rows 1-3: (Color 1): Repeat A
Rows 4-6: (Color 2): Repeat B
Rows 7-9: (Color 3): Repeat A
Rows 10-12: (Color 1): Repeat B
Rows 13-15: (Color 2): Repeat A
Rows 16-18: (Color 1): Repeat B
Rows 19-21: (Color 3): Repeat A
Rows 22-24: (Color 2): Repeat B
Rows 25-27: (Color 1): Repeat A
Starting CH counts as a ST. Rotate blanket as you work.
See previous color change instructions and use them when transitioning from the body of the
blanket to the border.
Wait to weave in ends until all rows are complete so you can tighten and bring ends under the
first row of the border.
To keep you r stitch count uniform through out the blanket, work 5 STS of border per 3 rows of
the body of the blanket (one color repeat). In Fig 2 you can see the three of the
5 DC are worked in the border thus far. You would then DC 2 more times in the orange color,
then 5 in the blue and so on.
4 Rows in Color 3: (work DC CH 1 DC and/or SC CH 1 SC into each CH 1 corner space from previous
Row 1: CH 2, HDC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (172 DC).
Row 2: CH 1, SC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (180 DC).
Row 3: CH 2, HDC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (188 DC).
Row 4: CH 1, SC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (196 DC).
FO and weave in ends
We would love to see your finished blanket! You can use #CharileBabyBlanket on social media and stay tuned for even more color combinations on Instagram at @A_Cute_Design as we keep making for the cause.
Happy making friends!
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