Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pretty Lacy Stitch for a Baby Blanket



Since back in February I shared a picture of the baby blanket that my mom made, many people asked me about the beautiful lacy stitch that she used. And no wonder because such baby blanket would make a perfect gift.

My mom has made several of such blankets so far, and they were very appreciated. I even sold one in my community. In addition to pink, she made them in pale yellow (shown below), light green (unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to take a picture), and white (I still have this blanket, might share a picture later). And I must say this lacy pattern looks fabulous in all colors.

By the way, if anyone would like to commission such blanket to my mom or me to make, please e-mail me privately.





I am happy to share this lacy stitch with everyone. Special thanks to the ladies from Crochet Partners Yahoo group who tested it for me.

Please note, this is not the pattern for the blanket but just the main stitch. Once you are comfortable with the stitch, it won’t be difficult to make a blanket. Just measure your swatch and figure out the measurements for your blanket.

In the swatch shown above, I started with chain 36.

If you would like to share this pattern with others, please refer them to my blog. It took me a lot of work to write the pattern, so please do not redistribute it. Thank you.

Abbreviations
ch chain(s)
sc single crochet(s)
dc double crochet(s)
( ) contains explanatory information
* * instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them

Multiple of 11 ch, plus 10 for symmetry, plus 4

Row 1: 3 dc in sixth ch from the hook, skip 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch, *ch 3, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, skip 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch*, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch. Chain 2, turn.

Row 2: 3 dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc*, dc in next dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 3 dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc*, dc in next dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 4: dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc*, ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 5: dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc*, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 6: dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc*, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 7: 3 dc in next dc, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc*, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat from row 2.


The yarn used for these blankets was Pound of Love by Lion Brand.


Update: My free pattern for this entire blanket is now available as well. Click here for the pattern

I am joining Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits link party at Stone Gable.

75 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...I fell in love with this blanket when I saw it for the first time... Thank you sooooo much for sharing your pattern..it comes out beautiful!!!

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  2. Ditto Shari's remarks! Thank you so much.

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  3. Thank You so Much for sharing Pattern! I really love this Pattern!

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  4. Soooo cuuuute and beautiful... lovely blanket you share with us !
    Hug
    Anna

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  5. Love this stitch and can't wait to try it out..!! Could you share how the blanket's in the pictures were finished off.... sure would appreciate it!!!
    Debbie H.

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    1. Crab stitch was used for the border.

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    2. Thank you..!!!! =D

      Debbie H.

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    3. I am interested in the border directions. Love finished looking borders on baby afghans.
      Sue Z.

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  6. That is absolutely beautiful. Such a lovely and unusual lace. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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  7. I was wondering about the edging for the pink blanket. Is it a row of sc then a second row of dc skip 1 or 2 then dc around? I want to make a blanket for a crib. How many chains should I start with? I'm not sure what the gauge on this is or what size hook you suggest. The multiple of 11 plus 10 plus 4 would make this 25 stitches???

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    1. I believe the edging on the pink blanket is a row of dc skip 1 then dc around. Then the second row is crab stitch around. I don't know exactly as it was my mom who made this blanket, not me, and she didn't make any notes as she was crocheting.
      I cannot tell you how many chains you will need to start with. Again, I don't know how many my mom started with. The size of the hook will depend on the type of yarn you're using.
      The multiple of 11, plus 10 for symmetry, plus 4 would give you 25 chains, but that is only for a small swatch.

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    2. Thanks, I can do it now. I will be making this for a friend due next month.

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    3. You are very welcome. I hope your blanket will turn our great and your friend will love it!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. Looks great...I wish I could learn to read these directions and understand them more better maybe one day...wishing you a lovely day...with love Janice

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  10. these would make such lovely gifts--tfs:)

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  11. Thank you for sharing this! My mom is making afghans for my great niece. I really like this in yellow. It seems like everything that she has been making is pink!

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  12. I can't wait to do this one! GORGEOUS. Thank you!

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    1. How do you make the crab stitch...this is a beautiful blanket...thank you for sharing.

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  13. That is really, really pretty - looks so soft and cuddly.

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  14. What type of yarn was used for this beautiful blanket pattern?

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  15. Oh this is gorgeous! So inspiring! Thank you!

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  16. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I guess I am confused...how many would you chain to begin this blanket?

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  18. Olga - I hope you don't mind but I found on youtube how to do the crab stitch. Please see the link that I added. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

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  19. Oh beautiful. Might pick up my hook again for this one :-)

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  20. This is so lovely. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

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  21. Beautiful blanket! I would LOVE to see maybe a you tube video of how to do it. I'm a little new and sometimes get lost trying to follow a written pattern. :D

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    1. Hi Tawsha, the idea of making crochet videos already crossed my mind, but I don't think it's going to happen any time soon. Right now I have no idea how to do it.

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  22. so cute and thank you for following me

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  23. This is such a lovely blanket! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. I could never write down a patter you did a great job!!

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  24. olga,
    this is a stunning pattern. thank you so much for sharing it with us! i feel sure that your design will be used around the world for blankets - but i'm going to try to adapt it to a scarf first.
    jd in st louis
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com

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  25. If I was to make this blanket for someone how much would you suggest I charge? I usually make baby blankets-plain-single or double crochet-about 36 inches by 36 inches. Fancy stitches take more time so I want to be fair on the price. I usually charge between $10.00-$15.00 per blanket. Is this a reasonable price? Usually takes me a couple hours to stitch one up. Most my crocheting is donated to charity or given to friends, so I'm not sure of prices. Thanks for any input.

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    1. Oh, I don't really know. Do you mean 10 -15 dollars just for work, not including the price of yarn? Sounds too little. But it depends on where you live. I live in CA and everything is so expansive here. So if I were to make this blanket for commission, I would definitely charge more.

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  26. Please post instructions on the edging. Thanks

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    1. I'm making a tutorial for this blanket with detailed instructions for the edging. Hope to post it soon.

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  27. Olga thanks so much for sharing with us how to make this blanket, including the border edging, I will look up that link on youtube to see how to do the crab stitch! The blanket is just fabulous. Sending you greetings from Ireland!

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  28. I have no idea how to crochet anything except a chain (grandma showed me that one!) but this blanket made me want to learn! Simply elegant, I absolutely love it! Your instructions are very detailed, but I still don't understand some of the stitches lol! It's just due to my inexperience so I will watch a few (hundred!) videos and come back! Do you have any videos showing these stitches? I hope to make this for a family member due in July. Thanks so much for sharing this, and tell your mom she is truly talented! :)

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    1. I'm working on a detailed tutorial with lots of pictures for this blanket. Hopefully, I'll post it soon.

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  29. This pattern is beautiful, Olga! Thank you for sharing. I chained 146 for 13 pattern repeats across the row and it is approx. 31 inches wide without a border. Add/Subtract 11 chains for a smaller or larger blanket. I'm making it in lavendar Softee Baby from Bernat. Using a size G hook. Love how soft this yarn is and the sheen is beautiful as well. Very similar to Simply Soft. I'm teaching a crochet class in February and would like to use this in class! Happy Crocheting!

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  30. How many skeins of yarn did it take to make the one 31 inches wide?

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    1. One ball of Pound of Love was enough.

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  31. anne.de.craan@telenet.beFebruary 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    zou heel graag u werk uitvoeren ,maar begrijp niet alles vb (sc= één crochet )wat wdz.?vb dcin volgende dcH2 zet ??? kan ik u vriend worden zo privee spreken mijn schijn naam is alida prosper.Deken haken dient voor goed doel en deze vindt ik prachtig
    wacht ongeduldig op u antw

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    1. Sorry. I see that you are asking some questions about the pattern, but I don't understand.

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  32. I was wondering if you could explain to me the first row. So you have your chain and you start row #1 you do 3dc in the 6th chain from the hook. What I don't really get is the () section. Do you only put 2 dc in the 6th chain, or do you do that on the second time you do row #1? Sorry I am confused.

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    1. I see now how () section is confusing, and I'm actually going to delete it. Thank you for your comment.

      Make 3 dc in 6th chain from hook, then skip next 4 ch, and make another 3 dc in next chain. For more help see my detailed photo tutorial

      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2013/02/lacy-baby-blanket-tutorial-step-1.html

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  33. Oh Wow, these blankets are absolutely gorgeous!
    I can't wait to begin one. thank you so much for sharing.

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  34. I would love this pattern ASAP to make for my first daughter being born in May this year.

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    1. The pattern is available here

      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2013/02/lacy-baby-blanket-free-pattern.html

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  35. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the yellow, lilac, the pink, and oh yes the blue also.
    They are so delicate, I hope to make one soon. Are they all made with the same yarn, Pound of Love?

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    1. Thank you. I made the lilac and blue one with Snuggly Wuggly by Loops and Threads. But that yarn is very similar to Pound of Love.

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  36. what size hook did you use if you don't mind my asking.

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    1. I used Boye Steel Hook Size 1. That is not the recommended hook for this yarn, but I wanted to achieve tighter stitches.

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  37. Thank you. The blanket is beautiful!

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  38. Thank you Olga, for sharing with us your beautiful craft work, I love them all and I want to make everything that's on your blog.
    The soft shades are absolutely beautiful! I bought yarn today to make that very pretty lacy blanket/ afghan, I got the soft yellow and I can't wait to get started. I also am going to try to make that pretty pink blush doily, only mine will be in Echru. I haven't done anything small in crochet for many years so I hope I can make this one.
    Please keep the nice things coming, and again thank you so much!
    Pauline

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    1. Thank you for such kind and encouraging comment.

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  39. It's so so so sooooo beautiful!
    I'll try to translate it to portuguese anda share in my blog too.

    Tk u so much!
    God blesses you!

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    1. Thank you ;-) That'd be great if you could translate it and share it with the Portuguese speaking crocheters! I just love it how the art of crochet unites people around the world!

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  40. Oh I have this steps finally... Anyways, the everything is great.

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  41. I just made the swatch to see if I could following the directions and I succeeded. So thank you so much for the clear and easy instructions. I love this blanket and I can't wait to make one myself.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I'm glad to know the patterns works (usually I don't have anyone to test/proofread patterns, so I really appreciate the feedback from my readers). Good luck with your blanket!

      P.S. In case you need a bit of extra help with it, here is a very detailed, step-by-step tutorial
      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/Lacy%20Baby%20Blanket%20Tutorial

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  42. What was your beginning chain?? What is the finished size?? Would love to try it.

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    1. Pat, my free pattern for this baby blanket is available here:

      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2013/02/lacy-baby-blanket-free-pattern.html

      Also I made a step-by-step tutorial for this blanket with tons of pictures. You can see it here:

      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/Lacy%20Baby%20Blanket%20Tutorial

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  43. These are just gorgeous. Olga, thanks for sharing & all you do. Mariana

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  44. I'm wondering about row 4. I don't know if I am reading it correctly or not. I chained 2 before turning and then the first instruction on row 4 says to dc in next dc. I did that and it doesn't look right compared to the end of the row where I do 3 dc in the last dc of the shell and then dc in last dc (turning chain). Should I have done 3 dc's at the beginning?

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    1. Hi, check out the step-by-step tutorial that I made for this blanket:
      http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/Lacy%20Baby%20Blanket%20Tutorial

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  45. Ohhh just found your site.. I can't wait to dig in and read all your post.. Blanket is stunning! Your crochet skills are stunning.. I am self taught.. and have been fighting to improve.. Had been sticking to books and such to learn.. I am so excited with all the information I am now finding online.. Sorry rambling.. Stunning work.. I can't wait to try it!..

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  46. Hi Olga I am new to the art of crochet and I am becoming confused at the difference between the way each country names the ply of the wool and also the sizing is different. In Australia we go by the ply of the wool and as I said the sizing of the crochet hook is also different. Could you advise me if you can the ply of the wool and Aust sizing of the hook. I would love to try and make this for my great grandson who is due in 6 weeks. Ambitious aren't I lol

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