So many people keep asking me to write the pattern for the lacy baby blanket that I shared on my blog last year. However, I am not a professional crochet pattern writer and it’s going to be a difficult task for me. It’s one thing to crochet elaborate items yourself and totally different to explain it in writing to others.
So before I start working on writing that pattern, I thought I ought to practice with simpler ones. Here is a baby blanket that I designed and wrote the pattern for. I named this blanket Lacy Braids.
The pattern is somewhat easy. Once you crocheted three rows, you will repeat the third row over and over. For the trim I used crab stitch (also known as reverse single crochet). I prefer this stitch for blanket trimming because it helps prevent the item from stretching and losing its shape.
Here’s a picture of the main stitch. It looks identical on both sides.
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Finished Size: Approximately 33” (84 cm) square
Pound of Love by Lion Brand, Antique White, 1 ball
Crochet hook US size E/4 (3.50 mm)
Gauge: In pattern, 4 repeats = 5”
10 rows = 5”
Ch 145 loosely.
Row 1: Sk 4 ch, * dc2tog in next 2 ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch, sk 2 ch * 28 times, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: (dc3tog, ch 3, sc) all in next 3-ch space, * ch 2, (dc3tog, ch 3, sc) all in next 3-ch sp * 27 times, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat Row 3 sixty-five times. At the end of the last row, do not make turning ch 3.
For the trim, use crab stitch. Go backwards working over the last row, make one stitch into each ch-2 sp and each ch-3 sp. Make two stitches in corner.
Continue working in end of rows, make one stitch into each ch-3 sp. Make two stitches in corner.
Continue working over beginning chain, make stitches skipping 2 dc at a time. Make two stitches in corner.
Continue working in end of rows, make one stitch into each ch-3 sp. Make two stitches in corner. Sl st to first st to join. Fasten off.
February, 2013 Update:
One thing I didn’t point out about this pattern is that the clusters in the first row don’t look the same as in the following rows. Somehow I just couldn’t figure out a good way to start and make all the rows look the same. Perhaps in the future as my crocheting skills improve I’ll be able to fix it. But for now I’m leaving this pattern as it is.
March, 2015 Update:
One of the readers of my blog came up with the way to start this blanket so that the first row matches the rest. I haven't tried her suggestion, but I read through it and it makes sense. I post it below. Thank you Jeniffer!!!
Row 1: Sk 4 ch, dc3tog in next 3 ch, ch 3, sc in last ch of the dc3tog * ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc3tog in next 3 ch, ch 3, sc in last ch of the dc3tog * 28 times, sk 2 ch, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.
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