Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lacy Braids Baby Blanket

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.

This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

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.

Row 3: (dc3tog, ch 3, sc) all in next 3-ch sp, * ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, (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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  1. A very sweet baby blanket.. love the fact you use crab st to complete the pattern.
    I use it on just about everything...
    Thanks for sharing your pattern too ..
    Happy crafting :))

  2. Dear Olga, A very happy New Year to you. What a lovely blanket. I am saving the pattern for later.
    Love and Hugs

  3. So pretty and delicate. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Happy new year 2013!
    ♥ Ana BC

  4. Thanks so much for this Olga... very generous of you to share the pattern with us. Happy New Year to you, Hugs, Jill x

  5. Очень красиво, мне нравится, что он одного только белого цвета, такой чистый и нежный.
    Very beautiful, I like, that it's only white, it's so pure and delicate.

  6. Hello

    I love your Baby Blanket, so beautiful.
    Happy New Year 2013.


  7. Olga,
    quilt is beautiful
    and I really like the pattern.
    Happy new Year!

  8. Feliz Año !!!! buen comienzo trabajando ☺... la mantita es preciosa un clásico y en blanco siempre delicado me encanto, besitos.

  9. Thank you Thank you Olga!
    Happy New Year,

  10. Какое красивое одеяльце для бэбички!

  11. Your crochet is great. I love it. When I see your work I know that I must learn a lot. :-)

  12. Lovely...
    Thanks for sharing...
    Have a wonderful year 2013 !

  13. this is so pretty. I'm pinning and printing it out. My daughter is pregnant and I think this will be great for her baby. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  14. Thank you for joining my blog. I'm joining yours. I'm just getting into crocheting and I'm currently working on a simple scarf. Your work is so beautiful. Love the softness in this blanket.

  15. Lovely work! That is one great handmade thing perfect as baby gift. Thank you for sharing the ways on how to come up with that beautiful piece.

  16. Beautiful blanket! And I love that it is white! It was hard to find a white blanket when my sons were baptized. yours would have been wonderful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  17. Hi... first, can I thank you for sharing such beautiful patterns with us, here on your blog! I have crocheted two blankets following your patterns already :o)

    I'm having a little difficulty with this one though, as the clusters in the first row don't seem to match up with those in the second and third rows. Are they supposed to, or am I getting it wrong?

    Thanks again... Sara.

    1. Hi Sara, thanks for your kind words ;-)

      Actually, you're right. The clusters in the first row are not the same as in the following rows. It was my own pattern and I'm only learning how to make fancy stitches and write patterns. I really liked the stitch that I came up with (second and third rows), but I couldn't figure out a good way to start it. That's why the first row is different.

      Thank you for this comment. I'll take a picture and update my post mentioning it, so that other crocheters won't be confused.

  18. Can you make an update for the abbreviations? Thanks!

    1. Hi Hannah, I'll try to make a list of abbreviations, but it might take me some time.

  19. Hello Olga! Im new here and would like it if you defined the abbreviations.. btw i love ure blanket. Im thinking of making one for my sister.

  20. I loved this blanket! I was not impressed with the way my edging turned out but I think I misunderstood your directions. Thanks for the pattern!

  21. First I wanted to say I really like this blanket, it is so cute. Second, you had mentioned that you couldn't get the first row to look like the rest. I played and played with it and think I got it. Thanks again for the pattern!! See what you think -
    Row 1: Sk 4 ch * dc3tog in next 3 ch, ch 3, sc in last ch of the dc3tog, sk 2 ch * 28 times, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

    1. Hi Jennifer, yes, I think this might be it. I'll make an update on the post soon.
      Thank you so much and happy crocheting!

  22. I just realized when I started a new blanket yesterday that I didn't put the ch2 at the end of the dc3tog in the directions. Hopefully this makes sense =) Thank you again!!

    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.

    1. Thank you Jennifer, I added an update to the post.

  23. I love all of your patterns. Thank you for your generosity in sharing them! I have a question for this one? How many chains would I use if I wanted to make it bigger? In other words, could you share the multiple count? Thank you!

  24. Hi Olga, thank you for sharing this pattern! I just completed a baby blanket that was based on it, although I modified to get a slightly bigger size, have stripes, plus a trim all around. :) I've only been crocheting for a little over a year, so not quite as neat as yours, but functional regardless - I'm linking back to your page: http://rocboutique.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/lacey-crochet-baby-blanket.html

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  26. I wanted to thank you for this pattern. I just started making this blanket and so far it is turning out just lovely. I decided to use Bernat Baby Sport in Funny Prints with the suggested 3.50 mm size E hook and the gauge matches perfectly. I'm just over a third of the way through and the pattern was very easy to understand and implement. Also, thank you to Jennifer Hall for working out the modified 1st row.

  27. Thanks for this pattern. I just completed this and it was easy to complete and really never took a lot of my time. I love the way it turned out!

  28. Beautiful, lace shawl for a Bub. Thank you. If I want to make it bigger, what are the number of stitches in the pattern repeated please?