Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

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Crochet, Project #101

I made this blanket for dear friends expecting their first baby. The Encore Colorspun incorporated the favorite colors of each parent: green and purple. As a bonus for new parents, the yarn is machine washable. The easy, repetitive pattern was quick to stitch up, and the scalloped edges made the square-shape a little more interesting.

Chunky Blanket detail

Date Finished: 7/31/06

Yarn: 560 yds chunky yarn (buy about 575 yds)
4 balls Encore Colorspun Chunky (75% acrylic, 25% wool); 3.5 oz/100 g, 143 yds. Color #7129: Ocean

Crochet Hook: J-10 (6 mm) hook

Gauge: 3.5 DC = 1″ on gauge swatch

Pattern: Based on information from on crochet prayer shawls

Finished size: 25″ wide x 27″ long. Close to stroller size, 24″ x 24″

Approximate cost:
$26, not including tax: $6.45 per ball (Bought 5 skeins but didn’t need the last one)

Project Notes:

  • Yarn weight is similar to double-stranded worsted or Lamb’s Pride Bulky (125 yds/4 oz, 3 sts/inch).
  • Pattern is multiple of 3 + 1 and creates wavy edge. 24 motifs = 26″ wide; 7 rows = 6″ long
  • 1 skein makes a panel about 26″ wide x 6″ long
  • Each ball of yarn yielded about 7 rows in pattern.

According to the original site, for a piece 36″ across, use either

  • Worsted yarn, J hook and ch 91 to start; or
  • Homespun/Chunky yarn, N-15 (10 mm) hook and ch 61 to start

Chain 91 sts. You will be working across 88 sts (24 shell-like motifs) per row

Row 1: (DC, ch 2, sc) in 4th chain from hook. Repeat across: *Skip 2 chains, (2DC, ch 2, sc) in next chain*

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. (DC, ch 2, sc) in first chain-2 space. Repeat across: *(2DC, ch 2, sc) in each chain-2 space*

Repeat Row 2 until blanket is mostly square (28 side-scallops).

Last row: Ch 2, turn, *sc in first chain-2 space, chain 2*. End with sc. Finish off last st; trim yarn, leaving about a 6-inch tail. Weave in all ends.