Personalize a Crochet on Knit blanket ~
Stockinette stitch is your blank canvas!



Use squooshy soft yarn to produce this crochet on knit baby blanket, a minimalist art wrap for your sweet little bunny!



The pics don't do this yarn justice! The color is Lilac!The pics don't do this yarn justice! The color is Lilac!

Don’t you just looove squeezing those skeins of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn? I couldn’t resist so I bought four skeins of the Little Lilac Dove and went back for one more in a matching Lilac. (I used the leftover Lilac in a baby stash buster blanket.)


 My pattern for this crochet on knit blanket is a variation of Plymouth Pattern F286 My First Baby Blanket (by Plymouth Yarn Company). You can download this for free and tweak it however you’d like. It’s a simple stockinette stitch all the way through with a garter stitch border. I chose to narrow the border because I wanted the stockinette to be like a big blank canvas for whatever I became inspired to put on there. 

Here’s what I used for this crochet on knit blanket

  • 4 -  3.5 oz. (100 g) skeins yarn (Bernat Baby Blanket Little Lilac Dove)
  • 1 -  3.5 oz. (100 g) skein matching (Bernat Baby Blanket Lilac)
  • Size 15 (10 mm) circular knitting needles (need the length to hold all the bulky stitches)
  • 1 stitch marker (optional)
  • Yarn needle (large enough for bulky yarn)
  • Crochet hook (Size J)
  • Scissors

Here’s how I did it

First, knit the blanket.

Gauge is not crucial for this project. Keep in mind that your personal stitch tension will affect the actual size of your blanket.

Blanket dimensions:  30 x 36 inches

Basic blanket before embellishmentsBasic blanket before embellishments

Simple row by row pattern

Using the circular knitting needles, cast on 56 stitches.

~Row 1-3  Knit

*Row 4   Knit 3, Purl 50, Knit 3

*Row 5   Knit

~Rows 6-117 Alternate rows 4 and 5 for the stockinette pattern and border.

~Rows 118-120 Knit

~Bind off

Use the yarn needle to weave in the ends.

This knit blanket took all 4 skeins of the bulky Bernat yarn with just a yard or so left over. This extra proves to be quite useful near the end of creating this crochet on knit baby art, so keep it around.

If you desire a wider border...

You can follow the Plymouth pattern F286 that I referred to earlier.

OR

Just knit more than 3 rows to start. Then for each repeat of Row 4, knit more than 3 stitches at the beginning and end of the row. Of course, you’ll need to purl fewer stitches than I did ~ remember, the total across is 56 stitches.

The total number of rows is 120, so also remember to stop the pattern and only knit to give you the same number of border rows as you started with.

   

NOTE: I found that I forgot to knit the last 3 stitches on pattern row 4 a couple times (purled straight through). Since frogging can be annoying, you can use a simple stitch marker to help you remember. If you don't have one, simply fashion a loop from a wire bread bag tie. Slip it on the needle right before the last border stitches in the row. The marker will alert you to change the stitch.

If your marker is a solid loop (like mine), you will have to remember to slide the marker to the other needle in each row you do! (You don't want to knit over it!) This way, it will follow as you work up the blanket. When you don't need it anymore, just slide it off.







  




Joining another skein of yarn without a big knot

This Bernat yarn is a bulky sort, so I searched Youtube for a method of joining that might be better than just tying a monster knot. I discovered this unusual method from Irma Garcia. It’s quite strong and unnoticeable! Plus, no stray ends to weave in! Such a valuable technique!


Now your blank canvas is complete!

My plan was to use duplicate stitch to make hearts or a monogram. But I ripped out the heart I made (tragic! lol) because I wasn't satisfied with the result using that procedure with this yarn. (No pic)


Blanket with crochet chain frameBlanket with crochet chain frame

Crochet over the knit to make a frame

So I decided to make a frame instead. With the Lilac yarn, I began to crochet a chain just inside of my border on the stockinette side of the blanket.

In between each column of stitches is a ladder-like system of threads made by the purl on the other side. Each chain was made over a rung of the “ladder.”

See the See the "ladder"?
Start of chain, from the top sideStart of chain, from the top side
Start the chain, leave tail in backStart the chain, leave tail in back
A few chains up...A few chains up...
Across the top and bottom, check the back side for errors occasionally.Across the top and bottom, check the back side for errors occasionally.

When I came to the corner, I began to chain over each side of every knit stitch (in the same fashion as up the “ladder”). Check the back side often to ensure that the yarn makes a straight line. That means it carries in between the same two purl rows all the way across. If you “jump” a row, it will not look straight. Just pull your chain out enough to fix it.

At the next corner, chain down the “ladder.” Then chain across the bottom.

Just keep chaining, just keep chaining...Just keep chaining, just keep chaining...
End of chain meets beginning-pull tails to back sideEnd of chain meets beginning-pull tails to back side
Tie ends into a knotTie ends into a knot
Weave Lilac ends into same colorWeave Lilac ends into same color

After you have chained all around, leave a tail and snip the yarn. Pull the yarn through to the back side and tie a knot with the beginning tail. Weave the Lilac ends into the same color on the back side.

Let’s finish it up! Crochet a flower for your knit blanket!

My flower-2 crocheted rounds tied together. It works for me!My flower-2 crocheted rounds tied together. It works for me!

By this time I decided to crochet a flower and make it bloom in a corner of this crochet on knit blanket. I had never crocheted a flower before, so I googled (what else?) “crochet flowers.” All I could find were confusing patterns. After trying a couple, I decided to make up my own. It’s in two parts.

My flower works for me, I like it fine. But I thought you might find it a bit confusing. So I went to youtube (should have done that first) and almost immediately came across this video by Bag-O-Day Crochet & More. I think it would work fine with the bulky Bernat yarn. Try it with your size J or K crochet hook. 

Back of my flower with tied loose ends for attaching it to the blanketBack of my flower w/ tied loose ends to attach it to the blanket
Flower is anchored in four spots. Ends are still loose.Flower is anchored in four spots. Ends are still loose.
Back of flower on blanket with loose ends invisibly woven inBack of flower on blanket with loose ends invisibly woven in

Remember the length of lighter color yarn I had left over after knitting the blanket? I used that to tie the flower to the corner of the baby blanket. That way it would be invisible on the back side because the yarns were the same. The flower is secured in four places and the tails woven in.

Single 3D flower on a Lilac-framed blanket = minimalist art!Single 3D flower on a Lilac-framed blanket = minimalist art!

I love the minimalist design! It would also appeal with smaller, single layer flowers ~ one right on each of the four corners (at the intersections).

Now your crochet on knit baby blanket is complete! Wrap it and gift it, or go immediately to snuggle with your little darling!

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