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