Here is the easy crochet baby blanket pattern continued from this page.
On that page it lists the material, how to's, phases of the moon and more. Please read it first.
This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is my first foray into intarsia crochet. It’s so simple! And I didn’t have a ton of yarn ends to weave in. Some, yes, but not a ton.
Simply put, intarsia is using different colors in the same row to make designs. It’s similar to tapestry crochet but without carrying yarn. And best of all, it makes a reversible baby blanket!
I found that using the yarn bobbins as pictured above made the crochet easier. I still used smaller lengths of yarn, but on bobbins they didn't roll all over the place.
My biggest problem was getting the full moons to appear round. Once I got that pattern down, the rest was, as they say, a piece of cake! (I get cake down pretty easy, too! ;-P )
This graph is for a full moon so that you can place one anywhere you like in your baby blanket pattern. The stripes for the moon's phases remain the same throughout.
The yellow row on the front of this Phases of the Moon swatch is an example of how another color may be used to represent the August 2017 total solar eclipse. Of course, you could choose any color! Or even change the stitch!
This is the reverse side of the Phases of the Moon swatch showing the color pop that represents the total solar eclipse. I'll give this one to grandbaby Belle with a baby doll.
· Supermoons can be a larger circle and/or more rows for that full moon.
· Eclipses could be one row of a color not already representing a phase.
· Blue moons could actually be a blue circle or some bluish color not already representing a phase.
The edging for this easy crochet baby blanket pattern is very simple.
**Work Rows 1 thru 4 with your right side facing you. Work Rows 5, 6 (Bobble and final row) with your wrong side facing you.**
Row 1 (white): (Right side facing) Single crochet in each chain and row all around the blanket. In each corner space, SC1, Ch1, SC1. Join with slip stitch. There is no need to turn your work at this point.
Row 2 (black): Ch1, SC 1, [Ch1, Skip 1, SC1]. Repeat [Ch1, Skip 1, SC1] all around the blanket. In each corner space, SC1, Ch1, SC1. Join at end with slip stitch. Do not turn.
Row 3 (silver): Ch1, ...
Row 3 is just like Row 2, except you SC in a Ch space and Ch/Skip over a SC from the previous row. In each corner space, SC1, Ch1, SC1. Do not turn.
Row 4 (silver): Ch1, ...
Row 4 is another silver row, just like Row 3. Remember to SC in a Ch space and Ch/Skip over a SC from the previous row. In each corner space, SC1, Ch1, SC1. Do not turn.
If you like the effect of the single crochet edging so far, you could call this baby blanket done. Yay! But if you like a bit of textural interest, keep on for the Bobble row!
Row 5 (white): (Wrong side facing) This is the Bobble row. Bobbles look rather like full moons to me, so I edged the entire Phases of the Moon baby blanket with full moons! For this you need to double crochet.
Using white, work SC1 into the left side SC in a corner (There are 2 SC in each corner.) Then SC2 more [These 3 SC are worked in the previous row SC, Ch, SC].
For the bobble: In the Ch space that should be next, *[YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook]. Do this 5 times in the same Ch space. You will have 6 loops on your hook. YO, pull through all 6 loops. This is your first bobble! Snug it tight and poke it out away from you.
SC 3 in next (SC, Ch, SC) from previous row.
Repeat *[Bobble stitch, SC3] all around the edge.
Row 6 (white): This final row is all slip stitch. Its purpose is to even out the stitches in the bobble row for a finished look.
A unique yet easy crochet baby blanket pattern that commemorates your sweet bambino's actual first 9 months of life!