Super Mario Blanket

In my last post, I shared with you the two blankets I made for the little people. Well in this post I thought I’d share with you how I made the Super Mario Blanket. It’s an easy pattern (you only need to be able to make one square and then join them together) but it does take time.

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I used Stylecraft Special DK from the wonderful lemonade yarns. I chose to make it this size as firstly my little man isn’t that big and secondly, I wanted him to be able to use it without it feeling too heavy. The squares are quite dense. I’ll let you know the number of balls you’ll need for each colour as well as how many squares you’ll need to make. You should get 28 squares from each ball. If you are finding you’re getting less, then you’ll need more wool (obviously). You’ll also need a 4mm hook and I’m using UK terminology.

1 ball of Green (make 22 squares)

1 ball of Yellow (make 2 squares)

2 balls of Black (make 30 squares)

2 balls of Royal Blue (make 32 squares)

2 balls of Red (make 38 squares)

2 balls of Peach (make 41 squares)

3 balls of Sky Blue (make 59 squares)

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain

ss = slip stitch

tr = treble stitch

sp = space

dc = double crochet

How to make the square:

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Ch 4 and ss into first ch.

Round 1: ch5 (counts as 1tr and 2ch sp), work 4 tr into the foundation ring, ch2, work 4 tr into the foundation ring, ch2, work 4 tr into foundation ring, ch2, work 3 tr into the foundation ring and ss into the 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

Round 2: ss into the 2ch sp from previous round and ch5 (counts as 1tr and 2ch space), work 2tr into 2ch sp, *tr in each tr from previous round, 2tr in 2ch space, ch 2, 2tr in 2ch sp* Repeat *to* 2 more times, tr in each tr from previous round, 1tr in 2ch sp and ss into 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

Round 3: Repeat round 2 then fasten off.

Well that’s it. Now all you need to do is make many of these and join them together 🙂 I joined them by dc them together along every edge but you can sew them if you prefer. Here’s a larger picture of the blanket so you can see clearly what order they go in (sorry about the quality of the picture, I have to use my phone camera and it’s not the best!).

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To finish off the blanket I dc around the edge in black. I personally like it as a way to bring everything together but you don’t have to.

If you do make this blanket, I’d love to see how you get on. Please post a picture on my facebook page or tweet me.

Little Crochet Bird Pattern

I have decided to help a little with The Craft Clubs yarn bombing attempt. Do pop over and have a look. I can’t wait to see what they end up with.

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Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make something a part from flowers and butterflies (if you want my daisy pattern its here), so I came up with this simple bird pattern.

I used a 3.5mm hook and DK yarn. You will also need a wool needle to sew the eye at the end.

The pattern is written using UK terminology

Abbreviations:

  ss–  slip  stitch

Tr – Treble

ch – chain

st – stitch/stitches

Fancy giving them a go?

IMG_20140529_141426Ch 4. Join to first ch to make a ring.

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Round 1:  ch 3 (counts as 1 tr) work 13 tr into chain ring. ss into 3rd ch from beginning (14st).

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Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr)  work 2 tr into each st from previous round. Join with ss to 3rd ch from beginning.

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Round 3: chain 3 (counts as 1 tr). Work 1 tr into same space then 1tr into next st *2tr into next st, 1 tr into next st*. Repeat from *to* until the end. Join with ss to 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

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Round 4: ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1 tr into same st, work 1 tr into next 2 st *2tr in next st, 1 tr into next 2 st* repeat *to* until the end. Join with ss to the 3rd ch at beginning of round.

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Round’ 5: ch 3 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into same st. *1 tr in next 3 st, 2tr in next st* repeat *to* 1 more time. 1tr into next 3 st Turn.
‘Round’ 6: ch 4 *miss one st, tr into next st, tr back into the st you’ve just missed, ch 1* repeat from *to* until last 2 st from round 5. Miss one st, tr into last stitch then tr into missed st. Fasten off.

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In contrasting colour work first two rounds.

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Fold bird in half, sew the contrasting colour circle on then sew up bird from the bottom of the tail to the beak end (leaving the top of the tail to the bottom of the tail open).

IMG_20140529_145709Attach another piece of thread to where you want the beak. Ch 4 and ss back into same place that you started. fasten but don’t cut off. Using the same tread, sew eyes. Fasten off.

IMG_20140530_091328I’m going to hang mine up eventually. If you want to do the same, attach some thread in the middle of the back. There you have it 🙂

IMG_20140529_180346059Mine are going to join the other flowers and butterflies that will be making their way to yarnbomb but I’m sure more will be appearing around the house very soon…… 😉

Heart Crochet Square Pattern

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I said that I would blog this pattern so here it is (apologises in advance for the pictures, it’s been hard with this light to get good ones) :

This pattern uses UK terminology.

Abbreviations:

Ch= chain

Ss= slip stitch

Dc= double crochet

Htr= half treble

Tr= treble

Tog= together

Things you will need:

Two colours of yarns (I used DK weight), colour A for the heart and colour B for the rest of the square.

Crochet hook (I used 3.5mm)

Foundation Chain: (Working in colour A) chain 4 and ss into first chain.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr) then 2tr tog into the fountain ch ring. *ch 3, 3tr tog into foundation ch ring.* repeat from *to* twice more. Ch 3 then ss into the 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

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Round 2: ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch).* 3 tr tog in next 3 ch space, ch 3, 3 tr together (creates corner), ch 2* and then repeat *to*  twice more.  Work 3 tr tog, ch 2, 2tr tog then ss into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Tie off yarn.

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Round 3: Re-attach yarn to any 3 ch corner space. ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr tog, ch 3, 3 tr tog. Change to colour B and ch 2. Then tr 3 into next 2 ch space, ch 1, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into corner 3 ch space, ch 2 then join colour A and 3 tr tog in next 2ch space. Re-join colour B, ch 2, (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) into next corner 3 ch space, ch 1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch 2 then re-join colour A and (3 tr tog, ch 3, 3 tr tog) in corne3r 3 ch space. Re-join colour B, ch 2 then 3 tr in next 2 ch space, ch 2 and ss into 3rd ch from beginning of the round.

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Round 4: ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), *(3tr, ch 2, 3tr) into corner 3 ch space, ch 1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1.* Repeat from *to* twice more. (3tr, ch 2, 3 tr) into corner ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1, 2 tr into next ch space then ss into 3rd ch from beginning of the round.

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Round 5: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr in next ch space, ch 1, *(3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) into corner ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1.* Repeat *to* twice more. (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) into corner ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1, 3 tr into next ch space, ch 1, ss into 3rd ch from beginning of round.

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Round 6: Join Colour A and ch 2 (counts as 1 htr). Htr into each tr from previous round, working 1 htr in each ch space and (2ht, ch 2, 2 ht) in each corner ch space, ss into 2nd ch from beginning of round.

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Round 7: ch 1, dc into each htr from previous round and 5dc into each corner ch, ss into first dc. Fasten off.

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Bows, bows and more bows

I’ve been playing with bows. Would you like to see?

There are 4 variations on the same pattern to get slightly different effects and sizes. All bows are worked in DK wool with a 4mm hook (you can of course change the weight of wool and hook size to get different bows). Oh and apologises in advance for the pictures, my camera is having a huff with me and won’t take lovely pictures (not my fault of course!).

Abbreviations for all patterns:

ch = chain

dc = double crochet (single crochet if you are using US terminology)

IMG_1277Bow one:

This one is a great beginners project as all you need to know is how to chain and do a dc stitch. In the workshops I ran over the summer we started making these lovely bows. It was so nice to meet some lovely ladies, most of whom weren’t crafty at all and teach them to sew and start teaching them to crochet. I really want share a picture of some of the sock monkey’s they made but that may have to wait until another post 😉

Anyway back to the pattern:

Ch 25

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook. Dc into every other ch (24st).

Row2: Turn and ch1, dc into every st from previous row (24st).

Repeat row 2, 10 more times (12 rows in total). Tie off.

You should now have something that looks a bit like this:

IMG_1269Don’t worry if it curls up, press it (well I actually just ironed it carefully).

Take some left over yarn and wind it round the middle until you are happy with it.

IMG_1277Now you have your bow! It’s a good size for a bow tie or a hair band (or anything else you want, I think some of the ones from the workshops may make their way onto the sock monkey’s).

IMG_1275Bow 2:

This one looks a lot like Bow 1 but as you work your way into the back loop of the dc from the previous row it gives you a slightly different texture.

Ch 25

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook. Dc into every other ch (24st)

Row 2: Turn and ch 1. Dc into the back loop of each dc from the previous row (24st)

Repeat Row 2, 12 more times (14 rows in total). Tie off.

It should look something like this:

IMG_1270Again don’t worry if it curls a bit (although it should curl less than Bow 1).

Take some left over yarn and wind it round the middle until you are happy with it.

IMG_1275It works up at the same size as Bow 1. I really like the texture of this one and am going to try reducing the number of ch I start with (and then work less rows) so I can get a brooch size bow as I have a coat it will look particularly good on.

IMG_1281Bow 3:

This looks like Bow 1 and it is, in essence the same, just a diddy version. I made this on to go on a hair grips.

Ch 13

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook. Dc into every other ch (12st).

Row2: Turn and ch1, dc into every st from previous row (12st).

Repeat Row 2, 5 more times (7 rows in total). Tie off.

I won’t show you what it should look like, you get the idea!

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Ch 13

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook. Dc into every other ch (12st).

Row 2: Turn and ch 1. Dc into the back loop of each dc from the previous row (12st)

Repeat Row 2, 6 more times (8 rows in total). Tie off.

For any of you that have made it this far well done! Here’s a couple of pictures from our craft workshop 🙂

IMG_1579-001Work in progress!

IMG_1583-001  We worked very hard……obviously.

IMG_1587Some examples of crochet things to show how versatile a craft it is.

IMG_8250Finally, a salute from two of the sock monkey’s made at the workshop.

Little Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

I’ve had fun this week making a baby blanket for our new pram, so I thought I would share it with you (I know, you’re welcome). It’s a very simple blanket as it’s mostly made up of ‘granny’ squares. Here it is:

IMG_0908I used 4ply and a 3mm hook. You can either make this blanket bigger by using DK, Aran, or chunky wool (increasing the hook size); or by simply adding more squares. I’ve tried to make the pattern simple and included pictures to help you see what I mean/what it’s supposed to look like!

Here’s the pattern (I’m using UK Terminology):

ch chain

chsp chain space

dc double crochet

htr half treble

tr treble

ss slip stitch

For the squares: ch 4 then ss into first ch to form a ring.

IMG_0881Row 1: ch 3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into ring, *ch1, 3tr*. Repeat *to* 3 times, ch1 then ss into 3rd of 3-ch from beginning of the round.

IMG_0883Row 2: Ch4 (counts as 1tr and 1ch), *miss 3tr, [3tr, ch1, 3tr into next chsp], ch1* Repeat from *to* 3 times. [3tr, ch1, 2tr] into next chsp then ss into 3rd of 4-ch from beginning of the round.

IMG_0884Row 3: ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into chsp

IMG_0889Row 3 continued: *ch1 [3tr, ch1, 3tr] into corner chsp, ch1, 3tr into next chsp*. Repeat from *to* 3 times. ch1, [3tr, ch1, 3tr] into corner chsp, ch1 and ss into 3rd of 3-ch from the beginning of the round.

IMG_0891Row 4: ch4 (counts as 1tr and 1ch). 3tr into next chsp.

IMG_0895Row 4 continued: Work your way round as in the last round, working [3tr, ch1, 3tr] into each corner chsp, 3tr into the other chsp’s and ch1 over each set of 3tr from previous round. When you get back to the beginning, only work 2tr into final chsp then ss into 3rd of 4-ch from the beginning of the round.

IMG_0899Row 5: ch3 (counts as 1tr). Work your way round as in the last round, working [3tr, ch1, 3tr] into each corner chsp, 3tr into the other chsp’s and ch1 over each set of 3tr from previous round. When you get back to the beginning, ch1 then ss into 3rd of 3-ch from the beginning of the round.

IMG_0902Row 6: ch2 (counts as 1htr). Work a htr into each tr and chsp from previous round. When you get to the corners, work 3 htr into the corner chsp. When you get back to the beginning, ss into 2nd of 2-ch from the beginning of the round. Fasten off.

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Make 16 of these squares then dc them together.

For the border:

Row1: ch 3 (counts as 1tr) and work 1tr into each htr from the squares. When you get to corners, [tr1, ch1, tr1] into the middle htr. When you get back to the beginning, ss into the 3rd of 3-ch.

IMG_0910Row 2: ch 5 (counts as 1tr, 2 ch). * 1tr, ch2 (missing 2tr from previous round)* . Repeat *to* except on the corner chsp where you need to [tr1, ch2, 1tr]. If you get to a corner and you can only miss 1tr from previous round, still ch2, miss 1tr and then work the corner as usual. When you get back to the beginning make sure you ch2 then ss into 3rd of 5-ch.

Row 3: ch1 (counts as 1dc), then work 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc into the next 2chsp. Carry on working round like this: [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] into each 2chsp. When you get back to the beginning, ss into the next 2chsp and fasten off.

IMG_0904Here’s the finished blanket, waiting to be used. By the way, if I disappear over the next few weeks, it’s hopefully because little miss has decided to join us and I’m too tired to make any sense on a blog!

Snuggly Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Hello lovely people, have you been to any fireworks parties this week? Little man absolutely loves them (he’s not yet 3), all the colours and patterns in the sky. I’ve been trying to think of some crafts we can do to go along with them (last week we collected autumn leaves and made a leaf picture). My favourite is the classic of black paper and chalk. Anyway, I digress, I hope you have been enjoying the change in the season and have drunk lots of soup and eaten lots of jacket potatoes (takes me back to the fireworks parties of my youth!).

Back to what I meant to blog about. I have a friend who is expecting (ok, I have quite a few friends that are pregnant, but this lovely lady is due very soon). Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I finally finished her crochet Buggy Blanket. It took me ages! I loved making it though. Would you like to see it?

She doesn’t know what she is having, so there is pink and blue woven into this colour scheme, but I don’t think it matters. What you don’t know is she loves rainbow colours. When she got married these were the colours she chose for her colour scheme. I saw them on a market stall when I was on holiday this year in Devon and knew that they had to be into a blanket for friend’s baby. It’s designed as a buggy/car seat blanket, and I think there are a couple of things that can be more for Mummy (changing bag being another, I mean who cares if a Mum with a little boy turn up with a flowery changing bag?). Still I hope she doesn’t mind the colours! I actually used an acrylic wool (oh I can here the groans! Bear with me I have a reason, I promise!). I chose this wool particularly because, in my experience, it’s good to have a buggy blanket that you can throw in the wash as much as you like; that muddy water practically rolls off (not to mention anything else that might end up on it); and you don’t mind throwing in the back of the car/buggy/bag etc.

I promised you the pattern and here it is:

I used 3.5mm hook with DK wool and 5 different colours.

Abbreviations: tr = treble, ch = chain, tr3tog = treble 3 together, st = stitch

For my blanket, I made a 111ch but for a bigger one, add 12 ch for each ‘wave’ you want to add. If you want to add a boarder then take off at least one 12ch ‘wave’, depending how big your boarder will be.

Row 1: 1tr into second ch from hook, 1tr into next ch, *1tr into ch of next 3 ch, tr3tog over next 3ch, 1tr into next 3ch, 3tr into next ch*. Repeat *to* until you get to the end (with one ch remaining). 2tr into last ch.

Row 2: 3ch, 1 tr into first st. *1tr into st next 3 st, tr3tog over next 3st, 1tr into next 3st, 3tr into next st*. Repeat *to* until the last 3st. 1tr in each st and 2tr into top of turning chain.

Repeat Row 2 until the blanket is the length you want.

If you want it stripy, like mine; this is what I did:

Row 1: Colour A
Row 2: Colour E
Row 3: Colour A
Row 4: Colour A
Row 5: Colour B
Row 6: Colour A
Row 7: Colour B
Row 8: Colour B
Row 9: Colour C
Row 10: Colour B
Row 11: Colour C
Row 12: Colour C
Row 13: Colour D
Row 14: Colour C
Row 15: Colour D
Row 16: Colour D
Row 17:Colour E
Row 18: Colour D
Row 19: Colour E
Row 20: Colour E

Of course you could do whatever stripy pattern you fancy! As I was working this out as I went along, it took me a couple of rows to work out that you get a better ‘hole’ if you crochet into the chain space from the previous row and not into the chain (I know, it should be obvious). I’ve never been good at following patterns, hence why, after making my massive sofa blanket earlier this year, I just decided to try my own thing. I have been inspired a lot by the lovely work that Attic24 does and first saw the blanket with the small holes there (I have since seen it all over the place, it’s a classic, in fact the ladies at one of my ‘knit and natters’ have been doing it since before I was born). Anyway, I saw it and thought, ‘that looks really nice, I’d like to give it a go.’ I deliberately didn’t look at how she coloured some of her wavy blankets, as I wanted to come up with a colour scheme/pattern of my own, but it may well look similar to a couple of her wavy blankets (they are much more beautiful though, seriously you should pop over and have a look). To work out my colours and because I’m much more of a visual person, I actually drew a few ideas on a piece of paper, coloured them in (you still need coloured pencils when you are an adult!) and then chose which one I liked best (this is something I learnt from doing my big blanket, I really should have done that then and I didn’t – learn from my mistakes people!). In the end I decided on the 18 Row pattern above, as my favourite.

I hope you enjoyed my little pattern. Happy crocheting!

Felt Gingerbread men Pattern

These sweet little fellows, I designed for a friend who after doing ‘The Gingerbread Man’ with the young children she worked with, thought it would be really nice to have something they could hold; hand around; and interact with the story. They are quite slim as I wanted little hands to be able to hold them but they are 20cm tall, so not little Christmas tree decorations, but you could easily scale them down 😉 Here’s a quick step by step guide on how I made them, in case you’d like to like to make one little man for yourself.

Things you’ll need:

Enough felt to make the front and back (I use wool felt rather than acrylic).

White thread (I used normal sewing thread).

Black embroidery thread (for the eyes).

Buttons

Wavy white ribbon

White wool.

Stuffing.

Paper and pencil (for template).

A good pair of fabric scissors.

Stitches used: Back Stitch; Blanket Stitch; Cross stitch, Sewing on a button.

Needles (one that has a wide eye for the wool but is sharp enough to go through the felt and one for sewing the detail).

First draw the template of the gingerbread man on a piece of paper to make the template. I really can’t draw (my hubby laughed when I showed him my first go, he said it looked like an alien blog man!) but after a few goes, it looked all right. What I actually ended up doing was folding my template in half so that I could make a symmetrical template to work from. Once you are happy with the template, draw round it on the felt and cut out two pieces.

Once you have your felt pieces, sew on the buttons, the mouth (using back stitch) and the eyes (using cross stitch). It is so much easier to do this now rather than once you’ve sewn it together and/stuffed it.

Next, sew around the edges with the wool, using a blanket stitch. Leave a small hole to stuff. Lightly stuff the gingerbread man. You don’t want to over stuff it or it will feel like it’s coming out of the seams. Really the stuffing is to make it feel more like a biscuit than a pancake!

To finish off, I added this wavy ribbon (but you don’t have to). I threaded it through the blanket stitch on either side of the foot/hand. I then sewed it in place on the back (through the ribbon and through the felt (no need to on the front as the combination of the blanket stitch and the stitches on the back keeps it place).

Here’s the back. You can see the over lap if you look carefully. Depending what ribbon you use, you can stop the ribbon fraying by melting the tips with a match.

And here are the finished articles. I made two as my friend wanted two. I think I might have to do more, especially mini versions (they would look so cute on a Christmas Tree!). I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial. More to follow soon I hope 🙂

Fleece Baby Blanket Pattern 2

Ok people, here’s part two of my Baby Blanket pattern which I started in my last post. Here’s a reminder of what it looks like:

Last time I talked you through how to make the separate squares and appliqué the various designs onto them. In this post, I will talk you through how to sew the squares together; how to line the blanket; and how to finish it all off. Please see my last post for links to how to do the stitches if you are unsure.

First, lay your squares out in the way you want the final blanket to be. I chose to do 6 blank squares and 6 patterned squares and arrange them as above, but there is no reason why you couldn’t change the order around, or do strips of animals and blanks. Then, with wrong sides together, line up the joining edges of your top two squares. Using a running stitch, sew just below the top of the fabric (this is what give the ridge effect on the final blanket). Fasten off. Take the next square and sew it in the same way to the last square. Keep adding the squares, making sure you keep the order that you originally chose. It’s very easy as you can see your blanket all the time, as you are sew wrongs sides together, the right side should be facing up. I hand sewed this stage, but you could use your machine if you have one. I just couldn’t be bothered to get it out, and I find hand sewing relaxing.

At the end, you should have an almost finished blanket. Now all you need to do is line it and finish it off.

I used fleece for the lining as well. This was partly because it’s easy and partly because I actually cut up Ikea blankets, which were cheap but quite thin, so I didn’t feel that two layers would be too warm. I’m afraid I didn’t measure the lining out accurately with a tape measure, I just laid the blanket on top of the lining and cut around it. It worked remarkably well!

Attaching the lining, also happens to be the finishing off part (I love fleece with it’s no fraying seams!). Simply match the lining to the blanket, wrong sides together and pin into place. Then, with your wool, blanket stitch all the way round the edge. I have to confess, I’m not that good at blanket stitch and had always seen it as a kind of nemesis, something, I realised after this project, was rather silly. I think it’s because I hadn’t done that much before. After this blanket, I actually quite enjoy it, having managed to get my head around it!

Well now you will have a finished blanket. I really enjoyed making this and I think a few more people may be getting a variation of it! I find that normally my first attempt at something is often when I learnt he most and have the most ideas spiral off from it, even though I have put a lot of time and thought into the initial design. This blanket for example, I designed to look ‘handmade’ and on paper, the animals looked like the right size. However, if I do this again, I’ll make the animals (or motif, they may not be animals), bigger. Still I’m pleased with the final result and I hope my friend is!

Fleece Baby Blanket Pattern 1

In my last blog post I shared with you one of the blankets I’ve been making for a friend who is expecting a baby soon. In this post, I’ll walk you through how I made it. To remind you, this is what the finished blanket looks like:

Before I start, I should mention a couple of things. Firstly this is a small blanket, deliberately designed to be used in a buggy or a car seat. Secondly this is a very easy project. I used a thin fleece for the whole project (so no worrying about fraying edges!), and everything was hand sewn (you can do the main part of the blanket on a machine if you want to, but you don’t need one). I haven’t really written my patterns down that much, so I hope it all makes sense! Ok here goes.

Materials:

Fleece – enough in the main colour for 12 squares 16cm by 16cm. Fleece for lining and off cuts for the animals (in whatever colours you want).

Different coloured threads to sew you animals onto the squares and sew your squares together.

Wool to do a blanket stitch around the edge of the blanket.

Sharp pair of scissors as well as a wool needle and a sewing needle. Pins are also helpful!

Stitches needed:

Running Stitch; Back Stitch; Blanket Stitch; French knot; Cross Stitch.

Method:

First cut out 12 squares (16cm by 16cm) from your main colour of fleece. I chose blue but you could do whatever colour you like.

Then cut out your animals. I just drew doodles on a piece of paper and converted them to the fabric. I really can’t draw, so I’m sure if you want to make something similar, you can come up with something a lot better! Sew your animals onto a square. For the penguin, I used a running stitch and a back stitch to do the eyes and beak.

On the ladybird, again I used running stitch for the main body and a back stitch on legs and the spots.

The crocodile (yes it is a crocodile, my little man did manage to correctly identify it!). Sew on with running stitch.

The bird is another running stitch masterpiece!

My white elephant (he’s one of my favourites). Very simply, do running stitch around the edge. Using a contrasting colour and a running stitch, sew in an ear shape. Finally using black thread a back stitch, sew on an eye.

This is my little Caterpillar (he is also one of my favourites). For him, I cut out 8 small circles and joined them/fixed them to the back ground fleece with a small cross stitch in the middle of each circle and one over the join between the circles. I played with a number of different ways to sew the circles on but none of them looked right. I’m going for a ‘homemade’ look but it really didn’t look that good. I finally decided on small crosses and the worked fantastically!

In my next post, I’ll walk you through joining the squares together, lining and finishing off.