Friday, 29 August 2014

Diamond Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

Rainbow Crocheted Baby Blanket
I pin a lot of beautiful crochet on pinterest. I plan to make it all eventually, one project at a time!
I found this beautiful blanket on Happy in Red and fell in love with it. When I read the pattern properly and realised how easy it was I was even more excited.
Up to now I have pretty much avoided crochet that involves straight edges. It's just so hard to keep the sides from meandering (even on something as tiny as my little Earphone Wire Tidy pattern I struggled) I like granny squares and other things that go round and round. But this gorgeous pattern, this made it easy and very do-able.
Diamond Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

This was my "work in progress" that you could see in my Silent Sunday photo on 20th July.

If you want to have a go you need to pop over to Happy in Red to get the pattern. What I am sharing here is what I did to make this blanket based on Ester's lovely instructions.

I chose white and rainbow dk and used:
White 2 x 100g balls
Yellow 1 x 50g ball
Red, Orange, Green, Light Blue, Medium Blue, Lilac and Wine 25g of each

I used a 5mm hook and started with a chain of 123.
With the border the finished size is 39" x 36"

Ester from Happy in Red has written the pattern as 5 rows but really once you are past the foundation chain and row one it is only 2 rows of pattern. 
You are basically doing a granny stripe with clusters of 2 trebles (that's UK tr or US dc) turning it over each row and going back the other way.
Simple Crochet Baby Blanket
The white row has a single stitch at each end, the coloured row is all clusters of 2.

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket
I am SO wishing at this point that I had taken photos as I went along to show you!

I intended to do 6 complete sets of the rainbow and was rocking and rolling along nicely until I came to do the last orange row. I was about 4 inches short of the end when I ran out of wool! Very frustrating! I didn't want to buy another ball of orange just for 4 inches and as all the bright coloured had been 25g balls (apart from the yellow which I wanted for the border) I didn't know if they would be enough like the red had been, or not enough like the orange. 
In the end I decided that I had started with red so would end with red too and I frogged the part done orange row.
Then I went back to Happy in Red to see what border Ester recommended. She suggests a granny type clusters again with coloured chain/sc row or two.
My blanket had a white row top and bottom already so to even it up I started by working a white row down each side. I did clusters of 3 tr in each white "post" stitch on the row ends. That's the row marked with an arrow below:
Simple Crochet Baby Blanket
Next I followed Ester's border instructions and using yellow (as that's the colour I still had plenty of) I did a chain/"sc in the spaces" row. 
I had to tweak the pattern a little as my blanket has cluster of 3 stitches down the sides and cluster of 2 stitches top and bottom. I didn't fight it, I just went with what I had. So on the sides there is a 3 chain, sc in the space, 3 chain etc and on the top and bottom there is 2 chain, sc in the space, 2 chain to the end. 
In the corners I did 4 sc.
I followed this basic principle for the next row - back to white again, so the clusters are in 3's on the side and 2's top and bottom. 
Simple Crochet Baby Blanket
The last row was easy peasy, just sc in each stitch and 4 in the corners again. 
I really hope all of that made sense. I am so pleased with how this came out. It is a thing of beauty, a joy forever! It is a gift for my cousin's baby due later in the year.
Rainbow Crocheted Baby Blanket

And the best thing about running out of orange wool is that I then had a little leftover from each colour and I have started playing with a cute "stash busting" project which I will share properly when it's finished.
crochet work in progress
Happy in Red has a load more lovely crochet and sewing projects that are definitely worth a look when you have a minute.
Rainbow crocheted baby blanket
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Harry Potter Scarf Pattern
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I'll be linking up to all these great link parties, why not go and have a look!

61 comments:

  1. Looks cute! I went and looked at the pattern. At first I thought it might be a stitch I've never done, but it's not...duh. I really need to get back into crocheting. Baby blankets are awesome. But I think I might do the "stash busting" and make tons of granny squares. They don't take long and make me feel like I have to finish right away.

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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    1. Hi Bobbi, It really was a super easy pattern. I do agree it is hard to beat a good old granny square though. I love having a crochet project or two on the go, so much quicker than knitting - imagine how long it would take to knit a blanket this size!

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  2. What a gorgeous blanket, and so big! It must have taken you such a long time, but completely worth it to end up with something this lovely. I bet your cousin's baby will treasure it!

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    1. Thanks Clare, it really didn't take that long, that's the beauty of crochet, it works up in no time. I managed about 6 rows in an average 1 hour tv program.

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  3. I have so much yarn laying around the house. It's almost time for me to pull it out and get busy. I usually crochet off season after all the harvesting and putting up is done. Hoping for a new grand baby so I can have an excuse to make this lovely blanket. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Shari

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    1. You could do this as a great stash buster Shari. I have to confess I got quite hot crocheting this in the summer with it on my lap, I used to push it to one side as much as possible. I guess bigger projects are better left until the cooler weather.

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  4. Stopped over from SITS Girls! I just started crocheting again after a few months off and I've been wanting to make a blanket. It would be fun to do this in an ombre color scheme too! Thanks for the great photos!

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    1. Ooo yes Kristi, ombre would be lovely.

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  5. Super cute blanket! I love the rainbow colors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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    1. Thanks T'onna, from a top crocheter like you that means a lot.

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  6. I don't crochet, but I love looking at beautiful crochet! This is such a great pattern, and I love the bright colors. Stopping by from Sundays at Home.

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  7. This is such a lovely blanket you have created. I'm sure it will be cherished for a long time. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

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  8. The blanket looks fabulous and I really like the look of your stash-busting project. I hope we are going to see more of that one?

    Have a lovely crafty week,
    Alison

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    1. Eventually Alison, I promise. I have too many projects on the go but I will get back to it soon.

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  9. Gosh, lovely - inspiring. Every time I see a beautiful crochet project I always think I must learn to crochet:)

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    1. Do it Vicky! Crochet is easy if you stick to the basics, and it's quick. Get yourself a book or check out some online tutorials. Little Tin Bird has some great ones http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/free-crochet-tutorials/

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  10. Julie - I love your blanket! It turned out great! The colors are so cheerful. I can't wait to see your stash busting project when its finished, too.

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    1. Thank you Kimberlee. I have to confess I have not picked up my stashbusting idea for over a week now, been busy with other things! It is coming out pretty cute though, I must have another bash at it before too long.

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  11. Oh wow what a gorgeous gift for your cousins baby! The bright colours are really fun, i'm sure it will be treasured for many years to come :) x

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    1. Hopefully! I did check before I started that they would like/use handmade things. I know it's not for everyone. I have a few more half finished things for the baby too.

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  12. Very nice! I like the color choices, they will be able to use this for a long time. Over The Apple Tree

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    1. Glad you like it Laura, I was really pleased with how the colours came out with the white between to lighten the whole thing.

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  13. It is a lovely blanket. I didn't understand any of it but I'm determined to learn to crochet. Very inspiring

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    1. Thanks Andrea, it's really not difficult. Lots of people learn from You Tube videos but I used a book with nice clear diagrams. My nan was an expert crocheter but I never got the hang of it when she tried to teach me, a book worked for me.
      I'd recommend making granny squares first, but it wouldn't be long before you could make a blanket like this.

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  14. Beautiful blanket. Thank you for sharing at Monday Handmade Linkup Party.

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  15. I admire all people who can crochet!! It's a very beautiful blanket!!

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  16. What a beautiful and fun blanket! Your cousin's baby will love all of the colors. Thank you for sharing with the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party. Have a great week.

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  17. Gorgeous crocheted blanket, and your picture close-ups of the stitches are very clear so even though you don't have a picture of the crocheting along the way, I understand what you're doing!! And this is coming from someone who has just picked it up :-)

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    1. Thanks Agy, I was enjoying making it so much I never even realised I hadn't taken any photos. I'm glad you can see what I did from what is here.

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  18. Gasp! That is gorgeous. It's almost crochet season, too!

    Stopping by from the A Little Bird Told Me linky. :)

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  19. It's really pretty. I love the colors!

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  20. I really wish I new how to crochet! This is lovely. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned to my crochet board. Maybe one day I'll learn. ;)

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    1. It's not difficult I promise! Lots of great tutorials online to help.....

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  21. I love the colors! It turned out great. Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

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  22. I'm going to pin this for some inspiration. I seriously need to go to the store and get the supplies to start my baby blanket really soon. I'm due the beginning of February. I think I will need to watch some videos to refresh myself on how to crochet though and some tips on how to do different stitches and blankets. :)

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    1. This was super easy Brittnei, ideal if you are a bit rusty on the stitches. I am no expert myself so simple is good for me too! I am so thrilled about your news x

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  23. What a gorgeous and pretty baby blanket you made. I love it and so would any baby. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie, I was very happy with how it turned out.

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  24. What a beautiful blanket! I wish I knew how to crochet beyond a chain stitch... Maybe it's time to learn!

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    1. You know you are half way there with the chain, there's not much more to it! What I love about crochet is that once you can do a couple of stitches you can start making stuff. Obviously you can carry on learning new fancier things your whole life but the basics are quick and easy and all you need to get started.

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  25. I love the pattern and the colors!! You are being features today at the Create Link Inspire weekend features over at Nap-Time Creations. I've pinned and shared this! Thanks for linking!

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    1. Thank you so much Emily, that's such lovely news.

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  26. Wow! that is amazing.
    I just started getting into this crafts and DIY madness, but never tried sewing or crocheting and other stuff like that, but i am very amazed how beautiful it is!

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    1. Crochet is a great craft Michal, it's fairly inexpensive if you keep it simple, not difficult to learn the basics (but a lifetime to master, every crocheter is always learning) and the results are pretty quick which is always nice. Grab wool and a hook from a charity shop/thrift Store, a book or You Tube will teach you the main stitches and off you go!

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  27. Such a sweet blanket! I love how colorful it is!

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  28. Love the colors! Thanks for linking up hope you link up again this week at Creative Spark Link Party http://bit.ly/1lVogBN

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  29. Awesome blanket! And thank you for being so clear in your instructions! The colors are wonderful.

    I'd love if you'd link up at my Yarn Fanatic Party! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2014/09/yarn-fanatic-party-6.html

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  30. What a bright, beautiful blanket! I love the pattern and the colors you've chosen. I do believe this has to go on my ever-growing "to make" list! :) Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work!

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    1. Ha ha Barbara, I have one of those ever growing "to do" lists too, I definitely add things quicker than I am able to make them!

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  31. I love this! It is so bright and happy and perfect for a new little baby.

    Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursday on The Inspired Wren.

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  32. Beautiful blanket! I am more of a knitter, but I would love to try crocheting this one too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you like it Daryl, I love knitting too but sometimes crochet is just so much quicker, especially for something fairly big like this, I can't even imagine how long it would take me to knit something similar!

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  33. Did you follow the pattern for the color changes (Knotting them together with tails to weave in)? And is there anything different about changing yarn after completing the foundation chain before beginning the first row? I've never made a color change at that point (advanced beginner here)? Thanks for any help you can give!

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    1. Hi Leah, this was a while ago now so I'm trying to remember what I did! I definitely had a lot of tails to weave in (the curse of the stripy project)
      My foundation chain and first row were both white, then I started adding colours. I hope that answers your question.
      Crochet is pretty forgiving I find, little mistakes can be hard to spot and therefore not worth worrying about, I'd just do what works for you then pretend that's what you meant all along !

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  34. The baby afghan is beautiful and colorful.

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