A baby’s first steps are a big turning point in their little lives (and really freaking adorable to see… am I right?!)! My niece recently turned 1 year old and to commemorate her first year and those first, sweet steps – I designed a baby blanket for her! I chose a wandering and slightly irregular pattern that channeled those first steps as she learned to put one foot in front of the other… and then fall on her tush! This blanket is a precious gift for any little one and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Final measurements of my blanket (after blocking) were approximately 40″ x 33″
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Want to make your own? Here’s how!
- approximately 900 yards of light weight (#3) yarn (I used Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop Yarn in Tutti Frutti ) – this pattern would work well with a worsted/medium weight yarn as well but recommended yardage is based on lightweight yarn
- 5 mm crochet hook (or size recommended for your yarn) – I use my Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
- yarn needle to tie in ends (I use these Susan Bates Bent Tip Needles )
Pattern written in US terms
Notes: Keep the chain stitches within the rows loose or you will have trouble working stitches into them in the next row. The chain count for this pattern is in multiples of 13 + 2.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
skp = skip
ch 132 (add or subtract 13 ch stitches to adjust the size as you like)
Row 1: dc into the 4th stitch from the hook, dc into the next 6 chains, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc, *dc into the next 7 chains, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc* repeat the * section to the end of the row.
Row 2: ch 3, dc into the next 3 stitches (the first two will go into the chain stitches from the ch 2 in the last row), ch 2, skp 2 (you skip the second set of chain stitches), dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc, *dc into the next 7 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc* repeat the * section to the end of the row. You will end with one dc in each of the last 3 stitches – the last goes in the top of the ch 3.
Row 3: ch 3 (turning chain), ch 2 (this row begins with a box = combined with the turning chain you ch 5 to begin this row), skp 2, dc, *dc into the next 10 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc* repeat the * section to the end of the row. You will end with one dc in each of the last 9 stitches – the last goes in the top of the ch 3.
Row 4: ch 3, dc into the next 3 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc, *dc into the next 7 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc* repeat the * section to the end of the row. You will end with one dc in each of the last 3 stitches – the last goes in the top of the ch 3.
Row 5: ch 3, dc into the next 6 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc, *dc into the next 7 stitches, ch 2, skp 2, dc, ch 2, skp 2, dc* repeat the * section to the end of the row. The last dc goes in the top of the ch 3.
Repeat rows 2-5 to your desired size
Rounds 1 – 3: sc around the edges of your blanket (3 rounds of sc total) – sc in each stitch along the edges (sc x2 around the post of the ch 2/dc on the sides in the first round). Sc 3 times in each corner stitches in each round.
Round 4: shell stitch around the edge of your blanket (attach your yarn and sc into the 3rd stitch from the corner, skp 2 stitches and dc 5 times into the 3rd stitch, skip 2 stitches and sc into the 3rd stitch – repeat this along the edges of your blanket – in the corners you will place 7 dc instead of 5). Slip stitch into your first single crochet to join this round. ~You may have to make adjustments as you get closer to your corner (skip or add and extra stitch before or after a sc) so that your corner shell falls in the corner of the blanket without appearing too cramped.~
Round 5: Turn your blanket and work from the back – place a sc into each sc from the last round and front post dc into each dc from the last round (alternately you can stay working from the front and back-post dc but I find that to be a more awkward stitch)
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*For the tutorial swatch – I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Watermelon, Dark Country Blue, and Blue Mint and began with a ch 28.*