I’ve finally completed it: a scalloped edge baby blanket for our friends Kali and Caley, who are expecting their first baby (a boy) sometime in January. Â I just learned crochet about a month ago, so this was a very ambitious project for me! Â I tried to make everything as simple as possible so I created my own pattern that would be elegant, and yet also allow me to really practice those basic crochet stitches. I added the scalloped border to be “wild” because I was feeling confident. Â Now that I’ve completed a baby blanket, I can do anything! Â It took me a month to do, but I was only putting in a few hours or so here and there (maybe once a week?) and taking my time. Â This could easily be done in a weekend if you are a veteran crocheter. Â So enough jabbering, here’s the pattern! (And please be kind, it’s my first time writing a crochet pattern!)
The Ckalieys’ Scalloped Baby Blanket
- 3 skeins (1365 yards/15 oz) Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Pale Blue
- US H/8-5.00mm crochet hook
This blanket is built body first, then the scalloped top and bottom edges are done afterwards. Â The body has a simple pattern that even the newest crocheter can handle!
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
st = stitch
Shell Stitch (described below)
row 1: sc in second chain from hook, sc in each st across (109 sts)
rows 2 – 20: ch 1, sc in each st across (109)
[The “decorative pattern”]
row 21: ch 2, dc in each st across (109)
row 22: ch 1, sc in each st across (109)
row 23: ch 2, dc in each st across (109)
You will alternate between doing 20 rows of sc and then the three rows that make up “the decorative pattern” until the blanket is as long as you want it to be.
Basic Pattern Idea
*20 rows of sc
(ch2) 1 row of dc
(ch1) 1 row of sc
(ch2) 1 row of dc*
Repeat from * to * until you reach your desired length. I went around 34″ or so. Since you start with 20 rows of sc, make sure you end with a completion of a group of 20 rows of sc to make it look even. (So don’t end with the dc/sc/dc pattern.)
Once the body of the blanket is the length you want, you’re going to immediately turn your work and do the shell stitch back across that final row.
*Skip 2 ch, dc 5 times in the third ch : skip 2 ch, sc in the third ch* across (18 shells)
Once you have completed your last shell stitch, you’ll now turn your work clockwise and slip stitch down the long side of the blanket to get to the opposite end. Â Once you get there, turn your work again clockwise and you’ll see you’re at the opposite long end of the blanket. Â Your first set of shell stitches should be on the furthest end from you. Now shell stitch across this bottom row. You now have shell scallops at the two farthest ends of the blanket. Â Turn your work clockwise one final time and slip stitch up the long side until you reach your initial shell. Â You should have made a complete square trip around the outer edge of your blanket, giving the two furthest ends from each other a pretty scalloped edge and slip stitching the two longest sides.
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Â Tada!
Bernat Softee Baby is machine washable and dryable. Instructions:
Machine Washing and Drying: Wash in water (not exceeding 40Â°C/104Â°F) at permanent press setting. Do not bleach. Tumble dry at low heat, at delicate setting. Do not iron or press. Do not dry-clean.
Good luck! :) And if anything is unclear or I’ve made a mistake, please let me know, since as I mentioned, it’s my first time ever writing up a crochet pattern. Â If you make any scalloped edge baby blankets, I’d LOVE to see them! Â Drop me a line at craftblog at pinktoque dot com so I can feature you. :)