Building Blocks Baby Blanket

If you saw my post from a few days ago, then you know that I am currently running a giveaway so that you have a chance to win some awesome, mix-and-match, Loops and Threads Colorwheel yarn.  So I thought that it was only fitting to release my Building Blocks Baby Blanket as my free crochet pattern this week because it too uses this fantastically soft, anti-pilling acrylic yarn.  Oh...and did I mention that it's on sale for $1 per skein this week (through 7/22/17) at Michaels?!  Keep reading for the free pattern and video tutorial!

The Building Blocks Baby Blanket is a perfect pattern for playing with color!  Use Loops and Threads Colorwheel yarn or your favorite worsted weight yarn to mix and match as many colors as you'd like.  This fun play on a classic granny square is called the block stitch, and I have a right and left handed video tutorial to get you started along with the free crochet pattern.

When this Loops and Threads Colorwheel Yarn was released last spring, I was stoked because I LOVE color.  This yarn is sold in small skeins (90 yds.) and lends itself very well to mixing and matching.

As much as I love color, I am not always confident in my ability to mix colors.  So there I was, shopping at Michaels with my 'Color Inspiration' Pinterest Board open....doing my best to find something fun and a little bit out of the norm!  I was honestly a little unsure of this color combo when I started, but once I got going with it I really started to love it.  And the best part?  You can pick ANY COLORS YOU WANT.  This pattern lends itself to as many or as few colors as you'd like to use, and Loops and Threads Colorwheel Yarn comes in 54 different colors.  So you have almost infinite options!

The Building Blocks Baby Blanket is a perfect pattern for playing with color!  Use Loops and Threads Colorwheel yarn or your favorite worsted weight yarn to mix and match as many colors as you'd like.  This fun play on a classic granny square is called the block stitch, and I have a right and left handed video tutorial to get you started along with the free crochet pattern.

I used just one skein of each color of yarn, and my blanket measures 21" square.  This is a great size for a premie blanket, but if you want to make yours larger you can certainly do so by continuing the rounds.  This blanket uses the block stitch which is a fun little twist on the classic granny square look.  It has fewer open gaps, which I particularly like for a baby blanket, and it looks so neat when you mix and match different colors.  I have a left AND right handed video tutorial to get you started with this stitch if you need help :)


Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • st/sts: stitch/stitches
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • ch: chain
  • SC: single crochet
  • DC: double crochet
  • Picot: ch 3, insert hook into your first ch st, yarn over and pull through all loops on your hook

Gauge

You will have a 3" square after round 3

Finished Size:  

My finished blanket measures 21" square

Pattern Notes

  • ch sts at the beginning of a round do not count as a st
  • the end of each round will be attached to the first st of the round with a sl st.
  • I used nearly all of my yarn to make my blanket.  If you want it any larger you will need to buy extra.

Instructions

Start with a magic circle

Round 1 (color A): ch 2, (3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC, ch 2) into the magic circle.  Attach with sl st to the first DC of the round.  Pull tight. Cut and tie off yarn.

Round 2 (color B): attach your yarn in a ch 2 corner from the previous round.  ch 1, *(SC, ch 2, SC) in the corner, ch 3, skip 3, repeat from * three more times.  Attach to the first SC of the round with a sl st.  Cut and tie off yarn.

Round 3 (color C): attach your yarn in a ch 2 corner from the previous round.  ch 2, *(3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC) in the corner, work 3 DC into the ch 3 space of the previous round, repeat from * three more times.  Attach to the first DC of the round with a sl st.  Cut and tie off yarn.

Round 4 (color D):  attach your yarn in a ch 2 corner from the previous round.  ch 1, (SC, ch 2, SC) in the corner, *ch 3, skip 3, SC between the clusters of 3 DC sts from the previous rounds, (SC, ch 2, SC) when you reach the corner.  Continue this same process on the remaining 3 sides of your square.  Attach to the first SC of the round with a sl st.  Cut and tie off yarn.

Round 5 (color E): attach your yarn in a ch 2 corner from the previous round. ch 2, *(3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC) in the corner, work 3 DC into all of the the ch 3 spaces of the previous round, repeat from * three more times.  Attach to the first DC of the round with a sl st.  Cut and tie off yarn.

Continue repeating Rounds 4 and 5 in the color sequence listed above (or in whatever color sequence you have decided to work with) until you reach your desired size.  I continued through Round 26.

The Building Blocks Baby Blanket is a perfect pattern for playing with color!  Use Loops and Threads Colorwheel yarn or your favorite worsted weight yarn to mix and match as many colors as you'd like.  This fun play on a classic granny square is called the block stitch, and I have a right and left handed video tutorial to get you started along with the free crochet pattern.

For the edging:

  • Picot stitches are NOT worked in the place of a stitch.  In other words, you will not skip any stitches after making a picot stitch along the border.  There will be a SC worked into every stitch from the previous round.

Round 27 (Color A): attach your yarn in a ch 2 corner from the previous round.  ch 1, (SC, ch 2, SC), *picot, SC in next 6, repeat from * 11 more times, picot, SC in the next 3, (SC, ch 2, SC) when you reach the next corner and continue along the remaining three side of the square the same as the first side.  Tie off yarn and weave in all ends.

Have you mixed and matched unexpected colors on any projects before?  When you try this one I can't wait to see what color combos you end up with!  Share them with us in my Facebook community group or tag me on Instagram with @leftinknots.


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