My Work In Progress This Week is “Rainbow Baby Blanket“
Now that I have a little break from finishing up orders, I decided to make a new baby blanket design. For now I’m naming this new design, “Rainbow Baby Blanket.”
I came across the stitch pattern on YouTube the other day by HappyBerry Crochet while looking for a crochet stitch that would look great as a baby blanket. I was looking for something not very difficult and this was perfect! Sometimes you just want to make something that’s really easy and quick.
The stitch pattern is based somewhat on corner to corner (C2C) crochet, where you start an item at the corner and work in a diagonal, increasing each row until you reach the middle and then you begin decreasing until you reach the end of the opposite corner. This allows you to make some really neat designs.
Well, this pattern is worked in rows instead of diagonally. Apparently there is not a proper name for this stitch. HappyBerry Crochet calls it a Mixed Grit Stitch Variation or Half Shell Ripple. Whatever name we give it, the pattern is really neat! The blanket feels thick, but it is actually lighter than it looks.
I’m hoping to finish this “Rainbow Baby Blanket” by Friday evening and I will post the finished project and list it in my shop!
Have you ever worked in C2C crochet? Tell me about it!
This file is a chart of the common crochet chart symbols you may see in your patterns. This chart is produced by the Craft and Yarn Council.
Stitch charts in crochet and knit patterns are being used more and more as
an addition to or in place of words to describe a pattern stitch. Following are
the standardized crochet symbols that have been adopted by members of the
Craft Yarn Council and are considered to be the clearest and easiest to render
and to read. For the most part each symbol represents a stitch as it looks
on the right side of the work. Always refer to the pattern key for additional
This is a complete guide for knitting and crochet that has been put together by the Craft Yarn Council. It contains everything you would ever need, such as stitch definitions, yarn weights, clothing measurements, etc.
The publishers, fiber, needle and hook manufacturers and yarn members of the Craft Yarn Council have worked together to set up a series of guidelines and symbols to bring uniformity to yarn, needle and hook labeling and to patterns, whether they appear in books, magazines, leaflets or on yarn labels. Our goal is to make it easier for industry manufacturers, publishers and designers to prepare consumer-friendly products and for consumers to select the right materials for a project and complete it successfully.
I want to learn how to crochet, how do I get started?
This is part one of a small blog series to help you learn to crochet.
If you are reading this then chances are you have asked that same question at some point. Maybe you have seen crocheted items on Instagram or Twitter, and pondered the idea of learning how to make that item. Once that idea gets in your head, you then ask yourself; “Where and how do I begin?”
This mini-blog series will help you to answer that persistent question and get you started crocheting!
Learning any new craft will take some time, a lot of time. The learning may take you a while, but the getting started phase should be a lot easier and we will explore some options to get you going. First of all, you need to prepare yourself to the fact that you will not be able to make a sweater or a little stuffed animal right from the start. Many people get started and quit right away because the were not prepared and struggle to make their first item.
“OK, I understand that my first project won’t be an afghan! Now what?” Well, you are going to need some tools for your craft and we will explore some options here that won’t consume your bank account! Some people have gone to their local craft store to purchase their first items and end up buying all the wrong things and wasting their hard earned money.
Their first mistake was going to the craft store!
The very first item on your checklist should be to ask yourself, “Do I know anyone who does crochet?” Why should you ask yourself that question? Because it may save you money and a great deal of frustration! Speaking with someone who has gone through all this before can be an exceptional resource for you. That person can tell you about crochet, how and why they started. Hopefully they will lend you a crochet hook and a little bit of yarn. This is the part of saving you money until you decide if crocheting is really within you!
Some people will discover after talking with someone and/or learning a little, they really don’t like it. Now, if that person is you and you went right to the craft store and bought all kinds of really appealing yarn and crochet hooks in the beginning, you would be frustrated and out a lot of money.
Finally, I don’t want you to spend a lot of money on supplies and instructors until you figure out if you really love crocheting! Yes, you must love it or you are just wasting your valuable time and money. You may not “love it” in the very beginning, but you should figure it out by the time you complete you first small item with me.
In my next installment of this little series, we will talk about exactly what supplies you need and where to get them! Until then, find someone who crochets and get some good information from them. I hope you will join us and follow along. You may discover a new love for yarn!
This PDF chart details how to make filet crochet bunnies. There are two sections on this chart, one for the bunny facing right and one facing left. This is only a chart and not a complete pattern. For instructions to make a blanket, please download the free blanket pattern.