Recently I was hooking more than knitting. It took me several weeks of stolen half an hour here, an hour there but I finally finished my big project. By the skin of my teeth, I might add, since I was crocheting when visiting! I made this heart blanket for a very special baby girl who recently joined my family.
For a large toddler size blanket you’ll need:
– 200g of DK superwash merino in red, I used Drops Merino Super Fine colour 11, red
– about 700g of DK superwash merino in white, I used Drops Merino Super Fine colour 01, white (in reality it is creamy, warm shade of off-white). Get an additional ball of white to avoid issues with matching dye lots; I had very little left from the last ball.
– a crochet hook, size 4.5mm or 5 mm if you are a tight crocheter
The finished blanket consists of 20 x 12″ squares, 4 squares wide and 5 squares tall, plus the border of about 1″ around the squares. You can of course make the blanket smaller, making 12 squares and assembling them into a 3 x 4 rectangle.
For warmth, breathibility and safety for a baby or toddler I recommend using superwash merino. If you want to make a lighter blanket or have concerns regarding wool, use cotton or cotton bamboo. I don’t recommend using acrylic or polyester yarns for baby blankets.
The heart centre square is a bit tricky so take time going through the rounds. Read the instructions fully before making the blanket.
Following the instructions for the Center Heart Square by Ginger Badger make 20 squares. Use red for rounds 1 to 4 and white for rounds 5 to 12. Follow the instructions carefully as it is not the easiest pattern. It is asymmetrical and instructions need to be followed very closely. Piece of paper and a pen may be useful to make notes. The square pattern is not charted and I found it more challenging than charted crochet patterns, so printing out the instructions and highlighting the completed sections may help with the first square. Pay special attention to round 7 and keep counting stitches, making sure that edges of your squares have the same stitch count. Weave in the loose yarn ends as you go to avoid hours of weaving in at the end!
Join each square as you go into a rectangle of 4 squares by 5 squares. A very good “join as you go” tutorial is available My Rose Valley blog.
After completing and assembly of 20 squares, join red yarn at the chosen edge stitch. Edge the blanket with single crochet, making a sc in each edge sc. Make 3 sc in each corner. This forms the initial set up round before you follow the edging instructions below.
Following the tutorial I linked, make a polka dot blanket edging by Tamara Kelly on Moogly. Use red for background and white for dots. Do not skip the foundation round.
Wash and block the blanket to settle and open the stitches. If there is any remaining ruffling, steam block the blanket gently by hovering a steam iron over the blanket. Do not touch the yarn with the iron.
I hope you like the blanket. If you make it – I’d love to hear from you and see the pictures! Or if you want to hear more from me, subscribe to my blog by e-mail (on the right), follow me on Bloglovin’, Facebook, Twitter and / or Pinterest (links to all on the right). And remember, sharing is caring!