Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Peek-a-Boo Striped Blanket

Do you ever have that moment when you are working on a project, you get all the way done with it and you realize you have done it wrong the whole time? This blanket is one of those projects.

I was playing around with some baby yarn that had no labels on them. I am guessing it is some vintage Jamie yarn. I came up with a great stitch pattern and made a small blanket out of it. I decided I would buy some yarn that would be relevant for today and publish the pattern. I got all the way done with the new blanket only to realize that I had done the new blanket in a different stitch.

Do you see the difference? It took me a while to see it. And I made Both of them. The top blanket I used a fpdc, and on the bottom blanket I used the spike st.

Also do not be intimidated by the volume of row 4. I wrote it out very specific, so there would be no doubt as to what you are suppose to do. I know you can do it! 

So in the pattern if you are unsure about using a fpdc, you can substitute it for the spike st, or vice-versa.



Peek-a-boo stripe blanket


Difficulty Level: Intermediate (I have placed it at intermediate because of the color changes and the fpdc to a lower row) 

Yarn: Georga yarn: bebe luv baby, 120g, 100% acrylic (1 ball pink), (1 ball blue), ( 1 ball baby combo)
 (Now I do have to say something about this yarn. I bought it at Wal-mart here in Canada. It had a crazy amount of knots in it, maybe I had the luck of the draw, but there was a lot. This was also some of the softest creamiest yarn I have worked with. It was also a great price. Each skein was under 3 dollars, and 10 cents of every ball gets donated to the Children's Miracle Network.)

Hook:  H/8- 5.00MM

Gauge: 5 sc st =1 inch, 6 sc rows = 1 inch

Size:  28 inches by 30 inches, If you want a larger size increase your stitches by 8s.

Blanket Pattern
Row 1:  With the blue, Ch 112, dc in 3rd ch from hook, for 109 dc total

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), turn, dc in each st across for a total of 109 dc.

Row 3: Change to baby combo, Ch 1, turn, sc in the next 5 dc, {sk 1 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the next dc, sk 1 dc, sc in the next 5 sc}, repeat {to} till the last st. (13 v st.)

Row 4: Change color to pink, Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, spike st around dc post of dc two rows below, sk one sc, sc in next sc, sk one sc, fpdc  around dc post of dc two rows below (there will be a dc between the two fpdc), sc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, sc in the next ch 2 sp, sc in the next dc, sc in the next sc, {fpdc  around dc post of dc 2 rows below (there will be 5 dc between the last fpdc made),  sk one sc, sc in next sc, fpdc around dc post of dc two rows below (there will be a dc between the two fpdc), sk one sc , sc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, sc in the next ch 2 sp, sc in the next dc, sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 11 times, fpdc around dc post of dc 2 rows below (there will be 5 dc between the last fpdc made),  sk one sc, sc in next sc, fpdc around dc post of dc two rows below (there will be a dc between the two fpdc) sk 1 sc, sc in the last sc.

Rows 5 and 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Change to the baby combo color, ch 1, turn, sc in sc, {sk 1 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next dc, sk 1 dc, sc in the next 5 sc} repeat {to} 12 more times, sk 1 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the next dc, sk 1 dc, sc in the last dc.

Row 8: Change color to blue, ch 1, turn, {sc in the sc, sc in the next dc, sc in the ch 2 sp, sc in the next dc, sc in the next sc, fpdc in 6th dc from 2 rows down, sk 1 sc, sc in the next sc, fpdc in the dc 2 rows below, (there will be one dc between the last fpdc), sk 1 sc}, repeat {to} 12 more times, sc in the sc, sc in the next dc, sc in the ch 2 sp, sc in the next dc, sc in the last sc.

Rows 9 and 10: repeat row 2

Rows 11 – 111: repeat rows 3 through 10. At the end of row 111 finish off, and weave in your ends. For projects like this I like to weave in my ends right after I cut it to start a new color, so if you do this you will just have one end to weave in.

Edging:
With the Umber join at any corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner space, sc in each st evenly around, and in each corner space (sc, ch 1, sc). Continue this pattern for 4 rounds.


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