Whenever I hear that friends of mine are having a baby, I start thinking blanket. The idea of making something soft and snugly for this tiny, new person is too compelling to ignore. Plus, since you have 8+ months to make it, it always seems like a manageable project(yet somehow I always end up knitting or crocheting frantically, racing against the due date).
My friends with amazing taste are expecting their first baby this April. They did the nursery in muted shades of gray with green accents, and chevron stripes. So I knew I had to make them a chevron blanket, in green to match the nursery (and also because they are letting the gender be a surprise.) I found some great chevron type patterns on the web, but they all had pointed ends (this comes from the striped pattern). I wasn’t loving that (in my head, I think of things like that as grandma knitting), but I couldn’t find a pattern that had a flat edge. So in the end I made my own. After hours of making the body of the blanket, I was pretty nervous about filling in the triangle gaps, but it came out great. And I got it done in time for the baby shower!I used Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in soft fern and aran. My blanket is fairly thick, good for tummy time and stroller walks. If you want a thinner blanket, use a lighter weight yarn, use a bigger hook size than recommended for your yarn and increase your number of repeats to get to the same size as the blanket.
finished size: 28 x 36
- 4 skeins worsted weight yarn, 2 of each color
- size H hook
SC- single crochet
gauge: 25 stitches=1 peak=4″
To make gauge: make a 51 stitch chain(this will make a two peak gauge. To make a single peak gauge, chain 26 stitches, do not skip the 2 stitches in the pattern, SK 1 stitch, SC 1 stitch.).
Row 1: SK 1st stitch from hook, then * 1 SC in then next 11 chain stitches, 3 SC in the next chain stitch, 1 SC in the next 11 chain stitch, SK 2 stitches. Repeat from * to last SC of 11 stitches, SK 1 stitch, SC 1 stitch.
Row 2: Ch 1, then repeat as above from *.
Chain 151 stitches.
SK 1 chain from hook, *SC in next 11 stitches, 3 SC in the next stitch, 1 SC in next 11 stitches, SK 2 stitches. Repeat from* until the last SK 2 stitches. Instead, SK 1, I SC, CH 1 and turn.
Repeat for 10 rows, or until color reaches desired height. I made my color blocks 2″ tall, 10 rows each. Switch to 2nd color and repeat. Do this until your blanket measures approximately 36″ long. I had 11 rows total, 6 of the green color, and 5 of the white.
Tie off your yarn, and weave in your ends. Your blanket will now have sharp points lining the top and bottom edge.
Starting on the right edge, SC in each stitch to the inside corner.
Slip stitch to join left edge.
SC along row you just made to 2nd to last stitch, SK 1, SC 1, then CH 1 and turn.
SK 1 stitch, then SC into 2nd stitch and continue to end or row.
Slip stitch into the left side of row.
Continue until the triangle space is filled.
To do the 4 half triangles on the ends:
Work 1st row SC to 2nd to last stitch, SK 1, SC last stitch, CH 1 and turn.
SK 1 stitch, SC to 2nd to last stitch, SK 1, SC 1, CH 1 and turn.
Continue until 1 stitch remains. Tie off.
This method of filling in the triangles will give you a slightly bowed effect. To counter it, I stitched tight. A smaller hook would probably do it, too.
To finish the blanket, start in 1st stitch on one side and SC in each stitch along the side. When you get to the corner stitch, SC 3 times into the stitch. Then SC along the next side of blanket. Continue until you have gone around entire edge of blanket. CH 1, then repeat so you have 2 rows of single crochet edging your blanket.Update: The response to my blanket has been phenomenal! I am so happy so many of you like the pattern and are making it yourselves! The internet will never stop amazing me. This is an easy project; however you do need to know some basic crochet rules. If you have questions about the pattern, I am always happy to answer them. Read through the comments first, though. I may already have the answer for you there. Happy crocheting!