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From crochet.about.com - Learn To Crochet a Baby Blanket or Lapghan - Free Pattern
by Sandi Marshall


Free pattern to crochet an easy baby blanket. This size can also be used as a lapghan. The directions are written out in full words (no abbreviations) to help beginning crocheters. Below the directions for the beginner version, I've included a second version, with some texture stitches, for advanced beginners.

I originally wrote this very easy pattern in a doll blanket size, with many extra photos to show how to crochet parts of the pattern. To view those photos, see: http://crochet.about.com/library/ndollblanket.htm ... At that page, you can learn how to skip a stitch, how to crochet in a chain space and step-by-step how to make a v-stitch, all made easy to learn with my close-up photos of the stitches.

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Materials
18 ounces worsted weight yarn, any color for blanket - In the example, I used Red Heart Super Saver, color 0792 Sandy Print
about 2 oz. worsted weight yarn for the edging - In the example, I used Red Heart Super Saver, color Aran
U.S. Size H crochet hook

Finished size: When made with Red Heart Super Saver Sandy Print yarn, about 34 inches tall x 37 inches wide (blankets vary in size and it's fine if your finished blanket turns out to be a different size than this example). People crochet with different tensions (tightness or looseness of stitches) and the materials used can also make a difference in the finished size.

Gauge: Gauge is not crucial for this pattern. I've given the gauge in case you need a blanket very close to the finished size of the example. 1 V-Stitch plus 1 double crochet = 1 inch, 2 double crochet rows = 1 inch

In this pattern, v-stitch = double crochet in next stitch, chain 1, double crochet in same stitch

Beginner Version of This Pattern - To start:
Leave about a six inch length of yarn before the first loop of your starting chain. Leave this length hanging while you are crocheting the blanket. You will weave this length in when the blanket is finished. (This is a good way to secure the end so it won't unravel.)

There are step-by-step photos for How to Make a Starting Chain at: http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_starting_chain.htm.

Starting Chain: chain 134.
Row 1: Single crochet in one loop only of each chain so that there will be a remaining loop left of each chain. These remaining loops will be used later when crocheting the edging. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across. (133 single crochet) Photos Showing Step-by-Step How to Single Crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_singlecrochet.htm

This next photo shows you how to do the V-stitch that you will be crocheting in row 2. v-stitch = double crochet in next stitch, chain 1, double crochet in same stitch

The photo on the left illustrates how to double crochet in next single crochet, chain 1, double crochet in same single crochet for a v-stitch when you are doing row 2. On that photo, you can also see how the very beginning of the row is done.

Asterisk * Repeats In Pattern Directions, Explained: http://crochet.about.com/library/blrepeats.htm
How To Double Crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/bldoublecrochet.htm

Row 2: The photo on the right shows where the next double crochet would be made after the beginning chain-3 of this row. chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), double crochet in each of next 2 single crochet, * skip next single crochet, v-stitch in next single crochet, skip next single crochet, double crochet in next single crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 30 more times, skip next single crochet, v-stitch in next single crochet, skip next single crochet, double crochet in each of last 3 single crochet.
Row 3: chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet, * skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 30 more times, skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, double crochet in each of last 3 double crochet.
Rows 4 - 61: Repeat row 3.
Row 62: chain 1, single crochet in each of first 4 double crochet, * single crochet in chain-1 space, single crochet in each of next 3 double crochet ** , repeat the directions between * and ** across row, single crochet in last double crochet.
End off, leaving a length of yarn about 6 inches long. Weave in ends, using a large-eye yarn needle.

Used in Edging: How to slip stitch = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time.
How to crochet around a double crochet post: http://crochet.about.com/library/blscdpost.htm
How to half double crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/blhalfdouble.htm

Edging:
Round 1: With the right side of the blanket facing you, attach yarn in first single crochet of Row 62. chain 1, single crochet in first single crochet. Single crochet in each single crochet across the row, * then chain 2 and begin to work the next part down the next side of the blanket. Single crochet in the end of the first single crochet row, then work 2 single crochet around the post of each end double crochet on each row along the side, until you reach end of this side. Single crochet in the end of the last single crochet row on this side **, then chain 2 and begin to work along the other end of the blanket. Single crochet in the remaining loop by each single crochet (the remaining loops were left from the starting chain). Repeat the directions between * and ** then chain 2, slip stitch in the beginning single crochet of this round.
Round 2: Slip stitch in each of next 2 single crochet (to reach the starting point for this round). Chain 1, single crochet in same single crochet as last slip stitch made, [ * skip next 2 single crochet, make 5 double crochet all in next single crochet (shell made), skip next 2 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 20 more times, then skip next 3 single crochet, work (3 half double crochet, chain 2, 3 half double crochet) all in the corner chain-2 space, then working along next side, skip next 2 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet, *** skip next 2 single crochet, make 5 double crochet all in next single crochet (shell made), skip next 2 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet, skip next 2 single crochet, make 5 double crochet all in next single crochet (shell made), skip next single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet ****, repeat the directions between *** and **** 9 more times, then skip next 2 single crochet, make 5 double crochet all in next single crochet (shell made), skip next single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet, skip next 2 single crochet, work (3 half double crochet, chain 2, 3 half double crochet) all in the corner chain-2 space ], then working along next side, skip next 2 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet, repeat the directions between [ and ] then slip stitch in the beginning single crochet of this round.

The lower rows shown in the photo in the burgundy color are crocheted in the Beginner Version of this pattern. The tan color rows are crocheted in the Texture Stitch Advanced Beginner Version. Shown in the photo, the row where the yarn changes to a tan color is a row 3 of the Advanced Beginner Version, with v-stitches and front post stitches.

Texture Stitch Advanced Beginner Version of This Pattern: I designed this to have the post stitches worked on only the right side of the piece, which is easier for anyone who is new to crocheting post stitches (the alternative would be to have front post stitches on the right side rows and back post stitches on the wrong side rows, to have a continuous raised line showing on the right side of the piece). The method that I used in this pattern is easier and still creates a nice textured look. How To Crochet a Front Post Stitch: See http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa060797.htm
To start: Leave about a six inch length of yarn before the first loop of your starting chain. Leave this length hanging while you are crocheting the blanket. You will weave this length in when the blanket is finished.
Starting Chain: chain 134.
Row 1: Single crochet in one loop only of each chain so that there will be a remaining loop left of each chain. These remaining loops will be used later when crocheting the edging. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across. (133 single crochet)
Row 2: chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), double crochet in each of next 2 single crochet, * skip next single crochet, v-stitch in next single crochet, skip next single crochet, double crochet in next single crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 30 more times, skip next single crochet, v-stitch in next single crochet, skip next single crochet, double crochet in each of last 3 single crochet.
Row 3: (right side) - chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet, * skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, front post double crochet around post of next double crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 30 more times, then skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, double crochet in each of last 3 double crochet.
Row 4: (wrong side) - chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet, * skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet **, repeat the directions between * and ** 30 more times, then skip next double crochet, v-stitch in next chain-1 space, skip next double crochet, double crochet in each of last 3 double crochet.
Rows 5 - 61: Repeat rows 3 and 4.
Row 62: chain 1, single crochet in each of first 4 double crochet, * single crochet in chain-1 space, single crochet in each of next 3 double crochet ** , repeat the directions between * and ** across row, single crochet in last double crochet.

Add edging from directions above, if desired.

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