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I ordered the most gorgeous dk weight yarn, Cascade Cherub DK, with the intention of making a light weight springtime pattern to share with all of you. I was going to make a throw, but soon realized that the diagonal cluster stitch that I chose, in combination with this yarn, made a delicate lace fabric that would be perfect for an heirloom baby blanket. You could of course choose to make a throw and increase your foundation chain to make a larger version too.
I have written out and posted the free pattern for this baby blanket below on this page. However, you can also purchase the PDF file for easy printing and reading (and to support me to be able to continue to post patterns on this blog). If you’d like to purchase the PDF file, click the “Purchase PDF File” button below.
Here is what you will need to make this blanket:
This blanket measures: 35 Inches X 42 Inches
Cluster Stitch (CL) *Yarn Over, insert hook into specified stitch and draw up a loop to the height of a DC; Yarn Over and draw through two loops; repeat from * two more times in same stitch; Yarn Over and draw through all four loops remaining on hook.
Note: This pattern uses the Diagonal Cluster stitch. For all of you visual learners out there, I have created a video tutorial on this stitch:
Chain 153 (or a multiple of 5 + 3 for a different width).
Row 1: CL in 6th chain from hook, *CH1, skip next two chains, DC in next chain; working in front of last dc made, DC in 2nd skipped chain, CH1, skip next chain, CL in next chain; repeat from * to last two chains, CH1, skip next chain, DC in last chain; CH4, turn.
Row 2: Skip first ch1 space, DC in next ch1 space; working in front of last dc made, DC in skipped ch1 space; *CH1, CL in space between next 2 dc, CH1, skip next ch1 space, DC in next ch1 space; working in front of last dc made, DC in skipped ch1 space; repeat from * to end of row, CH1, DC in 3rd chain of turning chain; CH4, turn.
Row 3: CL in space between next 2 dc, CH1; *skip next ch1 space, DC in next ch1 space; working in front of last dc made, DC in skipped ch1 space; CH1, CL in space between next two dc, CH1; repeat from * to end of row, DC in 3rd chain of turning chain; CH4, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your work measures 40 inches and continue on to border.
Round 1: Work around the border of the blanket evenly in single crochet. Make sure that you do 3 SC in each corner of the border. If you don’t know how to do a single crochet border, this wonderful article explains it in detail. When you have completed one round, join to first sc with a slip stitch.
Round 2: CH 2, work around the border by doing one HDC in each SC (work 3 HDC in each corner sc). At the end of the round, join to first HDC with a slip stitch.
Round 3: CH2, work around the border again by doing one HDC in each HDC (Work 3 HDC in each corner hdc). At the end of the round, join to first HDC with a slip stitch.
Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.