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Toward a New Baby Blanket

Making a blanket for the baby instead of yourself

Leslie Stahlhut
Jan 31, 2020 · 7 min read

When it comes to color, I have a “more is better” mentality that is hard to shake.

I love to crochet, and I particularly love to crochet for the newest of humans. I particularly enjoy making them blankets in a gazillion colors, because that’s what I like.

Having ideas that you hold dear challenged can be, well, challenging. But it turns out that making complicated colorful blankets for babies is not backed up by science. When I read that newborns can only see black, white, and gray, I was not only shocked, I was disappointed, and I had to rethink what makes for the best first baby blanket based on the baby’s needs — not mine.

This blanket was designed around the visual skills a baby has in the first three to four months of life.

This is NOT meant to be a forever blanket (people who know me know that a color riot is more my style), but rather a blanket that is passed from one baby to the next when a baby’s eye sight has developed to the point that they are ready for something more colorful with cookies or elephants or trains or whatever catches their fancy.

So it turns out that a baby blanket that is on target for newborn baby’s developing eyesight has fewer colors and a simpler design than what I have made before, so in an effort to remedy this and give a baby what he or she needs, I developed this “starter blanket” for all your baby shower giving needs.

It works up quickly, only requires three colors of yarn, and has only eighteen ends to weave in.

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in red, white, and black
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Bent-tipped yarn needle
  • Scissors

Finished blanket measures 24” x 24”

Notes

  • Special stitch(es): hdslst (half double slip stitch) — yarn over, insert hook into st indicated, yarn over pull through to the front and through the two loops on your hook. Stitch is complete.
  • Special technique: Before working the first dc (double crochet) of rounds 1, 2, and 3, a chain one is made that does not count as a stitch, but serves as a bridge from the height of the round just completed to the height of the round about to be crocheted.

Circle center (make 1)

With Red, ch 4; join with a slip st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring; join with slip st to first dc — 12 dc (This is the right side of the circle).

Round 2: Ch 1, (2dc in next st) 5 times, 2 dc in same st as ch-1; join with slip st to first dc — 24 dc.

Round 3: Ch 1, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 5 times, dc in next st, 2 dc in same st as ch-1; join with a slip st to the top of first dc — 36 dc.

Round 4: Rotate the circle 180º counterclockwise so that the wrong side of the circle is facing you. Ch 1 (counts as first st) hdslst into next 35 sts, join with a slip st to ch-1 and fasten off — 36 sts.

Weave in ends.

Round 5: With the right side of the circle facing you, insert hook through the 2 loops just behind the front facing loop of any hdslst. Join with a slip st, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st as joining, [dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next st)] 3 times, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in same st as first ch 3, ch 1, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 48 sts and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 64 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 7: With black yarn, join with a slip st in any ch-2 corner. Ch 3, dc in same sp as joining [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in each st across, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 80 dc and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 96 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 9: With white yarn, join with a slip st in any ch-2 corner. Ch 3, dc in same sp as joining [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in each st across, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 112 dc and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 10: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 128 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 11: With black yarn, join with a slip st in any ch-2 corner. Ch 3, dc in same sp as joining [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in each st across, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 144 dc and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 12: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 160 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 13: With white yarn, join with a slip st in any ch-2 corner. Ch 3, dc in same sp as joining [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in each st across, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 176 dc and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 14: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 192 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

Round 15: With black yarn, join with a slip st in any ch-2 corner. Ch 3, dc in same sp as joining [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in each st across, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, insert hook through both loops of top of ch-3, yarn over, pull through to front, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through both loops — 208 dc and 4 ch-2 sps made.

Round 16: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in same corner space, [dc next st and in each st across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp)] 3 times, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in first corner sp, ch 2, join with slip st to top of ch-3 and fasten off — 224 dc and 4 ch-2 sps.

The newborn baby blanket is now done, and it is gift-giving ready, and you can start planning the next crochet blanket!

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Leslie Stahlhut

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Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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Leslie Stahlhut

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Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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Crochet patterns and tutorials to teach you the skills you need to make your own amazing things.

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