Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EASY Beginner Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket! Only ONE Stitch to Learn!

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Well it's about time I posted about this! I'm sure you have seen this mint green, coral, white, and navy blue chevron baby blanket in pretty much every nursery photo I've shared! It showed up in my DIY Ombre Mobile post...

More headboard pictures!

It peeped out in her gold framed gallery wall...

In the gold dipped dresser I recently finished...

Lol, you get the idea!

This is literally the first thing I ever crocheted, and I think it looks fantastic! I know the title says one stitch, but you seriously only need to know two stitches. Chain stitch for the very starting row...then after that, literally the only stitch in the pattern is a single crochet! So simple, but looks so complex! You can do it!!!

I scoured the internet forEVER looking for an easy chevron pattern to follow. Most of them were just, no. Then I found this pattern from All Things Bright and Beautiful. And the heavens parted and showered me with single crochet chevron baby blanket goodness!

Here's her pattern modified with my style:

Hook size: I
Yarn: Coral, navy blue, mint green, and white.  Update: More color details at the bottom of the post!

Row 1: With mint green, ch 183. (UPDATE: To make bigger work in multiples of 15 or to get the symmetry multiples of 30)
Row 2: Sc in second st from hook, * Sc in each of next 14 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 14 ch, sk 1 ch, repeat from * across, ending with the sk 1 st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Working in back lp of sts Throughout, sc in first sc, sk 1 sc, * sc in each of next 14 scs, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 14 sts, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sk 1 st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 3 throughout, working 8 more rows of mint green, 6 rows of the white, 10 rows of coral (I did 14 coral - see below), 6 rows white, 2 rows navy blue, 6 rows of white. Start it all over with 10 rows of mint green and complete the pattern colors once more.

*I only did 14 rows of coral because I was using a different yarn that was thinner than the other colors. So, I had to complete more rows to get about the same width as the mint green color. If all of your yarn is the same, just do 10 rows of coral.*

I changed up the size of the navy and white stripes. I didn't want much navy. Just enough to tie together every color I used in her nursery. So, I did fat stripes of the coral and mint green. White stripes about half the size of those, and a very slim stripe of the navy blue - about half the size of the white.

I will say it took me a LONG time to finish. I'm very slow. However, my stitches are pretty good! One thing I will say is that I pull them too tight. It's like I couldn't NOT. Sadly, this made the blanket roll up on the sides. Oh well. This is when I was just getting it started...after restarting it (no lie) like 3 times. (excuse the photos, they are cell phone shots I pulled from Instagram!) I promise I had on pants! You just can't see my shorts courtesy of my baby bump!

Making progress a month later...a bigger blanket and a bigger bump!

Still working on it when sweet Reagan was a few weeks old...

I wasn't following the pattern at this point. I literally had it memorized. I was just eyeballing it to decide how big I wanted it. I wish I would have made it wider, so I could have crocheted it longer for a larger blanket.

By her first month, I decided the blanket could be done!

All in all I'm very proud of her blanket! The only thing I'm not satisfied with is how the edges curl up (see photo below), but again I think that's due to how tight I stitch. I also wish I had started the pattern wider, so I could have made a larger blanket overall. Mine is about 34 long x 32 inches wide. However, I think I mentioned in the post that I do my stitches pretty tightly; so I'd say perhaps give a couple inches.

I hope this is something that she will get attached to and love for years to come! Silly girl!

Update: Some readers asked for the colors I is the information and links!

Mint Green

The white is, well, white! Blue is by Caron and called "Cape Cod Blue". The coral is also Caron, but a thinner yarn (simply soft), which is why I ended up doing more rows of the coral vs the other keep the same visual width. (see the pattern above). The name is "Strawberry". There was another brand that had an actual "coral" color, but it was more orangy than I wanted. The paper on the mint is lost, but I believe it is Caron's "Pale Green".

Hope this helps Mamas! Happy crocheting! :)