Happy Friday! It’s almost officially summer here, but the mornings and nights are still cool, and soon the air conditioners in shops will start icing us down. Meaning we need a baby blanket just right for summer!
Wavy Baby is a block pattern I came up with this week, plus a specific joining pattern. The finished blanket as written is about 22″ square, just right for a light layer over a car seat or infant’s lap. But it can be as big as you like – just add more blocks! Each block is a little over 5 inches square, and a border and the joins add a little more width.
Wavy Baby Blanket
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This blanket is presented with 16 blocks, but make as many as you like for a custom blanket of your own. Since it’s a blanket, don’t worry too much about gauge or yarn weight, just use the hook and yarn that gives you a fabric you like.
- US – I, 5.50mm hook
- Worsted weight yarn in your choice of 3 colors, shown here in Caron Simply Soft Limelight (A), Blue Mint (B) and Mango (C)
- Yardage needed for each block: A – 12 yds, B – 12 yds, C – 8 yds
- Additional yardage for joining and border will depend on blanket size chosen.
For Each Block:
With Color A, ch 18.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd st from hook. *Sc in next st, hdc in next st, [dc in next st] 3 times, hdc in next st, [sc in next st] twice. Repeat from * once. (17 sts)
Row 2: Ch1 and turn. Sc in each st to end. (17 sc)
Row 3: Join Color B, ch 2 and turn. Work this row in blo, except for the very last st of the row. Dc in the 1st st. *Dc in next st, hdc in next st, [sc in next st] 3 times, hdc in next st, [dc in next st] twice. Repeat from * once. (17 sts)
Row 4: Ch1 and turn. Sc in each st to end. (17 sts)
Row 5: Join Color A, ch 1 and turn. Work this row in blo, except for the very last st of the row. Sc in the 1st st. *Sc in next st, hdc in next st, [dc in next st] 3 times, hdc in next st, [sc in next st] twice. Repeat from * once. (17 sts)
Row 6: Ch1 and turn. Sc in each st to end. (17 sts)
Rows 7 – 14: Repeat Rows 3 – 6 twice.
Rows 15 – 16: Repeat Rows 3 – 4. Break yarn and weave in ends.
Edging: Join Color C with sl st. Ch1 and sc around the block, working 17 sc evenly in each side and ch 3 in each corner. Break yarn and join. Weave in ends.
The hand-drawn diagram above details how I put this blanket together. The arrows inside the squares indicate which direction the blocks were facing – for instance, an up arrow means that the block lays in the same direction it was worked, from the bottom up. The next block to the right is turned 90 degrees clockwise, and the next is 90 degrees clockwise again, etc etc.
The actual joining is done with sc, from the right side. The arrows between the boxes show the direction I traveled. This creates another set of “waves” moving through the fabric. Starting with the square in the bottom left, the next block to the right is joined (with sc, holding the wrong sides together, going through the edging sts in ea block). The third block is then added to the top of the first block, moving around the top right corner of that first block. I’ve highlighted every other join row, so you can see how the waves are created. To add more blocks for a bigger blanket, just start in the lower left corner as indicated and keep working in this undulating pattern. At the end of each joining row, having reached the top left of that section, break the yarn and start again at the next join row, working from left to right and bottom to top.
Once all the blocks are joined together, join the yarn again with a sl st, ch1 and work a row of hdc (or the edging of your choice) all around the blanket. Break yarn and weave in all remaining ends.
This version of the Wavy Baby Blanket is in super bright (some might say loud, heh) colors – bright and summery. But I also think it’d be gorgeous in softer colors. Picture the squares in a soft grey and pink or blue, with the joins and border in a darker grey. Or use up all those tiny balls of leftover yarn and make each square unique! This blanket would make a great stash buster, with only 12 yards needed of each color for each square.
What colors do you think would work best for this design? Something subtle, or a crazy quilt of many colors? How big will you make your blanket?
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