About three years ago, I was lucky enough to become an aunty yet again, and to celebrate I decided to make a pretty little baby blanket for the new niece or nephew. I came up with this:
I loved it, the new parents loved it, and my sister-in-law tells me even complete strangers remarked on it. I put it in my Ravelry notebook (a notebook I've sadly neglected lately), and it went crazy in the favorites, if I do say so myself. It’s cute, fun, and easy, and it’s time to share.
Ok, one more look. And can I say, they're still using it, and it still looks great!
Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Blanket
- Yarn: 1449 yards total in 7 skeins of worsted weight yarn (original yarn has been discontinued)
- Hook: 5.0mm (H/8)
I didn’t measure the finished product, but it was about the same size as other baby blankets we had around at the time - more than big enough to cover a newborn or infant carrier car seat. In order to change the size, add or subtract in the chain row by multiples of 4 stitches. Go all the way down to 27 and make a scrubby washcloth! If you want to make an afghan, go here for details on the perfect Blackberry Salad Striped Throw!
As for the color changes, I used seven skeins in seven different colors, and in order to keep it random, I closed my eyes and reached into the bag each time I needed a new color. To make your own, change colors as desired every two rows. Prefer to plan ahead? Try this free Random Stripe Generator at Biscuits and Jam!
How to Bobble Stitch / dc5tog:
Click here for Bobble Stitch Video Tutorial!
Bobble stitches are worked from the “wrong side” - meaning they pop out away from you as you work. They are worked much like a dc dec, but all into the same stitch. To dc5tog, work 5 dc all into the same stitch, leaving the last loop unworked on the hook each time. When you’ve got 6 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all 6 sts. Work tightly here, and as soon as you make the next (sc) st, the bobble should pop right out on the other side of your work!
Row 1: (RS) Dc in 4th ch from hook. (Starting chain of each row counts as first dc.) Dc in each st across to end. Ch1, turn. (113 dc)
Row 2: (WS) Sc into the first 4 sts, *dc5tog into the next st, sc in the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, ending the row with 1sc in the top of the turning chain.
Row 3: (RS) Change to second stripe color. Ch 3, turn. Dc across row to the end, skipping the turning ch. Ch1, turn.
Row 4: (WS) Sc into the first 2 sts, *dc5tog into next st, sc in the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until the last 3 sts. End the row with one more dc5tog and sc in the last 2 sts (final st in the top of the turning chain).
Row 5: (RS) Change color to 3rd stripe skein. Work as for Row 3.
Row 6 to end: Repeat Rows 2 through 5, changing colors on the odd-numbered rows, until you feel the blanket is roughly square or you run out of yarn!
Still having trouble? This video is a quick overview of how it comes together!
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly. Please include links to this blog post if sharing this pattern with others, but do not reproduce or repost the written pattern. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please include a link to moogly on the listing or tag with credit for the pattern.