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Learning to crochet. How to Make a Baby Blanket using Double Crochet stitch.
How to Crochet a Baby Blanket for Beginners
Since learning to crochet in November last I have made several hats and scarves for gifts using simple double crochet.
The double crochet stitch is easy for a "newbie" to do and can be used for large chunky projects as well as finer ones using different weights of wool or yarn and crochet hooks.
Depending on your speed creating the baby blanket will take anywhere from 8 to 20 hours (I am at the latter end) and make a wonderful gift. The blanket will be extra special for the mum because you took the time to make it.
To make the blanket you will need a 5 or 5.5mm crochet hook and two 355m balls of baby wool and a third ball in a second colour if using. I chose to use a multicoloured wool and weave in the second colour every five rows for two rows. To do this I crochetted both strands together.
The first video introduces you to a slipknot to begin the crochet and how to start the process of a large square using double crochet. The second video demonstrates the double crochet pattern and how to turn the corners on your growing blanket.
Video One - Slip knot, chain stitch and double crochet
Here is a written summary of the steps from the videos:
- Commence with a slip knot
- Chain six
- Take wool or yarn over the crochet hook and slip hook into beginning of the chain
- Pull through leaving one stitch on the hook
- Chain three
- Double crochet through the centre hole
- Chain one
- Double Crochet top stitch of circle
- Repeat until square is formed
- At each corner chain three
- Double crochet into hole immediately below chain (see video 2)
- Chain one between each double crochet
- Continue pattern until square grows large enough to complete blanket
Optional: Combine a second colour and create a pattern of your choosing
Video Two - chain stitch and double crochet, learning to turn the corner
The Completed Blanket
How to finish the blanket
Once the blanket is almost finished crochet the lat row with the second colour or contratsing colour and chain two between each double crochet. This completes the edging and gives the blanket a finished look.
Video Resources - How to Crochet
- The Crochet Crowd - YouTube
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