Wednesday, June 24, 2009

To Blog or Not To Blog.....

I created this blog for one purpose - to have a venue to post my free crochet patterns. There! I did it! I posted my first free pattern. How cool is that. I'm in the process of getting set up on Ravelry as a designer so that my designs can be linked there also. I really have no intentions to start blogging. Who would read this stuff anyway? Do people actually take the time out of their lives to read about someone else's online? Hmmm, that's akin to reading a newspaper in the morning, or watching the 10:00 news. Maybe - if I write it, they will read it! Nevertheless, I've parked myself in my own personal parking space on this internet highway; so I guess I'll just sit back, relax, and have a cup of coffee. But I definitely won't be blogging. ;)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Stripes Baby Blanket

Designed by Melinda Miller

Sizes: 34” X 34” before border
A Preemie blanket can be made of 9 squares (27” X 27”)
or 4 squares (16” X 16”)

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes - 1 skein each of Sunny Stripes, Grape Stripes, Sprite Stripes, and Melon Stripes
Bernat Baby Coordinates - 1 skein of Lovely Lilac
Crochet Hook size G/4.0 mm
Tapestry Needle

Guage: 3 rows = 1”
1 finished square = 8” X 8”

Stitches: Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch

Square: Make 4 each in yellow, purple, green and orange.

Ch 30. (Should measure 8” long)

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (29 sc)

Row 2 - 29. Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (29 sc)

Row 30. Sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving a 12” tail for sewing squares together. (29 sc)

Finishing: Using tapestry needle, sew squares together following photo. Weave in ends.


Row 1: Using Lilac and beginning in a corner stitch, work 121 hdc evenly around each side of blanket as follows: 3 hdc in each corner, 29 hdc on side of each square, and 1 hdc in each of three joins. See diagram above.

Row 2: Sl St in first hdc after middle corner stitch. Skip next 2 hdc, 5 dc in next hdc, skip next 2 hdc, [*sl st in next hdc, skip next 2 hdc, 5 dc in next hdc, skip next 2 hdc,* repeat from * to * for length of side, ch 3, skip middle corner stitch, sl st in next hdc,], repeat [ ] around blanket, join with sl st in beg sl st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Copyright - This Happy Stripes Baby Blanket Pattern and the pattern photo and diagram are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)